Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman on Saturday vehemently denied reports there was some sort of altercation — verbal or physical — between the Eagles and prospect Derrius Guice during his pre-draft visit to the NovaCare Complex.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported there was a “shouting match” between Guice and the Eagles and said a person involved called it the worst pre-draft interview he's ever seen. Guice has denied the report too.
“There was no altercation here in this building that any of us are aware of,” Roseman said Saturday. “I don’t know where that report came from. I can speak for everyone in here that nothing like that happened here in Philadelphia.”
Did something happen somewhere else?
“There was no altercation,” Roseman repeated. “When you hear the word altercations, it’s like fisticuffs or something or yelling and screaming. I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a room where a player has yelled at anyone.”
Vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and head coach Doug Pederson also said nothing happened.
The Eagles were clearly interested in Guice at some level but drafted tight end Dallas Goedert with the No. 49 pick in the draft. Ten picks later, Guice ended up going to division-rival Washington at pick No. 59.
"A lot of things came out of nowhere and weren't true, and I just didn't understand 'Why me?'" Guice said Friday night, via NBC Sports Washington. "I'm just thankful that this whole process is over with, that an organization believed in me and trusted in me. I'm just ready to get to work."
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The Jaguars were already one of the favorite teams to land Nick Foles this offseason. And that was before they brought in his former QBs coach.
Now, John DeFilippo is heading to Jacksonville and it’s fair to wonder if Foles won’t be too far behind.
Foles and DeFilippo weren’t together long in Philadelphia. Foles came back in 2017 so the two worked together for just one season, but that season ended with Foles holding the Super Bowl MVP trophy. DeFilippo was highly regarded by the Eagles and by the quarterbacks in his meeting room.
This is what Foles said about DeFilippo late last season, when it became likely Flip would find a job elsewhere.
He grinds. He puts us through some stuff, which is awesome. He's a great coach. I know he's focused on us right now, but I also know he's going to be a great head coach someday, and I'm excited for his opportunity.
DeFilippo, 40, might still be a head coach someday soon, but he’s going back to an OC position for now. He was the OC and play caller in Minnesota but was fired by head coach Mike Zimmer before the conclusion of the 2018 season.
Even before the arrival of DeFilippo, the Jaguars were clearly in the mix to get Foles.
The real question would be whether or not they’d be willing to part with draft picks to get Foles or if he’d simply be a guy they might want to sign if he becomes a free agent.
The Eagles were able to get to an incredibly high level of play while DeFilippo was working with Foles, so it would make some sense for there to be a reunion in Jacksonville. It doesn’t mean this is where Foles will definitely end up, but there seems to be at least a little better chance after this move.
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