Today's Philadelphia Eagles links take a look at the happenings during the first day of rookie minicamp, but first, we'll backtrack to examine a record prediction from a national outlet.
Sports Illustrated's Jonathan Jones peered through the entire NFL schedule and took a stab at guessing each team's record in a story published Wednesday. Jones' final tally for the Eagles? Seven wins and nine losses.
Jones wrote that he thinks the Eagles are making strides forward, but he noted the team plays 13 games against opponents who are in line to contend for playoff spots. Plus, the Birds have a two-game West Coast swing late in the season that could derail a run to the postseason.
"I believe the arrow is pointing up for Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz, but this is a really tough schedule," Jones wrote.
If Jones is correct, and the Eagles wind up with a 7-9 record for the third straight year, the Birds would land in a difficult spot entering the offseason. Other factors would certainly come into consideration, but it's possible owner Jeffrey Lurie would evaluate the roles of key figures within the organization if they finish with a losing mark.
Would the team think about firing Doug Pederson or Howie Roseman if they go 7-9 in 2017? Probably not, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility.
But all that will sort itself out later this year. For now, the Eagles are still in the thick of a three-day rookie minicamp, which started Friday and will run through Sunday.
The workout portion of Friday's practice was open to media members, and rookies were available to talk in the locker room afterward, so plenty of stories emerged.