April 10, 2015
PATRICK CHUNG made the blood of Eagles fans run cold. Chung lacked closing speed; played without instinct; cost the Eagles innumerable yards in his 15 starts at safety in 2013. In a secondary devoid of playmakers on a defense full of uninspiring players, Chung was the poster child for its ineffectiveness and Exhibit A of Chip Kelly's obsession with employing his former Oregon Ducks. Generally considered the worst starter on a flawed squad, Chung was cut after the 2013 season.
April 9, 2015 |
The Eagles signed defensive back E.J. Biggers and wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu to one-year contracts Tuesday, adding more depth to positions of need. Biggers, 27, comes from the Washington Redskins and has played cornerback and safety during his five-year career. Ajirotutu, 27, spent most of his career in San Diego and has been a productive special-teams player. Both players were in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Biggers, who played for Tampa Bay during the first three seasons of his career before spending two years in Washington, is 6 feet and 185 pounds.
April 4, 2015 |
Jordan Matthews spoke to teammates Riley Cooper and Josh Huff, and the message he delivered was to disregard the perception that the Eagles need a No. 1 wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin left for Kansas City. "People ask me about being the No. 1 wide receiver; Forget it," Matthews said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I want us to be a receiving corps. That's what I want it to be. " Maclin finished with 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while playing 87 percent of the snaps.
April 2, 2015 |
Miles Austin revamped his warm-up regimen before last season to shake the "injury-prone" label that now follows the 30-year-old receiver to the Eagles. Austin played the first 11 games of 2014 for the Cleveland Browns without major problems with his hamstring, which forced him to miss 11 games in his final three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Then, he suffered a lacerated kidney in the 12th game, ending his season and bringing him onto the free-agent market after another unfinished campaign.
April 1, 2015 |
LIKE THE NFL'S endangered extra point, physicals given to players to make signings and trades official tend to be almost automatic. That might not be the case when Eagles doctors give wideout Miles Austin the once-over, though. Austin, who turns 31 in June, last played a full NFL season in 2012 and has a chronic hamstring problem. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that the Birds have signed Austin to a 1-year deal worth $2.3 million, with another $700,000 possible in incentives.
April 1, 2015
I HAVE an admission to make; one I never thought I'd utter as a 47-year-old man. Please bear in mind that this is not easy for me, because I used to scoff at others for doing the very thing I'm going to share with you. But as difficult as this might be, I need to tell the truth about what I've become, and I need to do it before I change my mind. Before I go there, however, I need to make one thing clear. None of this is my fault. It's all because of Chip Kelly. Had he not cut DeSean Jackson last year, the bitterness would have never taken root.
April 1, 2015 |
This article has been corrected. An earlier version said the Eagles' seven new players missed an average of 12 games last season. Chip Kelly continues to hand out money to players with extensive injury histories. The Eagles agreed to terms Monday on a one-year contract with wide receiver Miles Austin and extended and restructured linebacker DeMeco Ryans' contract through 2016. The oft-injured Austin has to pass a physical Tuesday before he can sign a deal that is worth $2.3 million and with $700,000 in incentives, an NFL source said.
March 28, 2015 |
There were more ex-Eagles than current Eagles at Todd Herremans' third annual Hoops 4 Hope fund raiser Thursday night at Vie Restaurant. A month ago, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Trent Cole and Herremans were four of the more notable Eagles and accounted for a combined 32 seasons in Philadelphia. But after a flurry of moves and decisions from Chip Kelly that had McCoy dealt to the Bills, Maclin choosing the Chiefs, Cole and Herremans released and eventually signed by the Colts, and Nick Foles traded to the Rams, the Eagles took on a dramatically different look in a matter of weeks.
March 27, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Chip Kelly has told us on more than one occasion that you judge quarterbacks by their win-loss record. Told us that again yesterday morning when he was answering yet another question about - who else? - Marcus Mariota, who won 36 of 41 starts and turned water into wine at the University of Oregon. OK, maybe I made up the water-into-wine part. If that's true, if it's all about a quarterback's wins and losses, how do you explain the Eagles trading Nick Foles, who had won 14 of 18 starts the last two seasons, for Sam Bradford, who had an 18-30-1 record in five injury-plagued seasons with the Rams?
March 26, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Jeffrey Lurie says he believes in the necessity of a franchise quarterback for sustained success in the NFL, and he hopes Sam Bradford can become that player for the Eagles despite an injury-plagued career. "There was an opportunity to do an upside gamble with an outstanding young quarterback who you hope can become healthier throughout his career," the Eagles owner said Tuesday at the NFL meeting. "It is so hard to get a franchise quarterback, as you know. It sets the ceiling on what you have as a team, and do you want to take upside gambles or not?