On Stephen Tulloch And the Eagles

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UPDATE: Looks like the Lions finally made the move:

And the reason for the delay is now out:

From earlier:

Jim Schwartz could use some additional help at linebacker and has a good history with Stephen Tulloch, who by all accounts was to be released by the Lions this offseason. It made some sense, then, that the Eagles might take a look once the veteran hit the market.

One problem: the veteran still hasn’t hit the market. The exact reason why remains a bit of a mystery.

“There’s no good reason why they haven’t cut him yet. They still plan to,” said Lions beat writer for the Detroit Free Press, Dave Birkett. “I don’t know what the holdup is. It’s certainly not contractual. He’s not entitled to pay them back any money.

“I’ve made the same connection that I’m sure a lot of people have that Tulloch to the Eagles would seem like a good fit. The Lions and Eagles play this year, maybe they are trying to wait that out as long as possible…but it would make sense to me that he goes back to Schwartz and takes a vet-minimum type deal to play over there for a year or two.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Eagles By the Numbers

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Some numbers of note related to the 2016 Eagles:

1.6 —  Average number of interceptions per season for Leodis McKelvin.

McKelvin stood out this spring, establishing himself as the No. 1 corner heading into training camp. The 30-year-old has 64 career passes defensed to his name but hasn’t come away with a ton of picks in his career, totaling 13 over eight seasons.

It’s a similar story for his fellow defensive backs. Nolan Carroll has seven interceptions over six years (1.17 avg); Rodney McLeod has five interceptions over four seasons (1.25 avg.); Malcolm Jenkins has 11 in 7 (1.57); and Ron Brooks has zero career picks over his four-year career to date. Among what you might consider the main players vying for starting spots in the defensive backfield — Jenkins, McLeod, McKelvin,  Carroll, Brooks and Eric Rowe — zero registered more than two interceptions last season. (For reference, 47 players across the league had three-plus in 2015). Not the most prolific group when it comes to turnovers, in other words. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: 53-Man Roster Projection

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Not sure how we let the rookie win last year. Josh not only bested me but every other beat out there in his Eagles 53-man projection for 2015. As Mr. Miyagi once said, beginner luck. Guess I have to start taking this thing a bit more seriously, so let’s get the training going a little early this season. Here’s my first stab at it. If you’re so inclined, Paunil put his projection out last week. Read more »

Eagles And the RFID Movement

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

A conversation about Howie Roseman’s power took a left turn. Speaking to reporters at the owners meetings back in March, Jeffrey Lurie used a question about Roseman’s rank to touch on a subject that must have been top of mind — RFID and the surge of Next Gen stats that are altering the NFL landscape.

“When you’re talking about the NFL today and football operations, it’s really a very fast moving field if you understand where we’re at,” said Lurie in one of the grand hallways of the Boca Raton Resort. “We’re not where we were when I bought the team 20 years ago or where the league was 10 years ago. I would say if there’s two positions that have to process information and data quickly and completely, it’s quarterback and it’s head of football operations.

“Just as an example, in May, we’re going to be bombarded finally with the data from RFID. That’s going to revolutionize the sport in the long run.” Read more »

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