Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)
As you look around the Eagles’ defense, there’s clarity at most positions. We know the two starting tackles and three rotating ends; we know the pair of starting safeties; and we have a pretty good idea of who the starting linebackers will be.
But what’s unknown, and likely won’t be settled any time soon, is who will have what roles at cornerback.
“It’s not clear at all, and I think a lot of guys are jockeying for position,” Malcolm Jenkins said. “There’s a lot of depth and a lot of competition, and we’re just waiting to see who emerges from the pack.” Read more »
Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)
Darren Sproles has missed all of the Eagles voluntary workouts, Doug Pederson said today.
As OTAs began this morning, Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Eagles received trade interest during the draft for Sproles, and that the running back is “staying away from OTAs until its [sic] sorted out.” Rapoport added that the situation isn’t “filled with frustration,” but Sproles is on the West Coast with his family.
Pederson, however, said the Eagles have no interest in trading Sproles, and the 32-year-old doesn’t want to leave Philadelphia. Read more »
Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (USA Today Sports)
Nolan Carroll has only spent two of his six NFL seasons as an Eagle, but his time in Philadelphia has had enough of an impact on him to where he just didn’t feel right leaving for Dallas.
Before re-signing with the Eagles on a one-year, $2.36 million deal, Carroll visited the Cowboys, but it wasn’t the most comfortable trip for the cornerback.
“It was just weird, man,” Carroll said. “Being here and playing here and knowing I played against those guys a few times, it just felt weird to be in that facility and see some of those players — guys that I’ve played against. I just felt like it wasn’t the fit right now. I felt like my fit was right here in Philadelphia.” Read more »
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UPDATE: The Eagles confirmed the signing, and the Inquirer’s Zach Berman tweeted the figures.
It’s not inked yet, but Nolan Carroll plans on returning to Philadelphia on a one-year deal, according to a league source.
Carroll visited with the Cowboys last week but left without a contract. Philly and Miami were in the mix late, and the 29-year ultimately chose to re-up with the Eagles.
Carroll is recovering from surgery on his fibula and expects to be ready for OTAs. Read more »
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The first wave of NFL free agency is over and things have slowed down both at One NovaCare Way and across the NFL. With the top of the priority list scratched off, the Eagles — like a lot of teams — are taking their time and looking for value within the remaining group of available players. But they’re not done. They still have some holes to plug and roster spots to fill before setting their sights fully on April’s draft.
Who might they be targeting? Some names to consider as we get ready for Round 2. Read more »
Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)
After a hectic first day of free agency, we’ll keep you updated as news trickles in today. Read more »
Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (USA Today Sports)
Even with the NFL’s salary cap rising some $12 million in 2016, a lengthy offseason to-do list could edge the Eagles closer to the ceiling than is typical under Howie Roseman (and Joe Banner before him).
“We had gotten accustomed to pushing over a lot of money (from the previous year); it’s going to be much more difficult to do that,” Roseman acknowledged recently. “We still have a couple things we’d like to do here in this offseason.”
Including signing Fletcher Cox to what promises to be a mega-deal, and locking Sam Bradford into a contract that could be worth around $15 million per season. That could take a pretty sizable chunk out of the estimated $30 million in available cap room that the Eagles currently enjoy.
And while those are the two top priorities at the moment, they are not the only ones. Read more »
Walter Thurmond and Nolan Carroll. (Jeff Fusco)
INDIANAPOLIS — From Howie Roseman’s comments on Sam Bradford and Fletcher Cox to Doug Pederson’s lessons learned, we had a lot to report on from the first day of media availability at the NFL Combine.
Here are some more highlights from Wednesday. Read more »
Eric Rowe. (Jeff Fusco)
We’ll wrap up our position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason this week. In the first eight installments, we covered the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers and safeties. Now, it’s on to the cornerbacks.
STATE OF THE ROSTER
The Eagles’ pass defense ranked in the middle of the league last season in several categories, including opponent passer rating (18th) and Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric (14th). However, the defense as a whole ranked 29th in Football Outsiders’ variance category, meaning they were one of the most inconsistent units in the NFL. The cornerbacks were a big reason why, especially Byron Maxwell. Read more »
Ed Reynolds. (Jeff Fusco)
Ed Reynolds knew what he was supposed to do. He’d practiced it all week long.
It’s called a “Bingo” situation, something that comes up when a team can get the ball back, with so many timeouts and so much time left, that the game will be over.
When he caught an errant Tyrod Taylor pass deep near the Eagles’ sideline in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Bills, it was a “Bingo” situation.
One minute, 16 seconds to play. No timeouts left in Rex Ryan’s pocket. With a turnover, the Eagles would win the game.
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