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CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher believes Eagles RB Chris Polk could average "between six and eight touches per game."

It's hard to imagine with Darren Sproles added to Philly's backfield. That said, Polk is now the Eagles' primary backup to LeSean McCoy with Bryce Brown gone to Buffalo. While he will not carry much re-draft value on his own, Polk is the handcuff to target for McCoy owners.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 7 - 9:34 AM

Eagles OLB Connor Barwin will be more involved as a pass rusher this season.

The only Eagle with experience as a 3-4 outside 'backer, Barwin was asked to play the versatile "Jack" role in the Philadelphia defense last season, a role that saw him drop into coverage on a whopping 42 percent of his snaps. Conversely, Trent Cole only dropped into coverage 22 percent of his defensive snaps as he filled the more aggressive "Predator" role. With Cole now more comfortable playing linebacker and versatile rookie Marcus Smith on the roster, Barwin should be given more freedom to get after the quarterback this season.
Jul 7 - 9:25 AM

Eagles G/T Allen Barbre will likely take over at right tackle during Lane Johnson's suspension.

Signed to a three-year extension earlier in the offseason, Barbre is clearly the Eagles' top reserve lineman and should get the first crack at replacing Johnson. Barbre is not as athletic as Johnson, but he still possesses the plus quickness and athleticism coach Chip Kelly requires from his offensive linemen. Barbre played 89 offensive snaps at left and right tackle last season.
Jul 5 - 12:02 PM

The Philadelphia Daily News wouldn't be shocked if LG Evan Mathis is a no-show when training camp opens.

It's a surprising take considering Mathis was present for both voluntary and mandatory workouts this offseason. It sounds like reporter Paul Domowitch is basing his skepticism on the history of agent Drew Rosenhaus. Mathis did ask for a new contract before the draft, but has little leverage as a 33-year-old player in the third year of a five-year, $25 million deal.
Jul 2 - 11:47 AM

Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith practiced with the third-stringers throughout offseason practices.

Smith is expected to climb the depth chart quickly at camp, settling in as a second-stringer and situational pass-rusher. With former first-rounder Brandon Graham also backing up starters Connor Barwin and Trent Cole, the Eagles have a nice rotation here. They figure to improve on last year's 37 sacks, which ranked 20th in the NFL.
Jul 2 - 9:55 AM

NFL suspended Eagles RT Lane Johnson four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Perhaps not-so-ironically, our last update on Johnson was regarding his "bulked up" frame this offseason. The Eagles signed Allen Barbre to a three-year extension earlier this month, and he figures to get the first crack at replacing Johnson at right tackle. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Johnson had an outstanding rookie year as a run blocker, but coughed up ten sacks in pass protection. Johnson will miss games against Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Washington, and San Francisco. He'll be eligible to return in Week 5.
Jun 30 - 3:09 PM

Eagles secondary coach John Lovett said Brandon Boykin "can get exposed" when asked to play outside.

The Eagles have no desire to move 5'10/180 Boykin out of his slot position, a role he excelled in last season. Outside CBs Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher will be backed up by new additions Nolan Carroll and Jaylen Watkins. Boykin was PFF's No. 2 corner in terms of coverage in 2013, behind only Vontae Davis.
Jun 30 - 10:57 AM

The Eagles showcased several formations featuring two tight ends during OTAs.

It's a sign Chip Kelly wants to get Zach Ertz more involved in the offense. Rookie Jordan Matthews is also expected to play a major role in the slot, so Ertz's playing time could ultimately come at the expense of Brent Celek. CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher expects the Eagles to use two tight-end packages as their base offense early in the season, with Matthews easing into the No. 3 role.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 28 - 6:25 PM

Eagles LE Cedric Thornton took up boxing in the offseason in an effort to improve as a pass rusher.

Thornton started all 16 games last season and graded out as a top-nine 3-4 end at Pro Football Focus. He was top-three as a run stopper but dead last (45th) as a pass rusher. Thornton had just one sack and 17 hurries. He even started taking himself out of the game on third downs because his pass-rushing technique was so poor. Boxing will help Thornton's hands and feet get quicker.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 27 - 11:57 AM

Eagles third-string QB Matt Barkley challenged reporter Jimmy Kempski to catch his footballs after Kempski observed during OTAs and minicamp that Barkley's "arm simply isn't good."

Our money's on Kempski here, who already accepted Barkley's challenge. "Shut up Jimmy," Barkley wrote on Reddit. "You don't know a thing about that route, the defensive coverage, technique of the wide receiver, the route he was actually running, let alone my maximum velocity arm strength. We can play catch sometime if you want to figure out for yourself how hard I can throw it, just lemme know." Barkley fell to the fourth round of last year's draft due to arm strength limitations. At spring practices, Barkley split third-team reps with G.J. Kinne.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 23 - 2:16 PM

Eagles CB Nolan Carroll has been impressive during spring practices.

A press-man corner by trade, Carroll does not have a ton of experience playing the off coverage required during non-contact practices. That lack of experience makes his stellar play all the more impressive and lends credence to the idea that Carroll could be even better once the pads come on in training camp. Carroll has a real shot to beat out Cary Williams for the starting cornerback job.
Jun 21 - 12:40 PM

Eagles rookie WR Jordan Matthews is "likely to emerge as the No. 1 slot guy this summer."

Most of Matthews' offseason snaps have come with the second team, but the reality is he is the most talented option the Eagles have. Matthews will begin the season as the slot option in three-receiver sets, and could start stealing outside snaps from Riley Cooper as the season progresses. Matthews is worth a flier in redraft formats and is a first-round rookie pick in Dynasty leagues.
Jun 21 - 9:15 AM

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Eagles third-round WR Josh Huff has "lined up almost everywhere" in minicamp, and worked with all three teams.

Huff had been running exclusively with the threes, but is finally getting some work with the top two teams. Per reporter Jeff McLane, Huff has a base that "looks running-back solid, and "maybe the biggest arms" he's ever seen on a wideout. McLane believes the Eagles want to get Huff out into space because he’s "not afraid to take on contact." Huff is unlikely to make much of a re-draft impact behind Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews, but will be a player worth tracking when the Eagles report to camp.
Jun 19 - 5:30 PM

Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said Zach Ertz has similar tools to Shannon Sharpe and Ozzie Newsome.

Sharpe and Newsome are two of eight tight ends in the Hall of Fame. Ertz is obviously nowhere near that stratosphere yet, but he has the unique size (6'5/250) and athletic traits to be a difference-maker. "He's an excellent route runner. Guys that big and run that well and have the skills and tools to be precise – body control, strength, size, leverage – I think they're different. There aren't a lot of them like that," Williams said. Ertz is going to be a major part of the Eagles' plan to replace DeSean Jackson, and is one of our favorite back-end TE1s.
Jun 19 - 12:00 PM

Eagles second-round pick Jordan Matthews is sprinkling in with the first-team offense at minicamp.

Brad Smith was the first-team slot receiver at OTAs, but that was never going to last. 6-foot-3, 212-pound Matthews will play the Marques Colston role in Chip Kelly's offense, with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper aligned outside. A star of OTAs so far, Matthews is worth considering late in fantasy drafts.
Jun 18 - 8:53 PM


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