Nick Foles did some good things during the team’s first two preseason games, but in the end, Vick’s upside was just too much. He’s clearly the best option the team has at the position and what’s more, Vick has bought into Kelly’s system. He even credits Chip for bringing back his love for the game.
All in all, this seems like a happy marriage. That is, until Vick’s first bad pass … then everyone will start screaming for Foles.
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DeSean Jackson used words like “accountable,” “camaraderie” and “competition” when describing the Eagles’ offseason in an exclusive interview with Laces Out. Kind of a different tone than was expected from a player whose team finished 4-12 in 2012 while occupying the basement of the NFC East.
Jackson has been busy this offseason getting familiar with new head coach Chip Kelly, who takes over after Andy Reid was ousted after 14 seasons. Kelly brings a new energy to Philadelphia and is very meticulous in how he wants his players spending their time in the team facility. Jackson thinks the coach’s new philosophy suits him very well, especially on the field.
“The sky is the limit,” Jackson said during a video shoot for T-Mobile’s Simple Choice campaign. “I have the ability to be able to be moved around, so the sky is the limit. I’m looking forward to having a great season.” Keep Reading…
Remember, Barkley was coming off a legendary run. He led USC to a 38-35 win over Oregon and a cross-town thrashing of rival UCLA 50-0. USC was unable to play in a bowl game because of sanctions.
Griffin, on the other hand, won the Heisman, but questions about his durability and size had scouts timid. He ended up getting drafted No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins and signed a four-year deal worth $21 million in 2012.
Barkley decided to stay at USC because the team had “some serious unfinished business” to tend to. Frankly, the season was a mess. The Trojans went 7-6. Barkley got hurt. And USC lost to Georgia Tech in the SUN BOWL.
So, just how much money did Barkley lose by staying one more season? Let’s take a look at some numbers from the 2012 NFL Draft.
No. 1 pick: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: Four-year deal worth $22.1 million
No. 2 pick: Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: Four-year deal worth $21.1 million
No. 8 pick: Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: Four-year deal worth $12.7 million
No. 98 pick(Where Barkley was drafted in 2013): Gino Gradkowski, Baltimore Ravens: Four-year deal worth $2.6 million
Barkley is slated to receive a four-year deal in the $2.5-million range. His agent, Tom Condon, has some flexibility to negotiate, but not much.
In 2012, the first-round quarterbacks roughly averaged a four-year deal worth $16 million. We’ll never know exactly where Barkley would’ve been selected in 2012, but we do know that he missed out on a chance to break the bank.
The new rookie deals, which were collectively bargained, are fully guaranteed, but the player isn’t allowed to renegotiate the pact before it expires. Barkley could be missing out on some peak earning years.
Hey! Fun Fact here: Matt Barkley was taken with the 98th pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. Do you know who else was drafted with the 98th pick and is from Philadelphia? None other 2002 NFL MVP Rich Gannon. Niiiiice.
Just three quarterbacks were taken in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. Seeing as how the NFL is a passing league, this number is astounding.
Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley had one of the most decorated collegiate careers in recent memory, but is still left waiting by his cell phone in Newport Beach. Really, are there that many sufficient QBs in the league to be passing on the all-time Pac 12 touchdown leader? Didn’t think so.
First, let’s watch Barkley announce his decision to return to USC for one more season. It’s really hard to watch, knowing how it all ends. Barkley likely cost himself over $20 million over the next four years. Keep Reading…
Thursday night’s first round of the NFL Draft left us scratching our heads at all the big names that went from sure-fire stars to tumbling out of the first round.
Geno Smith. Matt Barkley. Manti Te’o. At one point or another in the past year, these guys were all first-round locks. Instead, they went into Friday’s second round still waiting to hear their names called, losing out on the insta-fortune for early first-round picks.
NEW YORK — If Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft had a Mr. Irrelevant, it would have been former Florida Gators safety Matt Elam, who was selected 32nd by the Baltimore Ravens to close a tedious first round that spanned 3 1/2 hours that felt like six Thursday at Radio City Music Hall.
But truth be told, the entire night felt like a no-frills case study in irrelevance, to the point where even the hometown Jets fans — the looniest and most overwhelming lot in a theater full of die-hard football junkies — couldn’t find anything to get worked up about.
Of the 32 players picked Thursday, nine were offensive linemen, a vitally important, but decidedly unsexy crew. The top overall pick, new Kansas City Chief offensive tackle Eric Fisher, went to Central Michigan, making him the highest-drafted MAC player ever, and the first small school non-quarterback to go No. 1 since Ed “Too Tall” Jones in 1974.
Only one skill position player went in the Top 10 — West Virginia’s Tavon Austin — who went to the Rams at No. 8. And one year after Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went first and second overall — ahead of fellow first-rounders Ryan Tannehill (No. 8) and Brandon Weeden (No. 22) — Florida State’s EJ Manuel was the only quarterback selected, at No. 16 by the Bills.
If anything, the biggest story of the night was the list of high-profile players whose names weren’t called in the first round, most notably among them:
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who spent a lonely night in the green room waiting to hear his name called; USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who entered the 2012 season as the consensus favorite to go first overall after spurning the 2012 draft to return for his senior season; Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, a one-time fan favorite who was exposed by both Alabama and Deadspin in January; and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who wisely canceled a previously scheduled post-draft party in New York before the circumstances did it for him.
And when all the talk at the end of the day is about the guys who didn’t get picked, you know the players who did hear their names called were far from riveting.
Never was that clearer to me than in the moments after the Jets picked Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson at No. 13. The response from the always-passionate Gang Green faithful wasn’t one of anger, nor was it one of joy. If anything, Richardson’s selection elicited a complete lack of emotion, which is probably the worst reaction a pick could generate — especially in this city.
And if that’s how the Jets fans responded to their pick, imagine what the other picks sounded like.
It’s not the fault of the players, though, nor does the lack of first-round excitement fall on the teams. Not even a little bit. The players who were selected were, in virtually every case, either the best available or the best fit, depending on certain team needs. And no one should fault a GM for passing on a big name if it means making his team better. After all, cheering for a playoff run is a heck of a lot more fun than cheering for a draft pick.
It’s just that there is little that sucks the air out of a room quicker than a hulking O-lineman going No. 1 … and then having another one go No. 2 … and then having a third one go No. 4. First rounds like Thursday’s underscore the difference between college stardom and pro potential, and that chasm separating the two, frankly, doesn’t represent a whole lot of fun.
(That point was hammered home even more by the league’s celebration Thursday of the 30th anniversary of the 1983 draft class, which featured six future Hall of Famers in the first round, including QBs John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, and is still arguably considered the best ever.)
For me, it all kind of ruined the whole draft experience. An intrepid journalist looking to document the fan experience at the draft, I first walked into the belly of the beast Wednesday, when I stood in line for four hours to secure a wristband that would allow me to get a ticket on Thursday. Then I did it all again Thursday, when I waited hours to get in, only to find that my randomly assigned seat was in the far corner of the theater.
Add to that the utter lack of excitement that the hog mollies chosen in Round 1 stirred up, and I’d have rather just watched from home — maybe on mute — saved myself the effort and just gotten a ticket to Days 2 and 3 instead. Because if Day 1 was any indication, the latter rounds could end up being the star of the show.
The NFL Draft is here, or as we call it, Christmas in April. Which players will end up under your team’s proverbial tree? That’s up for discussion and Peter Schrager breaks down the whole draft in his seven-round mock.
In February, Laces Out gave you the best bets for the NFL Combine, now let’s make sure you’re prepped for draft night. We crunched the numbers and did the research. Now, all you have to do is sit back and collect some free money on these wagers.
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