Eagles Wake-Up Call: Huff’s New Outlook

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

There were times when the frustration brought Josh Huff to tears.

It started with the shoulder injury he sustained in mid-August during an exhibition game against the Patriots that lingered well into the regular season. He was behind and he was pressing and he admittedly developed a bit of a bad attitude. All the violent pedaling got him next to nowhere because the bike chain refused to catch.

“There were actually times in practice when I would cry because I know the type of plays I can make, I know the type of teammate I can be but it just wasn’t there,” he said during a phone conversation with Birds 24/7. Read more »

It’s Official: Eagles Sign WR Miles Austin

Miles Austin. Aaron Doster/USA Today

Miles Austin. Aaron Doster/USA Today

Miles Austin identified a few reasons for deciding to sign with the Eagles: the winning culture, the guys in the locker room and the proximity to his home town in New Jersey.

Those are all reasonable factors, but the truth is, it sounds like Austin didn’t have many (any?) other options.

“I didn’t visit anywhere [else],” Austin confirmed. “This is the only place I came.”

The Eagles officially announced Tuesday that they’ve signed Austin to a one-year deal. According to NFL Network, it’s worth $2.3 million, a curious amount for a player who didn’t seem to be generating much interest on the open market. Read more »

Eagles 2015 Pre-Draft Prospect Tracker

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Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports

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. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here is what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

Some Dolphins-related Eagles buzz from the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Bradford And the Zone Read

Daniel Shirey | USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Shirey | USA TODAY Sports

Today’s question comes from reader Andrew, via e-mail:

I have been waiting for an article discussing Sam Bradford and running the read option. It seems like the guy is already a risk to get hurt just staying in the pocket. Do we really want this guy running the read option 5-7 times a game? I already envision Sam tearing an ACL running to the sideline a la Mcnabb in 2006. Talk me off the ledge Sheil.

I imagine that when he’s surrounded by his peers, Chip Kelly speaks rather eloquently about the intricacies of the zone read and why it works/doesn’t work in certain situations. But with reporters, he’s usually not very forthcoming on this topic, Andrew.

Just last week at the owners meetings, Kelly was asked about the zone read.

“We don’t run as much zone read as you think we run,” Kelly said. “Probably less than two times a game.”

Can it be an effective tool at the NFL level?

“It depends on your personnel,” Kelly said. “I think the Seattle Seahawks run it outstanding. And it’s a real difficult play in terms of how they run it. But I think we’re maybe less than one a game in terms of running zone read plays. It’s not a big part of what we do.” Read more »

Report: Eagles, Austin Agree To One-Year Deal

Miles Austin. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Miles Austin. Photo courtesy of USA Today

The Eagles have signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Austin turns 31 in June. He appeared in 12 games with the Cleveland Browns last season and finished with 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns. He was placed on injured reserve in December because of a kidney injury.

Prior to joining the Browns in 2014, Austin spent the previous seven seasons as a member of the Cowboys’ receiving corps. His best campaign came in 2009 when he racked up 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 scores. Hamstring injuries kept him out of the lineup for parts of the 2011 and ’13 seasons. He was released by Dallas in March of ’14 in a cost-cutting move.
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Eagles Sign DeMeco Ryans To Contract Extension

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles signed linebacker DeMeco Ryans to a one-year contract extension Monday, the team announced. His deal now runs through the 2016 season.

Ryans, who was entering the final year of his deal, carried a $6.9 million cap hit this season prior to the restructure. It looks like that number will go down in the reworked deal.
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Maclin: ‘You Just Can’t Plug Guys In Anywhere’

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

There was no bitterness in Jeremy Maclin’s voice.

He had hoped to stick with the Eagles for the next stretch of his career. He watched his former team throw out guaranteed dollars to outsiders like Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray. He said his decision wasn’t all about the money, while admitting that the contract obviously played a role.

But Maclin seemed happy when he addressed reporters at Todd Herremans’ charity event last week. And why shouldn’t he be? He got $22.5 million guaranteed, will be playing for the coach who drafted him and is returning to his home state.

Maclin even praised Chip Kelly, saying he believes in his former coach and expects the Eagles to be productive offensively for years to come.

The topic of how the Eagles will replace Maclin is one that will be discussed often between now and draft time. For the second year in a row, the Birds will return to training camp without their leading receiver from the previous year. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘I Think It’s A Huge Risk’

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Jeff Curry / USA TODAY Sports

Overall, Rodney Harrison said that he is pretty excited about what Chip Kelly and the Eagles are doing this offseason. He thinks dealing LeSean McCoy and replacing him with DeMarco Murray was the right call. He suggested that Kelly’s decision to allocate more resources to the defensive side of the ball is a sign of growth out of the head coach.

When it comes to the quarterback swap, though, Harrison sounded skeptical at best.

“Really the only move that kind of caught me off guard was the Nick Foles [trade],” the former Patriot safety and NBC analyst told 97.5 The Fanatic. “I really like Nick Foles. I thought he could be similar to Joe Flacco. I really felt like this kid had an opportunity to be special, especially in that offense.” Read more »

NFC East Roundup: Replacing DeMarco Murray

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Dale Zanine / USA TODAY Sports

Let’s check in on the rest of the division.

Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas does not think Adrian Peterson is in the cards for the Cowboys.

When you are around the Cowboys you learn to never rule anything out, so I will not speak absolutely on what could happen between the Cowboys and Peterson. My opinion? I don’t see it happening. There are just too many hoops to go through and that “financial discipline,” that they were praised for just a few weeks ago would go out the window. It would take premium picks (top three rounds) to get Peterson out of Minnesota, provided the Vikings are even willing to do it. The Cowboys would not be able to fill needs elsewhere by giving up multiple picks. Read more »

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