We’ve officially reached the only sort of dead period on the NFL calendar. The Eagles are through their spring practices and won’t be back at the NovaCare Complex until July 25 for the start of training camp.
That sounds far away, but it’ll be here before you know it.
You guys were great and gave me a ton of questions, so I’ll answer half today and half Sunday. Let’s go:
Where is your biggest concern on the roster— Bryan Hawn (@HawnPhilly) June 22, 2018
I’m tempted to say defensive tackle just for health concerns surrounding Tim Jernigan, but I have to answer linebacker. Jordan Hicks appears to be healthy after tearing his Achilles last year, but as good as he is when healthy, it’s just tough to count on him. Two years ago, he was able to play a full season and things were looking good, but then he suffered another serious injury. If Hicks and Bradham stay healthy, linebackers aren’t a concern. The Eagles will have either Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry or Corey Nelson take the weakside spot on base downs and they’ll be OK.
But without Mychal Kendricks, it’s fair to be concerned about their depth at the position, especially after veteran pickup Paul Worrilow was already lost for the year. Kendricks came up huge last year as a fill-in; not sure the Eagles have that kind of depth this year.
Is Bausby really that good?— Corona Szn (@JoeySantiago24) June 22, 2018
Not sure yet. What I can tell you about De’Vante Bausby is that he was impressive this spring and the coaching staff seems to love him. I remain very, very skeptical that he’s good enough to keep Sidney Jones off the field. With that said, I do think he’s talented enough to make the 53-man roster. We’ll get a better sense at camp when the pads go on, but I have him penciled in to make the team.
Does it look like Sudfeld will make the 53 even if Foles is still here? If Foles was traded late Summer or during the season can Sudfeld be QB2 going forward?— Kevin Rogers (@KARogers77) June 22, 2018
Yes on both. The Nate Sudfeld hype is real. In our first extended looks at the young quarterback, he’s been incredibly impressive. It’s starting to make sense why the Eagles snatched him from Washington and then blocked the Colts from signing him last season. They kept him on the 53 in the second half of last year, so they’re completely prepared to keep three QBs on this year’s roster if Foles is still on the team.
This is going to be the summer of Nate Sudfeld. We’re going to see him play a ton in those preseason games and that will let us know if he’s ready to be QB2 behind Carson Wentz. But the fact that the Eagles didn’t bring in a more experienced veteran after Wentz went down last year pretty much tells you all you need to know about what the Eagles think of him.
Should goedert change his first name?— ZVO (@zach_215) June 22, 2018
We tried that. Didn’t work out well. We’re up for suggestions.
Fish out of water question — who do they think will win the World Cup?— GoodSport (@GoodSports42) June 22, 2018
You have no idea how out of water this fish is. This is like taking a fish from the ocean and dropping it in Kansas.
How about Portugal? I’ll go with them because of Ronaldo.