Eagles force UNC QB Sam Howell to shoot basketballs during combine interview
The Philadelphia Eagles continue their interesting style of conducting interviews during the NFL Combine. North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell spoke with the media during the combine and was asked if he had strange questions from teams. Howell said he didn’t but mentioned that the Eagles had him shoot basketballs on a mini-hoop.
Last season, Philly had players participate in rock-paper-scissors to determine their competition levels, and it seemed to work. I guess Nick Sirianni and Howie Roseman are following the 76ers in refusing to trust someone who refuses to shoot a basketball.
Howell said he only went two of five, but I have a lot more questions before I can determine his value as a prospect. How big was the basketball? How far away was he? Did he have to shoot sitting down or standing up?
40% from the field isn’t horrible. It’s way better than I would do and obviously, it’s better than a certain basketball player that used to play for the 76ers.
Personally, I don’t hate these types of interviews. Philly likely did this to relax Howell a bit and see how he is personality-wise, and it’s far better than the stupid serious questions some teams have asked.
Roseman scouted the UNC quarterback in person earlier this season when the Tar Heels faced Kenny Pickett and the Pitt Panthers. The Eagles’ GM will be speaking with the media later this afternoon as the combine continues.
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