A few links to pass along. Hope everyone is having a good weekend (complete with power).
Judy Battista of NFL.com spoke with an NFL exec about the prospects of Michael Vick landing a starting job.
One NFL personnel executive said teams undoubtedly will rate Vick the best of a middling quarterback free-agent market — one likely to include Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel and Mark Sanchez — and the exec said he would rate him as a mid-tier starting quarterback, somewhere between 13 and 16. In a league with 32 teams, that’s better than half. Read more »
The Eagles signed former Bears wide receiver/special teamer Joe Anderson on Friday.
The 25-year-old Texas Southern product signed with Chicago as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and spent most of that season on the practice squad. Anderson has appeared in nine games overall since entering the league, with the bulk of his action coming on special teams. He was placed on injured reserve this past November with an abdonimal and groin injury.
Anderson (6-1, 196) returned punts and kicks some on the collegiate level. He returned five kicks for 82 yards (16.4 avg.) in 2013 for the Bears. Read more »
The Jets are interested in free-agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, according to a report.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News writes that the Jets “covet” Maclin and view him as a No. 1 receiver when healthy. New York, which had the 31st-ranked passing offense in 2013, is apparently interested in Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders as well.
Former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhingweg is the Jets’ OC and certainly knows what Maclin is capable of. Put need position + former coach together, and the interest makes perfect sense. (Hence why Kansas City will likely come calling before it’s all said and done.) Read more »
Mel Kiper Jr. held a conference call with media members Thursday and touched on several subjects that could interest Eagles fans. Some highlights:
(Note: I linked to some film of each of the players mentioned, courtesy of DraftBreakdown, in case you want to study any of them a bit more.)
– Kiper is very high on this wide receiver class. He has nine going in the first round alone, and thinks quality will still be there later in the draft.
“There’s going to be an opportunity I think at wide receiver to see guys in the third, fourth, fifth round get it done. That’s going to be a very deep position with 19 underclassmen coming out at that spot.” Read more »
The second phase of the Eagles $125 million revitalization project at Lincoln Financial Field is underway. Along with installing new HD video boards and enhancing the overall audio/video experience, they will be adding 1,600 seats to bring the total capacity to a shade over 69,000.
The addition of more seats will allow the Eagles to take a bite out of their season ticket waiting list, which president Don Smolenski says is currently around 40,000.
Along with the new seating configuration comes an adjustment to the pricing. Approximately 52 percent of tickets will increase in price, ranging from an extra $10-$25 per ticket. These are for the more desirable seats, mostly in the lower bowl. Some 43 percent will stay the same in cost and five percent will go down. The average ticket price will still be the lowest in the NFC East, per Smolenski. Read more »
Mike Neal is the fourth-best outside linebacker 0n the free agent market, according to Rotoworld. It’s a bit of a feat that he is listed as an outside linebacker at all.
A four-year down lineman at Purdue, the Packers selected Neal with the 56th overall pick in 2010. He weighed a shade over 300 pounds when he entered the league, and was used as a rush defensive tackle in Green Bay. His career got off to a slow start. He appeared in less than half of the Packers’ games over his first three seasons, in part because of injury, in part because of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. (He claims it was for taking Adderrall).
Things turned around for the 26-year old in 2013. Knowing that he had good feet and mobility for a big man, the coaching staff made a pretty bold move and asked him to switch to outside linebacker. The gamble paid off. Read more »
Mychal Kendricks was in the midst of a rough patch and in need of a boost back in mid-September when his phone rang.
“I was getting a massage and I picked up…and it was my Pop Warner coach,” Kendricks told Jim Rome last week in New York. “And he just told me, ‘Man, just go out there and own the field like I know you can. Get that pep in your step. When you take the field, know that you own it.’
“It was good for me, man. Every game I went into after that, I just told myself, ‘Take the field with confidence. Own this [thing].’ ” Read more »
Welcome to the 2014 season.
The NFL doesn’t stop, it just enters different phases. After Seattle’s dismantling of the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, the scene shifts from the big stage to behind the scenes. The Combine is coming up in a couple weeks. Free agency, believe it or not, is just over a month away. The offseason program begins in 78 days.
The Eagles, like the rest of the teams across the league, will spend their days trying to close the gap between themselves and the Seahawks in hopes that this time next year it’s green and white confetti falling from the sky, not blue and green. They have some work to do.
Howie Roseman, Chip Kelly and Co. need to decide just how aggressive they should be in their immediate pursuit. Read more »
Jeffrey Lurie was front and center for Roger Goodell‘s state of the NFL press conference in New York Friday. Afterwards, he spoke with the NFL Network about the future of quarterbacks Nick Foles and Michael Vick, the possibility of Philadelphia hosting a Super Bowl, and more. Read more »
Michael Vick is not only eyeing a starting gig in 2014, he intends to land a job without having to fight for it.
Speaking with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic Thursday, Vick made it clear that he doesn’t want to go through another drawn-out quarterback competition like the one he experienced last summer with the Eagles.
“You can put me in all the quarterback battles you want to put me in, I just don’t think I would lose one,” he said. “Not saying that out of arrogance, just saying it with confidence because I know what it takes to win. I’ve been playing in this league for 11 years, and the one thing I won’t do, I won’t go to any other place and battle for a position. Why would I do that?” Read more »