Eagles Wake-Up Call: Trade Talk, Division Outlook

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

To submit your mailbag question, fill out the form at the bottom of this post. Today, we’re answering a few quick-hitters from Dylan Csakany.

What would it take for you to trade Fletcher Cox?

For me to trade Cox, presumably in the context of moving up in the draft, I would have to be convinced of one of two things: I’m getting a franchise quarterback in return, or there’s no shot at retaining Cox long term. I’m not confident enough that Carson Wentz or Jared Goff will turn into a franchise quarterback, and I think the Eagles will sign Cox to an extension at some point this year. Read more »

Jordan Matthews: Eagles Have A ‘Family Feeling’

Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)

As Jordan Matthews walked around Sam Bradford’s house in Oklahoma last month, he noticed a few things: it was clean, it was huge, and the Heisman Trophy was just sitting out and about without a case.

“His house was crazy,” Matthews said. “I didn’t want to go home because I’m like, ‘This room that you put me in is bigger than my place in Nashville.’”

Matthews visited Bradford with Zach Ertz to work out together, but it wasn’t quite a business trip. The third-year receiver wanted to spend time off the field with his quarterback to strengthen their bond that he says is so important to winning. Read more »

Pederson: ‘I Don’t Know About’ Drafting A QB At No. 8

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

BOCA RATON, FL — After Jeffrey Lurie suggested yesterday that the Eagles will draft a quarterback next month, Doug Pederson confirmed this morning that he expects the team to do so as well.

However, the head coach was unsure about drafting a quarterback with the No. 8 overall pick.

“Oh, I don’t know about that,” Pederson said. “But I know that if you’re looking for that third quarterback, then there’s some good ones in this draft. Taking out, say, the top three, there’s still some guys in there you can develop and would be good fits at a No. 3.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Wide Receiver Outlook

Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)

Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first two installments, we covered the quarterbacks and running backs. Now, it’s on to the wide receivers.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

Pick a statistic, and it probably reflects how uninspiring this unit was last season. Only one receiver finished in the top-140 in the NFL in yards (Jordan Matthews), and only one receiver finished in the top-150 in catches (Matthews again). Read more »

Notes: DeMarco Gets the Look He Likes

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The first thing that jumps out at you about DeMarco Murray‘s 54-yard touchdown Sunday was that it came with Sam Bradford under center.

That’s Murray’s preferred look — and one that he rarely got when Chip Kelly was in charge.

Per Zach Berman, Murray entered the game with just 25 carries from under center versus 156 from the shotgun. That means he got his desired formation just 14 percent of the time. When he did, the results weren’t very good, as he averaged just 2.2 yards per carry with the QB under center compared to 3.7 from shotgun. But the big difference this time around, Murray said, was the emphasis that was put on those running plays in practice leading into the Giants game. Read more »

Eagles Roster Analysis: Offense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray. (Jeff Fusco)

With Sunday’s game against the Giants meaningless in terms of the 2015 NFL season, we figured it was time to turn our attention to the Eagles’ roster heading into the new year and the offseason, as the team begins looking for its next head coach.

A team’s stable of talent plays quite the role when people like Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman are trying to sell their franchise to prospective head coaches. Let’s talk about how the roster looks on the offensive side of the ball.

(All contract information is via Spotrac, including the 2016 dead cap numbers.) Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Blame Game

Malcolm Jenkins and Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Malcolm Jenkins and Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Matthews talked extensively after the Eagles’ loss Saturday night about his team’s deficiencies. Drops. Bad blocking. Blown touchdown opportunities.

But, he insisted, Chip Kelly should not be blamed.

“Players play, and we didn’t play well. Coach Kelly can’t go out there and catch passes. He can’t go out there and tuck the ball. He just has to put guys in position to make plays,” Matthews said. “That’s all a coach is supposed to do: put you in positions to be one-on-one or put you in positions to make plays. And when you don’t do that, it’s not coach Kelly’s fault. That’s ours. We’re out there on the field so we got to go make that happen.” Read more »

Sam Bradford: ‘This Is Where I Want To Be’

Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles season hasn’t gone how Sam Bradford envisioned when he joined the team in the offseason, but the quarterback said he still wants to re-sign and be back next year.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve enjoyed being in Philadelphia,” Bradford said after the Eagles’ 38-24 loss against Washington. “I think throughout my career, I’ve learned that learning new offenses every year, it’s just hard to continue to improve. You are always learning. You are learning new verbiage, learning new plays, learning new systems. And I would really like to stay in the same one and have the opportunity to play a second year.”

Bradford has completed 63.7 percent of his passes this season for 3,025 yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’s averaging 6.9 yards per throw and has a passer rating of 83.8.

Against Washington, Bradford set a career high with 380 passing yards and 37 completions. His completion total also tied an Eagles record, set by Mark Sanchez last season at Washington. Read more »

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