Draft Daily: Indiana WR Latimer a Fit?

NCAA Football: Indiana at Illinois

Chip Kelly has made it clear that when the Eagles are scouting wide receivers in this year’s draft class, they’ll be looking at one factor above all else: Can they get open against man coverage?

Kelly explained that there are different ways to accomplish that.

“It can come in a lot of different ways,” he said last month. “It can be the speed element of it. It can be the power and size element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to cut it. There’s certain guys in our league that have both and that’s why they’re elite. They have the size element of it, they also have the speed element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to do it.”

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer has the size element. At 6-2, 215, he possesses the physicality to out-muscle defensive backs and make plays on the football. And while Latimer didn’t run at the combine because he was recovering from foot surgery, he reportedly posted a 4.44 at his Pro Day. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Spelling DeMeco

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

The number for DeMeco Ryans last year was 1,156.

That’s how many snaps he played, the most of any linebacker in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders.

“I think if you ask DeMeco, he felt as fresh as he’s ever felt in his career,” said Chip Kelly last month. “But I think it’s a byproduct of how we practiced and prepared for him to be that way.”

Ryans is a Kelly favorite – a true professional who practices, trains and studies hard. But the truth is he did play too many snaps last year. And there were a few reasons for that. Number one, Billy Davis was installing a brand new defense and needed someone to direct a young group up front. That was Ryans’ job. Read more »

Jackson: ‘I Was Sitting There Waiting For a Reason Why’

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

When DeSean Jackson picked up the phone last Friday, Chip Kelly was on the other line telling him he was being released.

But according to Jackson, the Eagles’ head coach didn’t offer up any specific explanation.

“The conversation I had with Chip Kelly was a deep, personal conversation,” Jackson said during an interview with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN. “But at the same time, when he called me, it was basically like, ‘We’re moving forward. I think it’s best for the team. I think it’s best for yourself.’ I was sitting there waiting for a reason why, but that’s really all I can say from the conversation was: ‘We’re moving forward and I think it’s best for us and I think it’s best for you so basically we’re going to let you go negotiate with 31 other teams.’

“The first time, once he told me, I sat there and was like… I want to hear what he’s gonna say, so waiting and waiting and waiting. And he came back with the same reason. It was more going in a new direction. And he felt it was best for me, best for him, so that’s kind of where we left it. I got off the phone, I was like, ‘You sure? That’s it?’ And we hung up. And that was it.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sproles And the Age Factor

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

On the surface, the why associated with last month’s trade for Darren Sproles is easily answered.

Chip Kelly loves players who are capable of performing a variety of tasks. As we showed with the All-22, Sproles fits the bill. He can carry the ball, he can catch the ball, and he can serve as a return man. He can line up in the backfield, in the slot and even out wide.

While it’s clear he’s capable of doing different things, the question is: Can he still do those things at a high level? Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: Undue Pressure On Chip?

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Possible if there is a player they feel they just gotta  have. (Adam Caplan says that wide receiver Mike Evans is on the team’s radar.)But given that they only have six draft picks to begin with, I think there’s a greater chance we see the Eagles trade back in a round or two in the name of gathering more firepower. Read more »

Eagles To Check Out Safety Bucannon

NCAA Football: Gildan New Mexico Bowl-Washington State vs Colorado State

There is little doubt that the Eagles will continue to look for safety help in May’s draft.

One name to keep in mind is Washington State’s Deone Bucannon. The 6-1, 211-pounder will take an official visit to Philadelphia, according to a report: Read more »

Ten Points: Closing The Book On DeSean

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

DeSean Jackson took questions from the Washington-area media yesterday after signing a three-year deal with the Redskins.

And so begins a new chapter in the wide receiver’s life.

The Eagles, meanwhile, remain silent. I know that doesn’t bother some of you, while others would like to hear from Chip Kelly about why the made the decision to release Jackson.

We’ve covered the whole saga extensively for the last month or so, and I understand there is some DeSean fatigue around these parts. But it’s become the story of the offseason for the Eagles. So before we start getting into full draft mode and moving on to other issues, here are 10 points I have to make to separate some myths from reality. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sanchez’s Limitations

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Mark Sanchez started 62 games for the Jets before his 27th birthday. He played in six playoff games and twice was one win away from the Super Bowl.

But at this point in his career, if he wants a shot to be the No. 1 guy again, he’s first going to have to prove he’s worthy as a backup. With a one-year deal from the Eagles, Sanchez will compete with Matt Barkley (and maybe even a rookie) to provide insurance for Nick Foles. Read more »

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