We split up your questions, so Part I of the mailbag ran yesterday (see story).
Just a reminder: training camp starts July 25 and the first practice will be July 26.
Let’s not waste any more time.
Do you see Rasul Douglas transitioning into a safety in this defense?— MikeR (@xmr13x) June 22, 2018
I’ve heard this a ton from people and it makes sense. Douglas seems to have what you’d look for in a safety and the Eagles value coverage skills in that position, something Douglas clearly has. So I see that as a possibility, but the Eagles have seemed hesitant to move him or even to really cross-train him. For me, the time to do it would have been during the OTAs and minicamp. Why not slide him back there for a few days to see how he handles it? That’s how I would have handled it. Without any extended time at safety in the spring, it’s hard for me to envision real cross-training in the summer. Eventually, though, you’re right; this makes sense.
Will Pumphrey be on the roster next season ?— Shane Coleman (@ShaneColemanNFL) June 22, 2018
I don’t think so. Pumphrey looked a little better this spring, but he better have a great training camp. Right now, I have the Eagles keeping four running backs: Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, Matt Jones. If they keep five, Pump has a real chance; he’d just need to beat out Wendell Smallwood for that final spot. I think he has a decent chance, but I haven’t seen enough to give him a roster spot. He’s a player I’ll be watching extremely close at training camp.
How comfortable are you with our situation at punter and will he also hold for Jake Elliott?— David Rhode (@davidrhode) June 22, 2018
I’ll preface this by saying I’m no punter expert, but Cameron Johnston looks pretty solid to me. He was a really good punter at Ohio State and seemed to boot the ball pretty well this spring. The Eagles were comfortable enough with him to move on from Donnie Jones.
To answer the second part, he will be the holder for Jake Elliott. The two have been working together this spring. While Johnston held last summer, Elliott was still in Cincinnati. They have to gel.https://twitter.com/jerseyjerry16/status/1010188019058475009
In my latest 53-man roster projection, I actually don’t have Tre Sullivan in there. Instead, I went with Corey Graham, who is still on the street. I agree with you that in most situations going with the younger guy is the move, but not with this team. Not this year. Graham was such an important part of last year’s team. And because the Eagles have a legitimate shot to repeat, I’d try to bring him back. The Eagles have about $6 million in cap space. Get it done.
Which water ice flavor are you hoping to see a lot of at training camp?— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) June 22, 2018
Hi, John. Mango. Always mango.