What They’re Saying About the Eagles

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

LeSean McCoy is apparently unimpressed by what the Giants have done this offseason. From the New York Post:

“I’m not paying attention to the Giants,” McCoy told The Post at a team-sponsored charity event. “What have they done [this offseason]? Signed some guys. Big deal.”

Ashley Fox of ESPN.com suggests Jeremy Maclin could look to fill the leadership void left by Jason Avant:

The bigger departure, reading between the lines of what Maclin said and didn’t say, was slot receiver Jason Avant, a valued leader in the locker room. When the Eagles released Avant early last month after eight seasons, the team took the unusual step of publicizing statements from owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and Kelly, all of whom praised Avant as a valued member of the organization.




Maclin said other players in the locker room would have to "pick up that slack" and teach younger players how Avant handled work ethic and leadership.

Todd McShay of ESPN.com has the Eagles taking Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert at No. 22:

I also considered Anthony Barr and Marqise Lee here, as both would fill need positions and are coming off of very productive careers in the Pac-12 (so there's more of a familiarity there for Chip Kelly). But Gilbert is a good value at this spot who also fills a need. He is not very physical but has an excellent combination of size and speed to go with very good ball skills and playmaking ability. Gilbert might be able to help out in the return game as well.

Peter King of The MMQB on the making of the NFL schedule:

The joke in the room late Wednesday was the NFL would have to root against the Phillies all summer, because the Eagles are home on potential baseball playoff weekends on Oct. 5 and 12. Lord help the league if the Pirates get hot in October—because the Steelers are home Oct. 20 and 26. And it’s not neighborly to fool with the World Series.

Rob Rang of CBSSports.com thinks LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. will slide to the Eagles:

Chip Kelly's offense is built around speedy playmakers who can defeat opponents one-on-one. After releasing DeSean Jackson, Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman are expected to make finding a similarly gifted athlete a priority in the draft. With one of the draft's best pure athletes slipping to them, replacing Jackson could prove surprisingly easy.

Dan Kadar of SB Nation has the Eagles taking Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard:

The Eagles need better cornerback play next season and have few good long-term options on the roster. Dennard is a physical cornerback, but he's athletic enough to work on zone plays. Could this be a landing spot for rising wide receiver Cody Latimer?

Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network goes with Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin:

The Eagles replace DeSean Jackson with a much bigger target, and Chip Kelly wants to get bigger at that position.

Don Banks of SI.com goes with Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks:

For those predicting Chip Kelly will live to regret the Eagles' divorce from DeSean Jackson, perhaps you had best wait to see who he replaces him with in the draft. If it's Cooks, Philly might be in for close to the same type of big-play production. Like Jackson, Cooks is a quick and elusive threat with the ball in his hands, and he's capable of stretching the field vertically and creating consistent matchup problems for a defense.

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  • cliff henny

    think we’re safe with the Phillies

    • Tom W

      Ruin tomorrow jr gotta go.

      • cliff henny

        final straw for me was 16m to AJ Burnett, as Braves lose 2 quality pitchers and haven’t missed a beat.

        • Bdawkbdawk

          I don’t mind big spending if there isn’t a cap. Not my money. And it’s not like the burnettt money would have gone elsewhere to better improve the team. Burnett is actually earning that money with good play. Wish I could say the same about Hamels, Howard, Rollins and everyone in our bullpen.

          • cliff henny

            guy’s 37, when it ever going to end? maybe it works, probably wont. in another 4-5 months when he’ll be dl’d w/ forearm strain. it’s just RAJ just cant stop. down here in Myrtle, so Braves are shoved down my throat, and looking at them compared to Phillies, we’re in trouble for awhile

          • Mike

            I wanna say stick to football idiot, but you don’t know anything about that either. Loser

          • Kev_H

            There’s a reason why the Braves are the class of the NL East for decades. They know when to move on from their stars. With the exception of Chipper Jones they let every star they ever had age and be overpaid somewhere else.

        • Kev_H

          AJ Burnett is the only hope the Phillies have at an interesting season. I have big problems with just about everything Amaro has done since day one, but signing a solid, vet starting pitcher who has been succeeding to a one (or even two) year deal is a good move for any team.

          • cliff henny

            yeah, I meant seeing 37 yr old get huge money in off-season. when I gave up on reid was after eagles started off 2-0 in ’12, was obvious the guy wasn’t ever going to change.

          • Dan Frank

            Complaining over a high value ONE YEAR contract makes no sense. There was no one else to sign to use the money. You should be happy they spent the money.

    • Bird of Prey

      Peter King just got Ruben an extension. Rube’s the Daniel Snyder of baseball.

  • ceedubya9

    Barr gets to 22, then I take him before a CB.

    • oreofestar

      Barr getting to 22 is the only way we pick at 22

    • Ramsay

      If we pass on barr I will flip out the same way as i did when we drafted Graham over Thomas and that one fire fighter

      • Richard Colton

        “…that one fire fighter” is how I’m saying that clown’s name from now on

  • Philly0312

    I don’t get it…Eagles and Phils have their own stadiums. Yeah…traffic would suck, but I doubt the NFL cares too much as this stage.

    • dnabrice

      I think he forgot CBP opened in 2004…Just hit the 10 year bday!

  • dnabrice

    Justin Gilbert’s a no go. Eagles don’t want weak DBs. They would much rather have DBs like Peanut Tillman/Ike Taylor who are physical.

    • Nick Ferguson

      Well actually the eagles play off man zone. So it really doesent matter if there that physical. As long as there also good at stopping the run. Plus Gilbert is pretty physical.

  • dnabrice

    Kelly said that DeSean wasn’t a fit, so the pick’s not going to be Brandin Cooks…Unless “football reasons” was a draft smokescreen….

    • Javi Echie

      Cooks and Djax are two completely different players so theres no reason to think the eagles wouldn’t draft Cooks

    • Bullwinkle

      That makes sense, but Cooks might still be a possibility, since he weighs more and is significantly stronger than Jackson. Cooks is tough and has never missed a game. He can be lined up anywhere, whereas Jackson was somewhat limited. Cooks also has the reputation of being a hard worker with a good attitude, which means he is a Chip type player. However, based on what Jeff L. said, it sounds like they will be replacing Jackson with a much bigger receiver. That could eliminate Bechham and Lee also, since they aren’t that much bigger than Cooks. The draft will be very, very interesting.

      • Nick

        I might lose my $h1t if phi takes Benjamin at 22. Phi needs an immediate impact player not a project

    • All In Eagles

      I agree, after reading that by Chip and sticking to believing him, we won’t select a receiver 5’10 and under.

  • George

    I’m Addicted

    Your Picks:
    Round 1 Pick 16 (DAL): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (A)
    Round 3 Pick 25 (S.D.): Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 11 (TENN): Morgan Breslin, OLB, Southern California (A)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon (A-)
    Round 6 Pick 10 (TENN): Dri Archer, WR, Kent State (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 32 (SEA): Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma (D+)
    Round 7 Pick 22: L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri (C)

    • George

      They hosed me on the grades though

    • Clong

      What is this from? draft simulator?

      • George

        first-pick.com

      • Joe from Easton

        be careful; you won’t get that time back haha.

        • Ian Farley

          best comment on the thread. first day, i couldnt stop using it. terrible.

          • Joe from Easton

            First day I found it was a slow day at the office. I must have done 40 of those damn things.

          • Ian Farley

            agreed. had the same problem.

          • Joe from Easton

            Damn it! I’m doing it right now… It’s my late night at the office so this should fill the void until 6:00.

          • Joe from Easton

            Your score is: 5014 (GRADE: A-)

            Your Picks:
            Round 1 Pick 7 (T.B.): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (A)
            Round 3 Pick 23 (K.C.): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
            Round 4 Pick 22: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech (A-)
            Round 5 Pick 22: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (A)
            Round 6 Pick 24 (K.C.): Deandre Coleman, DT, California (B+)
            Round 7 Pick 22: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (B)

          • Joe from Easton

            Your score is: 4416 (GRADE: B+)

            Your Picks:
            Round 1 Pick 22: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville (A)
            Round 2 Pick 22: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young (A)
            Round 3 Pick 22: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (A)
            Round 4 Pick 22: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (A-)
            Round 5 Pick 22: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma (D+)
            Round 7 Pick 22: Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State (A-)

            Colvin killed me in round 5.

        • Clong

          Yeahhhhh… I am now an addicted, my best and personal favortie results:

          Your score is: 5241 (GRADE: A-)

          Your Picks:

          Round 1 Pick 30 (S.F.): Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California (B+)

          Round 2 Pick 22: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford (A)

          Round 3 Pick 13 (S.F.): Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State (A-)

          Round 3 Pick 22: Keith McGill, CB, Utah (B+)

          Round 4 Pick 22: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida (A)

          Round 5 Pick 22: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (A)

          Round 7 Pick 22: Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama (A)

    • Cheesesteak

      No Way Evans lasts to pick 16

  • John E. Zang

    I’m amazed at the laziness of these draft predictions. They still think Chip wants a receiver like Desean Jackson and insist on drafting a CB in the first round. We’re not looking to “replace” Desean Jackson it’s more “upgrade” and go a “different direction”. And we never got anywhere by grabbing players in a hurry to fill a perceived need (see Andy’s beautiful draft philosophy). Best player available and I feel it’s going to be Cooks if he’s there and he’s not like Desean. He has short area quickness and beats man coverage.

    • Javi Echie

      Preach on!. I hate how some people don’t realize that djax and cooks are two totally different players

    • Pennguino

      Cooks reminds me more of Steve Smith. A little more finesse and explosive but a little less bad azz.

      • JofreyRice

        did you ever see the time Steve Smith caught a TD and the defender broke his forearm–like, visibly broke it–and Smith still held on? He is one of the biggest badasses in the league. That was right up there, in terms of badassedness, with the NFCCG where Navorro Bowman held onto the football as his knee played twister.

        Cooks reminds me more of a Tavon Austin type–maybe a back in the day Santana Moss. I think ODB has a Steve Smith ceiling, but is probably more like Golden Tate right now.

    • All In Eagles

      Agree on all fronts but Desean doesn’t have short area quickness?

      • John E. Zang

        He’s fast but he’s more of a long burner and can’t get open in short areas with press man coverage. Mainly because he can’t use his tiny frame to position himself. He’s the least physical receiver I can think of and that’s why you don’t see him convert short yardage plays.

        • John E. Zang

          Cooks isn’t big but he’s built well and can be physical enough in my opinion. Jackson is a very unique receiver in that he has top speed but the body of a kicker. His only weapon is his speed. He doesn’t work well in traffic unless it’s a bubble screen and he has blockers out in front of him.

  • ohitsdom

    Ashley Fox, with a smart, sensible take?!?!

  • devCal

    is cooks basically a faster welker? if so, should we grab him?

    • Ian Farley

      i wouldn’t say that. welker is a tough short area player. cooks has better speed both in short area and long speed, can play outside the numbers, and is far more elusive after the catch. ODB is tailor made for this offense. and adds kick return ability. he would be a great player to get if they go WR in round 1.

  • Ian Farley

    I have gotten addicted to the First-Pick.com and Fanspeak.com simulators.

    Few things I am noticing. Safety value is severely thin. It would be best to get one first or second round if available. WR’s will drop. Yes the pool is deep, and i think it means teams will wait rather than take one early because they know the difference between 5 and 10 is so small. Also, OLB Pass rushers are going to be premium and may get drafted earlier than their talent would suggest, guys like van noy, attaochu, lawrence, smith will be valued. lastly, there is significant need to move down once or twice in the 3rd and 4th rounds. the difference in talent from 3rd round to 6th is narrow, leaving PLENTY of value later in the draft.

    I had 2 scenarios where 4 QBs went round 1 and that worked out best for the Eagles. here are the 2 Drafts, no trades.
    first scenario/second
    Rd1. Beckham Jr. / Pryor
    Rd2. Bucannon / J. Matthews
    Rd3. M. Smith / Bucannon
    Rd4. D. Archer / M. Smith
    Rd5. Philip Gaines / Gaines
    Rd7. Larry Webster / J. Janis

    would be happy with either.

  • Bob

    I decided to try out that draft thing at first pick like everyone else, I tried to keep it somewhat realistic by keeping both of the future firsts but I ended up getting a little carried away trading back
    Round 1 Pick 28 (CAR): Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville (A)
    Round 2 Pick 7 (JAX): Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California (A)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 6 (JAX): Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State (A)
    Round 4 Pick 5 (JAX): Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU (A)
    Round 4 Pick 14 (JAX): Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU (B)
    Round 5 Pick 4 (JAX): Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (C)
    Round 5 Pick 10 (JAX): Ronald Powell, OLB, Florida (B+)
    Round 5 Pick 19 (JAX): Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama (B)
    Round 5 Pick 22: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (A)
    Round 6 Pick 26 (N.O.): Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College (B+)
    Round 7 Pick 10 (CAR): Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson (C)
    Round 7 Pick 22: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma (C)
    Round 7 Pick 25 (S.D.): De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (B+)

    • Brandon Boykin, LOL

      This looks more like a madden draft.

      • All In Eagles

        Haha, not sure we have room on the bus for all these guys.

    • Ian Farley

      carried away would be an understatement haha, but A for effort. that would be quite the overhaul though.

    • cliff henny

      100% plausible, well, 99% AJ McCarron claims he’s going #16 to Dallas.

    • Max Lightfoot

      No offense, Bob, but I’ve seen so many damn mocks on here I almost don’t care who the hell they draft. And another thing, why are all these other teams so eager to move up in the draft, if this one is supposed to be so terrifically deep?

      I must say I’m about mocked out – YMMV

      • All In Eagles

        Good point, I’m mocked out as well. Wake me up when it’s draft day.

    • Clong

      Marqise Lee pick should be an A++ … 7th pick of the 2nd round, obvi steal of the draft imo.. lolz.

  • josh Gonzalez

    Cooks is a faster steve smith type player than a stronger desean jackson player

    • Will

      Are you saying he’s like Steve Smith than Jackson? He timed faster than Jackson, with an extra ten pounds and one inch…

  • PaoliBulldog

    Ebron is a difficult prediction. I’ve seen him going top ten but also sliding to the mid-20s. If he’s available at 22 along with ODB and Fuller, I’d probably be happy with any of those three.

    My thought is that Ebron, in tandem with Ertz and Celek, would put so much pressure on the defense to go large that a second- or third-round WR (I love Jordan Matthews, for example) would suffice for CK. Other than ODB, none of the WRs who is likely to be available at 22 poses the disruptive threat of Ebron.

    Ertz + Celek + Ebron >>> pre-injury Gronk + pre-psycho Hernandez + whoever is Belichick’s third TE.

    • BrandywineBeaver

      Too many TE’s for me. 3rd TE wont catch 20 balls. Not enough to go around. And Celek +Ertz is close to Gronk+Hernandez. And i hate the Pats and love the Birds.

  • Wiztopher

    I think the Eagles aren’t hiding much; they constantly say they value versatility so a wr who can run routes, carry the ball well when lined up in different parts of the field, mb some return game and last but not least I think Kelly MUST have a receiver who blocks.