A bewildering roster gaffe and more in Roob's random Eagles observations
A Confusing Squad Gaffe and More in Roob's Random Eagles Spotting originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
A badly advised squad decision, DeSean Jackson's contract, a freshman I'd want to see more of, and the smallest crowd in Eagles history.
All that and more in the weekend edition of Roobs 10 Random Eagles Spots!
1. The following bothers me about the Eagles losing Casey Toohill: They kept Vinny Curry instead. Now curry is one of my favorite eagles for the past decade. He's a good guy and a good eagle. But why would a team that already has Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett and Genard Avery need a 32 year old Vinny Curry as the fifth DE? Toohill is a round seven rookie who had an impressive training camp, hitting 53 and even scooping 22 snaps in the Rams game. He is eight years younger than Curry. But when Curry's IR exercise window was open, the Eagles released Toohill on Tuesday and tried to sneak him into the exercise group. Washington claimed him, and now a rookie draft pick is on another NFC East team because the Eagles decided to bring Curry back for a ninth season. Nothing against curry. He had a good year last year. He is a professional. But if you want to have a youth movement, you just can't hold a 32 year old deep backup over a promising 24 year old rookie draft pick.
2. Who can name the last person to start a middle game for the Eagles before Jason Kelce? You could have given me 100 guesses and I wouldn't have got it right. Answer below.
3. Since Jackson returned to the Eagles before last season, he has had a signing bonus of $ 7.17 million, an option bonus of $ 2 million, a base salary of $ 1.03 million in 2019, Earned a base salary of $ 2.189 million in 2020, $ 800,000 in training bonuses, and $ 150,000 in roster bonuses. That's $ 13.34 million, with an additional $ 4 million base salary due for the remainder of the year ($ 364,706 per week for the next 11 weeks). He caught 19 passports.
4. I like what I see from K’Von Wallace. Think the kid will be doing pretty well.
5. We're one-third of the season and Corey Clement and Boston Scott averages 3.1 and 138 combined scrimmage yards, respectively. Scott had 138 scrimmage yards in the second Giants game last year alone. The Eagles need to get at least one of these guys up and running or find some return somewhere that can add some clout to this group. Whether Jason Huntley, Adrian Killins, Elijah Holyfield or anyone else, the Eagles need someone who can add some juice because these guys don't produce.
6. Miles Sanders vs. LeSean McCoy after 20 career games: Sanders has 350 more scrimmage yards, 224 more rushing yards, a higher rushing average (4.7-4.4) and another touchdown (9-8).
7. The 7,000 fans on Linc Sunday won't be the smallest crowd watching an Eagles game (without the two fans last month). The Eagles played a home game during the 1987 player strike, and 4,074 fans turned up at the vet to watch the Bear substitutes (plus several regulars) beat the Eagles substitutes 35-3. Although attendance records for the Eagles 'early years are inconsistent, 1,880 spectators are the least likely to see an Eagles' home game. Brave the rain and bitter cold to watch the Eagles and Brooklyn Dodgers play a goalless game at Municipal Stadium in South Philly (later JFK) on October 1, 1939.
8. The Eagles have scored more points each week than the previous week: 17, 19, 23, 25, 29. It is the first time in the Eagles' 88-year history that they have done this in five weeks.
9. Greg Ward becomes the first uncovered player in Eagles history to catch 20 passes in each of his first two NFL seasons. And he did it in seven games last year and five games so far this year.
10. In just five weeks, 16 Eagles have played their first NFL game. This is the highest result in five games (since 1970 and excluding the strike replacement games of 1987). According to the Pro Football Reference database, the highest previous total in 1999 was 14 first-time players in five games in 1999. Sixteen is already the most first-time players in a full season since 2012, when they also had 16. Here's a look at the 16 first-time Eagles: Grayland Arnold, Shaun Bradley, Jack Driscoll, John Hightower, Jason Huntley, Jalen Hurts, Luke Juriga, Adrian Killins, Jordan Mailata, Sua Opeta, Jalen Reagor, Elijah Riley, Davion Taylor, Casey Toohill , Quez Watkins and K'Von Wallace.
Trivia Answer: The last person to start a game at the Eagles' center other than Jason Kelce is David Molk, who started four games in early 2014 when Kelce was out for sports hernia surgery. They were the only four starts in Molk's career. Today, Molk is a co-owner of an engineering and mechanical engineering company in his hometown of Lemont, Illinois.
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