Player News - Eagles

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The Philadelphia Inquirer believes UDFA WR Cayleb Jones could push for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Per beat writer Jeff McLane, Jones was "clearly the most polished" of the Eagles' first-year wideouts during the offseason program. Not that he had much competition. Jones has a big frame (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) and long arms, but his athleticism underwhelmed at the Combine. He had trouble separating in the Pac 12. If he makes the team, it will probably be as a special teamer.
Jul 25 - 3:15 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson wants Carson Wentz to be "starter ready" by Week 1.

"You want (Wentz) to be in a position where if there’s an injury or somebody goes down, you plug him in and you don’t have any worries," coach Doug Pederson said. "You’re fully confident in his ability to take over. Because backup quarterbacks need to be ready to go in an instant." In theory, it's just coachspeak, but it's also an admission the Eagles believe Wentz could be "starter ready" by the opener. Sam Bradford needs to have the season of his life to hold off the No. 2 overall pick for 16 games.
Jul 25 - 3:10 PM

The Eagles continue to insist Sam Bradford will be their starting quarterback.

"I’ve said all along that Sam’s the guy," coach Doug Pederson said Monday. Barring a preseason injury, Bradford should be under center in Week 1, but that will simply start the Carson Wentz clock. Bradford needs to have a career year to hold onto his job for 16 games.
Jul 25 - 2:40 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he will speak privately with Nelson Agholor.

Agholor was accused of sexual assault earlier this summer, but the Philadelphia D.A.'s office determined there was not sufficient evidence to warrant charges. "We all make mistakes," Pederson said of the incident. It does not appear as if Agholor will face any public discipline from the team. He is the favorite to open the season as the starter opposite Jordan Matthews.
Jul 25 - 11:33 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said sophomore CB Eric Rowe struggled with his technique this spring.

Rowe is trying to learn a new style under DC Jim Schwartz, and early returns have not been promising. ESPN's Phil Sheridan projected Rowe as the starter opposite Leodis McKelvin, but he will need to show extremely well in camp to earn that spot. Nolan Carroll and Ron Brooks should be his main competition.
Jul 25 - 11:29 AM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski considers Sam Bradford "extremely unlikely" to be on the Eagles' 2017 roster.

Kempski's salary cap number in 2017 is $22.5 million. The Eagles will be able to save $13 million by releasing him next offseason, or $17 million by finding a trade partner. Throw in the No. 2 overall selection of Carson Wentz and Bradford is indeed extremely unlikely to last in Philadelphia beyond this season.
Jul 24 - 3:49 PM

Eagles first-round pick Carson Wentz is expected to get "a ton" of playing time in the preseason.

The Eagles pretty much know what they have in Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, and shouldn't feel the need to expose them to exhibition games. Because third-string quarterbacks get no reps during the season, preseason games will be Wentz's best opportunity to gain experience until the Eagles fall out of the playoff race, at which point Wentz might make starts. We would not be surprised if Wentz wound up leading all quarterbacks in preseason snaps this year.
Jul 24 - 3:47 PM

Eagles re-signed QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

Bethel-Thompson didn't generate any interest after his release earlier this offseason. He'll provide a camp arm behind Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, and Carson Wentz.
Jul 24 - 11:36 AM

The Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski believes Eagles third-round rookie Isaac Seumalo will win the starting job at left guard.

Allen Barbre was named the starter by coach Doug Pederson and worked with the first-team offense throughout the offseason program, but most observers believe he will have to compete for the job in camp. Seumalo could be his main competition, but Stefen Wisniewski will be involved as well. Kempski notes a rookie lineman started for Pederson each of his last three years in Kansas City.
Jul 23 - 9:07 AM

ESPN’s Phil Sheridan projects Eric Rowe to start opposite Leodis McKelvin.

This conflicts with reports the coaching staff is down on Rowe. Despite coming off an ineffective rookie year, Rowe only needs to beat out Nolan Carroll to start opposite McKelvin. Ron Brooks is locked in as Philly’s slot corner.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 5:31 PM

ESPN Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan expects Nelson Agholor to start opposite Jordan Matthews.

Agholor is coming off a rough rookie season and offseason marred by drops and off-the-field drama. Thankfully for him, his only competition is perennial underachiever Rueben Randle. All three players should see plenty of snaps, but barring a disastrous camp, Agholor should get the first crack at official starting duties.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 2:54 PM

The Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski reports the Eagles are not attempting to trade CB Eric Rowe.

Rowe does not appear to be a favorite of new DC Jim Schwartz, but the Eagles are not going to give up on a second-round pick after one season. That does not mean he will play significant snaps, however. With Leodis McKelvin locked into one starting spot, Rowe will need to beat out Nolan Carroll for a job.
Jul 21 - 9:19 AM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski considers Darren Sproles a "very good fit" for new coach Doug Pederson's offense.

Pederson wants to use his running backs to "create mismatches in the passing game," an area where Sproles holds a large edge on presumed starter Ryan Mathews. Kempski expects Sproles to be used "more creatively" under Pederson than he was by Chip Kelly. Even at age 33, Sproles is worth a look in PPR drafts.
Jul 20 - 12:13 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski believes Ryan Mathews is "not a great fit" for new coach Doug Pederson's offense.

Kempski wrote that Pederson "wants to be able to move his backs around to create mismatches ... in the passing game," and "that is not at all a strength of Mathews," who is functional in the passing game but more of a traditional I-formation back. After the Eagles put both DeMarco Murray and Mathews on the trade block this offseason, Kempski believes Mathews is the Eagles' No. 1 back only by default. Most Eagles writers anticipate a running back by committee approach. Kempski says to not rule out the team adding a veteran back in camp.
Jul 20 - 12:10 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger's Eliot Shorr-Parks believes Eagles second-year CB Eric Rowe is available for trade.

The new coaching staff doesn't seem high on last year's No. 47 overall pick. Rowe entered the spring as a contender to start, but DC Jim Schwartz has buried him on the depth chart behind Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks, Nolan Carroll, and Jalen Mills. At 6'1/205, Rowe would draw serious interest if available.
Jul 20 - 9:13 AM


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