Eagle Eye: Jarvis Landry And Miami’s Motion Offense

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

On Friday, May 9, Chip Kelly and the Eagles sat with the No. 42 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and a bevy of options at their fingertips in one of the deepest wide receiver drafts in league history.

The Eagles selected Jordan Matthews out of Vanderbilt, and 24 games into his career, Matthews has had one of the best starts to a career of any wideout in franchise history. He had his share of struggles over the first half of the season, but the pick still appears to be a good one by just about any measure.

But there’s always the parallel universe game to be played. What if the Eagles had selected, say, Davante Adams, who Green Bay selected 11 picks later? Or maybe Allen Robinson, who went to Jacksonville 19 picks later?

What if the Eagles had selected Jarvis Landry, who the Miami Dolphins took 21 picks after Matthews and enters Sunday’s matchup with the Birds as one of the more dynamic players in the NFL?

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Philly Probably Won’t Host 2015 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft will expand beyond Radio City Music Hall in 2015, but officials say it probably won’t be to Philadelphia. The league has apparently narrowed its short list of new draft locations to Chicago, Los Angeles — where, ahem, no team exists — or … a different venue in New York. That’s out-of-the-box thinking.

“We are in a wait-and-see approach,” Philadelphia Sports Congress executive director Larry Needle said. “But we are not optimistic.”

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Eagles To Host DB Jaylen Watkins

The Eagles are bringing in University of Florida cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins for a visit, according to an NFL source. He is expected to arrive in Philly on April 2.

Watkins (6-0, 194) is the brother of Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who is projected to be a top-10 pick. Jaylen started nine games for the Gators this season — three at cornerback and six at safety. He finished the year with 52 tackles and seven passes defensed. The Cape Coral, Florida native had three interceptions while with the Gators — all of them coming in 2012. Read more »

The Thinking Behind the Manziel Visit

Peter King mentioned in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that the Eagles were one of the teams that met with quarterback Johnny Manziel at the combine. Howie Roseman was asked to explain that decision on Thursday.

“We do interviews for a wide variety of reasons at a wide variety of positions,” said Roseman, who did not confirm that a meeting with Manziel took place. “We get 60 formal interviews at the combine, we get 30 players we’re allowed to bring in here.

“We’re trying to get as much background as possible on as many guys as possible. You never know when opportunity is going to come to get a player. It may be now in the draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. Read more »