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Leading up to training camp on August 2, we’ll have a position-by-position preview of the Eagles’ roster. We’ve covered the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive line and defensive line so far. Today, we’ll take a look at the outside linebackers.
The pressing question: Will Marcus Smith contribute?
We’ve addressed this question several times already, but it’s a big one going into training camp. Smith was a first-round pick and barely played (68 total snaps) as a rookie. The start of his second season featured a groin injury that limited Smith in the spring.
Late last August, Billy Davis said he’d know by the start of Year 2 whether there were serious concerns about Smith making it. He’s in position to be a contributor as the No. 3 outside linebacker, but it’ll be a big red flag if Smith can’t hold off Travis Long for that spot. Read more »
Not many people thought Brandon Graham would still be an Eagle in 2015.
After the team traded up to pick him in 2010, injuries and coaching changes prevented Graham from producing on the field. The lack of production led many to label him a bust, a word Graham refuses to utter.
“When you hear that B word, you’re like, ‘I’ve got to get that up off me,'” he said Monday.
Graham posted three sacks in his rookie season, but suffered a torn ACL in Week 14. He missed all but three games in his sophomore campaign. That was the year the Eagles hired Jim Washburn, and Graham watched his new position coach implement the Wide-9 front, which had Jason Babin starting ahead of him.
Graham called that season and the first half of 2012 the low point of his NFL career.
“The low point was when Wash was here,” he said. “Because Wash would make you feel bad, boy. He would make you feel like you can’t play at all. Read more »
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We did the offense yesterday. Now it’s time for the defense.
This gets a little tricky since the Eagles’ base look is different than nickel and dime. I tried to clarify some of the differences in the position-by-position breakdown below. Read more »
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If you missed the first installment, click here.
Here’s the second part with Tim and Sheil going back-and-forth on the Eagles’ offseason moves so far.
1. The Nick Foles-Sam Bradford trade.
Kapadia: Thumbs down.
I think some are missing the point when it comes to this deal. It’s not as simple as: Whom would you rather have at quarterback? Read more »
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Given the flurry of activity the past three days, in many ways it feels like we’re already in the middle of the free agency period.
But as the Eagles were reminded when Frank Gore changed course, the start of the new league year doesn’t officially start until today at 4 p.m. That’s when the LeSean McCoy trade and the Byron Maxwell signing can be finalized.
The Eagles have already filled some holes. Brandon Graham is coming back to start at LOLB. And the Mark Sanchez signing makes it unnecessary for them to add another QB.
Barring something totally unforeseen, Maxwell gives them a starting cornerback. And Kiko Alonso fills a need at inside linebacker.
But there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. Read more »
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The Eagles re-signed Brandon Graham to a four-year deal that will pay him $6.5 million annually and includes $14 million in guarantees, according to two league sources.
There were several teams interested in the 26-year-old’s services. It came down to the Eagles and Giants. Graham ultimately chose the Eagles after Howie Roseman and company sweetened the deal at the last minute.
“I’m just happy to be back with the Eagles,” he said in a phone conversation with Birds 24/7.
Earlier in the day, there was a level of pessimism emanating from the Graham camp about his chances of returning to Philadelphia. But with Graham ready to split for New York, talks heated up. Read more »
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The Eagles were showing interest in Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds this time last year, but Pittsburgh kept him off the market by applying the transition tag.
This time around, Worilds is almost certainly going to make it to free agency, and the Eagles reportedly remain interested. According to NBC’s Dianna Marie Russini, they are expected to go after Worilds as soon as free agency opens. The “legal tampering” period begins on March 7, and deals can become official at 4 p.m. on March 10. Read more »
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According to a report, the Eagles will not be restructuring Trent Cole’s contract. They will be releasing him.
Two league sources tell Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly that Cole will not be back with the Birds. Adam Caplan notes that the team tried to redo his contract, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement. Read more »
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Here’s the weekly roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles. Read more »
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The franchise tag deadline came and went today at 4 p.m. Below is a look at what the various moves (and non-moves) might mean for the Eagles. Read more »