The topic of a potential Nick Foles trade was front and center as Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and coach Doug Pederson addressed the media Wednesday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. The duo managed to convey the importance of Foles to their team without shutting down the possibility of dealing the quarterback this offseason.
“We’re trying to keep as many good players as possible, and you’re talking about a Super Bowl MVP,” Roseman said. “He’s been unbelievably successful for us, he’s got great character, great leadership. That room is exactly what we’re looking for. We have a franchise quarterback [in Carson Wentz], we have a Super Bowl MVP, and we have a young quarterback [in Nate Sudfeld] that we’re excited about as well, so that’s kind of how we’re looking at it as we get started in the offseason.”
Pederson, though, indicated it’s possible that Foles gets moved.
“I’m a big believer, you don’t just blindside a player like that if that happens,” said Pederson, asked if Foles will have a say in his fate if a potential trade comes up. “I think you’ve got to have that open communication with him. And we’ll see, we’ll see where it goes. Howie just mentioned, we’d love to have everybody back, but we know the nature of the business. We’ll talk about it before, if and when the time comes.”
Foles stepped into the starter’s role when Wentz tore his ACL in December and helped guide the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title. He threw six touchdowns to just one interception in the playoffs and went blow-for-blow with Tom Brady in the championship game, throwing for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
In the final year of a two-year contract, Foles comes with a 2018 cap hit of $7.6 million. He is a pricey No. 2, but he more than showed his value this past season. With Wentz still rehabbing from a torn ACL and LCL, it’s important that the Eagles have a good insurance policy heading into the season.
Roseman noted that he thinks Sudfeld, the 24-year-old out of Indiana whom they picked up in September after the Washington Redskins released him, has the tools to potentially develop into a starter. Depending how ready they feel Sudfeld is, there is logic in dealing Foles while he’s at his peak value, especially considering the Eagles don’t have a second- or third-round pick in the upcoming draft.
The Eagles are in a position of strength when it comes to Foles. They’d be in great shape with the Super Bowl MVP in the fold for another season but can deal him if an offer comes around that’s simply too good to refuse. By the sounds of it, they’re leaving their options open.
NFL allowing some unvaccinated players to unmask at outdoor practices
The NFL is updating its COVID-19 protocols and no longer requiring participating unvaccinated players to wear masks during outdoor practice sessions.
In a memo to the 32 teams sent by the NFL Management Council and obtained by The Associated Press, the league said that beginning with the stretching portion of the workout through the end of practice, such players now can work unmasked. Once the practice concludes, they must put on a mask.
The same will be true for practices in a team’s “bubble,” the indoor practice facility.
Players who are not practicing still must wear masks if they haven’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus. They also must wear face coverings for weight sessions, all outdoor meetings, and the post-practice periods even when family – which the league is terming “cohabitants” – is allowed on the field.
The league also loosened restrictions on what those cohabitants can do after practices. They now are allowed to join players and all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel – those who deal directly with players – on the field. Outdoor social events are permitted at the facility, with some restrictions.
For teams with fewer than 90% vaccinated players, the visitors must produce proof of vaccination that teams must verify. Children under 12 will be allowed on the field or for such social events. However, unvaccinated players, staff and children under 12 must wear masks and practice social distancing.
But for teams with more than 90% vaccinated players, there will be no requirements for proof of vaccination. The same restrictions apply to those who are not vaccinated.
Unvaccinated players will be allowed to remove their masks for outdoor media interviews provided physical distance is maintained.
Finally, the league and the NFL Players Association agreed that players experiencing side effects “or an adverse event with the onset of such (COVID-19) symptoms” within the 48 hours after being vaccinated would be treated as a football-related injury. The team physician must “reasonably determine they are causally related to receiving” the vaccine.
Las Vegas Raiders move RB Theo Riddick to reserve/retired list
Riddick, who turned 30 on May 4, appeared in four games for the Raiders last season and also spent time on the team’s practice squad. He was expected to be a pass-catching back out of the backfield but only caught five passes for 43 yards and ran the ball six times for 14 yards. He last played a full 16-game season in the NFL in 2017 for the Detroit Lions.
The Raiders were thin at running back to start camp with Riddick and Jalen Richard on the COVID list and Kenyan Drake on the Non-Football Injury list. But Drake returned to practice on Friday and the Raiders signed Darius Jackson and BJ Emmons the day before to join undrafted rookie Trey Ragas and Pro Bowler Josh Jacobs, who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.
With Carson Wentz hurt, Colts again left wondering who their starting quarterback will be – Indianapolis Colts Blog
WESTFIELD, Ind. — Here the Indianapolis Colts are again.
Start of training camp. A quarterback they believe is capable of leading them to the playoffs.
And then an injury happens.
Two years ago it was Andrew Luck and the calf injury that added to the long list of injuries he dealt with, eventually leading to his retirement.
Now it’s Carson Wentz, the player they thought would end the recent revolving door at quarterback, a position the Colts rarely had to worry about starting in 1998, when they drafted Peyton Manning, and continuing all the way until Luck started getting constantly injured in 2015.
Wentz, according to ESPN, is out indefinitely with a foot injury suffered late in practice Thursday. The injury occurred when he felt a “twinge in his foot” as as he rolled out and planted to throw, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said.
But this shouldn’t be surprising, either.
Injuries have been a regular part of Wentz’s five-year NFL career. He has played a full season only twice thanks to injuries, with the most substantial being a torn ACL late in the 2017 season.
The injuries — along with Wentz being benched last season in Philadelphia — didn’t stop coach Frank Reich from making his case for the Colts to acquire the quarterback from the Eagles.
“When you’re in the role of head coach, you take a lot of responsibility for it,” Reich told ESPN in March. “But that’s what you have to do. You have to be willing to stick your neck out and have some conviction about things. You don’t have to make every decision a make-or-break decision, but there are certain defining moments or big decisions. This is one of those big decisions, but I think as an organization, we handled it the right way.”
The Colts gave up a third-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional second-round pick (which could become a first-rounder if Wentz either plays at least 75% of the Colts’ offensive snaps or plays 70% of the snaps and the Colts reach the playoffs) in the 2022 draft to get Wentz.
It wouldn’t be a good look for the Colts, especially Reich, if Wentz’s injury is severe enough that it carries over to the regular season, because they took the risk in acquiring a quarterback who has dealt with injuries in the past.
The Colts’ first five games of the regular season are against teams — the Seahawks, Rams, Titans, Dolphins and Ravens — that went a combined 54-26 last season, with four of them making the playoffs.
No matter the belief in having a complete team, the quarterback is still the most important player on the roster. The Colts’ very talented running game can’t have the type of success the team envisions without a quarterback who can keep a defense honest with a strong arm.
Signing a veteran quarterback at some point shouldn’t be off the table for the Colts with the uncertainty of how long Wentz will be out, because they lack experience at that position. Second-year player Jacob Eason took the first-team snaps in practice Friday. The 2020 fourth-round pick didn’t play a snap last season. Rookies Sam Ehlinger and Jalen Morton are the other quarterbacks currently on the roster.
So a day after Wentz showed off his strength with two hard-thrown passes along the sideline and his athleticism by scrambling right and throwing the ball at least 50 yards in the air across his body in a three-play sequence, the Colts are left wondering what the status of their quarterback will be for Week 1 yet again early in training camp.
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