Eagles Wake-Up Call: Johnson Welcomes ‘Better’ Offseason Approach

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Like Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews, Lane Johnson said he also traveled to Oklahoma to spend time with Sam Bradford this offseason – though his visit was more of the rocking chair and lemonade variety.

“No, I did a lot of sitting,” he said when a reporter jokingly asked if he was out there running routes for the quarterback. “I had to rest this offseason. I was tired.”

Johnson skipped the MMA training during the break (though he may spend a month there later in the offseason, he said) and pulled back on the weight lifting so that the body could heal. The 25-year-old dealt with knee and ankle injuries (at a minimum) over the course of the season. With 44 starts and three NFL seasons now under his belt, he is feeling it more than he once did and taking his cues from other veteran linemen on how to properly recover in-between seasons.

“You’re not working out, lifting, you feel like you’re not up to any good. But I felt it was necessary to get the body back right,” said Johnson.

Particularly after three seasons working under Chip Kelly. Read more »

Report: Bradford Likely To Ask For Trade Out Of Philly

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Upset by the Eagles’ decision to move up in the draft for a quarterback, Sam Bradford is looking to cut ties with Philly according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report.

“I’ve talked to a source who said it’s likely that Bradford is going to ask for a trade at some point in time, or some way to get out of Philadelphia so that he can move on with his career somewhere else with a team that is going to be invested in him long-term. That’s the kind of solution that Bradford is looking at at this point in time.

“The question for Bradford is whether he’s willing to take some kind of pay cut to make that happen. He has $11 million he’s been paid already by the Philadelphia Eagles as part of the two-year deal that he signed before the start of free agency.”

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Risk Of Trading Up

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

It’s hard to ignore the symmetry in all of this.

Here’s first-year head coach Doug Pederson, sitting in the two-hole and poised to roll the bones on a potential franchise quarterback, just like his mentor Andy Reid some 17 years ago. We know Jeffrey Lurie is leaning on the past for guidance following several wrong turns, but this is getting downright eerie.

There is reason enough to follow the blue print. Thanks in large part to the quality of play that Donovan McNabb brought to the quarterback position, the Eagles enjoyed eight winning seasons, five NFC championship appearances and a Super Bowl trip during the 11 seasons that Reid and McNabb were paired together.  As that big piece of Eagles history shows, if you get the quarterback part right, you have a real chance at achieving sustained success.

But that ’99 draft was as much cautionary tale as it was promotional video for going QB early. Read more »

Eagles Trade For No. 2 Overall Pick

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

The Eagles are going after their franchise quarterback.

The team announced Wednesday that they have acquired the No. 2 overall pick from the Cleveland Browns. In return, they will surrender their first (No. 8 overall), one of their thirds (No. 77 overall) and a fourth (No. 100 overall) to Cleveland this season along with a first in 2017 and a second-round pick in ’18.

The Eagles will get a 2017 fourth-round pick as part of the deal as well.

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On Bradford And the Empty QB Stall

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

As his session with reporters wrapped, Sam Bradford broke from the pack near his locker with a sarcastic, “Aw man, great to see you guys again.”

It was the first day of voluntary minicamp for the Eagles and a horde of media descended into the locker room, which has undergone some changes since our last peek inside. The stalls are organized by position group once again like they were under Andy Reid (it was more random under Chip Kelly) so corners are with corners, linemen with linemen, etc. At the very front of the room are the quarterbacks. Bradford’s stall is first, then Chase Daniel‘s, and then an empty stall that will presumably be filled later this month.

Whether the Eagles end up filling it with the likes of a Carson Wentz has become the dominant topic in town, and was at the center of the conversation with Bradford Tuesday afternoon.

“I learned a long time ago to stay away from all that stuff,” said Bradford when asked about the rumblings about the Eagles being on the hunt for a franchise quarterback. “It’s not the first time that I’ve gone through a situation like this. I think I learned a long time ago not to worry about anything I can’t control.”

Have the Eagles discussed their plans with him? Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Leftovers From Pederson, Roseman

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Here are a few lingering thoughts and notes following Monday’s 45-minute pre-draft media session with Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson:

*I found Pederson’s comments on Carson Wentz versus Jared Goff interesting. The new head coach said he thought the prospects were “pretty even” and feels both have potential to be franchise quarterbacks, but twice referenced Goff’s size (6-4, 215) relative to Wentz (6-5, 237) and at one point Paxton Lynch (6-7, 244), and called Wentz “a little better athlete right now.” He talked Wentz up on a number of occasions, but Goff not so much.

This is a time of misdirection and smokescreens and all that, but here’s where my head’s at:
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Pederson: Both Wentz, Goff Can Be Franchise Quarterbacks

Jared Goff. (USA Today Sports)

Jared Goff. (USA Today Sports)

Howie Roseman didn’t confirm that the Eagles made a push to get into the No. 1 slot, but he didn’t deny it, either.

Speaking alongside Doug Pederson at Monday’s pre-draft session with reporters, Roseman responded to a question about how serious trade discussions were between the Eagles and Tennessee by saying, “I wouldn’t consider any serious discussions with any teams until you make deals.”

No deal was struck, of course, and that top spot instead went to the Rams in exchange for two ones, a pair of twos and a couple third-round picks. Los Angeles will use that positioning to select either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff.

The other will be up for grabs at No. 2, and there’s some thought in league circles that the rebuilding Browns may be willing to trade out of that slot in the name of stockpiling resources. Whether the Eagles will try to make the charge up the board from No. 8 will be based in large part on how they feel about the QB available.

Would they need to know who the Rams are taking before pulling the trigger on a trade? Read more »

Wake-Up Call: What the Eagles’ Draft History Tells Us

Ronnie Stanley. (USA Today Sports)

If the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, it seems reasonable that we should look to the Eagles’ draft history for guidance. And given that Jeffrey Lurie appears intent on recreating an era gone by at One NovaCare Way, examining the old regime’s tendencies might be particularly helpful in this case.

Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman both grew their NFL chops while working under Andy Reid, who is a firm believer in building football teams from the inside-out. That philosophy showed up time and again in late April.

Let’s take a quick look back at the Eagles’ first-round selections with Reid at the helm: Read more »

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