May 5, 2016 |
Nelson Agholor was one of the least productive wide receivers in the NFL last season. No receiver with as many routes run averaged fewer yards. And only eight receivers with as many targets had a worse DYAR ranking (defense-adjusted yards above replacement), as calculated by the advanced statistics website Football Outsiders. There will be more on that information later, but even if numbers were taken out of the equation, Agholor's season wouldn't score high on the eyeball exam.
March 25, 2016 |
The Eagles reached a one-year deal with former Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle on Wednesday, adding more depth - and a potential starter - to their wide receiver corps. Randle, 24, will sign a contract worth $1.025 million, with $500,000 guaranteed. With incentives, it could be worth more than $3 million. One of the most productive wide receivers on the market, Randle started the last two seasons for the Giants. He finished with 57 catches for 797 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015, and he had 71 catches for 938 yards and three scores in 2014.
March 20, 2016 |
The Eagles were the only team in the NFL that didn't have an "outside" receiver with more than 50 targeted passes last season. Most teams had two. Some had three. The Eagles, for various reasons, didn't have a consistent threat outside the numbers or downfield. Only two of four regulars from last season remain on the roster. Riley Cooper was released last month and Miles Austin was mercifully cut with five games left in 2015. Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff return, as expected, but neither was drafted by new coach Doug Pederson or returning general manager Howie Roseman, per se, so their futures aren't as clear as if Chip Kelly had stayed.
March 18, 2016 |
JUST ABOUT the only pressing need Howie Roseman didn't address in the first week of NFL free agency was his team's inexperienced wide receiving corps. The Eagles' de facto general manager checked off that box Wednesday with the signing of former Ram and Raven Chris Givens to a 1-year contract worth $840,000, including an $80,000 signing bonus, a league source said. The source said $100,000 of Givens' base is guaranteed. Givens, 26, has played four seasons in the league, which might not sound like much, but puts him at the top of the Eagles' ensemble, now that Riley Cooper is gone.
March 4, 2016 |
TO MOST of us, it's a long-forgotten play; a brief moment of ecstasy in a season of misery and disappointment. But it jumped off the screen at Eagles coach Doug Pederson when he reviewed the tape of his new team's crash-and-burn 7-9 season. It was the Eagles' 33-27, Week 9 win over the host Cowboys. A crossing route by slot receiver Jordan Matthews in overtime. A perfect in-stride pass from Sam Bradford. A 41-yard walkoff touchdown catch-and-run. And then the rain came. Bradford got hurt the following week and missed two games.
February 10, 2016 |
IT SEEMED likely to happen at some point this offseason, regardless, given Riley Cooper's lack of production relative to his salary-cap charge, but it happened Monday, the first day of the 2016 waiver period. That didn't feel like a coincidence. The Eagles, continuing their efforts to change course in the wake of dismissing head coach Chip Kelly, released Cooper, who would have counted $5.3 million against their cap in 2016. They incur a $2.4 million charge by cutting ties, so they gain $2.9 million in cap room.
January 18, 2016 |
Head coaches, like presidents, should have speech writers. If they did, it sure would be cool to be Doug Pederson's guy. Mr. Head Coach, here's what I came up with for your pending introductory news conference with the Eagles at the NovaCare Complex. I got some help from the trainers and doctors, so you can read it over and tell me what you think. Introduction: OK, injuries. (Clear throat for effect) Chip Kelly had a broken offense, a tired defense and quite a few personality quirks.
January 6, 2016 |
The last time Riley Cooper touched the football this season it glanced off his left hand and fell to the turf at MetLife Stadium and the Eagles were forced to punt. It probably was the last time he was targeted as an Eagle. If so, it was a fitting way to go out. The Eagles gambled on third down late in the game and Sam Bradford went to Cooper, who had run a post route. The ball was thrown a touch high, but the timing was off. Cooper didn't look back at his quarterback until the last moment and the ball ricocheted off his outstretched hand.
January 5, 2016 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Just hours before he was surprisingly dumped as the Eagles' coach, Chip Kelly argued one last time that the team he assembled had plenty of talent but not enough luck or coaching. "We have to put them in a better position to make plays," he said often - too often - this season. From his mouth, it irked you, especially as players seemingly in perfect position dropped passes or were blown up after the ball was snapped. Now, though, it is your greatest hope that the 2016 NFL season will not be the great waste that this one was, that what we saw in a game between teams literally fighting not to be extradited for a 2016 London matchup had at least an element of foreboding.
January 2, 2016 |
There is more to picking a new head coach than identifying the candidates, interviewing them and hiring the one you think is the best choice. The flip side is that the men you are interviewing also have a choice to make. The best candidates usually have more than one option and that will certainly be the case again this offseason when as many as 10 teams could be searching for that special guy who they think can turn around a struggling franchise. How do the Eagles look when you measure them against some of the other potential teams on the head coaching market?