NFC Notes: Eagles, Panthers, Saints


  • NFL Media’s Charley Casserly writes the Eagles expect first-round WR Jalen Reagor to offer an immediate jolt to their offense with his speed. 
  • He adds second-round QB Jalen Hurts should see the field in a package of plays that take advantage of his athleticism as a rookie. 
  • Casserly expects the Eagles to sign a veteran to compete with Matt Pryor to replace starting right guard Brandon Brooks
  • He says the Eagles want OT Andre Dillard to improve his strength and run-blocking as he moves into the starting role on the left side. 


The Panthers gave OC Joe Brady his next gig in what’s been a meteoric rise through the coaching ranks for the 30-year-old assistant. Carolina likely wasn’t Brady’s only suitor and he brings an impressive resume from his time as a passing game specialist at LSU. But Panthers HC Matt Rhule, himself making the leap from the college ranks, acknowledged Brady is basically an unknown quantity as an NFL offensive coordinator. 

“The reality is — and I say this because Joe’s become very close with me — I’ll have no idea, really, about Joe Brady until we get to the season,” Rhule said via Myles Simmons of the team website. “You really can’t find out about what it’s like to coach with a guy until things go bad. When you’re getting booed off a field and all heck is breaking loose, that’s when you really find out about people. Everyone gets along in the offseason. Everyone loves everyone in OTAs. You find out about your locker room; you find out about your coaches, you find out about yourself when things go wrong.”


  •  The Athletic’s Katherine Terrell believes the Saints will look to bolster their depth at offensive tackle at some point, pointing out veteran OT Marshall Newhouse is available and has some experience with the team. 
  • Other potential options include Jared Veldheer, Jordan Mills and Donald Penn
  • Terrell doesn’t rule out the Saints adding a pass rusher given how many talented players like Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffen are still available but notes it would have to be for the right, low price. 
  • The same is true at cornerback, per Terrell, as there are still a number of quality players and if someone comes cheap, the Saints won’t pass up a chance to improve their depth. 
  • Terrell notes there’s enough unknown at inside linebacker that the Saints could make a move there if a need crops up during camp. She lists Nigel Bradham, Clay Matthews and Mychal Kendricks as some potential options available. 

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  1. My name is James Perrette, I was born and raised as a die hard Saints fan. I grew up watching the saints play and remember them well back in the 90s. My father John Perrette, was a huge fan of the saints. I said “was” because unfortunately my father had passed away unexpectedly 2 yes ago this passed January 10th at the age of 64 yrs old. We both watched the games together when televised on TV never had the opportunity to actually watch them in person. Winning season or not… They are our team and we supported them every year . And now it’s my turn to carry on the torch. I have a lil girl and she was actually born the yr our saints won the Superbowl. How Kool is that huh.. anyway my comment on behalf of the saints is on what I have seen the last couple seasons. I personally don’t think it’s the team in general because they in my opinion were cheated out in being contenders playing in the superbowl. I believe they have the team to make it to another one and they deserve it by how well they have played and improved themselves on the field against every opponent they faxed and I know they are gonna be dominate again this coming up year. What concerns me most about them are two things. One being the defensive out field they need some improvements against the passing game on defense. And the other. Is finding the right fit on who will back Drew Brees. He has to be well protected in the pocket of he happens to get injured who will step up to the plate being the quarterback to carry on the saints as he has sense he was signed on with them in 2005. And not to leave out when he retires. I believe they need to dig deep into the free agency and put it the funds to find them a veteran quarterback with experience and one who is comfortable in playing that role with their offense playing style that I believe is what the saints ought to look into more than jus signing on just rookies every year. That I believe will be the key to the teams future on being a susessful franchise on being more appearances in the big game each yr and gaining more championships that New Orleans deserves. Thank you.. “WHO DAT NATION!!!!”

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