A Different View From the Inside On Bradford

Jordan Matthews, Sam Bradford

Malcolm Jenkins and Jordan Matthews reminded those gathered around them Tuesday of a fundamental truth about the NFL: it’s a business.

“There’s 52 guys in here that feel like they’re overworked and underpaid. That’s just the reality of it,” said Matthews. “Everybody wants more money. Everybody wants this and that.”

For proof, reporters simply had to shift their eyes down the locker room some to the vacant stall typically occupied by Fletcher Cox. The standout defensive tackle has been missing all offseason as efforts to re-up his contract continue. Darren Sproles, too, has been a no-show, which reportedly has something to do with trade discussions that were held over draft weekend. Yet there has been very little external blowback, particularly compared to the storm that Sam Bradford‘s recent actions created. Read more »

Morning Notes: Matthews, Barwin Speak To Bradford

Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Sounds like Sam Bradford‘s silent treatment is reserved for coaches and management only.

Two Eagles players recently told independent media outlets that they have spoken with Bradford while he’s been away from the NovaCare.

“A couple of us have been able to [talk to him],” Jordan Matthews told CSN Philly, “but at the same time, we understand that Sam is Sam. The way everybody else deals with certain things may not be the way that he does. Sam is a very private person. He’s going to do things on his time, and certain people do certain things on other people’s time, it’s just the way it is. You’ve got to understand that he’s not you, and he’s going to figure out what he wants to do. None of us can pull his arm and make him do something…You’ve just got to respect that. At the end of the day, we know we want him here so we just continue to reach out and whenever that time comes we can get it rolling.” Read more »

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 »

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