Eric Weddle has been in the NFL long enough to see certain fads come and go.
And the veteran safety isn’t convinced that the run-pass options used to such great effect by the Eagles last year en route to a Super Bowl will become anything more than a passing fad.
“I think in five years Laken Tomlinson Jersey , it’s going to be out,” Weddle said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “I think it’s just another phase. . . .
“It’s just a revolving door. It’s just like the Wildcat, and the quarterback run game Doug Martin Jersey , yada, yada, yada. Teams that run the ball and take shots are usually the hard teams to beat.”
On such RPO plays, the quarterback makes a quick read after taking the snap before deciding to hand off or throw a quick pass. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had success that way in 2016 Garrett Grayson Jersey , and others have as well.
Weddle, the 12th-year Ravens safety may have a point, as the speed of NFL defenses make such plays harder to sustain at the pro level than in college. On the other hand, the Eagles have a shiny reminder that it can work Ronnie Lott Jersey , far better than other such gimmicks like the Wildcat.
The Los Angeles Chargers have signed safety Derwin James, their first-round pick.
The Chargers announced the four-year deal Friday.
James was the 17th overall pick during the draft in April. The Florida State defensive back was among the highest-rated defensive players in the selection field, but he surprisingly slipped into the second half of the first round, where the Chargers eagerly grabbed him.
James has lined up largely as a strong safety so far in the Chargers' offseason workouts Randy Moss Jersey , but coach Anthony Lynn views James as a versatile talent who could fill several roles on the Bolts' defense.
James was the final players in the Chargers' seven-man draft class to sign his rookie contract.