Getting to the QB

The Eagles defense had some issues in 2014, but getting to the QB wasn’t one of them.

Always a good sign when you can rush 3 or 4 and sack the QB.

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Ex-Eagle Update

Casey Matthews never became the player the team expected when they drafted him in 2011. The hope was that he would be the team’s long term answer at MLB. Oops.

Matthews did become a solid backup and role player. He never got in trouble and left on good terms. Matthews is the kind of guy you hope finds a home somewhere else. The Vikings signed him in the offseason, but Matthews won’t be playing for them in 2015.

Matthews has a hip injury that he suffered while getting ready for the season. That doesn’t bode well for his NFL future. Good luck to him.

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Mad(den) About Peters

I am so old that I actually remember a time when there were no player rankings in video games. You have to go back to Madden ’92 or something like that to get to that point.

These days player rankings are kind of a big deal. Players want to know how they’re rated. Fans and game players see it as important. Doesn’t mean a thing to me, but for those interested, Jason Peters is highly regarded in the new Madden.

How about Matt Tobin?

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Interesting DeSean Stat

Saw this on the ESPN Skins blog.

The Redskins certainly could use more help — and more players to produce like Jackson. In the past, his big plays usually meant wins: From 2010-13, the Eagles were 16-4 when he scored a touchdown and 9-4 when he surpassed 100 yards. Last year, the Redskins were 0-6 when he scored and 2-5 when he went over 100.

Don’t take this as a dig at him or anything like that. Just found the numbers interesting.

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Looking for ILB Depth

Rick Minter was recently in Toledo, checking out an ILB prospect. This player is late round or UDFA material so don’t get too excited.

The Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach was among the representatives from 30 NFL teams at Toledo’s pro day Monday. Twenty-three players, most of whom were from small schools in Ohio, worked out indoors on Field Turf.

Linebacker Johnior Sylvestre (5-foot-11 7/8, 233 pounds) from Toledo made a very good impression in his workout, showing his ability to turn and run really well. He ran a 4.57 and 4.59 in the 40. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 9-10 broad jump. He ran a 4.36 short shuttle and 7.10 3-cone drill. And he did 23 strength lifts. Sylvestre has a chance to be a sixth- or seventh-round pick, and could definitely be a priority free agent.

Never hurts to have good ILB depth.

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Eagles in State College

You never want to make too much of the Penn State Pro Day. Since it is within driving distance, it only makes sense that the Eagles would send plenty of people out to State College to check out prospects.

The Eagles had DB coach Cory Undlin there to check out DB Adrian Amos, who played both S and CB at PSU.

Defensive back coaches from the Eagles, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans were among those in attendance at Penn State’s Pro Day Thursday. Wilson reports that Amos watched film with the Eagles and Ravens after running a 4:39 40-yard dash.

The Eagles also had Jeff Stoutland there. He ran the OL workouts. He was checking out:

Offensive tackle Donovan Smith (6-5 7/8, 328) ran the 40 in 4.98 and 5.03 seconds. He was unable to continue with the workout because he strained his right hamstring during the second 40 run. Smith is a big guy, with 35 5/8-inch arms and 10 3/8-inch hands.

Offensive guard Miles Dieffenbach (6-4 1/8, 304) ran the 40 in 5.32 and 5.35 seconds. He had a 27-inch vertical jump, but did not do the broad jump due to an ankle injury from Penn State’s win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.

The Nittany Lions don’t have any elite prospects, but there are plenty of players the Eagles could be interested in. Beyond the assistants, Chip Kelly was there taking in the day’s activities.


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Eagles Check Out San Jose St OL

This is kinda interesting.

Representatives from 20 NFL teams attended San Jose State’s pro day on March 18. The offensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles and the defensive line coach from the Oakland Raiders were among those on hand to watch 14 players run outdoors on FieldTurf.

Normally the OL coach being at a school wouldn’t be all that interesting, but SJSU doesn’t have a top OL prospect. They have: Keith Bendixen, a 1-year starter at OG. 6-3, 313. 5.44 in the 40. 26 reps. 8.10 in the 3-cone. David Peterson, who started almost 2 years at Center. 6-4, 295. 5.32. 23 reps. 7.78. Those are hardly great athletes. SJSU does have a really athletic DT. You wonder if the Eagles are interested in him as an OL prospect.

Defensive lineman Travis Raciti (6-foot-3 7/8, 288 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.06 and 5.18 seconds. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical and a 8-foot-10 broad jump. He recorded times of 4.66 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.52 seconds in the three-cone drill. He performed 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Raciti had a good workout. His good quickness makes up for his lack of speed and he will likely be a priority free agent this year.

Maybe the Eagles did want to check out the OL. But it wouldn’t shock me if they looked into Raciti as an OL prospect.

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Quentin Rollins a Target?

The Eagles sent DBs coach Cory Undlin to Miami OH’s Pro Day to work out Quentin Rollins. This shows a special level of interest. It doesn’t mean they love the guy, but it does mean they think he’s worth extra study at the very least.

Here’s an interesting twist.

The Eagles haven’t made any moves at Safety yet. Could Rollins be a target? He would be good value in the 2nd round.


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Eagles Look at a LB

The Eagles like athletic OLBs who have the right frame. Ryan Russell from Purdue is a big, athletic LB prospect. The Eagles checked him out.

Ryan Russell, the Boilermakers’ only combine attendee, decided to run the 40 again and timed slightly faster than in Indianapolis. Russell ran 4.70-second time, compared to a hand-held best of 4.71 seconds at the combine. He also ran through both outside linebacker and defensive end drills. Russell, a sleeper of sorts, could end up being selected earlier than people presently project as teams like his size, athleticism and versatility to line-up in different defensive packages. 

I’m told yesterday Purdue’s Ryan Russell met with the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles during the Boilermakers’ pro day. Interesting in that the Eagles will be looking to replace Trent Cole, whom they recently cut. 

More on Russell. Lists at 6-5, 273.


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The Eagles had a scout at Portland State’s Pro Day.

Among the Viking athletes participating will two-time consensus All-American punter Kyle Loomis, and Rimington Award winner (top FCS center in the nation) Cornelius Edison.

Professional teams planning to attend include the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimoes.

Stud TE Julius Thomas came from PSU. They put out some interesting athletes.

Since Donnie Jones isn’t getting any younger, would make sense for the Eagles to check out some young punters.

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