How Reynolds Will Try To Keep Up

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Ed Reynolds is currently at the NovaCare Complex participating in the Eagles’ three-day rookie camp.

When it’s over, he’ll get on a plane and head back to Stanford. The team’s other draft picks will continue with the offseason program in Philadelphia, but because of an NCAA rule that prohibits athletes from participating in other NFL activities until school is over, Reynolds won’t be able to return until mid-June after he takes his last final.


"I’ll be able to have the playbook with me so just having those mental reps now, but also just carrying that over when I’m gone from the team," Reynolds said. "The physical reps I can do right now, just get as many as I can. It’s muscle memory - going out there, making sure I’m doing my assignment, aligning correctly and just going out there and playing football."

The technology available in 2014 helps too.

"As of right now, setting up times with the coaches when I can Skype them," Reynolds said. "All of our meetings are pretty much like podcasted on our iPads. So just being able to make sure I stay up with that and also being able to have any questions being answered by them. And then physically just making sure I stay in shape and continue to work on my DB stuff and make sure that when I come back I’m not too far behind."

When the Eagles drafted Reynolds, Chip Kelly praised him for his football IQ. That will be tested during his rookie season when he's away from the team.

Reynolds has been around football his entire life. His Dad spent 10 years playing linebacker for the Patriots and Giants before working for the league office. Reynolds was still in diapers when his Dad played his final NFL season in 1992.

"I’ve definitely seen some film," he said. "It’s funny, just being able to watch him, seeing him one way and then watching him as a football player. Didn’t think he was all that athletic, but he was pretty good."

His Dad entered the league as an undrafted free agent, but ended up starting 51 games and appearing in 135.

Reynolds, meanwhile, was a fifth-round selection. With a starting safety spot potentially up for grabs, the Eagles will find out in the coming months how quickly he can catch on.

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  • Dominik

    Definitely won’t help a player who is considered a developmental project missing this time. Stupid rule. However, the FO knew about that when they drafted him (since it was the same bs rule with Ertz last year), so I think they will have a plan for him. Be it the 53 roster without much 46 active action or be it an “injury”, who will sadly put him on IR for his Rookie season.

    We can only hope the experts (Kelly said it, too) who said he would have been a possible 3rd rounder next year if he would have stayed at College are right about him.

  • Bullwinkle

    I think young Ed is going to surprise the “experts” who think he was a reach. He is a better athlete than given credit for and he has the size to play the position. Dedication and a high football IQ make average athletes into excellent players.

    • George

      who thought he was a reach?? i heard from all the dumba$$es he was a good pick

      • damrvrhunter

        Second this!

  • FluxCapacitor

    Never really understood the rule. Does it only apply to some schools and not others? Does it have to do with how long semesters are?

    • odb

      I think Stanford has a strange system where it’s school year ends later than most other schools.

      • Guest

        Stanford, like a minority of other universities, is on the quarter system. Typically graduation isn’t until the middle of June.

      • SVPhilly

        I went to Drexel, also the quarter system. Never quite overlapped with high school friends that went to Penn State etc around vacation timings.

  • Will

    Well graduating is more important so the kid has something to fall back on after football…missing time is a bummer but hopefully he doesn’t fall to far behind and can come in June to play football. The Eagles need all the help at Safety they can get…

    • Dominik

      You were the one always screaming for a kicker. After signing Jenkins, re-signing Allen and drafting Reynolds, I think kicker is now a bigger need than safety. Lol. Don’t get why Chip doesn’t value the position that much. He’s a huge ST guy, but for us, the scrub Henry and a kid who made just 81 percent of his attempts in College last year will battle it out in TC. Don’t get that.

      • Will

        Agree think Chip hates settling for FG’s wants TD”s only from his Offense been screaming Safties, Defense and Kicker till blue in the face…lol…

        • Dominik

          I get that. But from a ST perspective, he can’t be ok with that noodle leg Henry who couldn’t kick it for a touchback if his life would depend on that.

          Yeah, ok, murderleg seems to have decent kick power, his problem seems to be accuracy. But still: why not sign a good kicker via FA? One who gets it in the endzone for the touchback and makes the kicks under 50 automatically. I don’t think we need more than that, we don’t need the kicker who can make it from 55+. If you don’t need a special kicker, there should be solid options out there. And we’re stuck with Henry.

          Why wasn’t there competition for Henry last season? Chip let Wing and Donnie Football battle it out, while Henry was all but certain to make the team.

          • southy

            Someone needs to teach Donnie to kick off. Solves 1 problem at least, pretty sure he has the leg for it.

          • Dominik

            If Donnie could make that, we could really save Salary Cap money with our kicker. Chip doesn’t like long FGs, so the kicker would just have to be reliable and accurate, without the big leg. There has to be a FA kicker on the street who can deliver that.

            Problem is: Henry doesn’t have the big leg, but also isn’t reliable and accurate. Deadly mix. I’ll take the reliable kicker < 50 yards over the big leg kicker who can make it from 57, but will also miss some kicks from 38-44, but I'll take both over Henry, who can't give us any of those traits.

          • damrvrhunter

            Maybe kicker is Chip’s hubris. Other than Belichick seems every NFL coach and FO have one “obvious” blind spot.

          • Dominik

            Don’t get me wrong: we shouldn’t overvalue kickers. It just sucks that we have one of the worst ones in the NFL and don’t even really want to force him into a real competition. I don’t get that really, without putting too much value on the position.

            If a kicker is as inaccurate as Henry is, he better be able to nail some long ones for you. Henry can’t do both of those things and that’s what’s bothering me.

          • Philly0312

            What FA kicker are you talking about? I wasn’t aware a great kicker with a big leg was on the market. If Murderleg has a powerful leg maybe he makes the team in that capacity and we go with two kickers. Who knows, maybe Henery has been juicing all off season and starts kicking them out of the stadium. Just saying given how much chip does love ST, don’t discount the possibility of carrying two kickers. I’m sure that is the type of thing which would pass chip off from the standpoint of his love for versatility. Not sure who is out their the Eagles could have signed. Anyone know of anyone?

          • Dominik

            If you talk about investing some money – Hauschka would have sealed the position for us for the next 10 years or so.

          • Philly0312

            I’ll give you that….did he actually make it to the market though? I think 3 mil a year is a decent number for a top 3 kicker. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later

          • Dominik

            He re-signed, wasn’t tagged or anything. If we would have been interested in him, there would have been a way, I guess (talk to the Agent, telling him that they would like to negotiate with him as soon as they are allowed to, f.e.). But it’s ok if they don’t want to spend too much money here – just give me something better than Henry. That’s not too much to ask for, imho.

          • MediaMike

            It would have been awesome to tamper like crazy on that guy, but I’m not sure if I’d want to leave Seattle just yet if I was that dude.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            My problem with Henery was the misses at home where he clearly misjudged the kick placement. There were two in one game. You could look at the flags on the upright and see that he didn’t angle one enough to account for the wind. On the next one, there is less wind and he puts too much angle on it. Meanwhile the other team’s kicker had zero issues. That just can’t happen. You can’t have another kicker show you up in your own house which your supposed to know better. I get that they’re closing in the corners of the Linc, so that should help with the winds coming in off the Delaware. But I think the other part that really worries me about Henery is when your coaching staff is reluctant to have you go in and kick from outside 40yds. I’d rather have a guy that can make the distance and needs to improve accuracy, than a guy that I just don’t trust to even hit the distance.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Another thought that I had was the possibility of two kickers. If the kid from Syracuse that’s trying for a backup C position and can long snap, can prove to be of value & a reliable LS, we could open a roster spot by releasing Dorenbos. So you’re then getting some versatility. Murderleg can develop his accuracy & take your KO & long range FGs, while Henery holds down the PATs & FGs 35yds & in.

          • Dominik

            “while Henery holds down the PATs & FGs 35yds & in”

            Sorry mate, but in which world is THAT worth a roster spot?

          • paul from nc

            There was a you tube video of some guy from the Philly area that could kick it like 80 yds. He made 10, 50 yarders in a row and several thru the posts on his kickoffs.
            I don’t remember anything else about him, but it was a neat video.

          • paul from nc

            RE Murderleg — his avg kickoff was 60.4 yds, that means it comes down on the 4, and a sure runback attempt

      • paul from nc

        There will be plenty of kickers to choose from before the season starts.
        IMO, we need one that can kick it out of the end zone more than someone a few % pts more accurate.
        With the offense we have, kickoffs should happen more often than FG’s, and starting the D at the 20 instead of the 30-35 will be critical.

      • Bdawkbdawk

        I think Chip values the position quite a bit. I think you just don’t understand how difficult it is to get a good kicker. They’re incredibly difficult to project (Henery is the best kicker in NCAA history), and except for maybe one or two kickers they don’t have repeat successful seasons (huge churn in top ten kickers year to year).

        • Dominik

          And because they are difficult to project you can take a vet from the street. They took Donnie Football that way, Houston didn’t want him despite being a Pro Bowler two years ago. It’s possible, but they didn’t even try it (yet).

          And they maybe are tough to project because of the lack of constancy, but keeping a kicker who obviously can’t do anything for you shouldn’t be the solution.

      • Eagles1018

        For real. And I was screaming for Anthony Fera who went as an UDFA to Miami. He won the Groza which is the highest honor for a kicker (like their Heisman) and hit 91 percent last season (1 for 1 at 50+ yards).

  • Engwrite

    Since the NFL has that rule–which is well meaning–they should also have a make-up rule, some extra time allotted for those prevented from attending regular football instruction. For someone like Reynolds, a 5th rounder, it may be the difference between his success or failure as a pro football player.

  • addicted2mula

    1. Off topic I’m mad I can’t find Grudens QB camp with Nick Foles
    2. Bold prediction Jordan Mathews will put up better yards then WhoSean did last year
    3. Fly Eagles Fly

    • damrvrhunter

      Up vote for #3, meh on the others.

      • addicted2mula

        I mean it’s just weird that I can’t find the video

        • MediaMike

          ESPN must have about 235 full time employees who scrub you tube.

          • addicted2mula

            But Foles is the only one I cant find. No where!

          • MediaMike

            Marcus Vick must have reported it.

          • addicted2mula
          • Jerry Pomroy

            Umm, it’s a conspiracy. Let’s hire inspector gadget.

    • Maggie
      • addicted2mula

        I do not see a video

        • Maggie

          So sorry. Should have checked before giving link. Didn’t know they took it off. Must only keep archives available for a shorter time than I thought. Oops.

  • NCBiRDMann22

    Just read an article on PFT that quoted Mike Evans say he is out of shape and threw up during conditioning. I find it funny that this kid is out of shape already…You know Jordan Mathews will not be out of shape and throwing up all over himself in the first days of practice. We don’t get it yet how big a steal we got with Mathews. This kid has had absolutely no quarterback throwing to him and is dying to prove people wrong.

    • Ark87

      Unreal intangibles on that kid, It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a kid THIS driven and put this much preparation into all the little details.

    • addicted2mula

      Jordan Matthews was a BIG steal. He loves football almost as much as Kelly does. He will only continue to get better. And if he has a career close to Jerry Rice oh boy!

    • damrvrhunter

      Be nice to just temper the expectations a little. Give him some room to make mistakes and mature in time, don’t order the bust for Canton just yet, ok fellas?

      • NCBiRDMann22

        Think you are gonna need to re-read my post. I never put him in the HOF or called him the GOAT…made simple statements about character,work ethic, and prior pieces around him. Stop trolling.

        • damrvrhunter

          “We don’t get it yet how big a steal we got with Mathews.”

          • NCBiRDMann22

            Yes RV I did say that…and it will hold true…this kid is a SECOND rounder and will play as a First rounder by years end in this offense.

          • addicted2mula

            That’s how I feel. He stands out a lot! His preparation for games will separate him from other rookie WRs. “I want to eat healthier than you , stretch longer than you” words from Matthews. He will become an animal on the field

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I think he means in terms of putting Matthews up against the bigger name WRs in the draft.

          • damrvrhunter

            addicted2mula and NCBirdMann22 and some others are so effusive with praise for Matthews, I say go easy some that’s all. We have seen this movie before with rookie WRs.

          • NCBiRDMann22

            Impressive use of the English language. However, your comments come on the heels of living in the past. This is an entire new system and personnel department besides Rose man and Laurie. Different stories will be written with this group. In fact I hope you pump your on breaks and forget about all the nauseating experiences you’ve had so you can learn to appreciate what’s taking place.

          • damrvrhunter

            I will try and come over to your side way sunnier than mine that’s for sure!

          • NCBiRDMann22

            Greatly appreciated padre! Need this Fan base ripping for this team next year. Bring back the crowd!

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I like Matthews too. He was my favorite of the bunch while everyone was banging the table for Evans pre-draft. I think he’ll be a top 5 receiver in the league in a free years. Nothing wrong with people being ecstatic over the guy. You choose to reserve judgement. That’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

          • damrvrhunter

            Thanks.

          • http://www.idonthaveawebsite.com theedevilsadvocate

            agreed thank you sir.

          • addicted2mula

            Matthews will see double coverage sooner then we think. And will have fun with the screens

      • MediaMike

        Agreed. I’ll be very excited if we get Matthews to 64 – 800 – 5 or something of that nature as a rookie.

        • damrvrhunter

          Having him average 4 catches a game would be something indeed!

          • MediaMike

            That might be a bit rich, but I’d prefer to see him featured / fed over “unnamed source” Maclin………….who I hope is a Chief in 2015.

          • damrvrhunter

            I do hope so too.

          • oreofestar

            why?

          • damrvrhunter

            Maclin fails at RAC, self tackles, not gritty enough, etc.

          • MediaMike

            and made extremely self-serving comments as the “unnamed source” to the CBS article.

          • oreofestar

            and we know he made those comment how?

          • oreofestar

            also as far as I concerned he is for now how #1 wr

          • OldDocRoss

            Because of reasons!

          • Johnny Domino

            I love that song!

          • jay

            But he better than desean wif yac look at mac stats its better than mike crabtree nd mac didnt play last year

      • tommy_the_k

        You been talkin’ to Bill Parcells?

      • Cliff Ainley

        Maclin may never be the receiver some thought he was going to be, but wait until you see him in Chip’s offense first. As I recall, everyone’s precious DJax was tapering off before Chip came to town. As far as whining about him being the “unnamed source” grow up. Probably was, but fact is, the organization chose Maclin over DJax get over it.

    • MediaMike

      “Related to Jerry Rice” and “out of shape” aren’t in the same sentence. EVER.

      One of the underrated elements of DeSean’s game was all of the training he did with Jerry Rice.

      Jerry Rice!

      Flash 80

      Rice

      • NCBiRDMann22

        Will be nice to fall back on Flash80 for some suggestions…he’ll prob be running hills in SF with sandbags on their backs!

      • Maggie

        Rice could probably STILL get 10 TDs a year. Especially if you could get Steve Young back out there with his broken fingers throwing to him.

    • jay

      Good point we just going to wait and see hopefully he takes we never gone before in years

  • MediaMike

    Step 1: Don’t be Chung
    Step 2: ………………………………………….

    Ok, just be better than Chung.

  • MediaMike

    Off topic, but trying to extend the expectations conversation with pass catchers is interesting.

    The Eagles threw appx 500 times last year.

    Put Foles down for about 65% completions this year and you’ve got 325 completions on the season. I’d love to see this type of breakdown

    72 – Ertz
    56 – Matthews
    48 – Shady
    48 – Huff
    40 – Maclin
    40 – Cooper
    32 – Sproles
    32 – Celek

    That gets us to 320.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Hahaha…That’s putting a lot of thought into it in May but I love the enthusiasm…..enthusiasms…..enthusiasms.

      • MediaMike

        Thank you! I did an initial run at the 53 man roster the other day and had some fun with that. It was enjoyable!

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I take it you’re high on Ertz going into this year?…lol.

          • MediaMike

            Yes, very. He was very impressive down the stretch last year, I hate Celek and Maclin, and ultimately think he’s an ascending player who can make a run at a pro bowl spot.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Agreed. I think Ertz will also emerge as St Nick’s safety valve. Looks like you want to feed the kids early and often as well. Good stuff. I’m not too high on Mac either, but I think Celek is a good role player at this point in his career.

          • MediaMike

            Agree 100% on both of your TE comments. Celek is a role player (and overpaid at that, so he could be gone in 2015) and Ertz / Foles is going to do a serious amount of damage over the next 5 to 7 years.

            Plus “feed the kids” would be the natural result of Kelly getting more Kelly players on the roster.

          • Jeff Asay

            Not a big fan of Maclin either, but he’s serviceable. I expect a more TE heavy passing game and tons of running. I like Celek. I have no issue with him, and we shall see if Ertz can handle the pressure of being a focal point of the O in a big moment.

          • MediaMike

            I’m just not a fan of Celek’s drops and 32 catch seasons vs. his salary.

          • Daniel Spector

            Celek is the man! He right now is our best overall TE. Name one flaw in his game. He blocks, runs solid routes, and is hard to bring down in the open field. I love how he runs over DBs! Yeah he has a few drops, but Eritz doesn’t have the most reliable hands either. Please re-watch the week 17 Dallas game and see that clutch grab he had.

          • Mr. Wu

            well….he does tend to drop some very catchable balls

          • Maggie

            True hate about Celek’s salary should be directed at the people who negotiated his contract – his agent and the GM.

          • Daniel Spector

            agreed

          • Daniel Spector

            Beast!

          • Maggie

            Now THAT’s a vertical leap!

          • Daniel Spector

            Ertz has his fair share for drops as well

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I’m hoping that Ertz’s blocking is improved enough to allow him to be the feature TE, so that we’ll see a lot of he and Matthews on the field at the same time. Add in Coop & that’s some really good size. Especially if you stack them to one side. As for Celek, I think he’d be wise to wasn’t to stay at a lower price on a team where the coach loves TEs and also loves you as a player.

          • Daniel Spector

            I think you guys are underrating Celek. Ertz at this point doesn’t do anything better than Celek other then he has more speed. They both have ok hands but can both make the spectacular catch. As far as YAC and blocking Celeck > Ertz.

          • SuM

            Celek is extremely limited in his ability as a receiver. When a ball is in the air a big part of being a pass catcher is the ability to adjust to the ball in the air.

            This isn’t to say that he’s a bad TE. But the reason you never see him take a back shoulder pass or a fade is that he’s a stiff, and will never be able to make a play on those balls against a game defender. Celek is a guy that you hit in stride, and he’ll do you well when he doesn’t drop the pass. But Ertz was better at playing a ball in the air as a sophomore at Stanford than Celek will ever be.

          • Daniel Spector

            I beg to differ….See Celek’s TD catch vs the Giants last year. Also see his catch vs the Cowboys week 17. As far as hands go, yes Celek does have some drops, but Ertz hands are also suspect. That was one of the knocks on him coming out of college.

            Watch the above vid at 3:25 and 3:35.

          • Kev_H

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJo8uNaOoRU, the play at 2:08 is why they offered Maclin a long-term contract. Jackson would have been walking around with his hands up in the air pouting because the QB was unable to hit him on the original curl. J Maclin should have a monster year.

          • Andy124

            Anybody clicking on that, I advise watching it on mute.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I concur!

          • Kev_H

            Thanks. I watch highlight on mute by default and just assumed everyone who cared to did too.

    • Jeff Asay

      Love this in May, but I’d place the probability of a TE and a rookie WR leading the team in catches at less than 5%. Put Mac and Coop at 55 each, followed by Sproles, Ertz, Shady, Mathews, Huff. The rookies will catch around 30-35 tops. Just the way it is with rookie WR. The team will lean more toward Ertz and Sproles early in the season. As trust builds in the rookies, we’ll see their numbers go up as the season progresses. That’s how I expect it will play out barring injury.

      • MediaMike

        That is totally fair, but I’d counter with Ertz, Huff, and Matthews being explicitly added to the roster because they’re “Chip Kelly players” where as Maclin, Cooper, and Celek are holding down the fort until these young guys are ready to dominate. I totally could be jumping the gun by a year and you could totally be right, but I dare to dream!

        • Jeff Asay

          For some reason, I think Huff will bust out first. Just a gut feeling.

          • MediaMike

            Totally valid. He knows the system already and has some very versitile things he can do on the field. I’d love to see him in motion from the slot and thrown to on a play action pass opposite the direction we send Shady and the TE.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            So while we’re on the subject, let’s try to predict farther down the line. I’ve always been one to get things rolling for now, but also want to look long term. I think we all know Chip will move guys around, but where eventually do these guys reside? They’re looking to start Matthews in the slot. Does he stay there or is that where Huff eventually goes w/ Coop wide left, JM wide right? Or does Huff take over outside on the right, JM in slot w/ Coop wide left?

          • Andy124

            All of the above.

            But I do picture Matthews getting the bulk (60-65%) of the slot snaps when we’re in 3 wide for the long term, and moving outside when we’re in 22 because of Kelly’s stated preference of size in the slot. We have to be careful not to go overboard with that quote though, like we have with so many of his others. There will be plenty of snaps with Huff or others in the slot.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            You mean when we’re in 12 personnel (1 RB, 2 TEs)?

          • Andy124

            Yes. Glad I didn’t refer to 3 wides as 31 like I was hearing it in my head. :)

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Just making sure I was understanding you. 3 WR, 1TE & 1 RB is called 11 personnel. Why the WRs don’t factor, who knows.

          • Andy124

            Yup. That’s why I was glad I didn’t call it 31. Just a brain fart.

            While we’re at it, I’d be impressed with 40-600 out of Jordan this year.

            So many promising players on this offense, it’s impossible to guess how the ball will be spread around. I think you’ll see a lot of guys with big games, but inconsistent production as we look to focus on whoever presents the best matchup for any given week.

            Maclin – 1,100
            Coop – 1,000
            Ertz – 800
            Matthews – 600
            Celek – 500
            Sproles – 500
            Shady – 400
            Huff – 300

            That’s 5,200 yards which isn’t happening. But I think all of those numbers are reasonable at an individual level. So it will be really interesting to see how it all plays out. Somebody is going to have numbers that look disappointing, but hey, there’re only so many balls to go around.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            That was pretty much my point yesterday (or was it Thursday) in regards to Andre Johnson. We’ve got a lot of guys to get the ball to already & adding a guy of his caliber would require him to be all in on the I wanna win at all costs front because he may not get the lofty numbers here.

            I have high hopes for Matthews. I’m not as high on Mac as you are. Something about a receiver that avoids contact just rubs me wrong. I know he doesn’t do it all the time, but was enough to earn a demerit in my book. I like him though, just don’t love him. I will say that if he plays like he did at the end of ’12, he’ll get back that demerit. But to be honest, I’ve always liked him more than DJax. Just could never take his stupid showboating antics.

          • Andy124

            I hear you on Maclin. I just have a hunch that the self tacklin was partially a product of the Reid regime and we’ll see a lot less of that going forward. Not that he’s going to turn in to Boldin overnight, but improvement none the less.

          • eaglefansocal

            I kinda of agree with you, but perhaps more realistically:

            Maclin – 900
            Coop – 800
            Ertz – 700
            Matthews – 600
            Shady & Sproles – 350 each
            Huff – 300
            Celek – 300

            That is 4,300 yards total.

          • NickS1

            I tend to think the passing numbers end up somewhere in the middle of your and eaglefansocal’s thoughts. Reason being, I don’t think we suffer on 3rd down like we did last year. That alone makes 45-4800 possible and not unlikely. My would be similar to yours:

            Maclin – 1000
            Cooper – 900
            Ertz – 700
            Matthews – 700
            Huff – 400
            Celek – 400
            Sproles – 400
            Shady – 300

            That’s 4800. I put Shady’s numbers last because I tend to think Sproles spells him for a lot of his pass catching opportunites to keep him fresher for the run game. I’d be shocked if Sproles saw more than 45 rush attempts this season. Probably in the 30′s, a couple a game, just to keep the D honest. Disclaimer – Had to subtract 50 from Cooper, Ertz, Huff, and Celek just to keep it under 5k. Safe to say I’m pretty optimistic about the season.

        • Kev_H

          Maclin and Cooper are now Chip Kelly players with new contracts after a year on the job.

    • Kev_H

      They will pass more than 600 times this year.

    • Tom W

      Highly doubtful Matthews or huff or ertz will outpace maclin

    • paul from nc

      You’re assuming Maclin stays healthy for most of the season. Also TE and 2 rookies as 3 of the top 4 receivers and getting over 50% of the passes is a stretch..

    • Pennguino

      I think you are underestimating Maclin a lot. He has averaged over 60 receptions a year since coming into the league and is the only receiver to have double digit TD’s in a single season.

      They are going to throw more. They have the receivers to do it. They got rid of a running back and traded for a pass catching back.
      65 – Maclin
      53 – Cooper
      50 – Shady
      43 – Ertz
      43 – Sproles
      40 – Mathews
      36 – Huff
      35 – Celek

      Huff and Mathews will be sharing the slot role all year depending on the match up. Later in the year Mathews will start getting more touches on the outside with Cooper getting less

      • Andy124

        Didn’t cooper just have 10?

        • NickS1

          Thought he had 8.

  • Blick

    Is this just the same article as last year Sheil? Did you just replace ‘Zack Ertz’ with Ed Reynolds? How could you write this and not even mention Zack who did the exact same thing last year?

    • Bdawkbdawk

      Boooo

  • Warhound

    Just curious: “because of an NCAA rule that prohibits athletes from participating in other NFL activities until school is over” Is it an NCAA rule? How can the NCAA require anything of somebody who has declared for the draft? I thought it was an NFL rule that was implemented out of respect (misplaced) for NCAA wishes.

  • Rick H

    Great enthusiasm by many commenters. However these guys haven’t even put on an Eagles uniform yet.I hope all of this comes true about Smith/Mathews/ Huff/Watkins/ Hart/Reynolds/Allen/ Kruger. .. but I will put my money on Maclin & Sproles & Cooper & Ertz & Celek then in the 2nd half of the season the rookies emerge slowly.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      They had uniforms on yesterday… lol.

      • Rick H

        Yes but did they wear cups? That is game ready! LOL!

        • NickS1

          Most of them don’t wear cups in the games.

          • Maggie

            Just pads.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Dunno, but I’m not checking. lol

    • TripSquadMonopoly

      I think one of the big points why is with Chip and Howie the picks seem to make a lot more sense now than Reid. Some may be slight reaches but there aren’t any huge question marks.

  • Token

    sucks

    • IAteLunchToday

      The situation? Him? Me? You? The NCAA? I’m just going to go with the NCAA. That organization is terrible. ESPN sucks, too.

      • A Roy

        Token

  • paul from nc

    It seems like a lot of our picks the last two years have relatives that played, or went to Oregon. Let’s hope most of them can play.

  • Cliff Ainley

    This kid has practice squad written all over him imo