Eagles Add Two UDFA QBs To The Quarterback Factory

Howie Roseman couldn’t let the Eagles pick a QB in the 2022 NFL Draft. But the Philadelphia general manager decided to add not one, but TWO quarterbacks to an unwritten rookie free agency.

The Birds have reportedly signed both Carson Strong and EJ Perry. Let’s take a closer look at both guys, given the importance of the position.

CARSON STRONG

Many expected Strong to be drafted. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein projected him as round 4 or round 5. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler had Strong in that same range. Pro Football Focus had ranked Strong as their sixth-best quarterback and number 68 overall.

So why was Strong outside of the 262 picks made in this year’s draft?

Injury worry.

Strong had multiple procedures on his right knee during off-season, the same knee he had surgery to repair an osteochondritis dissecans lesion before his senior season at Wood High School in California (eight biodegradable nails were inserted to secure his knee). to fix the leg bone). […] However, after the 2020 season, he underwent surgery to clear up cartilage in the same knee he had problems with in high school. Strong had an arthroscopic procedure in August to remove scar tissue and then had the knee deflated several times. Strong has opted out of the team’s 2021 bowling game to prepare for the NFL draw.

The book on Strong states that he has an intriguing throwing ability, but his mobility is partially limited by his knee problems. Zierlein shared what an NFC Scouting director (perhaps from the Eagles) had to say about him:

“The medics are what they are, but it also depends on how the doctors of each team see it. He will move like an old Philip Rivers, but he has a special arm talent.”

In 31 games in the past three years in Nevada, Strong completed 68.1% of his attempts for 9,368 yards (7.5 average), 74 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Assuming injuries haven’t completely derailed his potential and he can stay healthy in Philly, Strong figures to compete for the runway at Jalen Hurts.

Okay, not really. Just to see if you were paying attention. Strong will even compete with Reid Sinnett for the QB3 spot behind Hurts and Gardner Minshew. And maybe the QB2 roll if Minshew moves at some point.

It’s at least a little interesting that Strong chose to sign with Philly over other teams (like Seattle) who might just give him a clearer path to game time.

Highlights:

EJ PERRY

Perry played his college football (and basketball!) with Brown after transferring from Boston College.

Perry is less of a prospect than Strong. He was projected in Round 6 to priority free agent range.

Prolific quarterback who became a dual-threat playmaker against Ivy League competition. Perry has average size and arm strength, but subpar mechanics and consistency as a passer. He doesn’t value football enough as a decision maker and lacks a desired level of ball placement. His toughness and talent as a runner draw attention as teams can ask Perry to add a few more pounds to see if he can become a valuable Swiss Army knife that can help in a variety of positions, including special teams.

Perry is a long shot at making the roster, especially with four quarterbacks seemingly ahead of him. But he will compete to try and earn a spot.

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