The reigning Super Bowl champs have added 15 undrafted free agents to their 90-man roster.
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The Eagles announced their crop of undrafted rookies as their rookie minicamp got underway on Friday. Included in the group is running back Josh Adams, who ran for 1,430 yards and nine touchdowns for Notre Dame during the 2017 season. He’s part of a deep running back group in Philly, but Corey Clement was able to overcome that to earn a spot in the lineup last year.
As uncomfortable as it is to say, New Orleans’ raging success in these playoffs has to change that calculus. The Pelicans look better, faster, stingier, more versatile with Davis at center, Jrue Holiday in an elevated role, and Nikola Mirotic spacing the floor for Davis’ borderline pornographic rim runs. A long-term, near-max deal for Cousins is simply too risky given the Pelicans know this current roster — when healthy, an important caveat — can win at this level.
Cousins didn’t suffer a regular injury. He suffered perhaps the most devastating injury that can befall a basketball player. As Kevin Pelton has written often, the recovery track record is discouraging — if a little scattershot. The sample size of players as large as Cousins who have come back to full strength from an Achilles rupture is practically nonexistent. Cousins’ conditioning has sometimes been an issue, and it cannot be for any player rallying from this injury.
And how confident is Wentz that he’ll reach that goal?
I’m very confident, he said. It’s a fluid process so you never know but I’m doing what the doctors say and taking it step by step. There’s times you feel great and you want to push yourself but you’ve got to stay the course with what the doctors are saying. I feel really good and really confident for Week One.
The Eagles will surely not push Wentz to come back, and the way Nick Foles played after Wentz went down shows they don’t need to. But they want him back in Week One, and he thinks he’ll be there.
Limited Mens Delano Hill Jersey All this has presented New Orleans with what looks like an obvious roadmap: Let Cousins walk, re-sign Mirotic to a more reasonable number after next season, and use draft picks and the midlevel exception to stock the roster with wings. With so many teams capped out, the midlevel is powerful again. It could net Danny Green or Will Barton this summer, and perhaps an equivalent player in the next one. Then, cycle through minimum-salary Authentic Nolan Ryan Jersey centers who can bang, and sop up minutes.