Eagles Wake-Up Call: Lurie Explains Wentz Trade

Carson Wentz and Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz and Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

In his first public comments about the Eagles trading up in the draft to pick Carson Wentz, Jeffrey Lurie explained to the MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas why his team made the move.

“We see it differently than I guess some other people may,” Lurie said. “We see Sam [Bradford] as absolutely the right guy to quarterback the team. We are so rarely able to draft in the Top 5 in the draft. It’s only been twice in about 15-20 years. So we saw the opportunity, and we liked two quarterbacks. We had to make the move to secure having a potential franchise quarterback for many, many years. Read more »

Eagles Mailbag: Cox’s Contract, Starting Corners

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

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I’m sure it’s not top on the list of what’s most important right now, but please tell me there’s absolutely nothing to worry about regarding a deal for Fletcher Cox? The radio silence from him is concerning to me and I know how much of an impact player he can be. Is there any reported progress towards a resolution between him and the Eagles front office? -Eagles 1018

There’s not much new to report here, but this is (unsurprisingly) the most frequent question we get. I wouldn’t worry about anything unless Fletcher Cox decides to skip the June 7-9 mandatory minicamp. It’s possible Cox doesn’t show up, but there’s no clear indication one way or the other right now. If he does miss it, the Eagles can fine him $76,580, according to former agent and current CBS Sports analyst Joel Corry. Read more »

All-22: What Rodney McLeod Brings To the Eagles

Rodney McLeod. (USA Today Sports)

Rodney McLeod. (USA Today Sports)

Hyperbole abounds during free agency, especially after high-priced signings when teams guarantee tens of millions of dollars to their top targets. This is especially true in the honeymoon period shortly after the contract is inked, and the new addition meets with the local press corps for the first time.

The Eagles have learned over and over again in recent years after being burned by such ill-fated moves, but even while speaking in the shadow of the DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell deals, Rodney McLeod wasn’t really exaggerating in March when he said he and Malcolm Jenkins could become the best safety tandem in the NFL.

It remains to be seen what role McLeod will have in Jim Schwartz’s scheme, which will go a long way in determining how good of an investment the Eagles made in the $37 million safety, but his teammates and coaches don’t really seem to care how he’ll be deployed because of his varied skill set. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Jim Schwartz Leftovers

Jim Schwartz. (USA Today Sports)

Jim Schwartz. (USA Today Sports)

In his first media availability since the day he was hired in January, Jim Schwartz declined to assess many of his players because he doesn’t think enough time has elapsed to accurately gauge them. He did, however, discuss Fletcher Cox, Marcus Smith and a few others.

Here are several more highlights from his meeting with the media on Tuesday afternoon.

Schwartz said taking a break from coaching last year has helped him as the Eagles defensive coordinator. Read more »

Mychal Kendricks: Last Year’s Rotation Was ‘Odd’

Mychal Kendricks. (Jeff Fusco)

Mychal Kendricks. (Jeff Fusco)

Mychal Kendricks has thought about whether signing his four-year, $29 million contract extension during the preseason last year had any impact on the decline in his performance. While he isn’t sure if it did, he has identified one reason he didn’t play as well.

“I just feel like it was too much hot and cold with all the players rotating in and out,” Kendricks said. “No one was able to get in the flow. It was odd. I didn’t feel like I played as good or as much. For the time I was in, I feel like my numbers were okay. But it’s hard to be a force or something to reckon with when you’re not on the field.”

The linebacker, who said it was difficult to sit back and play part-time last season, emphasized the importance of playing more to get into a rhythm. Read more »

Jim Schwartz: Fletcher Cox Will Fit ‘Very Well’

Jim Schwartz. (USA Today Sports)

Jim Schwartz. (USA Today Sports)

In his first media availability since the Eagles hired him in January, Jim Schwartz didn’t want to talk about Fletcher Cox much on Tuesday afternoon. He declined to comment on whether he’s spoken to the Pro Bowl defensive tackle, and he didn’t want to answer any additional questions about the biggest name missing from the Eagles’ OTAs.

But when he did discuss Cox, Schwartz didn’t seem concerned the 25-year-old will fall far behind.

“It’s voluntary, so you can only do so much,” Schwartz said. “Fletch was drafted in a scheme that was similar to this; he’ll catch up. I’m sure there’ll be some carryover for him, but I assume he’s a fast learner and I assume he’ll pick things up quickly.

“We think scheme-wise and technique-wise, what we’ll do will fit him very well.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: McLeod’s Path To Philly

(Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

Rodney McLeod. (Jeff Fusco)

It was “very hard,” Rodney McLeod says, to leave the Rams. He never missed a game in four seasons after St. Louis signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and when his contract was up this offseason, he thought he’d continue his career in the city that gave him his first opportunity to play in the NFL.

“I thought I was going to be a Ram for a long time. That’s what I was told throughout the whole process,” McLeod said. “Things happen and that’s part of this business and this league we’re in. Change happens, but it doesn’t mean change is always bad. It’s just about what I do with that change here.”

McLeod, who the Eagles signed to a five-year, $37 million deal in March (including $17 million guaranteed), reportedly received interest from the Giants and Ravens as well. But four years ago, when 253 prospects were drafted, McLeod wasn’t one of them. He says now that teams were uncertain about what position he’d play and many didn’t think he was a “true corner.” Read more »

Eagles Sign Derrick Lott, Release Ryan Quigley

Derrick Lott. (USA Today Sports)

Derrick Lott. (USA Today Sports)

The Eagles signed defensive tackle Derrick Lott and released punter Ryan Quigley, the team announced Monday evening. Lott spent time last season on the Buccaneers’ practice squad as a rookie, but Tampa Bay waived him four weeks ago as they began to clear room to sign the players they drafted. Read more »

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