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  1. Eagles sign CB Javelin Guidry to the practice squad Glenn Erby October 31, 2022 5:01 pm ET According to Mike Garafalo, the Eagles are adding to the secondary, signing cornerback Javelin Guidry to the 16-man practice squad. Guidry recorded 48 tackles in 2021, with three passes defended with 13 starts. He totaled 70 tackles in 28 games over two seasons with the Jets after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Utah in 2020. Scott was carted off from Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh with an ankle injury, and he’ll likely miss time. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/10/31/philadelphia-eagles-sign-javelin-guidry-practice-squad-josiah-scott-53-man-roster/
  2. 6 Eagles who must play better after the bye week Glenn Erby October 22, 2022 2:21 pm ET The Philadelphia Eagles hit their bye in Week 7, almost seven-week earlier than in 2021 when the team didn’t get an official rest period until Week 14. Philadelphia is 6-0, and although we haven’t quite reached the halfway point of the regular season, the Eagles are firmly entrenched as a potential No. 1 seed that would allow for home-field advantage. With Philadelphia looking ahead towards a week eight matchup against the Steelers, here are six players that have to play better down the stretch. 1. Jalen Hurts Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Hurts has been outstanding so far this season, but he’ll need to be better in the second half of the season. Through six games, Hurts is 123-184 (66.8%), passing for 1,514 yards, six touchdowns, and just two interceptions. Hurts has 77 carries for 293 yards and six rushing touchdowns as a runner. Hurts makes the list because teams will start forcing him to win from the pocket, and any dropoff in his play could prove costly for a Philadelphia team trying to hold off Dallas, San Francisco, and Minnesota for home-field advantage. 2. Quez Watkins Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-Arizona Republic Nfl Eagles At Cardinals The 104th-highest-graded wide receiver in the NFL, Watkins has six catches on nine targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in six games. Watkins obviously can’t throw the ball to himself, but the NFL is a results-based business and Philadelphia will need to get their top deep threat involved going forward. 3. Jordan Mailata Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Mailata is the only Eagles starter on the offensive line not ranked in the top-20 highest-graded players at his position per PFF. A shoulder injury and other ailments have slowed Mailata’s progress from his tremendous 2021 season, and he’ll need to shore up his pass blocking moving forward. 4. Fletcher Cox (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) The 61st highest-graded defensive tackle in the NFL, Cox could benefit from playing fewer snaps, while Jordan Davis to continue his ascension. Cox has registered three sacks this season, and he’s drastically better than he was in 2021, but he’ll need to up his level of play even more. 5. C.J. Gardner-Johnson Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Gardner-Johnson makes the list because the Eagles need him to be special down the stretch at the safety position. The brash defensive back has blended well after arriving in Philadelphia 12 days before the team traveled to Detroit for the season opener. Gardner-Johnson’s three interceptions are tied for 3rd-most in the NFL, and he became the first Eagles safety with two interceptions in a game since Malcolm Jenkins vs. the Giants in 2016. 6. Arryn Siposs (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Siposs ranks 26th in the league in net yards per punt and 23rd in raw yards per punt. He is tied for the second-highest total of touchbacks with three. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-bye-week-improved-play-jalen-hurts-cj-gardner-johnson/
  3. 7 Eagles who should see more playing time after the bye week Glenn Erby October 21, 2022 4:52 pm ET The Eagles are 6-0 on the season, a Super Bowl hopeful, and have one of the more complete rosters in the NFL. Philadelphia will play 11 more games after the bye week, and with such a long stretch run, Nick Sirianni will look to increase the snaps and playing time for a select few. On offense, the Birds have a talented pass catcher and a physical running back who can help wear down opposing defenses later in the season. Defensively, a former All-American from Georgia and a physical safety highlight four defenders who’ve also earned an increase in snaps. Here are seven Eagles who should see more playing time after the Week 7 bye. RB -- Trey Sermon (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) The physical running back won’t challenge Miles Sanders as the starter, but he offers another dynamic in the running game and could be a more viable long-term option as a backup over Boston Scott. TE -- Grant Calcaterra Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Calcaterra missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, but he’s now been active after missing the first two contests. Calcaterra has played 45 offensive snaps, and the smooth pass catcher can add another target when Philadelphia is in 12 personnel. DT Jordan Davis (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) One of the highest-graded defensive tackles in the NFL, Davis has earned more playing time and could make Fletcher Cox even more impactful as a reserve. The Eagles’ first-round pick out of Georgia has played in six games and has started the last four as the nose tackle in the Eagles’ five-man front. Davis has played 135 defensive snaps (35%), logging 12 tackles, including seven solo and one tackle for loss. CB Josh Jobe (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) An undrafted free agent out of Alabama, Jobe has played in five games with all his snaps on special teams. He has 97 total special teams snaps, which ranks sixth on the team, just behind Johnson and Dean. If he’s healed from his shoulder injury, it’s worth seeing what they have in the cornerback, with Darius Slay playing at a high level and only one year left on his deal. James Bradberry has been the best cornerback in the league this season and could warrant a huge free-agent deal. S Reed Blankenship (AP Photo/Doug Murray) Blankenship, an undrafted free agent from Middle Tennessee State, made the roster after a strong performance in training camp but has been active for just one game this season. Blankenship is physical safety and would be an upgrade over K’Von Wallace as the third safety. LB Kyron Johnson Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports A key member of Philadelphia’s special teams unit, Johnson offers potential as a pass rusher and should see increased playing time going forward. When Jonathan Gannon utilizes Haason Reddick as a standup defensive end, he could utilize Johnson as the SAM linebacker on select packages. CB Josiah Scott (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) Scott can be cornerback and safety, and with K’Von Wallace looking out of place when C.J. Gardner-Johnson exits, the veteran could see time on the backend going forward. Philadelphia has the personnel to employ three safety looks, and Scott would benefit from increased playing time. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-news-snaps-53-man-roster-jordan-davis/
  4. Eagles sign WR Greg Ward to the practice squad Glenn Erby October 24, 2022 4:50 pm ET A familiar face has returned to the NovaCare Complex as the eagles announced the signing of wide receiver Greg Ward to the practice squad. Ward spent most of the training camp dealing with a toe injury and was eventually waived from the team’s Injured Reserve days before the 2022 season opener with an injury settlement. A former quarterback at the University of Houston who transitioned to wide receiver in the NFL, Ward signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent before their Super Bowl season. Ward spent most of his first 2.5 seasons on the practice squad before becoming the full-time slot receiver. He posted 53 receptions for 419 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns in 16 games during Philadelphia’s playoff run. In 2021, Ward’s production slipped during Nick Sirianni’s first year as head coach, as the receiver logged just seven catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns after DeVonta Smith’s arrival and Quez Watkin’s rise up the depth chart. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/10/24/philadelphia-eagles-sign-greg-ward-practice-squad/
  5. Where the Eagles rank statistically entering Week 6 The Eagles are 5-0 after defeating the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium, and it’s a good time to look at where the team is statistically at the first quarter mark of the season. Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts is an MVP candidate among the league leaders in several categories. Haason Reddick has 4.5 sacks on defense, and the Eagles secondary is a top-five group heading into a huge matchup against Dallas. With Philadelphia returning to practice on Wednesday, we look at where the Birds rank statistically compared to the rest of the NFL. The major metrics show where the Eagles stand after five games. Offense Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Points per game Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Ranked 5th — 27.0 Passing offense YPG Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Ranked 7th — 259.8 Rushing offense YPG (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Ranked 4th — 160.0 Total offense YPG Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports Ranked 2nd — 419.8 3rd down conversions Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Ranked 6th — 43.84% Red zone scoring Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Ranked 8th — 61.90% Sacks allowed Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Ranked 18th — 11 Turnovers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Ranked 1st — +9 Defense Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Points allowed (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Ranked 7th — 17.6 Passing defense (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Ranked 5th — 189.4 Total defense Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Ranked 4th — 294.4 3rd down conversions allowed Ranked 25th — 45.31% Red zone defense Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports 13th — 56.25% Sacks (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Ranked 5th — 17 Takeaways Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Ranked 2nd — 11 https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-nfl-rank-statistically-week-6/
  6. Instant analysis of Eagles staying undefeated after 29-21 win over Jaguars in Week 4 Glenn Erby October 2, 2022 4:17 pm ET The Eagles moved to 4-0 on Sunday and remain the NFL’s only undefeated team after a hard-fought 29-21 home win over the Jaguars in rainy conditions. Jacksonville jumped out to a 14-0 lead in Doug Pederson’s return, buoyed by an Andre Sicso interception return for a touchdown off a misguided pass from Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts. The Jaguars (2-2) entered the contest No. 1 in the league against the run but were shredded on the ground as the Eagles racked up 210 yards rushing. The Eagles will now hit the road in Week five to face the Cardinals, and here’s your instant analysis from Sunday’s exciting win. Miles Sanders career day Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Sanders is looking for a new deal and is justifying his worth after a career-high 134 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. Sanders also caught two passes for 22 yards and helped set the tone against the Jaguars’ top-ranked rush defense. Eagles battered and injured (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia had five players leave the game with an injury, and DeVonta Smith was also a visitor to the medical tent. How those injuries to Slay and the offensive linemen pan out could have a huge impact moving forward. Eagles remain undefeated Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports The Birds are 4-0 and undefeated for the first time since the start of the 2004 season, and Philadelphia advanced to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Patriots. Haason Reddick heating up Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports After some early questions about his usage rate, Reddick has been dominant the past two games, and Sunday was no different. Against the Jaguars, Reddick logged four tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit. [NOTE: click on link to article below to view video] https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-jaguars-instant-analysis-darius-slay-miles-sanders-haason-reddick/
  7. Statistical Breakdown: How the Eagles and Jaguars stack up for Week 4 Glenn Erby September 30, 2022 11:27 am ET The Eagles (3-0) and Jaguars (2-1) will meet on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in a homecoming for Doug Pederson and Press Taylor. Jacksonville is an AFC South favorite after blowing out their past two opponents. Philadelphia is emerging as a Super Bowl contender behind the dual-threat abilities of quarterback Jalen Hurts. With kickoff fast approaching, here’s a statistical breakdown of the matchup for both teams. Scoring Offense Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: T-7th (28.7 PPG) Jaguars: 9th (28.0 PPG) Passing Offense Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: 3rd (296.7 YPG) Jaguars:11th (252 YPG) Rushing Offense Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: 7th (150 YPG) Jaguars: 10th (123.3 YPG) Total Offense Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: 1st (447 YPG) Jaguars: 6th (375 YPG) Total Defense -yards allowed per game Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: 5th (296 YPG) Jaguars: 7th (306.7 YPG) First Downs (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Eagles: 5th (73) Jaguars: 6th (70) Turnover Margin Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: 3rd (+4) Jaguars: 1st (+7) Sacks Allowed Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: 19th (7) Jaguars: 1st (2) Scoring Defense Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: 7th (16.7) Jaguars: 5th (12.7) Passing Defense (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Eagles: 6th (186.7) Jaguars: 21st (251.7) Rushing Defense -- Yards per game Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: 18th (110) Jaguars: 1st (55.0) Sacks Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Eagles: 2nd (12) Jaguars: 17th (7) https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-2022-nfl-stats-jalen-hurts-trevor-lawrence/
  8. Eagles GM on drafting Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson: I'd like to have that moment back Glenn Erby September 6, 2022 10:51 am ET Life is about rebounding from mistakes; for the Eagles, that means a shift in culture and talent evaluation. Fans can thank the 2020 NFL draft as the moment Philadelphia shifted to a culture of drafting the best available talent over positional fit. With Greg Ward having a breakout season from the slot in 2019, the Eagles entered the following spring’s draft with the approach of drafting an outside wide receiver to help elevate quarterback Carson Wentz. Even after watching LSU dismantle opponents via a dynamic passing attack, Philadelphia GM Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson felt All-American pass catcher Justin Jefferson was simply a slot receiver who benefited from an elite system and quarterback Joe Burrow. The Eagles selected TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor at pick No. 21, and the rest is history or the last huge NFL draft blunder Howie Roseman would ever make. Jefferson has developed into one of the NFL’s top five pass catchers, while Reagor regressed at times and was recently traded to the Vikings for draft picks. Roseman had such a successful offseason and summer that he had no problem telling Angelo Cataldi that he’d love a do-over on picking Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson. Reagor has been a disappointment through two seasons, logging just 64 catches for 695 yards and three touchdowns in 28 games, including 24 starts, since the Eagles made him the 21st pick in the 2020 draft. Jefferson, who the Vikings selected at No. 22 overall, has posted back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons, logging 196-catches for 3,016 yards and 17 touchdowns. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/09/06/eagles-news-howie-roseman-regret-jalen-reagor-justin-jefferson-2020-nfl-draft/
  9. Eagles have two undrafted free agents rising up the depth chart Glenn Erby August 16, 2022 11:23 am ET Injuries are a typical result of intense training camp sessions, and that’s a prime opportunity for under-the-radar players to move up the depth chart. As the Eagles prepare to travel to Cleveland for joint practices with the Browns, 12 players will likely have an injury designation after Marcus Epps, and James Bradberry exited practice early. With Epps and Bradberry out, undrafted rookies Josh Jobe and Reed Blankenship received first teams reps during Tuesday’s final practice before the joint sessions with Cleveland starting Thursday. It’s only practice, and this is still the preseason, but Jobe and Blankenship are names to watch and players that could cause roster chaos as Philadelphia trims down to 53 players before the season opener. Here’s a look at what both players offer. Josh Jobe, CB (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) A former Alabama star who slipped in the draft after injuries cost him a few games during the 2021 regular season, Jobe is a solid cornerback who excels in close quarters. A long and lanky cornerback, Jobe is a player to watch in Gannon’s zone-based defensive scheme. His path to a roster spot is a bit more complicated, with Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox, and Zech McPhearson penciled in as the top four cornerbacks. Reed Blankenship, S (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Another gritty performer who is always around the football, Blankenship was a two-time All-State performer from Alabama who ended up at Middle Tennessee State. A five-year starter in college, Blankenship is a jack of all trades and turning into a must-have for this scheme and defensive coordinator. Blankenship’s route to a roster spot is a bit easier, with Jaquiski Tartt, K’Von Wallace, and Anthony Harris all having inconsistent training camps. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-news-josh-jobe-reed-blankenship-depth-chart-undrafted-free-agents/
  10. Eagles to induct Hugh Douglas, Trent Cole into team’s Hall of Fame Glenn Erby August 12, 2022 9:43 pm ET The Philadelphia Eagles use the preseason home opener to announce the newest members of the team’s ring of honor, and Friday saw the addition of two famed pass rushers. Owner Jeffrey Lurie announced that the team would induct Trent Cole and Hugh Douglas into their Hall of Fame on November 27 when the team hosts the Packers. The announcement was made as part of Philadelphia’s Legend’s Homecoming. "Trent and Hugh were both high impact pass rushers and consummate teammates,” said Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles Chairman and CEO. "When we traded for Hugh, we knew we were getting a player who would immediately make our football team better. He was a tremendous leader on a defense that helped guide us to many deep postseason runs. Upon Hugh’s retirement, we were fortunate to acquire another talented edge rusher through the draft. Trent was a dynamic and durable player who provided us with an advantage on defense thanks to his endless motor, selfless style of play, and passion for the game. It will be an honor to officially enshrine them both in the Eagles Hall of Fame this season.” Cole (2005-2014) was drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft and ranks second in team history with 85.5 career sacks. A two-time Pro Bowler, Cole logged double-digit sacks in four separate seasons, ranking second in team history behind Reggie White (eight double-digit sack seasons). His 155 games played in an Eagles uniform is third all-time among defensive linemen and 14th among all players in franchise history. Douglas (1998-2002, 2004) is a first-round draft pick (16th overall) of the New York Jets in 1995. Philadelphia acquired Douglas in a trade during the 1998 offseason, earning three consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl (2000-02) and a first-team All-Pro nod (2000). https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/08/12/philadelphia-eagles-news-hugh-douglas-trent-cole-hall-of-fame/
  11. 5 bold predictions for the Eagles after first week of training camp Glenn Erby August 2, 2022 6:07 pm ET The Eagles are halfway through the second week of training camp, and with the team preparing for the preseason opener against the Jets next weekend, roles and scenarios are starting to take shape. Jalen Hurts will have many weapons to choose from on offense, while Jonathan Gannon’s defense has looked dominant through five training camp practices. We’re unveiling five bold predictions for the Eagles after the first week of training camp, as the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offensive line could be preparing for a historic feat. A.J. Brown will have 1,100-yards receiving Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Brown has been a favorite of Hurts’ from Day one of training camp, and although DeVonta Smith won’t disappear, it’s hard to imagine the tight end, and both receivers have 800+ yards in this system as constructed. Miles Sanders 1,000-yards rushing (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) The addition of A.J. Brown should open up running room for Sanders. Philadelphia won’t lead the NFL in rushing during the 2022 season, but their offense should be balanced enough to finally allow Sanders to eclipse the goal. Eagles have four All-Pros on offensive line Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports The boldest of predictions, it’s not hard to envision Jordan Mailata (LT), Landon Dickerson (LG), Jason Kelce (C), and Lane Johnson (RT) all earning some type of All-Pro honor. Only the right guard position offers any glimpse of uncertainty heading into the season opener. Eagles won't allow a QB to complete 80% of his passes in a game Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Last season, the Eagles allowed a quarterback to reach 80% of passes completed five times, with the Chargers’ Justin Herbert being the final after he went 32 of 38 for 84.2% in the Eagles’ 27-24 loss at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia added James Bradberry at cornerback while also adding Haason Reddick (LB), Kyzir White (LB), Jordan Davis (DT), Nakobe Dean (LB), and Jaquiski Tartt (S) to the defense as well. Things will be different with added pass rush prowess and a shut-down cornerback. Jordan Davis logs 5 sacks Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports An absolute game-wrecker at the defensive tackle position, the assumption will be that Davis becomes an elite run-stuffer for the Eagles. With Haason Reddick, Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, Javon Hargrave, and Fletcher Cox capable of commanding a double team, Davis will benefit the most in his first year while dominating opposing centers. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-news-bold-predictions-training-camp-jalen-hurts-aj-brown/
  12. Brandon Graham hoping to stay with the Eagles beyond 2022 Glenn Erby July 28, 2022 5:31 am ET The Eagles are successfully undergoing a retool that has seen the roster get younger while maintaining their core group and identity. One of those core pieces is Brandon Graham, the popular defensive end that’ll be returning to the roster after missing the bulk of the 2021 season with a torn Achilles. Graham has always talked about finishing his career with the team that drafted him, and during a sitdown with Angelo Cataldi on the 94WIP morning show, the pass rusher made it clear that this season won’t be his last. The 34-year-old Graham has recently made the Pro Bowl and is one of the top run-stuffing defensive ends in the NFL. The year before tearing his Achilles, Graham posted 8.0 sacks, 16 QB hits, 13 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/07/28/philadelphia-eagles-news-brandon-graham-contract-free-agency-2023/
  13. Eagles' announcer Merrill Reese on Jalen Hurts: His arm strength is right there with top QB's Glenn Erby July 25, 2022 12:58 pm ET Much has been made about Jalen Hurts’ and his perceived lack of arm strength. One of the biggest concerns about Hurts’ future with the franchise stems from the perception that the third-year quarterback lacks the big-time arm strength needed to leaded Philadelphia back to postseason prominence. Over his first two seasons, Hurts has averaged 12.3 yards per completion, the 3rd-highest average in the NFL since 2020 among QBs with a minimum of 500 attempts (behind DeShaun Watson’s 12.6 and Jimmy Garoppolo’s 12.4), according to Reuben Frank. Hurts has the 3rd-highest average by any Eagles quarterback in the last 50 years (behind Michael Vick’s 12.9 and Ron Jaworski’s 12.9) per Frank. Head coach Nick Sirianni previously gave Hurts’ arm strength a vote of confidence, and now a legendary broadcaster has also weighed in. Merrill Reese told Dave Spadaro that Hurts’ arm strength is on par with some of the top passers in the NFL. Hurts doesn’t have to have the strongest arm, and if he can show improved accuracy and decision-making, the doubts should start to quiet down. Improved anticipation and ball delivery could catapult Philadelphia to the top of the NFC playoff picture. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/07/25/philadelphia-eagles-news-merrill-reese-jalen-hurts-arm-strength-nfl-quarterbacks-josh-allen/
  14. Asante Samuel explains how he knew Nnamdi Asomugha was overrated when he signed with Eagles Glenn Erby July 18, 2022 8:59 pm ET The acquisition of Darius Slay three years was widely praised because of his considerable abilities at cornerback. It presented Eagles fans with the first genuine opportunity to move on from the Nnamdi Asomugha disaster. Asomugha was considered one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks when he entered free agency in 2011, even though he was about to join the 30 and over club. Several teams pursued the Raiders’ All-Pro cornerback, and the Philadelphia Eagles offered the most attractive deal with $25 million guaranteed. Asomugha joined a secondary that boasted two other Pro Bowlers. Yet, the results were disastrous as Philadelphia went 12-20, allowing 60 touchdown passes over the next two seasons, as Andy Reid was eventually fired. A talented player in man-press coverage, Asomugha was a horrible fit with the Eagles and produced four interceptions in those 32 games. The now successful actor and producer benefited from alleged preferential treatment. One former All-Pro cornerback on his way out the door says he knew the outcome immediately. Asante Samuel Sr. was a recent guest on the ‘ I Am Athlete’ Podcast and called Asomugha "overrated” while discussing the former Philadelphia cornerback with future Ring of Honor inductee LeSean McCoy. Samuel told McCoy, Brandon Marshall, and Adam Jones that the NFL "makes up” and "controls the narrative” when hyping or promoting certain players. When discussing Asmugha, Samuel called the former NFL cornerback "overrated” and highlighted how his signing was a disaster from the first practice at the 23:16 mark of the video. CLICK ON LINK TO ARTICLE BELOW TO VIEW VIDEO Things never materialized for the guy widely considered the best cornerback in the NFL when the Eagles signed the former Raiders cornerback to a record-setting $60 million contract. A three-time All-Pro in Oakland, Asomugha was a shell of his former self in Philadelphia and was quickly run out of town after just two dreadful seasons. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/07/18/philadelphia-eagles-news-rumors-asante-samuel-nnamdi-asomugha-overrated-lesean-mccoy-i-am-athlete/
  15. Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell makes a PFF list of the NFL's most elusive running backs from 2021 Glenn Erby June 29, 2022 8:52 am ET The Eagles led the NFL in rushing last season with a committee approach and quarterback Jalen Hurts led everyone with almost 800-yards on the ground. Miles Sanders is a homerun hitter, and Boston Scott does everything well, but there’s not a more elusive runner on the team than the second-year dual-threat athlete, Kenneth Gainwell. Using a formula that’s based on missed tackles forced per attempt, PFF listed the top 25 most elusive running backs in the NFL last season, and Gainwell was the only Eagle to make the list, landing at No. 17. Gainwell made the list despite getting the least amount of carries among all the candidates, and it’s a major reason why experts around the league believe the former Memphis star could overtake Miles Sanders as the team’s top running back. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/06/29/philadelphia-eagles-news-nfl-pff-most-elusive-running-backs-kenneth-gainwell/
  16. Eagles have 4 players make Pete Prisco's Top 100 NFL Players list for 2022 Glenn Erby June 23, 2022 9:29 am ET With NFL training camps set to start in a little over a month, player rankings and top 100 lists are starting to be released and Philadelphia should be well represented. With the addition of A.J. Brown and Haason Reddick, star power was added to a roster that already includes Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, and the NFL’s top offensive line. CBS Sports Pete Prisco just released his annual top 100 players list, and the Eagles had four players land on the list, with their talented and ascending left tackle getting the highest ranking. Jordan Mailata, LT, 75 (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Mailata was the first Eagle to make the list. Darius Slay, CB, 85 (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Big play Slay makes the list, landing rather low at No. 85 on the list. Lane Johnson, RT, 90 (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.) The Eagles All-Pro makes the list at No. 90 on the list. A.J. Brown, WR, 94 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) The Eagles’ biggest acquisition in the past two years, Brown should immediately upgrade the play of Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert. Honorable Mentions (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Dallas Goedert Haason Reddick Jason Kelce https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-news-pete-prisco-100-players-list-mailata-slay/
  17. Eagles make a list of 5 overlooked teams entering the 2022 NFL season Glenn Erby June 14, 2022 9:12 am ET The Eagles enter the 2022 training camp as a true championship contender or a team that’s still a quarterback away depending on what NFL expert or analyst is evaluating the current roster. Despite adding Haason Reddick, A.J. Brown, Kyzir White, Jordan Davis, and Nakobe Dean, Philadelphia still isn’t the favorite in the NFC East. PFF recently looked at five teams around the NFL that are being overlooked and the Birds led the list. The Eagles are going to get off the bus running the football down the opposition’s throat, but the development of quarterback Jalen Hurts and his chemistry with wide receiver A.J. Brown will ultimately determine Philadelphia’s fate in the NFC. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/06/14/philadelphia-eagles-news-overlooked-teams-nfl-2022-free-agency-draft/
  18. Watch: Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon breaks down film of Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean Glenn Erby June 14, 2022 9:14 pm ET Jonathan Gannon was one of a handful of coordinators who was on hand for Georgia’s high-powered Pro Day in Athens back in March a month before the 2022 NFL draft. Fast forward a few months later and Philadelphia drafted both Bulldog All-Americans in Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean while adding Kansas edge rusher Kyron Johnson later in the draft for added pass rush prowess. The Eagles’ defensive coordinator recently peeled back the curtains with Fran Duffy from the teams’ official website, and using film from Georgia and Kansas, Gannon gave some insight into what all three players bring to the table defensively. CLICK ON LINK TO ARTICLE TO VIEW VIDEO The film review was refreshing from the standpoint of a coach’s point of view, while the results should make Philadelphia fans more than excited for the dynamic skill sets that all three players bring to the Eagles’ defense. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/06/14/philadelphia-eagles-news-jonathan-gannon-tape-nakobe-dean-jordan-davis-kyron-johnson-nfl-draft/
  19. Shane Steichen on what A.J. Brown brings to the Eagles, starting RG battle, and more at OTAs Glenn Erby June 5, 2022 11:56 am ET The Eagles are sticking to what works on offense, which means a continued dosage of Shane , Steichen, as the team’s primary play caller in 2022. Even after Philadelphia led the NFL in rushing last season, the Birds will look to increase their downfield passing after acquiring A.J. Brown via trade. Recently, Steichen met with the media and discussed Browns’ physicality, the battle at right guard, and Jalen Hurt’s progress entering year three with the Eagles. Steichen on A.J. Brown (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) He’s going to bring toughness. This guy is relentless. When you watch him on film, he’s hard to tackle. He’s a big-body receiver that’s very explosive, and when you see him on the practice field running routes, you can see the play strength, the explosive ability, in and out of breaks, and he just brings a great mindset to that room. Steichen on battle for starting RG spot Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Isaac Seumalo could have the lead currently. Steichen on calling the plays (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool) Steichen confirmed that he’ll be the primary play caller again this season. Steichen on Jalen Hurts in year-2 of same system (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Hurts himself has admitted that 2022 will be the first time he’s had the same offensive system in back-to-back seasons since high school. I think what you’ve said is right. I think he said it, he hasn’t been in the same system since high school, dating back to high school. So just the terminology part, talking through it, it’s easy to talk in meetings right now. We’re having great discussions out on the practice field, just calling plays, getting in and out of the huddle, communicating with the wide outs, all those things, timing, anticipation, working through all those things, it’s been good to see. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/eagles-news-shane-steichen-aj-brown-isaac-seumalo-otas/
  20. Jeffrey Lurie's son Julian named to role of Eagles Business and Football Operations Strategy Glenn Erby June 1, 2022 6:47 pm ET The Eagles have a familiar name assuming a prominent role in the front office, as Julian Lurie, the son of team owner Jeffrey Lurie, has finally landed at the NovaCare Complex. According to Bo Wolf of The Athletic, the 26-year-old Lurie will assume the role of Eagles Business and Football Operations Strategy, dabbling in both the football and business side the organization. Lurie has already delved into the football side of operations, as he was among four high-ranking Eagles representatives on-site at the 2022 Senior Bowl a few months back. A Harvard grad who enjoys the analytical parts of the game also, the younger Lurie will be a someone to watch over the next 5-10 years as his influence over the organization continues to grow. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/06/01/philadelphia-eagles-news-jeffrey-lurie-julian-lurie-front-office-role-nfl-free-agency/
  21. The NFL's June 1 Date and four ways it will impact the Eagles Glenn Erby June 1, 2022 2:20 pm ET It’s not the official start of summer in the NFL, but June 1 is a huge date around the league and will likely play a factor in several players moving on, or teams taking a risk on a huge trade. In NFL terminology, June 1 is the final day that teams see all future prorated money accelerate as "dead money” if a player is released. Starting Thursday, June 2, any player who is released will only have his current season’s prorated money count against the salary cap and the rest will be deferred to 2023. Teams like the Eagles and others around the NFL will also pick up salary cap space as any player designated a post-June 1 release earlier this year will move from the active roster to the dead money side of the books. Here are four ways the June 1 date will and could impact the Eagles going forward. Fletcher Cox's initial release Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports The Eagles shocked some people around NFL circles by risking the loss of defensive tackle Fletcher Cox after they released the 12-year veteran. Cox was re-signed on a $14 million deal and his initial release saves the club $5.3 million. Cox will now count for over $15 million on the 2023 salary cap, something Howie Roseman must address. Brandon Brooks officially retires Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The massive right guard played like an all-time great at times, but injuries eventually took their toll on Brooks. Brooks retiring saves the Eagles only $1.2 million in cap space. Brooks was originally scheduled to count for $19,439,235 on the 2022 salary cap and Philadelphia would have been on the hook for more than $15,736,472 in dead money with an outright release and/or retirement prior to June 1. With Brooks retiring that dead money gets spread out over two seasons ($5,939,235 in 2022, and $9,797,237 in 2023). Trade time Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Lots of trades happen after the June 1 date and a player to watch could be Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor, who could use a change of scenery. Had the Eagles traded Reagor prior to June 1, they have a dead cap hit of $3,605,700 on their books in 2022. Now the move becomes half that figure ($1,802,850) and more importantly, it would count toward 2023. Isaac Seumalo on borrowed time Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports A talented player when healthy, Seumalo offers the Eagles some salary cap relief, as Philadelphia has the top offensive line in football and would easily absorb his loss. Cutting Seumalo after June 1 saves the Eagles $5,650,000. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-news-june-1-date-salary-cap-fletcher-cox-jalen-reagor-brandon-brooks/
  22. 1 veteran player on roster bubble at each position group for the Eagles Glenn Erby May 9, 2022 10:06 am ET The Eagles have entered week three of the offseason workout program and as the organization works towards training camp, the roster has grown exponentially and several veterans could be on the bubble. With a massive undrafted free agent class, several talented players wanted unselecting, setting up the scenario where Philadelphia fills their roster with cheap, and valuable talent without guarantees. The quarterback, wide receiver, defensive tackle and cornerback positions offer several intriguing camp battles and we’ve highlighted one veteran player at each position who could be the odd man out. QB -- Reid Sinnett (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Gardner Minshew is a proven backup and a valuable insurance policy needed for any playoff team with aspirations of making a deep run. Sinnett is a talented prospect, but the third-year signal-caller will likely get passed over rocket-armed undrafted free agent, Carson Strong. RB -- Jason Huntley (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson) Huntley is stuck behind three talented running backs and undrafted free agent Kennedy Brooks offers the size and running power of a Jordan Howard. WR -- Jalen Reagor (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) Reagor could be the odd man out because Philadelphia now has a handful of players that do the same things well. The Eagles signed Devon Allen and Britain Covey to handle duties in the return game, while Zach Pascal and A.J. Brown make the numbers crunch even tighter for the former first-round pick. Philadelphia now has 10 wide receivers on the roster and Reagor is the third highest player at the position. TE -- Noah Togiai (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) The knee-jerk reaction would be to place J.J. Arcega-Whiteside’s name on the list, but even with the position switch, the former second-round pick is an established blocker and knows the system. Togiai is a former undrafted free agent and will likely be the odd man out unless rookie Grant Calcaterra simply can’t play. OT -- Brett Toth Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Solid left tackles are hard to find and Dillard will stay on the roster because a 17-game NFL season could cost Jordan Mailata a game or two. Le’Raven Clark can play both tackle positions, and with Jack Driscoll returning, Toth could be out. IOL -- Sua Opeta (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Opeta is entering year-3 and guards like Kayode Awosika and Jack Driscoll offer more promise as backups behind Landon Dickerson and Isaac Seumalo. C -- Jack Anderson (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) If Cam Jurgens is truly the future at the center position then Anderson could be the odd man out with a definitely log jam of talent at guard. DE -- Tarron Jackson Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Jackson is a second-year player and not necessarily a veteran, but Philadelphia is exploring the option of having more pass rush production from the linebacker position in Jonathan Gannon’s hybrid system. With the Eagles expected to play a ton of 3-4 schemes and looks, Ali Yayad and Kyron Johnson could eliminate the need for a fifth pass rusher at the defensive end. DT -- Marlon Tuipulotu (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) The former USC Trojans defensive tackle makes the list because Howie Roseman wouldn’t have given guaranteed money to Noah Elliss if he felt Tuipulotu was the answer at wrecking the pocket. Edge Rusher/SAM LB -- Joe Ostman (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Davion Taylor and Kyzir White will battle at the WILL linebacker spot, and the former Chargers linebacker could see time at middle linebacker in certain schemes. Haason Reddick will rush from the SAM, WILL, and defensive end position. With Nakobe Dean now on the roster, the linebacker rpositions get even murkier for guys like Joe Ostman. CB -- Craig James (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Philadelphia has 11 cornerbacks on the roster and James flourishes only as a special teams player. Andre Chachere and Zech McPhearson have also flourished in special teams roles, making a roster spot difficult for James. Slot CB -- Josiah Scott Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Avonte Maddox is the guy in the slot, but undrafted free agent Mario Goodrich offers promise at multiple positions, along with Zech McPhearson. S -- K'Von Wallace Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia has five true safeties on the roster and if Reed Blankenship can display ball skills this summer, things could get really interesting. Anthony Harris knows the defense, Marcus Epps is ascending, meaning Wallace is a player to watch if he doesn’t take the next steps. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/eagles-news-nfl-training-camp-rumors-roster-bubble-jalen-reagor-reid-sinnett/
  23. Eagles' projected offensive depth chart following the 2022 NFL Draft Glenn Erby May 16, 2022 11:11 am ET The Eagles are roaring towards the start of the 2022 training camp after an NFL draft class that landed several A grades from experts and analysts. On offense, the league’s top rushing offense returns intact, but the addition of A.J. Brown could open things up for Dallas Goedert while allowing Jalen Hurts to take the bull by the horn. Philadelphia is in phase two of the offseason workout program and the team will soon come together for two more OTA periods before breaking for the summer, and with late July fast approaching, let’s take a look at an early projected offensive depth chart following the draft. QB Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports QB Jalen Hurts — Starter Gardner Minshew 2nd Carson Strong 3rd Hurts is the starter and has the weapons around him to take the next steps as a passer. Gardner Minshew will be the backup unless a playoff-worthy team suffers a setback at quarterback. Carson Strong is the project and he’ll beat out Reid Sinnett for that third quarterback spot. RB Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Miles Sanders — starter Kenneth Gainwell 2nd Boston Scott 3rd Jason Huntley 4th Kennedy Brooks 5th Sanders is the starter entering a contract year, while the Eagles hope that Kenneth Gainwell can take the next step and shine as the No. 2 running back and as a dual threat pass catcher. Former Oklahoma running back and undrafted free agent Kennedy Brooks is a player to watch if Philadelphia chooses to replace Jordan Howard’s bruiser role. WR (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images) Devonta Smith — Starter, Jalen Reagor, John Hightower Quez Watkins — Slot, Greg Ward, Devon Allen, Deon Cain A.J. Brown — Starter, Zach Pascal, Britan Covey The addition of A.J. Brown from the Titans gives Philadelphia a bonafide one-two punch at wide receiver and Quez Watkins could be a beneficiary as well. Jalen Reagor is now No. 4 or No. 5 on the depth chart depending on how the Eagles view Zach Pascal after his time with the Colts. Devon Allen and Britain Covey are speedsters to watch as well. TE Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Dallas Goedert — Starter Grant Calcaterra Jack Stoll Richard Rodgers JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Tyree Jackson Goedert will enter his first year as the full-time starter and he’ll look to earn his first Pro Bowl berth. SMU’s Grant Calcaterra is the player to watch behind Goedert after Tyree Jackson suffered an ACL, while JJ Arcega-Whiteside will look to prolong his career with the Eagles from the tight end position. OL Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports LT Jordan Mailata, Andre Dillard LG Landon Dickerson, Sua Opeta, Josh Sills C Jason Kelce, Cam Jurgens RG Isaac Seumalo, Jack Driscoll, Kayode Awosika, Bill Dunkle RT Lane Johnson, Le’Raven Clark, Jarrid Williams Mailata and Dickerson form a monster duo on the left and Philadelphia is unlikely to break that tandem up, while Isaac Seumalo has earned the first shot at replacing the retired Brandon Brooks. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/philadelphia-eagles-news-2022-nfl-draft-projected-offensive-depth-chart/
  24. Eagles sign LB Nakobe Dean to rookie deal Glenn Erby May 16, 2022 12:01 pm ET The Eagles announced that they’ve signed former Georgia All-American linebacker and third-round pick, Nakobe Dean to his rookie deal. A projected first-round pick, Dean slipped in the draft after rumors swirled surrounding his health and overall durability heading into the 2022 NFL season. Dean is the fourth of five draft picks to sign, joining first-round pick Jordan Davis, and sixth-round picks linebacker Kyron Johnson and tight end Grant Calcaterra, leaving only second-round pick Cam Jurgens as the one unsigned rookie. Dean signed a four-year deal worth $5, 186,894 and will count $943K against the cap this coming season. During his three years of action in Athens, Dean logged 168 tackles, three forced fumbles, 7.5 sacks, and two interceptions. A captain on the 2021 National Championship team and leader of the Bulldogs’ stout defense, Dean was a unanimous All-American and won the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2022/05/16/philadelphia-eagles-news-nakobe-dean-rookie-contract-details-nfl-draft/
  25. 5 takeaways from 1st day of Eagles rookie minicamp Glenn Erby May 6, 2022 4:19 pm ET The Eagles have three of their five 2022 NFL draft picks under contract, but that didn’t stop the entire class, 12 undrafted free agents and a host of other tryout hopefuls from hitting the field on the first day of rookie minicamp. Only the beginning of the session was open to the media, and afterward, head coach Nick Sirianni addressed the media, saying all the right things after Day 1. Here are five takeaways from the first day of rookie minicamp, along with notes and observations. 1. Eagles quickly noticing Carson Strong Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The former Nevada quarterback is already making a name for himself and with one of the biggest undrafted free agent signing bonuses, he’ll be around. Strong had an impressive first day according to head coach Nick Sirianni. 2. Jordan Davis looks imposing and in shape Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The No. 13 overall pick looks like he shed some weight and during drills, he looks even more athletic and agile. 3. Nakobe Dean is a player to watch Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The rookie linebacker has a presence about himself and it was apparent from Day 1 that Dean and Jonathan Gannon are going to become close friends. Head coach Nick Sirianni was already raving about Dean after one day of practice. 4. Eagles trying out a former basketball player Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Roseman loves experimenting and a new face was at the NovaCare Complex. A rookie and former Penn State basketball player named John Harrar is trying out as a tight end for the Eagles. Harrar is a local product who starred on the football field at Strath Haven, before heading to State College to play basketball. Listed at 6-9, 240, Harrar is a player to watch. 5. Georgia Bulldog swag Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports With only rookies and young players in attendance, Dean and Jordan Davis were the most accomplished players in the room and that moxie trickled down throughout the day. The former Georgia teammates will automatically make life easier for each other and coming from a program that just had 15 players drafted, they’ve been SEC test pros for years now. With Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and others heading into their later years, the 2022 stars offer the best hope for a continued culture of hard work and showing up daily. 6. Notes/Observations Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The Eagles could be switching defensive schemes and if not, they’ll employ a lot more 3-4 looks that could see Jordan Davis as the 1-technique, flanked by any combination of pass rushers and hybrid defenders. With Haason Reddick, Davis, Derek Barnett, Milton Williams, Kyron Johnson, Kyzir White, Nakobe Dean, and TJ Edwards, Philadelphia can employ several different schemes, with the personnel to switch out and not be outmatched. 7. Eagles will take it easy this spring Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The Eagles want to be one of the healthier teams in the NFL and they’ll do things unconventionally while trying to meet that goal. With training camp a few months away, Philadelphia will avoid doing any 11-on-11 work this spring, sticking to individual work and 7-on-7 passing drills. https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/lists/5-takeaways-from-1st-day-of-eagles-rookie-minicamp/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem_manual&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1pc2ESPtLW-ATkHMFc-kTiF2pD7fRvpOsIKZ65OkYe6YH_CVTr0gPAib4
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