Wake-Up Call: Making Sense Of the Mariota Noise

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Robert Hanashiro / USA Today

Robert Hanashiro / USA Today

Today’s question is from reader Ed, but his email was rather lengthy, so I’m going to simply include his hypothetical trade proposal and paraphrase a bit:

Per NFL.com, the Titans’ top three needs are QB, pass-rusher and CB. Chip Kelly can satisfy all three. The trade… 

Tennessee gets:
QB Sam Bradford
DE Vinny Curry (pass rusher)
CB Brandon Boykin
Eagles 2015 first-round pick (No. 20)
Eagles 2015 second-round pick (No. 52)
(If necessary to change to, or add: ILB Mychal Kendricks – or – Eagles 2016 first-round pick)

Eagles get:
2015 first-round pick (No. 2) and draft Marcus Mariota.

There have been quite a few Mariota-related reports in recent days, so let’s sort through them and then address the hypothetical trade proposal. Read more »

Draft Daily: Is UCF WR Breshad Perriman a Fit?

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Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

Breshad Perriman. David Manning/USA Today

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.

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The Eagles have ramped up their pre-draft visits this week, and one intriguing prospect who reportedly stopped in to the NovaCare Complex is Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman.

Chip Kelly has said multiple times that he believes this is a loaded class of pass catchers. And Perriman is one of the more intriguing receivers out there.

In 2014, Perriman caught 50 balls for 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns, deciding afterwards to forego his senior season. He was one of the best big-play threats in the country, averaging 20.88 YPR. And Perriman was the only player on college football who caught 50+ balls and averaged more than 20 yards per catch.

The son of former NFL wide receiver Brett Perriman, Breshad offers a unique blend of size and speed. It’s nearly impossible to discuss his game without mentioning upside, and that high ceiling could very well result in a team taking Perriman in the first round. 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

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.

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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 »

Report: Eagles Check Out RB Peerman

Cedric Peerman. Aaron Doster / USA Today

Cedric Peerman. Aaron Doster / USA Today

On Tuesday, the Eagles signed DB E.J. Biggers and WR Seyi Ajirotutu.

They also got a visit from RB Cedric Peerman, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Peerman (5-10, 214) has spent the last five seasons with the Bengals, serving primarily a backup/special-teams role. Originally a sixth-round pick by the Ravens in 2009, he spent his rookie season with the Detroit Lions. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Alonso Or Kendricks At OLB?

Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Today’s question comes from reader Justin, via e-mail:

There’s been a lot of chatter about Mychal Kendricks being the most likely of the three current “starting-caliber” ILBs to depart in the near future. Is that a foregone conclusion? I hope not! I don’t see DeMeco Ryans playing anywhere except inside – but what about Kiko Alonso or Kendricks getting a look outside? Kendricks is faster, though everyone talks about Kiko having exceptional range (pre-injury at least).

Is there any chance one of them gets significant burn at OLB this year? Having no faith in Marcus Smith II and being skeptical of Brandon Graham’s ability to drop in coverage, I’d like to find a way to get the most talent on the field. Also, there are too many other huge roster holes at WR, S and OL to justify taking an LB in the first few rounds! Thoughts?

I’ve said it before, Justin, and I’ll say it again: The inside linebacker situation is one of the more confusing aspects of the current roster.

I really thought when the Eagles acquired Alonso that it meant the end for Ryans, but I was obviously mistaken. So let’s assume for a moment that all three are on the roster. Read more »

Eagles Sign DB Biggers, WR Ajirotutu

Seyi Ajirotutu. Chris Humphreys / USA Today

Seyi Ajirotutu. Chris Humphreys / USA Today

The Eagles announced a couple moves Tuesday afternoon as the team has signed defensive back E.J. Biggers and wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu.

Both are one-year deals.

We covered Biggers (6-0, 185) earlier. He started seven games for Washington the past two seasons, playing safety in 2013 and mostly slot corner last year. Biggers was not particularly effective in either role. The Western Michigan product was originally a seventh-round pick in 2009. He started 24 games for the Bucs from 2010 to 2012.

The guess is that Biggers will get the bulk of his reps at safety where the Eagles have a huge hole. Malcolm Jenkins mans one spot, while Earl WolffEd ReynoldsJerome Couplin and presumably Biggers will compete at the other spot.

Ajirotutu, meanwhile, joined the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He’s played in 55 games (two starts) in five seasons – four with San Diego and one with Carolina. Read more »

Draft Daily: Why Jake Fisher Makes Sense

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Scott Olmos / USA Today

Scott Olmos / USA Today

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.

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Going into last year’s draft, the Eagles felt like they had a good opportunity to address the offensive line.

But in the third round, names started flying off the board. The Birds selected Josh Huff with the 86th overall pick, knowing they’d be on the clock again at pick No. 101. But in between the two spots, five offensive linemen were taken, and the Eagles ended up selecting DB Jaylen Watkins.

The Eagles ended up with seven players overall, but zero offensive linemen.

Fast-forward to this year, and it’s highly unlikely that the same thing happens again. They’re going to address the offensive line. It’s just a matter of when.

And one name to keep an eye on in the first round is Oregon’s Jake Fisher. Fisher obviously played for Chip Kelly in 2011 and 2012. Overall, he started 35 games and appeared in 50. Last year, Fisher was a third-team All-American at left tackle. He played right tackle the previous two seasons and was a guard as a freshman. Read more »

Report: Eagles Check Out DB Biggers

E.J. Biggers. Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

E.J. Biggers. Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

The draft is a little more than three weeks away, but the Eagles are still doing their homework on free agents who remain unsigned.

The latest is defensive back E.J. Biggers, who is visiting the NovaCare Complex today, according to Pro Football Talk.

Biggers (6-0, 185) spent the last two seasons in Washington, playing cornerback and free safety. He began his career with the Tampa Bay Bucs, starting 24 games there from 2010 to 2012. Biggers played his college ball at Western Michigan and was a seventh-round pick in 2009. Read more »

Draft Daily: Byron Jones On Short List At No. 20

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Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Brian Spurlock / USA Today

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.

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Last Tuesday, much of the football world was focused on Tallahassee, Fla. where Jameis Winston was working out in front of scouts, coaches and GMs at his Pro Day.

But Chip Kelly was not in attendance, and neither was his hand-picked personnel man Ed Marynowitz. They were both up north at UConn’s Pro Day, checking out cornerback Byron Jones. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Second-Year Leap

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes from reader Steve, via e-mail.

I remember hearing that Chip Kelly doesn’t like to play rookies, and aside from Jordan Matthews, Beau Allen and Cody Parkey, this seemed to be the case for the most part last year. It seems as though the media and the fans pretty much dismiss these second-year players as busts and give them little or no chance of developing. I think Josh Huff, Trey Burton, Ed Reynolds, Taylor Hart, Travis Long and Jaylen Watkins have the chance to develop into good players. Am I being overly optimistic about these players having a chance to develop into starter-types?

Let’s tackle the first part of the question, Steve.

I wouldn’t say that Kelly doesn’t like to play rookies. He’s been pretty consistent with his belief in running a meritocracy. The players who give the Eagles the best chance to win will get on the field. It doesn’t matter if they’re rookies, veterans or whatever. I believe Kelly 100 percent when he says he believes this is the only way to govern a team and manage playing time. Read more »

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