Eagles Stay or Go 2020: Quarterbacks

Eagles Stay or Go 2020: Quarterbacks

Reuben Frank, Dave Zangaro and Andrew Kulp bring back Stay or Go with the 2020 version, trying to figure out the future of the Philadelphia Eagles.

We start with the quarterback position:

Carson Wentz

Roob: Hard to believe Wentz goes into his fifth NFL season with three career postseason passing yards. At this point Donovan McNabb had already reached three NFC Championship Games. I’m still a big believer in Wentz. His career has been marked by mostly terrific play and some incredibly bad luck. I’ve got to believe one of these years it’s all going to come together.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: After what I thought was a slow start, Wentz ended up having a pretty good season. He became the first Eagles’ QB to throw for over 4,000 yards and he did start every game this season. It’s a shame what happened to him in the playoff game, but I don’t see that as more proof that he’s injury prone; stuff happens. I think he takes yet another step next year.

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: Completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 1,199 yards with 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions over the Eagles' final four regular season games -- all wins -- with the likes of Greg Ward, Boston Scott and Joshua Perkins among his top targets. Yeah, Wentz can stick around.

Verdict: Stays

Josh McCown

Roob: McCown spoke after the playoff loss to the Seahawks about how, “It’s different playing at 40. Your body talks to you a lot.” I'm sure his body is telling him now with hamstring surgery looming to freaking RETIRE. I don’t think anybody expects McCown to continue playing at 41. He gave it everything he had in the playoff loss, but it’s time to start that TV career for good now.

Verdict: Goes

Dave: Give McCown credit for being a 40-year-old dude playing through a torn hamstring in the playoff game. But that’s probably how his career ends. He talked about having a “This is 40” moment in the game. He’ll be back in the TV booth soon enough.

Verdict: Goes

Kulp: Listening to Doug Pederson gush over McCown's relationship with Wentz, it sure sounds as if coach wouldn't mind his 40-year-old backup quarterback signing on for an 18th season. Don't rule it out, either -- though it's not necessarily a plan the Eagles commit to now. Were McCown to return, after free agency and the draft play out seems far more likely. With retirement also a possibility, there are way too many variables here to project a return.

Verdict: Goes

Nate Sudfeld

Roob: An interesting case. Sudfeld is a free agent at 26, and the Eagles would probably like him back. They've invested a lot of time and money in him. But if you’re going into your fifth season don’t you want to be somewhere where you at least have a chance to compete for a starting job? And how will he process the fact that after being No. 2 for two years he never got that job back this year when he was healthy? I still think it’s most likely he re-signs, but you can't blame him if he bolts.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: If Sudfeld never got hurt last summer, McCown doesn’t come and Sudfeld is the backup all season. And then it’s him playing in the playoff game. He’s a free agent, but I’m not sure if there’s another team that is going to pay him a ton of money so his best bet might be to return and come to the Eagles. The only thing I’d wonder about is if the Colts and Frank Reich might try to bring him in. He’d have a better shot of playing there, but I think he’s the backup in Philly next season.

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: Interesting situation, as the two parties legitimately may need one another. The Eagles don't have a clear No. 2 under contract, and Sudfeld doesn't have the resume to cash in as an unrestricted free agent or guarantee a backup job. His best bet may be to come back on a short-term deal and compete in a familiar system. Just don't go thinking this cements his place on the roster come September.

Verdict: Stays

Kyle Lauletta

Roob: A better prospect than Clayton Thorson, but that’s not a very high bar. Lauletta spent the year here learning the offense and getting acclimated. He seems to be a smart kid and has a strong arm. He and Wentz are the only QBs under contract for 2020 so I’d expect him to be here and go into 2020 as the No. 3 barring a Thorson-esque preseason catastrophe.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: He spent all season on the Eagles’ practice squad as a developmental player but the Eagles seem to like him. I think he’s at least back on the practice squad next year, but there’s also a chance he ends up on the 53-man roster if there’s another team sniffing around.

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: The Eagles thought enough of Lauletta's season-long stint on the practice squad to retain the former fourth-round pick. Granted, a futures contract is hardly a real commitment, but he could hang around into the summer at least, maybe even crack QB3 and keep his spot on the scout team.

Verdict: Stays

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Donnel Pumphrey, Freddie Martino and more: Every former Eagles player on XFL rosters

Donnel Pumphrey, Freddie Martino and more: Every former Eagles player on XFL rosters

The XFL season kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 8 when the DC Defenders host the Seattle Dragons at 2 p.m. on ABC. 

You can watch that game and root on Donnel Pumphrey! 

But he’s just one of many former Eagles in the eight-team startup league. 

After scouring all eight rosters, I counted 25 former Eagles. That means the league is 6 percent former Eagles. 

Here’s a look at every former Eagles player on each team: 

Dallas Renegades 

WR Freddie Martino
CB Josh Hawkins
LB Asantay Brown
DE Winston Craig 

The most notable name on this list is Hawkins, who played late in the season for the Eagles in 2018. He was thrown into a really tough spot against the Saints in the divisional round playoff game and didn’t hold up very well. He came back for training camp in 2019 but was released at final cuts. Martino, Brown and Craig were camp bodies and never played for the Eagles. But Martino was a fan favorite in camp in 2015 and ended up playing for the Bucs for a few years. From 2016-18 in Tampa Bay, Martino had 13 catches for 238 yards and a touchdown. 

DC Defenders 

WR DeAndre Thompkins 
RB Donnel Pumphrey 
C Jon Toth 
OL Malcolm Bunche 
DT Elijah Qualls

The Defenders actually boast two former Eagles draft picks from the 2017. Pumphrey was a fourth-round pick and Qualls was a sixth-round pick. Neither ever played a game for the Eagles. Pumprhey was the most prolific running back in NCAA history but at 5-9, 176 pounds, the Eagles tried to change his entire game and he never worked out. As recently as last offseason, Pump was in camp with the Eagles. Thompkins, a receiver from Penn State, was in camp before last season. Bunche, who is from Newark, Delaware, went undrafted out of UCLA in 2015. He was cut by the Eagles but spent the entire 2015 season on the practice squad. 

Houston Roughnecks

S Trae Elston 
CB Ajene Harris 
RB De’Angelo Henderson
OL Toby Weathersby
DL Gabe Wright 

Henderson was with the Eagles on their practice squad for most of the 2019 season but the Birds brought in Elijah Holyfield at the end of the season instead of promoting him. After the season ended, Henderson didn’t sign a futures deal with the Eagles and instead is heading to the XFL. Harris, a corner from USC, was also with the Eagles on their practice squad for some of this past season. You probably don’t even remember him, but Elston played in one game for the Eagles in 2017; he got seven special teams snaps in the Week 3 win over the Giants. 

Los Angeles Wildcats

S Jerome Couplin III 
LB Quentin Gause 

In 2014-15, Couplin played in nine games with the Eagles and had a total of five combined tackles. The William & Mary product went undrafted in 2014 and was with the Lions and Bills before coming to Philly. Gause was with the Eagles in the summer of 2016 and ended up playing in three games that season for the Broncos. 

New York Guardians

QB Luis Perez
QB Matt McGloin
LB Ryan Mueller 

Perez came from the AAF and spent just a month with the Eagles. McGloin, the former Penn State quarterback, lasted the 2017 offseason with the Eagles. But he did play in 13 games (7 starts) for the Raiders from 2013-16. Mueller was a big-time defensive end at Kansas State but when he got to Philly in 2016, he was a fullback that offseason. That was the last time the Eagles toyed with the idea of a full-time fullback. 

St. Louis BattleHawks 

WR Carlton Agudosi 
DB Harold Jones-Quartey 
RB Matt Jones

Agudosi (6-6, 220) made some spectacular catches with the Eagles in the summer before the 2019 season but didn’t stick. And you’ll remember Matt Jones. He was with the Eagles briefly in 2018 but didn’t make the team. With the Redskins, the former third-round pick rushed for 950 yards in 2015-16. 

Seattle Dragons

S Godwin Igwebuike 

A year after Igwebuike played six games for the Niners and Bucs as an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern in 2018, he was with the Eagles in the summer of 2019. 

Tampa Bay Vipers 

QB Aaron Murray
WR Seantavius Jones 

Murray was with the Eagles in the 2016 season on the practice squad after he had been with the Chiefs under Doug Pederson in 2014-15. But the former fifth-round pick from Georgia went to the Rams in 2017. Jones was with the Eagles for a little over a month in the offseason of 2016 and never practiced in Philly. Still, he remains the best Seantavius in Eagles history. 

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Similarity Travis Kelce sees between Eagles' Super Bowl LII team and Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV team

Similarity Travis Kelce sees between Eagles' Super Bowl LII team and Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV team

Travis Kelce is about to play in his first Super Bowl but it’s not the first time he’s been around the biggest game in the sport. 

The Chiefs' tight end, and brother of Jason, was around the Eagles’ run to Super Bowl at the tail end of the 2017 season so he has an idea about what the week is like and what it takes to win it all. 

And Kelce, speaking to reporters in Miami, said he sees one big similarity between the Eagles in Super Bowl LII and his Chiefs that will play in Super Bowl LIV: 

I was out there in Minnesota. It was a very unique situation because I got to see it almost second hand and really kind of in the background of the Eagles, asking my brother everything that was going on that week. 

“It was unique how tight of a team they were, how their chemistry ... they just felt like a brotherhood, even from the outside. You could just tell how tight-knit that group was. With that being said, I think this team has the exact same feeling going into it. How much we appreciate each other and have fun on the field with each other and make sure we’re doing the right things so we’re accountable for each other.

There was definitely something special about that Eagles team that played in Super Bowl LII. It’s probably a bit much to call it a team of destiny, but that team had a special feel to it. And a big part of it is because of how close they were. 

In some sense, it shouldn’t be too surprising to see an Andy Reid-led team have a similar feel. The atmosphere around the 2017 Eagles was created in part by Doug Pederson and his coaching staff. Pederson wanted his guys to have fun, he wanted them to be themselves. And, of course, Pederson is a protégé of Reid. Both men are known as players coaches. 

As of early this week, Travis Kelce said he hadn’t yet asked his older brother about tips for Super Bowl week or playing in the big game. Jason was at the Pro Bowl with his family and baby daughter, so Travis wanted to give him a chance to enjoy himself. 

But Travis said he does plan on chatting with Jason soon. He wants to ask for tips about some things he might not know about playing in the big game, anything that will give him an advantage on Sunday evening. 

For now, how tight-knit the Chiefs are certainly won’t hurt. 

“Everyone is just enjoying their time, being themselves,” Kelce said. “I love this team more than any other team I’ve ever been on, man, because it’s that much more fun.”

Sound familiar? 

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