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Eagles adds two UDFA QBs to Quarterback Factory

Howie Roseman was able to put up with getting the Eagles to pick a QB in the 2022 NFL Draft. But Philadelphia’s general manager decided to add not just one, but TWO quarterbacks in the outdated rookie free agency.

The Birds reportedly sign 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 appointed. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein projected him as round 4 or round 5. Athletics’ Dane Brugler had Strong in the same row. Pro Football Focus had Strong ranked as their sixth best quarterback and No. 68 overall.

So why did Strong fall beyond the 262 choices made in this year’s draft?

Concerns about injuries.

Strong had several procedures on his right knee in the low season, the same knee he underwent surgery to repair an osteochondritis dissecans lesion before his senior season at Wood High School in California (eight biodegradable nails were inserted to attach his knee to the bone). […] After the 2020 season, however, he underwent surgery to clean cartilage in the same knee that he had problems with in high school. Strong had an arthroscopic procedure to clean scar tissue in August and then had his knee drained several times. Strong opted out of the team’s bowl game in 2021 to prepare for the NFL draft.

The book about Strong is that he has exciting throwing abilities, but his mobility is limited in part due to his knee problems. Zierlein shared what an NFC scouting director (perhaps from the Eagles) had to say about him:

“The doctors are what they are, but it also depends on how each team’s doctors see it. He’s going to move around like an old Philip Rivers, but he has a special arm talent.”

In 31 games over the last three years in Nevada, Strong completed 68.1% of his attempts on 9368 yards (7.5 averages), 74 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Assuming injuries have not completely derailed his potential and he can stay healthy in Philly, strong figures are in contention for the starting job with Jalen Hurts.

OK, not really. Just to see if you were paying attention. Strong will actually compete with Reid Sinnett for the QB3 spot behind Hurts and Gardner Minshew. And maybe the QB2 role if Minshew gets moved at some point.

It’s at least a little interesting that Strong chose to sign a contract with Philly over other teams (such as Seattle) that might offer him a clearer path to playing time.

Highlights:

NOT PERRY

Perry played his college football (and basketball!) With Brown after moving out of Boston College.

Perry is a smaller view than Strong. In the 6th round, he was expected to prioritize free players.

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

Perry is a long chance to get on the list, especially with four quarterbacks apparently ahead of him. But he will compete to try to earn a place.

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