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Birdbrained: Week 2 Mailbag Howdy team! It’s mailbag time
« : Październik 31, 2018, 04:40:22 am »
If you ever want to get your questions in Customized Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys , hit me up on Twitter @BenjaminSolak. If you don’t have a Twitter, you can also e-mail me at benjamin [dot] solak [at] gmail, but I will probably tell you to get a Twitter (and answer your question anyway).Good question.I think we all expected a few initial weeks without Alshon — and considering the conditions under which he finished 2017, I think he more than earned the rest. His absence I considered in my season-long predictions.Hollins, on the other hand, is the bigger disappointment. While he, of course, only represents a WR4 when healthy, he has good special teams value and broke the rotation in 2017 — in a spread-the-wealth attack, every pass catcher is valuable. Shelton Gibson and DeAndre Carter, while flashing with promise, can’t be considered proven or consistent players at this point — so depth is the biggest concern.How much is my season-long projection affected? Minimally. Philly beat the Falcons, should still beat the Bucs, the Colts, and the Titans all before that Week 5 Minnesota game. If Alshon’s back by then, we’re basically right on schedule.RE: tight ends powering us to victory — I certainly hope so! I’m gonna call Doug now and tell him that 24% of the snaps for Dallas Goedert is unacceptable! (Lol jk Doug scares me since the Wentz press conference.)This feels like a response to my uhh should we sign Darby? post from earlier this week. If it wasn’t, sorry — I’m just trying to get them clicks.Short answer: yes. Philadelphia has 1) more youth/draft capital at CB than DE, and have 2) invested more time and effort into said youth. Also, 3) apples to oranges, Brandon Graham is probably better than Ronald Darby.Long answer: it’s not that easy. It is worth noting that Brandon Graham will be over 30 come extension time, and would likely demand more money than Darby (25) would — for a team staring down the barrel of a massive Carson Wentz extension, every penny-pinching option should be considered. It’s also worth nothing that Graham has made it clear he expects a fat check, while Darby at the very least has not been so forthright in his demands.Gun to my head, I’d still extend Graham before Darby — but it’s more of a conversation than we initially thought, and the team will likely move mountains in an effort to keep both. Don’t get married to that *cut Bennett* idea, by the way. If Jernigan never returns to form (sadly a strong possibility), Bennett becomes very valuable to this team.Legally, I cannot confirm that I spent several years collecting enough Giants fans’ tears — whether organic or induced — in order to actually draw myself a bath and bathe in them. But if I had — and again www.authenticsphiladelphiaeagles.com , I can neither confirm nor deny — this Darnold thing would feel juuuuuuuuust like that.Jokes aside, I’ll be more willing to gloat and taunt when Darnold is actually good, which requires multiple years of evaluation to know for sure. (When you begin boasting on a small sample size, you start shooting off Dak > Wentz takes prematurely, and look where that leaves you.)In avoiding results-based analysis, the Giants forgoing a quarterback for a running back that early in the Draft was a bad process, and worthy of ridicule regardless of Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, or Lamar Jackson’s respective seasons. Make that the meat of your mockery — every good throw from a passed-over quarterback is just garnish; insult to the injury.The Eagles/Falcons RB snap counts were as follows:Darren Sproles: 40%Jay Ajayi: 40%Corey Clement: 18%From what I understand, Ajayi felt a little gimpy early, which cut into his snap time. I would expect to see his percentage climb a bit — and Sproles’ drop accordingly — when everyone is healthy. Think just 45/35 instead of a perfect split.Clement around 18 makes sense to me, to be frank. While Corey a great dude, with Sproles back on the field, he’s no longer the best “______” back. Ajayi is a better runner, in both zone and power, while Sproles is a better pass-catcher and protector. He’s just a change-of-pace guy at this point.There will be fluctuation — for example, I think this upcoming Bucs match-up calls for a heavy dose of Sproles. But 45/35/15 is my expected ratio moving forward.Great question. Love it. Let’s start here. Both DB Coach Cory Undlin and SAF Coach Tim Hauck have expressed their lack of interest in transferring Sul to a safety role. That never should have been an idea in the first place, in my opinion — and as of this point, it isn’t one for the coaches in the building.Now, let’s look forward. With Sidney Jones manning the slot, it’s tough to imagine Sul never getting a crack at starting on the outside. Darby’s contract expires this season; Jalen Mills’ expires next season. Unless both players are retained on new deals (unlikely), there will be a starting outside slot open for competition by 2020 at the latest — that’s the last year of Sul’s contract. That’s not to say Sid won’t get an opportunity to work outside (with Maddox in the slot) when that day comes — just that it will be a competition.Let’s assume that day comes in 2019, after Darby moves on. What is the stronger starting three? Sul-Sid-Mills, or Sid-Maddox-Mills? (Maybe even Sul-Maddox-Sid, but don’t tell the Mills’ stans I threw that out there.)I think Sul gets himself the starting job in 2019. He’ll have had another year of developmental work in the building — one more than Maddox, who will be working to earn the starting slot job — and the team will not want to move Sid out of the slot if he finds success there. Douglas seems an improved player in his second season, and he brings a size profile and a production profile that nobody else on the roster does.Also Philadelphia Eagles T-Shirt , I’m a fan of his. So go Sul.I do not, though I like your thought process. Howie ain’t never acquired capital for capital’s sake. There’s always a multi-step plan in place.But Philly’s about to become a team burdened with big contracts — Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Alshon Jeffery, Fletcher Cox, Malcolm Jenkins, and Zach Ertz all represent 8-figure cap hits in the upcoming years. Carson Wentz, Brandon Graham, Ronald Darby, and Nelson Agholor all could soon join them.Philly doesn’t have the money to acquire somebody big — not an established NFL star, at least. They need rookie contracts. It’s nigh on impossible to trade for a star player on a rookie contract — it only just happened with Khalil Mack, and that was with a 6-year extension tagged on to the trade package. Philadelphia just isn’t in that fiscal position.That being said, don’t be surprised if Howie’s 11 picks in the 2019 Draft class become 7 or 8 as he trades up/around to ensure the Eagles land the contributors they believe in. With such a deep and talented roster, eleven draft picks simply won’t make it onto the final 53-man team — so it’s better to move up and get impact players you know will matter in 2019.That depends.If you like it, then fun story: I’ve starting learning how to cut my hair myself. Been working on it for a few months now — it’s tricky but it’s fun, and more importantly it’s cheap. Thanks for the compliment.If you don’t, then a barber. You probably don’t know him; he goes to a different school.Eagles v. Giants: 19 winners, losers, and I dunnos WinnersThe Philadelphia EaglesBY A WHOLE FREAKIN’ LOTCarson WentzHonestly, I’m kinda glad that Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had himself such an evening. He took the biggest chunk of the NFL attention, while Carson’s dominant performance went rather quietly by.Carson’s placement looks as good, if not better than it did last season. His mobility is clearly back to pre-injury levels. HIs mental processing is back to last season’s levels, though there’s still growth to be had there. His improvisation and willingness to extend plays took a step forward. His risk management is still wild and still awesome.The real 2017 MVP is back.Jason KelceKelce is playing better than any other Eagles offensive lineman (for the second season in a row, mind you) — but today especially, Kelce was clearly very oriented on setting protections and accounting for those pressures defensive coordinators have been scheming up against Philadelphia’s slide protection calls. Throw on the extra pass protection responsibilities with the young Seumalo to his left, and Kelce continues to be Wentz’s best on-field friend.Isaac SeumaloSpeaking of young Isaac, he had his best game I’ve seen him play in a midnight green uniform. That said Philadelphia Eagles Hats , Seumalo is still a limited player. He is undersized and carries his mass high, so it’s tough for him to drop anchor against power rushers — and he saw power rushers in Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill, the defensive tackles for the Giants. Seumalo loses ground, which compromises the integrity of the pocket — and I’m not sure that will ever change.But! Seumalo’s technique is clearly improved, both in terms of how he works his hands in pass protection and how he climbs into the second level. He’s a similar player in terms of strengths/weaknesses to Kelce, which may cause problems if they play side-by-side in the long run. But he seems to be settling in, which is great news.Jim SchwartzOl’ Jimbo reached into the bag of tricks tonight, incorporating far more traditional split-safety shells in this game than I can remember seeing in seasons past. Those looks helped protect his corners deep, which let them be more aggressive downhill making tackles and playing on the football.A lot of that has to do with the fact that Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison were both out for the Giants — New York had no tight end threat. But the positive returns from the varied coverage shells may lead to further creativity down the line — and boy, that would be a welcome sight.Alshon JefferyAny and all questions about Alshon’s caliber should be eliminated at this point: he is clearly a Top-15 receiver in the NFL, and while that isn’t elite, it’s of a dominant mold. Alshon took a good playmaking corner in Janoris Jenkins and, by and large, beat him around the schoolyard. Next question.Corey ClementHow refreshing it was to see Clement out there, even though Wendell Smallwood still saw a healthy amount of touches. This, from the post-game scrum, was really interesting:Clement runs with such urgency — it does get him into trouble some time — that it’s tough not to feed him the rock, especially in those goal line situations in which he did get a few touches. Wendell’s struggles in short-yardage opportunities — not to mention the fumble — also spell more looks for Corey in the future.Not to mention: his pass protection is excellent, and helped multiple times last night.The Eagles offensive line, when unsettled in pass protection, seems to get into a groove with running calls. I think we may see a bit more balanced of an offensive attack down the line (much to my chagrin; passing is more fun)Jordan HicksThis was the first statement game for Hicks after his return to injury — it isn’t that he’s been playing poorly, but rather that the Eagles’ stout rushing defense had been overshadowed in headlines by their leaky secondary.But tonight, with the amount of running back targets doled out by the Giants, Hicks had every opportunity to become an active defender in the short areas, and showcased his typical sideline range and excellent instincts. That forced interception was all film study, and it was exciting to see Hicks’ characteristic playmaking borne of film work show up once again.HICKS BACK ALSHON BACK CARSON BACK COREY BACK!Doug PedersonCalled a great game, just like he’s been doing all year.If anything, the big improvement was the reading glasses. Very studious. High intimidation factor. Jordan MatthewsHere’s why Jordan Matthews is a winner: because Shelton Gibson isn’t anything beyond a deep threat yet Philadelphia Eagles Hoodie , Matthews is the WR depth. (Kamar Aiken isn’t even a real person; DeAndre Carter is clearly a special-teamer in the coaching staff’s eyes.) Those two 3rd down slant patterns speak to the trust that Carson and Doug have in his ability to separate with timing; play with consistency in key moments.And Matthews is so well-liked by the organization, there’s more than a decent chance he’s retained as a potential WR4 next year. And I think that’s just heart-warming.The Philadelphia EaglesBecause they play in a division with Jerry Jones, Dave Gettleman, Jason Garrett, Jay Gruden, Dan Snyder, and Pat Shurmur. Get all the way outta here.Rasul Douglas to safety truthersCongrats, folks. You bore the long night and came out victorious. Get ready to never see it again.LosersThe New York GiantsBY A GREAT DEALThe New York GiantsBecause Eli Manning is still somehow their starting quarterbackOdell Beckham Jr.Because he’s unbelievably talented, and Eli Manning is still somehow his starting quarterbackSaquon Barkley Because he’s unbelievably talented, and he was drafted by the New York Giants, whose starting quarterback is still somehow Eli Manning. And because he’ll always be remembered as the non-QB pick.Pat ShurmurThis is the funniest thing I’ve seen in the past 10, maybe 15 minutes Wendell SmallwoodWendell was playing well coming into the week, and that didn’t even change too much tonight — but right when Corey Clement came back from injury, right when the Eagles made headlines for their apparent pursuit of a running back...Wendell nearly committed a hugely costly fumble. He also struggled to see the hole quickly, in my opinion — and clearly isn’t trusted in pass protection.A step back after a few steps forward. Shame, that.The haters, naysayers, Foles truthers, and despairing Eagles fansGet all the way outta here.I dunnosJason PetersHow serious is Jason Peters’ bicep injury? I don’t know.How healthy has he really been for the first six weeks of the season? Seemingly he hasn’t been 100% at all, but I dunno the extent of the problem.How healthy can he reasonably be expected to be, at his age, after his surgery? I dunno. Not 100%, again, I’d say.How much were his struggles tonight tethered to health, and how much were they tethered to declining play? I dunno. Probably a bit in the middle.Should Big V start above him? Heck no. Never that.

 

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