Wake-Up Call: Jordan And the OLB Spot

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When you look at the roster, outside linebacker is the position that screams at you.

The Eagles have needs in several areas. They are thin at wide receiver after releasing DeSean Jackson. The hunt for an effective safety duo is ongoing. It’s essential that they build depth at cornerback, inside linebacker and along the offensive front. But outside linebacker is the spot that requires the most immediate attention. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: More Eagles On the Move?

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For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

I believe Brandon Graham is the most likely candidate to get dealt. The Eagles recognize that he is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end and are open to moving him if the right offer comes along. 

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly Honors Fallen Navy Player

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Chip Kelly has had a busy offseason.

From the Senior Bowl in January to the combine in February to the owners meetings in March, the Eagles’ head coach is racking up the frequent flyer miles. And we haven’t even mentioned all of the Pro Days:

On Saturday, though, Kelly took a break from draft prep and came through with a nice gesture to the members of Navy’s football squad. Read more »

Draft Daily: Eagles Continue To Look At Lee

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The Eagles are set to bring in USC wide receiver Marqise Lee for a visit, according to Ross Jones of Fox Sports. This will be the third meeting between the Eagles and Lee, per the report.

As we discussed this morning, Kelly leaned towards players he faced — and was beaten by — on the collegiate level in his first-ever NFL draft last year. Lee (6-0, 192) had 12 catches for 157 yards and two touchdown against Oregon in 2012 (The Ducks beat USC 62-51 that day). In 2011, he helped the Trojans topple Oregon with an eight-catch, 187-yard performance.

According to the Orange County Register, Kelly once said Lee “may be the best receiver I’ve had the opportunity to coach against.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Mauro On Eagles’ Radar

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gravitated towards the familiar in his first NFL draft.

Four of the Eagles’ eight picks (Zach Ertz, Matt Barkley, Joe Kruger and Jordan Poyer) were from Oregon’s conference,  the Pac 12.  LSU, USC and Stanford were the three teams that beat Kelly over his final two years as head coach of the Ducks. The Eagles’ second, third and fourth-round picks in 2013 (Ertz, Bennie Logan and Barkley) were used on players from those three programs.

“I did notice that a little bit,” said Stanford defensive lineman Josh Mauro with a smile. Read more »

Draft Daily: Indiana WR Latimer a Fit?

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Chip Kelly has made it clear that when the Eagles are scouting wide receivers in this year’s draft class, they’ll be looking at one factor above all else: Can they get open against man coverage?

Kelly explained that there are different ways to accomplish that.

“It can come in a lot of different ways,” he said last month. “It can be the speed element of it. It can be the power and size element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to cut it. There’s certain guys in our league that have both and that’s why they’re elite. They have the size element of it, they also have the speed element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to do it.”

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer has the size element. At 6-2, 215, he possesses the physicality to out-muscle defensive backs and make plays on the football. And while Latimer didn’t run at the combine because he was recovering from foot surgery, he reportedly posted a 4.44 at his Pro Day. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Spelling DeMeco

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The number for DeMeco Ryans last year was 1,156.

That’s how many snaps he played, the most of any linebacker in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders.

“I think if you ask DeMeco, he felt as fresh as he’s ever felt in his career,” said Chip Kelly last month. “But I think it’s a byproduct of how we practiced and prepared for him to be that way.”

Ryans is a Kelly favorite – a true professional who practices, trains and studies hard. But the truth is he did play too many snaps last year. And there were a few reasons for that. Number one, Billy Davis was installing a brand new defense and needed someone to direct a young group up front. That was Ryans’ job. Read more »

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