Eagles Wake-Up Call: Cornerbacks To Keep

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

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

Today’s question comes from reader Trey:

With all the different bodies at CB, who among the CBs do you think make the 53?

Good one, Trey. The cornerback competition promises to be packed with plenty of intrigue this summer. Leodis McKelvin separated himself from the pack and was a constant with the first team for Jim Schwartz during the spring, but did not have a steady partner at the other outside corner spot. (Ron Brooks got the most reps there, it appeared.) A starting job is still up for grabs.

There’s the matter of figuring out who will man the slot, and to your question, which young talent to hold onto.  Plenty to sort through. To get a better feel for what management and the coaching staff is up against, let’s look at the corners on roster currently: Read more »

Pederson: McKelvin Has ‘Really Stood Out’

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

As minicamp comes to a close and training camp sits six weeks away, one of the most intriguing position battles on the Eagles’ roster is cornerback. While Ron Brooks, Nolan Carroll, Leodis McKelvin, Jalen Mills and Eric Rowe all seem to have a legitimate chance to earn playing time, one player in particular has separated himself from the pack.

“Leodis has probably been the guy that’s really stood out the most to me,” Doug Pederson said. “He’s a guy that it seems like he’s making plays quite a bit, knocking PBUs and getting his hands on balls and doing the things that you expect from a veteran corner. He’s a smart guy, very athletic and [we’re] excited for the upcoming season with him.”

McKelvin’s teammates praise him for his intelligence and film study, with Rowe saying the presence of McKelvin and Brooks — both of whom played for Jim Schwartz in Buffalo in 2014 — have “dramatically” cut down his learning curve. McKelvin noted that he’s been able to work on his technique more during OTAs and minicamp because of his familiarity with the defense, especially when it comes to his footwork.  Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Corner Question

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

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 »

Pederson: Sproles Has Missed Every Workout

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

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: There’s ‘No Other Place’ Like Philly

Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (USA Today Sports)

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 »

Source: Nolan Carroll Agrees To Terms With Eagles

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

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 »

Eagles Free Agency: The Second Wave

USA TODAY Sports

USA TODAY Sports

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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Wish List Extends Beyond Bradford, Cox

Nolan Carroll and Malcolm Jenkins. (USA Today Sports)

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 »

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