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The Eagles needed a quarterback.

par zhangzk » Ven 08 Nov 2019 à 7h12

They signed one who had retired from the NFL , not one who has recently made clear his ongoing desire to get back in.On Sunday, coach Doug Pederson was asked whether the team considered Colin Kaepernick before signing Josh McCown.“We consider everybody, honestly,” Pederson said. “We consider everybody and do what’s best for the Eagles.”Some have justified Kaepernick’s failure to get a call from teams looking for a bottom-of-depth-chart quarterback by pointing out that Kaepernick wouldn’t accept the contract that comes with such a gig. But with the Eagles reportedly giving McCown $2 million guaranteed on a contract worth up to $5.2 million to serve as the backup to a quarterback with a history of in-season injuries (which obviously increases the backup’s chances of playing), Kaepernick possibly may have accepted an offer that by definition has placed McCown at No. 2.Kaepernick didn’t get a chance to. With no specific explanation from Pederson as to why it wasn’t “best for the Eagles” to consider Kaepernick, many will believe that his NFL shunning continues. And if the Eagles — the team that gave Mike Vick his post-dogfighting-incarceration opportunity in 2009 — won’t bring Kaepernick in for a workout or talk to him about a possible contract given an RPO-fueled offense that seems to be suited to his run-pass skills, no one will. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sammy Watkins told anyone who would listen that he was poised for a resurgent season.The Chiefs wide receiver was healthy for the first time in what seemed like forever. He toiled tirelessly on the practice fields all summer with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He refined his route-running, protected his body and arrived at Week 1 in better shape than ever.It showed. All of it.The former fourth overall pick of the Buffalo Bills, who for years has underachieved at best and been considered a bust at worst, dominated the touted Jacksonville defense. Watkins hauled nine passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, pacing the Chiefs to a 40-26 rout in last week’s opener.“I know how to practice now and I know what coach wants out of m te his big-play performance against the Jaguars, he’ll be counted on to pick up some slack for injured star Tyreek Hill.Hill fractured his collarbone early on against Jacksonville, and that was a big reason Mahomes kept going back to Watkins all game. But with Hill sidelined for at least a month — and possibly much longer — it falls on the Chiefs’ No. 2 receiver to produce like a No. 1 target.Just as he did last week.“We’ve said it all offseason: Sammy, the way he has prepared his body, the way he’s practiced. He really understands the offense at a different level than he did last year,” Mahomes said.“I mean, the first play that he scored, whatever-yard touchdown that was, he was like the third or fourth read, he made someone wn strike before adding a short TD catch in the fourth quarter to put the finishing touches on the best game of his career.The yardage was a career best. So was the touchdown total.In fact, you have to go back to Watkins’ days at Clemson to find a similar performance. He caught 16 passes for 227 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Orange Bowl against Ohio State in January 2014, but even in college he never had more than two TD catches in any game.“From the first (catch) on, you saw him break tackles and split seems. There were no indecisions after catches,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.“He’s big, he’s fast and he is strong. We’re moving him all over the place and he is smart, so that helps. I think that combination is what contributed to that (performance). We asked him to play that zebra position and he didn’t blink at that. He said, ‘Put me in and let me go and I will do my thing.’ He plays inside and outside.”In Reid’s offense, the “zebra” plays inside — essentially as a slot receiver. And while that is often considered a less-coveted or import make sure that he is in the best possible situation.”NOTES: WR Tyreek Hill (broken collarbone) has started rehab in Kansas City after spending a night in a Jacksonville hospital and returning on Monday. “I know there is speculation about how long, but he’s truly a week-to-week injury,” Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said. “He will be listed as out this week.” … Mahomes practiced Wednesday after spraining his ankle against the Jaguars.
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