Howie Roseman: Jeffrey Lurie’s only told us to strengthen the team

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A report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN last week said that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told General Manager Howie Roseman that he wants the team to prioritize making quarterback Jalen Hurts successful over finding competition for the 2020 second-round pick this offseason.

That report was the subject of several questions at a Thursday press conference featuring Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni. Roseman said that Lurie “has always been one to ask us questions and to really challenge us and to make sure that we’re doing the right things” on the personnel front.

When pressed about the issue of Hurts specifically, Roseman said “we have not been told to do anything other than to try to strengthen the football team and make sure that we’re doing the right things now and going forward.” That will include moves at quarterback because they need to have someone behind Hurts at the very least.

“We only have one quarterback on our roster,” Roseman said. “It’s definitely not going to stay that way. We’ve always tried to value that position and have depth at that position. I don’t see any of that changing here as we go forward. That’s nothing we would be comfortable with. We want to have a really strong quarterback room. We feel like we have incredible coaches on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball who can maximize quarterback play. We’re going to look at the free agent market, the trade market, and we’re certainly going to look at the draft to try to strengthen that position.”

The route they take toward fleshing out the quarterback depth chart will be a signal about whether Hurts is going to be challenged this offseason or if grooming him to start is the clear path forward for the offense.

5 responses to “Howie Roseman: Jeffrey Lurie’s only told us to strengthen the team

  1. Sounds like a simple request to “strengthen the team.” Unfortunately, it’s going to take all of 2021, if not longer, to finish TEARING DOWN down the mess Howie has made. Then the team can be rebuilt. Oy vay

  2. The Eagles are currently a shell of a team and the biggest concern is that Howie has no ability to assess draft talent, just look at the past couple of years for proof of that. This is a result of Howie trying to retool and aging team since the SB win, instead of moving off of veterans and looking to get younger talent. Now they need to bring in a veteran QB to help Hurts try to develop, I would love to see them sign Alex Smith or trade for Nick Foles, both of whom would bring enough talent to serve as a backup or if Hurts just goes completely into the pooper, step in and calm the offensive huddle. I can also see the team investing a late day 2 or early day 3 draft pick into a rookie QB . . . as they might as well have two young QBs glean as much knowledge as possible from a veteran QB in the room.

    As for their 6th overall pick, I doubt the stay at that slot, as I think one of the top 3 or 4 QBs will still be on the board. I am looking at a team like Denver, sitting at 9 and not thrilled with their QB situation, trading up and Philadelphia getting draft capital of Denver’s 9th overall selection, their 2021 3rd round pick (71 overall) and either this year’s 6th rounder or maybe a 5th round pick in 2022. The only way for the Eagles to properly retool and build a team that can compete is through the draft. Again I worry about Howie’s complete inability to assess college talent translating into NFL performance, but the draft is the way to go . . . so they need to move back and load up on young players.

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