For the first time this spring, Eagles practice was open to the media. Here’s a running diary of what we saw: Read more »
Earlier this week, a reporter asked Chip Kelly if he thought anyone could be plugged into his system and catch 50 balls.
“No,” Kelly joked. “You couldn’t.”
It was a light moment during an otherwise tension-filled session about DeSean Jackson’s release. But it also leads to another discussion about the way the Eagles plan on allocating their resources under Kelly.
Howie Roseman has said the organization projects specific amounts of money it would like to spend at each position. These are guidelines only, as there are always exceptions. But the guidelines are different under Kelly than they were under the previous regime. Read more »
When asked about Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, draft analyst and former scout Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com referenced a current member of the Eagles’ defense.
“I think he’s very good in coverage. I think he’s an excellent blitzer. But the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts,” Jeremiah said. “I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that’s what set him apart was his instincts. I personally think he’s a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. I think he’s one of those guys that could play in either defense; ideally for me I’d like to see him as a Mike in a 4-3.”
Mosley (6-2, 234) is considered by many to be the top inside linebacker prospect in this year’s class. In 2013, he won the Butkus Award (given to the nation’s top linebacker) and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Read more »
One topic of conversation was Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, who some see as a fit for the Birds at 22. Interestingly enough, Jeremiah compared Mosley to a current Eagles ‘backer.
“I think he’s very good in coverage. I think he’s an excellent blitzer. But the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts. I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that’s what set him apart was his instincts. I personally think he’s a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. Read more »
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@Tim_McManus Is it likely any current Eagles will be traded on or before draft day for additional picks? If so, who is most likely to go?
— Jason DeLisi (@WallacesOwner) April 10, 2014
I believe Brandon Graham is the most likely candidate to get dealt. The Eagles recognize that he is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end and are open to moving him if the right offer comes along.
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 »
ORLANDO, Fla. – AFC coaches met with the media at breakfast Tuesday morning. We caught up with Andy Reid and others during the hour-long session. Below are some highlights. Read more »
From DeSean Jackson to the lack of additions on defense, here are five thoughts on the current state of the Eagles. Read more »
When it comes to adding new pieces, NFL personnel people often fear the unknown.
The condition usually stems from past mistakes: wasting money on a player who didn’t fit, reaching on a draft pick who failed to pan out, etc.
The draft requires the most challenging projections. But free agency, in theory, should be easier. Coaches and GMs can watch as much tape as they want of the players going up against pro-level competition; they can talk to guys who have coached or played alongside the free agent; and they should be able to get a decent idea of how they’re spending their money.
But, as Howie Roseman often points out, it’s still an arranged marriage. Until the player and team are living under the same roof and get to know each other up close and personal, there is a degree of uncertainty.
That’s one of the reasons the organization has been sending out signals for weeks indicating it’s not going to make a big splash in free agency. In some ways, Roseman sounds a bit gun-shy after what happened in the summer of 2011. Read more »