On Cardale Jones And Mariota

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

A lot of Eagles fans went into Monday’s game daydreaming about Marcus Mariota, but went to sleep with visions of Cardale Jones dancing in their heads.

Making just his third start, the 6-5, 250-pound redshirt sophomore accounted for 280 yards and scored twice (one passing, one rushing) to help Ohio State topple Oregon, 42-20, in the title game. Suddenly, a player that began the year as a third-stringer was getting talked about as a 2015 draft prospect. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What Would It Take?

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Prior to Monday night’s national championship game, Chip Kelly took his public touting of Marcus Mariota to another level.

“He might be the fastest guy on the field. But his mind is even faster,” Kelly told ESPN during the pregame show. “(He) thinks like Peyton Manning.”

Kelly has not hidden his affection for the 6-4, 219-pound signal-caller, calling him the most talented player he coached on the college level. Ohio State’s 42-20 win against Oregon in the title game is unlikely to change his opinion of Mariota, who went 24-of-37 for 333 yards with two touchdowns and a last-second interception in defeat. Assuming he declares for the draft as expected, the Heisman Trophy winner finishes his college career with over 13,000 yards of total offense and 105 touchdown tosses to just 14 interceptions.

Opinions vary on how high Mariota will be selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, and therefor how likely it is that the Eagles can get within striking distance to land him. Standout executive turned ESPN analyst Bill Polian, for one, believes Mariota will go in the top three and possibly first overall. Read more »

Looking At Maclin’s Value

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Jeremy Maclin is going to be one of the most desirable wide receiver options on the open market, should he get there.

It’s hard to envision a scenario in which Demaryius Thomas or Dez Bryant is allowed to escape Denver and Dallas, respectively. That elevates the likes of Maclin and Randall Cobb to the top of the heap, with Michael Crabtree and Torrey Smith arguably a tier below them.

[Here’s a list of the free-agent wide receivers, courtesy of spotrac.]

The 24-year-old Cobb had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, while Maclin caught 85 balls for 1,318 yards and 10 scores for the Eagles. No matter which receiver you prefer, both have positioned themselves for big pay days — whether that be with their current teams or elsewhere.

What kind of money are we talking about for Maclin? Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Chip, Howie And Contracts

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Each day, we will choose a reader question and make that the topic of the morning post. You can submit your questions in a variety of ways: in the comments section, on Twitter (@Tim_McManus and @SheilKapadia), via e-mail (tmcmanus@phillymag.com and skapadia@phillymag.com) or on Facebook. We’ll choose one each day and answer it.

We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt.

Let’s get to today’s question:

Dilfer: Marcus Mariota Could Drop

Kirby Lee / USA Today

Kirby Lee / USA Today

The Eagles hold the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Marcus Mariota is currently projected to go in the top three, and the consensus is that there’s just too much space between team and player to make the Mariota-Chip Kelly reunion a reality.

But what if the divide is not that great after all? In an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic with Jon and Sean, Trent Dilfer suggested that Mariota may very well slide down the draft board as we get closer to April. Read more »

Mathis Named To Pro Bowl

NFL: Pro Bowl

Evan Mathis is Pro-Bowl bound once again.

Originally named an alternate, the 33-year-old will replace Saints guard Jahri Evans, who is unable to play because of injury.

Mathis made his first Pro Bowl last season and was also first-team All-Pro in 2013. He suffered an MCL sprain in the opener against Jacksonville this year and sat out the next seven games while on injured reserve/designated to return. He performed well overall once back in the lineup. Pro Football Focus rated him as the second best guard in the league in 2014. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly’s Clout

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles

As Sheil explained on Friday, we’re going to try something new for the Wake-Up Call in the offseason. Each day, we will choose a reader question and make that the topic of the morning post. You can submit your questions in a variety of ways: in the comments section, on Twitter (@Tim_McManus and @SheilKapadia), via e-mail (tmcmanus@phillymag.com and skapadia@phillymag.com) or on Facebook. We’ll choose one each day and answer it.

We’ll go through the questions once a month and randomly select a reader for a free Birds 24/7 t-shirt. Let’s get to today’s question: Read more »

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