Injury Report: Boykin Questionable Vs. Rams

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Brandon Boykin is questionable with a hamstring injury for Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Boykin played through the injury last week and was a full practice participant Thursday and Friday. He sounded yesterday like he was expecting to play, barring a setback. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Why the Eagles Passed On Byrd

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that if Chip Kelly wanted him to write a large check to land Jairus Byrd, he would have obliged.

The head coach, though, said his sights were set elsewhere.

“We looked at everybody,” said Kelly. “We did an extensive study, our coaches and personnel department on everybody that’s available. We all felt when it came down to it that Malcolm [Jenkins] was the best fit for what we do defensively and we were excited to get him. He was the number one guy that we went after and we got the number one guy we wanted.”

That’s a head-scratcher, at least on the surface. Byrd is largely considered the better football player. He’s been the superior playmaker [Jenkins has six interceptions in five NFL seasons; Byrd has 22 over that same time]. So what went into their thinking? Read more »

Lurie: Kelly, Roseman Have a Plan

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

ORLANDO, Fla. – Like Howie Roseman, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie did not want to talk about DeSean Jackson during a brief session with reporters Tuesday afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton.

Asked about the status of the wide receiver, Lurie responded: “Nothing to say.”

And that was that.

But the Eagles’ owner did emphasize that he has faith in what Chip Kelly and Roseman are trying to accomplish this offseason. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Why Roseman Passed On Byrd

Jairus Byrd

ORLANDO, Fla. – The term scheme fit has been a popular one with Howie Roseman this offseason.

The Eagles’ general manager mentioned it several times Monday afternoon during a session with reporters at the Ritz-Carlton. While DeSean Jackson’s status was the primary topic of discussion, this was the first time Roseman spoke publicly since the start of free agency.

Many might have been expecting more of a splash from the Eagles on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. Instead, they added one starting-caliber player in Malcolm Jenkins and a couple special-teamers. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: On the Safety Front

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Some safety-related  free-agency activity to catch you up on:

TJ Ward is drawing interest from about 11 teams across the league, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Broncos, Jets and Lions have all been linked to the 27-year-old safety. Cabot mentions the Eagles as another team that might be on the list, citing the Oregon ties that Ward and Chip Kelly share.

They could very well be interested — but at what price point? Read more »

Six Safeties the Eagles Could Target

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

It’s time to ramp up the free agency coverage. In the coming days, we’ll take a look at some key positions of need, starting with (what else?) safety.

Below are six players who could be options, starting with the highest-profile and ending with the sleepers. Read more »

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