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The NFL Draft in Philadelphia

April 26th, 2017 by Leo | Comments Off on The NFL Draft in Philadelphia | Filed in Eagles, Events, General, NFL, Sports

The 82nd NFL Draft will return to the city for the first time in more than 50 years over 3 days, Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29, 2017.  Taking place annually, the draft is when the National Football League (NFL) teams select eligible college football players to add to their rosters.

Surrounding the event, Philadelphia will host the FREE NFL Draft Experience. Be ready for three days of festivities — all taking place outdoors on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — that will allow fans to enjoy interactive experiences, get autographs from current and former players, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and many more opportunities.

The Philadelphia NFL Draft event is slated to be the largest fan experience ever produced by the NFL.  This Draft has drawn record interest and the Parkway will feature giant LED screens, a zip line, tons of exhibits and more.

Will you be able to attend the Draft?

The NFL Draft Experience is FREE to attend and open to the public!

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Eagles-Browns Trade: Will History Repeat Itself?

April 23rd, 2016 by Robert Waterman | Comments Off on Eagles-Browns Trade: Will History Repeat Itself? | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL
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Source: Michael Chang/Getty Images North America

“Patience is a virtue and the best things in life are worth waiting for”- Julie Spira

I bring up this quote because it seems that the common Philadelphia sports fan has very little of this anymore as it pertains to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the yearly disappointments that we have endured. This seemed to get magnified after Wednesday’s blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns, in which the Eagles obtained the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Now, common perception among NFL insiders is that the Los Angeles Rams will take QB Jared Goff from Cal with the top selection, allowing the Eagles to take QB Carson Wentz from North Dakota State. There are a lot of people saying that we gave up too much, in addition to questioning whether or not it’s worth it to have this pick. I think we need to take a few steps back, remember the last time we drafted at No.2, and what we obtained from that pick. Yes, I’m talking about Donovan McNabb. Before I go into the current draft situation, I want to relive this pick again for those who have forgotten how good we had it during the Andy Reid Era.

In 1999, rumors were swirling that Philadelphia would take Texas Longhorns RB Ricky Williams. Williams was fresh off of a Heisman Trophy campaign the previous year, that saw him break the NCAA career rushing record. However, the Eagles stunned everyone on draft day when they drafted QB Donovan McNabb out of Syracuse instead. I remember it like it was yesterday, because people were saying the same thing about McNabb that they are about Wentz. What followed this pick was a period of time in which McNabb sat for the first year under then QB Doug Pederson, before ultimately leading the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games, and a Super Bowl appearance in 11 seasons with the team. However, as his production slipped, he was eventually traded to the Washington Redskins in 2009. Since that point, the Eagles have gone though six starting quarterbacks in the last six seasons, and not has shown that they could be the franchise QB.

Fast forward to 2016, enter Carson Wentz. Doug Pederson is now the head coach for the Eagles, and he is a big part of the reason that this trade ultimately happened. After crisscrossing the country with the other members of the Eagles front office and working out the top QB prospects, Howie Roseman pulled the trigger on the trade which may very well land us our new franchise signal-caller. While this might be a big risk, in the end the payoff could well outweigh the risks. The Eagles already have Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel in the nest at this point, and adding Wentz will either bring out the best in him or he will succumb to the pressure of being in Philadelphia. If history is any indication, then this could end up being just as successful, if not even more successful than taking McNabb. So again, I implore you Eagles fans………… patience is a virtue.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0- Post Free Agency

March 11th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2016 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0- Post Free Agency | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL
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The craziest part of the NFL year is in full swing.  Free Agency is upon us, and players are switching teams, and the entire league is in flux. Recent signings, and trades have altered some of my previous mock selections, so there will be a number of noticeable differences in this version. Before you all get bored with hearing me talk, let’s get into my second 2016 NFL Mock Draft- Post Free Agency Edition.

1.) Tennessee Titans- Laremy Tunsil (OT/Mississippi)

The Titans found themselves a franchise quarterback in last year’s draft, with Marcus Mariota.  They already have a number of solid, young weapons in Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, and Dorial Green-Beckham.  They added to that arsenal of weapons by acquiring DeMarco Murray from the Eagles. That made an already easy choice, even easier.

2.) Cleveland Browns- Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)

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Will the Eagles land Marcus Mariota?

April 27th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Will the Eagles land Marcus Mariota? | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

We are sitting one day away from the NFL Draft, and the Marcus Mariota talk is more fluent and intriguing as ever. There have been countless trade rumors, including a recent rumor that would trade away two young defensive players.

However, while the Eagles have been at the center of the rumors, they are far from the only team in the mix to land the former Oregon quarterback. Over the last few weeks there is a consensus around the NFL that teams are starting to become more sold on Mariota, and that he may be able to be a good quarterback in any offense, not just Chip Kelly’s.

Teams like the Chargers, Browns, Jets, and Redskins are all teams that have been rumored to land Mariota either via trade or if we would be there at their selection. Not included in that list is the team who holds the second pick in the draft, the Tennessee Titans, who could very easily put all the months of speculation to bed for good by taking the quarterback all for themselves.

What makes Tennessee so intriguing at that spot is we know that they like Marcus Mariota, but the question is do they like him more than Zach Mettenberger? After being drafted in the sixth round last year Mettenberger started six games for the Titans, however, he failed to win a game and threw for 8 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1,412 passing yards.

Another way to look at that question is, does Tennessee feel like keeping Mettenberger while gaining multiple assets in a trade is more valuable than Mariota?

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NFL Mock Draft 2.0

April 21st, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on NFL Mock Draft 2.0 | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

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With ten days remaining until all eyes are on Chicago, this will be my second and final NFL Mock Draft. Between the time of my first mock, and the publishing of this one, I have gone over a lot of aspects that go into draft selections.  I have micro-analyzed pretty much every aspect of every team in the draft. There have been some significant changes made to this version.

#1- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston (QB/Florida State)

I still believe that Winston is the best option for the Bucs here. His athleticism is extraordinary, and if he can overcome his off-field immaturity, Winston will be a force in the NFL.

#2- Tennessee Titans: Leonard Williams (DT/USC)

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Is Marcus Mariota Worth Trading Up For?

February 9th, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Is Marcus Mariota Worth Trading Up For? | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

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Super Bowl XLIX is in  the rear-view mirror, and that means the NFL Draft is approaching quickly. The 2015 NFL Draft will be like no other for the Philadelphia Eagles, however. Chip Kelly and the Eagles will be the subject of many, many rumors heading into Chicago. The focus point of said rumors will be on Marcus Mariota, the QB from Oregon. Oregon’s former head coach Chip Kelly has been the head coach of the Eagles for two seasons, and it has been widely speculated that Chip would “move heaven and earth” to acquire Mariota when he declared for the draft. That chance may present itself this April, as Marcus has gone public with his declaration for the NFL Draft. With rumors a plenty, there is only one question that needs to be asked. “Is Marcus Mariota worth trading up for?”

The 21-year-old Honolulu native has made quite a name for himself over three seasons in Eugene, but started out his football career as a practical unknown. Graduating from St. Louis High School in Honolulu, he was never provided with a starting opportunity, until his senior season. He quickly made his presence felt though, leading his team to an 11-1 record, and a state championship. Following that season, Marcus was heavily sought after by teams like Notre Dame, USC, and UCLA. Ultimately though, Mariota accepted a scholarship offer to go play for the University of Oregon. It was at Oregon that Mariota transcended the game, and became a superstar. The 18-year old Mariota red-shirted the 2011 season, delaying his arrival by a season. The 2012 season was Mariota’s breakout year as he led the Ducks to a 12-1 record, including a 35-17 victory over #5 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. Mariota’s 3,429 total yards from scrimmage, and 37 total touchdowns were only a glimpse at what was to come from the pride of Honolulu. The team took a step back in Marcus’ sophomore season, finishing 11-2 with a 30-7 win over Texas in the Alamo Bowl.  Mariota had another strong season, becoming the only player in Oregon’s history to eclipse 4,000 total yards of offense. He also racked up 40 touchdowns. Many were left wondering how Mariota’s college career could get better after that season.

Well, the 2014 season proved just how it could.  The Ducks went on a tear, finishing 12-1 in the regular season. By winning the Pac-12 championship, Oregon had avenged its’ only blemish by decimating the #6 Arizona Wildcats. Mariota’s dream season continued as he led his Oregon Ducks to the first-ever College Football Playoff. Knocking off #4 Florida State, the Ducks advanced to the National Championship. Unfortunately for Marcus, his dream season would not conclude with the ultimate prize. Oregon ran into an Urban Meyer-led Ohio State buzz-saw. Mariota’s 2014 season is being referred to as “one of the greatest single-season performances” by a college-athlete. Racking up over 5,000 total yards of offense, he also tallied 58 total touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.  Those numbers led Mariota to his first Davey’ O’Brien Award, and Maxwell Award. He also became the first Hawaiian-born player to win the prestigious Heisman Memorial Trophy. As life would have it, Marcus’ best season in Eugene would also be his last, as he declared for the NFL Draft. Moving onto the next portion of his career, Mariota is a locked in first-round selection this April. The question remains where in the first round?

The majority of teams in the NFL seem to be settled on a choice at QB, at the present moment. As usual though, there are a few exceptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who currently possess the 1st overall pick are the team with the largest need for a QB. However, they also have many other needs on the defensive side of the ball.  The Tennessee Titans stake claim to the 2nd overall pick, but they seem ready to commit to LSU alum Zach Mettenberger as the signal-caller. This leave the New York Jets, and our Philadelphia Eagles as potential destinations for the pride of Oregon. Mariota has long been associated with the Birds, solely because of his relationship with coach Chip Kelly. However, with the questions surrounding the solidarity of Nick Foles under center, the Mariota rumors have begun to gain steam. Many experts have supported the idea that the Eagles should go get Mariota.  In fact, an AFC scout has gone as far to say “Chip (Kelly) will mortgage the future to go get him. If he misses on him, (Kelly) can just bolt back to college.”   That may be true, but it’s more complicated than just mortgaging the future. Kelly would need to decide how much of the future, he wants to mortgage.

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Chip Kelly staying, Howie Roseman promoted from General Manager

January 3rd, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Chip Kelly staying, Howie Roseman promoted from General Manager | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL

On Wedensday the Philadelphia Eagles fired Vice President of Player Personnel Tom Gamble. Right away there was a lot of speculation of things not flowing right in the Eagles front office, especially between General Manager Howie Roseman and Head Coach Chip Kelly. Gamble was a guy that Kelly brought in when he was hired as the Eagles coach, and was Kelly’s right hand man.

Around the league it was believed that when Gamble was fired, Kelly wasn’t very happy about the move. Reports then started to come out that there was a power struggle between Roseman and Kelly. When asked at Monday’s final press conference of the season about his relationship with Roseman, Kelly simply said “Good” and nothing else.

Which brings us to today, a few hours ago reports were coming out that Chip Kelly days in Philadelphia may be numbered. The reports stated that Kelly was upset and mad about the Gamble firing, and possibly losing some control of player personnel, something that was one of Kelly’s demands when he was being recruited by Jeffery Lurie and the Eagles to fill the Head Coaching vacancy.

Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk reported that according to his sources “something big” was going to go down in Philadelphia, but wasn’t sure of the specifics. The report, among others such as Darren DeGaetano’s (seen below) started to send Philadelphia into a frenzy that Chip Kelly who took a 4-12 team to back-to-back 10-6 seasons may be leaving Philadelphia.

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