Eagles front office defends Jalen Carter after Philadelphia media questioned the DL regarding accountability in the DEADLY road crash

The Eagles drafted the defensive tackle as the 9th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.


Eagles front office defends Jalen Carter after Philadelphia media questioned the DL regarding accountability in the DEADLY road crash

Jalen Carter on Draft Day (Image via Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles selected two elite players in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Howie Roseman, the Eagles general manager, moved up one spot to draft Jalen Carter. Furthermore, the Eagles used their 30th overall pick to draft Carter’s Georgia Bulldogs teammate Nolan Smith. Head coach Nick Sirianni got two top-tier prospects in the first round to beef up his defense.

The Eagles drafted the highly touted defensive lineman Jalen Carter with the 9th overall pick. Carter was projected to be a Top 5 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Some experts considered Jalen Carter as the best overall prospect in the entire draft class. But due to some alleged character issues, Carter’s draft stock plummeted in the days leading to the NFL Draft.

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During the 2023 NFL Combine process in Indianapolis, Jalen Carter left the event abruptly after an arrest warrant was issued for him in Athens, Georgia stemming from a car crash incident that resulted in the death of two people back in January. According to the reports, before the crash, Carter was racing the other vehicle, which ended up crashing and was traveling over 100mph.

After an investigation, Carter was charged with two misdemeanor charges for reckless driving and racing. Furthermore, he was sentenced to 12 months in probation, was fined $1000, and was ordered to serve 80 hours of community service.

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Eagles GM and HC come to the aid of Jalen Carter during press meet

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Jalen Carter (Image via SI)

After getting drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, Jalen Carter along with Nick Sirianni and Howie Roseman, addressed the Media. During the press meet, one reporter felt that the defensive tackle didn’t “come across as accountable” and asked Carter about the deadly crash. The Eagles HC Sirianni and GM Roseman were quick to reject that assessment.

“I don’t think that’s fair. What, do you want him to talk about an active investigation at that time?,” Roseman said before adding, “I mean, at the end of the day he just got drafted, and you’re asking him and putting him on the spot on that.”

“I think it’s hard on a Zoom to feel out a person’s heart and their accountability,” said Sirianni. “I just don’t think it’s fair how you said you didn’t feel like that.” Sirianni went on to claim that the Eagles organization would “wrap our arms around him and do the best we can to help him [Carter].”

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Nevertheless, Jalen Carter is an exceptional talent on the field. And the veterans in the Eagles’ defensive unit, like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, would certainly help Carter to become a better player in the NFL.

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