Eagles Check Out USC Guard/Center

NCAA Football: Southern California at Notre Dame

Offensive line depth is an area the Eagles need to address in May.

The starters seem set, although it’s possible the team takes a chance on a starting-caliber guard. There’s no question Lane Johnson, Jason Peters and Jason Kelce will be starters in 2014 (barring injury).

One prospect who appears to be on the Eagles’ radar is USC guard/center Marcus Martin. Martin has taken an official visit to Philadelphia, per Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Read more »

McCoy Voices Support For DeSean

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Until Saturday morning, no Eagles player had spoken out publicly in defense of their former teammate DeSean Jackson.

But that changed when LeSean McCoy addressed reporters while taking a break from his football camp at Camden Catholic High School.

“It’s a surprise for sure,” McCoy said when asked for his reaction. “I think anybody that tells you that they’re happy about it, I don’t know how honest that would be. It was a surprise. You heard so much, you didn’t really know. Not playing with him this year is gonna definitely be different. And playing against him is really gonna be different. I just imagine all the times we used to… knowing defensive teams are gonna try to defend us and different things like that, and now we’ve gotta defend against him, so it’s gonna be a little different. Read more »

Eagles Check Out Two Small-School Prospects

NFL: Combine

In this space, we’ve written plenty about some of the better-known names that could be on the Eagles’ radar come draft time.

But in a league where teams go to extraordinary lengths to find talent, it’s worth noting that the Birds are doing their due diligence on some small school prospects as well. Read more »

Would Eagles Trade Up For Evans?

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

There’s one Chip Kelly quote about wide receivers that we’re probably going to keep coming back to in the next month or so.

“There’s certain guys in our league that have both and that’s why they’re elite,” Kelly said at the owners meetings. “They have the size element of it, they also have the speed element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to do it.”

Kelly was talking about wide receivers’ ability to beat man coverage. His point was there are different ways to accomplish that task – size and speed. Possessing both traits makes for an ideal prospect.

Which brings us to some interesting buzz courtesy of Tony Pauline of Draft Insider. Pauline writes that Texas A&M’s Mike Evans is considered a consensus top-10 pick. That means the Eagles have no chance of landing him, right?

Well, not exactly. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly Honors Fallen Navy Player

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Chip Kelly has had a busy offseason.

From the Senior Bowl in January to the combine in February to the owners meetings in March, the Eagles’ head coach is racking up the frequent flyer miles. And we haven’t even mentioned all of the Pro Days:

On Saturday, though, Kelly took a break from draft prep and came through with a nice gesture to the members of Navy’s football squad. Read more »

Draft Daily: Indiana WR Latimer a Fit?

NCAA Football: Indiana at Illinois

Chip Kelly has made it clear that when the Eagles are scouting wide receivers in this year’s draft class, they’ll be looking at one factor above all else: Can they get open against man coverage?

Kelly explained that there are different ways to accomplish that.

“It can come in a lot of different ways,” he said last month. “It can be the speed element of it. It can be the power and size element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to cut it. There’s certain guys in our league that have both and that’s why they’re elite. They have the size element of it, they also have the speed element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to do it.”

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer has the size element. At 6-2, 215, he possesses the physicality to out-muscle defensive backs and make plays on the football. And while Latimer didn’t run at the combine because he was recovering from foot surgery, he reportedly posted a 4.44 at his Pro Day. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Spelling DeMeco

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

The number for DeMeco Ryans last year was 1,156.

That’s how many snaps he played, the most of any linebacker in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders.

“I think if you ask DeMeco, he felt as fresh as he’s ever felt in his career,” said Chip Kelly last month. “But I think it’s a byproduct of how we practiced and prepared for him to be that way.”

Ryans is a Kelly favorite – a true professional who practices, trains and studies hard. But the truth is he did play too many snaps last year. And there were a few reasons for that. Number one, Billy Davis was installing a brand new defense and needed someone to direct a young group up front. That was Ryans’ job. Read more »

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