Homework had to be done on Jalen Carter before the Eagles fell in love with him
Last night there were a lot of generic picks, in which each team fulfilled what they needed to become a better team for the upcoming NFL Season. Philadelphia decided to trade with Chicago and went after defensive tackle Jalen Carter. Before he was drafted, the Eagles' organization knew that we would be a force with the team, but how would he affect the team off the field.
Carter was sentenced to 12 months of probation after being charged in a misdemeanor for driving reckless, crashing his vehicle, and fatally killing his teammate earlier this year. Philadelphia knew that they had someone that they can mold into a better person on and off the field, but it was not up to them, it was up to Carter to make those changes.
Howie Roseman, who is the Eagle VP cleared the air, after Carter was picked up." I think everyone will tell you this is one of the most talented players in the draft. This is one of the most talented players to come out of college football in a long time. Obviously, that's part of what we're talking about. We've got to develop the people. We've got to develop the player."
"I think for us, we take that part seriously. We think that it's important that not only are we caring about people as players, but we want to care about the people. We're going to wrap our arms around him and do the best we can to help him and understand -- that was a tragic night. It was a tragic night, and we're sorry for the loss to those families, and we're not trying to downplay that situation, but obviously we've got to get to work."
On the field, Carter can be that force the Eagles need to help a struggling defense out. In the Super Bowl, the defense was exposed, so Philadelphia did not want to go through that nightmare again and decided to bulk up their defense. Philadelphia loves to give second chances, so it will be interesting to see how they can handle Carter with all the criticism he has already received.