After a third straight miserable performance turned in by the Eagles, general manager, Howie Roseman, caught a large part of the blame that’s been passed around over the last few weeks.
Roseman’s mistakes shouldn’t be news to Eagles fans; he’s made countless poor decisions for the last three years and they’ve finally culminated into an ultimate catastrophe.

Sure, salary cap-wise, he’s been able to rework contracts and create space on minute’s notice, but don’t be fooled, a person at his position needs to be much more skilled than simply being able to create cap space.

His talent evaluation has led to continuous misses in the draft and his attachment to the team’s aging players has led to a lack of longevity, in terms of the team’s Super Bowl window.

Overall, though, the following five decisions are why the Eagles are in the current state that they’re in.

1) Drafting JJ Arcega-Whiteside

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It is remarkable how poorly JJ Arcega-Whiteside has played since being drafted 57th overall last year. To put it into perspective, D.K. Metcalf, who was drafted seven spots after Whiteside, currently has as many career touchdowns as Whiteside has receptions.

Out of the 28 receivers that were drafted in 2019, Whiteside ranks 18th, with 12 of those players ahead of him being drafted after him. While the sample size is only a little over one season, Whiteside hasn’t shown a single reason to have any optimism about him.

2) Alshon Jeffery’s Contract Extension

Back in 2017, the Eagles offense was rolling, and the newcomer at the time, Alshon Jeffery, had a big hand in helping achieve that. Jeffery ended the 2017 season (including playoffs) with 69 receptions, 1,008 yards, and 12 touchdowns. So of course, an extension was in order, as he had only signed a 1-year deal. Right before the Eagles’ Week 13 matchup against the Seahawks in 2017, the team and Jeffery would agree to a four-year, $52 million dollar deal, averaging roughly $13 million per year. Jeffery followed up 2017 with an even better year in 2018, but his play has come crashing down ever since.

Last year, Jeffery’s output totaled out to be 43 receptions for 490 yards and 4 TDs while dealing with multiple injuries, including a broken foot that ended his year. In between the season, Jeffery was also rumored to be responsible for talking critically about Carson Wentz anonymously. The aftermath is a whopping $26,750,000 that is still owed to the 30-year old and currently eating up a blunt of the cap space.

3) The 2017 Draft Class

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There aren’t many Eagles drafts that are quite as bad as the 2017 class. Amongst eight draft picks, only two remain in Derek Barnett and Nate Gerry, and neither are standouts. Although Barnett has shown promise at times, his current value is nowhere near a first-round pick. Notable players that fell after Barnett in the first round include Marlon Humphry, Tre’Davious White, and T.J. Watt. As for Gerry, even though he was selected in the 5th round, he’s been a liability for a weak linebacker core, and it’s been on full display this season.

One of the worst decisions in that draft was the selection of Sidney Jones in the second round. Jones had been projected as a top 5 pick initially, however, after tearing his Achilles at Washington’s pro day, his draft stock fell tremendously. Taking Jones was a huge gamble, and it ended up backfiring. Over the course of three seasons, Jones played in just 22 games and only started in 8, before being cut this season.

The Eagles would then take Donnell Pumphrey two rounds later, arguably the worst running back to come out of an elite running back class. Pumphrey is one of three running backs from the 2017 draft class to never log a snap, let alone a single yard. Notable running backs taken after Pumphrey include Jamaal Williams, Marlon Mack, and Aaron Jones.

4) Drafting Jalen Hurts

This may go down as one of the most confusing draft selections in NFL history. After the end of the 2019 season, Howie Roseman vowed to surround Carson Wentz with the right supporting cast through free agency and the draft. He proceeded to do the exact opposite by taking former Oklahoma and Alabama quarterback, Jalen Hurts.

It’s clear that the Eagles do have a plan for Hurts, as he’s seen a handful of snaps over the past two weeks, but it might have come at the expense of Wentz’s confidence. Wentz has already had to deal with watching Nick Foles lead the Eagles from the sideline twice, and given his current play, the Hurts selection might have possibly fazed him. So while the Eagles had the right idea, the decision has seemingly done more harm than good so far.

5) Not Re-Signing Malcolm Jenkins

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Of all of the aging veterans that Roseman kept holding on to, the one he should have signed was Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins’ leadership in the locker room was unmatched, as many of the young defensive players had high praise for the role model Jenkins was for them. His presence alone held players accountable for sloppiness on the field, as can be seen from the current lack of discipline from the Eagles defense. Not to mention the fact that he played an extremely versatile role, ranging from safety to cornerback to linebacker.

Now especially, with the thin linebacker core, Jenkins would have been a major asset to have.

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