The Eagles pursuit of a tight end upgrade just got a whole lot more interesting.
According to a league source, the Eagles are showing interest in former Giants and Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey. They are taking a look at Visanthe Shiancoe as well, and are scheduled to bring him in for a workout Tuesday.
The charges against Eagles running back Dion Lewis have been dropped by the prosecution, according to his agent.
The Eagles will host tight end Visanthe Shiancoe Tuesday, according to a report. Does that spell bad news for third-year player Clay Harbor?
Running backs coach Ted Williams had a connection to Bryce Brown — someone with an eye, apparently, for exceptional talent.
“I have a friend who lives in the town where he grew up and knew him as a child. I have a lot of faith in this person,” said Williams, his smile growing, “because he also lived in the same town where Albert Pujols grew up. He knew Pujols when he was a high school junior. When he said Bryce Brown can play and he’s the real deal, take that to the bank.”
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What a great season to jump into this venture. The Eagles are coming off a devastatingly disappointing season and the head coach, ring-less for 13 years and counting, is in full fight-out-of-the-corner mode. Joe Banner has been exiled, the organization is potentially on the verge of a significant restructuring but no worries, says the quarterback, the Eagles have what it takes to create a dynasty. You get the feeling, one way or another, something big is about to go down.
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A couple things to clear up surrounding the Mike Patterson situation.
I have heard the latest news referred to as a “setback,” but that’s not entirely accurate. The healing in the brain is not the issue. Instead, it’s the bone graft on his cranium that still needs some time to heal. The estimated time for recovery is six months, but it can obviously take longer. According to his agent, J.R. Rickert, Patterson will still participate in conditioning exercises but won’t take part in any contact drills during training camp.
The news came down on Friday, as Dr. Robert Spetzler made it known that he wasn’t comfortable clearing Patterson. By the sounds of it, they are being very cautious. Rickert, who has been in communication with the doctors, said that the only risk of Patterson returning to action is if he lost his helmet on the playing field and sustained a direct hit on the area of the head where the bone graft took place.
The Eagles selected nine players in April’s draft. With training camp under way, here’s a look at where each stands.
Fletcher Cox (1st round, 12th overall): From the moment the Eagles traded up to take Cox, the expectation was that he would contribute right away as a rookie. And with the news that veteran Mike Patterson won’t participate in training camp, the Eagles will lean on their first-round selection even more.
Jim Washburn will rotate four defensive tackles throughout the course of a game, but keep in mind that Patterson played more snaps (66.3 percent) than any other Eagles interior lineman last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Look for Cox and veteran Antonio Dixon to line up alongside Cullen Jenkins with the first-team defense. Washburn needs Cox to provide pressure up the middle and make plays in the run game behind the line of scrimmage – both areas in which he excelled at Mississippi State.
DeMeco Ryans arrives with high expectations after the Eagles have continually failed in recent years to find an adequate middle linebacker. Barring injury, he is a lock to start in the middle when the Eagles open the season against the Browns. But can he be good enough in coverage to stay on the field for all three downs?
The Eagles were in nickel about 46 percent of the time last year, according to Football Outsiders (you’re going to see me cite that stat quite a bit). In Houston, Ryans earned the reputation of being a great leader and a great teammate. But it’ll be hard to lead if he’s replaced in sub packages and on the sidelines nearly half the time.