Since guiding the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl victory in February, Pederson has celebrated in a parade down Broad Street, thrown out a first pitch at a Phillies game, rang the ceremonial bell before a Sixers game and announced the release of his memoir, titled Fearless.
At some point in the last three months, Pederson apparently added another feather onto his celebratory cap the Eagles reportedly picked up an option in Pederson’s contract after the Super Bowl win, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
It’s safe to say the 50-year old Pederson put those concerns to rest. The Eagles went 13-3 in the regular season, won the NFC East and went into the playoffs with the No. 1 seed… and without their star quarterback, Carson Wentz. With a back-up quarterback in Nick Foles, Pederson’s risk-taking and at times ingenious play-calling tendencies paid off, the Eagles won a Super Bowl and now Pederson will be here for the long haul.
New GM Dave Gettleman just nailed it. First, give him credit for taking Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at No. 2 rather than reaching for a quarterback. Expect Barkley’s impact to be wide-reaching in the short and long run. G Will Hernandez and OLB Lorenzo Carter should be starters by training camp. And Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta (Round 4) might quickly push aside 2017 third rounder Davis Webb as Eli Manning’s backup and, perhaps, eventual successor.
Drafts are replete with boom-or-bust prospects. Jon Gruden’s return produced what looks like a boom-or-bust draft. Trading a third rounder to Pittsburgh for WR Martavis Bryant could be a coup… if Bryant’s head is screwed on soundly.
Terrell Edmunds was a reach in the first round, though the defense did need safety help. But this draft is more likely to be defined by Oklahoma State stars James Washington and Mason Rudolph, potential heir apparents to WR Antonio Brown and QB Ben Roethlisberger, respectively. GM Kevin Colbert traded up for Rudolph, apparently concerned the Bengals would take him. Rudolph and Washington were a deadly combo in Stillwater, and it’s rare to see a team import both ends of such a connection. If it works out, Edmunds will be relegated to bonus status.
Andraez’Greedy’ Williams, CB, LSU: The Greedy nickname is apt, as he recorded six interceptions and 17 passes defensed last season. At 6-2 and 183 pounds, he should Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys turn heads if Cheap Baseball Jerseys China he decides to declare after his redshirt sophomore year.