Russell Wilson Texted the Eagles During the Draft

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When Russell Wilson finished his interview with then-Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah at the Senior Bowl in 2012, he asked for Jeremiah’s phone number.

“At the end of the interview, you always ask for the player’s number so you can get in touch with them,” Jeremiah recounted during his Move the Sticks podcast on NFL.com. “He asked for my number, and then I would get text messages from him periodically saying, ‘If the Eagles draft me, I will lead the Eagles to championships.’ He would send me these text messages.” Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Jags Predictions

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Player I’ll be watching:

Kapadia: Jeremy Maclin

The biggest question facing the Eagles’ offense this season is: Can they hit on big plays downfield?

The running game’s going to be good, and the offensive line should be able to hold up. Like everyone else, I’m expecting Zach Ertz to have a breakout season. But the wide receiver position is where there are question marks.

And that brings us to Maclin. Read more »

Eagles-Jaguars Injury Report

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles appear to be a healthy group going into Sunday’s Week 1 matchup against the Jaguars.

The only players who did not participate in today’s practice were wide receiver Josh Huff (shoulder), offensive lineman Matt Tobin and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (hamstring). Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: McCoy Realizes Peak Is Now

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy is well aware of what’s at stake for him personally in 2014.

Starring at a position where players peak early and careers can often be cut short, McCoy he is by all accounts focused on making the most of his sixth NFL season.

“I’m 26, I’m young. There’s gonna be times where players [say], ‘I wish I could have did this better. I wish I could have done this, done that.’ And I don’t want to be one of them guys,” McCoy said Wednesday after practice. “That’s why I’m busting my butt to do all the right things, stay in shape, mentally stay on top of the game and being the best. I think if I do that, I’ll take care of the small things and go out there and just play the game the way it’s supposed to be played and the way I play, I should be fine.” Read more »

Season Predictions: Is the Secondary Good Enough?

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As we count down to the start of the regular season, Tim and Sheil try to answer some of the big questions facing the Eagles. On Sunday, they discussed life without DeSean Jackson. On Monday, they predicted what’s next for Nick Foles. Yesterday was a look at the offensive line, which faces an early challenge as Lane Johnson serves his four-game suspension. And today, they check in on the secondary. Read more »

Davis: Smith Will Have ‘Limited Role’ Sunday

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The progress of rookie Marcus Smith II has turned into a daily storyline at the NovaCare Complex.

T-Mac wrote about the Eagles’ first-round pick this morning, and in the afternoon, defensive coordinator Billy Davis was asked what kind of role Smith would have Sunday against the Jaguars.

“He’ll have a limited role,” Davis said. “We’re still not at that place where we’re positive with everything. We’re game-planning for certain situations. What they come at us with will dictate what we can come back at them with, what personnel groupings we’re in, how we use our players, what the matchups are. So all those things will fall into that decision.

“Marcus is like a lot of rookies. You have the preseason where you continually saw him get better and he got more comfortable in the scheme. I think he stopped trying to make plays and let the plays come to him a little bit more. I think when you turn on the bright lights of the real season and it’s all ones against all ones, I think things change a little bit. As we move forward, we’ll grow all our rookies in the same light. We’ll see what they can handle, what they can’t, drop ‘em in their limited roles and grow it as they show us that they’re capable of handling it.” Read more »

Eagles Add Pistol To Toolbox For 2014

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Chip Kelly believes his job is to provide players with answers.

If he hasn’t armed them with solutions to their on-field problems, he has come up short as a coach.

Last year, there were many answers as the Eagles had one of the top offenses in the league, setting franchise records in points, yards and a number of other categories. There were occasions, though, where opposing defensive coordinators stymied the Birds’ attack.

So the offseason has been about adding layers to the offense. The foundation remains the same: spread ‘em out and run the ball until the opponent forces you to do something else. But there will be new wrinkles added in 2014. Some might be obvious in four days when the Eagles host the Jaguars. We might not see others until November or later, depending on the rhythm of the season.

Either way, it seems likely that one of the wrinkles revealed itself in the preseason: the pistol. Read more »

McNabb Not Yet Sold On Foles

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Donovan McNabb has seen Nick Foles start 16 games, but he’s not ready to say the Eagles have found themselves a franchise quarterback.

“That’s the big question. I really can’t answer that at this particular point. But if I had to, give or take, I would say no,” McNabb said during an interview with Harry Mayes and Brian Baldinger on 97.5 The Fanatic. Read more »

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