Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)
With the Eagles’ 2016 season in the rearview mirror, the focus will quickly shift ahead to the their offseason and how they plan to address their holes. But before the Birds can spend their resources on a running back, wide receiver, defensive end or cornerback, the team will have to make some cuts to give Howie Roseman more money to play with.
Roseman is one of the most active general managers in the NFL, but the Eagles currently have one of their worst 2017 cap situations in the league. According to Over The Cap, Philadelphia has around $9.4 million in projected 2017 cap space, which is 29th in the NFL.
Here are five players who may be cap casualties, ranked in order of likelihood (all figures are via Over The Cap): Read more »
Isaac Seumalo. (Jeff Fusco)
Isaac Seumalo could not be convinced. Standing in front of his locker at M&T Bank Stadium after the Eagles’ 27-26 loss to the Ravens, the rookie third-round pick insisted his play was “pretty average.”
Technically, he was right. He didn’t allow any sacks or quarterback hits in 49 pass-blocking snaps, but he did concede four hurries. He also wasn’t particularly special in the ground game, although the offensive line as a whole paved the way for a rushing attack that totaled 169 yards and two touchdowns off of 38 carries.
But when you consider the context, Seumalo was dead wrong. The 23-year-old was playing for the first time in the NFL at right tackle, a position he hadn’t practiced in months. He also reportedly played through a high ankle sprain for almost the entire game on Sunday, knowing the Eagles had virtually no depth behind him because of a string of injuries. Read more »
Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)
After exiting the Eagles’ 24-15 win over the Falcons in the second quarter with a head injury, Nolan Carroll is now going through concussion protocol, Doug Pederson announced Monday afternoon. However, Pederson added that the Eagles aren’t planning on making any personnel changes despite Carroll possibly being out this week and Leodis McKelvin’s lingering hamstring injury.
With Ron Brooks out for the season with a quad injury, the Eagles’ only other cornerbacks are rookies. Jalen Mills has played significant snaps, but C.J. Smith and Aaron Grymes have combined for only one NFL snap. Read more »
Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)
As the Eagles get set to host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, let’s take a look at some of the best articles from around the web this week. Read more »
Jason Kelce. (USA Today Sports)
As Jason Kelce’s disappointing play permeated throughout the season last year, questions circulated about why the former Pro Bowl center was struggling. Was it the poor guard play next to him? Was it Chip Kelly’s increasingly inept offense?
Despite the upgrade next to Kelce in Brandon Brooks and Doug Pederson’s effective play-calling, Kelce has still struggled in the first two games this season. While everyone else on the Eagles’ offensive line has gotten off to a strong start, Kelce’s sub-par showing has prompted one simple question: Is he just not that good?
“You know when you play well and you know when you played bad,” Kelce, who declined some media requests yesterday, told the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane. “And I haven’t played up to the level that I’m capable of this year yet.” Read more »
Jason Kelce and Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)
The Eagles’ first-team offensive line has allowed just two sacks in the preseason, with the first coming on a naked bootleg in Pittsburgh they couldn’t have done anything about. The other was on their opening play in Indianapolis, when Nate Irving blitzed in between Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks to take Sam Bradford down for a 13-yard loss.
Irving timed his running start almost perfectly, shooting through the line of scrimmage nearly untouched while leaving Bradford nowhere to go.
“It’s a good thing Brandon actually touched him,” Kelce said, “otherwise (Irving) may have killed Sam right at the line.”
But it was also just one flaw in an otherwise impressive performance during the Eagles’ 33-23 win over the Colts. Read more »
Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
When Lane Johnson’s impending suspension was made public two weeks ago, many wondered who would replace him at right tackle. With Allen Barbre seemingly settled into the position, the focus has shifted to left guard and the battle between Isaac Seumalo and Stefen Wisniewski.
Seumalo has taken all of the first-team reps after Barbre moved over, and he’ll start once again on Saturday when the Eagles travel to play the Colts, in part because of the rookie’s play in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
“I thought I played better, for sure. Just thinking a lot less, playing faster,” Seumalo said. “When we met, [offensive line] coach [Jeff] Stoutland said I’m almost moving too much. A big thing — even Brandon Brooks told me, too — it’s all about efficiency. No wasted movement. I think I’m just doing too much. It was better than last week, but it still needs to get cleaned up.” Read more »
Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)
Before the Eagles begin training camp tomorrow with all of their players practicing, veterans reported to the NovaCare Complex today for meetings. On their way in, several guys stopped to address the media about their teammates’ off-the-field incidents this offseason, including the rape accusation against Nelson Agholor — although he wasn’t charged — and Nigel Bradham’s arrest this week for allegedly assaulting an employee in a Miami hotel.
Malcolm Jenkins noted that he doesn’t think the team needs to talk about off-the-field expectations, and that the coaches can handle it.
“I don’t think we need to talk. Guys get in trouble all around the league. Stuff happens,” Jenkins said. “I’m sure the coaches have a plan to deal with that. Hopefully, it doesn’t become a distraction.” Read more »
Brandon Brooks. (Jeff Fusco)
Jeff Stoutland gives each of his linemen areas to work on during the break between OTAs and training camp. By the sounds of it, when Brandon Brooks came looking for his assignment, the o-line coach didn’t have a whole lot to choose from.
“I told him, ‘Boy I’ll tell you what, after evaluating your film in free agency’…I said, ‘some of the things I thought maybe there was some issues with, that’s your strength.’ The use of his hands in protection are unbelievable; getting into the second level and blocking linebackers, he’s been extremely productive doing that,” said Stoutland for a podcast on the team’s website. Read more »
Jason Peters and Jeff Stoutland. (Jeff Fusco)
We kicked off this series by looking at the wide receivers, linebackers and defensive linemen. Now, let’s move on to the offensive line.
Projected starters (left to right): Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson.
Reserves: C Bruce Johnson, C/G Josh Andrews, C/G Barrett Jones, C/G Stefen Wisniewski, G Malcolm Bunche, G Dillion Gordon, G Darrell Greene, G Isaac Seumalo, G/T Andrew Gardner, G/T Dennis Kelly, G/T Matt Tobin, T Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
The Eagles weren’t shy about spending money this offseason on the offensive line in an attempt to counteract Chip Kelly’s years of neglect. Howie Roseman handed Lane Johnson a 5-year, $56.26 million extension, and he signed Brandon Brooks to a 5-year, $40 million deal in free agency. Meanwhile, Jason Peters is in the second season of his 4-year, $41.3 million extension, and Jason Kelce is in the second season of his 6-year, $37.5 million extension. Read more »