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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. And prospects from the Philadelphia area who provide their own transportation to the NovaCare Complex don’t count against the 30. Read more »
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Here are some Eagles-related news and notes to check out this weekend.
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The owners will gather in San Francisco from May 18-20 for the NFL spring league meeting. There, they are expected to vote on a proposal that would alter the point after touchdown process.
All 32 owners apparently agree that the extra point (converted at a rate of 99.6 percent the past three years) has become too automatic and that change is needed. While the specifics of the proposal have not been finalized, Peter King believes it will look something like this: Read more »
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We’ve gone over a bunch of wide receivers individually, but with the draft just six days away, it’s time to take a look at the class as a whole.
Below are 10 wide receivers who I believe could receive a phone call from Chip Kelly next week, along with some thoughts and background on each. Read more »
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Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz spent 36 minutes with the media Thursday morning. Here are three takeaways that we haven’t gotten to yet.
1. Marynowitz spoke at length about the Birds’ three-pronged approach to player evaluation. Keeping that in mind, I think there are several players who have little or no chance to be taken by the Eagles in the first round: Alabama safety Landon Collins; Washington CB Marcus Peters; Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham; Nebraska’s Randy Gregory; and Florida State’s P.J. Williams. Read more »
Ed Marynowitz. Birds 24/7.
The success of the Eagles’ new power structure depends in part on 1) whether Ed Marynowtiz provides Chip Kelly with honest, sound personnel advice and 2) whether Kelly listens to it.
Speaking to the media for the first time since being elevated to VP of Player Personnel, Marynowitz addressed the question that has been on the minds of many since he was tabbed as Kelly’s right-hand man.
“I know that’s a common thing that everybody throws out: Is this guy just a ‘yes’ man? To support the head coach, I don’t believe that’s just to tell him he’s right in everything that he says. You’re not going to disagree just to disagree, either. But I’ve never been afraid to voice my opinion.” Read more »
It’s been nearly three months since Chip Kelly announced he was promoting Ed Marynowitz to vice president of player personnel.
On Thursday morning at the NovaCare Complex, the 31 year old met the media for the first time to discuss his new role, the Eagles’ scouting approach and next week’s draft. Marynowitz obviously was in no mood to offer up detailed evaluations on the prospects, but he did speak at length about what the organization is looking for under Kelly.
Specifically, Marynowitz laid out the three-part evaluation plan the Eagles use under Kelly. Read more »
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One of the more difficult aspects involved with projecting the Eagles’ 20th pick is determining who might still be on the board at that point in the first round.
The draft can obviously unfold in a number of different ways. There will be surprises, unexpected trades, etc.
But let’s assume for a moment that the Eagles do stand pat. Who are some of the realistic options that might still be there?
Earlier this week, I participated in a mock draft for ESPN Radio in the Lehigh Valley. They had reporters in each NFL market make picks for the teams they cover. Here’s what the first 19 picks looked like. Read more »
This morning, Peter King of The MMQB wrote about what went into the creation of the 2015 NFL schedule, including a few interesting notes regarding the Eagles.
According to King and NFL senior vice president of broadcasting Howard Katz, the Eagles could not be given any home games in Weeks 1, 3 or 4 due to Phillies games and the visit from the head of the Catholic Church: Read more »
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We went game-by-game last night, but here are five overall thoughts on the Eagles schedule.
1. It seems like the Birds caught some breaks this year. For example, in Week 9 they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. The Eagles have a bye the previous week, while Dallas faces the Seahawks. They go to Foxboro in Week 13 to take on the Patriots. The Eagles play on Thanksgiving the previous week and get some extra rest, while New England plays at Denver on Sunday night.
Is there anywhere that the Eagles got jobbed? Not really. They face the Cowboys at home in Week 2 on a short week, but that’s the second game of the season. Washington gets extra rest before the Week 4 matchup (it plays on Thursday night the previous week). And the same goes for the Cardinals in Week 15.
But overall, those seem like minor issues. The Eagles don’t take on a single opponent that is coming off of a bye. Read more »