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It’s not exactly LeSean McCoy vs. Osi Umenyiora.
But it’s June 28, so it’s something.
Giants punter Steve Weatherford appeared on WFAN recently and took a jab at the Eagles quarterbacks, according to NJ.com. Weatherford said he wouldn’t want Tim Tebow taking any snaps for his team and then weighed in on Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford. Read more »
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Here is what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Cornerback Byron Maxwell, a Charleston native, discussed last week’s shootings in Robert Klemko’s Monday Morning Quarterback:
“When it happens in your hometown, you have a different perspective,” Maxwell told me by phone Thursday night. “When it’s about race, it affects everybody. Honestly, that could’ve been my family. He could’ve walked in anybody’s church and did that. It’s hard to accept that.”
“At first you feel shock. Anger. Disgust. Then the next question is, what do we do about it?” he said. “How do we stop things like this from happening?” Read more »
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Further evidence surfaced this week that the Eagles are trying to lock up Sam Bradford. NFL.com’s Albert Breer echoed earlier reports that the Eagles and Bradford have had preliminary contract talks, but that no real progress has been made to this point.
The issue, as we’ve laid out previously, is that Bradford doesn’t have a ton of incentive to sign a deal right now. He has already banked $65 million over his career and is scheduled to make an additional $13 million this season. The 27-year-old isn’t exactly hard up for cash. He can afford to bet on himself. Given that he is coming off a pair of ACL tears, his leverage isn’t at its max at the moment. Any offer would probably reflect that. That leverage shoots north for the free-agent-to-be, however, if he thrives this season under Chip Kelly.
So it won’t be easy, but they’re trying to find some common ground. And who knows? Maybe they will.
Kelly was asked: If something were to get done before camp, wouldn’t that essentially eliminate a true quarterback competition? Read more »
JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)
Here’s what we saw during today’s session.
12:23 – We’ve mentioned on multiple occasions how Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz quarterbacks certain drills during practice. Chip Kelly was asked about that today.
“Every person in this building that can contribute is out there contributing,” Kelly said. “You’ll see guys that are in the video room catching passes. You’ve got guys out there with referee shirts spotting the ball for us. So anybody that can help us and make us better in practice can do it, and I’ve seen Ed throw. Ed can throw. He actually throws a couple times when we’ve been out on Pro Days or college visits, and it helps Cory [Undlin] coach. Instead of Cory being the guy that throws the ball in those drills, he’s got someone like Ed that can throw it.”
12:39 – I was asked recently to compare Sam Bradford’s arm strength to a number of different quarterbacks. Based on what I saw of him on film in St. Louis and what I’ve seen in practice, here’s how I would rank it (assuming full health): Read more »
Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.
Here’s what we saw during Eagles OTAs on Monday.
12:25 – A shoutout to Andy Reid off the top today. We’ll start with injuries. DeMeco Ryans, Marcus Smith II, Earl Wolff and Julian Vandervelde are working off to the side. Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles are not here. The Eagles did not provide any reasons why. The OTAs are voluntary.
12:30 – I hate to keep providing video of the defensive linemen, but they are the guys who have been practicing closest to us. Here, they’re working on their pass-rush and their hands with Jerry Azzinaro. Read more »
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The crowd around Tim Tebow last week was ran deep. His fame outweighs his production, but this was the first time reporters had a chance to talk to Tebow in an Eagles uniform.
The gathering around Sam Bradford was huge too. He barely participated in practice, but there’s a lot riding on his surgically repaired left knee.
And then there’s Mark Sanchez, the quarterback who started eight games last season and has been lining up with the first team this spring. The group of reporters was smaller, but Sanchez touched on a variety of topics, including what his expectations are and why he chose to come back to Philadelphia.
When Sanchez re-signed, he expected to be competing with Nick Foles. But a couple days after he made his decision, the Eagles swapped Foles for Bradford.
“Whether I was surprised or not, I knew there was gonna be competition either way,” Sanchez said. “I had a great relationship with Nick so I expected to compete with him, but when that didn’t happen, I knew Sam was gonna be another guy in the quarterback room. And all of us are competing to play. Read more »
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Here are some Eagles-related links worth checking out this weekend.
Jeff McLane of the Inquirer wonders if Chip Kelly can find a bigger role for Darren Sproles in his offense:
Sproles was second on the team in carries (57) to McCoy (312) during the season, but after [LeSean] McCoy was traded to the Bills and [DeMarco] Murray and [Ryan] Mathews were brought in, Kelly spoke of more evenly distributing the workload.
Performance would seem to be the ultimate decider in how Kelly doles out playing time. But Sproles averaged 2.1 yards per snap to McCoy’s 1.9, 5.8 yards per rush to McCoy’s 4.2, and 9.7 yards per catch to McCoy’s 5.5 last season.
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The Eagles begin OTAs a week from today at the NovaCare Complex, so now seems like a good time to take a look at their depth chart.
We’ll do the offense today and the defense tomorrow. Before the big unveil, a few notes:
- This is a beginning depth chart, not necessarily what I expect it to look like in early September.
- Having said that, for the purpose of this exercise, we’ll assume that every player is healthy and in attendance.
- Below the actual depth chart are position-by-position breakdowns. More than anything, this is meant to provide an overall look at where the roster stands, but there’s no harm in guessing where things might be headed in the coming months.
Without further ado… Read more »
From what Chip Kelly wants at quarterback to the Eagles’ age to Billy Davis’ blitz, here are three numbers that matter. Read more »
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Today’s question comes from Doug, via email:
If the Eagles traded Sam Bradford for Cleveland’s No. 19 pick and drafted Byron Jones as well as Nelson Agholor, would they be a better team now (with Mark Sanchez as the starter)? How about long-term?
You could pretty easily kill a happy hour debating this scenario, Doug.
There are many layers to the question, and part of the argument has to do with roster building. So let’s say for a moment that the Eagles were able to flip Bradford to the Browns for the No. 19 pick and Jones. Where would that leave them?
With a pretty fascinating secondary of Byron Maxwell, Jones, Eric Rowe and Malcolm Jenkins. That’s a massive upgrade in talent from a year ago. Jones and Rowe will probably go through growing pains as rookies, but in 2016 and beyond, those four could comprise a really good defensive backfield. Read more »