Daryl Williams An O-Line Option For Eagles

Eagles Draft 2015
Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Ryans On Health, Moves

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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 »

Twitter Mailbag: On QBs And Marcus Peters

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Scott Olmos / USA TODAY Sports

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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 »

Wake-Up Call: Three Fits For the Eagles

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Adrian Amos. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Adrian Amos. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

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 »

Cedric Thornton Signs Tender

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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 »

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)
Week 4 at New York Jets (Sept. 3-4) Read more »

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