Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sproles And the Age Factor

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

On the surface, the why associated with last month’s trade for Darren Sproles is easily answered.

Chip Kelly loves players who are capable of performing a variety of tasks. As we showed with the All-22, Sproles fits the bill. He can carry the ball, he can catch the ball, and he can serve as a return man. He can line up in the backfield, in the slot and even out wide.

While it’s clear he’s capable of doing different things, the question is: Can he still do those things at a high level? Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: Undue Pressure On Chip?

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Possible if there is a player they feel they just gotta  have. (Adam Caplan says that wide receiver Mike Evans is on the team’s radar.)But given that they only have six draft picks to begin with, I think there’s a greater chance we see the Eagles trade back in a round or two in the name of gathering more firepower. Read more »

Eagles To Check Out Safety Bucannon

NCAA Football: Gildan New Mexico Bowl-Washington State vs Colorado State

There is little doubt that the Eagles will continue to look for safety help in May’s draft.

One name to keep in mind is Washington State’s Deone Bucannon. The 6-1, 211-pounder will take an official visit to Philadelphia, according to a report: Read more »

Ten Points: Closing The Book On DeSean

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DeSean Jackson took questions from the Washington-area media yesterday after signing a three-year deal with the Redskins.

And so begins a new chapter in the wide receiver’s life.

The Eagles, meanwhile, remain silent. I know that doesn’t bother some of you, while others would like to hear from Chip Kelly about why the made the decision to release Jackson.

We’ve covered the whole saga extensively for the last month or so, and I understand there is some DeSean fatigue around these parts. But it’s become the story of the offseason for the Eagles. So before we start getting into full draft mode and moving on to other issues, here are 10 points I have to make to separate some myths from reality. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: B-Dawk’s Take

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Brian Dawkins
was not shocked by the DeSean Jackson news. To him, the situation is pretty straightforward.

“This is not something that all of a sudden had the gang affiliation thing tied to it and that was the thing the Eagles looked at to say, ‘You know what? This is the thing we’re allowing him to walk for.’ No, it was all the other things that have happened over the time that he’s been here and the things he has not corrected in his character, some of the things that he does within the building with coaches and the like they were concerned about,” said Dawkins during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. 

“And when you have a new coach coming in, he doesn’t have to pull punches or be as patient as Andy Reid was as someone invested in him. When you have a guy come in who is trying to build a system the way that he wants it to be run, he’s going to bring in people that are going to follow it to the letter of everything he wants to have happen. He’s not going to be as patient. So this is not something that surprised me as far as them letting him go.” Read more »

Jackson: ‘It Was A Humbling Experience’

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DeSean Jackson
was made available through teleconference Wednesday afternoon after inking a three-year deal with the Redskins. He touched on the way things ended in Philadelphia, and gave his thoughts on the idea of playing his former team twice a year.

Jackson, who was released Friday shortly after a story came out about his alleged gang ties, downplayed the idea that he comes with character concerns.

“I feel like the people who really know me know what type of player I am, they respect me and they know I’m a team guy and I just go out there and put it on the line for what I do and who I’m around. I think that’s never really been a problem,” he said.
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Some Thoughts On DeSean

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DeSean Jackson
signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Redskins Wednesday that contains $16 million guaranteed. That’s $1 million more in guaranteed coin than he got from the Eagles in the five-year deal he signed in the 2012 offseason. A win for agent Joel Segal, who wasn’t receiving commission from the previous contract. A loss for Drew Rosenhaus, who was. And a quick bounceback for a receiver that was released less than a week ago alongside a report about his alleged gang ties.

Jackson not only landed on his feet, but did so less than 150 miles from here. Had the Eagles been successful in their trade pursuits, perhaps they could have shipped him out of conference or to the other side of the country. They forfeited any control when they cut him, and he ended up in their back yard. It’s going to be a huge, league-wide story line for at least the upcoming season. (Something tells me the NFL, which is expected to release the 2014 schedule at the end of the month, will have Jackson’s return to Philly prominently featured.)  If Jackson ended up in Oakland, say, the Eagles would still be questioned and the Jackson decision would still impact the way the upcoming campaign is discussed and analyzed. But distance and time have a way of dulling even the sharpest of angles.

Here, there is no space. Just months worth of kindle and intrigue. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sanchez’s Limitations

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Mark Sanchez started 62 games for the Jets before his 27th birthday. He played in six playoff games and twice was one win away from the Super Bowl.

But at this point in his career, if he wants a shot to be the No. 1 guy again, he’s first going to have to prove he’s worthy as a backup. With a one-year deal from the Eagles, Sanchez will compete with Matt Barkley (and maybe even a rookie) to provide insurance for Nick Foles. Read more »

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