Nate Menkin Update!!!

What’s up with the greatest Eagle of them all?

Good luck, Nate.

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Rolando McClain Update

Rolando McClain was once a Top 10 pick. He has terrific ability, but off field issues slowed his career and then he abruptly retired. He talked to the Ravens about coming back so they had him workout for them. Things didn’t go so well.

I mention him because I’ve always thought the Eagles might consider him as a low cost redemption project. He is the kind of raw talent they like. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like McClain has the drive or work ethic to succeed in the NFL. That’s a shame. He was fun to watch at Bama and showed tremendous talent.

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Kurt Finds a Job

Kurt Coleman talked to several teams, but finally ended up signing with the Vikings. Minnesota fans are happy to have him and showed their appreciation with some Photoshop work.

Good luck to Kurt.

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DE Taylor Hart

The Eagles brought in Oregon DE Taylor Hart for a visit. Hart is keeping a draft diary for The Oregonian, but unfortunately hasn’t updated that since coming to Philly. Here’s what he had to say a few weeks back.

“It was obviously cool to see (Philadelphia coaches Chip Kelly and Jerry Azzinaro) again at the combine, it had been a while but it will be nice to go out and see them again. It’s nice to always know the head coach and the defensive line coach pretty well, so I don’t know if it makes it easier but it’s nice to see them again. It’s meeting a lot of other coaches, too, so it’s just nice to have them be the first one.

Hart is a good DE that would be an ideal fit for the Eagles. He is 6-6, 284 and is a good 2-gap DE. He also is a solid athlete that can rush the passer. The Eagles need depth at DE and Hart is a mid-round target that would make sense.

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Pro Day Note

Check out this pic.

That is personnel executive Rick Mueller representing the Eagles at the Tennessee Pro Day. The Vols are loaded with OL prospects and obviously the Eagles wanted more than just a regional scout there. They also have gigantic NT Daniel McCullers and a few other prospects.

Here is Gil Brandt with the rundown.

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Mr. Pro Day

Here is Chip Kelly hanging out with Mike Tomlin and new PSU coach James Franklin at the Nittany Lions Pro Day.

NFL.com has an article up on all of the traveling he’s done. Kelly has gone to at least 12 Pro Days that they know of.

Is this unusual?

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Former Eagles Update

Jason Avant did sign with the Carolina Panthers. Good for him and good for them. He’ll play with a good QB and on a talented team. Cam Newton needs a receiver that can get open and catch the ball. Avant won’t make many plays, but he can move the chains.

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Kurt Coleman visited the Vikings. He’s getting looked at by lots of teams, but no one has pulled the trigger yet. You wonder if he might get signed by someone after the draft. Some team will miss out on adding a Safety and still want help.

Good luck to Kurt.

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Preseason Schedule

The Eagles announced their preseason schedule.

The Bears? That’s a new one for me. I don’t think I can recall the Eagles ever facing them before in the preseason.

The other 3 are AFC teams that the Eagles have played a lot over the years. Geoff Mosher raised the point that you have to think the Eagles might do joint practices with the Patriots prior to that game, as the teams did last summer in Philly.

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Jason Avant Update

Jason Avant is still looking for a job.

Carolina needs WR help in a big way so this is a smart move. Avant could be a big help for a young QB like Cam Newton. Let’s hope things work out for Avant.

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Former Safety Update

Let’s check in on Patrick Chung and Kurt Coleman.

I’m happy for Kurt. He can be an effective backup and STer. I hope he gets a job somewhere.

Chung already signed with the Patriots. They have a young secondary and needed veteran help. Chung didn’t play well in 2013, but Bill Belichick must feel that he’s worth bringing in for competition. We’ll see.

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