Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eagles' QB situation in national focus

With the big names in free agency having signed, and the draft still more than five weeks away, the biggest offseason issue right now is what the Eagles will do with their three quarterbacks.

Eagles' QB situation in national focus

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    With the big names in free agency having signed, and the draft still more than five weeks away, the biggest offseason issue right now is what the Eagles will do with their three quarterbacks.

    That's the argument Peter King of made in his MMQB column today.

    More specifically, King shifts the focus to NFL teams who have holes at quarterback, questioning why they're not going to the Eagles more aggressively to get Donovan McNabb:

    Re: Seattle, franchise saviors usually don't last forever. Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier can tell you that. If I'm Pete Carroll, and I can have McNabb as my quarterback for the next four years, I jump at it. Cleveland, Oakland, Buffalo and Jacksonville are 7 through 10. If I'm Reid, I'm keeping Kolb (which I think he aims to do), and hoping/praying some team comes to its senses and chases McNabb before the draft.

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    King also points out that Marty Mornhinweg and Eagles quarterbacks coach James Urban were at Fordham's Pro Day last week to check out quarterback John Skelton:

    I think one of the quarterbacks is going. Where, I don't know. When, I don't know. But one last note about the Eagles and quarterbacks: Fordham University, not exactly a football hotbed, had its pro day for NFL coaches and scouts Friday in the Bronx. Fordham has a late-round quarterback prospect, John Skelton. The Eagles were at the workout with not one coach but two -- quarterback coach James Urban and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Maybe it means nothing, but it's pretty rare for two coaches to be looking at a late-round quarterback -- especially when you're as packed at quarterback as the Eagles are. Unless, of course, you're planning to jettison one of your quarterbacks before the draft.

    Sounds like a bit of a leap to me. The coaches will evaluate hundreds of prospects between now and the draft. That's just what teams do in March. King admits as much. But it's worth pointing out nonetheless. I'd venture to guess that the Eagles will look at players at every position, regardless of what their current roster looks like.

    Also, I did some poking around, and some draft pundits have Skelton rated pretty highly. Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has him as the fourth-best QB prospect in the draft. If that's the case, he'll be an early-to-middle round pick, not a late-round pick.

    T.O., McNabb team up

    You probably remember reading last week that Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens were scheduled to team up for an episode of Spike TV's Pros vs. Joes.

    By all accounts, things went well. Tweeted Owens:

    Had a blast shooting Pros vs Joes last nite! It's a MUST 2 tune n2 2 watch me, A Gates & D McNabb on the hardwood vs NBA players!

    And Tweeted's Jay Glazer, who's a part of the show:

    After taping that special episode of pros vs joes, I can say that T.O. & McNabb were more than fine w each other. They had a blast

    So there you have it. Everyone had a blast. Not sure when the show airs. Maybe we'll do a live chat during it.

    Or maybe not.

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    Sheil Kapadia
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