Eagles Depth Chart: Offense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly likes to say that the Eagles only have a seating chart, not a depth chart, this time of year.

Luckily, here at Birds 24/7, we don’t have to abide by the same rules. So now that we’ve seen all of the spring practices and have our eyes on the start of training camp (July 25), here’s our stab at what the offensive depth chart looks like (we’ll do the defense tomorrow). I tried to make this as useful as possible, so there are explanations below. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What We’re Watching At Mini-Camp

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles open a three-day mini-camp today at the NovaCare Complex.

These will be the final practice sessions of the spring. The players will then get more than a month off before the start of training camp in late July. Keeping that in mind, here are three things we’ll be keeping an eye on. Read more »

Bicknell On DeSean, State Of Receivers

Jeremy Maclin

Many of the offseason questions for the Eagles surround the wide receiver position, so we spent a good portion of Monday’s session with the assistant coaches at Bob Bicknell‘s table for his read on the state of the receivers. Here’s what we came away with:

Bicknell might be best known in Philadelphia for his flap with DeSean Jackson on the sidelines in Minnesota back in December. This led to speculation that the coach and player had a strained relationship — a theory that gained steam when Jackson was shown the door back in March. Not so, according to the receivers coach. Read more »

Three Thoughts On the Eagles’ Offense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Below are three leftover thoughts on the Eagles’ offense.

1. The Jordan Matthews hype has reached epic levels recently. At this point, anything short of a 100/1,700/20 stat line may seem like a disappointment.

I hate being the cold water guy, but there are a few factors worth mentioning. Most relevant is the fact that rookie wide receivers historically have a tough time bursting onto the scene in their first year. In the past decade, four rookie wide receivers – Michael Clayton, A.J. Green, Keenan Allen and Marques Colston – have had 1,000-yard seasons. Five – Eddie Royal, Clayton, Allen, Dwayne Bowe and Colston – have had 70+ catches. Read more »

Photos From Eagles OTAs

Eagles Sign Jordan Matthews

Jordan Matthews
The Eagles signed second-round pick Jordan Matthews to a four-year contract Tuesday, the team announced. First-round pick Marcus Smith is the only player from the Eagles’ 2014 draft class that remains unsigned.

Matthews, the SEC’s all-time leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759) had  112 catches for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Vanderbilt. The 6-3, 212-pound wideout is the early favorite to be the team’s primary slot receiver. 

“The one thing we talk about is man coverage, and one thing that he does is he can catch the ball in traffic,” said Chip Kelly. “He made an unbelievable amount of contested catches. He’s got such a wingspan and can go up and get it, can play both inside and outside. We’re probably going to start him inside. If we’ve got Jeremy Maclin on one side and Coop [Riley Cooper]on the other side and you throw him inside, and he has experience…There were only a couple guys in the draft that we felt that you could see on film could play both inside and outside.” Read more »

Weekend Reading: Matthews, ’11′ Personnel And Graduating

Jordan Matthews

Some links to pass along this weekend…

After the Eagles drafted Jordan Matthews, Chip Kelly said immediately that the team planned on using him in the slot to replace Jason Avant. There’s been talk in recent weeks about the possibility of no Eagles rookies starting in 2014. But considering how much the Eagles use ’11′ personnel, whoever plays the slot should be considered a starter. From Football Outsiders: Read more »

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