Wake-Up Call: Why Eagles Passed On Manziel, Lee

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The Eagles had six players they hoped would be there at the No. 22 pick. But when they finally were put on the clock, none of the six was available.

Two guys who could have been had at that spot were Johnny Manziel and USC WR Marqise Lee.

Chip Kelly has had nothing but good things to say about Manziel publicly, but it seems clear that the Eagles never really thought about taking him with the 22nd pick. Read more »

Kelly On Manziel: ‘I Love the Kid’

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Johnny Manziel
originally committed to play for Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks coming out of high school.

He attended an Oregon football camp with Marcus Mariota back in 2010 and both were planning on heading to Eugene. But Manziel had a change of heart and decided to stick closer to home by attending Texas A&M.

“When I coached at Oregon he was tailor-made for that [offense],” said Kelly. “Broke my heart. I love the kid. I think he’s a hell of a football player.”

Peter King brought up the possibility of a Kelly-Manziel union in his column Monday. Read more »

Kelly To Check Out Manziel, Evans

NCAA Football: Chick-fil-A Bowl-Duke vs Texas A&M

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski were on the same flight out of Orlando yesterday, both headed back home to Philadelphia.

Chip Kelly, however, said he was going on the road. And it looks like he’ll be attending yet another Pro Day: Read more »

The Thinking Behind the Manziel Visit

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Peter King mentioned in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that the Eagles were one of the teams that met with quarterback Johnny Manziel at the combine. Howie Roseman was asked to explain that decision on Thursday.

“We do interviews for a wide variety of reasons at a wide variety of positions,” said Roseman, who did not confirm that a meeting with Manziel took place. “We get 60 formal interviews at the combine, we get 30 players we’re allowed to bring in here.

“We’re trying to get as much background as possible on as many guys as possible. You never know when opportunity is going to come to get a player. It may be now in the draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kiper Talks Quarterbacks

USATSI_7542610_168380503_lowresMel Kiper, Jr. held his first conference call to discuss the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday. He touched on several topics that may be of interest to Eagles fans.

Let’s start with the quarterbacks:

Kiper thinks that there could be as many as six QBs taken in the first round (assuming the listed underclassmen come out). And they are: Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota  (Oregon), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Brett Hundley (UCLA), Derek Carr (Fresno State) and Zach Mettenberger (LSU). Read more »