Player News - Eagles

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Eagles WRs coach Mike Groh said Alshon Jeffery had his best offseason since 2013.

Groh worked with Jeffery for three seasons in Chicago including his 2013 breakout. "Pleased with where he is physically, mentally I think he is in a good place," Groh said. "Learning a new system and working on the chemistry with Carson [Wentz] and everything like that, but it's been a good spring for him." His ability to stay on the field will always be the question, but Jeffery should return to the 1,000-yard ranks if he stays healthy. He is a solid WR2.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 12:48 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski suggests fifth-round WR Shelton Gibson is in danger of not making the Eagles' 53-man roster.

According to multiple beat reports, Gibson drew the ire more than once of WRs coach Mike Groh for dropping passes at OTAs and minicamp. Kempski says it's "pretty clear" Gibson won't be an early contributor in a crowded pass-catcher corps, and his likeliest destination may ultimately be the practice squad.
Jun 19 - 3:59 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer doesn’t consider Torrey Smith a lock for a starting job.

Smith has had a quiet offseason since signing in March. He isn’t guaranteed a top-three spot with Nelson Agholor flashing at OTAs. Smith needs to unseat Agholor to have more than a low-volume, situational deep threat role.
Jun 17 - 9:45 PM

Eagles third-year WR Nelson Agholor spent spring practices playing slot receiver.

Agholor was merely filling in for Jordan Matthews (knee tendinitis), but played well enough to turn coach Doug Pederson's head. "I'll tell you, he's been explosive in there," Pederson said of Agholor. "He's made some big plays in there for us this spring." If Agholor keeps it up in training camp, it's fair to wonder if he could cut into Matthews' regular season snaps.
Jun 15 - 3:24 PM

Jordan Matthews (knee) expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

The Eagles open camp on July 27. Matthews missed all of minicamp due to knee tendinitis, but the team hasn't expressed much concern with his health.
Jun 15 - 3:01 PM

Eagles second-year RB Wendell Smallwood received "noticeably fewer reps" than rookie Donnel Pumphrey at minicamp and OTAs.

Beat writer Jimmy Kempski still expects Smallwood to make the final 53, but he could open the season as a game-day scratch. The Eagles are working Pumphrey on special teams units, while LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles are locks to dress each week. Smallwood's Dynasty value is near the gutter.
Jun 15 - 2:54 PM

Eagles WLB Nigel Bradham is "confident" he will be cleared of a felony battery charge.

Bradham is scheduled to appear in court on July 3 for accusations he assaulted a hotel employee last summer over how long the employee took to bring his group a beach umbrella. Bradham's camp disputes the claim, saying the linebacker was merely defending himself and his group. No matter the outcome of the trial, Bradham could face league discipline.
Jun 15 - 8:12 AM

Eagles DE Marcus Smith has slipped to seventh on the depth chart.

He's No. 7 among seven defensive ends, many of whom are camp body types. A bust seemingly from the moment he was selected 26th overall in the 2014 draft under the Chip Kelly regime, Smith is on track to be waived by September.
Jun 14 - 9:27 PM

CSN Philly expects second-round CB Sidney Jones (Achilles') to be an immediate starter when healthy.

Jones is targeting an October return, but the Eagles have been noncommittal on his timetable. He's a candidate to open the year on reserve/NFI. Despite the missed time, Jones is easily Philly's most talented corner. Eagles DB coach Cory Undlin doesn't expect 2017 to be a lost year for Jones.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 14 - 7:31 PM

Eagles signed LT Jason Peters to a one-year extension through 2019.

Ask and you shall receive. Peters said Tuesday he wanted security and to retire with the Eagles. He's now under contract for $32.5 million over the next three years and gets $15.5 million guaranteed after having no guaranteed money left on his prior deal. Still one of the premier left tackles in the sport, Peters is signed through his age-37 season. Once thought to be the left tackle of the future, RT Lane Johnson will stay on the right side.
Jun 14 - 9:53 AM

Ryan Mathews (neck surgery) is not participating in mandatory minicamp.

The Eagles said they were being "cautious" with the oft-injured back. Reporter Jeff McLane, like many others, expects Mathews to be released once he is back to full health. Without knowing his health status or what team he will be playing for come Week 1, Mathews is currently off the 2017 fantasy radar.
Jun 13 - 4:39 PM

Zach Ertz has "probably been (Carson) Wentz's favorite target this spring."

It's probably helped that Eagles 2016 receiving leader Jordan Matthews (knee) is idle, but Wentz and Ertz established a clear rapport last season. Ertz finished fifth among NFL tight ends in targets (106) and catches (78). The additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith could pull away some 2017 looks, but Ertz will remain a viable low-end TE1 in the double-digit fantasy rounds.
Jun 13 - 4:29 PM

According to ESPN Eagles reporter Tim McManus, Carson Wentz struggled with "bouts of inaccuracy" during OTAs.

Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo insisted Wentz also had "wow" moments. McManus attributed Wentz's inaccuracy to "both the mechanical adjustments he is working on and the number of new skill-position players he's working with." Wentz's ball placement worsened as his rookie season progressed, particularly on throws beyond ten yards of the line of scrimmage. DeFilippo still suggested Wentz is capable of becoming a Carson Palmer-level passer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 3:17 PM

Eagles LT Jason Peters said he is looking for a reworked contract which does not force him to go "year to year."

The 35-year-old tackle added he wants to retire with the Eagles. With no guaranteed money over the final two years of his deal, there was speculation the Eagles would move on from Peters this offseason. He clearly wants to avoid the same drama moving forward, although he will likely have to take a pay cut from the nearly $21 million in salary and bonuses he is scheduled to make the next two seasons to gain guaranteed cash.
Jun 13 - 11:26 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman reports fourth-round RB Donnel Pumphrey "keeps getting significant work with the 1s."

"Don't want to overstate what happens in June," Berman tweeted, "but Eagles are prepping him for a role." Pumphrey's path to significant touches is blocked by Darren Sproles, but the Eagles have used the duo together at times during the offseason program, a prospect which should keep opposing defensive coordinators awake at night. Even if he is unable to return fantasy value this year, Pumphrey's future looks bright as the heir apparent to Sproles.
Jun 13 - 11:01 AM


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