March 19, 2014 |
Even after the Eagles signed free agents Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos last week, there was the belief that they weren't quite finished adding to the safety position before May's draft. Turns out, the team looked no further than its own list of unrestricted free agents to address the need for more depth and signed Nate Allen to a one-year contract on Monday. Even though he started all 16 games in 2013, including one playoff game, Allen won't be handed a starting spot. Jenkins' three-year, $16.25 million contract ensures that he will, at the least, be given every opportunity to start.
March 13, 2014 |
Malcolm Jenkins fit the paradigm the Eagles set last offseason during free agency. The former Saints safety, who agreed to a three-year contract with the Eagles on Tuesday, is young, relatively inexpensive, and considered by some to be an ascending talent. Most of the team's signings last season followed this pattern, and some panned out, but the two additions at safety were strikeouts. So it's understandable if skeptics question Jenkins and the Eagles' evaluation of the 26-year old. Jenkins may not have the resumé of Jairus Byrd, T.J. Ward, or Donte Whitner - three other free-agent safeties - but the Eagles believe his skills are suited to their scheme.
March 11, 2014 |
ON TWITTER over the weekend, " @FakeWIPCaller ," a parody account, twice expressed exasperation that the Eagles hadn't yet signed any free agents. The joke, of course, was about fan impatience; while teams were free to talk to agents for pending unrestricted free agents starting Saturday, the teams can't sign those players until 3 p.m. tomorrow. It's a long time to wait, and to track rumors. A cynic might suggest that the 3-day "official tampering period" was instituted to give agents a chance to create some buzz around their clients.
January 24, 2014 |
MOBILE, Ala. - If Chip Kelly drafts players the way he did last year, it wouldn't be bizarre if he selected Washington State safety Deone Bucannon in the NFL draft in May. Three of the first four prospects the Eagles chose in Kelly's first draft played on college teams that beat Oregon when he was head coach, and all three performed well in those games. Although Bucannon's Cougars were run over by the Ducks, 51-26, in 2012, the safety stood out by intercepting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota twice.
January 17, 2014 |
Howie Roseman saw Brian Dawkins at the Eagles' postseason game on Jan. 4, and the sight of the retired safety only reaffirmed to Roseman how difficult it has been to replace him. The Eagles have been looking for safeties for five years. They're still looking. "You really appreciated it when he was here, but the longer he's away, you really get more and more appreciation for what a great player he was," Roseman said. "A Hall of Fame-caliber player at a position that's hard to find.
January 7, 2014 |
The Eagles won their first NFC East championship since 2010, although recent history is against them repeating in 2014. No team has won back-to-back division titles since the Eagles in 2003-04. The front office is confident in the direction of the franchise under coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles are positioned to build on their success, general manager Howie Roseman said after Saturday's 26-24 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. "First, you have to make sure you're sufficiently positioned in terms of resources," Roseman said.
January 6, 2014 |
Earl Wolff was active for the Eagles in Saturday night's wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, although the rookie safety did not start or play in the first half. Patrick Chung remained the starter. Wolff missed five of the last six games with an injured right knee. The team modified his practice schedule leading up to game, keeping him out of practice on Tuesday and Wednesday before ramping up his work later in the week. In the last week of the regular season, Wolff practiced but did not play.
January 3, 2014 |
One day after Earl Wolff expressed optimism about returning to the field against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, the Eagles safety remained an observer in Wednesday's practice because of a lingering knee injury. Wolff said he thinks he will practice on Thursday, although that practice is a walk-through. The Eagles will practice again Friday. Either way, it's not a good sign for the rookie safety. "Earl has to practice if he's going to play," coach Chip Kelly said. "He's got to get out there at some point in time.
December 19, 2013 |
The Eagles hope that the way their secondary played in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings was an aberration, even if they entered the game with one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. In this Sunday's visit by the Chicago Bears, the Eagles will learn whether the concern about the defensive backfield is valid. The Bears feature two of the NFC's top receivers - Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have both eclipsed 1,000 yards this season - and the NFL's fifth-ranked passing offense.
December 18, 2013 |
Patrick Chung had been exploited by the Minnesota Vikings and benched by his defensive coordinator, and as he finished changing into street clothes after the Eagles' 48-30 loss Sunday, he propped his right foot on the floor of his locker to tie his shoe. Behind him, his teammates were dressing, chatting with one another, talking to the media, but Chung couldn't see any of that. He had his back turned to everything that was going on around him, which pretty well describes how he has played safety for much of this season.