Speaking to the reporters for the first time since their end-of-year press conference, Howie Roseman and Nick Sirianni spoke to the media at the NFL Combine.
Rumors had been swirling for months about the Eagles’ involvement in the QB market, the defensive side of the football and even adding another playmaker on offense. Let’s take a look at the main takeaways from Roseman and Sirianni gave in Indy this afternoon.
The Eagles stick by Hurts
Not much has changed on the QB side. Roseman and Sirianni both gave glowing remarks on the team’s starting QB and continue to push that they are looking to build around Jalen Hurts.
NFL Analysts could say that the Eagles wouldn’t say anything different as to be coy on their overall plans, but Roseman continuing to back up the starting QB and Sirianni talking about his overall competitiveness is something that should not be taken lightly. This is a franchise that is looking for stable success and the front office backing Hurts is a huge point to this.
Of course other people will look at an answer like below and question whether Howie is close to making a move for another QB as well.
But it’s still a lot better than what a franchise like the Colts have been saying about their QB since they started speaking at the Combine.
This isn’t the same Howie Roseman
Much of the conversation is going to be around the Eagles comments on Hurts and their plans at the QB position. In my opinion, the main point to take away is how different of an approach the Eagles will have going into the NFL Draft this year. It’s been discussed how much of a seismic shift 2020 had on the entire organization and it seems Roseman, one of the lone surviving decision makers of the year, has taken to heart the changes that have needed to be made.
Now, some things regarding the organization will remain the same, like the constant need for pass rushers on a team that didn’t have enough success at that position. But the overall plan in HOW the team evaluates talent is something that has definitely changed.
Fans saw the 2021 draft and were pleased with the overall commitment in the trenches and skill position groups. It’s clear that it seems the Eagles will be looking to do much of the same this year as well.
Tyler Linderbaum – Come on Down?
Jason Kelce’s future still seems to be in limbo. And while Nick Sirianni can joke about delivering the beer to Kelce’s house, it doesn’t look like the future HOF’er has made up his mind yet when it comes to playing next season.
Where does that leave the Eagles? Well, they would certainly be looking for a center this upcoming year to bolster the position, or they’d feel confidence in Landon Dickerson moving back to his true position, and leaving Seumalo at left guard. Could Tyler Linderbaum become an Eagle? Or is Kelce’s replacement already on the roster?
In the end, there are a ton of questions the franchise will need to answer if/when Kelce makes his decision, and it doesn’t look like it’s coming anytime soon.
Jalen Regaor is in Jeopardy
While the Eagles were very keen on backing some of their young skill position talent, one player was left off the list.
Can you guess who?
Yep you guessed it. Reagor was left off the list of players Howie talked about at reciever. He name dropped Quez, DeVonta, and even the RB’s the team has. But Reagor was not mentioned for a team with a lot of questions to fill on who will be the #2 wideout position.
All signs point to Reagor not being on the team much longer. The Eagles have only had him for two years but with injuries and other issues that have surrounded the player, Reagor is now in a position where he could be looking for a new team soon.
Eagles won’t be making three first round picks
Probably the main final point to the Roseman/Sirianni press conference this afternoon is the fact that the Eagles, as always, are open for business.
The Eagles are in an excellent state of the franchise now in that they have flexible cap space, and a plethora of picks to chose from to build their team further.
All signs point to the Eagles building around Hurts but that doesn’t mean all three first rounders are going to be used this year. Perhaps Roseman gets another first in 2023 which could open the door for even more flexibility down the road for the franchise.
Whatever the case, the Eagles are clearly in a position where this team is only going to get better with time and mentoring. And it’s a message that has clearly resonated across the fanbase.
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