Eagles combine notebook: How much will Eagles play young players going forward?

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Eagles combine notebook: How much will Eagles play young players going forward? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

INDIANAPOLIS — The Eagles entered the 2023 season coming off a Super Bowl appearance and in win-now mode.

So it makes sense that they weren’t in a rush to play a bunch of rookies.

But Eagles general manager Howie Roseman on Tuesday admitted that might need to change going forward.

“I think when we look back, and Coach [Nick Sirianni] and I talk about it a little bit, it’s OK to play some young players,” Roseman said. “It’s OK for them to get experience and kind of see what you have. Based on where some of our guys were, they had the ability to sit back and learn a little bit because of the situations that we were in.

“I think going forward it’s going to be harder to do that. Obviously just as you look at our team and who is making a lot of money, and we had a little bit of extra picks over the last couple years. So, I think that for us to play our young players, to develop them, I think that’s something that Coach and I have talked about to not be afraid of. That’s why you draft them. That’s why you sign them.

“So, you have that, and you’ll have a depth chart where they’ll be a little bit uncomfortable about this guy necessarily hasn’t shown it, but we believe in this player. I think that will be an area for us to kind of maybe grow on, and I don’t want to say improve because we have good players at those positions, but it’s exciting, I think, in a lot of ways.”

That would be a bit of a departure. And in hindsight, you could have made an argument for playing some of their rookies a little bit more and/or a little bit earlier than they did in 2023.

But a few minutes after Roseman said that about playing rookies more, Sirianni didn’t quite seem as on board with the idea.

“My philosophy has always been play the guys that are going to help you win the game every week,” Sirianni said. “Regardless of whether you talk about…

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Publish date : 2024-03-02 12:00:00

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