Philadelphia Eagles

  • Philadelphia says, “Thank you Nick Foles!” Foles’s time with the Eagles was initially cut short in 2015 when Chip Kelly traded him to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford. I remember sitting and thinking, “Nick Foles might not be Philadelphia’s answer, but I know for sure it’s not Sam Bradford.” As it turns out, Foles was the answer for Philly. After a rough season with the Rams, contemplating retirement, and serving as a backup in Kansas City, Foles returned to his NFL home city and delivered the ultimate reward to the fans. As his time as an Eagle has officially come to an end and he signs with the Jaguars, let’s take a look back at some of his highlights as we say, thank you Foles! Draft day in 2012 In 2012, the Eagles selected Foles with the 88th pick in the draft. In his book, “Believe It”, Foles talks about the night he was drafted. He was watching the draft with his family in Texas. As they were getting around to the Eagles pick, the power in his home went out and in the midst of trying to get it back on, he lost his cell phone. He found the phone as it was ringing with a Philadelphia phone number on the front. When he answered, Andy Reid was on the other line. Before the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles, and more specifically, Doug Pederson, were the only team to work out Foles. His first few years with the Birds In 2012, Reid’s last year as head coach, the Birds didn’t provide much excitement. The team went 4-12 in a huge letdown season. One positive, however? Nick Foles. In a late-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles stepped in for an injured Michael Vick. In the final minutes,...
  • He’s coming home! After a few years of speculations, and “will he, won’t he” discussions, DeSean Jackson is FINALLY coming home. When he left the Washington Redskins, it was thought to be a possibility that Jackson would sign with the Eagles, however, he chose the Buccaneers. Finally, this time, the Bucs were about to release the speedy receiver. However, the Eagles jumped in and traded for their former star. Jackson’s first round with the Eagles After three years at Cal, Jackson was selected by the Eagles in the second round, with the 49th pick of the 2008 NFL draft. From 2008-2013, Jackson recorded a total of 6,117 receiving yards (three 1,000 yard seasons) and 32 touchdowns. Let’s also not forget the other four touchdowns that he added as well. There was one that was titled “Miracle at the Meadowlands Part Two”. He was released by Chip Kelly after just one season with the head coach. It’s absolutely time for him to come home. We never wanted him to leave! With the Redskins, then the Bucs From 2014-2018, Jackson spent five years total with both the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For those teams, he registered 4,144 receiving yards (two 1,000 yard seasons) and 21 touchdowns. If anyone has any doubts about what D-Jax can still do, I encourage you to remember the first play of their game against the Eagles just this past season. Why coming home is a good idea for D-Jax First of all, no player has more 50+ yard receptions for or against the Eagles than Jackson. Secondly, no one in NFL history has more 60+ yard touchdowns than Jackson. The Eagles fans never wanted him to leave. Freakin’ Chip did. He’s another excellent weapon for Carson Wentz. Think about it…Alshon Jeffery, Jackson, Nelson Agholor,...
  • First edition Eagles mock draft The 2019 NFL draft is next month from April 25th-27th live from Nashville Tennessee. The Eagles will have eight picks. As a result of the teams, late playoff run the Birds will pick 25th overall. Now there are several options that the Eagles can choose from here. Spoiler alert I don’t have the Eagles selecting a cornerback in the first round. So without further ado, let’s get going with this Eagles mock draft. Round 1 Pick 25: Dexter Lawrence The Eagles chose not to pick up Tim Jernigan’s 11 million dollar option and he will become a free agent. Now, this draft is loaded along the defensive line. With their first pick, the Birds go with the 6’4 350-pound defensive tackle to replace Jernigan. Lawrence finished his career with 162 tackles 20 for a loss and 11 sacks. Despite suffering an injury at the combine Lawrence is okay and would be the new big man in town. He comes in as a depth addition behind Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. Round 2 pick 53: David Montgomery After addressing the defensive side of the ball in round one here in round two the Eagles go offense and select Iowa States David Montgomery. Montgomery was a force for the Cyclones helping them to an 8-5 record. He finished last season with 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns. Montgomery also has met with the Eagles at the NFL Combine. While there is talk of the Eagles getting Le’Veon Bell or Tevin Coleman I believe if they miss out on the former Steelers running back it is a position they must address early. If the Eagles acquire either Duke Johnson or Coleman, Montgomery would provide a nice change of pace back with some power. Hence he can be the starting...
  • McShays, mock draft 3.0 On Wednesday, March 6th ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his mock draft 3.0. Now in the first mock draft, he released McShay had the Eagles selecting cornerback Deandre Baker. In his second mock draft, he had Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence going to the Birds at 25. Now in his mock draft, 3.0 McShay is back to the secondary with Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin adding to a talented secondary Now Ya-Sin is a talented corner. During his senior season with the Owls, he totaled 47 tackles 14 passes defended and two interceptions. Before reaching Philly Ya-Sin was a standout for Presbyterian College of the FCS. In 2017 he finished first-team all-Big South starting all 11 games. At 6’2 190 the Temple corner does have the size and length that the Eagles covet in their defensive backs. Furthermore, he played his home games last season in Lincoln Financial Field. While the Georgia native has the size and ability this pick just doesn’t make sense. Why cornerback? Ya-Sin had a very good combine. He ran a 4.51 40 time, had a vertical jump of 39.5 inches and finally a broad jump of 120 inches. Furthermore, he impressed in the drills and showed nice ball skills. McShay stated that “We all know the Eagles want to fix the secondary, and while the Philly faithful might be clamoring for Greedy Williams here, I like Ya-Sins’ full skill toolbox. He impressed me at the combine and deserves first-round consideration”. Williams will be long gone and cbssports.com has him as the number 65 overall prospect and seventh rated corner. He will be there into the second maybe even third round and even if the Eagles want to address the secondary there are bigger needs unless say Williams somehow fell to...
  • The unsung heroes that led to the Eagles success There are four guys that I will discuss as unsung heroes of the 2018 season in this article. The media and fans slandered these folks consistently throughout the season. At times, they deserved the criticism. However, at this point looking back on the season, the final successes that the team had were because of the following four individuals. The unsung heroes of the defense, starting with Jim Schwartz The first unsung hero to talk about is Schwartz. Schwartz took a lot of heat this season. His prevent style defense was a frustration of many Eagles fans. Especially on 4th & 15 and 4th & 10 situations that ended up being the difference between wins and losses. In 2017, the Eagles ranked fourth in interceptions with 19, fifth in rushing touchdowns allowed with seven, and fourth in turnover percentage at 15.4%. In 2018, the team ranked 25th in interceptions with 10, 19th in rushing touchdowns allowed with 14, and 25th in turnover percentage at 9.1. The numbers weren’t there. And the takeaways weren’t there. However, this defense never quit. Going into the back half of the season, it was crunch time for the playoffs. Schwartz got these guys disciplined and playing together, helping secure a playoff berth. The defense held strong against the Rams, Texans, and Redskins to lead the Eagles to the playoffs. Let’s not forget that the Bears offense was considered too explosive for the Eagles to contain. Schwartz needs the credit for getting that defense solid. Corey Undlin Although Schwartz deserves credit for the defense as a whole, there is one key piece to the puzzle that was crucial in the development of the defense. That piece is Undlin. Undlin is the defensive backs coach for the Eagles. Reminding...
  • Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell draft profile Come draft time the Buckeyes usually have several prospects that jump out each year. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins lit it up-setting several Ohio State records at quarterback this season. On the receiving end of a lot of those passes was fellow Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell is a speedster and would provide the Eagles with that deep play threat they need. Mr.1000 The Akron, Ohio native finished his senior season with 90 catches for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the Buckeyes 62-39 blowout of the Wolverines, Campbell had a field day. The 6-foot receiver had six catches for a career-high and school record 192 yards and two touchdowns. That game was one of three games on the year in which Campbell had at least 142 yards. The 90 catches are a school record and Campbell also became just the fifth Buckeye to go over 1,000 yards in a season. As a result, he would finish his career with 143 catches for 1,768 and 15 touchdowns. Furthermore, Campbell would work his way from Third team All-Big 10 in 2016 to Second team in 2017 to finishing his career in 2018 First team All-Big 10. Setting the combine ablaze Campbell showed up to the Combine and did nothing but up his draft stock. The receiver ran a 4.32 40 time which was the fastest time of the day. While finishing his week Campbell weighed in at 6’0 205 pounds and has a 40 inch vertical and an 11’3 inch broad jump. Eagles next deep threat Anytime you run a 4.32 you’re going to turn heads and get people talking. Campbell has to become a more consistent route runner and pass catcher but the potential is there. Until he develops his route tree he looks...
  • Howie Roseman keeps the Super Bowl hero The Eagles drafted Brandon Graham in 2010, 13th overall out of Michigan. Looking back, some weren’t too thrilled with the selection. As the draft continued, the Seahawks selected Earl Thomas with the 14th pick, and the Patriots took Gronk in the second round. However, BG was always consistent in his play for the Birds. He played only 16 games total in his first two years as an Eagle recording a total of 17 total tackles and three sacks. He will always be remembered as the Super Bowl hero, for his strip sack of Tom Brady. Howie Roseman somehow worked his magic to keep our Pro-Bowl defensive end. Brandon Graham’s stats since 2012 Since 2012, the Super Bowl hero has only missed one game. He recorded a total of 39.5 sacks (season high in 2017 of 9.5), 300 combined tackles, seven passes deflected, and 15 regular season forced fumbles. Not a bad career thus far. However, when Chip Kelly gave him the 4-year $26M extension in 2015, fans weren’t totally sold. Up until that point, he hadn’t really delivered in a big way for a first round pick. Apparently, his best was yet to come. How we ended up keeping BG to this point When Kelly was tossed, and Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz came in, the Eagles went back to a 4-3 defense instead of the Kelly system’s 3-4. In this system, Graham thrives coming off the edge, constantly putting pressure on the quarterback. Whether it shows up in the stats or not, BG is always in the backfield putting pressure on opposing offenses. He had his best season in 2017 at 29 years old. He recorded 9.5 regular season sacks, and perhaps the most important one of his career in the playoffs....
  • Versatile defensive end Jalen Jelks The Oregon Ducks and the Philadelphia Eagles have some history. Mainly everyone’s former favorite head coach who coached the Eagles for three seasons. However, this Oregon Duck is someone who has a chance to make a positive long-lasting effect for the Birds. That person is the versatile defensive end, Jalen Jelks. Strong career for the fighting ducks The 6’6 versatile defensive end spent four years in Oregon and as a result, turned in a pretty impressive career. Jelks would finish with 15 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss and 156 tackles. At 6’6 245 the Arizona native has excellent size and length that NFL teams love in pass rushers. In addition, to the numbers, he would finish his senior season on the coaches PAC-12 All-Conference first-team and Phil Steele Pac-12 All-Conference first-team lists. Furthermore Jelks started all 12 games. The Ducks utilized Jelks at both defensive end and at defensive tackle. With that ability, the Eagles could certainly find a way to utilize his ability. You can never have enough pass rushers This draft is loaded with talent all along the defensive line. In previous years Oregon has produced talents such as Dion Jordan, Arik Armstead, and DeForest Buckner. Guys that have that long twitch and flexibility like Jelks usually don’t last long. The 6’6 Duck could easily be a late round gem for a lucky team. If the Eagles are to land Jelks he as a result, could spend more time at his natural defensive end position getting after the quarterback. Underrated late round gem Jelks was invited to the senior bowl and he certainly took advantage. Keep your eyes on the Ducks defensive end at the NFL combine. A guy like Jelks can turn out to be an underrated gem for the Birds. With...
  • Run stuffer Dexter Lawrence Clemson run stuffer Dexter Lawrence is a big man. At 6’4 350 he is a true clogger in the middle. Defensive tackle is a position that the Eagles could upgrade. Especially if Tim Jernigan leaves in Free Agency. Recently Miami Defensive tackle Gerald Willis was profiled and while he is smaller he certainly is a good option and could be a day one starter as well. With that said just how would Lawrence fit with the Eagles? Anchoring the Tigers defense Lawrence has been producing since the moment he got to Clemson. His freshman year he played 15 games and recorded seven sacks which is a Clemson freshman record. In addition to his 79 tackles, those numbers earned Lawrence ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. That year culminated with Clemson defeating Alabama 35-31 in the National Title game. The North Carolina native finished his career with 162 tackles, 20 for loss and 11 sacks. In 2018 he would be named First-Team All-ACC. With the Help of Lawrence Clemson would make the College Football playoff all three years he was there. Consequently, he was suspended for the 2019 Playoff due to failing a drug test. Eagles D-Line needs Defensive line is a position that the Eagles would love to upgrade. Hence from the edge rushers to the defensive tackles, you can never have enough depth. Jernigan played just 45 snaps last season last year. Furthermore, he is due 11 million dollars this offseason and while the team will try to work something out if not that opens up a starting spot. Whether Jernigan stays or goes drafting Lawrence lands the Eagles with a solid replacement. A man at 350 pounds is hard to move in the middle no matter how you cut it. With...
  • Miami DT Gerald Willis III Draft profile The Eagles are a team that love to have depth on the D-line. Having multiple bodies to rotate in and out to get pressure on the quarterback is the key for Jim Schwartz. Its especially important considering the Eagles aren’t a heavy blitzing team and rely on the front four. Now last season Fletcher Cox was his normal dominant self but he needs help. Tim Jernigan missed most of the year. In addition, Haloti Ngata is a free agent. If the Eagles look to the draft Miami DT Gerald Willis III could be the answer. Becoming a new man Willis III has had a very up and down career. He started out committing to the University of Florida back in 2014. He turned in a solid season but after one season left the program. As a result of leaving due to transfer rules, he sat out the 2015 season. After turning in a great season with the Hurricanes in 2016 he consequently sat out 2017 to deal with some personal demons. In 2018 with the right mindset Willis III would return and become the player many know he can be. Setting the tone for the turnover chain defense In the first game of the season in Jerry World against LSU Willis III put on a show. While Miami would lose the Miami DT was simply unstoppable. The Louisana native finished with eight tackles four for a loss and a sack. This game set the tone for the season for the big man. The Miami DT started all 12 games and finished with 59 tackles four sacks and 18 tackles for loss which as a result, were the most by a Defensive tackle in the country. As a result, he would finish second-team All-ACC...