The Eagles named Dwayne Joseph director of pro personnel Wednesday. He replaces Rick Mueller, who was let go earlier this month.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan was first with the news.
Joseph spent the past two seasons as the Bears’ associate director of pro personnel. Prior to joining the Bears in 2012, he spent eight years with the Dolphins, mostly as a pro scout. The one exception was 2007 when he served as Miami’s assistant director of pro personnel. Ed Marynowitz was on the Dolphins’ staff as a scouting assistant that year.
Chip Kelly told reporters at the owners meetings that Marynowitz is responsible for constructing the personnel department.
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Former St. Louis Rams head coach and current New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was a guest on 97.5 The Fanatic’s morning show today, and offered some thoughts on the quarterback he drafted first overall in 2010.
Spagnuolo, who will now be coaching against Sam Bradford twice a year, raved about the quarterback’s pedigree.
“Sam Bradford was as good as it gets when he was coming out of college, and he still can be that. It’s hard to go to a franchise where you’re building,” Spagnuolo said. “You talk about the offensive line, that’s a challenge for a young quarterback and yet, he’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010.” Read more »
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Love from the football world has been a little hard to come by for Randall Evans.
He received no Division I offers coming out of Miami Palmetto High School — apparently due in part to an error in a local paper’s database that credited him with three interceptions his junior year instead of seven — and ultimately chose to walk on at Kansas State (at the urging of none other than Michael Beasley).
Evans went on to start 31 games for the Wildcats. He finished his college career with seven interceptions, 29 passes defensed, 210 tackles and five forced fumbles, and was named first-team All Big 12 this past season. Despite his production and NFL body type (6-0, 190), he did not receive an invite to the Senior Bowl or NFL Combine. So he put his energy into his pro day, where he ran a 4.44 40 to keep his name in the game.
It took some serious door-kicking, but Evans ended up on an NFL roster and even upgraded his title from “walk-on” to “draft pick” in the process. The walk-on mentality, though, remains.
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The Eagles Almanac is back for another year!
And once again, Tim and Sheil will be among the many contributors.
The annual Birds preview provides 100+ pages of ad-free analysis, interviews, essays, scouting, statistics and more. The PDF ebook can be downloaded easily to your computer or tablet.
Given the offseason moves made by Chip Kelly, there will be plenty to cover in this year’s edition. So be sure to order your copy now!
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Rasheed Bailey had already agreed to terms with the Eagles, but it wasn’t until he received a message from Jordan Matthews that everything finally sank in.
Observers may have thought that the two had an existing relationship, but that wasn’t the case. Matthews went out of his way to reach out to Bailey, the Delaware Valley University wide receiver who signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent.
“I actually don’t know him too well,” Bailey explained last week. “But once I saw it, that’s when it seeped in, and I knew it was real. I was so ecstatic at the time. I was happy, but I’m still trying to pinch myself like, ‘Is it real?’ And once I opened my phone and saw that he Tweeted ‘Welcome to the family’ I said, ‘Alright, let’s go. It’s time.’ It definitely made me happy and made me feel a part of the team and part of the family.” Read more »
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Here is what the national media have to say about Chip Kelly’s squad this week.
FoxSports.com lists Marcus Smith as one of the second-year players who needs to make a huge leap:
Projected as an outside linebacker, Smith struggled so badly that he was moved inside by season’s end. Smith has added 15 pounds this offseason in hopes the added bulk and strength will help get him snaps at a deep position for the Eagles.
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Today’s question comes from Doug, via email:
If the Eagles traded Sam Bradford for Cleveland’s No. 19 pick and drafted Byron Jones as well as Nelson Agholor, would they be a better team now (with Mark Sanchez as the starter)? How about long-term?
You could pretty easily kill a happy hour debating this scenario, Doug.
There are many layers to the question, and part of the argument has to do with roster building. So let’s say for a moment that the Eagles were able to flip Bradford to the Browns for the No. 19 pick and Jones. Where would that leave them?
With a pretty fascinating secondary of Byron Maxwell, Jones, Eric Rowe and Malcolm Jenkins. That’s a massive upgrade in talent from a year ago. Jones and Rowe will probably go through growing pains as rookies, but in 2016 and beyond, those four could comprise a really good defensive backfield. Read more »
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If JaCorey Shepherd had it to do over, he wouldn’t have run.
The sixth-round pick from Kansas sat out drills at the combine because of a hamstring injury. But when his Pro Day arrived, Shepherd felt like he had to show scouts, coaches and GMs that he had the speed to play cornerback at a high level in the NFL. So he gave it a go.
The results were not pretty. The hamstring was bothering Shepherd, and he ran a 4.65 and a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash. For a team like the Eagles that values measurables, those are not times that fit the prototype.
But Chip Kelly and his staff did their homework and decided that Shepherd played faster than the time indicated. They felt like it was pretty clear his hamstring was a factor and decided Shepherd’s upside warranted a pick.
“I definitely use the round I got picked in as motivation,” Shepherd said last week. “But like I said from the beginning, that never really mattered to me. I just wanted the opportunity. Being labeled as a slower corner, I know that’s not me, especially when you watch tape. Playing in the Big 12 conference, there weren’t too many times that I got a deep ball completed on me. So that definitely does motivate me going forward to show that ain’t the type of player that I am – 4.6 is not [me].” Read more »
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Prior to the draft, Ed Marynowitz was asked for his thoughts on what it takes to hit on picks in the later rounds.
“I think the best philosophy to have is, ‘What can they do?’ There is a reason why, certainly, they’re not a guy that is in the top three rounds. But it’s more about what they can do rather than what they can’t do in the later rounds,” he said. “I think sometimes in the later rounds you may defer a little bit more to numbers in terms of testing numbers and what they have in their body. You want guys that have athleticism and traits that can translate. Guys that are wired the right way in terms of being willing to develop and improve as players.”
Brian Mihalik is the manifestation of that philosophy.
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The Eagles confirmed today that they’ll hold joint practices with the Ravens prior to the teams’ preseason matchup.
The three sessions will be held in Philadelphia from Aug. 19-Aug. 21. The two teams will face off on Aug. 22 at the Linc in the Eagles’ second preseason game. Read more »