Leading up to training camp on July 25, we’ll have a position-by-position preview of the Eagles’ roster. We have already covered the defensive line, quarterbacks, outside linebackers, running backs, inside linebackers and cornerbacks. Now it’s on to the wide receivers. Read more »
Chip Kelly likes to say that the Eagles only have a seating chart, not a depth chart, this time of year.
Luckily, here at Birds 24/7, we don’t have to abide by the same rules. So now that we’ve seen all of the spring practices and have our eyes on the start of training camp (July 25), here’s our stab at what the offensive depth chart looks like (we’ll do the defense tomorrow). I tried to make this as useful as possible, so there are explanations below. Read more »
Many of the offseason questions for the Eagles surround the wide receiver position, so we spent a good portion of Monday’s session with the assistant coaches at Bob Bicknell‘s table for his read on the state of the receivers. Here’s what we came away with:
Bicknell might be best known in Philadelphia for his flap with DeSean Jackson on the sidelines in Minnesota back in December. This led to speculation that the coach and player had a strained relationship — a theory that gained steam when Jackson was shown the door back in March. Not so, according to the receivers coach. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
Now that the Eagles’ roster sits at 90 players, we can start to take a look ahead at which spots are up for grabs in the spring and summer.
Today, we’ll provide a position-by-position breakdown of the offense. On Tuesday, we’ll check in on the defense. Read more »
The decision to release him was financially-driven. Benn was scheduled to make $1 million in 2014 and carried a cap hit of $1.1 million. The Eagles were hoping he would agree to a pay cut, and it appears he has.
The 6-2, 220- pound wideout was acquired last offseason from the Bucs along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He tore his left ACL during training camp and missed the entire season. The former second-round pick has 59 catches for 862 yards and five touchdowns since joining the league in 2010. Read more »
The Eagles are releasing WR Arrelious Benn, the team announced today.
Benn (6-2, 220) was acquired last offseason from the Bucs along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He tore his left ACL during training camp and missed the entire season. Originally a second-round pick in 2010, he has 59 career catches for 862 yards and five touchdowns. Read more »
We got a request from a reader yesterday to run through the Eagles’ wide receiver depth chart with the guys currently on the roster.
And since we are a blog of the people, we will oblige.
The Eagles currently have nine wide receivers on their roster (that does not include pass-catchers like TE Zach Ertz and RB Darren Sproles).
Below is a player-by-player look at how each guy figures into the team’s 2014 plans. Keep in mind that this outlook will likely change post-draft. Read more »
First, Jeremy Maclin goes down for the season with a torn ACL, then on Tuesday Arrelious Benn suffers the exact same fate.
As it stands, DeSean Jackson will be relying on Riley Cooper (assuming he is accepted back into the locker room), Jason Avant and Damaris Johnson to help him carry the load. The rest of the group — Nick Miller, Ifeanyi Momah, Will Murphy, Greg Salas and Russell Shepard — have a total of 31 NFL receptions between them. Salas has 27 of them.
When Maclin got hurt, the plan was to search in-house for answers. But the Eagles are running out of options, and will have to take a harder look at the wide receiver market.
“We went through a whole bunch of lists; got boards up,” said Tom Gamble last week. “You’re checking medical, you’re checking background, you’re doing your tape work, you’re making sure multiple people have seen guys. You kind of have that, you see what’s here, and we’re ready to go.
“Most of the guys that are out there have played at a high level, usually there’s a problem, an issue, a medical, something out there that you have to kind of work through.”
A look at the top 10 receivers on the market, per Adam Caplan, and the possible “issues” that the Eagles are working through with them. (Warning: This list isn’t terribly impressive.)
Height/Weight: 6-0, 200
Lowdown: The 10-year vet had 74 catches for 911 yards and four touchdowns in New England last season. There are some character concerns. The Patriots reportedly got tired of his behavior in the locker room and the practice field last season.
Height/Weight: 6-2, 205
Lowdown: Recently had workouts with the Niners and Saints, per reports. Missed nine games with the Jaguars last season because of concussions. Had 54 grabs and scored 11 touchdowns for Dallas in 2011.
Height/Weight: 6-0, 205
Lowdown: Released by the Patriots on July 19. Has reportedly worked out for a couple teams since being let go but has yet to sign. Had 41 catches for 443 yards and four scores for the Bills last season.
Height/Weight: 6-4, 210
Lowdown: Had 28 catches and three touchdowns for the Niners last year. Little reason to believe he’ll end up here.
Height/Weight: 5-9, 195
Lowdown: Had 16 catches in 10 games for New England last season.
Height/Weight: 6-0, 194
Lowdown: Peyton Manning was pushing for the Broncos to re-sign Stokley back in April, but that didn’t happen. Had 45 grabs and scored five times for Denver last season.
Height/Weight: 6-1, 192
Lowdown: Has had some legal troubles of late and hasn’t seen regular-season action since 2011.
Height/Weight: 6-2, 200
Lowdown: Appeared in just three games for Miami last season. He battled some injuries and was also suspended by the NFL for two games.
Height/Weight: 5-9, 175
Lowdown: Served as a kick and punt returner for Tampa last season. Had no catches.
Height/Weight: 5-7, 155
Lowdown: Spent the last three years in Washington. Has 11 career receptions. Also a kick/punt returner.
WHAT YOU MISSED
Great practice observations from Sheil, as always.
More details on Benn’s injury.
Cary Williams mixed it up with a Patriots receiver, and was promptly benched.
Some depth chart analysis, courtesy of Mr. Kapadia.
The regular season will be here soon. Arm yourself with the Eagles Almanac.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Ashley Fox gives her thoughts on Cooper’s return.
It was risky for Chip Kelly to decide to bring Cooper back, and ultimately, in time, after the inevitable adversity of the regular season hits, it could prove to be foolish. The players can say what they want now, about how they forgive and can move on for the greater good of the team, but wait and see how they feel in October if the team comes off a three-game road trip and is looking at a 1-5 record. Some players can be happy that Cooper caught a “touchdown” pass in a joint practice with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, but what happens if he shrinks in the spotlight of a regular-season game in a starting role he has never been able to earn and has been given only after the man in front him (Jeremy Maclin) went down with an injury?
Then we’ll know. Then the real feelings will come out. That time is bound to come, and then we’ll know for sure how black players really feel about a white teammate calling another black man the N-word when he thought no one except his white friends was looking.
Bill Belichick sings the praises of Kelly. From Reuben Frank.
“I have so much respect for Chip [Kelly] and what he’s done,” Belichick said. “We’ve been friends for a while and I know he does a great job with this football team and the program that he’s run in Oregon.
“He’s a very innovative, creative guy. He’s got a great mind, he’s smart, and I think he’ll take advantage of whatever resources he can. We’ll see what that is. I’m sure he’ll give us plenty of trouble.”
Former Eagles owner Jerry Wolman has died.
Another practice with the Patriots at 12:30. I think today’s the day Kapadia gets up the courage to shake Tom Brady’s hand.
Wide receiver Arrelious Benn suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Tuesday’s practice, the Eagles announced.
Benn returned to practice on Sunday after missing much of training camp with knee issues. Chip Kelly praised him following his first practice back, commending him on his knowledge of the playbook and saying that he “flashed” at times.
Talent is not an issue for Benn but injuries have kept him from taking off in the NFL.
He is the third member of the Eagles to suffer a torn ACL this summer, joining Jeremy Maclin and linebacker Jason Phillips.
The 24-year-old played three seasons for the Bucs, compiling 59 catches for 862 yards and five touchdowns in 37 games.
The Eagles have taken a hit at wide receiver this offseason. When Maclin went down, general manager Howie Roseman suggested that the team would look to the skill position players currently on the roster to help fill the void in the short term. Now that they have lost another member of the receiving corps, you wonder if they start looking more outside of the NovaCare walls for help.
The Eagles also announced that they have released receiver Dave Ball.