The Eagles’ Depth Chart At Wide Receiver

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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 »

Kelly: Beating Man Coverage Is Huge For Us

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Chip Kelly got a taste last year of how NFL defenses would attempt to slow down the Eagles’ prolific offensive attack.

What he learned was that scheming ways to beat man coverage had to be a major point of emphasis before Year 2.

“People want to play you in man-to-man coverage,” Kelly said last week. “We saw a lot more of that than other people. Getting guys that can get open versus man coverage is a key deal. Whether it’s Coop [Riley Cooper] or Mac [Jeremy Maclin] or DeSean [Jackson] or whatever. That’s the one thing we know as a group going in, is one-on-one coverage is a big deal for us. It is a big deal in this league. People probably  – I think, and I don’t know the statistics if you break it down – may have played us in more man than most teams in the league. Read more »

Making Sense Of the DeSean Jackson Move

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) returns a punt return against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter of the Snow Bowl

The release sent out by the Eagles landed in reporters’ inboxes at 12:40 p.m. Friday and contained 25 words:

“After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.”

So far, that is the only on-the-record explanation the team has provided for letting go of a 27-year-old wide receiver who caught 82 balls for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.

The decision to part ways with Jackson came 35 minutes after NJ.com published a report about the wide receiver’s connection to Los Angeles-area gang members. The timing on the Eagles’ part was calculated. They became aware of the report two days earlier. They also knew that announcing Jackson’s release shortly after the report was published would soften the public backlash of getting rid of one of the team’s most productive offensive players. Read more »

Jeremy Maclin: ‘My Value Is My Value’

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When Jeremy Maclin signed a one-year deal with the Eagles last month, the consensus was that he’d be joining a a wide receiver group that included DeSean Jackson.

Given the numbers on Jackson’s contract and the fact that he had a career year in 2013, it seemed fair to label him the No. 1 guy. But with Jackson’s status still up in the air, the possibility exists that Maclin will be called on to carry the load in 2014. Read more »

Kelly To Check Out Manziel, Evans

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Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski were on the same flight out of Orlando yesterday, both headed back home to Philadelphia.

Chip Kelly, however, said he was going on the road. And it looks like he’ll be attending yet another Pro Day: Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What We Learned In Orlando

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We spent the first part of this week at the owners’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. discussing various football-related topics with Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie, among others.

Now that we’re back in Philadelphia and have had some time to reflect on what went down, here are some takeaways. Read more »

Kelly Leaves Door Open For DeSean Trade

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Chip Kelly started and ended with a joke.

Upon seeing the enormous crowd at his table in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom Wednesday morning, Kelly pointed out that the table for the Super Bowl-winning coach, Pete Carroll, was down the way.

Then after about an hour of answering questions, Kelly threw one back at the reporters.

“Does this mean you guys don’t have to hang out in front of the bathrooms anymore?” he asked.

But everyone’s been waiting to get Kelly’s take all week on the DeSean Jackson situation. Both on a local level and a league-wide level, observers want to know what the future holds for the 27-year-old wide receiver. Kelly answered question after question, sometimes complimenting Jackson and other times leaving the door wide open for a potential trade. Read more »

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