Eagles may have a big defensive addition in Sidney Jones
The crop of young players added to the Eagles for the 2018 season will go beyond just their 2018 draft picks. It’s possible that a 2017 draft pick could be the team’s best newcomer.
That player is Sidney Jones, who was selected by the Eagles in the second round of last year’s draft. A cornerback from Washington, Jones had been viewed as a first-round prospect until tearing his Achilles tendon at his Pro Day workout. That allowed the Eagles to get him in the second round.
If he does, then those who have been insisting for months that the collusion case is destined to fail may have to revisit their position. If he doesn’t, then Geragos will have burned a chunk of his professional credibility by making a promise that he failed to deliver.
So stay tuned. Sit back. Heat the corn kernels until the pressure builds to the point that the hull ruptures. Even if nothing happens, the vow from Geragos means that will be something.
The team hoped that they’d solved one question at the position when they picked Leonard Floyd in the first round of the 2016 draft and he’s notched 12.5 sacks through two seasons, but injuries have cost him 10 games and left uncertainty about how much the Bears can count on him moving forward. Floyd ended last year on injured reserve with a knee injury and returned to 7-on-7 work this week, which will give him a chance to catch up on some missing development.
I think it delayed his development more last year when it happened, Fangio said, via the Chicago Tribune. There’s no way around that. Everyone needs as many reps in practice as they can get, and he’s really anxious to do it. He has been begging the trainers and medical people to let him out there a little earlier. I think he’ll overcome it.
The Bears parted ways with Lamarr Houston, Pernell McPhee and Willie Young this offseason, leaving Sam Acho, free agent acquisition Aaron Lynch and sixth-round pick Kylie Fitts as options to join Floyd at outside linebacker this year. If Floyd can stay healthy to lead the group, it would help answer Fangio’s questions in a positive manner.
If you’ll recall, the 2017 Jets used the Week 3 controversy over the NFL anthem protests to present a unified franchise. CEO Christopher Johnson stood in the center as the owner and every player were locked arm-in-arm. No one kneeled. They beat the Dolphin that day at the Meadowlands, 20-6, and won three consecutive games for a 3-2 start. But there was not enough substance in the symbolism, and the season fell to a 5-11 finish.