DeMeco Ryans Coming Back, Says Kelly

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Amid all the big-picture topics Chip Kelly discussed on Wednesday, there was a smaller roster note that is worth mentioning.

Asked if DeMeco Ryans will be returning, Kelly said point blank that he would be.

“I like having really good football players,” he said. “So you have no idea. Mychal [Kendricks] missed some games last year, DeMeco missed games last year. Kiko [Alonso] has missed games. We’re trying to accumulate as many good football players as we can is what we’re trying to do.” Read more »

Kelly: Front-Office Shakeup Was Lurie’s Call

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Chip Kelly nonchalantly strolled up to the podium in the NovaCare auditorium Wednesday afternoon for an impromptu press conference that lasted just under 24 minutes.

Brandon Graham was originally scheduled to take the mic, but instead Kelly made a surprise appearance and answered questions about the Eagles’ front-office shakeup, his roster decisions and the Sam Bradford trade.

The offseason got off to an explosive start in January when Jeffrey Lurie announced that Kelly would have final say on personnel decisions, while Howie Roseman would move back to the cap/contract side.

Asked about the shakeup, Kelly maintained a straight face and said that he had nothing to do with the decision, pinning the move instead on Lurie. Read more »

Making Sense Of the Foles-Bradford Deal

Sam Bradford. Rick Osentoski/USA Today

Sam Bradford. Rick Osentoski/USA Today

Chip Kelly had just completed his first draft as an NFL head coach, and he stood behind the podium at the NovaCare Complex explaining some of the Eagles’ selections.

He seemed excited about Lane Johnson and the other picks the team had made. He was another step closer to getting the new guys on the practice field during OTAs and mini-camps.

While discussing the picks, Kelly was asked about the importance of measurables in identifying players for his scheme.

“If you constantly take the overachiever at every position, you’re going to be too small,” Kelly said. “If you take the short defensive tackle backed up by the short middle linebacker backed up by the short safety, then all of a sudden your team’s going to get run over.”

The explanation made perfect sense and was refreshing to many. Others in the league have put it more succinctly: Don’t get into trouble by trying to build a team of exceptions.

On Tuesday, Kelly pulled a stunner and sent Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford. All offseason, it seemed Kelly had a plan. There had to be some reason why he traded LeSean McCoy, didn’t overpay for Jeremy Maclin and brought Mark Sanchez back. Read more »

Eagles Expected To Sign RB Mathews

Ryan Mathews. Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

Ryan Mathews. Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

The Eagles will have RB Ryan Mathews in for a visit and are expected to sign him, according to Mike Garafolo of FoxSports.com.

Mathews (6-0, 220) spent his first five seasons with the Chargers, totaling 4,061 yards on 923 attempts (4.4 YPC). He has 146 career receptions, although only nine of those came in 2014. Last season, Mathews carried 74 times for 330 yards in six games. He missed 10 games because of an ankle injury. Read more »

Eagles Sign CB Walter Thurmond

Walter Thurmond. Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

Walter Thurmond. Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

The Eagles have added a cornerback and another ex-Oregon player to the mix.

The team announced it has signed former Giants and Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond to a one-year deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the move. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Free Agency (Officially) Begins

Andre Johnson. Troy Taormina/USA TODAY

Andre Johnson. Troy Taormina/USA TODAY

Given the flurry of activity the past three days, in many ways it feels like we’re already in the middle of the free agency period.

But as the Eagles were reminded when Frank Gore changed course, the start of the new league year doesn’t officially start until today at 4 p.m. That’s when the LeSean McCoy trade and the Byron Maxwell signing can be finalized.

The Eagles have already filled some holes. Brandon Graham is coming back to start at LOLB. And the Mark Sanchez signing makes it unnecessary for them to add another QB.

Barring something totally unforeseen, Maxwell gives them a starting cornerback. And Kiko Alonso fills a need at inside linebacker.

But there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. Read more »

Where Maclin’s Departure Leaves the Eagles

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It was a little more than a year ago when Jeremy Maclin addressed reporters at the NovaCare Complex after having signed a one-year deal with the Eagles.

Maclin was coming off ACL surgery, but opted not to test the market. He decided to play out 2015 in hopes of landing a long-term deal down the road with the team that drafted him.

After an 85-catch, 1,318-yard, 10-TD season, Maclin put himself in a great position. He maintained all along that his No. 1 goal was to remain with the Eagles. And the team said often that it wanted Maclin back.

But when organizations let their own players reach the negotiating period of free agency, they run the risk of losing them. And that’s what apparently happened Sunday night with Chris Mortensen’s report that Maclin is headed to Kansas City to reunite with Andy Reid.

So where does the move leave the Eagles? Read more »

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