NFC East Roundup: Replacing Rolando McClain

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Here’s our weekly look at what’s going on around the rest of the division.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News looks at how the Cowboys will try to deal with the absence of Rolando McClain, who has been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Jasper Brinkley, a free agent acquisition who started 11 games for the Minnesota Vikings last season, worked at McClain’s middle linebacker spot with the starters in minicamp. McClain underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee sometime in April or May.

If not Brinkley, Sean Lee, the starting middle linebacker who missed the 2014 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was expected to play outside this season, could fill in. Read more »

Eye On the Enemy: NFC East Roundup

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The Cowboys lack an elite pass rusher, something they’ve had in their best years.

For the next several Sundays, we’ll take a spin around the NFC East to check in on what’s going on with some of the Eagles’ division rivals. Read more »

Draft Daily: Ranking the Eagles’ Top 10 WR Prospects

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona State

With the draft just 10 days away, Howie Roseman, Chip Kelly and the Eagles likely have their wide receiver wish list in order.

Personnel people and analysts have been saying for months now that this is potentially the deepest group of pass-catchers of all-time. With DeSean Jackson gone and Jeremy Maclin on a one-year deal, it seems likely that the Eagles will add a wide receiver or two come draft time.

Keeping that in mind, below is my guess at how the team has its top-10 receivers ranked. Most, if not all, of these players are expected to go in the first three rounds. I know many of you might be interested in some of the Day 3 prospects, and we’ll get to them in a later post.

But for now, here are the top-10, along with notes on each. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: On Draft Strategies

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For the purposes of this exercise, let’s assume the early portion of the draft goes exactly the way Don Banks of Sports Illustrated sees it.  Mike Evans, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Calvin Pryor, Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby, Anthony Barr and C.J. Mosley are all off the table. However, Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham, Jr., Marqise Lee, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier,Virginia Tech corner Kyle Fuller and Missouri pass rusher Kony Ealy are among the names still available.  What do you do? Read more »

Odell Beckham To Visit Eagles

Add Odell Beckham to the list of receivers coming to Philly for  a visit.

The LSU wideout told Sirius XM that he is meeting with the Eagles this upcoming week. The team has already reportedly entertained Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, Indiana’s Cody Latimer, Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State and Marqise Lee from USC. Latimer is projected as a Day 2 pick; the rest of the group have first-round grades. Read more »