Maclin On Health, Life Without DeSean

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Jeremy Maclin had just finished up some pitch and catch with Nick Foles when he met with a handful of writers outside of the NovaCare Complex Thursday afternoon.

The receiver is participating in all of the workouts as the offseason training program gets underway and is running routes. He expects to perhaps get limited reps during OTAs but said that if it were training camp, he would be fully cleared to do everything, including 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. He added that he does not intend to wear a knee brace this season. A positive update all the way around.

With the health questions out of the way, the focus shifted towards the departure of DeSean Jackson and the impact it will have on both Maclin and the offense as a whole. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: On Draft Strategies

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For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

For the purposes of this exercise, let’s assume the early portion of the draft goes exactly the way Don Banks of Sports Illustrated sees it.  Mike Evans, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Calvin Pryor, Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby, Anthony Barr and C.J. Mosley are all off the table. However, Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham, Jr., Marqise Lee, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier,Virginia Tech corner Kyle Fuller and Missouri pass rusher Kony Ealy are among the names still available.  What do you do? Read more »

Draft Daily: What If Anthony Barr Slips?

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Anthony Barr began his college career at UCLA on the offensive side of the ball.

In high school, he averaged 171 rushing yards per game, but suffered a broken ankle as a senior and struggled to get healthy as a college freshman. During his sophomore year, Barr got limited touches, and when Jim Mora took over, it was decided that Barr would be best served moving to the defensive side of the ball.

Two years later, the 6-5, 255-pound outside linebacker is in position to be a first-round pick in May’s draft. Read more »

Eagles 2014 Schedule Released

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Thanksgiving in Jerry’s World. A Week 3 showdown at the Linc against DeSean Jackson and the Redskins. Those are just a couple of the highlights of the Eagles’ 2014 regular season schedule, which was released Wednesday night. Read more »

Draft Daily: Trade Up For Mike Evans?

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Greg Cosell of NFL Films was recently asked for his thoughts on Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans.

“You can make the argument that in some ways he’s a bigger and faster Anquan Boldin with his physicality and his hands, which is obviously a very good thing,” Cosell said while appearing on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast.

That’s a starting point sure to get Eagles fans excited.

At 6-5, 231 with 35 1/8-inch arms and 9 5/8-inch hands, Evans is one of the more physically imposing wide receivers in this year’s class. At the combine in February, he ran a 4.53 40: Read more »

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Has Visit With Eagles

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Going into the offseason, the Eagles knew they had to once again address the safety position.

The team decided to sign Malcolm Jenkins in free agency and bring back Nate Allen on a one-year deal. Second-year player Earl Wolff will also be in the mix for a starting spot.

Colt Anderson recently signed with the Colts, and Kurt Coleman caught on with the Vikings.

But going into the draft, adding another safety remains a strong possibility. And the likely top option on the board is Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix has had a visit with the Eagles, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Big Corners To Consider

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‘s emphasis on measurables really seems to show up at the cornerback position.

The Eagles moved quickly last March to give Kelly a pair of big, physical corners by signing Cary Williams (6-1, 190) and Bradley Fletcher (6-0, 200) in free agency. This offseason they added Nolan Carroll (6-1, 205)  to the mix. It’s hard to miss the similarities there. And even though Brandon Boykin (5-9, 185) played just over 50 percent of the snaps last season as the slot corner, the head coach doesn’t sound interested in moving the playmaker outside.

“It’s a matchup game. The bigger receivers are on the outside. The smaller receivers are on the inside. So you’ve got two longer guys in Fletch and Cary that really fit in terms of getting matched up,” said Kelly. “When most people, if they’re gonna be in ’21′ personnel, then they’re not small outside. They’re big outside. So when they’re big, we’re big. I think when you bring in the Wes Welkers and the great slot receivers in this league, you need to have someone that has the ability to cover them. And I think that’s what Brandon’s strength really is. That’s the way we’ve always looked at it.”

The Eagles’ scouting department is given specific measurables to look for when searching for players. That doesn’t mean they will ignore every talent who fails to check a box, but there are guideline that they try to follow pretty closely. And Howie Roseman indicated last year that there are “deal-breakers.” Read more »

Boykin Jabs Giants CB Thurmond

Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin (22) celebrates with his teammates on the field after making an interception in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin (22) celebrates with his teammates on the field after making an interception in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran cornerback Walter Thurmond signed with the Giants this offseason and met with reporters today.

Thurmond plays on the inside and doesn’t think anyone in the league is better than him in that role.

“I’m the best slot corner in the league, for sure. I’ll tell you that,” Thurmond said, via NJ.com.

The Eagles, of course, have a pretty good slot corner themselves in Brandon Boykin. Read more »

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