Cox ‘Expecting To Be At Training Camp’

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox briefly addressed reporters prior to practice Wednesday. He declined to talk about his contract, saying he was going to keep the discussions between the Eagles and his agent Todd France private while focusing on the here and now.

Cox has been training back in Mississippi and claims he is in the same type of shape he normally would be this time of year. He has missed most of the offseason program, though, and is easing back into the action. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Randle ‘A Pleasant Surprise’

Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Rueben Randle, and Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Rueben Randle, and Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)

After some early interest in experimenting with Jordan Matthews on the outside, Doug Pederson has since concluded that the 23-year-old is best suited for the slot. Assuming that opinion sticks, the first-year head coach will look elsewhere to fill the ‘X’ and ‘Z’ receiver posts. Who will be the primary outside guys to start?

“Yeah, you know, Rueben Randle has really made an impact this spring,” Pederson began. “Chris Givens is another one. Nelson Agholor, of course, is another one. Josh Huff is another guy that can work both inside and outside — probably another one that’s going to be inside.

“And these guys have really, especially Rueben, has been a pleasant surprise. He’s a guy that’s a big, tall, sort of a smooth receiver that understands what we’re asking him to do. He knows his role and you’ve got three or four or five guys out there right now that are competing for that spot.”

A couple things stick out in that response. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reading the Cox Situation

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

It’s been more than four months since the first, big wave crashed ashore. Upon his return to power, Howie Roseman made re-signing his own the first order of business. Within a span of nine days, he handed out new deals to Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Lane Johnson and Vinny Curry.

Some thought Fletcher Cox was on deck. But days turned to weeks, weeks to months, and still nothing. The offseason training program is now coming to a close. The three-day mandatory minicamp begins on Tuesday, and as of time of publication, there is still no clear read on whether Cox is going to attend.

We’re nowhere near code red here, but the lack of resolution has left many feeling uneasy and wanting answers. We went out in search of them over the last few days, speaking to a handful of league insiders to try and get a feel for what’s going on behind the scenes. Here’s what we came away with: Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Daniel Says Eagles Ahead Of the Game

(Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

(Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride over the last handful of months if you haven’t gathered, what with Chip Kelly getting booted out and Howie Roseman moving back in; a coaching and personnel head search that didn’t go according to script; Sam Bradford disappearing and Fletcher Cox not appearing at all; turnover and trades and scheme changes and such.  When it comes many facets of the organization this offseason, things have been less than settled.

On the field, though, it’s been smoother sailing — at least as Chase Daniel views it from his perch. His first year in Kansas City coincided with Andy Reid‘s. Having seen both Year Ones up close, he’s concluded that the 2016 Eagles are “light years ahead” of where the Chiefs were at this stage of the game. Read more »

Nelson Agholor And the Transition To Year 2

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Jordan Matthews pointed to one play in particular from Tuesday’s practice that signaled a return to form for Nelson Agholor.

“You can tell he’s back healthy. He caught a little short post today and the way he caught it, stuck his foot in the ground and got vertical? That’s the Nelson I’m used to knowing,” said Matthews. “Nelson’s transition from catch to run is crazy. I think he’s on a level that a lot of guys aren’t.”

In a sea of 90 top-level athletes, Agholor’s agility and burst stands out. It doesn’t take a trained eye to identify the elite physical gifts that the first-round pick out of USC possesses. They were equally evident last spring and summer, leading teammates and analysts alike to predict big things for Agholor in his rookie season.

Those predictions, of course, fell flat. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On the Wide-9 Fears



Today’s question comes from reader Nilesh via email:

Why will the new wide 9 be better than previous wide 9?

The change in Mychal Kendricks is noticeable. He added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame this offseason, bumping up from his 2015 playing weight of 235 pounds to 250.

“I feel strong. I feel fast still. I’m a lot more stout than I was. I think you can tell — I’m pretty big right now,” said Kendricks. “I don’t know how I’ll feel hitting someone yet — I’m assuming I’ll feel realllly good.”

The decision to bulk up was his own, Kendricks told reporters last week. A big part of the motivation was tied to the different demands that will be presented in Jim Schwartz‘s scheme — which yes, has a fairly heavy Wide-9 element to it.  A combination of  how the defensive front lines up and (more importantly) how they are instructed to behave means Kendricks and the linebackers will be dealing with a number of unencumbered offensive linemen steamrolling to the second level.

“Initially [the d-linemen] are up the field so it’s not the same as it was last year — reading as opposed to the linemen getting upfield,” said Kendricks. “We may see more people in our face, which means we would have to be more physical, and I’m all for it.”

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