It’s safe to assume last week was a good one for Nick Foles.
The Eagles’ starting QB saw the front office lock up four of the guys who make his job easier: left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.
Of that group, Cooper specifically offered a big thank you to the guy who threw him the ball in 2013.
“A lot,” Cooper said, when asked how much Foles’ presence factored into his decision. “I mean, I wouldn’t be put in this situation I’m in now if it wasn’t for Nick. He came in and what a tremendous player and a tremendous guy. He believes in me. He likes throwing me the ball. He’s a great player, and without him I wouldn’t be here to be honest with you. We definitely have good chemistry, and that weighed in a lot into the decision.” Read more »
With the start of free agency just nine days away, the chances of Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd hitting the market appear to have increased.
According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 in Buffalo, the Bills are unlikely to sign Byrd to a long-term extension, and the franchise tag is not in their plans either. Byrd played last year under the franchise tag, and per the report, the team might not want to use another one-year rental before losing the Pro Bowl safety next offseason. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
Howie Roseman said Friday that he expects this to be a quiet weekend at the NovaCare Complex.
Speaking from experience, we’ll take that with a grain of salt. But regardless, here is some reading to keep you entertained/occupied. Read more »
Here are three leftovers on the Jeremy Maclin deal:
1. DeSean Jackson led the Eagles in targets last year with 126. Riley Cooper was second with 84 and Jason Avant third (76). LeSean McCoy had 65; Zach Ertz 56; and Brent Celek 50.
Among that group, the only player who likely won’t be back is Avant. Meanwhile, the Eagles are adding Jeremy Maclin back to the mix and potentially more, depending on what they do in the draft and free agency. So a question worth asking is: Will there be enough targets to go around? Read more »
Jeremy Maclin watched from the sideline as the Eagles’ offense set record after record in Year 1 under Chip Kelly.
He saw DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper have career years and envisioned himself playing a role down the line once his knee healed up.
“I’m excited to get a chance to play in Chip’s offense,” Maclin said Friday at the NovaCare Complex. “I’m excited to be able to help this team get to the next level. I think this is a place where I can showcase my skills and I’m comfortable around all my teammates, guys who have been here. I think this was just the right spot for me.” Read more »
A year after jumping one spot ahead of the Eagles to draft Dion Jordan, the Miami Dolphins are now looking to trade the outside linebacker, according to a report. Read more »
Jason Kelce was asked Thursday afternoon why he opted for a seven-year deal instead of something shorter.
“Why seven years? I don’t really know,” Kelce said. “They told me what the numbers were, and I was like, ‘That sounds pretty good to me.’ I think the longer for me the better because I really, truly don’t want to play for any other organization. I’m happy with this city, this team, these coaches. I’m really excited to be here and I have been since Day One.” Read more »
Update: The Eagles announced Friday afternoon that Jeremy Maclin is in the fold on a one-year deal.
The Eagles’ wide receiver situation got a little bit clearer Thursday morning when the team announced it had signed Riley Cooper to a new deal.
But there are still a couple chips left to fall. The Eagles are looking to get something done with Jeremy Maclin, and at this point it would be an upset if Jason Avant were to return.
As we wait to see what’s next, it’s worth exploring how the pieces might fit. Read more »
The backdrop behind Riley Cooper had changed from where he stood on July 31.
On that day, he was outside the NovaCare Complex with a brick wall behind him and microphones shoved aggressively in his face. His future with the franchise that drafted him seemed very much in question. Hours before he spoke, a video had surfaced of Cooper using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. Now it was time to face the music and answer question after question about the incident, his status with the team, his relationship with his peers and more.
Thursday afternoon, however, carried a different feel. Some seven months later, Cooper stood in the hallway at the NovaCare Complex in a grey hoodie, black shorts and black sneakers. The reporters were now asking about his career year in 2013 and his promising future in Chip Kelly’s offense. Read more »