Notes: Marcus Smith Nearing Return

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Marcus Smith has spent most of OTAs working off to the side with trainers.

He injured his right groin on the second day of spring practice, he said, and has been essentially a spectator since. After a rookie year full of frustrations, it wasn’t exactly the start to 2015 he was looking for.

“I was just like, ‘Something else. It’s gotta be something else,’ ” said Smith. “But I’m glad it happened now rather than later.”

The second-year outside linebacker did work in on some individual drills Monday and expects to participate in team drills come Wednesday. Read more »

Eagles Wake Up Call: Cap Considerations

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

We have been getting a lot of questions about the Eagles’ salary cap situation, so we called on cap expert and friend of the blog Joel Corry for insight.

There has been a noticeable shift in approach now that Chip Kelly is fully in charge of the offseason moves, and that applies to the money side of things as well, says Corry.

“When Joe Banner and Howie Roseman were running the cap, the Eagles were very disciplined financially and managed the cap better than practically anyone else in the league,” he said. “Now with Chip running the show, it seems like a different approach where there isn’t much regard to doing things in the most fiscally responsible manner.

“[Roseman and Jake Rosenburg] don’t have the latitude to do things like they did in the past. This kind of goes under the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ from the cap perspective. The cap approach wasn’t broken. What those guys were doing – starting with Joe and continuing to Howie and Jake – they were doing an excellent job of managing the cap. This approach is a little bit different.”
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Eagles Offseason Outlook: Defensive Line

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. We have covered the quarterbacks, wide receiversrunning backs, tight ends and offensive line so far. Now it’s on to the defensive line.


Five of the six players who were in the Eagles’ rotation last year – Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Brandon Bair, Beau Allen and Vinny Curry – are all under contract for 2015.

The name missing from that list is Cedric Thornton. The starting left defensive end is a restricted free agent, meaning the Eagles can match offers for him.

Another player who figures to be in the mix is Taylor Hart. The Eagles spent a fifth-round pick on Hart last spring, but he was inactive for all 16 games. The expectation for 2015 should be for Hart to earn a backup spot, presumably from Bair, who is 30 years old. Read more »

Eagles End Of the Year Awards

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It was an up-and-down year for the 2014 Eagles. From the shutout against the Giants to the Thanksgiving Day win in Dallas to the collapse down the stretch, the end result left players and fans with an empty feeling.

Having said that, now seems like a good time to wrap a bow around the year that was. Here are my 2014 end-of-year Eagles awards. Read more »

The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Giants

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina - USA Today

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina – USA Today

Instead of doing a true Eagles-Giants scouting report, we’ll take a look at the offseason/future with this week’s piece.


Turnovers have been the issue all season. The Eagles have given the ball away on 18.2 percent of their drives; that’s the worst mark in the NFL. Quarterback play has been a problem throughout.

Mark Sanchez is completing 64.1 percent of his passes (13th) and averaging 7.79 YPA (sixth). But his 3.7 percent interception rate is fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 200 passes. Only Kirk Cousins, Josh McCown, Blake Bortles and Geno Smith have been worse.

Asked how Nick Foles’ injury clouds the offseason outlook at quarterback, Chip Kelly said: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll sit down and thoroughly evaluate everything. But it’s no different than any other position when you look at it. You just tell us what we have available right now we’ll take a look at it, let’s detail it, let’s go through the film again, let’s put our heads together, let’s get everybody’s opinion on it and make valid decisions. I don’t think we can look back and say this clouds this, this doesn’t cloud this. It doesn’t matter how much it clouds or doesn’t cloud. That’s the reality of it. He got hurt, so we have to make decisions moving forward in terms of what we’re going to do.” Read more »

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