Eagles Offseason Outlook: Tight End

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first three installments, we covered the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Now, it’s on to the tight ends.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

After 11 weeks of underwhelming performances, Zach Ertz came alive in the last four games of the season. He racked up 450 yards over the final four games, joining Jimmy Graham as the only NFL tight ends with at least 450 yards over a four-game span since 2013. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Mock Draft Round-Up

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The mock drafts come fast and furious these days, my friends. Back in simpler times (2014), draft projections would be at a trickle this time of year. Now, I think Jimmy Kempski is already on version 3.0 of his seven-round mock (and likely has at least three of the picks nailed).

Let’s cast a wide net around these bad boys to see who the analysts are linking to the Eagles at No. 13 (and beyond):
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By the Numbers: Doug Pederson’s Quick Fixes

Chiefs tight ends coach Tom Melvin and Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Chiefs tight ends coach Tom Melvin and Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

The Eagles’ offense, for all of its bells and whistles, was an unabashed mess in 2015. The run game fell apart, the passing game was spotty, and the offensive line suffered in a big way.

Hundreds of miles away, Doug Pederson and the Chiefs found a way to string together a monster winning streak with Alex Smith under center and their No. 1 running back sidelined for a good portion of the season.

While dumping an offensive genius in Chip Kelly and picking up a throwback offensive mind in Pederson may mean expecting a more productive unit initially feels a little backward, there might be something to a new perspective and a successful mind trying his hand at the Eagles’ cluttered offense.

Here are three things Pederson can start with.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Wide Receiver Outlook

Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)

Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first two installments, we covered the quarterbacks and running backs. Now, it’s on to the wide receivers.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

Pick a statistic, and it probably reflects how uninspiring this unit was last season. Only one receiver finished in the top-140 in the NFL in yards (Jordan Matthews), and only one receiver finished in the top-150 in catches (Matthews again). Read more »

Eagles Offseason Outlook: Running Back

Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray. (Jeff Fusco)

Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray. (Jeff Fusco)

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first installment we covered the quarterbacks, and now it’s on to the running backs.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

The Eagles spent nearly $12 million in 2015 on running backs (second-most in the NFL, per Spotrac), but by just about every measure, they fell short of lofty preseason expectations. Philadelphia ranked 21st in yards per carry (3.9), and according to Football Outsiders, they had the 17th-best rushing attack in the league. Read more »

Eagles Sign Najee Goode To One-Year Deal

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles announced Wednesday the signing of linebacker Najee Goode to a one-year deal.

Details of the deal were not disclosed.

After missing the 2014 season with a pectoral injury, Goode was a special teams contributor during the 2015 season, including scoring a 24-yard touchdown on the Chris Maragos-blocked punt in the Eagles’ 35-28 win over the Patriots. It was the second-longest punt return touchdown in team history.

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Adam Schefter: Fletcher Cox Isn’t Going Anywhere

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz both joined Anthony Gargano on 97.5 the Fanatic on Wednesday to discuss the Eagles.

Schwartz talked about his defensive philosophy and plans at length, while Schefter touched on the Birds’ upcoming offseason and their plans for handling free agency.

Of everything discussed, two points from Schefter stuck out as key holding points for the Eagles going forward.

For one, Schefter said that Fletcher Cox isn’t going anywhere.

“He’s not going anywhere, they’ll never allow him to leave,” Schefter said.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Contemplating Mario Williams

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This is the time of year when teams start shedding salaries. The Eagles released Riley Cooper Monday and freed up about $3 million of cap space in the process. The Raiders cut ties with Nate Allen yesterday to avoid paying his $4.9 million salary in 2016. The Saints parted with six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans to sidestep paying $3 million that would have come due Wednesday if he was still on the roster.

The list will grow, and could include a pretty big fish that may have interest in reconnecting with Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.  Read more »

Lurie May Have Lost His Way

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Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

It may have been a ruse and it may have been a miscalculation. Either way, it was one of several moments of late that has shown this owner in an unflattering light. Read more »

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