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 »

Reconditioning: The Eagles’ Latest Sports Science Focus

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Back in March, Chip Kelly was asked about the wisdom in trading for Sam Bradford, a quarterback who had played just seven games in the previous two seasons because of injuries.

Kelly’s response, coupled with the other moves he’s made this offseason, seem to indicate that he believes the Eagles may have a competitive edge when it comes to gambling on players coming off of injury.

“The history right now in terms of sports science and what doctors are doing now has moved forward,” Kelly said. “It’s unbelievable. Look at the year Jeremy Maclin had coming off of two ACLs. Look at our center. Jason Kelce came off an ACL when I first got there, had a sports hernia surgery in the middle of the season and still made the Pro Bowl. Our left tackle [Jason Peters] who’s arguably a Hall of Famer is coming off of two Achilles’ and has played at an outstanding level.”

The Eagles have not been scared off from targeting injured players this offseason. Ryan Mathews played just six games last year. Walter Thurmond has appeared in six games or fewer in three of his five NFL seasons. Miles Austin has missed 15 games the past four seasons. And there’s Bradford, as well.

The team guards its sports science methods like they’re matters of national security. But earlier this offseason, the Eagles quietly changed Shaun Huls’ title from sports science coordinator to director of sports science and reconditioning. The team declined to make Huls available for this story, and he has not spoken with the media since being hired, but Kelly has talked about reconditioning. Read more »

Goode To IR; Mathis To Short-Term IR

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles announced a series of moves Tuesday.

They placed  Allen Barbre (ankle) and Najee Goode (torn pectoral muscle) on Injured Reserve and placed Evan Mathis (medial collateral ligament) on Injured Reserve Designated For Return. Mathis is eligible to practice with the team in six weeks and to return to play in eight weeks.The team also signed Emmanuel Acho and Kevin Graf from the practice squad and made the signing of guard/tackle Wade Smith official.

Originally claimed off waivers in 2013, Goode was the primary backup at inside linebacker behind Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans. Acho and Casey Matthews are the backups at the moment, though there was a report that the team was taking a look at some linebackers this week.

Acho (6-2, 240) appeared in six games for Philadelphia in 2013 after being selected from the New York Giants practice squad prior to Week 8. The 23-year-old was re-signed to the practice squad in August. Graf (6-6, 309) was signed to the Eagles practice squad after spending training with the team. He started 39 games at right tackle at USC and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior in 2013.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Leftovers From Davis

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis met with reporters Sunday. Below are three things that stood out.

1. We’ve written plenty in this space about the high number of snaps guys like DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin played last year. Part of that had to do with the defense’s inability to get off the field. Part of it had to do with the team’s lack of depth at certain spots. Part of it had to do with pace and style of the offense.

But going forward, Davis wants to get those guys off the field a little bit more.

“It’s something we are very concerned about,” he said. “We don’t want any of them to play all the snaps. It’s too many snaps for any one defensive player. We know we had way too many. It benefits both us and the player and DeMeco or Mychal [Kendricks] that we get a rotation in there, too. We’ll get that rotation all the time through different packages and with the addition like you touched on of some new players. It will give us a little bit more flexibility. Read more »

All-22: How the Eagles Lean On Cover 3


Your 2014 Eagles Almanac is now available for pre-order.

If you’ve missed this publication the past two years, it’s a comprehensive look at the season ahead with contributions from a variety of talented writers.

There are also some untalented writers who are allowed to pen chapters. That’s where Tim and I come in.

My piece this year focused on the defense as a whole. What did Billy Davis run in his first year as the Eagles’ coordinator? What were the strengths and weaknesses? What changes are in store going forward?

Below is part of what I wrote, focusing on one of the Eagles’ primary schemes on the back end: the Cover 3.

And remember, order your Eagles Almanac today! Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Goode Eyes Bigger Role

Eagles LB Najee Goode puts on helmet

Two snaps into the Eagles’ Week 9 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, Najee Goode got the call.

Mychal Kendricks went down with a knee injury at Lambeau Field, and Goode was chosen to replace him alongside DeMeco Ryans at inside linebacker. He played the rest of that game and then started the following week against the Redskins.

“There was a lot of positive feedback, stuff I gotta work on, but a lot of positive feedback,” Goode said. “Getting in there, not necessarily messing up, doing some good things, showing a lot of good signs and flashes of being a good, consistent player. Making some pass break-ups. Green Bay, was able to disrupt the run a lot different than what they thought they were gonna get. It was a confidence booster for me and to also see what I’ve gotta work on.” Read more »

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