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Eagles Stay or Go — The other backup quarterback

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Eagles Stay or Go — The other backup quarterback

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles

All of our previous Stay or Go posts can be found here.

Nate Sudfeld
Roob: The trivia question is this: What quarterback has the highest career completion percentage in NFL history with at least 20 attempts? The answer, of course, is Nate Sudfeld, who went 19 for 23 against the Cowboys in his only NFL game. The Eagles liked Sudfeld enough that they didn't hesitate to move him up to No. 2 behind lookalike Nick Foles when Carson Wentz got hurt. They preferred Sudfeld to signing a veteran, and that speaks volumes. I have a feeling Sudfeld will be around for a while.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: The Eagles made it pretty clear what they thought of Sudfeld when they added him to their 53-man roster to prevent the Colts from signing him. Then they really showed what they thought of him when they went into the playoffs with him as their backup quarterback instead of adding a veteran for the run to the Super Bowl. While there's been so much talk about possibly trading Nick Foles, Sudfeld might be trade bait too. For now, though, the Eagles think enough of the young quarterback to keep him around. 

Verdict: STAYS

Tre Sullivan
Roob:
Sullivan is one of the 2017 practice squad guys who rejoined the team with a reserve/future contract. He was undrafted out of Sheperd University in West Virginia. So he's the ultimate longshot. But that's what this team is all about, right? The Eagles just don't have that many safeties under contract, so I'd expect Sullivan to get a lot of playing time in the preseason. Beyond that, it's up to him.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: Pretty wild that the Eagles had Sullivan and Billy Brown, both from Division II Shepherd University. Sullivan is a safety who was with the Birds in training camp and was brought back to the practice squad in November. They seem to like him, but he doesn't seem to have a good shot at making the roster. 

Verdict: GOES

Bryce Treggs
Roob:
Treggs spent half the season with the Browns and finished the season with the Eagles at the Super Bowl. Talk about living two extremes. Treggs is still only 23 and still has that world-class speed, so with him, it's just a matter of getting better at route running and securing the football. That speed will always get him a look somewhere, but he's still a longshot to make the Eagles' roster.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: Treggs began the season on the Eagles' practice squad, spent a couple months on the Browns' active roster and then finished the 2017 season on the Birds' practice squad through the Super Bowl run. He'll be in camp and has a shot to impress and earn a roster spot. If Torrey Smith is gone, the Eagles will need a deep threat again. It just seems like they can find someone else. 

Verdict: GOES

On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

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On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

Generally speaking, running backs either begin to decline or hit a wall around the time they turn 30. 

That hasn’t happened to Darren Sproles. 

In fact, today is Sproles’ birthday. He turns 35 and after rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL and a broken forearm, he still hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. That, in itself, is pretty incredible. 

Since it’s Sproles’ birthday, it seems like a good time to look into the elite company he can join this year as a productive 35-plus-year-old in the NFL. 

Sproles will enter the 2018 season with 19,155 all-purpose yards. He’s already eighth in NFL history and has a chance to surpass quite a few names on this list with a productive season. There are just seven players in front of him and five of them are already Hall of Famers: 

Jerry Rice: 23,546
Brian Mitchell: 23,330
Walter Payton: 21,803
Emmit Smith: 21,564
Tim Brown: 19,682
Marshall Faulk: 19,190
Steve Smith Jr.: 19,180

It’s impossible to know just how productive Sproles will be in 2018, especially as he’s coming off a significant knee injury. Last year, he had only two healthy games and he had just 88 all-purpose yards in them, putting him on pace for 704. That would have been significantly lower than his three previous seasons with the Eagles. 

In those three previous seasons, we saw a very slight decline from 1,237 in 2014 to 1,171 in 2015 to 1,108 in 2016. 

But if Sproles can return to form and is able to eclipse 1,000 all-purpose yards in 2018, he’d become just the eighth running back in NFL history to do it at age 35 or older. A search of Pro Football Reference shows the top mark ever for a running back over 35 (must be 35 or older on Dec. 31 of that year) was Herschel Walker’s season in 1997 (1,336). 

If Sproles eclipses that 1,000-yard mark, he’d also become just the second Eagles player (any position) to do it at 35 or older. The only other Eagle to do it was Irving Fryar, who had 1,316 back in 1997 too. 

He’d also move past Smith, Faulk and Brown into fifth all-time in all-purpose yards, becoming just the fifth player in NFL history to surpass the 20,000-yard mark. 

Even in 2016, when he had a down year as a punt returner, Sproles still had 224 punt return yards. If he surpasses the 200-yard mark this season, he’d be just the third player in NFL history to do it at 35 or older. The other three are Michael Lewis (336 in 2007), Leo Lewis (225 in 1991) and Mel Gray (205 in 1996). 

And this year, with the new kickoff rules, there’s a chance the Eagles might use him as a kick returner too. More chances to pile up yards. 

The man himself doesn’t care too much about individual achievements; he’d rather win another Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy tracking his progress. 

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Eagle Eye: Should veteran players be expected to mentor younger ones?

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Eagle Eye: Should veteran players be expected to mentor younger ones?

In the latest edition of Eagle Eye, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks discuss why this offseason has lacked buzz. Barrett has some strong words about a former No. 2 pick. Should we expect older players to mentor younger players? Also, Julio Jones wants big money.

1:00 - Lack of buzz this offseason.
6:30 - Barrett calls Greg Robinson a "bum."
11:00 - Should veteran players be expected to mentor younger players?
19:00 - Julio Jones wants big money.
23:00 - What if Barrett posed nude for a magazine?