Eagles Wake-Up Call: Cox And the Spending Spree

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles went into the offseason with two philosophies top of mind: take care of your own and invest in the quarterback position.

And boy have they ever.

To execute the first part, Howie Roseman — itching to make up for lost time after a year in exile — handed out the following contracts to core players between January 25 and February 22: Read more »

Pederson: Wentz Is ‘Right On Track’

Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson spoke every day during the Eagles’ three-day minicamp last week. Here are a few highlights that we haven’t hit on yet:

— The coaching staff continues to sing the praises of Carson Wentz. Pederson went out of his way to note that when it comes to the subtleties of the position, Wentz is wise beyond his years.

“One thing with Carson, is he’s seeing the field extremely well. He’s doing things out there that you might not see while watching practice, that we see while watching practice, from a communication standpoint with the offensive line: protections, subtle changes with routes, things that he sees that most people won’t and most young quarterbacks don’t at this [point] with where we are in the offseason,” said Pederson. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Cornerbacks To Keep

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

Today’s question comes from reader Trey:

With all the different bodies at CB, who among the CBs do you think make the 53?

Good one, Trey. The cornerback competition promises to be packed with plenty of intrigue this summer. Leodis McKelvin separated himself from the pack and was a constant with the first team for Jim Schwartz during the spring, but did not have a steady partner at the other outside corner spot. (Ron Brooks got the most reps there, it appeared.) A starting job is still up for grabs.

There’s the matter of figuring out who will man the slot, and to your question, which young talent to hold onto.  Plenty to sort through. To get a better feel for what management and the coaching staff is up against, let’s look at the corners on roster currently: Read more »

Weekend Reading: Doug Pederson’s Impact

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Here’s this weekend’s roundup of the national stories about the Eagles:

In his first year as head coach, Doug Pederson‘s leadership and philosophy is impacting the team, Michael Silver from NFL.com reports.

The way Pederson navigated the controversy, ultimately bringing [Sam] Bradford back into the fold as his presumptive No. 1 quarterback with no apparent hard feelings and minimal internal drama, tells us a lot about the 48-year-old rookie head coach’s forthright, guileless and — thus far, at least — well-received leadership style. Yet if Pederson had been completely honest, his response to Bradford’s trade demand might well have been reduced to two words of unambiguous awesomeness.

Child please. Read more »

Connor Barwin, Fletcher Cox Issue Statement

 

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Connor Barwin and Fletcher Cox issued separate statements Friday evening amid reports that they were in attendance at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club with Nelson Agholor Thursday afternoon. 

“As a result of my name being mentioned in conjunction with this alleged incident, I would like to clarify that I was only present at the establishment for a very short period of time and have no knowledge about anything that happened after I left the establishment,” said Barwin. I stopped by there for about a half hour to meet my teammates and left around 2:30 p.m.”

Agholor has been accused of sexual assault. A 27-year-old dancer told police that she was raped inside the club about 3 p.m. on Thursday, Philadelphia magazine’s David Gambacorta reports. You can read the full story here.

 

Exotic Dancer Accuses Nelson Agholor of Rape

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor has been accused of raping a dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club, law enforcement sources have told Philadelphia magazine.

A 27-year-old dancer told police that she was raped inside the club, which is located on Front Street near Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia, about 3 p.m. on Thursday.

At least two other Eagles visited Cheerleaders with Agholor, the sources said. The club is just a few minutes away from the team’s NovaCare complex, where they wrapped up their last spring practice early Thursday afternoon. Read more »

Pederson Talks Seumalo, O-Line Competition

Isaac Seumalo. (USA Today Sports)

Isaac Seumalo. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson was asked about which rookies stood out to him with OTAs and mandatory minicamp in the rearview mirror, but it didn’t take long for his mind to instead wander to one player who wasn’t at either. Because of the graduation rule, which does not allow a player to participate in team activities until their school’s academic year is complete, third-round pick Isaac Seumalo could only attend the Eagles’ rookie camp and nothing else.

“I wish Isaac could have been here the entire spring,” Pederson said. “I think more about him probably than I do the guys that are here.”

When the Oregon State product arrives in Philadelphia for training camp next month, Pederson said they’re going to put him at left guard. Although Allen Barbre has been named the starter, it wouldn’t be surprising if someone else beats him out. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On the Player-Fan Dynamic

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Mychal Kendricks‘ “Welcome To Philadelphia” moment came in the aftermath of a home loss a couple seasons back. He heard his name being howled from above the tunnel and against his better judgment, looked up as he was heading off the field.

“Some dude got my attention and he’s like, ‘Kendricks!’ — he was crying — ‘Kendricks! You ruined my liiiife!’ I mean bawling. He was drunk. ‘You ruined my life!’ I’m like, ‘Sh*t, I’m the sad one. We just lost a game.’ That was fairly intense.”

For Najee Goode, it was an attention-grabber of an entirely different variety.

“Man, going up to an autograph signing in 2013 and seeing a chick with body paint on her top half — Eagles body paint. I’m like, ‘These motherf*&%ers crazy,'” he said with a laugh. “I liked it though, but I was like, ‘Damn.'”

Dennis Kelly‘s came in the form of advice via the always civil world of social media.

“Somebody told me to jump off the Ben Franklin onto a bed of spikes through Twitter after a game,” he said. “That was a nice little [piece] of critical feedback.”

None of the dozen or so Eagles players polled by Birds 24/7 have had a similar experience to the one Ryan Howard went through at Citizens Bank Park last weekend when the slumping slugger had a beer bottle thrown at him on his way back to the dugout (though there are members of this coaching staff who would tell you that J.D. Drew isn’t the only one to have Duracells flung in his direction). Such incidents, though, can trigger an examination of the relationship between professional athletes in Philadelphia and the fans. Read more »

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