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Today’s question comes from Ken by way of email:
We all assume that the Jameis Winston will be drafted by the Bucs, and that the Eagles may be in the mix for Marcus Mariota, particularly if he starts to slip. But what if the opposite happens? What if the Bucs select Mariota? Do you think the Eagles would have any interest in Winston, even if starts falling? Would he be a good fit for the team or the system, or would his character concerns make him a bad fit with Chip Kelly?
After listening to Bucs general manager Jason Licht‘s press conference Monday, I walked thinking Jameis Winston is still their guy. Read more »
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The Eagles officially signed Tim Tebow to a one year-contract Monday afternoon.
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USC WR Nelson Agholor. Jake Roth / USA Today
Between now and the draft, we’ll have daily threads with the latest mocks, buzz and relevant links. Check back throughout the day for updates. Read more »
Miami WR Phillip Dorsett. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today)
Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.
THE BACK STORY
In Chip Kelly’s first season as an NFL head coach, the Eagles led the league with 80 pass plays of 20+ yards. In Year 2, that number went down, but the offense still produced 63 big pass plays, good enough for third.
A couple big-play threats in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are playing for other teams, so Kelly will now count on guys like Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff and Zach Ertz to make plays downfield. He very well could look for a vertical threat in the draft also.
And one of the guys who fits that description is Miami’s Phillip Dorsett. Read more »
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Evan Mathis will not be in attendance for the start of the Eagles’ offseason training program, a league source confirms.
Jeff McLane was first with the report.
Mathis’ name has been mentioned in trade speculation each of the past two offseasons. Chip Kelly told reporters at the owners meetings that, like last year, agent Drew Rosenhaus has been given the green light to seek out potential trade partners for his client. He added that the team is not actively trying to deal the All-Pro guard.
Will he be on the team?
“I hope so,” Kelly responded. Read more »
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It was almost as if the Eagles had been quiet for a little bit too long.
Last night, Chip Kelly’s squad stole some more national headlines when news broke from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that the team is planning on signing Tim Tebow today.
I already offered some thoughts. Maybe he wins the No. 3 job from Matt Barkley. Maybe he’ll be used as a runner in specific packages. Maybe he’ll be off the team in September. Who knows? But the idea that he’s going to somehow resurrect his career here as a quarterback seems awfully far-fetched.
At any rate, here’s a sampling of Tebow reaction, with some notes mixed in. Read more »
Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today
It’s information-gathering season in the NFL.
From now until the start of the draft on April 30, the Eagles and the 31 other teams will be doing all they can to learn about this year’s group of prospects.
In this space, we will keep track of the pre-draft visits. The Eagles are allowed to host 30 official visits to the NovaCare Complex, but they are allowed to hold as many private workouts as they want away from the team’s facility. And prospects from the Philadelphia area who provide their own transportation to the NovaCare Complex don’t count against the 30. Read more »
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Here is a roundup of the picks that the other NFC East teams currently have, along with Mel Kiper’s predictions for the first three rounds, Charles Davis’ latest mock draft and mocks from the teams’ local media.
Round 1, Pick 27 (27)
Round 2, Pick 28 (60)
Round 3, Pick 27 (91)
Round 4, Pick 28 (127)
Round 5, Pick 27 (163)
Round 7, Pick 19 (236)
Round 7, Pick 26 (243)
Kiper has the Cowboys taking UConn CB Byron Jones, Ohio State DT Michael Bennett and Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford in the first three rounds:
There’s already a need at cornerback — you can’t have enough if you expect to play with some leads — and that’s before we have a resolution on Brandon Carr’s contract situation. Jones is one of the biggest sleepers in the draft, a cornerback with the ability to handle safety, an extraordinary athlete with very good instincts. He’s also a great kid. While I want to address the defensive line, I just don’t want to pass on Jones at this point. In Round 2, we get Bennett, a player with the ability to beat blockers inside and be a disruptor, and I really like the value at that point. I think Bennett has been surpassed by high-upside defensive tackles, but few players have as much quality tape as he has going back through his sophomore and junior seasons.
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Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend. Read more »
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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 »