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 »

On the Allen/Jenkins Dynamic

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly cracked wise as a reporter began asking whether Nate Allen and Malcolm Jenkins play a physical enough brand of ball to be an effective safety duo.

“They’ve been knocking the [stuffing] out of people in OTAs, so be ready for that,” Kelly quipped.

Joking aside, the two safeties currently atop the depth chart aren’t exactly known for laying the lumber. Philosophically, how important is it to have an enforcer in the back end in the head coach’s view? Read more »

Notes: Allen Over Wolff; Sanchez No. 2

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders
The camp battles might not have the same sex appeal of a Vick versus Foles, but there will be battles nonetheless this spring and summer. On Thursday, we got our first glimpse at how Chip Kelly is framing those competitions as the OTAs continued at the NovaCare Complex.

At safety, Nate Allen got the first team reps opposite Malcolm Jenkins while Earl Wolff ran with the second team.

“Me and Nate have a pretty good friendship and relationship. Basically we both know it’s probably going to come down to the preseason, but we’re both going to give it our all and may the best man win,” said Wolff. Read more »

Roseman On Safeties: ‘I Don’t Think It’s a Good Group’

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When it comes to safety, there’s a decent chance the players you see now on the Eagles’ roster are the same ones that are going to show up when the team opens its season in September against the Jaguars.

According to general manager Howie Roseman, the draft is unlikely to provide much of a boost.

“In terms of the safety class, I don’t think it’s a good group overall,” Roseman said Thursday afternoon. “I think you’re talking about a dropoff certainly when you get into Saturday.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: A Look At the Safety Position

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders
The safety picture may not be complete, but it is starting to come into focus.

The Eagles signed Nate Allen to a modest one-year deal Monday, bringing the number of safeties on the roster to five. Allen, who is entering his fifth NFL season (kind of hard to believe, isn’t it?), joins Malcolm Jenkins, Earl Wolff, Keelan Johnson and Chris Maragos.

That looks pretty different from the 2013 group, which included Allen, Wolff, Patrick Chung, Colt Anderson and Kurt Coleman.

It appears that the Eagles have upgraded the position, if only because Chung is out and Jenkins is in. Read more »

Eagles Bring Nate Allen Back

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Nate Allen surveyed the landscape, and after four years characterized by change, he decided he wouldn’t mind some familiarity in 2014.

“I was just playing the waiting game,” Allen said after signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Eagles. “I really wasn’t trying to get all worked up and stressed out about free agency. I knew the Lord had a plan for me and I just kind of sat back and let everything fall into place. There was a couple other teams I talked to. At the end of the day I knew my heart was here in Philly and this is where I wanted to be, especially with the one-year thing going on.” Read more »

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