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Hall of Famers, Braxton Miller, and more in Roob's random observations

Hall of Famers, Braxton Miller, and more in Roob's random observations

Some random thoughts on Eagles cornerbacks, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Braxton Miller, Mackey Sasser and much more as we continue to count down the days until these football games actually mean something.

• I like what Carson Wentz said the other day about spending more time in the pocket this year. It’s really part of the natural progression most athletic quarterbacks go through as they truly develop a thorough understanding of their offense. They still can run but they just don’t need to run. Randall Cunningham ran 500 times his first seven years, but by his MVP season with the Vikings in 1998 he ran only 32 times (including 11 kneel-downs). Donovan McNabb ran 349 times his first five years, but in the Super Bowl season, when he had by far his best passing numbers, he ran only 41 times all year (including 11 kneel-downs). Russell Wilson ran over 6.0 times per game his first six seasons but last year, when he had his best passing numbers, he ran only 50 times all year not counting 15 kneel-downs. The key is that when it does make sense to take off and make a play with your legs, you don’t hesitate, and Carson promises he will. I honestly think we could see him take his game to another level this year. With these weapons? I’d be surprised if he doesn’t.

• Cody Parkey went into last year as the 8th-most accurate kicker in NFL history. His 77.8 career percentage from 50 yards and out (on 7-for-9) is 5th-best in NFL history among kickers who’ve attempted at least five of them. He was 21-for-23 with the Dolphins in 2017. Pretty darn good resume. And he can’t get a job. Incredible what hitting a few posts and double-doinking a postseason game-winning attempt will do for you. Tough line of work. 

• Very curious what the Eagles will do with Clayton Thorson. He followed his encouraging game in Jacksonville last Thursday with a very good week of practice. Really looks like he’s turned the proverbial corner. So do they still try to clear him through waivers to get him onto the practice squad and risk losing him? Or do they keep a guy who won’t play this year on the 53-man roster and cut somebody else they want to keep? Right now, I’d say there’s about a 35 percent chance Thorson would get claimed if they cut him. But two more productive preseason games and that number is going to go up significantly. Tricky decision for Howie.

• I don’t know why the Pro Football Hall of Fame continually snubs deserving former Eagles like Eric Allen, Harold Carmichael, Al Wistert, Harold Jackson and Seth Joyner. But I do know that it’s absurd that a franchise that’s been around for 88 years is represented by only six players who spent more than half their career here: Dawk, Reggie, Chuck Bednarik, Pete Pihos, Tommy McDonald and Steve Van Buren. That’s it.

• It’s great that Ronald Darby is back, and it’s not that I don’t like Darby, but I can’t help thinking Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones are the Eagles’ two best options right now at outside corner. 

• I hope things work out for Braxton Miller with the Browns. He’s a good kid and things haven’t worked out for him since he got hurt in 2014 and lost his job quarterback Ohio State. He’s changed positions, becoming a wide receiver, and bounced from the Texans to the Eagles to the Browns. It’s been a rough few years. But I’ve got to be honest. I never saw him make one play at training camp. The Eagles were pretty high on him going into camp, but he just never ever flashed. 

• The Eagles and Packers are the only NFL teams that haven’t had a 50-catch running back in either of the last two seasons. As much as the Eagles work with all their backs in the receiving game, I’m not sure they’ll have one this year either. I do think Miles Sanders will eventually become a dangerous NFL receiver, but that’s probably a year or two away.

• What the heck happened to Stefen Wisniewski? I’ve never seen a guy just lose the ability to snap the football accurately like he has. It’s like Macky Sasser. Or Chuck Knoblauch. The inability to execute the most routine play. Wisniewski is still a solid guard, but he’s here to back up the three inside positions, and if you can’t trust him to play center, does it make sense to keep him? Wisniewski has started a ton of games in the league at center and was a Super Bowl starter at guard two years ago, but I’m not sure the Eagles can afford to keep him around.

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Bears fans are hilariously trying to kick 43-yard field goals in the snow

Bears fans are hilariously trying to kick 43-yard field goals in the snow

Do you like the Chicago Bears? Can you kick a 43-yard field goal in the snow? If you answered yes to one of these questions and no to the other, you’re probably at Goose Island Brewing Co. in Chicago right now. 

In honor of last weekend’s 16-15 Bears loss, Goose Island Brewing Co. challenged fans to be able to kick a field goal of the same length Cody Parkey missed from. However, there are two problems. The field goal was, in fact, blocked and it’s snowing in Chicago on Saturday.

This is going exactly how we expected.

If anyone can manage to kick one successfully, they’ll receive a pair of tickets to any 2019 regular-season game, round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights. Winners also will get a shot at making a 65-yard field goal, for Super Bowl tickets. Originally, Goose Island Brewing Co. wanted to give away free beer, but were not allowed.

Kudos to Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times, for braving the elements to capture miss after miss. To be completely fair, it looks nearly impossible in these conditions.

That being said, if only someone could step right up and drill a field goal, or two, that would be really something, wouldn't it?

We’ll update this post if we notice anyone put one through the uprights.

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Watch Malcolm Jenkins 'talking so bad' to Cody Parkey prior to missed FG

Watch Malcolm Jenkins 'talking so bad' to Cody Parkey prior to missed FG

The range of emotions coming out of the final moments of the Eagles' win Sunday over the Bears in Chicago hit all the notes.

The pure joy in the city of Philadelphia was matched by the anger and disbelief in the city of Chicago after Cody Parkey's kick hit the upright, then the crossbar and was no good.

Philly fans were absolutely thrilled that Parkey missed, but there was definitely a slight feeling of empathy for the former Eagle.

Obviously, the Eagles players were as happy as anybody at the result, but some of his former teammates felt for Parkey. Eagles kicker Jake Elliott felt as bad as anybody.

And then there was Malcolm Jenkins.

Jenkins can be heard talking trash to his former teammate in Showtime's "Inside the NFL" segment.

"Cody, just saying what's up! You know we're old friends," Jenkins says to Parkey earlier in the game.

Microphones caught Jenkins following the final missed kick as well.

"I feel bad. I was talking so bad to Cody," Jenkins says to his teammates. 

Jenkins then finds Parkey on the field where the two share a moment.

"All love, brother."

Also of note from the segment: Apparently Golden Tate wasn't certain which route he was supposed to run on the final touchdown.

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