The Eagles begin training camp this week! How exciting is that?!
Let’s wrap up the mailbag with Part 3:
Who do you think will surprise us at the linebacker spot? And who’s your favorite player at the position and why?— aj lopez (@rican_life) July 25, 2020
The Eagles are definitely a little lean at the linebacker spot and they’re certainly young. All of their linebackers are 26 or younger.
I really like T.J. Edwards, who had a limited role in 2019. I know he’s not a great athlete, which is why he went undrafted out of Wisconsin last year. But I really liked what I saw from him as a rookie. I think what he lacks in pure athleticism he makes up for with instincts and football smarts. Edwards doesn’t go big-play hunting, he lets the game come to him and the coaches really like that about him. He was a part-time player last year but Edwards will need to play more in 2020 after Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill left in free agency.
I’m curious about rookie 3rd-round pick Davion Taylor but he’s pretty raw and I don’t expect him to make huge contributions as a rookie.
Does Jalen Hurts take a single snap behind center this season?— Jagger Doll (@Jagger_Doll) July 24, 2020
Just one snap? Maybe. I think Doug Pederson will want to get Hurts involved in the offense for some plays at some point. But even if he sees the field, it won’t be under normal circumstances. You have to remember that Hurts really is the third-string quarterback. He’s behind Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld. So if Wentz does get hurt during the 2020 season, it’ll be Sudfeld on the field.
As the third-string quarterback, there’s no guarantee that Hurts will even be active on game days. Typically, teams keep just two QBs active on game days.
I think there’s potential for Hurts to be used in gadget plays but the Eagles have been pretty clear that’s not why they drafted him. They drafted him as a quarterback and future backup in 2021. Don’t expect him to play a bunch as a rookie.
If they pump in crown noise, can they play a boo track after consecutive 3 and outs?— Carl X (@_mrC1) July 24, 2020
I know they probably won’t but I’d like to have an Eagles fan on that control. My worry with the crowd noise is that it won’t be in tune with fan thinking.
Now that the cap is 175 mil next year and we are at 273 mil for next year. Should we go all in this year and spend to the cap limit?— David Mahaffy 🇨🇦 (@MyHalfy80) July 24, 2020
Nah, cap space carries over year to year. So if the Eagles end up with $20 million in cap space this year, they’ll carry that over to the 2021 season. They’ll need that help.
What’s the best opening scene in cinematic history? Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen.— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) July 24, 2020
Marc asked me this on the radio last week and I wasn’t prepared. I thought about it and I really like the bank robbery scene from The Dark Knight when we first meet Heath Ledger as the Joker. I know there are plenty of classic movies with great openings, but I really like that one.
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