On Saturday, Howie Roseman made his first public comments since being promoted/demoted to Eagles executive vice president of football operations. Read more »
The Eagles will release veteran guard Todd Herremans today, a source confirmed to Tim McManus.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan was first with the report.
Herremans started 124 games since the team drafted him in the fourth round of the 2005 draft out of Saginaw Valley State. He lined up all across the offensive line, played through pain and was by all accounts well-liked by teammates. Read more »
Following the Eagles’ 24-14 loss to the Seahawks in December, Chip Kelly was asked about why his offense converted just two of 11 third-down opportunities on the day.
He pointed to a few different factors, one of which was the inability of the Eagles’ wide receivers to separate from Seattle’s defensive backs.
“Some were runaways where you’re hoping they beat the man‑to‑man coverage and [uncover] a little bit quicker and separated the way we need to separate and run away from them a little bit,” he said.
On four occasions, it came down to a one-on-one matchup against a specific cornerback: Byron Maxwell. Time and again, Eagles receivers ended up on the losing end of that battle.
With free agency rapidly approaching, Maxwell’s name has been discussed quite a bit around these parts, and for good reason. Read more »
Today’s question comes from Patrick, who e-mails from Canada:
The evidence seems to show that Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme can seemingly make good players better (Mark Sanchez). Would it not be beneficial to spend the resources and money towards creating an elite defensive unit somewhat similar to what the Seahawks do? They can win with a strong running game and [timely plays/decisions] from the quarterback.
Basically, Chip’s scheme is so good that scoring hasn’t really been a problem, but with a stronger defense, we probably could have had a 12-win season. Anyway, I think it’s an interesting topic, although it is coming from a hockey player. Read more »
With the 2015 combine in the books, here are five Eagles-related takeaways. Read more »
Today’s question comes via Twitter:
@SheilKapadia how much stock do think Chip places on “culture” in this draft? Do you think enough guys “buy in” to the extent that the (1/2)
— Jonny (@jonny_b87) February 19, 2015
@SheilKapadia team could spend a pick or two on more talented players but have “questionable character”? (2/2)
— Jonny (@jonny_b87) February 19, 2015
This is an excellent question, Jonny.
The Eagles have selected 15 players in two drafts under Chip Kelly. And there really hasn’t been a single player who came to Philadelphia with true character questions. Josh Huff was once arrested for a DUI, but later acquitted. And Jordan Poyer had to answer a few questions about a bar fight. Read more »
Entering the combine, there was no consensus among analysts on the top names of this year’s cornerback class.
While things can still change between now and the actual draft, today’s workouts had clear winners. Read more »
The combine wraps up in Indianapolis today with the cornerbacks and safeties going through on-field testing.
That group is obviously of interest to this audience. We’ll have plenty on the safeties in the days to come, but here are three cornerbacks to keep an eye on. Read more »
We’ve got to knock out the final two offseason outlook pieces, so instead of taking a question today, we’ll take a look at the Eagles’ cornerback situation.
State of the roster
The only cornerback from last year who is a free agent is Bradley Fletcher.
Cary Williams enters the final year of his deal, but carries with him an $8.17M cap hit. That’s 13th among all NFL cornerbacks.
Brandon Boykin enters the final year of his rookie contract. And Nolan Carroll is on the last year of his deal as well.
The only cornerback who was on the roster last year and is signed past 2015 is Jaylen Watkins. Read more »
Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. We have covered the quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs, tight ends, offensive line, defensive line and outside linebackers so far. Now it’s on to the inside linebackers.
STATE OF THE ROSTER
The Eagles have quite a few decisions to make at this spot. The starters at the beginning of last year were DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks.
Despite missing four games, Kendricks finished second on the team with 108 tackles, according to stats kept by the coaches. He had four sacks, three hurries, two passes batted down and three forced fumbles in what was an extremely productive year.
Ryans was playing well also before suffering an Achilles’ injury during the Texans game on Nov. 2. It’s the second time he’s suffered the injury, and at the age of 30, he’s looking at another offseason of rehab. Read more »