Eagles Sign Seven Players To Futures Contracts

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles announced Monday afternoon they signed seven players to reserve/futures contracts:

T Brett Boyko
G Malcolm Bunche
LB Brandon Hepburn
WR Freddie Martino
RB Kevin Monangai
DT Travis Raciti
LB Deontae Skinner

Futures contracts are available to players who didn’t finish the season on the active roster. The concept behind the contracts is that teams believe the players could warrant placement on the active roster the following season.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reynolds Rewarded

Ed Reynolds. (Jeff Fusco)

Ed Reynolds. (Jeff Fusco)

Ed Reynolds knew what he was supposed to do. He’d practiced it all week long.

It’s called a “Bingo” situation, something that comes up when a team can get the ball back, with so many timeouts and so much time left, that the game will be over.

When he caught an errant Tyrod Taylor pass deep near the Eagles’ sideline in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Bills, it was a “Bingo” situation.

One minute, 16 seconds to play. No timeouts left in Rex Ryan’s pocket. With a turnover, the Eagles would win the game.

Bingo.

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Byron Maxwell: ‘I Could Barely Walk Yesterday’

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Byron Maxwell. (Jeff Fusco)

Byron Maxwell missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday, but said he isn’t concerned about his right ankle sprain keeping him off the field on Sunday.

“No, I don’t think it will,” Maxwell said, when asked if it would bother him this weekend against the Cardinals.

The cornerback said he suffered the injury early in the Eagles’ win over the Bills this past weekend, when Ed Reynolds bumped into him in the end zone.

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Eagles-Bills, The Day After

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Rex Ryan evoked the name of an Eagles legend when speaking about Fletcher Cox following the Eagles’ 23-20 win over his Bills Sunday.

“That 91 is a good player. I was laughing when I saw him being compared to Jerome Brown,” said Ryan, “but I’m not laughing now. The kid is a pretty good player.”

The kid is becoming a game-wrecker.

Celebrating his 25th birthday Sunday, Cox put forward one of the finest performances of his young career, racking up eight tackles — two for a loss — and a sack while helping to limit LeSean McCoy to just 11 yards on eight attempts in the second half.

McCoy’s totals took a big hit with six and change left in the game, when Cox broke into the backfield and corralled him for a 10-yard loss. Read more »

Eagles Announce Final Cuts

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

The Eagles announced the following cuts on Saturday afternoon:

WR Rasheed Bailey
OL Brett Boyko
OL Malcolm Bunche
CB Randall Evans
TE Andrew Gleichert
LB Najee Goode
WR Jeff Maehl
WR Freddie Martino
DE Brian Mihalik
OL John Moffitt
RB Raheem Mostert
WR Quron Pratt
S Chris Prosinski
DT Travis Raciti
S Ed Reynolds
LB Deontae Skinner
P Kip Smith
QB Tim Tebow
TE Eric Tomlinson
OL Julian Vandervelde
LB Diaheem Watkins
DB Jaylen Watkins

The roster now sits at 52 players.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Remaining Roster Battles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Roster trimming is underway. The Eagles released 12 players — including G.J. Kinne and Kevin Graf — on Sunday, leaving the count at 78 (or 76 if you factor in pending injury designations for JaCorey Shepherd and Emmanuel Acho). That number needs to be at 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday and 53 by Saturday afternoon.

“I think we have more depth, so I believe we’ll cut some players that will make other rosters.  I’m hoping,” said Chip Kelly prior to Saturday’s game. “But it is going to be difficult and we’ll have to sit down long and hard after this Packer game and ‑‑ when it’s difficult to get to 75, I think from a coaching standpoint that’s a good thing, but there is still a human factor that gets involved with cutting somebody, and that part is not a lot of fun.”

There are some tough decisions ahead in the coming days. Let’s take a position-by-position look at potential roster battles heading into Thursday’s preseason finale against the Jets. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Here’s a roundup of what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles:

Peter King of MMQB.com paid Chip Kelly a visit and asked him about the negative perceptions he’s dealt with this offseason:

Then [Kelly] quoted two people. He said Phil Jackson once said that if you want to be liked, don’t get into coaching. “Then there’s the Mike Schmidt quote,” Kelly said.

Which one?

“He said, ‘Philadelphia is the only town where you can experience the thrill of victory, then the agony of reading about it the next day,’” Kelly said. “It’s part of the territory, and rightly so. These people [media people] are awesome. It’s an unbelievably competitive market. New York has two teams so they gotta go to the Giants and the Jets. Here, there’s one team.”

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Kelly: Not Concerned About Parkey

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Cody Parkey had a shaky outing Sunday against the Colts. The second-year kicker misfired wide-right on a 34-yard field goal, and also failed to convert on an extra point attempt. Chip Kelly did not sound concerned when addressing the media afterwards.

“No, we are not,” said Kelly, when asked if he was planning on bringing in competition at kicker. “I mean, he was an All‑Pro Bowl kicker last year. In his first exhibition game, he missed an extra point and a field goal. He’s hit three from 40, too. I wouldn’t push the panic button right now.

“I mean, let’s not go crazy now. He’s a pretty good kicker. Hey, he’s a Pro Bowler. I’ve seen Pro Bowlers miss kicks. I’ve seen Adam [Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri] ‑‑ Adam is a Hall of Fame kicker — I’ve seen him miss kicks before, too. Let’s not hit the panic button on Cody right now.  We are in the first preseason game.”

Added Parkey: “I think everybody is human, everyone misses a kick here or there. It’s obviously pretty embarrassing to go out there and miss two in the first game. It sucks for me to do it, and I’m just going to go out there next week and do better.”

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