Draft Daily: Leonte Carroo, the Rutgers Receiver

Leonte Carroo. (USA Today Sports)

Leonte Carroo. (USA Today Sports)

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. We’ve already covered more than a dozen players, including Carson Wentz, Kenneth Dixon, Kolby Listenbee, Braxton Miller and Pharoh Cooper. If you have a player you think should be covered, shoot us an email (jpaunil@phillymag.com).

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Leonte Carroo has good hands, that much we know. It’s also clear he has great ball skills and can generate big plays. But what is in question, which is something that could play a big role in where he’s drafted, is if he’ll cause problems off of the field in the NFL.

Last September, Carroo was charged with assaulting a woman, who alleged that he picked her up and slammed her against a concrete surface. Soon thereafter, former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood indefinitely suspended Carroo. Read more »

Report: Bradford Demands Trade, Will Skip Workouts

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

After conflicting reports over Sam Bradford’s desire to request a trade, Adam Schefter tweeted this morning that the Eagles starting quarterback not only wants out of Philadelphia, but he’ll skip the off-season program as well.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Johnson Welcomes ‘Better’ Offseason Approach

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Like Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews, Lane Johnson said he also traveled to Oklahoma to spend time with Sam Bradford this offseason – though his visit was more of the rocking chair and lemonade variety.

“No, I did a lot of sitting,” he said when a reporter jokingly asked if he was out there running routes for the quarterback. “I had to rest this offseason. I was tired.”

Johnson skipped the MMA training during the break (though he may spend a month there later in the offseason, he said) and pulled back on the weight lifting so that the body could heal. The 25-year-old dealt with knee and ankle injuries (at a minimum) over the course of the season. With 44 starts and three NFL seasons now under his belt, he is feeling it more than he once did and taking his cues from other veteran linemen on how to properly recover in-between seasons.

“You’re not working out, lifting, you feel like you’re not up to any good. But I felt it was necessary to get the body back right,” said Johnson.

Particularly after three seasons working under Chip Kelly. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Howie’s Ill-Advised Gamble

Howie Roseman. (USA Today Sports)

Howie Roseman. (USA Today Sports)

Howie Roseman was making his comeback. He drew up contracts to ensure key players will remain with the Eagles for several more years. He brought in a couple of talented free agents who appear to fill major holes quite nicely. And he seemed adept at managing the juggling act of trying to win in the short-term while being mindful of the long-term.

But he suffered a setback on Wednesday when he decided to trade up in the draft to presumably use the No. 2 overall pick on Carson Wentz.

The main talking point around the NovaCare Complex two days ago was about how unique of an opportunity it was to get that high up in the draft. Roseman is absolutely right about that, but he left out an important piece of information. Read more »

Draft Daily: Pharoh Cooper, A Weapon For Wentz?

Pharoh Cooper. (USA Today Sports)

Pharoh Cooper. (USA Today Sports)

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. We’ve already covered more than a dozen players, including Carson Wentz, Kenneth Dixon, Kolby Listenbee and Braxton Miller. If you have a player you think should be covered, shoot us an email (jpaunil@phillymag.com).

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Pharoh Cooper began at South Carolina hoping to play in the secondary. Steve Spurrier preferred him to be on offense, but the freshman insisted that he wanted to try defensive back first.

For the first week and a half of camp, Cooper didn’t get many practice reps. He was on the third string and all he did was catch punts every day. Then, Spurrier approached him again. Read more »

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