Eagles Wake-Up Call: Birds Adding Another QB?

The Eagles could be close to adding a fifth quarterback to their roster.

Tulsa product G.J. Kinne Tweeted the following Thursday evening:

According to the team, the signing is not official yet, but the Eagles did work Kinne out.

After playing his college ball at Tulsa, Kinne spent part of last offseason with the New York Jets before moving on to the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. He then joined the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League.

Kinne (6-2, 234) started his college career at the University of Texas before transferring to Tulsa, where he started for three seasons. As a senior, Kinne completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 3,073 yards, 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran for 405 yards. Kinne was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year in 2010, throwing for 3,650 yards and 31 touchdowns, while also rushing for 561 yards and seven scores.

Eagles offensive quality control coach Press Taylor coached Kinne at Tulsa.

Kinne’s Dad was his high school coach in Texas. ESPN’s E:60 profiled him a couple years ago, telling the insane story of how Kinne’s Dad was shot and nearly killed by the father of another player while in the school’s fieldhouse. Click here for the full video (hat tip to Adam Caplan for the link).

As for the Eagles, this is just another body to add to the mix for offseason workouts, as teams are allowed a 90-man roster. The team re-structured Michael Vick’s deal, and with Alex Smith headed to Kansas City, it appears that Nick Foles is staying put. The team also added Dennis Dixon earlier this offseason and has Trent Edwards.


In his weekly mailbag, T-Mac talks Darrelle Revis, Brandon Boykin, Foles and the No. 4 pick.

If I had to right now name five potential Eagles targets with the No. 4 pick, here’s who they would be.

Tim looks at some post-Combine mock drafts.


Good work by Jimmy Kempski of The Allentown Morning Call using his stop watch to analyze how long Vick and Foles held on to the ball:

The Eagles have a very dynamic set of skill position players. When your QBs are holding the football for 2.87 seconds on average, you’re essentially asking the QB to do a large portion of the work in your offense. That is not ideal when you have one aging QB that is in steep decline and another that was a rookie 3rd round pick. The quicker you can get the ball out of your QB’s hands and into the hands of the guys who should be making plays, the better the offense will be.

Ray Didinger of CSNPhilly.com tries to identify where things went bad for Nnamdi Asomugha:

Last season, it appeared at 31 Asomugha had lost his speed. He never was blazing fast but last season he actually looked slow. Receivers were able to run by him. With more teams throwing at him, it exposed weaknesses we had not seen before. For example, his ball skills were shockingly poor. He couldn’t adjust to a ball in the air. In the final game of the season, Giants rookie Rueben Randle made him look silly with a pair of touchdown catches.


Lots to get to, including a look at some free-agent cornerback options.

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