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Philadelphia Eagles Roster: Strengths, Weaknesses, Question Marks

This has undoubtedly been the craziest and most talked about Eagles offseason that I can remember, and I’m almost sad that it’s pretty much over.  The Draft and Free Agency are both complete and at this rate, it seems like no more trades are imminent, but who knows with Chip.  Now that the team is heading into OTAs, I’ve been able to review the roster, digest Chip’s thought process, and do my best to evaluate this team.   The easiest way for me to break it down was to look at it in three categories, strengths, weaknesses, and question marks.  I understand that weaknesses and question marks can be similar, but I’m viewing a weakness as a spot that is an area of concern with subpar options and I’m viewing “questions marks” as unknowns with viable solutions.
Weaknesses
1.  Safety 
Malcolm Jenkins proved last year that he was a very good signing by the Eagles front office, but yet again, there’s a safety spot that hasn’t been addressed.  I can’t even rip Chip Kelly for not addressing

Mark Sanchez says Everyone Wants to be the Starting Quarterback

The Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback situation will be one of the most exciting ones to monitor over the summer. The Eagles specifically traded for Sam Bradford in March, a move that would lead us to believe they intend to make him the starting quarterback. However, head coach Chip Kelly is now claiming that all the team’s quarterbacks will be competing for the starting job.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez, whom the Eagles re-signed for two years prior to trading for Bradford, weighed in about the job he is going to make every attempt to hold:
“Everybody wants to be the starter and I’m no different,” Sanchez said Thursday, per the team’s official website. “Coach will make that determination at some point. We want everybody to be healthy. But that doesn’t affect how I prepare or how I transition into this next season,” Sanchez said. “All of us come into that quarterback room, walk in the huddle, you act like you’re the starter. That’s the only way I know how to play. As soon as you start thi

Murray fires back at Cowboys Randle: ‘Hopefully he can taste some of that meat this year’

Dallas running back Joseph Randle said in an interview that former teammate DeMarco Murray left ‘a lot of meat on the bone’ in 2015, but the new Eagles rusher replied that since he’s not there anymore, ‘hopefully he can taste some of that meat this year.’

“Hopefully he can taste some of that meat this year,” Murray said, via CSN Philly.

“Hopefully he can get a chance to run behind that line and do some good things. But I’m not worried about it. I didn’t hear about it until now. It’s not a big deal.”

“We have a lot of playmakers,” Murray said. “The offensive line is great. We have a lot of individual playmakers that, once they get the ball in their hands, they can make some good things happen.”

 

Byron Maxwell guarantees Eagles play in Super Bowl 50

Every year it seems an NFL player or coach guarantees his team will be playing for or winning the Super Bowl.
The only question is, who will make the yawn-inspiring guarantee this year?
Byron Maxwell of the Philadelphia Eagles has taken the initiative in 2015, declaring to MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas that his squad will be playing for the Lombardi Trophy next February.
After hinting that Philadelphia will be playing in “No. 50,” as Maxwell called it, he finally made this bold statement:

“You can take that as a guarantee. That’s just me believing in my team and the product we’re going to put out there on the field. I really do believe that. I have no choice but to think that way.”

While it certainly doesn’t have the panache of, say, a Rex Ryan guarantee, it’s clear Maxwell has put Super-Bowl-or-bust pressure on his team.
Coming from that same culture in Seattle, he understandably has high expectations.
Maxwell was brought in this off-season as a high-priced free agent to help fix the poro

QB Sam Bradford says ‘it’s not up to me’ regarding long-term deal

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has a lot to prove in 2015; however, proving that he needs a new contract he says ‘it’s not up to me.’

Bradford is in a contract year, but his injury history makes it difficult for the team to committ to a new deal without seeing him get through an entire season.

According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Bradford’s future is tied to how he performs in 2015.

Sam Bradford on if he wants to sign a long-term deal with the Eagles: “That’s not up to me.”
— Bart Hubbuch (@BartHubbuch) May 28, 2015

Chip Kelly: Tim Tebow is a quarterback

If Tim Tebow somehow makes the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster out of training camp, it will be as a quarterback and no other position. At least, that’s what Chip Kelly wants us to believe. “He’s a quarterback,” Kelly told reporters Thursday, per NFL.com’s Marc Sessler. “That’s how we’re looking at Timmy. We’re not looking at him…Read More

Chip Kelly is a “Knee Man” When It Comes to His Football Players

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan may have a foot fetish. But when it comes to Philadelphia Eagles head man Chip Kelly, it’s all about the knee.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Kelly was questioned about what he likes as far as physical attributes when it comes to scouting players.
These are some of the responses Kelly provided:
“Kelly would like to have defensive ends that measure at least 6’6″, and he wants stout nosetackles,” SI’s Greg Bedard writes. “The most important characteristic? Knees with a circumference of at least 18 inches — an identifier of guys who are built solidly in the lower body and thus, the Eagles believe, less susceptible to injuries.”
So Kelly likes his guys super tall with ridicuously thick knees.
In addtion to giraffe height and elephant-like knees, Kelly prefers outside linebackers with long arms and long cornerbacks that can run a scheme similar to the Seattle Seahawks.
Something also worth noting regarding the Eagles’ offense is that Josh Huff is th

Is Sam Bradford not close to full health?

When Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Sam Bradford they were almost certainly expecting him to be healthy for the entire 2015 season. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Bradford is even close to being 100 percent healthy.
According to numerous reports from the first day of OTAs for the Eagles, Bradford was seen walking with a noticeable limp. He is in the process of recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, the second time he has had to have that ACL repaired. He hurt the knee in August of last year, Bradford should be well on the road to recovery by now. He clearly isn’t as far along as he should be.
 
Jeff McLane is reporting that Bradford just simply doesn’t look healthy, while we have been told by others close to the Eagles that there are concerns that the 27-year-old won’t be ready to open the season.
Bradford is set to participate in seven-on-seven work next week, and that’s good news because he has to learn Chip Kelly’s system from top to bottom. For now…

Eagles players don’t share McCoy’s views on Chip Kelly

Without saying a word, LeSean McCoy made big news on Thursday when Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly revealed the running back hadn’t returned his calls. Kelly tried getting in touch with McCoy to discuss his former player’s comments regarding racism, but he was rebutted with silence.
When asked if he’d discussed the matter of race with the players in his locker room, Kelly told members of the media he hadn’t brought it up with them. He then told reporters, “That’s a great question to talk to the players about,” per John Gonzalez of CSN Philadelphia.
Not surprisingly, they went straight to work to uncover if there really was any tension within Philadelphia’s locker room towards Kelly.
New running back DeMarco Murray, who happens to be African-American, couldn’t help but laugh when McCoy’s comment was brought up.

“I’m looking around,” Murray said with a smirk. “There are a lot of us out here. I’m not sure about that.”

Cornerback Malcolm Jenkins was brought in

Chip Kelly Clarifies Tim Tebow’s Status: “He’s a Quarterback”

As a large contingent of media surrounded Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s press conference on Thursday, most of the focus turned to the team’s new quarterback.
In addressing questions about how Philadelphia might utilize Tim Tebow, Kelly had a pretty direct response:
“He’s a quarterback,” Kelly stated, via NFL.com. “That’s how we’re looking at Timmy. We’re not looking at him at any other position.”
Kelly also indicated that the team had planned on bringing on a fourth quarterback throughout the entire offseason. There just weren’t any better options than Tebow on the market.
The Eagles’ head coach continued to throw support behind his embattled signal caller:
“You guys will see him (Tebow) today. Watch him throw. I think he’s improved. He’s spent a lot of time in the last few years in terms of working on his game.”
Kelly previously stated that he was always a fan of Tebow and that he’s there to compete for the starting job.
In shooting down rumors that Tebow might

Chip Kelly Shoots Down LeSean McCoy Racism Claims

Chip Kelly strongly denied any of his offseason moves were motivated by racism during a session with the press on Thursday.

“I’ve got great respect regarding LeSean, but in this case he’s wrong,” Kelly said, via Mark Eckel of NJ.com. “We weigh a lot of factors when we evaluate players, but color is not one of them.”
Kelly said he did not see it as a problem n the locker room, “just ask the players,” he said.

Eckel also noted Kelly said he called McCoy twice, but that he back never responded.
LeSean McCoy accused his former Philadelphia Eagles coach of being motivated by racism after he was traded to the Buffalo Bills—a notion Kelly was quick to shoot down.
This is what McCoy said back in early May:
“You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth. There’s a reason. … It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players—the good ones—like that.”

Report: Sam Bradford Not Participating in Eagles OTAs

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford was limited earlier this month and has not been participating in the team’s OTAs thus far. At this time, Mark Sanchez has been taking the first-team reps with the Eagles’ offense.
It has only been nine months since Bradford’s ACL surgery—a second surgery of that kind in two years. Bradford’s rickety health has been quite the point of controversy ever since the Eagles gave up quarterback Nick Foles and a second-round draft pick to obtain the embattled quarterback.
Bradford was able to throw some passes during the team’s individual drills earlier this month, but he did not practice the week after. It is unknown whether Bradford experienced a setback or was just resting as part of his rehabilitation process. It is also being reported that the Eagles declined earlier requests to interview Bradford, who is expected to speak to the media on Thursday.
The Eagles OTAs will last through June 11 followed by a three-day minicamp later that month. After that, the E

How the Philadelphia Eagles Will try to Replace Jeremy Maclin

Nelson Agholor playing for USC. (James Snook-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has made a lot of decisions that have blown up in the football world in his two-plus years as head coach and general manager.
One decision that he made this off-season that didn’t really sit well with fans, was not re-signing top wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Last year for the Eagles, Maclin hauled in 85 catches for 1,318 yards and ten touchdowns. But, when the off-season rolled around Maclin’s contract was up and instead of resigning back the Eagles, he decided to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs and reunite with his old head coach, Andy Reid. His contract with the Chiefs is for five years, and $55 million.
A lot of people debated whether Kelly went after Maclin hard enough and really tried to resign him or if he didn’t really put that much effort in and let Maclin walk because he didn’t want to pay him what he was worth.
But, all that aside the real question going into the 2015…

LeSean McCoy refuses to return Chip Kelly’s calls

When the Philadelphia Eagles traded LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, he was — to say the absolute least — not a happy camper.
McCoy is a Pennsylvania man: He was born there, he went to High School there, he went to college there and he spent the first six years of his professional career there.
So to be jettisoned off to Buffalo with no notice seemed a bit cold, and that’s exactly how McCoy took it.
And while McCoy seems to have adjusted to life in Buffalo, he’s not ready to get back onto speaking terms with the man he called a racist not too long ago, Chip Kelly.

Chip Kelly says he’s called Shady McCoy twice, and called his agent to get ahold of him, and hasn’t got a response.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 28, 2015

 
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Maybe Kelly is a great coach — maybe. At this point, can anybody really say for sure?
What we do…

Adam Schefter says the Eagles can make the playoffs with Sam Bradford

There are many questions surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles heading into the 2015 season. The key one is whether Sam Bradford can stay healthy and play like the quarterback who earned the number one overall pick.
I have my doubts, but one insider believes that Chip Kelly and the Eagles can get it done…
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One fan on Twitter asked ESPN analyst Adam Schefter if he thinks the Eagles can make the playoffs with Bradford under center. His response was simple but telling. Check it out:

Trust in Chip. https://t.co/gS3Y6GSyfq
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 27, 2015

In Schefter we trust?
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