The question posed to Brandon Graham was a simple one: Are you now an outside linebacker?
“I don’t know,” Graham said. “There’s been a lot of talk around a lot of things, but I don’t really know where they want to put me at. All I know is wherever they put me, I’m going to go full out.”
Of course, just last month, Graham told Birds 24/7 that he was preparing for the position change. And he basically backed up that notion today, saying he’d like to get down to 260 pounds (from 270, where he is now).
As recently as last offseason, it looked like the assets acquired in the Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb trades would play a major role in re-shaping the Eagles’ defense.
But looking ahead to 2013, that probably won’t end up being the case.
Eagles fans may have a tough time developing a healthy dislike for Robert Griffin III.
The Redskins’ signal-caller recently talked about his admiration for a former quarterback who played in this city.
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It’s now been a little more than two months since the Eagles hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach. Here are three things we’ve learned (or think we’ve learned) in that time period.
Since the start of free agency, the Eagles have added nine new players, but only one true pass-rusher – Connor Barwin.
Much of the offseason focus has been on rebuilding the secondary, but Howie Roseman, Chip Kelly and company still have work to do in bolstering the front seven – specifically, the defensive line.
Before we take a look at what areas still need to be addressed, let’s look at what the Eagles have on their current roster.
The Eagles’ first free-agent signing was fullback/H-Back/tight end James Casey from the Texans.
Casey has not put up eye-popping numbers in his first four seasons in the league: 66 catches for 752 yards and four touchdowns. So why did Chip Kelly target him?
Here’s a look with the All-22.
The Eagles’ signing of Connor Barwin last week led to some angst among a portion of the fan base.
Why sign another outside linebacker? What about Trent Cole? Brandon Graham? Vinny Curry?
And to a certain degree, that’s a fair question. The simple answer is that the Eagles saw value in Barwin, especially when you consider he’s only 26 and commanded just $8 million in guaranteed money. He’s played in a 3-4 before, was a second-round pick in 2009 and has an 11.5-sack season (2011) under his belt.
But the real answer might require a look at the bigger picture. It’s true that we don’t know exactly what Chip Kelly is going to run offensively or defensively. We look at what he did at Oregon, we look at some of the trends in the NFL, we assess personnel, and we make educate guesses.
One assumption that seems reasonable is that the Eagles will run an up-tempo offense. And if that’s the case, the Eagles will need bodies on defense.
Last week, the Eagles announced that they’ve acquired wide receiver Arrelious Benn from the Bucs.
A second-round pick in 2010, Benn failed to live up to expectations in three seasons with Tampa. But he’s only 24, has some size (6-2, 220), a versatile skill set and can play special teams.
How does he fit into the Eagles’ plans going forward? Let’s take a look at the All-22.
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A look at what Chip Kelly’s history with quarterbacks at Oregon might tell us about the Eagles’ decision to hang on to Nick Foles.
We’ve started to preview free agency in the past few days with breakdowns of the cornerbacks and the safeties.
And we’ll continue to look at other positions the rest of the week. But for now, here’s a peek at the Eagles’ own pending free agents, with some thoughts on who could be back.