Ed Rendell says Philadelphia Eagles should take Christian McCaffrey in first round, Carson Wentz speaks and more news
Today’s Philadelphia Eagles links take a look at who Pennsylvania’s former governor thinks the Birds should take with their first-round pick and a whole lot from quarterback Carson Wentz’s meeting with the media horde Monday afternoon.
They have a ton of needs – cornerback, defensive line, linebacker and running back. Clearly, of all those positions, running back is the one that can have the greatest impact on a team’s fate. If you don’t believe me, think about what Ezekiel Elliott meant to the Cowboys. When that running back is also a great receiver and punt returner, his impact can be dramatic.
Of course, within the past two weeks, the Eagles have been heavily linked to Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. And part of Rendell’s reasoning behind drafting McCaffrey is that he could help fill Darren Sproles’ role once Sproles retires. But Sproles was a fourth-round pick in the mid-2000s. Is a first-round pick on a utility player worth it? Rendell seems to think so.
Elsewhere, quarterback Carson Wentz met with the media for the first time this offseason and discussed some changes in his mechanics. He denied that elbow soreness hampered his performance at the end of last season, but he did say he’s aiming for consistency while he’s behind center.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane thinks this is a good development for Wentz:
Wentz is likely right when he said that the changes that he and Dedeaux made would almost be negligible to the untrained eye. Every NFL quarterback, from Tom Brady to Matt McGloin, spends the offseason fine-tuning and tinkering with his mechanics. It isn’t necessarily what Wentz changed that is important but the fact that he did.
He had a good rookie season and did little to suggest that he won’t improve this fall and for years to come. The possibilities seem endless if you watch certain moments from 2016 and allow the mind to wander. But there’s a flip side to that coin. And if Wentz can’t start to address nagging mechanical defects, it could be the line between being Andy Dalton and Aaron Rodgers.
There’s much, much more on Wentz’s meeting with the press below.
Here’s a look at the rest of the day’s Eagles links:
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