1. Chip Kelly is either a mad genius … or just insane. No team’s offseason moves have been under more scrutiny than the Eagles, who traded away running back LeSean McCoy, cut guard Evan Mathis and allowed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to leave as a free agent. To replace McCoy, the Eagles signed DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. Philadelphia also traded quarterback Nick Foles to St. Louis for quarterback Sam Bradford and signed Tim Tebow to complete their offseason soap opera. Along the way, Kelly dealt with insinuations from former players, including McCoy, that racial motivations led to some of his roster moves – claims he promptly denied.
2. Bradford could strike it rich. It’s hard to imagine a player who has lost two straight seasons to knee injuries could be considered fortunate, but that’s the case for Bradford. Entering the final year of his contract, he gets to play in an offensive system that produces big-time numbers. Given the dearth of franchise quarterbacks in the NFL, a good season in which Bradford shows he can stay healthy should reward him with a massive contract.
3. Washington’s relationship with Robert Griffin III appears to be beyond repair. Playing behind a woebegone offensive line, Griffin suffered a concussion in Washington’s second preseason game. A report surfaced that Griffin would be ready to play in the team’s third preseason game, but was changed the following day to say he wasn’t cleared. Two days later, Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Kirk Cousins will be the team’s starting quarterback. It seems to be a question of when, not if, Griffin and the team part ways.
4. The rich got richer in Dallas. The Cowboys might have had the best offensive line in football before they won the sweepstakes to sign LSU’s La’el Collins after the draft. Collins, projected to be a first-round pick, went undrafted after his name surfaced as part of a murder investigation shortly before the draft. No charges were filed against him, and he chose to sign with Dallas as a free agent. With Murray off to Philadelphia, it will be up to the Cowboys’ offensive line to make life easier for his likely replacement, former LSU running back Joseph Randle.
5. Jason Pierre-Paul’s status is still a mystery. The Giants’ star pass rusher had a lit firework explode in his right hand on the Fourth of July, ultimately leading to the index finger being amputated. Pierre-Paul was scheduled to return to the team this week. He even went so far as to avoid meeting with Giants officials who traveled down to Florida specifically for that purpose. The Giants used their franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, but he has yet to sign the contract. The team won’t allow him to until it is able to examine his injuries and has a better understanding of when, or if, he’ll be able to play this season.