Saturday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune had a great article on Eagles GM Howie Roseman’s building of that team. Owner Jeffrey Lurie encouraged the team to be aggressive both off and on the field—as highlighted by the fourth down call at the one-yard line at the end of the first half—and both Roseman and coach Doug Pederson took his directive to heart.
Roseman used all avenues to find players—one of the trademarks of great GMs. He traded five picks to move up to number two overall to draft QB Carson Wentz. When Wentz was ready to start, the Eagles traded starting QB Sam Bradford for a first and fourth round draft pick, also freeing up cap space which they used to sign free agent WR Alshon Jeffrey. CB Ronald Darby and DT Timmy Jernigan came via trade, as did Jay Ajayi during the season for a fourth round pick. Overall, eight of the Eagles starters were acquired in 2017. The team also has its own Moneyball-market inefficiency philosophy: high draft picks that didn’t pan out with their original team. Philly’s roster has 20 players who had been either first or second round picks.