Despite being undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, former Gulf Shores Dolphin and Troy Trojans quarterback Brandon Silvers is looking to make a big impact in the NFL. The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles have invited Silvers to join them for their rookie mini-camp ...
Despite being undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, former Gulf Shores Dolphin and Troy Trojans quarterback Brandon Silvers is looking to make a big impact in the NFL. Silvers hasn't been offered a roster spot on an NFL team, but that doesn’t mean his NFL journey is over. The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles have invited Silvers to join them for their rookie mini-camp this weekend.
In his four years as a starter at Troy, Silvers passed for a total of 10,677 yards on 968 completions (out of 1,503 passing attempts) for a completion percentage of 64.4, an average of 7.1 yards per attempts, 71 touchdowns, 16 rushing touchdowns, 29 interceptions, and a passer efficiency rating of 135.8. In his senior year at Troy last season, he passed for 3,290 yards on 283 completions (out of 443 attempts) for 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In the 2017 New Orleans Bowl, Silvers became the Trojans all-time leader in total touchdowns.
The Eagles rookie mini-camp is the first step for undrafted rookies like Silvers to come and showcase their talent and attributes as a player to see if they will fit in the systematics of the team. Of all the 32 teams in the NFL after the 2018 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Quarterback situation is by far the most complicated. The Eagles are committed to Carson Wentz, the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, who tore his ACL in the week 14 of the 2017-2018 season. Before his injury, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards on 265 completions (out of 440 attempts) for 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his 13 starts. Wentz was possibly going to win the league MVP award for the season if it wasn’t for the injury.
The Eagles had the most surprising playoff streak as they won three games in the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They also won Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots. They did this with backup quarterback Nick Foles as he threw for 373 yards on 28 completions (out of 43 attempts) for 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, and a receiving touchdown as he was named Super Bowl MVP. Despite the attractive offers for Foles from other teams, the Eagles kept him as they still wonder if Wentz will be ready for week one.
It will be highly unlikely that Foles and Wentz will be on the same team by midseason in the upcoming season. Silvers has a chance to capitalize on this situation and earn a roster spot through all those questions. Silvers must first earn that spot on the Eagles’ roster by doing well in the rookie mini-camp.