Eagles Wake-Up Call: Visits Matter Under Chip

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Courtesy of USA Today.

Courtesy of USA Today.

Today’s question comes from reader Yul via email:

With Chip’s emphasis on culture, is it possible that from now on, the Eagles will NOT draft any player that wasn’t either interviewed at the Combine, had a pre-draft visit, or went to Oregon?  Can’t say for sure last year or before if this was true (since Howie had his hand in the draft), but from now on, will be interesting to see if combine interview/pre-draft visit/Oregon player is a good predictor of who’s on the Eagles’ board…
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Jaws: Mariota’s Stock Is Rising

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Mariota and Winston. Courtesy of USA Today

Mariota and Winston. Courtesy of USA Today

The widely-held belief around the league for weeks now has been that Jameis Winston will go first overall to the Bucs. But a little doubt has crept in of late.

A report surfaced this week that one of the Bucs’ owners has raised some internal questions about the the community relations impact should they choose Winston. On Friday, Ron Jaworski was a guest on CSN’s Philly Sports Talk and said he is picking up buzz that Marcus Mariota is going to be Tampa’s selection.

“The latest I’m hearing now from my sources around the league, who are pretty wired in, is that he’s going to go number one now to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” said Jaworski.
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Eagles Preseason Opponents Announced

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles 2015 preseason opponents were announced Thursday. Here is the slate:

Week 1 vs. Indianapolis (Aug. 13-17)
Week 2 vs. Baltimore (Aug. 20-24)
Week 3 at Green Bay (Aug. 27-31)
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Video: Gruden Works With Mariota, Hundley

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Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports

Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports

The first three installments of Gruden’s QB Camp debuted Tuesday night on ESPN2 featuring Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty.

There’s always a degree of awkwardness to these proceedings and that certainly applied to Jon Gruden‘s interactions with Mariota, who stayed true to his reserved, low-key personality and offered little in response to Gruden’s probing questions. At one point, Gruden asked him, “You don’t like being in the spotlight, do you?” to which Mariota responded, “No way.”

“Well,” said Gruden, “you better get used to it.”
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Eagles Wake Up Call: McCoy And the Star Theory

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy believes he burns a little too bright for Chip Kelly‘s liking.

Speaking with the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane at the start of the Bills’ offseason training program, McCoy offered his take on why he is starting anew in Buffalo rather than returning to Philadelphia for a seventh season.

“I don’t think he likes or respects the stars. I’m being honest,” he said. “I think he likes the fact that it’s ‘Chip Kelly and the Eagles.’

“It was ‘DeSean Jackson – a high-flying, take-off-the-top-of-the-defense receiver.’ Or ‘the quick, elusive LeSean McCoy.’ I don’t think [Kelly] likes that.” Read more »

Huff Breaks Down Chip Kelly’s Moves

Josh Huff and Chip Kelly back at Oregon. USA Today

Josh Huff and Chip Kelly back at Oregon. USA Today

The offense has been completely re-shaped in Chip Kelly‘s two-plus years at the controls.

Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are out (though the intent was to hold onto Maclin). Guys like Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Matthews and Miles Austin were shipped in this offseason, adding to a growing stable of players that have been personally approved by Kelly.

What separates “Kelly guys” from those that he has chosen to move on from? What is the method driving these moves? We asked the opinion of Josh Huff, who has been inside Kelly’s operation both at the college and pro levels and has an idea for what the head coach values.

“Coach Kelly, he is a very decisive guy. He knows what he wants and when he knows he wants something, he will go after it,” said Huff. “He doesn’t care if you’re a five-time Pro Bowler or an All-Pro guy, if you don’t fit his [vision] he’s going to replace you, and that’s been evident for the past two seasons. He hasn’t shied from any opportunity to become better, he hasn’t shied away from any criticism from the outsiders — and quite frankly, he doesn’t really care about the outsiders. He cares about what he thinks. And what he thinks is that if he gets the players that he wants and gets the players that buy into his philosophy, those are the guys he is going to run with and those are the guys he can trust to go to battle with.”

Huff offered his insight into some of the key decisions from over the last two years. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Is Kendricks In the Plans?

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Today’s question comes from reader Steve:

With Ryans being extended, do you see something happening in a trade to move up with Kendricks or do you think they stay at 20? 

Mychal Kendricks appeared on the NFL Network Thursday night alongside his brother, Eric, and was asked how the addition of Kiko Alonso impacts the Eagles’ linebacker room.

“I can tell you how it affects the linebacker room: it puts better players in one room,” he said. “We’re stacked now. What does it mean for me? I’m not too sure. But I know that I will just do what got me here. That’s all I can do is just do everything that is asked of me and play my butt off. The better players, the more players in the room, the better. Seriously.” Read more »

Eagles Checking Out QB Cody Fajardo

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Cody Fajardo. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Cody Fajardo. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

The Eagles are doing a good amount of homework on Cody Fajardo.

The former Nevada quarterback  has had one private workout to this point, he said, and that was with Eagles QB coach Ryan Day.

“I felt that he was pretty interested,” Fajardo said in a phone conversation with Birds 24/7. Read more »

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