A look at the Philadelphia Eagles’ schedule, draft board chatter and more
Today’s Philadelphia Eagles links look at the team’s schedule, which was unveiled Thursday night, and some more on the team’s draft strategy with that event now less than a week away.
At first glance, the Eagles’ schedule looks a little weird. There’s back-to-back road games to start and then back-to-back games on the West Coast later in the season. There’s a normal helping of difficult opponents, thanks to the way the scheduling system shakes out, and then there’s some marquee matchups, like Oakland on Christmas night.
But the one thing that’s clear with this year’s schedule compared to last year’s is that the Birds will be tested early. And the Philadelphia Daily News’ John Smallwood thinks the Eagles don’t have any room for error early on:
The Eagles opened at home against a hapless Cleveland Browns team that would go on to win only one game and then traveled to Chicago to play the Bears, who finished 3-13.
Playing against inferior opponents eased the pressure on Wentz and allowed him to quickly settle into life as an NFL quarterback and piggyback that into a solid rookie season.
Coming off a 7-9 season, the Eagles already made some key changes to the roster. But change also means there will be an adjustment period when players have to get used to the tendencies and techniques of new teammates.
The Eagles had better get most of the kinks resolved in training camp and preseason games.
We’ll have more on the schedule and reaction to it later this weekend, but the early reaction seems to point toward it being difficult but also yielding some interesting matchups and games. ESPN’s John Clayton thinks that the Eagles’ Week 14 game at the Los Angeles Rams — Carson Wentz vs. Jared Goff I — could be one of the most entertaining of the season.
Elsewhere, Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas, the Eagles’ primary decision makers, met with the media earlier this week. There’s been plenty of smoke around which way the Eagles are leaning with their pick — wide receiver, cornerback, running back — and another possibility, albeit one that seems unlikely, could be trading the pick. Roseman explained his strategy when it comes to that.
Here’s PhillyVoice’s Jimmy Kempski with Roseman’s answer on trading a pick:
“You get into these situations where it’s pretty clear cut when you have a draft board, you’re picking at 14, you have a list of guys that you have graded as worth going at 14,” he said. “If you have a bunch of those guys that are available when you pick, you entertain trade-down offers, far enough that you can still get one of those top guys. If you don’t have 14 guys, you see if there’s an opportunity to move up.
“I think it goes that way for every round in the draft. If you have guys that are really highly graded and you think they’re worthy of moving up, you have those conversations. If you have guys that fit where you’re picking right there, you stay. If you have a group of those guys, you pick up additional picks.”
Here’s a look at the rest of the day’s Eagles news: