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The Eagles have moved 2014 fourth-rounder Jaylen Watkins to safety.

Sammy's younger brother played corner and safety at Florida before being taken with the 101st pick in last year's draft. Moving to safety is Watkins' best chance at playing time based on the Eagles' need next to Malcolm Jenkins. Special teams remains Watkins' likeliest area of 2015 contribution.
May 29 - 8:53 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane believes the Eagles giving LG Evan Mathis a new contract is "unlikely to ever happen."

Mathis, of course, is skipping OTAs once again as he hopes to get some money out of the Eagles in the form of incentives. It's a lost cause. Coach Chip Kelly doesn't seem to highly value the 33-year-old and is content with letting him play out his current deal. Mathis' holdout is unlikely to last through minicamp.
May 29 - 8:46 AM

Jordan Matthews is practicing at both slot and outside receiver during OTAs.

The Eagles opened Thursday's session with Matthews working inside, and Riley Cooper and Josh Huff on the outside. Matthews later kicked outside, with Cooper aligning across from him and Jeff Maehl in the slot. (Nelson Agholor didn't attend due to an NFL rookie event.) The Eagles want to be able to move Matthews around to create mismatches. He's 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds.
May 29 - 1:03 AM

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam Bradford's surgically repaired left knee doesn't appear "remotely close" to full health.

It's our fourth Bradford post of the day. This is just reporter Jeff McLane's take, but he believes "the specter of (Mark) Sanchez under center (in Week 1) becomes more and more of a reality" every day that Bradford's rehab drags on. Neither Bradford nor coach Chip Kelly has attached a date to Bradford's return, though both are trying to project confidence that he'll be ready for training camp. McLane reports Bradford was "clearly favoring" his left leg in Thursday's practice. Bradford has the potential to be a fantasy bargain this season, but he needs to get his health in order over the next two months.
May 28 - 10:15 PM

Asked Thursday whether he'd be ready for Week 1, Sam Bradford (ACL) passed on making a guarantee.

"I think as long as we continue to progress and we don't have any setbacks, I feel very comfortable with where my knee is at right now," Bradford said. We can understand why Bradford wouldn't guarantee he'll be ready to go, but it's still mildly notable. His words came the same day the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that he's still walking with a "pronounced limp." Bradford "scaled back" his OTAs participation a few weeks ago, but participated in individual drills Thursday. Coach Chip Kelly believes he could be ready for 7-on-7s next week.
May 28 - 9:41 PM

Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') has been limited in OTAs.

It's not unexpected, as Ryans is only seven months removed from going down. He remains on pace for training camp.
May 28 - 6:50 PM

Eagles ILB Kiko Alonso (ACL) is "100 percent back" for OTAs.

Alonso is over 10 months removed from going under the knife, so it's not surprising he's ready to roll. Per reporter Jeff McLane, Alonso wasn't wearing a brace on Thursday. With DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks also at inside 'backer, the Eagles have a pile up, but Chip Kelly didn't acquire Alonso in the LeSean McCoy trade with an eye toward anything other than starting duties.
May 28 - 6:42 PM

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, there doesn't appear to be "much difference" in Tim Tebow's throwing motion.

Tebow's motion was reportedly much improved after working with quarterback guru Tom House, but reporter Jeff McLane says he "still takes a long time (to) cock, load and throw." Tebow was never going to fully revamp his throwing motion going on age 28. Tebow is fighting Matt Barkley for No. 3 duties.
May 28 - 6:36 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Sam Bradford (ACL) was walking with a "pronounced limp" on Thursday.

Bradford and the Eagles have continued to insist that he's progressing on schedule, but this is a player whose health can never be taken for granted. Bradford will supposedly resume 7-on-7 work next week. Coach Chip Kelly has declined to put a timetable on Bradford's return to full health, but it's clear the team's expectation is that he'll be ready for training camp.
May 28 - 6:13 PM

New Eagles DB Walter Thurmond III is playing safety in OTAs.

The sixth-year pro has never played safety in the NFL. Of course, he played little of anything last season after tearing his pectoral, managing only 67 snaps for the Giants. It's possible that injuries have sapped enough of Thurmond's athleticism that safety makes the most sense as his 2015 home. We'll see if the experiment sticks through camp.
May 28 - 1:31 PM

G.J. Kinne has officially moved to wideout.

Kinne wisely decided he wasn't going to cut it as an NFL quarterback. He wants a chance to make the final roster as a receiver and special teams player.
May 28 - 12:14 PM

Sam Bradford (ACL) is expected to resume 7-on-7 work next week.

Bradford's rehab has been a hot topic, but there's no reason to believe he'd had any complications. He'll be a full 12 months removed from his latest tear when training camp opens and should be a full go then. At the controls of Chip Kelly's extremely passer-friendly scheme and armed with a soft early-season schedule, Bradford is an excellent late-round QB target.
May 28 - 12:09 PM

The Eagles are holding Sam Bradford (ACL surgeries) out of team drills at OTAs.

He's being "limited" early in the offseason, as expected, while Mark Sanchez is running the first-team group. Coach Chip Kelly is expected to provide an update on Bradford's recovery on Thursday. During last month's draft, Kelly stated Bradford's rehab was "on schedule." Bradford threw during individual drills in early May, but was curiously absent from practices the following week.
May 27 - 8:27 PM

Eagles LG Evan Mathis is skipping OTAs.

Mathis is the sort of veteran player who is often excused from "voluntary" OTAs, but it's still notable considering his contract situation. Nevertheless, we'd be surprised if Mathis skipped next month's minicamp.
May 26 - 1:38 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer leaves ILB Najee Goode off their 53-man roster projection.

The Eagles are stacked at inside linebacker, with three starting caliber players in Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso. They also used a third-round pick on Jordan Hicks and have a solid reserve in Brad Jones. So although Goode is a valuable piece, he's on the bubble for now. That will change quickly if Ryans' rehab from an Achilles' tear goes slower than expected or Kendricks ends up traded.
May 25 - 10:15 AM


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