Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘We’re All On the Same Side’

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Chip Kelly (right). Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

Chip Kelly (right). Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

As Chip Kelly finished up his final interview and headed out of the NovaCare Complex auditorium Saturday, a TV reporter half-jokingly asked him to offer up access to the Eagles’ draft room next year.

“I’m telling you, it’s boring up there,” Kelly replied, as he made his way towards the exit.

This was Kelly’s third time in the draft room, but his first as the singular voice in charge. Howie Roseman was in the room, but he’d been stripped of any kind of say on personnel matters. There’s no grey area anymore. Kelly has final say, and Ed Marynowitz is his right-hand man.

“It was very orderly,” Kelly said. “I think we spent a lot of time in the last whatever couple of months so that really we’re not making decisions when you get to the draft. The decisions have been made before. Read more »

Eagles Take DBs Shepherd, Evans In Sixth

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 John Rieger / USA TODAY Sports

John Rieger / USA TODAY Sports

Intended or not, as Chip Kelly explained the reasoning behind the Eagles’ sixth-round picks, he took a little jab at the previous regime’s decision-makers.

“If you look at the history, and I studied the history here, they haven’t drafted a lot of DBs in the last 10 years,” Kelly said. “We need to develop those guys and try not to rely on free agency to go out and get those guys. We had to because of the situation we were in. We hope to continue to get defensive backs through the draft and develop them.” Read more »

Kelly: Kendricks Not On the Trade Block

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

When the Eagles used their third-round pick on Texas inside linebacker Jordan Hicks, many observers immediately considered the impact the selection might have on Mychal Kendricks.

Kendricks has been mentioned in various trade rumors, and it’s easy to connect the dots. The Eagles added Kiko Alonso in the LeSean McCoy trade and also gave DeMeco Ryans an extension.

Asked if he’s received any calls from other teams about Kendricks, Kelly said, “No, not at all.”

Does he expect Kendricks to be a part of this team going forward?

“Yeah, I really do,” Kelly said. “We’re excited to get him back here. I know he spent the draft with his brother, which we understand. He said he should be back here next week, but I think you’re always gonna draft players, and when you bring ‘em in here, the one thing you want is you want competition at positions. We knew going in at the end of last year that with just Mychal and DeMeco that we really had to shore up the inside linebacker spot. ” Read more »

Draft Daily: Utah DB Rowe Will Intrigue Eagles

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Utah DB Eric Rowe. Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY

Utah DB Eric Rowe. Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON APRIL 8.

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

THE BACK STORY

When the Eagles finalize their draft board in the coming weeks, they will have certain players ranked higher than many other teams around the league.

And one of those guys very well could be Utah defensive back Eric Rowe.

Rowe was a four-year starter, appearing in 45 games for the Utes. He was a safety his first three years before transitioning to cornerback as a senior.

Rowe has very good size, athleticism and versatility. He was a Pac-12 All-Academic second-team selection last season and graduated with a degree in business.

In other words, he checks off a lot of the boxes that Chip Kelly seems to find valuable. Read more »

Agholor: Football Broke the Culture Barrier

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Jake Roth / USA TODAY Sports

Jake Roth / USA TODAY Sports

As Nelson Agholor fielded questions in the NovaCare Complex auditorium, Chip Kelly stood off to the side and observed his newest pupil.

Perhaps Kelly wanted to show support for the Eagles’ first-round pick, or maybe he was just killing time before the start of the second round. But with each response, it became clearer why Agholor was a player Kelly targeted.

The USC product moved with his family to America from Nigeria when he was 5. They started out in New York before moving down to Tampa. Read more »

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