Player News - Eagles

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The Philadelphia Inquirer's Marcus Hayes reports Eagles coaches were "not thrilled" Carson Wentz sought outside help with his mechanics over the winter.

Only NFL coaches would be mad about a player trying to better himself. Coaches aren't allowed offseason contact with players, so Wentz hired 3DQB gurus Adam Dedeaux and Tom House. Coach Doug Pederson "sneered" when asked about it at the Eagles' first OTA. Wentz is now hesitant to return to 3DQB this summer.
May 24 - 8:55 AM

According to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, Dorial Green-Beckham has gotten off to a "bad start" at OTAs.

We're just now getting into practices, so it's still very early, but DGB needs to be putting his best foot forward at all times. All the other receivers were showing well, except Green-Beckham, who had a drop, badly mistimed a 50-50 jump ball, and was screamed at by WRs coach Mike Groh for running routes with his head down. DGB ran with the second-team offense and is fighting for a spot.
May 24 - 8:45 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said CB Patrick Robinson will work with the first-team in OTAs.

Jalen Mills is expected to earn one of the starting jobs, but the spot opposite him is completely up for grabs. Signed in late March to a one-year deal, Robinson is getting the first crack, but third-rounder Rasul Douglas and Dwayne Gratz should get a look as well. Second-rounder Sidney Jones (Achilles') will also be in the mix once he is healthy.
May 23 - 11:09 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said there is "no timetable" for DT Beau Allen's (pec) return.

Allen tore his pectoral working out last month and underwent surgery. The operation was originally reported with a four-six month timetable, but Pederson's comments do not suggest there is much optimism. It sounds like Allen could open the season on the reserve/NFI list.
May 23 - 11:01 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said sophomore Isaac Seumalo is the first-team left guard.

Seumalo will still have to win the job in camp, but this has been the expectation all along. The Eagles are high on last year's third-rounder, and neither Allen Barbre nor Stefen Wisniewski has as much long-term upside. If everyone stays healthy, the Eagles project to have one of the better lines in the league.
May 23 - 10:53 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Ron Brooks will be their slot corner.

Brooks filled the role last season before tearing his quad in Week 7, forcing S Malcolm Jenkins to cover the slot the rest of the way. Brooks coming back healthy would allow Jenkins to play safety on all three downs. The Eagles added some bodies at corner this offseason, but it is still a big point of concern.
May 23 - 10:50 AM

Eagles DE Vinny Curry said he played through a knee injury last season.

"I messed my MCL up," Curry said in an interview on 94 WIP Philadelphia. "I tried to play through it, and in the long run it ended up hurting me." Curry was listed as questionable for Week 1 with a knee injury, but he was off the injury report by Week 5 and played all 16 games, although his 2.5 sacks in 436 snaps were disappointing after signing a five-year, $47.25-million contract last February. Unlikely to see more snaps with Chris Long and first-rounder Derek Barnett now in the fold, Curry will need to be more efficient with his chances this year.
Source: 94 WIP
May 22 - 8:34 AM

The Newark Star Ledger expects Isaac Seumalo to start at left guard.

Seumalo was used all over the line as a rookie, getting time at right tackle and both guard spots. It's looking like he’ll get the first chance at playing with Brandon Brooks and Jason Kelce on the interior. Chance Warmack and Allen Barbre are also in the mix.
May 20 - 6:10 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski sets the over-under for LeGarrette Blount's rushing attempts at 170 this season.

Blount toted the rock 299 times for the 2016 Patriots, not including the playoffs. So, 170 would be a major drop-off, but coach Doug Pederson has already said since signing Blount that the offensive game plan won't change from 2016 when carries were split. Ryan Mathews carried 155 times, and that's the role Blount is taking over. If the Eagles can stay in more games, Blount could push 200, but he won't have another 1,161-yard, 18-touchdown season. 800 yards and 6-8 scores would be a win.
May 19 - 9:53 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes the Ravens could have some interest in Ryan Mathews.

Mathews is still under contract with the Eagles, but he is expected to be released once he is able to pass a physical -- he is recovering from neck surgery. Zrebiec reports the Ravens "like what they have in Terrance West, Kenneth Dixon, and Danny Woodhead" and are not "scouring the open market for a 16-game starter," but they could see Mathews as "insurance" while Dixon is suspended the first four games.
May 18 - 10:02 AM

The Eagles are expected to release Ryan Mathews following the addition of LeGarrette Blount.

They likely won't do so until Mathews is healthy after suffering a neck injury late last season. Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski has been saying for months that Mathews is a goner, so this doesn't come as a shock. Mathews is coming off neck surgery and may not be healthy for another couple of months.
May 17 - 11:11 AM

Eagles signed RB LeGarrette Blount, formerly of the Patriots, to a one-year contract.

How about this for a late-offseason addition? 30-year-old Blount led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns last season and set a new career high with 1,161 rushing yards. He adds nothing in the pass game, but the Eagles have Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and rookie Donnel Pumphrey there. Blount figures to handle all early-down and short-yardage carries behind one of the league's better offensive lines in Philly. This is as about as great of a landing spot Blount could have hoped for. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cardinals also had interest. Blount's addition should lead to Ryan Mathews' release.
May 17 - 10:27 AM

Eagles DE Brandon Graham returned to the team facility on Tuesday.

Graham called last week's holdout rumors "fake news." Graham is arguably underpaid at his $6.5-million rate over the next two seasons, but the Eagles' cap situation limits what they can do. Philly also just spent a first-round pick on Derek Barnett. 29-year-old Graham needs to cash in as soon as he can, but he may have to wait until his contract runs out after the 2018 season.
May 16 - 9:52 AM

ESPN Eagles reporter Tim McManus projects sophomore CB Jalen Mills as a starter.

McManus has Mills as the starter opposite Ron Brooks with third-round pick Rasul Douglas behind them and second-round pick Sidney Jones pushing for snaps once healthy. The Eagles also have Patrick Robinson and Dwayne Gratz as options. Corner remains the weak spot for an otherwise solid defense.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 11:16 AM

Eagles signed Oklahoma State OT Victor Salako.

Undrafted QB Jerod Evans was waived/injured to make room for him. Salako (6’6/316) spent his first two college seasons at now-defunct UAB and his final two with the Cowboys, starting all four and earning second-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Salako offers plus arm length (34 ¼") but sub-first-percentile athleticism and wasn’t invited to February’s Combine, a bad sign for a four-year starter. Salako’s lack of functional movement skills show up in pass protection on tape. He’s a major NFL long shot.
May 14 - 12:48 PM


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