...but honestly he just doesn't look like an NFL player.
Some guys just look out of their element once they hit the NFL, and to me, Barner is one of those guys. Can't see him sticking in the league much beyond this year. Someone will give him a chance after we cut him, but unless he turns it around big time, he needs to start thinking about a second career.
In all honesty Gross wasn't THAT great either last year, just has always been an household name.
Gross was really good last year. One of the top performing tackles in the league last year according to the various rating sites like FO's. It's okay to be optimistic about the team this year, but that doesn't mean we have to minimize the impact of some of the players no longer with the team.
No way the Eagles are a playoff team next year unless the Skins, Cowboys or Giants can't get above 9-7. Eagles defense is bottom 5 in the entire league and Foles had a fluke year. He's a terrible QB. Defenses will adjust to Chip Kelly's offense and they'll probably be somewhere around 8-8, probably worse.
I don't think Foles is as good as his stats last year indicate either, but to say he's a terrible QB is just not accurate. "Terrible" is appropriate for Sanchez or The Golden Calf, not for Foles.
I think many here may also be surprised by one of our vets. Pilares is a guy with some speed and twitch, and although he has been used very sparingly other than kick returns (in part due to injuries), he generally delivered when he had opportunities on offense.
He could be our sleeper in the WR corps this year as a slot option.
Forget the Buffalo game. Forget the Chicago game. That kind of stuff can happen to any young player.
On the other hand, there was the game later in the season when Norman was in as a blocker on ST's during a kick return. So what does he do? He grabs his man by the shoulder pads and throws him to the ground, negating a decent kick return. That is just sheer stupidity and shows a total lack of discipline.
Norman's problems are all between his ears. I hold out very little hope he will ever really get it.
Marty screwed us in many ways, but I have to take my hat off to the man for picking Cam and Kuechly. Neither one were consensus picks, but Hurney rolled the dice and gave us our cornerstones for the next decade.
Not because I hate him (which I do), but as a player, he is pretty much washed up. Whether it's Lester or someone else, it's hard to believe there isn't someone better than him on the roster right now.