Ravens vs. Eagles: Q&A with Inside the Iggles expert
3. Do the Eagles have roster bubble players that can earn a roster spot on Thursday? Who is auditioning for another team?
GK: Well, I mentioned Michel and Edwards, possible practice squad options. Then, there’s wide receiver Greg Ward Jr. He can play, and the Eagles have considered him twice, but the wide receiver corps has always seemed like they just had better options Wendell Smallwood has been here for a couple of years, but if Philly doesn’t keep five running backs, he’s probably out. It’s hard to imagine him in another jersey, but who knows? Honestly, outside of some nice talents at the skill positions, it’s hard to imagine many of these guys getting picked up by other rosters except for maybe Stefen Wisniewski.
Everybody’s got 90 guys. Most teams are figuring out who they want. I can see, at best, some guys winding up on a practice squad here or there, but for the likes of Donnel Pumphrey and safeties Deiondre’ Hall and Tre Sullivan, this is probably it.
4. What is a realistic expectation for the Eagles this season?
GK: The Eagles are one of the best teams in the NFC. That’s a fact. They may be the best team in the NFC on paper. Now, we have to see them play like it. They should win the NFC East. They should go deep in the playoffs, and if they don’t run into the Seattle Seahawks or the New Orleans Saints, two teams who have traditionally given them problems, they could get to Miami Gardens. They have the potential to be that good.
5. We’re very tuned into the Ravens, but we could use an outside perspective. What is your general impression of the 2019 Baltimore Ravens?
GK: I like John Harbaugh. I always have. He’s one of us. He’s our former special teams coordinator, but sometimes I wonder if he needs a new city and if the Ravens need a new voice in the locker room. It worked with the Eagles and Andy Reid, and now, I think he’s in a nice spot and so are we. Lamar Jackson is a nice talent but he’ll have to learn how to pass. It’s just inconceivable that he’ll just pick that up now. I like him, so I hope it works out.
From the outside looking in, it appears Baltimore just needs to find their identity after seeing so many great Ravens leave. There’s no Ray Lewis, no Ed Reed, and no Joe Flacco. The Ravens are good. The AFC North will come down to them and the Steelers. We’ll see from there. Just promise me you’ll beat Baker Mayfield twice. It didn’t take long for me to get sick of him. I wish you guys all the best, just not on Thursday honestly.
Well guys, that was a lot of fun. I would like to thank Geoffrey A. Knox and Inside the Iggles for their help getting us ready for the big preseason game. These games matter, and this is good insight.