In the past week or so, there’s been a lot of talk about DeSean Jackson’s future with the Eagles and the possibility of the organization moving on without him.
Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com offered his take over the weekend on why trading Jackson could make sense. Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com and Jeff McLane of The Inquirer weighed in yesterday.
The way I see it the only thing that really matters in this scenario is Chip Kelly’s opinion. Forget Jackson’s salary, the team’s decision to re-sign Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper and everything else. The bottom line is simply if the head coach – for one reason or another – thinks trading Jackson is the right move to get the organization closer to a Super Bowl, then that’s what the Eagles will do.
But barring a slam dunk deal, I think such a move would be an enormous mistake for the following reasons: Read more »
Update: The Eagles announced Friday afternoon that Jeremy Maclin is in the fold on a one-year deal.
The Eagles’ wide receiver situation got a little bit clearer Thursday morning when the team announced it had signed Riley Cooper to a new deal.
But there are still a couple chips left to fall. The Eagles are looking to get something done with Jeremy Maclin, and at this point it would be an upset if Jason Avant were to return.
As we wait to see what’s next, it’s worth exploring how the pieces might fit. Read more »
Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin (22) celebrates with his teammates on the field after making an interception in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
You know the drill. Here are three Eagles numbers that matter.
48 - That’s the Eagles’ big-play differential in 2013. STATS, Inc. describes big plays as rushes that go for more than 10 yards and passes that go for more than 25 yards. The Eagles finished with a +48 differential, tops in the league. On offense, they had 122 big plays, first in the NFL. Perhaps most impressive was the Eagles’ balance. Their 74 big run plays were first; and so were there 48 big pass plays.
Defensively, the Eagles allowed 74 big plays, which ranked 14th. Read more »
With the game tied at 14 in the fourth quarter, Deion Sanders thought about pulling Nick Foles from the Pro Bowl.
“Offensively, I know drafting young quarterbacks it was gonna be a dilemma,” Sanders said during a TV interview on NBC. “But I know I have [Andrew] Luck. And he’s with his scheme. So if we have to go back to Luck, we gotta go back to Luck.”
Ultimately, Sanders decided to stick with Foles, and the Eagles’ signal-caller rewarded him by engineering a five-play, 57-yard drive to give his team the lead. Foles delivered a beautiful ball to Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown down the right sideline for 39 yards. He then found Browns tight end Jordan Cameron for a 12-yard TD. Read more »
Stop the presses! Just hours before being arrested for DUI and drag racing, Justin Bieber was with DeSean Jackson’s ex-girlfriend, Chantel Jeffries.
The Daily Mail explains, obviously:
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The Eagles have a decision to make when it comes to Jason Avant, and will need to make it fairly soon.
Avant has become a fixture in Philadelphia. Selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, he has spent the last eight seasons with the Eagles, surviving some lean years and a coaching transition. Only Todd Herremans and Trent Cole have been with the team longer.
Avant proved valuable to Chip Kelly in his first year. He deserves part of the credit for guiding the Eagles past the Riley Cooper situation, and helped set the right tone in the locker room with his work ethic and approach to the game. On the field, his stats dipped. While several of his teammates enjoyed career years, the 30-year-old had 38 receptions (he was targeted 76 times) for 447 yards. Those are his lowest numbers since 2008. He made strong contributions to the running game with his blocking, but his involvement in the passing game left something to be desired.
The Eagles will have to weigh all of that as they decide how to proceed. Complicating matters is that the veteran wideout is scheduled to receive a $1 million roster bonus, which kicks in the fifth day of the league year (March 15). Read more »
In his first season playing for Chip Kelly, DeSean Jackson shattered his previous career highs in a number of categories.
His 82 catches were 20 more than he’d ever had before. His 1,332 yards were 176 more than he had in his breakout year in 2009. Jackson also matched a career high with nine receiving touchdowns.
To put his numbers into perspective, consider that in the last five years only five receivers have put together seasons of 80+ catches, 16.0 yards per catch and nine touchdowns: Calvin Johnson (twice), Josh Gordon (2013), Jackson (2013), Victor Cruz (2011) and Miles Austin (2009).
Yet there’s a feeling from Jackson that he can do a lot more.
“Being the type of receiver I am, I honestly feel like I’m always open. I can always get open. There’s not nobody that can stop me. That’s just the confidence I have in myself,” Jackson said at his locker last week. Read more »
Former WWE Champion “Stone Cold” Steve Austin has kept a relatively high profile since retiring from professional wrestling action in 2003. He has a podcast, a stronger-than-you’d-expect film career and a boatload of endorsements and products.
He also manages to stay in the news in other ways, like by offering Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson a free safe:
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From Cedric Thornton’s progress to DeSean Jackson’s optimism to Alex Henery’s confidence, here are three Eagles leftovers. Read more »
Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29
Fox 29 reports that Eagles’ star DeSean Jackson’s house was burglarized over the weekend:
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