Howie Roseman did it on Saturday when, after three disappointing and injury-plagued seasons, he cut Jones, the player the Eagles hoped to become an NFL star.
If that had happened, if Jones had become a star, Roseman and the front desk staff would have looked like geniuses. Instead, their bet turned out to be a miscalculated bet.
“For us, we’re going to be aggressive and we’re going to take risks,” Roseman said on Saturday afternoon, “and if we’re wrong when we do these things, we have to learn from it. We need to understand why they didn’t work and try to improve ourselves. ”
There was always a lot of risk associated with taking Jones. Once undoubtedly a first-round pick, Jones tore his Achilles on Washington Professional Day which precipitated the downfall of the Eagles at 43. The Eagles figured out that 2017 would essentially be a Red Shirt season, but Jones was only 21. and they were confident that he would eventually be able to come back from Achilles injury and become a star player.
Obviously that never happened.
Jones, in three seasons with the Eagles, has played 22 games with eight starts. Sometimes he seemed to have potential. He even made some huge plays at the end of games for the Eagles last season.
But overall, he never lived up to his potential and struggled to stay healthy. Did his Achilles injury result in a rash from soft tissue injuries that he had during his career? We will never know. What we do know is that it’s hard to become a starting wedge from the coaching table. This offseason Roseman said it was time for Jones to prove it and then Jones missed most of training camp with yet another injury.
On Saturday, Roseman said the Eagles need to learn from their mistakes.
So what are the lessons from Sidney Jones’ experience?
“Well, you know, I don’t think it’s fair to talk about Sidney specifically,” Roseman said before giving an answer that fits Jones’ situation very well.
“I think what I’m looking at is it’s hard enough to hit on draft picks only when you get guys that maybe have pre-existing conditions or things that they come into the league with. , you are already lowering the odds of something. …
“I think for us you want to take risks. You want to be aggressive about talent sometimes, but you have to weigh that with other factors as well, and I think when you talk about Sidney he wants to be a really good player. Unfortunately, when you look at what happened during this training camp, we didn’t have many – as many opportunities to assess it as we would have liked. ”
Based on that answer, it’s hard to imagine the Eagles taking such a big bet again in the near future. Is it worth using an end-of-round pick on a guy who’s fallen from injury? Yeah, that’s it. But picking a guy like Jones was a very risky bet.
Roseman on Saturday would not rule out the possibility of bringing Jones back to a certain title. Maybe he will end up on the practice squad, although it might be better if these two teams just go their separate ways and go their separate ways.
Jones didn’t make the squad on Saturday because he didn’t deserve it. Maybe he’ll go elsewhere and end up being the type of superstar the Eagles were hoping to get with the 43rd pick in the 2017 Draft.
I wouldn’t bet on it.