Player News - Eagles

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Chris Givens said he signed with the Eagles in part because he wanted to reunite with Sam Bradford.

Givens had the best season of his career as a rookie with Bradford, catching 42 passes for 698 yards and three scores in 2012. Givens was never able to refind his form after injuries ended Bradford's time with the Rams, and he was terribly inefficient (36 percent catch rate) in 12 games with the Ravens last year. On the bright side, Givens reportedly showed well both underneath and as a deep threat during the offseason program. With just Josh Huff and Rueben Randle to beat for the No. 3 job, Givens could find himself in a starting role this season.
Jun 27 - 9:21 AM

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com says Wendell Smallwood can't be trusted as a three-down back yet.

Smallwood landed in an intriguing spot, but his inexperience as a pass protector could limit his playing time in year one. In college he was mostly used as safety valve in the flats, rarely being asked to protect against blitzing linebackers. Smallwood will need to improve that part of his game, though he could be thrust into a larger role if/when lead back Ryan Mathews gets hurt.
Jun 26 - 12:15 PM

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com believes Carson Wentz will watch his rookie year from the sidelines.

Sam Bradford will open the season as the starter, while Kempski sees the Eagles going with Chase Daniel as the backup. Taking a redshirt year used to be commonplace for rookie signal-callers but lately we've seen more of them get thrown into the fire. However, the Eagles seem to be taking a more patient approach with Wentz. Daniel is a favorite of new coach Doug Pederson and is making $7 million per year to serve as Philly's No. 2.
Jun 26 - 11:46 AM

The results of the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Nelson Agholor have been sent to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Williams' office will decide whether or not to bring criminal charges. Both investigators and the D.A.'s office have remained tight-lipped about the case, but Agholor's attorney has strongly denied his client did anything wrong. Williams usually announces his decisions in high-profile cases via a press conference, but it is still unclear when the decision will be handed down.
Jun 24 - 11:17 AM

Eagles DT Fletcher Cox said "everybody's excited" to work with new DC Jim Schwartz.

The addition of Schwartz influenced Cox's decision to sign a long-term contract with Philadelphia. "He’s got a name for himself with the 4-3 defense, getting after the quarterback and that’s what everybody’s excited to do, especially guys on the D-line," said Cox, who will do less two gapping and more pass rushing under Schwartz. Cox logged a career-high 9.5 sacks last season and has a good chance to top that number in 2016.
Jun 22 - 4:18 PM

ESPN Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan left RB Kenjon Barner off his 53-man roster projection.

Sheridan instead kept UDFA Byron Marshall, who he said "projects as a younger version" of Barner. It is also not a given the Eagles keep four backs, and it is highly unlikely Barner or Marshall unseat Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, or rookie Wendell Smallwood. Barner needs a strong camp to earn a roster spot.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 8:54 AM

Eagles signed DT Fletcher Cox to a six-year, $103 million extension through 2022.

He gets $63 million guaranteed, besting Ndamukong Suh's $60 million for the most ever for a non-quarterback. Cox was entering the final year of his rookie deal and won't turn 26 until December. The extension is well deserved, even if Cox isn't the first name that pops to mind as someone we'd envision setting a new-money record. Behind only J.J. Watt, Cox was Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall 3-4 end last season, setting career highs in tackles (71) and sacks (9.5). Cox will attack from the interior as a 4-3 three technique under new DC Jim Schwartz.
Jun 13 - 6:31 PM

The Philly Inquirer gives Rueben Randle the "early edge" for the Eagles' third receiver job entering training camp.

Eagles minicamp is over, so the team won't reconvene until camp. A favorite of new coach Doug Pederson, Randle spent the spring working in three-receiver sets alongside Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. Randle's competition will come from Chris Givens and Josh Huff. Givens is a one-trick-pony speedster, while Huff did little his first two seasons and had too many drops in OTAs.
Jun 13 - 3:59 PM

Eagles CB Leodis McKelvin is "virtually guaranteed" a starting job.

McKelvin isn't necessarily a bad player, but it's a reminder of the Eagles' continued cornerback weakness. Released by the Bills in March, McKelvin was not a hot item in unrestricted free agency, signing a modest two-year, $6.2 million deal to reunite with DC Jim Schwartz in Philadelphia. McKelvin earned negative marks across the board as a five-game starter in Buffalo last year.
Jun 13 - 3:54 PM

CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro described the Eagles' backfield as a running-back-by-committee.

Ryan Mathews has seen most of the first-team reps, but it sounds like the Eagles are leaning toward a shared backfield with Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner all getting carries. "Ryan, he can handle all the stuff and the pounding," said coach Doug Pederson. "But with the guys we have ... Darren is obviously a big part of that and now with Wendell coming on, I think it could be a little bit of a running back by committee." While splitting up backfield duties might help Mathews stay healthy, it won't improve his fantasy value. Mathews is on the lower end of the RB2 spectrum.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 12 - 10:00 AM

Caleb Sturgis appears to have a "little edge" over Cody Parkey for the Eagles' starting kicker job, according to CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro.

Parkey enjoyed a strong rookie year in 2014 but a groin injury limited him to just three games last season. Sturgis converted 18-of-22 field goals in his absence and it appears he'll open camp as the favorite for the starting job. "That's a great battle going on right there," said head coach Doug Pederson. "Not making any decisions today on that spot, but I like what I've seen out of both of them."
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 12 - 9:42 AM

CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro says WR Chris Givens has "really shown something" at Eagles' OTAs.

Givens seemed like an afterthought when the Eagles signed him in March for only $100,000 guaranteed. He's been a bright spot at OTAs, impressing as a deep threat while also showing surprising polish underneath. Givens has seen plenty of first-team reps and could challenge Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor and Rueben Randle for snaps this year. The 26-year-old tallied 20 catches for 353 yards and one touchdown with Baltimore and St. Louis in 2015.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 12 - 9:32 AM

Dave Zangaro of CSN Philly says TE Chris Santale is "making a strong push" for a roster spot.

The Eagles will carry at least three tight ends with Zach Ertz, Brent Celek and Trey Burton all assured roster spots. Pantale has been working as the first-team fullback, a role originally reserved for Burton. A 25-year-old UDFA, Pantale spent most of last year on the Eagles' practice squad after getting cut by the Bears at the end of training camp. Pantale ran a 4.99 forty at the 2013 Combine. He'll have to stick around as a blocker.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 12 - 9:09 AM

Nelson Agholor's lawyer strongly denied the receiver was involved in "any criminal conduct whatsoever."

Agholor is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault of an exotic dancer at Cheerleaders Gentleman's Club in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. "Once everybody investigates, I believe he will be exonerated," said agent Roosevelt Barnes. Agholor is expected to be interviewed by the police as part of the investigation.
Source: ESPN
Jun 11 - 11:47 AM

Second-year WR Nelson Agholor is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault.

An exotic dancer accused Agholor of assaulting her at Cheerleaders Gentleman's Club in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. According to David Gambacorta of Philadelphia Magazine, Agholor was joined by two Eagles teammates at the strip club on Thursday, the same day the team finished its OTAs. The Eagles released a statement on Friday: "We are aware of the police investigation involving Nelson Agholor. The organization has been in contact with Nelson and with the proper authorities in Philadelphia. Because of the legal nature of this matter, we will have no further comment." Agholor is coming off a highly disappointing rookie year and doesn't need any off-field distractions. He's expected to interview with police as part of the investigation.
Jun 10 - 2:44 PM


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