Aug 01, 2020
Jalen Hurts is a good insurance policy for Carson Wentz
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It was pretty surprising when the Eagles took Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but when looking at their quarterback situation, it makes sense.
The Eagles struck gold when they selected Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in 2016, but the one glaring concern with Wentz during his time in the pros has been his struggles to stay healthy.
While Wentz started all 16 games as a rookie and this past season, years two and three were a different story.
The Eagles were cruising in 2017 and Wentz was leading the way and looking like the unquestioned MVP at that point in time. Then, all of a sudden, disaster struck when Wentz was injured against the Rams late in the season, forcing Nick Foles to step in.
Well, we all know what happened next — Foles took the Eagles all the way to the Super Bowl, went toe-to-toe with Tom Brady, and helped Philadelphia win their first-ever Super Bowl. Foles also won the MVP award for the big game.
Philadelphia then had to make a tough decision last year regarding Foles and that was to part ways with their Super Bowl hero. It was the right choice, as Wentz was the younger (and better) player and was the future at the position.RELATED PRODUCTPhiladelphia Eagles Womens Free Fan Sports Bra - SBuy Now!Buy Now!
Wentz made it through the entire 2019 season without missing any time but was knocked out of the team’s Wild Card game against the Seahawks. That forced 80-year-old Josh McCown to step in and while he played fine, the Eagles lost the game. Wentz, once again, had to miss out on a playoff game due to injury.
Carson Wentz is incredibly talented and can make the Eagles relevant year after year. The problem is that he can’t always stay healthy, so the Eagles had to find a solution behind him on the depth chart.Enter Jalen Hurts, who Philly took in the second round of this year’s draft.
Normally teams don’t take a quarterback that early when they already have one they like, so that right there shows the Eagles don’t feel 100 percent confident in Wentz staying healthy for the duration of a season.
Hurts was not taken because Philadelphia thinks he’s better than Wentz. He’s not here to steal the quarterback job from the former second overall pick. He’s on the team to learn from Wentz and be ready to take the field if disaster strikes and Wentz finds himself injured or unable to play for another reason.
Hurts is no slouch either, as he proved during his time for two major Power-5 football programs in Alabama and Oklahoma. He helped lead both schools to the College Football Playoff and won a National Championship with the Crimson Tide in the 2017 season.
Last season Hurts proved he could be the same kind of player — if not better — when he took over as the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. Hurts looked like a cheat code for the Sooners, running all over people and finishing the season with just shy of 1,300 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns while throwing for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Hurts might not be the traditional NFL quarterback, but the league is evolving and changing and he fits the mold of what the league is becoming.
If nothing else, perhaps Hurts being on the Eagles roster pushes Wentz harder and the Eagles go on to win more titles because of this. At the very least, the worst thing that happens here is that Jalen Hurts never sees the field and Eagles fans are left wondering why this pick ever occurred.Next: Jalen Hurts Focus is Exactly Where it Should Be
For now though, it’s hard to blame the Philadelphia Eagles for wanting to have an insurance plan in case their oft-injured quarterback goes down in a big situation again. Jalen Hurts gives them that insurance plan.
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Eagles Slot Cornerback Turned Down More Money to Play in Philly
Getty Images The Los Angeles Rams declined their team option for CB Nickell Robey-Coleman on March 17.
Sometimes a free agent just wants to play for the highest bidder. In the case of Nickell Robey-Coleman, it was more about believing in him and making him feel welcome.
The Eagles “came out of nowhere” to snatch Robey-Coleman off the open market and make him the team’s starting nickel cornerback (although Cre’Von LeBlanc may put up a fight there). The 28-year-old revealed to reporters on Monday that he had better offers on the table but no other organization did the amount of homework on him that the Eagles did.
“I had a couple of teams that were looking at me and evaluating me and we were getting down to the decisions and then that’s when the Philadelphia Eagles gave us a phone call,” Robey-Coleman said. “They expressed how much they liked my style of play, and they sounded very enthusiastic about making this move. It sounded like they were more interested in me than any other team was interested in me.”
#Eagles CB Nickell Robey-Coleman on why he signed with Philly: "The Eagles kind of came out of nowhere. They sounded more interested in me than any other team." Hints that he turned down more money because he liked the organization and the way they plan to use him. #FlyEaglesFly
— Michael Greger (@mike_greger) August 10, 2020
They recruited Robey-Coleman hard at the eleventh hour, telling him his skill set was a perfect match for their scheme and spreading “all the love” on thick. The two sides ultimately came together on a one-year deal worth $1.35 million, per Spotrac. He could have cashed in elsewhere but the decision wasn’t about money.
“So I went with that rather than being paid or anything like that. I went with they believed in me and they liked my skills,” Robey-Coleman said. “It was like a no brainer in coming to Philly because of how much emotion they put into getting me to sign here and how they treated me after that … it was all love, they welcomed me with open arms and I felt like an Eagle immediately.”
Time to apply that [email protected] | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/akmVlFdZkT
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 4, 2020
Follow the Heavy on Eagles Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Getting to Know Secondary Coach Marquand Manuel
The Eagles hired former Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel to fix their broken secondary in late January. He spent eight years as a defensive back in the NFL before transitioning to coach. The Eagles have hidden the 41-year-old behind closed doors this offseason but the players love him. He believes in trusting the process and putting the team first.
Eagles have interviewed former Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel for defensive backs coach and a deal could happen as early as today, per source. Manuel was a key member of Atlanta’s defense during Super Bowl run, can help a Philly secondary that needs it.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 24, 2020
“He’s a players’ coach,” Robey-Coleman said. “He believes in the process, and that’s what I love about him. No person is bigger than the next man. That’s what he believes, and so he’s going to coach you hard and when it’s time to work you are going to go out and work, and basically put you in position to make the best plays that you can possibly make, and he just wants to see you do great.”
Manuel has had his hands full as he attempts to integrate both Robey-Coleman and Darius Slay into the Eagles’ new-look secondary. Lucky for him, veteran safety Rodney McLeod has provided a steadying voice and calming influence in the defensive backs room. He has jumped in and assumed the leadership void.
#Eagles CB Nickell Robey-Coleman on leaders in defensive backs room: "I go to Rodney [McLeod] for any hard questions … he's very cerebral as a safety, knows all the calls and can tell me how to play certain formations or looks." #FlyEaglesFly
— Michael Greger (@mike_greger) August 10, 2020
“I always go to Rodney McLeod for any hard-on questions, any like third-level or fourth-level questions that I have about the defense,” Robey Coleman said. “He knows everything and so he can tell me what position to put myself in and what to play on certain formations or looks that are irregular to defenses.”
McLeod himself said Manuel’s ability to coach them up has been “seamless.”
“I think guys respect him because he’s played the game,” McLeod said. “And because of his passion. He has a very high standard. He’s coached a lot of great secondaries and we want to be another group respected in this league and treated as such.”Could Robey-Coleman Play Outside Cornerback?
The assumption is that Robey-Coleman will be battling LeBlanc for the starting job at slot corner but nothing is set in stone. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz admitted there is an “open competition” for the starting outside spot opposite Slay.
Could Robey-Coleman take on that role? It’s not unthinkable, especially considering the state of the Eagles safeties.
“Slay is going to be an important intricate of the defense from the secondary standpoint and when you got guys like Rodney [McLeod] and you got [Jalen] Mills, it makes me feel very comfortable to play on the outside or on the inside,” Robey-Coleman said. “So to know that I have great safeties in the game, it allows me to play aggressive and knowing that I can trust them on the backend.”
Over the past two seasons combined – Nickell Robey-Coleman has allowed just 0.75 yards per snap in slot coverage – that's the second-lowest in that span. pic.twitter.com/YHUD7IVhtF
— PFF (@PFF) February 2, 2019
It’s safe to assume that Robey-Coleman will wind up playing some outside corner at some point. Doing it on a full-time basis doesn’t seem logical. He’s just too valuable in the slot. The outside competition will be pit Avonte Maddox versus Sidney Jones, with Rasul Douglas getting a look.
“Rasul is a great guy, man. Hard worker, got a lot of jokes,” Slay said. “I told him I’ll teach him everything I know because like I said I want him to be a sponge to me. I want him to feed off whatever I got and learn everything he can.”
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