What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here is what the national media have to say about the Eagles this week.

Dan Hanzus of NFL.com named Nelson Agholor as a prime candidate to be the top rookie receiver in 2015:

This is all about location, location, location. Guys like Amari Cooper and Kevin White might end up having better careers, but USC wideout Nelson Agholor has the best chance to make an immediate splash. A polished route-runner with serious YAC ability, Agholor is a perfect fit for a Chip Kelly offense that’s thin at wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin defected for Kansas City in free agency. Agholor’s pro-ready tools should allow him to see the field quickly, and Kelly’s high-volume approach will put Agholor in a great position to dwarf the production of some of his first-round contemporaries. Jordan Matthews dropped a 67/872/8 as a rookie in Philly’s scheme last year. Agholor can be even better.

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Eagles Wake Up Call: Is A Bradford Extension Realistic?

Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get to today’s question:

Shortly after the Eagles acquired Sam Bradford,  a report surfaced that they were attempting to rework/extend the quarterback’s deal. Chip Kelly recently acknowledged that the two sides have had contract talks. Safe to say there is interest on the team’s side to get something done.

And Bradford wants to be here by all accounts. His camp did its part to try and prevent a draft-day trade by getting the message out that he would only sign a contract extension in Philly. He has landed in a quarterback-friendly system that has some similarities to the 0ne he excelled in at Oklahoma, and believes he has a real chance to resurrect his career under Kelly and his former coach, Pat Shurmur.

There is mutual interest, so an extension can’t be ruled out. The challenge is finding a contract that makes sense for both sides.
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kiko Alonso’s Role

Kiko Alonso. Melina Vastola / USA Today

Kiko Alonso. Melina Vastola / USA Today

Today’s question comes from Nick, via Twitter:

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NFC East Roundup: The La’el Collins Story

La'el Collins, LSU. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

La’el Collins, LSU. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

La’el Collins had the most interesting slide in the 2015 draft, falling from first-round lock to undrafted free agent. Robert Klemko of MMQB reports on how he ended up signing with the Dallas Cowboys:

Accompanied by his mother, Loyetta Collins, and his agent, Deryk Gilmore, La’el arrives at Jerry Jones’ mansion and is greeted by a welcoming party of Cowboys bigwigs, coaches and players.

“The house was as gorgeous as you can imagine,” Gilmore says. “Mr. Jones just sat there and talked. He talked about his background and where he came from, how he’d been through hard times, and how he became the man he was. It was chilling. He said, ‘You go through hard times, and that’s what makes you what you are.’

“He talked about how the media and the world can call for your head, like when he fired Tom Landry, but he made the changes necessary and believed in his people.”

Jones and Collins talk into the night, and Collins understands that he’ll have the chance to start immediately if he can beat out ho-hum left guard Ronald Leary.

Collins decides to sleep on it before making a final decision.

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Weekend Reading: Would Manuel Make Sense For Eagles?

EJ Manuel / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY

EJ Manuel / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY

Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend.

According to NFL.com, there’s a chance the Bills might be looking to part ways with quarterback E.J. Manuel this summer. And Chris Wesseling thinks the Eagles could make sense as his potential next landing spot:

If the Bills end up dangling Manuel for a late-round pick in August, keep an eye on the Eagles as a potential trade partner.

After recruiting Manuel at Oregon, Chip Kelly told NFL Network in the lead-up to the 2013 NFL Draft that the former Florida State star was a player he “didn’t get a chance to coach but would like a chance to coach.”

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Malcolm Bunche: ‘I Have An Opportunity’

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Forty-six offensive linemen came off the board during the 2015 NFL Draft. Zero were selected by the Eagles.

While that fact might bring concern to some, for a select few it has delivered opportunity.

Malcolm Bunche called it a “blessing in disguise.” He is one of the offensive linemen the team brought in as an undrafted free agent, and will have a chance to earn a roster spot this summer. He is not the first member of his family to don Eagle green. His father, Curtis, was drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round in 1979 and was “elated” when he learned about his son signing with his former team. Read more »

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