Terrell Owens in Super Bowl XXXIX. (USA Today Sports)
Terrell Owens was not named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Philadelphia product Marvin Harrison was, the selection committee announced Saturday night. Harrison will enter the Hall of Fame with Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Tony Dungy, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Eddie DeBartolo Jr.
When the committee cut the 15 modern-era finalists to 10, Owens was eliminated. The wide receiver played for five teams, incuding the Eagles in 2004 and 2005. He ranks second in NFL history in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns and sixth in receptions.
In his one full season with the Eagles, Owens caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. He set franchise records with his seven 100-yard receiving games in 2004, as well as the 14 receiving touchdowns. Read more »
Jared Goff. (USA Today Sports)
With the Senior Bowl in the books, many mock drafts were updated recently with new analysis and intel. We selected several to give you a sense of the Eagles’ potential options at No. 13.
ESPN’s Todd McShay ($) thinks the Eagles will draft Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin. McShay predicts Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch and Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker will be available at No. 13, while he has the Browns and Cowboys selecting California quarterback Jared Goff and North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
At 6-foot-6, 325 pounds, Conklin shows good mobility for his size, along with very consistent awareness, technique and effort. He plays with power and is a finisher in the run game. He’s balanced enough to protect a quarterback’s blind side. Even after signing Lane Johnson to an extension, the Eagles need to plan for the future at tackle with Jason Peters now 34.
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Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)
While the Eagles have signed four players in the last two weeks to new contracts, Fletcher Cox has posted multiple tweets that seemingly suggest he’s waiting for his turn.
When talking to the media after Vinny Curry’s press conference, however, Howie Roseman denied that the Eagles have been slow to engage Cox in contract negotiations.
“I would say the last person we’re trying to play games with or be disrespectful to is Fletcher Cox,” Roseman said. “Fletcher Cox is always a priority to us.” Read more »
Vinny Curry. (USA Today Sports)
Vinny Curry grew up in Neptune, N.J. with Eagles jerseys and pictures along the walls of his home. He wanted to be like Ricky Watters, so when he started playing football at 8-years-old, he played running back.
Soon after, he switched to defense. The position change proved to be a wise move, as 19 years later, he’s now under contract with the Eagles for five more years to remain on the defensive line.
“I really can’t see myself playing for nowhere else,” Curry said on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, I bleed green. That’s just what it is.” Read more »
Jason Kelce and Jason Peters. (Jeff Fusco)
With a decade in the NFL already under his belt, Barrett Brooks could feel his career winding down in Pittsburgh. He played in nearly 100 games in his first six seasons alone, and he didn’t have much left in the tank.
But then Bill Cowher started giving Brooks “maintenance days,” which Brooks says extended his career by two or three seasons. The former offensive lineman expects Doug Pederson to do the same for Jason Peters, which is why he thinks Peters will still be productive.
“[Pederson] knows how to give guys days off, and that’s going to be huge,” Brooks said. “He’s going to give them days and allow them to sit down to rest. Chip [Kelly] wasn’t having that. Chip still made him practice. You can’t have a guy like that.” Read more »
Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)
The last time the Eagles’ win total dropped by at least three, a new head coach quickly turned the team around and won 10 games the following season. This year, Doug Pederson is hoping to replicate Chip Kelly’s early success in Philadelphia, as well as Andy Reid’s reversal in Kansas City.
“I just came from a place where we turned the culture of the organization around, we turned the culture of the community around, and two out of the three years, we’re in the postseason,” Pederson said Tuesday on 97.5 The Fanatic. “It can be done. In my opinion, we’ve got a little bit better talent here, and I’m looking forward to working with these guys.”
Whether Pederson achieves that success will largely be determined by his quarterback. After praising Sam Bradford at his introductory press conference, Pederson seemed to express a more patient approach in deciding Bradford’s future yesterday, noting that free agency is more than a month away, before concluding: “We’ve got time.” Read more »
Brent Celek. (Jeff Fusco)
Brent Celek was home celebrating his 31st birthday with his wife when he got a phone call on Monday night.
“We got a deal done,” his agent said.
Celek turned to his wife as tears came down his cheeks, before going downstairs and sitting on the couch. He thought about the journey that transformed him from a fifth-round draft pick in 2007 to a tight end with a three-year deal to remain in Philadelphia. Read more »
Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)
While in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl, Howie Roseman stopped by a SiriusXM radio show Thursday night to discuss Doug Pederson, the Eagles’ new coaching staff and Philadelphia’s front office.
Roseman opined that Pederson has put together “an incredible staff,” which is now full of coordinators and head position coaches. Roseman also explained why the Eagles’ new head coach was an attractive candidate.
“We’re fortunate that we had the opportunity to be with Doug in Philadelphia as a player, as a coach,” Roseman said. “Incredibly bright mind. Has a history of developing quarterbacks. Being around great teachers of offense. Has a great offensive mind. Really good person. Really fits in with what we’re trying to build in Philadelphia.” Read more »
Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)
The Eagles have received permission to interview the Steelers’ Brandon Hunt for the director of player personnel opening. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette first reported the news, while CSN Philly’s Derrick Gunn added that the interview will occur on Friday.
Hunt is Pittsburgh’s pro personnel coordinator and has been with the Steelers since 2010, when he replaced Doug Whaley. Tom Donahoe is currently the Eagles’ senior director of player personnel, and was added after vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz was fired along with Chip Kelly.
Hunt broke into the league as a Steelers scouting department intern for the 2005 and 2006 seasons, and was a pro scout for the Texans for two years before returning to Pittsburgh. When NFL.com’s Albert Breer wrote last month about future NFL general managers, he included Hunt in the “On The Way Up” category. Read more »
Eagles quarterback Mike Boryla throws a pass against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. (USA Today Sports)
This week’s roundup of Eagles coverage in the national media.
Joe Banner told a story on ESPN’s NFL Insiders of how Patrick Peterson was nearly an Eagle.
“When we were in Philadelphia, we traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round draft pick. The original trade was the fifth pick of the draft — which we were targeting Patrick Peterson for — and the second round pick the next year. Because there was a lockout, we weren’t allowed to make trades leading into the draft or else Patrick Peterson would have been a Philadelphia Eagle.”
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