You guys always have a ton of questions. It's awesome.
So we've split up the mailbags into two again this weekend.
Just a reminder of where we are in the offseason: the last round of OTAs is next week every day except Wednesday. The following week, the team has its mandatory minicamp from June 12-15.
To your questions:
which players are standing out and which players are struggling
— #WentzForPresident (@Wentzadelphia11) June 2, 2017
I got several questions like this, so I'll just handle it now.
I'm going to give you a few players, but it's important to remember just two OTA practices have been open to media members, which means most of the practices have happened when I'm not watching.
The good: The two rookies who have impressed me the most have been Rasul Douglas and Mack Hollins. In the last practice, in the play you've all heard a ton about, Douglas was beaten by Alshon Jeffery for a jump-ball touchdown. But what was so impressive about it was the way Douglas responded. He had a great finish to the practice. That short memory is so important for cornerbacks and he seems to have it. And then Hollins is just a solid size/speed guy. I get why the Eagles think he can grow into a decent receiver and not be just a special teams guy.
The bad: I almost feel bad bringing his name up again because it feels like piling on, but Dorial Green-Beckham has been bad in the two days I've seen him. He's lost a couple 50-50 balls and dropped a few passes. It's hard right now to see him making the team.
Will Carson Wentz be better with his new WR and RB weapons? #Eagles
— Matt Reichl (@matt12r) June 2, 2017
For Carson Wentz, it's all about consistency. At times as a rookie, he looked incredible and at other times, he looked like a rookie. So for Wentz, he just has to be the same player each week.
I really think his new weapons will help with that. The Eagles won't come out and admit it, but I really think bringing in some skill players this offseason wasn't just about making the team better but also helping Wentz take the next step. If they didn't get him some real help, they were in danger of stunting his long-term growth.
How many times last year did Wentz buy time by running around in the pocket and nobody got open? That shouldn't happen this year.
We hear about creative new sets to get Sproles on the field w/ other backs every year. We never see it. Why is this "pony set" different?
— Owen Thunderguns (@owenthunderguns) June 2, 2017
This is a fair question. Let me start by explaining the "Pony set" to those who are unfamiliar. Donnel Pumphrey said that's what the team is calling it when he and Darren Sproles are in the Eagles' two-running back set together.
I'm not sure if the formation will ever work, but it would certainly give defensive coordinators a lot to think about. It's kind of like when the Eagles use a two- or- three-tight end set. Now, it doesn't mean those formations will always work, but there's a chance it can give the offense a momentary advantage.
To your point, it's on Doug Pederson and the offensive coaches to take advantage of those opportunities.
"We've got a lot of chess pieces, so it's up to Doug and Frank (Reich) and [QB coach John DeFilippo] to kind of make the most of this," Zach Ertz said. "But that's the good thing, they've shown they can do it in the past and we trust them as offensive players that they'll put us in situations to be successful."
How come they're not able to dive nearly as fast as a peregrine falcon?
— Former Flyer™ Dan K (@dxkelley) June 2, 2017
According to themysteriousworld.com, the golden eagle can reach speeds of 200 miles per hour, which isn't too shabby. But it's absolutely nothing compared to the peregrine falcon, which can reach speeds of 242 miles per hour! That's faster than Jahlil Okafor has ever gotten in his car.
Why? How? The peregrine falcon has "long pointed wings with powerful muscles" and "stiff feathers on their wings" that avoid drag. They also have a strong heart and "highly efficient lungs."
All I know is the Falcons took a heckuva nosedive in the Super Bowl, right? (I'll see myelf out.)