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  1. RUMOR: VETERAN CB NEARLY SIGNED WITH EAGLES BEFORE DECIDING TO RETIRE By Victor Williams June 21, 2022 The Eagles shored up the secondary by signing ex-Giants CB James Bradberry last month, but he wasn’t the first option. Veteran cornerback Trae Waynes recently revealed that he nearly joined the Eagles this offseason before ultimately deciding to walk away from football. Here’s what Waynes had to say during an appearance on the Geary & Stein Sports Show: "I actually almost went to Philly, to go back with JG [Jonathan Gannon] and Ant [Anthony Harris] but at that point I was like, ‘I’m ready to be done.’ Could I easily keep playing several more years? Yes. But I got a family, I want to be around with my kids more.” Waynes is a former first-round pick and developed into a productive corner opposite Xavier Rhodes during Gannon’s tenure in Minnesota. In his 2016 & 2017 seasons combined, Waynes recorded 155 tackles, 22 passes defended, and 5 interceptions. After signing a three-year, $42M contract with Cincinnati, Waynes missed the entire 2020 season due to injuries and played in just five games last year. He was released by the team in March and appears to be content with his unofficial retirement. ”For me, I played. I lived the dream. I did it. I made enough money to where I can take care of my family. Being able to walk away on my own terms is always something I wanted to do." https://thelibertyline.com/2022/06/21/rumor-trae-waynes-eagles/
  2. REPORT: EAGLES SIGN VETERAN SAFETY TO ONE-YEAR DEAL By Victor Williams June 17, 2022 A new safety is joining Anthony Harris and Marcus Epps ahead of training camp. Per multiple reports, the Eagles have agreed to terms with veteran safety Jaquiski Tartt on a one-year deal: The former second-round pick spent his first seven seasons with San Francisco. He’s had some injury woes throughout his career but is a versatile deep safety when healthy. Tartt has only given up nine TDs across his career and allowed just 57.6% of passes to be completed when targeted last season. Unfortunately, he’ll be remembered most for dropping the crucial interception in last year’s NFC Championship Game vs. the Rams. The 30-year-old is an ideal fit for Jonathan Gannon’s scheme, although he is a stop-gap option at best. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/06/17/report-eagles-sign-jaquiski-tartt/
  3. RUMOR: EAGLES CONSIDERING A FAMILIAR FACE TO BOLSTER THE BACKFIELD By Victor Williams June 15, 2022 With Miles Sanders coming off another injury-riddled season, the Eagles will need some insurance in the backfield if he goes down next year. The team brought back Boston Scott on a one-year deal and second-year back Kenneth Gainwell is coming off a promising rookie campaign, but they could still use a downhill runner. According to NFL Insiders Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher of Inside The Birds, a familiar face could be returning to help bolster the position: "They need a guy with size. My sense is that they probably would bring someone in at some point in August if not by the start of camp,” Caplan said. "The problem with Jordan Howard is he has had neck issues, so you wonder about him. He’s always on call. If they need to sign him, they’ll sign him.” "Last year there was a lot more uncertainty, so they signed him early,” Mosher followed. "I think they went into this offseason realizing they don’t need to sign him at all [before the season]. They are the only team ever since the Dolphins cut him who ever showed any interest in him. I feel like they know they can call him up five days before the season or the day after the cutdowns, and if they feel they need a big back, they can just bring him in.” If Jordan Howard does find his way back to Philadelphia, it’ll be his fourth stint with the team since 2019. The power back found success in relief of Miles Sanders last season, rushing for 406 yards and three TDs in seven appearances. The Eagles currently have five running backs on the roster ahead of training camp: Miles Sanders Kenneth Gainwell Boston Scott Jason Huntley Kennedy Brooks Brooks out of Oklahoma is the most intriguing option in short-yardage situations. He has superb vision and can drag defenders for yards after contact. The Eagles ought to see what they have in him before bringing back Howard and his inevitable late-season stingers. If Sanders — who is entering a contract year — can stay healthy, Nick Sirianni shouldn’t have to dip too far into the depth chart. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/06/15/eagles-familiar-face-backfield/
  4. EAGLES NEWS: JALEN HURTS AND AJ BROWN RANKED TOP-10 IN NEW QB-WR DUOS By Victor Williams June 16, 2022 There’s a great deal of hype surrounding the Eagles heading into next season, and star receiver AJ Brown is a big reason why. Philadelphia acquired Brown’s services during the 2022 NFL Draft, sending first and third-round picks to Tennessee. One of the factors that went into pursuing Brown was his long-standing relationship with starting QB Jalen Hurts. "Really excited to get him just in terms of how [Sirianni] can use him and his vision for A.J. Brown in this offense and how he complements the other guys that we have here,” Eagles GM Howie Roseman said on draft night. "As you guys may or may not know, his relationship with our quarterback — all exciting things. Looking forward to getting him into Philadelphia.” Brown has been dominant since entering the league in 2019, totaling 185 receptions for nearly 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. Just before offseason workouts began, Brown was spotted catching passes from Hurts. Now the two will be donning the same jersey next season. Just how good will they be in their first year together? NFL.com recently released their top 10 new QB-WR duos heading into the 2022 season and have the Hurts-Brown ranked 7th, just behind Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill in Miami: "Brown’s presence will make life easier for Hurts, who enters a pivotal season attempting to prove he’s the long-term solution under center. Hurts displayed a dual-threat ability in 2021, his first season as a full-time starter, but he missed too many throws, generating a passer rating of 87.2. Brown’s ability to win in tight spaces and generate yards after the catch adds a dimension to the offense that was missing last season.” "Much like Tua, Hurts needs a strong season. The pairing of Brown and Smith ratchets up the passing game to make Philly one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL if everyone stays healthy.” The Pro Bowl WR has eclipsed 1,000 yards in two of his first three seasons in the NFL and plays like a running back with the ball in his hands. The addition of Brown provides an accomplished, big-bodied threat who will bring elite YAC ability to Sirianni’s offense. After a turbulent 2021 campaign, all eyes will be on Hurts in what may be his final audition to win over the Eagles franchise. If his flashes from OTA’s translate to the regular season, Philadelphia can continue to build the team rather than find a new QB next spring. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/06/16/eagles-jalen-hurts-aj-brown-duos/
  5. ROSTER OUTLOOK: PROJECTED CONTRACT FOR MILES SANDERS REVEALED By Victor Williams June 7, 2022 After switching up their playbook midseason, Nick Sirianni and the Eagles became the league’s most effective team on the ground. With dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts leading the charge, Philadelphia finished the year first in total rushing yards and rushing yards per game. Even after adding star WR AJ Brown, Philly should continue to be dominant on the ground in 2022 behind the best offensive line in football. The Eagles lead-back, Miles Sanders, is entering the final year of his rookie deal with extra motivation, having sustained several injuries over the last two seasons. So for the Eagles, the question becomes what is Miles Sanders worth? Spotrac recently calculated Sanders’ market value based on age, statistical production, and comparable players. Market Value 3 yrs, $12,766,680 Avg. Salary: $4,255,560 NFL Rank: 423 RB Rank: 19 Rush yards/game Length Value Avg. Salary Age when signed Chris Carson 70.7 2 $10.4M $5.2M 26 James Connor 51.5 1 $1.75M $1.75M 25 Kenyan Drake 61.1 2 $11M $5.5M 27 Phillip Lindsay 56.0 1 $3.25M $3.25M 26 Miles Sanders 68.5 3 $12.75M $4.25M 25 At a glance, that contract seems like a bargain. Sanders is consistently among the league leaders in yards/carry and is a home-run threat in the open field. Factor in his durability concerns, however, and the fact that he didn’t find the endzone once last year — I can understand why his value is lower than expected. The new-look Eagles are poised to have an explosive offense next season. If Sanders stays healthy, he could be in line for a long-term extension in Philadelphia. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/06/07/projected-contract-miles-sanders/
  6. TE DALLAS GOEDERT HAS NOTICED THREE SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENTS WITH JALEN HURTS By Victor Williams June 8, 2022 Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has gone on the record saying he’s noticed a "big difference” in Jalen Hurts this offseason. Sirianni recently spoke with ESPN detailing the improvements Hurts has made to his game: "I’m noticing a big difference,” he told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. "What I see is a crisper ball. The accuracy I’ve been very pleased with. You can just see him taking strides every single day with his accuracy because of the fundamentals he has with his feet and his upper body.” The Eagles concluded OTA’s today with training camp set begin on July 26. Although the team has only participated in 7-on-7 drills, Hurts has displayed precision and accuracy throughout practice. Again, they’re running around in shorts — so take these assessments with a grain of salt. Starting tight end Dallas Goedert has also praised his QB’s work this summer, telling reporters that Hurts is "seeing the field better, making quicker decisions and getting the football out faster." "His determination to be great is something that you see every day,” Goedert said. "I was out there in California with him working. The detail that he had with the coaches, looking at film, looking at his throwing mechanics, things like that. He really wants to be great and he shows that each and every day.” These are encouraging remarks from fellow coaches and teammates as Hurts prepares for his second year as the lead man. With Pro Bowl WR AJ Brown in Philly and rising star DeVonta Smith poised for a breakout Year 2, it’s up to Hurts to tie it all together on offense. The young signal-caller led his team to the playoffs last season, ending the year with 3,144 yards passing on 61% comp., 16 TDs and 9 INTs while rushing for 784 yards and adding 10 scores on the ground. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/06/08/dallas-goedert-improvements-jalen-hurts/
  7. DEVONTA SMITH STUDYING TWO PRO BOWL WRS THIS OFFSEASON TO IMPROVE HIS GAME By Victor Williams June 9, 2022 New Eagles’ WR AJ Brown has been the center of attention this offseason, understandably so. Brown has eclipsed 1,000 yards in two of his first three seasons in the NFL and plays like a running back with the ball in his hands. Earning his way to a $100M extension, Brown projects to be the ideal counterpart to Philadelphia’s other surging receiver, DeVonta Smith. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner is coming off an awe-inspiring rookie season, catching 64 passes for 916 yards and five touchdowns. He fell just short of his 1,000-yard goal, however, due to the Eagles’ rush-heavy style of play. Even with the addition of AJ Brown, that goal should be well within reach for Smith in 2022. "In my opinion, Smitty is a wide receiver 1 and he’s going against a cornerback No. 2,” Brown said last Friday. "I expect Smitty to dominate.” With top corners likely to shadow Brown next season, things will only open up more for Smith in Year 2. Familiarity in the offense is also important, and the reps that he and starting QB Jalen Hurts put in last year seem to be already paying off in OTA’s. Smith isn’t just banking on sheer talent in his second year. According to Zach Berman of The Athletic, he’s been spending much of the offseason studying a pair of Pro Bowl wide receivers to improve his game: "Smith’s offseason priority has been working on catching the ball in traffic. He has tried digging deeper into the offense and improving his blocking and route discipline. Most of the film he has devoured has been of Davante Adams and Keenan Allen, focusing on the Pro Bowlers’ releases at the line of scrimmage. It’s those details that will make a difference for Smith.” Already a polished route-runner, incorporating Allen and Adams’ technique will make Smith virtually impossible to contain. "He can run every route in the route tree,” AJ Brown said. Regardless of who’s atop the depth chart on opening day, the Eagles essentially have two WR1s in their new-look offense. Towards the end of last season, head coach Nick Sirianni stated that he wanted to get DeVonta Smith and tight end Dallas Goedert more targets moving forward. He now has to factor AJ Brown into the equation as well. If everything goes right, Philadelphia could have two players exceed the elusive 1,000-yard mark. The last Eagles receiver to reach that milestone was Jeremy Maclin — eight years ago. "I’m excited, just to learn from a guy like him,” Smith of AJ Brown. "Anytime you play football, you watch all the different receivers, just seeing what everybody has in their toolbox. So him being here, just being able to learn from him [is helpful].” https://thelibertyline.com/2022/06/09/devonta-smith-studying-pro-bowl-wrs/
  8. QUICK TAKES: 5 TAKEAWAYS FROM EAGLES’ FIRST PRACTICE By Victor Williams June 3, 2022 The Eagles practiced in front of the media for the first time this offseason today at the NovaCare Complex. I was fortunate enough to catch the first half or so of the 50-minute practice and came away impressed. Keep in mind that the Eagles aren’t holding 11-on-11 drills, so these observations are made from 7-on-7’s. Here are my five takeaways: DeVonta Smith could very well be WR1 No disrespect to AJ Brown, but DeVonta Smith looked like the best receiver on the field today. He caught everything thrown in his direction, including two 40+ yard receptions beating both James Bradberry and Darius Slay. Everything from his footwork to his burst off the line of scrimmage remains elite. If you’re a fantasy football player, keep Year 2 Smitty on your radar. Jalen Hurts looked accurate You can only take so much away from 7-on-7 drills, but Hurts looked sharp today. He completed his first six passes, three of which were deep completions — two to DeVonta Smith and one to Deon Cain for a 50-yard TD. Hurts continuously found the soft spot in coverage and gave his receivers a chance to make a play on the ball. He did overthrow AJ Brown once and mistimed another pass which Slay broke up, but Hurts was precise overall. He finished practice 9/11 passing and two touchdowns. AJ Brown is a physical specimen If you were to build a prototypical counterpart to DeVonta Smith from the ground up, you’d get AJ Brown. His 226-pound frame is even more imposing in person. It’s been said ad nauseam to this point, but Brown may be the most physically gifted receiver the Eagles have had since Terrell Owens. First-team linebackers Kyzir White and TJ Edwards got the nod at LB in 7-on-7’s while Nakobe Dean continues to learn the defense. I’d imagine Dean will be in a starting role the minute he’s acclimated with the system. Isaac Seumalo starting at right guard Despite recent rumors that Isaac Seumalo could be a June 1st release, the veteran guard started with the first-team today over Jack Driscoll. Seumalo suffered a Lisfranc sprain three weeks into the 2021 season, causing him to miss the remainder of the year. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/06/03/5-takeaways-eagles-first-practice/
  9. REPORT: EAGLES WERE IN TALKS WITH NICK FOLES BEFORE HE SIGNED WITH COLTS By Victor Williams May 23, 2022 Former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is headed to his sixth team, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with the Colts. Before signing with Indianapolis, however, the Eagles reportedly had talks with Foles about a potential reunion. The interest in Foles is puzzling from the Eagles’ perspective. They added UDFA QB Carson Strong following the draft and still have Gardner Minshew on the roster behind Jalen Hurts. Unless it was strictly for sentimental purposes, bringing him in wouldn’t have made much sense. Foles has spent time in Jacksonville and Chicago since capturing Philadelphia’s first Lombardi, throwing for over 2800 yards, 14 TDs and 10 INTs in 14 games. He now cements himself as Matt Ryan’s backup, just two months after former starter Carson Wentz was shipped out of town. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/05/23/report-eagles-in-talks-nick-foles/
  10. PETER KING NAMES EAGLES ONE OF NFL’S BEST TEAMS GOING INTO 2022 SEASON By Jack Connell May 23, 2022 Peter King recently released his power rankings following the aftermath of the 2022 NFL Draft and free agency. According to King, the Eagles could be one of the NFL’s best teams this season, sitting at 9th in his power rankings. Peter King on the Philadelphia Eagles "I see the Eagles as the best team in the East. I see Jalen Hurts doing enough to be a C-plus quarterback with the addition of A.J. Brown. I see the receiving corps of Brown, DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, and Zach Pascal being good enough to make the Eagles a top-10 offense. I see Haason Redick returning to the scene of his prime (he played college football at Temple) and James Bradberry fortifying a corner depth chart to make this the best defense in the NFC East.” Only the Rams, Buccaneers, and Packers are ahead of the Eagles on this list, putting them alongside some good company. Just behind Philly are the 49ers and Saints, sitting in 10th and 11th place. There’s a lot of hype drumming up around the Eagles for 2022, especially following the addition of James Bradberry last week. Between an easy division and a much-improved roster, it’s hard not to see the Eagles making a big leap from their 9-8 record last season. Most power rankings had the Eagles in the middle of the pack following their initial free agency signings, but they are sure to make a leap across the board after bringing in A.J. Brown, Bradberry, Jordan Davis, and Nakobe Dean. Come party with TLL and Phans of Philly The Liberty Line will be partnering with Phans of Philly for all away games next season, the best in the business at organized travel packages for Philly sports fans. They provide completely stress-free travel planning and flexible payment plans with the best reputation in the city. All upcoming trips are listed on their website and priority deposits are now live. The TLL crew will be heading to Arizona for the Week 5 matchup against the Cardinals. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/05/23/peter-king-eagles-rankings/
  11. DEEP DIVE: JAMES BRADBERRY’S NUMBERS FROM 2021 SEASON DON’T TELL THE FULL STORY By Victor Williams May 20, 2022 Ex-Giants cornerback James Bradberry agreed to a one-year contract with Philadelphia on Wednesday, giving the Eagles another top-tier defender alongside Darius Slay. Since entering the league, Bradberry has been one of the most consistent cornerbacks in the game, only missing five contests across his six-year career. The 28-year-old is coming off a productive two-year stint in New York where he totaled 101 tackles, 35 passes defended, and 7 INTs. This signing is a steal for the Eagles, who are paying Bradberry less than the dead cap hit New York is eating in 2021 for cutting him. Rival fanbases, however, seem to be under the preconceived notion that Bradberry is washed due to him allowing a career-most 848 yards and 8 TDs last season. These numbers appear ugly on the surface — but don’t let them discourage you. Giants’ defensive coordinator Patrick Graham implemented press-man coverage at times, which has never been a strength of Bradberry. He’s an outside zone corner who should be a seamless fit for Jonathan Gannon’s scheme behind a revamped front-seven. To put into perspective, here are Bradberry’s numbers in man coverage compared to zone from the previous two seasons: 2020 Man Coverage Zone Coverage % of snaps played 23.7% 65.1% Yards allowed 201 208 Pass-breakups 7 7 Passer rating allowed 92.3 48.5 PFF Coverage Grade 66.1 81.5 2021 Man Coverage Zone Coverage % of snaps played 22.5% 65.0% Yards allowed 273 404 Pass-breakups 1 11 Passer rating allowed 127.2 76.5 PFF Coverage Grade 40.1 79.1 There was evident regression last season, partly due to a lingering Achilles injury, but Bradberry is considerably more effective in a zone-heavy system. According to PFF, the Giants were the league’s most aggressive team in terms of running man coverage without a safety net. Once New York hired Wink Martindale and his Cover 0 defense, the decision to release Bradberry likely became that much easier. That’s not to say the former Carolina Panther isn’t capable of playing man-to-man; the Giants just hung him out to dry without help over the top far too often. Bradberry’s instincts have allowed him to challenge receivers and lead his team in pass breakups each year throughout his career. The addition of Bradberry will allow Gannon to be more creative schematically in his two-deep zone, especially with Jordan Davis commanding attention up front. Slay and his new running mate should take pressure off Anthony Harris and presumed starter Marcus Epps on the back end. Bradberry is one year removed from his Pro Bowl campaign where he was PFF’s 7th-highest ranked CB. Although he may not be a lockdown corner at this juncture, you’d be hard-pressed to find a superior CB2. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/05/20/james-bradberry-eagles-scheme/
  12. WHY A 3-4 UNDER FRONT IS PERFECT FOR THE EAGLES’ DEFENSE IN 2022 By Jack Connell May 16, 2022 One of the biggest things the Eagles wanted to do last season under new defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon was to install several new schemes. For years, the Eagles were stuck consistently in a 3-4 defense before Jim Schwartz switched to a 4-3. Under both regimes, there was never any flexibility in coverages and fronts, with the Eagles sticking with the same game plan for better or for worse. When Gannon took over, that swiftly changed. Philadelphia immediately began to show numerous fronts and schemes. For the most part, the Eagles stuck in a 4-3 and a 3-4 hybrid with a nickel defense, but it was the best they could do. Gannon wanted to mix things up, but his lack of linebackers left him with no choice but to run simple schemes since they weren’t capable of doing more. Howie Roseman addressed that this offseason, letting Alex Singleton walk while bringing in Haason Reddick, Nakobe Dean, and Kyzir White to boost their LB core. The Eagles will certainly show numerous fronts, but it’s looking like two of which could be the perfect schematic fit for this defense. The most likely look for this group in 2022 is a 3-4 under defense. At first glance, it appears to be a 5-2, or a "bear front” with five defensive linemen and two linebackers. However, it’s a bit different and allows for some flexibility on defense. 3-4 Under front This defense means that the Eagles would have three down linemen with a standup edge on each side capable of dropping back into coverage. Here’s how the Eagles’ starting defense would likely look under this front. Sam: Haason Reddick Will: Nakobe Dean Play-Side MLB (Mike): Kyzir White Back-side MLB (Backer): Davion Taylor DE: Josh Sweat DE: Javon Hargrave NT: Fletcher Cox/Jordan Davis With the defensive line, it’s hard to pin down exact starters since most of the group will be playing an equal amount and interchangeably at both defensive end and nose tackle. This front allows the Eagles to have the ability to easily disguise five pass rushers but also be able to send one of the off-ball linebackers into coverage easily. There are some different versions of a 3-4 hybrid the Eagles could adjust to as well, depending on the circumstance. One of which is the 3-4 Eagle, which is when the Sam linebacker lines head up with the tight end, as opposed to his outside shoulder. Alongside that, there is the 3-4 Okie, which is when the one defensive end moves from a three-tech to a five-tech. A 3-4 Eagle is a modification only seen during expected run situations, while a 3-4 Okie is seen in passing situations. One issue that arises with these 5-2 or 3-4 hybrid defenses is after the defensive line; running backs could exploit big holes in the defense on the outside. All it would take is a great block from a left tackle to seal off Reddick or Dean, and it could become an easy first down with the next-closest defender being the cornerback or pursuing linebacker. Luckily, since the Eagles’ front seven is dominant across the board, this issue would likely happen seldom. The more likely scenario is Reddick or Dean breaking off their blocker for an easy tackle for loss since they weren’t being double-teamed. Philadelphia’s defensive line is stacked, and they will want as many great players out there as possible. Since they’re so loaded to the point where they have two starting-caliber lines, I don’t think you’ll ever see a pure 3-4 defense from this group. After losing Steven Nelson, the Eagles’ secondary is the weak point of their defense, and Gannon won’t want to take pass rushers off the field. Instead, they would likely send more rushers and hope to force a throw instead of giving the QB time to pick apart their secondary. Regardless, there will be a major hole even if the 3-4 under is run to perfection, based on the Eagles’ scheme. With how Avonte Maddox has played, Philly will likely keep their nickel coverages with him in the slot. If that’s the case, they’ll be left with only one safety over the top with Darius Slay and, at this point, Zech McPhearson on the outside. McPhearson and Anthony Harris won’t cut it, and any team with multiple deep threats could attack over the top almost every play. If the Eagles are able to bring in someone like James Bradberry, that could help that issue massively, but as it stands, the Eagles could have an Achilles heel that ruins their defense despite a dominant front-seven. It’ll be interesting to see what the Eagles roll out when they kick off their season against the Detroit Lions, but they have the personnel up-front to control the trenches once again. Come party with TLL and Phans of Philly The Liberty Line will be partnering with Phans of Philly for all away games next season, the best in the business at organized travel packages for Philly sports fans. They provide completely stress-free travel planning and flexible payment plans with the best reputation in the city. All upcoming trips are listed on their website and priority deposits are now live. The TLL crew will be heading to Arizona for the Week 5 matchup against the Cardinals. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/05/16/3-4-under-front-is-perfect-eagles/
  13. REPORT: EAGLES AGREE TO TERMS WITH UDFA BRUISER AHEAD OF ROOKIE MINICAMP By Victor Williams May 5, 2022 Another running back has joined the fray ahead of this weekend’s Rookie Camp. According to reports, the Eagles have signed UDFA Jerry Howard Jr. out of Towson., Before joining Towson, Howard spent four seasons with Georgia Tech totaling 858 yards and 7 TDs. He then transferred to Towson, where he rushed for 932 yards and averaged 4.9 yards/carry in 2021. As of now, the Eagles have Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell and Jason Huntley on the roster. They need some size in the backfield, and the 230-pounder could serve as a power back for short-yardage situations. "I feel that I can be an all-around back. I’m big enough to be a power back and fast enough to run around the edge,” Howard told NFL Draft Diamonds. "I’ve played in a run-heavy triple option as well as playing an air raid scheme back in high school. Two years ago at Georgia Tech, I was used as a receiver coming out of the backfield.” https://thelibertyline.com/2022/05/05/eagles-jerry-howard-jr-udfa/
  14. EAGLES SIGN 12 UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS, TRYOUT 19 PLAYERS AT ROOKIE MINICAMP By Victor Williams May 6, 2022 The newest Eagles took the field this afternoon as rookie minicamp got underway. The team announced they signed 12 UDFAs ahead of camp, here’s a complete list of players with scouting reports: CB Josh Blackwell, Duke "Blackwell looked like a legitimate next-level prospect early in his Duke career, but he was very inconsistent as a senior in 2021. He possesses the size and speed and previously showed enough ball skills to get consideration as a dime back on Sundays. Nevertheless, Blackwell must get his game back together and be more focused on the field.” — Pro Football Network S Reed Blackenship, Middle Tennessee "Reed Blankenship is an active player with good size and physicality. He triggers quickly to what he sees, with a high motor and good sense of awareness. He has the ability to play at multiple levels but does best in the box, closer to the line of scrimmage. He has good instincts and flows well to the ball, along with good vision in underneath coverage.” — Bleacher Report RB Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma "Brooks has adequate size and vision but really impresses with his ability to maintain space from defenders as the run progresses. He’s not a home run hitter or a physical finisher and is unlikely to offer much third down value. Brooks’ smooth, subtle running style can be taken for granted, but is perfect for outside zone teams looking to add competition. He’s an RB2 with upside.” — NFL.com WR Britain Covey, Utah "Covey’s size and age will work against him, but he plays bigger than he measures. He’s a talented punt returner who can make plays as a receiver after the catch, as well. He’s a choppy route-runner and fails to generate above-average separation but he was more consistent and productive as the 2021 season wore on. His scrappiness and talent as a return man could give him an outside shot to compete for a roster spot.” — NFL.com OL William Dunkle, San Diego State "Aggressive guard with broad, powerful frame but limited upside. Dunkle lacks the desired range as a run blocker and in his pass sets. Athletic opponents will cause him to struggle, but his size, strength and toughness give him a shot to find future starting reps even though his grade and tape is more in line with a backup role.” — NFL.com DT Noah Elliss, Idaho "Imposing space-eater with flashes of physical dominance against a level of competition that hasn’t fully tested him. He has the physical tools and power to make a living as a two-gapping, odd-front nose guard but will need to improve his technique and footwork to become a true tree stump in the middle against the run.” — NFL.com LB Ali Fayad, Western Michigan "Western Michigan EDGE defender Ali Fayad projects as a special teams contributor and a developmental hybrid linebacker at the NFL level. Fayad doesn’t have ideal NFL measurables to play on the edge and may be a player that is tried in a number of different roles, including SAM linebacker, in a bid to find a defensive role for him.” — The Draft Network CB Mario Goodrich, Clemson "After being a part-time player at Clemson prior to 2021, Goodrich elevated his game and jumped onto the scouting radar. He possesses next-level size and ball skills and a tremendous amount of upside. Goodrich needs to polish his game, but he has the tools necessary to make a roster as either a bump-and-run or zone cornerback.” — Pro Football Network CB Josh Jobe, Alabama "Josh Jobe is next in the line of great Alabama cornerbacks. Although he may not be as elite as some of his predecessors, he has the length and look of a top cornerback. Jobe may need some more time to develop before stepping into a starting role in the NFL, but he has most of the prerequisites to make an easy transition to the pros.” — Bleacher Report QB Carson Strong, Nevada "He’s a nice-sized pocket passer and one of the best arm talents we’ve seen in the draft over the past 20 years. But oftentimes, Strong is too intent on launching deep passes and he never developed as a short or intermediate passer. Strong comes with tremendous upside, and if he is medically cleared by teams, could eventually develop into a starting quarterback if he develops as a total passer.” — Pro Football Network OL Jarrid Williams, Miami "Williams can run block thanks to his big frame and willingness to keep his feet moving where his long arms displace run defenders from their assigned gap. As an overall tackle though, he needs development in his pass blocking technique since he is devoid of the strength or athleticism many NFL tackles acquire in their skillset.” — Sports Illustrated Players invited for tryouts RB Jerry Howard, Towson RB Robert Washington, Valparaiso WR Tariq Bitson, Tarleton State WR Melvin Rouse, Yale WR Keric Wheatfall, Fresno State WR Gavin Garner, Northwestern Oklahoma State WR Bryce Singleton, Florida International WR Juwan Green, Albany TE John Harrar, Penn State LB Damani Staley, South Carolina LB Jordan Hill, Harvard LB Tuzar Skipper, Toledo DB Jordan Happle, Oregon DB Jaylan Foster, South Carolina DB Omar Hicks Onu, Montana DB Tobias Oliver, Georgia Tech DB Jacob Springer, Mississippi DB Delan Stallworth, Princeton DB Carlins Platel, South Carolina https://thelibertyline.com/2022/05/06/eagles-12-udfas-19-tryout-players/
  15. EAGLES UPDATE: CONTRACT DETAILS OF DT JORDAN DAVIS REVEALED By Victor Williams May 5, 2022 Ahead of this weekend’s Rookie Camp, the Eagles have reportedly signed three members of their 2022 draft class to contracts. Details of Jordan Davis’ deal have been revealed, with the Georgia standout making $17M guaranteed: Other rookies who signed today include LB Kyron Johnson and TE Grant Calcaterra. The Eagles selected Davis with the #13 overall pick of the draft after trading up ahead of Baltimore. At 6-foot-6, 341 pounds, Davis demands double-teams every time he’s on the field and will be a run-stopping force along the defensive front. Eagles’ rookie minicamp is set to begin tomorrow. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/05/05/eagles-contract-dt-jordan-davis/
  16. NFL DRAFT: EAGLES SIGN 3 SLEEPER CORNERS VIA UDFA By Victor Williams April 30, 2022 As the rounds went by in the NFL Draft, many wondered when the Eagles would address the numerous holes in the secondary. Apparently, they were waiting for the UDFA market to open up as the Eagles pounced on three promising corners just minutes after the draft: Mario Goodrich, CB — Clemson Goodrich is an excellent zone corner who plays with exceptional vision and ball skills. He was one of 10 CBs in this class who played over 360 coverage snaps and allowed 0 TDs. Goodrich is a strong tackler with a high football IQ who can also double-up at safety. The Eagles signed Goodrich to a fully guaranteed deal that pays him $217,000, much more than the typical UDFA contract. An indication that he’ll be able to carve out a starting role next season. Josh Jobe, CB — Alabama The Eagles bring in another Alabama player, and honestly, it’s puzzling that Jobe even went undrafted. He took a step back after an impressive 2020 season but has flashed all the skills necessary to develop into a regular NFL starter. Jobe is aggressive in the run game and utilizes his long frame to disrupt routes. His most productive years were across from Patrick Surtain II, however. Jobe also underwent foot surgery in December that kept him out of the College Football Playoff. Josh Blackwell, CB — Duke Blackwell is a quality cover corner with above-average playmaking ability. He tracks the ball well and gets his head around to effectively break up passes. Consistency has been an issue for Blackwell, but he possesses the speed and fundamentals to succeed at the pro level. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/30/eagles-sign-3-corners-udfa/
  17. REPORT: EAGLES DECLINE ANDRE DILLARD’S FIFTH-YEAR OPTION By Jack Connell April 30, 2022 According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia Eagles have declined to pick up Andre Dillard’s 5th-year option next season. Philadelphia had until Monday to decide if they wanted to pay Dillard over $11 million in 2023, and the only reason they waited so long was in hopes of landing a draft-day deal. Philadelphia has listened to trade offers for Dillard since the start of last season, but have wanted a fair return for the former first-rounder. Dillard played quite well when filling in for Jordan Mailata this past season, shutting down numerous top edge rushers. Just because the Eagles declined, his option doesn’t mean they’re looking to move on from Dillard this season. If he fills in again and plays at a high level, some team will certainly pay handsomely to have him take over full-time at LT. If not, Howie Roseman could look to bring Dillard back on another team-friendly deal next offseason. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/30/eagles-decline-andre-dillard-option/
  18. EAGLES DRAFT GEORGIA LB NAKOBE DEAN AT NO. 83 OVERALL By Victor Williams April 29, 2022 The Philadelphia Eagles have selected LB Nakobe Dean out of Georgia with the No. 83 overall pick. Widely projected as a first-round talent, Dean fell all the way to the third round due to injury concerns. Even if Dean misses time, the reward far outweighs the risk. Dean is the most athletically gifted linebacker in the class with tremendous speed and football instincts. He excels as both a run defender as well a pass rusher, as evidenced by his 31 pressures generated in 2021. The Georgia standout can go stride for stride with receivers, allowing just a 30.7 QB rating when targeted in coverage. Dean possesses incredible acceleration and explosiveness, enabling him to work his way through traffic to wrap up ball carriers. The one knock on him is that he’s a bit undersized for a prototypical linebacker, but his skillset is so elite that it hardly matters. If Dean can get the medicals worked out, he has the traits to be the most impactful LB in Philadelphia since Jeremiah Trotter. Dean played behind fellow Georgia and now Eagles-teammate Jordan Davis last season, totaling 72 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, and two interceptions. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/29/eagles-draft-nakobe-dean/
  19. RUMOR: EAGLES ZEROING IN ON WR JAMESON WILLIAMS By Victor Williams April 25, 2022 It is officially Draft Week and the Eagles could potentially be taking a receiver in the first round for the third consecutive year. According to ESPN’s Todd McShay, the Eagles have their eyes on Alabama WR Jameson Williams: "Multiple execs I spoke with think Alabama wideout Jameson Williams is the Philadelphia Eagles’ preference at No. 15. And if not Philly, then the New Orleans Saints could be his floor at No. 16. If another team wants Williams, it will probably have to move up to at least the Baltimore Ravens’ No. 14 slot. Baltimore — which already has eight picks in Rounds 2 to 4 — is always willing to move back.” Williams is coming off a torn ACL suffered in the National Championship Game but is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery. When healthy, Williams is the most explosive receiver in this class. NFL.com’s scouting report of Jameson Williams: "Linear route-runner with electric long speed to impact a game as a home-run hitter or decoy drawing defenders away from other elements of the offense. Williams ruins man coverage but faces some limitations. He has issues getting off press cleanly and might require some scheming to help get off the mark cleanly against certain corners. Catch toughness can be inconsistent when contested or in heavily trafficked areas. He has all the juice to find consistent separation on vertical, over and post/corner routes and could see monstrous production if paired with a high-end talent at quarterback. The ACL tear could play a role in determining his ultimate draft destination, but it’s unlikely to change his game." After being buried on the depth chart at Ohio State, Williams transferred to Alabama for his junior season and caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards (led SEC) and 15 touchdowns. Williams could be the ideal running mate alongside DeVonta Smith for years to come. With the No. 15 and 18 overall picks at his disposal, GM Howie Roseman should be well within striking distance for the Alabama star. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/25/eagles-zeroing-in-jameson-williams/
  20. EAGLES’ DEFENSIVE END ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM NFL By Jack Connell April 21, 2022 Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Cameron Malveaux announced earlier today that he would be retiring after five seasons in the NFL. Malveaux was signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2017 as a UDFA and joined the Eagles’ practice squad in September following a short stint with the Cleveland Browns. Although he didn’t see the field much, Malveaux played during their final three games of the regular season, recording three tackles and two quarterback hits. Following the season, Philly signed him to a reserve/future contract for the 2022/2023 season. It’s unlikely he would’ve seen much playing time this season, but it’s still unfortunate to see a player walk away from the game so young. For the rest of the team, they will begin their off-season workouts next week on April 25th. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/21/eagles-defensive-end-retire/
  21. BRANDON GRAHAM PROVIDES UPDATE ON ACHILLES INJURY AHEAD OF OTAS By Jack Connell April 20, 2022 It’s looking like Brandon Graham will be good for training camp this summer. Yesterday, Graham appeared on Sports Take on JAKIB Media and provided an update on his recovery process after tearing his Achilles. Brandon Graham’s Injury Update "I’m OTA-ready. We were just talking about that today. I’m going to be doing a lot of the same things with the team. It’s not like what we used to do, doing all the team reps and stuff like that. It’s going to be more individual, and then you’re going to have to learn the plays, go through plays, and stuff like that. Nothing that’s really going to tax you too much other than individual drills and stuff like that. "But I’m back to normal, man. It’s just getting my lungs right. It’s like the offseason. I’m off the protocol of just rehabbing every day.” Graham tore his Achilles just a few weeks into the Eagles’ 2021 season, but it’s great to see he’s back on the mend. During his last full season with the Eagles, Graham recorded 8 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, and 16 quarterback hits. At 34-years-old, BG is still going to be a vital part of Philly’s defense, and the addition of Haason Reddick should help take the pressure off his shoulders. This upcoming season will be huge for Graham, who has just one year remaining on his contract, hoping for one more big payday before his career is over. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/20/brandon-graham-provides-update/
  22. EAGLES ANNOUNCE SLEW OF JERSEY NUMBER CHANGES AHEAD OF 2022 SEASON By Jack Connell April 19, 2022 Following their free agency signings, the Philadelphia Eagles quietly announced a new slew of number changes for the upcoming season. Haason Reddick was the only popular change this season, moving from #43 back to #7, which he wore during his time at Temple. #7 was most recently worn by Reid Sinnett, who switched to #17 this offseason. Wide receiver Zach Pascal will be moving from #14 to #11, becoming the first Eagle to wear #11 since Carson Wentz’s departure over a season ago. Linebacker Kyzir White is switching from #44 to #43 since the Eagles retired #44 for Pete Retzlaff in 1965. DT Renell Wren will wear #98, which Haason Ridgeway wore last season. Ridgeway left this offseason, signing with the San Francisco 49ers. Devon Allen has the most interesting number of them all, going with #39. Allen wore #13 at Oregon and also wore #5 earlier in his career, which is retired for Donovan McNabb. According to the NFL’s new uniform rules that went into effect last season, wideouts are able to wear any number from 1-40 and 80-89. A wide receiver wearing #39 is very weird to see. Hopefully, this is just a placeholder, like how the Patriots had Mac Jones wear #50 during training camp. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/19/eagles-jersey-number-changes/
  23. ESPN SUGGESTS TRADE WHERE EAGLES LAND STAR WR DK METCALF By Victor Williams April 9, 2022 After the departure of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ roster is in flux as the front office puts together their rebuild plan. Seattle has already parted ways with 10-year veteran Bobby Wagner and their top receivers could be the next pieces auctioned off in a fire sale. According to multiple reports, the Seahawks are taking calls on deep-threat Tyler Lockett while star WR DK Metcalf is rumored to be available — if the right deal presents itself: The Eagles have been linked to Metcalf for much of the offseason — primarily due to Howie Roseman passing on him in favor of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside back in 2019. ESPN recently released their ideal trade scenarios for the 24-year-old receiver, one of which included Metcalf landing in Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles Tim McManus’ offer: The Eagles would trade 2022 third- and fifth-round picks (Nos. 83 and 154). Inside the offer: The modest offer here reflects that the Eagles might only be in on Metcalf at a certain risk level. They rated him as a top-15 prospect in the 2019 draft, but the neck injury that ended his final season at Ole Miss kept them from drafting him. They’re not going to give up one of their first-round picks to acquire him. Philadelphia tried to trade for Calvin Ridley earlier this offseason and made a run at Christian Kirk in free agency, and Metcalf would give the franchise the impact receiver it seeks. The Eagles would have a stellar 1-2 punch at receiver with Metcalf and DeVonta Smith, with Quez Watkins and newly acquired Zach Pascal filling the third and fourth roles. Jalen Reagor, a 2020 first-round pick who has 64 catches in two seasons, could be moved to get a much-needed fresh start. Jalen Hurts would have all the targets he could ask for to be properly evaluated in his second season as the full-time starter. Acquiring a player of Metcalf’s stature is more so a pipedream at this point. He’s the exact type of building block teams covet when rebuilding — it’s difficult for me to see the Seahawks moving him even with a contract extension looming. The Jets reportedly offered the #10 overall pick for Metcalf and got turned down, so this offer would likely be dead on arrival anyway. Still, if there’s a chance Metcalf could be had, the Eagles should be sprinting to the phones. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/09/espn-tradee-eagles-dk-metcalf/
  24. REPORT: FORMER EAGLES CB SIGNS WITH AFC TEAM By Victor Williams April 13, 2022 0 The Eagles will need a new CB2 in 2022. First reported by Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle, CB Steven Nelson has agreed to a two-year deal worth $10M. Nelson signed with the Eagles last offseason on a one-year deal and was a solid starter across from Darius Slay. He started in every game, excluding the meaningless Dallas finale, recording 50 tackles, seven passes defended and one interception. Aside from Slay, the Eagles don’t have much proven talent on the roster at outside corner: Tay Gowan Craig James Mac McCain Zech McPhearson Josiah Scott Andre Chachere Kary Vincent Jr. With two first-round picks in the upcoming draft, the team could look to target Sauce Gardner or Derek Stingley Jr. — who both project to be Day-1 starters in the NFL. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/13/eagles-steven-nelson-texans/
  25. NFL DRAFT: EAGLES DB COACH ATTENDS LSU PRO DAY TO WORK OUT TOP CORNER PROSPECT By Victor Williams April 6, 2022 Following the massive trade with New Orleans earlier this week, the Eagles are now down to two first-round selections in the upcoming NFL Draft. With Darius Slay entering the tail-end of his career and Steven Nelson still testing free agency, cornerback should be a priority for Philly heading into the draft. Luckily, this class is loaded with defensive talent and the Eagles appear to be doing their research on the top CB prospects, including LSU standout Derek Stingley Jr. Stingley was widely considered the top corner in the class before suffering a Lisfranc injury last season. Availability remains a concern, however, as he’s only played in ten games over the last two years. From strictly a talent perspective, Stingely projects as a lockdown corner who will be able to match up with the NFL’s top receivers. A fluid athlete with tremendous recovery speed and ball skills, Stingley has the ideal traits teams are looking for at the cornerback position. If he falls out of the top-10, I’d expect the Eagles to strongly consider trading up for their premier corner of the future. Not to mention the practice matchups between DeVonta Smith and Derek Stingley Jr. would only benefit each other. Iron sharpens iron, as they say. https://thelibertyline.com/2022/04/06/eagles-derek-stingley-jr-lsu-pro-day/
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