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Posted on: 11/16/17
We figured the 2015 offseason splash made by then-Eagles coach Chip Kelly could not and arguably should not be duplicated. But general manager Howie Roseman and new coach Doug Pederson are damn close a year later.Perhaps the most eye-opening is the trade with the Titans, announced Tuesday, to land troubled wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. The move in isolation is a risk-reward situation with which Philadelphia can live. In the context of a chaoticpast five months, though, its yet another demand for patience from Eagles faithful.Just when you thought Pederson had enough on his plate as a rookie head coach including the burden of developing an unstable roster around its future franchise quarterback and the headache that is Lane Johnsons po sible suspension he, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and wide receivers coach Greg Lewis now have a high-profile project on their hands with Green-Beckham.MORE: First-year coaches with toughest jobsLet's back up. Pederson was hired John Elway Jersey in part to help undo theroster debaclethat ultimately contributed to Kellys firing. After constructingtheirnew coaching staff, Pederson and Rosemanwent to work on the players.The Eagles signed tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek toextensions. They released Riley Cooper and DeMeco Ryans. Not a bad start.But then came the baffling move to re-sign Sam Bradford witha two-year, $35 million contract($22 million guaranteed), for which Roseman reportedly pushed in order to remain competitive. The head-scratching began.It continued when the Eagles signed Chase Daniel to an expensive deal for a presumed backup and traded Mark Sanchez to the Broncos for next to nothing. Mixed emotions from Philly fans peaked when the team made a few trades to land the No. 2 pick in the draft, which would be used on either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, whichever quarterback was available.Lost Peyton Manning Jersey in those draft trades were Kiko Alonzo, Byron Maxwell, DeMarco Murray and multiple picks, including a first-rounder in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2018. Another roster transformation was in full swing, though this time portrayed as nece sary.The Eagles, even after signing Rueben Randle in free agency, were left with a case of wide receiver desperation. Retained on the roster as key contributors were leading receiver Jordan Matthews (nine dropped pa ses in 2015, according to Pro Football Focus), Nelson Agholor, (four dropped pa ses) and Josh Huff (three dropped pa ses). Agholor reportedly purchased a JUGS machine to help himself and his fellow pa s-catchers improve their pa s-catching ability.Hence the reported failed attempt to sign Anquan Boldin, followed bythe move to acquire Green-Beckham."We weren't looking to move (offensive lineman) Dennis Kelly,"Roseman said Tuesday of the trade, "but because (the Titans)had so much depth at receiver, it was really a win-win."On the field, Green-Beckham isnt perfect. Hes had his share of drops, too.MORE: Ranking NFL's top 10 WRs via GIPHY via GIPHYBut to be fair, Green-Beckham'sdrop rate in 2015, per PFF, was better than that of star wideouts like Amari Cooper, Mike Evans, Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Marshall. It also was better than every Eagles receiver.More alarming is Green-Beckhams past. He was dismi sed from the Mi souri football team in 2014 after multiple marijuana incidents, and he never played for Oklahoma, the school to which he transferred. After selectinghim in the second round of the 2015 draft, the Titans seemingly did not hesitate to get rid of him due to apparent work ethic i sues.#Titans are upset w/ how Green-Beckham responded to demands. Told to work harder in offseason, came in out of shape. Didn't improve. #Eagles Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) August 16, 2016"(Titans GM Jon) Robinson wants nothing to do with that sort of effort and mentality, writes Paul Kuharskyof ESPN. "Its a mentality, by the way, that will get Green-Beckham crushed in Philadelphia by a far le s forgiving fan base."But the risk Philadelphia a sumes with Green-Beckham is alleviated by the numbers. With two years remaining on his rookie deal, hes affordable for a potential star wide receiver.MORE: Preseason Power RankingsThe #Eagles traded Steve Atwater Jersey away a $760,000 reserve OL for a $690,000, 24 yr old, 2nd round WR. I get the negative of DGB but Titans should get more Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) August 16, 2016"If theres a winner in this trade, it has to be Philadelphia, writes Sam Monson of PFF. (Dennis) Kelly has had more time on the field to prove himself, for better or worse, and what he has shown has not been good. Last season in just 402 snaps, he allowed five sacks, one hit, and 21 hurries bouncing between guard and tackle, and even though the Eagles are low on O-line depth, theyre pretty desperate for receiver help, as well."Simply put: Green-Beckham is enormous. He dominated the SEC Dennis Smith Jerseyin college with his 6-5, 237-pound frame, and he managed an above-average 17.2 yards per reception while playing about half the offensive snaps in Tenne see.If he can get it together, Green-Beckham will provide Philadelphia the big, outside threat mi singon its roster Matthews at 6-3 is the only thing close. Even Bradford would struggle to mi s that target. via GIPHYBut Roseman is carefulto point out how Green-Beckham is being given a chance, not a promise. The vision of the young wideout catching touchdowns from Carson Wentz, who actually is four months older than DGB, is for now blinded by inevitable doubts and questions.So is the Eagles future. Amid the offseason makeover, Sporting News picked Philadelphia to finish last in the NFC East this season with a 3-13 record. SN NFL writer Vinnie Iyer ranked Roseman last among the NFLs 32 general managers, including those entering their first seasons in their roles.MORE: Ranking all eight divisions for 2016Roseman and Pederson might be under le s pre sure compared to what was placed on Kelly, but patience in Philadelphia wont suddenly increase.Their offseason splash, including this weeks Green-Beckham signing, better be worth the effort this time.(GIFs via NFL Game Pa s)


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