The Eagles notes: Why the team is right in its belief in safety Marcus Epps

Why the Eagles probably won’t be spending big, Jonathan Gannon’s 2022 predictions and Boston Scott’s crazy stats highlight Rob’s 10 random off-season observations this weekend.

There might be some thoughts on everyone’s favorite topics: Carson Wentz, Nick Foles and Galen Hurts.

1. I know everyone is asking the Eagles to have a great safe after that, but I don’t think that will happen. The Eagles seem to really like Marcus Epps, and I can kind of see why. Epps wasn’t bad last year. He is strong and physical, smart and instinctive, a solid striker, decent on coverage, around the ball.

The only real problem is that he was never a full time player. He averaged 32 shots per game last year and ranked 18y Of all the safety devices qualified by Pro Football Focus – well above Rodney McLeod (43research and development) or Anthony Harris (53 .)research and development). He averages 11 fewer shots per game than McLeod, and all it takes is that he increases from 32 shots per game to perhaps 50.

Perhaps the Eagles could trade some picks for the veteran’s safety and give him a hefty contract, but Epps is already under contract for a modest $965,000 and has a chance of being good. If I’m talking about snapshots, I’m saving the snapshots and giving Epps a shot at this.

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2. For those skeptical that Gannon would be a more aggressive coach in Year 2, consider this: Since the end of last year, the Eagles have added James Bradbury, Keizer White, Nacube Dean, Jordan Davis, Hasson Riddick (and Brandon Graham) in defense and subtract Alex Singleton, MacLeod, Steve Nelson and Jennard Avery, Hassan Ridgway and Ryan Kerrigan.

why on earth no He coach more powerfully? Of course he will. He has players now.

3. If I were to rank all the NFC teams, I’m not sure I’d put anyone other than the Rams, Packers, Pirates, and 49ers ahead of the Eagles. I feel the Eagles have overtaken the Cowboys, though, and given the holiday season for the Eagles, I’ve been putting them at the front of the cards – who won’t have Deandre Hopkins until week seven – and the Vikings – who are starting over with a new coach.

Who is there too? saints? Seahawks? leaders? Nah. The Eagles were a team in the playoffs last year, and they should be significantly better this year.

4. Hurts Stats for the Week: In the past 20 years, only four quarterbacks have averaged at least 12.3 yards per achievement in the first two seasons, and also averaged fewer than one interception every 45 pass attempts: Michael Vick, Marcus Mariota, Patrick Mahomes, Falls & Horts.

5. When I wrote last week Which suggests that fans shouldn’t be making fun of Carson Wentz when he returns to Link, has ignited the usual (and sometimes ugly) controversy between Foles vs. If follis started the whole year.

My answer to both questions is no.

Wentz has three yards in postseason in six seasons, so even as he was playing in 2017 to think he was going to go out and defeat the Hawks, Vikings and Patriots, I’m not buying it.

And Vols has never won more than eight games in a season and has not started more than 11. So I think he would have won 13-3 and got the Eagles top seed, I’m not buying that either.

But really, that’s part of what makes 2017 so special. The Eagles did it as a team. They did it as a group. They did it together. With this team, the whole was definitely greater than the sum of the parts. Especially in a quarterback. The Eagles did not have a 2017 Hall of Fame quarterback. They didn’t have Tom Brady or Drew Bryce or Mahomes. They had two flawed quarterbacks combined for a historic season of near perfection.

So why not retire from discussing Foles vs. Wentz were all and appreciate what they did together. Started by Wentz, completed by Foles, none of us will ever forget it.

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6 a. The Eagles have lost 16 playoffs in the past 30 years and 12 of those losses have been to (current or future) Hall of Fame players. That’s three for Breeze, two for Brady, Kurt Warner and Troy Aikman and one each for Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.

The only non-Hall of Famers team to have defeated the Eagles in the postseason over the past 30 years are Kerry Collins in 2000, Brad Johnson in 2002, Jake Delhomme in 2003 and Tony Romo in 2009.

6b. Interestingly, the Eagles lost only one game after the season in their first 48 years – the 1947 NFL Championship game against the cards in Chicago. They never lost a playoff at home until 1981. This helped them play only two of them from 1933 until 1978.

7. It’s going to be a big summer for two of the 2020 draft picks – 3research and development-Choice of Davion Taylor and 4y-K’Von Wallace’s Choice. They are both really in the same position. Taylor started seven games in two years, and Wallace six games. Both have shown some flashes, but neither have been able to stay healthy, neither have been able to play consistently and neither have been shut down in 2022.

The quarterback spot in particular has become terribly crowded. Taylor and Wallace both had their moments, but in year three, nothing is guaranteed. They must attend training camp to make their way to the 53rd.

8. Scott’s 34-yard TD dash in a playoff against the Bucs is the longest TD run in NFL post-season history by falling back by one carry. He is actually twice as long as the second longest – 17 yards TD by former Eagle Leonard Weaver while he was with the Seahawks on his lone campaign win over Washington in 2008.

9. Perhaps the Eagles will keep Isaac Sumalo this year, but you can make a good case for his release. Seumalo is a decent goalkeeper but has entered year seven and has only been a full-time player once, in 2019, and has missed most of the past two years due to injuries.

He had already lost his left guard job to Landon Dickerson.

It holds a weak cap figure of $7.668 million.

And the Eagles could save about $1.2 million in cover space by cutting it (or cutting dead money to $2 million in 2022 and $3.8 million in 2023 by making it cut beyond June 1).

And you’ve got guys like Jack Driscoll and Soa Obita who can play the right bouncer, and they’re perfectly fine.

Why do you keep it?

10. Was Doug Pederson’s 84-yard pass to Torrance Small against the Giants at the Vet in 1999 the most 84-yard TD pass in NFL history? This was the longest pass in Pederson’s career and the longest in Small’s career.

One of the worst quarterbacks in the history of the Eagles, throwing it to one of the worst receivers in the history of the Eagles. Not surprisingly, the Eagles lost (in Michael Strahan’s 44-yard overtime pick 6 versus Pederson).

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