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The owners will gather in San Francisco from May 18-20 for the NFL spring league meeting. There, they are expected to vote on a proposal that would alter the point after touchdown process.
All 32 owners apparently agree that the extra point (converted at a rate of 99.6 percent the past three years) has become too automatic and that change is needed. While the specifics of the proposal have not been finalized, Peter King believes it will look something like this: Read more »
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The success of the Eagles’ new power structure depends in part on 1) whether Ed Marynowtiz provides Chip Kelly with honest, sound personnel advice and 2) whether Kelly listens to it.
Speaking to the media for the first time since being elevated to VP of Player Personnel, Marynowitz addressed the question that has been on the minds of many since he was tabbed as Kelly’s right-hand man.
“I know that’s a common thing that everybody throws out: Is this guy just a ‘yes’ man? To support the head coach, I don’t believe that’s just to tell him he’s right in everything that he says. You’re not going to disagree just to disagree, either. But I’ve never been afraid to voice my opinion.” Read more »
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During the run-up to the draft, we’re asking a handful of experts to identify three players from this class that they believe are fits for Chip Kelly and the Eagles. Today, we turn to former Eagles scout turned media personality John Middlekauff for guidance.
Middlekauff brings an informed perspective. Serving as the Eagles’ West Coast area scout from 2012-13, he was responsible for tracking Oregon (and much of the Pac 12) while Kelly was still in Eugene, and remained in that role through Kelly’s first draft as head coach of the Eagles.
“[The requirements under Kelly] were much more specific,” said Middlekauff. “With Coach Reid, it was a little more open in terms of receiver or corner, there wasn’t height-specific stuff. Size wasn’t as big of a detractor if the kid could play. In Philly, just because the guy is a second-rounder for most teams, they might not mess with him if he’s a 5-8 corner or a defensive lineman that is six-foot-one. It helps narrow it down for the scouts, the way Chip does it. But also, sometimes you circumvent certain players that would fit. But every coach is different.
“And as far as character goes, I think they are a little more strict on the guys’ background and some of that stuff.”
Which players check the boxes in Middlekauff’s view?
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Today’s question comes from Ken by way of email:
We all assume that the Jameis Winston will be drafted by the Bucs, and that the Eagles may be in the mix for Marcus Mariota, particularly if he starts to slip. But what if the opposite happens? What if the Bucs select Mariota? Do you think the Eagles would have any interest in Winston, even if starts falling? Would he be a good fit for the team or the system, or would his character concerns make him a bad fit with Chip Kelly?
After listening to Bucs general manager Jason Licht‘s press conference Monday, I walked thinking Jameis Winston is still their guy. Read more »
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Evan Mathis will not be in attendance for the start of the Eagles’ offseason training program, a league source confirms.
Jeff McLane was first with the report.
Mathis’ name has been mentioned in trade speculation each of the past two offseasons. Chip Kelly told reporters at the owners meetings that, like last year, agent Drew Rosenhaus has been given the green light to seek out potential trade partners for his client. He added that the team is not actively trying to deal the All-Pro guard.
Will he be on the team?
“I hope so,” Kelly responded. Read more »
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OK, it’s not quite on par with the Oregon bias, but the Oklahoma Sooners have established a nice little presence on the Eagles roster. Former teammates Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray came aboard this offseason, joining 2013 first-round pick Lane Johnson. Oklahoma has pulled even with Cincinnati, Florida and USC (3) as the most well-represented school outside of Oregon (8).
Might another Sooner be added in the upcoming draft? Could be.
The Eagles are in need of reinforcements along the offensive line, and one player they are checking out is Oklahoma’s Daryl Williams. Read more »
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DeMeco Ryans continues to send out positive signals about his recovery from an Achilles tear.
During an appearance on Comcast SportsNet Thursday, the 30-year-old linebacker said his rehab is going “really great” — far better than it did back in 2010 when he suffered a similar injury — and sounded confident that he’ll be green-lighted before long.
“I’ve been out on the field, doing some running, put the cleats on last week, doing some position drills. I’m in the weight room lifting with the guys, doing everything that they’re doing,” he said. “I feel really good with where I am right now in the recovery phase. I think with the OTAs and the minicamp, I’ll ease my way back into those. I’m not going to rush it doing things over the summer but I’ll definitely be ready to go full-go during training camp.” Read more »
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I’d imagine the hope is that the 27-year-old Sam Bradford plays at a high level and solidifies the quarterback spot moving forward. But given his injury history and contract situation (his current deal is up at the end of the year), it would be smart of Kelly to have a contingency plan.
The question is whether this draft will allow him that luxury. Read more »
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Chip Kelly, we’re learning, has pretty specific taste when it comes to football players. He wants them built a certain way, wired a certain way, and to function in a certain way within his scheme. Which prospects fit the bill?
For answers, we’ll call on some draft experts between now and April 30, and ask them to name three players that are matches for Kelly and the Eagles. First up is Josh Norris, who does a fine job as a writer and analyst for Rotoworld and NBC Sports. Read more »
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Restricted free agent Cedric Thornton signed his tender on Monday, the team announced, putting him under contract for the 2015 season. He is scheduled to make a shade under $2.4 million, a healthy bump from his 2014 base salary of $645,000.
The Eagles protected themselves by giving Thornton a second-round tender, which comes at a higher price but serves as a deterrent for any team looking to scoop him up because they would have to part ways with a second-round pick if the Eagles did not match their offer. The deadline for teams to make a bid on restricted free agents is April 24. By signing, Thornton is now officially off the market. Read more »