Beau Allen’s NFL.com draft profile states that the former Wisconsin defensive tackle “squats a small house.”
What does that equate to, exactly?
“The most I ever squatted was my junior year, at the end of summer I hit 705 and went double,” said Allen. “It put a lot of strain on my back obviously so I never squatted that much after that, but I’m curious to see if I can get up there again.”
That back strain (and other injuries along the way, including an ankle that required surgery) never kept the 6-2, 335-pound nose tackle out of the Badgers’ line-up. He played in 54 straight games for Wisconsin, a school record. That is likely not lost on Jerry Azzinaro, who recruited Allen out of high school while serving as Chip Kelly‘s defensive line coach at Oregon. Allen, a Minnesota native, ultimately chose Madison over Eugene.
Perhaps they’ll get a chance to work together on the professional level. Azzinaro attended Wisconsin’s Pro Day last month, turns out, and Allen is under the impression that the Eagles are potential suitors. Read more »
In the past week or so, a number of analysts have linked Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin to the Eagles.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com said Benjamin is a player to keep an eye on for the Birds at No. 22. And Ron Jaworski recently compared Benjamin to Harold Carmichael.
At 6-5, 240, Benjamin is the most physically imposing wide receiver in this year’s class. He has 34 7/8-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands: Read more »
Evan Mathis is at the NovaCare Complex and will participate in the team’s voluntary workouts, according to multiple sources.
A report said Mathis was expected to be a “no-show” at the start of the Eagles’ offseason training program, which opens today, but he’s there.
Word surfaced at the owners meetings back in March that the 32-year-old was in search of a new contract and that the Eagles, in turn, were open to dealing him. Mathis signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract in the 2012 offseason. He has three years remaining on that deal, and is scheduled to make a base salary of $5 million this season.
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There has been a theory floating around that DeSean Jackson wasn’t all that integral to Nick Foles’ success last year.
Foles had better chemistry with Riley Cooper, some have argued. The only problem? The theory’s not really rooted in fact. Read more »
Add Odell Beckham to the list of receivers coming to Philly for a visit.
The LSU wideout told Sirius XM that he is meeting with the Eagles this upcoming week. The team has already reportedly entertained Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, Indiana’s Cody Latimer, Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State and Marqise Lee from USC. Latimer is projected as a Day 2 pick; the rest of the group have first-round grades. Read more »
If you took the top 10 plays of Martavis Bryant’s 2013 season and showed them to scouts and GMs across the NFL, chances are most would agree he deserves to be a no-brainer first-round pick.
But there’s obviously a lot more to scouting a player than just the highlights. And that’s why Bryant isn’t expected to go until Day 2.
At 6-4, 211, Bryant ran a 4.42 at the combine. He has arguably the best size/speed combination of any receiver in this class: Read more »
We’ve spent plenty of time in this space talking about who the Eagles might take in the first round, and that conversation will continue in the coming weeks.
But what about at pick No. 54? Last year in the second round, the team picked up TE Zach Ertz, and the year before it was inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Both have proven to be talented players with upside.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld recently put out a two-round mock draft. With the 54th pick, he has the Eagles taking Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief: Read more »
Former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah, now an analyst for the NFL Network, took part in a conference call alongside Charles Davis Thursday. Several Philly-related angles were explored.
One topic of conversation was Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, who some see as a fit for the Birds at 22. Interestingly enough, Jeremiah compared Mosley to a current Eagles ‘backer.
“I think he’s very good in coverage. I think he’s an excellent blitzer. But the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts. I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that’s what set him apart was his instincts. I personally think he’s a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. Read more »
Jordan Matthews is 6-3 and ran a 4.46 at the combine.
He played in the SEC and finished his college career as the conference’s all-time leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759). Yet somehow, when discussing the top pass-catchers in the 2014 draft, the Vanderbilt product seems to often get left out of the conversation.
“Hey, there is nothing wrong with being under the radar,” Matthews told reporters at the combine in February. “At the end of the day I only compete with myself. The radar that I worry about is the one that Jordan Matthews is worried about. As long as I go each day and am trying to be the best player that I can be, then I feel like that is going to help me the most. As far as radars and projections and all those things are concerned, I really don’t pay that much attention. I just have to make sure I can be the best player I can be each day.”
In addition to his height (and the fact that he already has mastered the art of speaking in the third person), Matthews is long. He has 33 1/4-inch arms and giant hands (10 3/8 inches). Read more »
Towards the end of last year, Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis was asked about the way he handled Brandon Boykin’s playing time and whether there were ways to get the play-making defensive back more snaps.
“I really think, and I believe this, that one of the reasons that he’s grown like he’s grown and made the plays that he’s making is because we’ve allowed him to specialize and really focus on the nickel position and how to play,” Davis said. “He’s a young player that’s still growing and I think that is one of the things that we’ve done that I’m most happy with. And I understand he’s got a lot of interceptions and second in the league, but I think that’s a product of specialization and really knowing exactly and playing a position with confidence and that’s how you win.” Read more »