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Eagle Eye Podcast: Why just 1 open practice is a bad idea

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Why just 1 open practice is a bad idea

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro discuss the Eagles’ having just one open training camp practice for fans. 

A stroll around the NFC East. 

Also, the guys say goodbye to and old friend and Dave gets ready for an adventure. 

0:30 - The guys are back where their photo shoot took place. 
4:00 - Eagles messed up by limiting training camp access. 
10:00 - Missing Lehigh University.  
19:30 - How was the Cowboys’ spring? 
26:30 - The Giants’ new quarterback got booed at Yankee Stadium. 
31:30 - What’s the ceiling in Washington this year? 
37:30 - Eagles better or worse: QB, RB, WR. 
46:00 - Farewell, Steve. And good luck, Dave.  

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Eagles’ Carson Wentz ranked outside of top 10 NFL QBs by analyst

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Eagles’ Carson Wentz ranked outside of top 10 NFL QBs by analyst

Last year, when NBC Sports’ Chris Simms created his list of the top 40 quarterbacks in the NFL, he had Carson Wentz at No. 3. 

This year, he has Wentz at 11. 

Simms said he actually made Wentz third about two weeks before Wentz tore his ACL in the 2017 season. Since then, Wentz had to rehab the ACL/LCL and then suffered a stress fracture in his back in 2018. 

“Here’s the thing with Carson Wentz and why he’s No. 11,” Simms said. “It’s really availability, is the No. 1 reason he’s No. 11. The talent is top-5 talent.” 

Simms, a former NFL QB, went on to say Wentz is a “more physically gifted version of Andrew Luck.” 

By his incredibly high standard set in 2017, Wentz had a down season last year as he recovered and battled a new injury. But he still completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for over 3,000 yards in 11 games and had a TD-to-INT ratio of 3-1. Good, but not at his MVP-like level. 

So, is Simms right to rank Wentz as the 11th best quarterback in football? To answer that question, let’s first take a look at the guys outside the top 10. 

11. Carson Wentz 
12. Philip Rivers 
13. Dak Prescott 
14. Matt Stafford 
15. Kirk Cousins 
16. Nick Foles 
17. Baker Mayfield 
18. Derek Carr
19. Jared Goff
20. Mitchell Trubisky 

21. Jimmy Garoppolo 
22. Sam Darnold 
23. Josh Allen 
24. Kyler Murray 
25. Joe Flacco 
26. Andy Dalton 
27. Jameis Winston 
28. Case Keenum 
29. Marcus Mariota
30. Lamar Jackson 

31. Jacoby Brissett
32. Josh Rosen
33. Ryan Tannehill
34. Eli Manning 
35. Ryan Fitzpatrick 
36. Robert Griffen III
37. Drew Lock 
38. Dwayne Haskins
39. Colt McCoy 
40. Tyrod Taylor 

A little surprising to see Rivers come in at No. 12; he’s probably a top 10 guy too. And there are some other surprises along the way as well. I don’t really understand how Goff can be lower than Derek Carr. 

And Goff and Prescott are both ranked lower than Wentz, but will both cash in thanks to Wentz’s new contract. 

You’ll also notice that Wentz is the highest-ranked QB in the NFC East. Prescott is at 13, Eli is at 34, while Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy take 38 and 39, somehow behind RGIII, who hasn’t started an NFL game since 2016. Unless Simms shocks the world and puts Daniel Jones at No. 1 (that would be incredible), the Giants’ first-round pick isn’t even in the top 40. 

But based on that list, we can figure out who will be in Simms’ top 10. We don’t know the exact order, but here are the 10 guys he has yet to name: Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson.  

You’re not going to get any argument from me on the first five names I listed. Mahomes, Rodgers, Brady, Wilson and Brees deserve to be there. We could certainly argue about Big Ben or Ryan or Watson, but if Simms’ whole argument is about health, it becomes harder. 

Even Simms admitted Wentz has top-five talent and he absolutely does. I would have probably had Wentz sneak into my top 10, but if he stays healthy in 2019, there’s no question he’ll be back in the top 10 this time next year. 

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10 Eagles who might appeal to new Jets’ GM Joe Douglas

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10 Eagles who might appeal to new Jets’ GM Joe Douglas

The fingerprints of Joe Douglas were all over the Eagles’ roster the last couple of seasons. That’s why we saw so many former Bears and Ravens players land in Philly. 

Now, we’re probably going to see a lot of former Eagles end up with the Jets now that Douglas is the GM. 

And because the Eagles are generally considered to have a deep roster — and the Jets perhaps not so much — there’s a good chance the Jets will be interested in players who either won’t make the Eagles' roster or who won’t have a big role. 

With that in mind, here are 10 Eagles who might intrigue Douglas: 

CB Cre’Von LeBlanc

The Eagles brought LeBlanc in off waivers last November and he quickly established himself as the team’s nickel cornerback and solidified a secondary that had been decimated by injuries. But this spring, LeBlanc had been relegated to second team nickel CB and appears to be sixth overall on the cornerback depth chart. LeBlanc ended up in Chicago a few months after Douglas was gone, but Douglas would have been involved in scouting him out of Florida Atlantic. I think LeBlanc is going to make the Eagles' roster, but maybe Douglas could get him with a late-round pick. 

CB Josh Hawkins

I started this list with two cornerbacks because that’s a position where the Jets could clearly use some help. If LeBlanc is sixth on the CB depth chart, then Hawkins is seventh and the Eagles aren’t going to keep seven corners. Douglas was a part of the front office that brought Hawkins in mid-season last year and kept him around for this offseason. Once Hawkins is cut free, he could be a depth player for the Jets. 

S Deiondre’ Hall 

Hall is another player that overlapped with Douglas in Chicago. The Bears took Hall in the fourth round of the 2016 draft just before Douglas left town. Then, the Eagles thought enough of Hall to trade for him despite a suspension in Week 1 of the 2018 season. But even with injuries to the secondary, Hall played just six defensive snaps last year with a more significant role on special teams. Is this a case of the front office liking a player more than the coaching staff? If so, maybe Douglas tries to bring him in again. 

C Anthony Fabiano 

Maybe this one is a bit of a stretch, but as I understand it, the Jets are light at center. Fabiano is the top Eagles center who will likely be cut free. Undrafted out of Harvard in 2016, Fabiano has been with a bunch of teams and has played in nine career games with two starts. He joined the Eagles’ practice squad in November. 

EDGE Daeshon Hall 

A former third-round pick, Hall joined the Eagles last season and actually played in three games. He has a shot to make the roster this year, but if he doesn’t, he could be intriguing to Douglas and the Jets, who could use some extra pass-rush talent. 

DT Treyvon Hester 

The guy who tipped the double-doink is likely competing for a roster spot with Hassan Ridgeway, whom the Eagles brought in via trade at the draft. If Hester gets cut, he could provide a little interior depth for the Jets. 

RB Donnel Pumphrey 

When the Eagles traded up to draft Pump in the fourth round a couple years ago, Douglas praised him, saying Pump was a little dog who plays like a big dog. Pumphrey has never been on an active roster, but having Douglas in another city could possibly give the undersized back one more landing spot, perhaps as a practice squad player. 

ILB T.J. Edwards 

Edwards still has a chance to make the Eagles’ roster or perhaps stick around on the practice squad, but he’s a productive college player who many thought was going to be drafted. Douglas loves players who were productive in college and Edwards certainly fits that requirement. 

WR Greg Ward Jr. 

The Eagles brought in the former Houston quarterback as a project in 2017 and he has yet to make the roster, but is making another push this offseason. There are a few guys fighting for those last couple of receiver roster spots and if Ward is cut loose, he could be a deep roster addition for the Jets. 

EDGE Joe Ostman 

The Eagles seem to love Ostman, but I’m not sure there’s room for him on their roster. Howie Roseman seems to be a huge Ostman fan, but Douglas likes hardworking players and Ostman is definitely one. 

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