Eagles 53-Man Roster Projection

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Let’s get the usual disclaimers out of the way:

  • It’s only June, and the Eagles haven’t even practiced in pads yet.
  • There will be more roster moves made between now and September.
  • Players unfortunately will get injured.

Having said all that, providing an early 53-man roster projection allows us to at least get a handle on what camp battles should be taken seriously come August.

It’s also just a fun exercise for the sleepy days of late June. And we’re pro-fun here at Birds 24/7. So here you go: Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

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 »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.

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 RyansMarcus Smith IIEarl 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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On Matt Barkley’s Future

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Today’s question comes from Mike in the Northeast:

Sheil,

What have you heard about Matt Barkley?

What does he not do well that makes him a complete afterthought and constant cut rumor?

The only time Chip has said anything publicly, he gave him the highest praise after his rookie season, saying he did everything they asked him to do. Have you seen or heard anything concrete?

I would think with his pedigree and former top-10 pick status before his senior year injury that he would at the least be a viable candidate to compete vs. Sanchez for the #2 job.

Anything?

This is one of those “actions speak louder than words” situations, Mike. Read more »

Depth Chart Projection: Eagles Offense

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

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 »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here is what the national media have to say about the Eagles this week.

Dan Hanzus of NFL.com named Nelson Agholor as a prime candidate to be the top rookie receiver in 2015:

This is all about location, location, location. Guys like Amari Cooper and Kevin White might end up having better careers, but USC wideout Nelson Agholor has the best chance to make an immediate splash. A polished route-runner with serious YAC ability, Agholor is a perfect fit for a Chip Kelly offense that’s thin at wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin defected for Kansas City in free agency. Agholor’s pro-ready tools should allow him to see the field quickly, and Kelly’s high-volume approach will put Agholor in a great position to dwarf the production of some of his first-round contemporaries. Jordan Matthews dropped a 67/872/8 as a rookie in Philly’s scheme last year. Agholor can be even better.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reaction To Tebow

Tim Tebow. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY

Tim Tebow. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY

It was almost as if the Eagles had been quiet for a little bit too long.

Last night, Chip Kelly’s squad stole some more national headlines when news broke from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that the team is planning on signing Tim Tebow today.

I already offered some thoughts. Maybe he wins the No. 3 job from Matt Barkley. Maybe he’ll be used as a runner in specific packages. Maybe he’ll be off the team in September. Who knows? But the idea that he’s going to somehow resurrect his career here as a quarterback seems awfully far-fetched.

At any rate, here’s a sampling of Tebow reaction, with some notes mixed in. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Analyzing Chip

Troy Taormina / USA TODAY Sports

Troy Taormina / USA TODAY Sports

Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend.

Marcus Hayes of the Daily News caught up with Joe Banner:

That’s why he loves how Kelly is destroying what Banner built. To Banner, growth occurs best through constant, remorseless change.

“Chip has the confidence that he and his coaching staff can prepare the replacement player to play,” Banner said. “How many times have we seen a coach start Player X, when most people believe Player Y is better, but Player X has the experience; then, Player X gets hurt, and Player Y finally gets to play, and is clearly better? It happens all the time.

“I’ve been preaching this for years.”

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