By Tim Weaver
Free agency isn’t always about players and the Carolina Panthers just picked up a potentially crucial piece from the Philadelphia Eagles. Last month, the team announced plans to begin a football analytics department. On Thursday, Carolina introduced its director, Taylor Rajack.
Rajack (27) comes to the organization from Philadelphia, where he was working in their analytics department.
Under the brilliant stewardship of general manager Howie Roseman, the Eagles front office is ahead of the curve compared to the rest of the league both in this department and many other aspects. Rajack says they were on the cutting edge but he looks forward to starting something new in Carolina, per the team website.
“Working there, we were very well researched in every decision we made. Trying to gain that edge. . . We wanted to understand the risks and understand the expectation with any decision to make smarter choices. . . In Philadelphia, we became identified as one of the more analytically inclined teams. That paved the way for me to get here and start something new.”
The MIT graduate got started with Philly in an internship between his junior and senior years, then was eventually hired full-time. He spent the next five years with the...