Here is a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com thinks DeMeco Ryans could be a surprise cut:
His reputation and salary far exceed his play on the field (especially on passing downs). Do the Eagles want to pay $6.9 million for leadership?
Brent Celek talks to the Wall Street Journal about his offseason workout and nutrition routines:
He has a shake a day at home. He’ll often combine spinach, carrots, broccoli, frozen berries, orange juice and almond butter. Lunch is chicken and some greens in a wrap.
Mr. Celek enjoys cooking dinner. “I mix it up and prepare steak, fish, or chicken,” he says. “In the winter, I use the crock pot a lot because I can let things sit in there for nine hours and when I come back it’s turned into something amazing.”
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com mocks Alabama safety Haha Clinton-Dix to the Eagles:
Chip Kelly wants to get faster and tougher on defense and adding an impact safety would help. Clinton-Dix is a rangy player with a good feel for coverage and filling run lanes.
Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com goes with Louisville safety Calvin Pryor:
Pryor would be a Day 1 starter at a position of need. A pass rusher like Dee Ford could get strong consideration as well.
Ashley Fox of ESPN.com thinks Riley Cooper’s best option is to stay put:
Kelly found a way to maximize Cooper’s ability. He lauded the 6-foot-3, 214-pound Cooper for his ability to block and gain yards after the catch. Cooper rewarded Kelly by averaging 17.8 yards per catch.
Even if the Eagles bring back Maclin, who like Cooper will become a free agent next month, Kelly could find a role for Cooper in his offense. He typically utilizes three and four wide receiver sets, and Cooper would be an upgrade over slot receiver Jason Avant, who is a steady team leader but caught only 19 of 41 passes thrown his way last season.
Matt Smith of NFL.com thinks Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard could be a fit for the Eagles at No. 22:
They need help in the secondary, and Dennard might be the top corner remaining on their board. To get a need and a talent this late in the first round is a big win for the Eagles.