Birds 24/7 Is Shutting Down

Philadelphia magazine is ceasing publication of new material on Birds 24/7, effective today. The archives will remain online.

We would like to thank the current editors, Josh Paunil and Brandon Gowton, for their hard work and dedication; we wish them well in their next endeavors. We’d also like to recognize the founding editors, Tim McManus and Sheil Kapadia, and the commenters, who made the channel a real community over the past four and a half years.

Philadelphia Eagles 2017 Free Agents: Stay Or Go

Bennie Logan. (Jeff Fusco)

Bennie Logan. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles have nine players who are currently scheduled to be free agents when the new league year begins on March 9. Philadelphia’s front office must decide by then which players deserve to stick around. Here’s a look at the Eagles free agents and my take on which players should stay or go.

(Related: Click here for a list of potential Eagles cap causalities.)

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Eagles Sign Two Players [UPDATE]

Josh LeRibeus (USA Today Sports).

Josh LeRibeus (USA Today Sports).

UPDATE: In addition to Josh LeRibeus, the Eagles also signed free agent wide receiver Dom Williams. Williams spent the 2016 season on the Chargers’ practice squad after signing with San Diego as an undrafted free agent. Original story below.

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed yet another player to a reserve/futures contract. This time it’s former Washington Redskins offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus, according to a report from Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan. Read more »

Eagles Position Review: Philadelphia Needs A New Lead Running Back

Kenjon Barner, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Kenjon Barner, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

The 2017 NFL offseason has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles, which means Howie Roseman, Joe Douglas, and Doug Pederson will spend the next couple of weeks evaluating the 2016 roster. The team went 7-9 last season and improvement is clearly needed. By the time NFL free agency starts on March 9, the Eagles will have a good idea of which players they’ll want to bring back for the 2017 season. Today we’ll continue this offseason review series by looking at the running back position. [Quarterback]

THE PLAYERS

Ryan Mathews

Numbers: 287 snaps, 155 attempts, 661 yards, 4.3 yards per attempt, 8 rushing touchdowns, 13 receptions, 115 receiving yards, 8.8 yards per reception, 1 receiving touchdown, 3 fumbles

Review: The 2016 season did nothing to shake the book on Mathews. The former first-round pick is a talented player who runs hard, gets hurt a lot, and has trouble protecting the football. Mathews’ biggest mistake of the season cost the Eagles a win to the Lions in Week 4. His fumble late in the game against Detroit blew a win that Philadelphia virtually had wrapped up. Read more »

Eagles Position Review: Carson Wentz Showed Franchise Quarterback Potential

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

The 2017 NFL offseason has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles, which means Howie RosemanJoe Douglas, and Doug Pederson will spend the next couple of weeks evaluating the 2016 roster. The team went 7-9 last season and improvement is clearly needed. By the time NFL free agency starts on March 9, the Eagles will have a good idea of which players they’ll want to bring back for the 2017 season. Today we’ll start this offseason review series by looking at the quarterback position.

THE PLAYERS

Carson Wentz

Numbers: 1127 snaps, 16 games started, 7-9 record, 607 attempts, 379 completions,  62.4% completion, 16 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 3782 yards, 6.2 yards/attempt, 79.3 rating, 150 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 14 fumbles

Review: Wentz’s rookie season wasn’t supposed to happen. The Eagles planned to bring the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft along slowly while Sam Bradford handled the starting duties. That all changed, of course, when Teddy Bridgewater suffered a significant knee injury and the Vikings made a desperate trade for Bradford.

It’s important to remember the Eagles’ original plan for Wentz when putting his rookie season in context. By no means did Wentz enter the NFL as a finished product. That much was apparent in 2016. Read more »

Three College Football Players To Watch During Tonight’s National Championship Game

Tim Williams. (USA TODAY Sports)

Tim Williams. (USA TODAY Sports)

Brace yourselves for the grand finale, as Clemson and Alabama meet once again in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. Last year in Glendale, the Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers in a thrilling game, 45-40, after trailing after three quarters. Alabama has one of the best defenses in recent college football memory, as they defeated Washington in the Peach Bowl, 24-7. On the other hand, Clemson put up a shocking performance in New Year’s Eve, as they shut out Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, 31-0.

Here are three players Eagles fans should keep an eye out for during tonight’s college football finale. Read more »

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