Draft Daily: Who Will Be Available At No. 20?

Eagles Draft 2015
Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY Sports

Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY Sports

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 »

Eagles Schedule Had To Accommodate The Pope

AP274099708769-pope-francis-rex-features-940x540This 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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Five Thoughts On the Schedule

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

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 »

What They’re Saying: ‘I Think He Is a Mess’

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here is what they’re saying about Chip Kelly and the Eagles this week.

Bob Sturm of The Dallas Morning News doesn’t understand any of the moves Kelly has made so far, including the Tim Tebow signing:

I still have no feel for the [Sam] Bradford situation which I assume we are still waiting to see if anything happens in the draft. Then, what do they do with their first pick? Corner? Wide Receiver? Trade everything for [Marcus] Mariota? They have really confused all observers this offseason and also acquired players rehabbing ACL injuries. If he pulls this off and wins big, I will have to concede he is special. Right now, I think he is a mess that has fooled most of the NFL media into thinking he has everything all figured out. I have long said his undoing will be when he gets full personnel control, because that is the fatal flaw of so many coaches. Almost none of them are as successful at “buying the groceries” as they think they can be. Kelly, with no personnel background whatsoever, is betting on himself heavily and sending his accomplished players away. It is a fascinating storyline for sure.

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Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/20

Eagles Draft 2015
USC WR Nelson Agholor. Jake Roth / USA Today

USC WR Nelson Agholor. Jake Roth / USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll have daily threads with the latest mocks, buzz and relevant links. Check back throughout the day for updates. Read more »

Draft Daily: WR Dorsett Brings Elite Speed

Eagles Draft 2015
Miami WR Phillip Dorsett. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today)

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today)

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

THE BACK STORY

In Chip Kelly’s first season as an NFL head coach, the Eagles led the league with 80 pass plays of 20+ yards. In Year 2, that number went down, but the offense still produced 63 big pass plays, good enough for third.

A couple big-play threats in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are playing for other teams, so Kelly will now count on guys like Jordan MatthewsJosh Huff and Zach Ertz to make plays downfield. He very well could look for a vertical threat in the draft also.

And one of the guys who fits that description is Miami’s Phillip Dorsett. Read more »

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