How Jaylen Watkins Has Made Schwartz ‘Very Proud’

Ed Reynolds, Jaylen Watkins, and Nolan Carroll. (Jeff Fusco)

Ed Reynolds, Jaylen Watkins, and Nolan Carroll. (Jeff Fusco)

Jaylen Watkins was spending the afternoon on his birthday last year with his girlfriend watching football. He was on the practice squad in Buffalo — where he played with his brother, Sammy — at the time, and he was getting ready to go to Sammy’s house for their Thanksgiving meal.

But before he left, he watched as the Lions dominated the Eagles, and he witnessed Nolan Carroll’s season-ending injury in the second quarter. When Carroll went down, Watkins and his girlfriend wondered aloud whether the Eagles would bring him back. Just a couple of months earlier, the Eagles cut Watkins, whom they drafted in the fourth round in the previous year, leaving the cornerback not wanting to talk to anyone nor wanting to return home.

But the Eagles did bring Watkins back that day, and almost a year later, he has switched to safety and he has a much better chance of making the 53-man roster in a couple of weeks. Read more »

Sorting Out the Secondary With Schwartz, Jenkins

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles’ 10-10-10 practice lasted just an hour and a half this morning, so instead of observations, here are four thoughts about the state of the secondary after talking to Malcolm Jenkins and Jim Schwartz in the past 24 hours. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Cornerbacks To Keep

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

Today’s question comes from reader Trey:

With all the different bodies at CB, who among the CBs do you think make the 53?

Good one, Trey. The cornerback competition promises to be packed with plenty of intrigue this summer. Leodis McKelvin separated himself from the pack and was a constant with the first team for Jim Schwartz during the spring, but did not have a steady partner at the other outside corner spot. (Ron Brooks got the most reps there, it appeared.) A starting job is still up for grabs.

There’s the matter of figuring out who will man the slot, and to your question, which young talent to hold onto.  Plenty to sort through. To get a better feel for what management and the coaching staff is up against, let’s look at the corners on roster currently: Read more »

Watkins Wary Of DeSean Jackson’s Dangers

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Jaylen Watkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Jaylen Watkins made his debut in Billy Davis’ defense in the Eagles’ Week 17 matchup with the Giants last season, when the team finished its campaign with the same one-two divisional punch it faces this year.

Watkins stepped in for benched cornerback Bradley Fletcher and performed adequately, if inefficiently. He recorded three tackles and a pass defensed, but Odell Beckham Jr. and Reuben Randle racked up a combined 18 catches and 243 yards, including Beckham’s 63-yard touchdown catch.

But Watkins, who spent the entirety of 2014 on the Eagles’ active roster, said Tuesday his time with the team last season, however limited and unproductive, played a big role in his ability to step into the lineup and contribute against the Cardinals.

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Eagles Announce Final Cuts

Photo by Jeff Fusco

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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Joint Practices Wrap-Up: Pointer Praises Bradford

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Quinton Pointer understood the hype. In one of his first practices after signing with the Rams as an undrafted free agent, Sam Bradford dislocated the defensive back’s finger.

“I went to break up a pass and he messed my finger up real good,” Pointer said of the 2012 incident. “He can throw it hard.”

Pointer played in St. Louis with Bradford in 2012 and 2013, but now he’s trying to make the Baltimore Ravens. Pointer lauded Bradford after the Eagles’ joint practice with the Ravens Friday. Read more »

Photos: Eagles Training Camp, 8/13 Part II



Photos: Eagles Training Camp, 8/13



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