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As the Eagles finish up their first mini camp of the 2013 season, they have announced the signing of 2013 3rd round draft pick, defensive tackle Bennie Logan to a 4-year contract.
Logan (6-2, 309) was named 2012 All-SEC second-team selection by the Associated Press and was a key contributor on one of the nation’s top defensive line units at LSU. The rookie tallied 107 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and five sacks during his three-year career. Logan, 23, appeared in all 13 games (12 starts) as a junior in 2012 and recorded 45 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two blocked field goals and three pass breakups for a defense that ranked in the top 10 in the country in run defense (9th overall) and total defense (8th overall). And many expect him to make a similar impact on this Eagles defense with the way he is impressing the coaching staff in the early going of these practices.
Logan is the sixth of eight Eagle rookies to lock up a contract. The final two, QB Matt Barkley and 1st round pick T Lane Johnson. At the moment unless there is a major setback, the Eagles are expected to have their entire rookie class suited up as Training Camp approaches.
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Mcnabb To Retire An Eagle
On Monday evening during his radio show on NBC Sports Network, former Eagles Quarterback Donovan Mcnabb informed the world that this upcoming season he will retire and sign a one day contract to retire in midnight green.
There is no confirmation on when this ceremony will take place but word on the street is the Eagles suggested doing it the week that former Eagles coach and the man that selected Mcnabb with the 2nd overall pick in 1999, Andy Reid comes to town with his new team the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
The 36 year old McNabb played 11 seasons(1999-2010) with the Eagles, leading them to six division titles, five NFC Championship games, and one Super Bowl appearance while racking up a 92-49-1 record in the regular season and winning a franchise record for a Eagles quarterback 9 wins in the postseason(9-7 postseason record). He completed 59 percent of his passes for 37,276 yards, 234 touchdowns, and 117 interceptions, all franchise records. McNabb also ran for 29 touchdowns on the ground, finishing with a respectable 85.6 QB rating. He was also voted by the fans in 2007 as the Eagles All-Time Greatest Quarterback as a part of their 75th anniversary celebration. He finished his career in short stints with Washington and Minnesota. He hasn't played a down since 2011 but has worked out for a few teams since then but never caught a break. In meantime he has worked a a analyst for major networks, ESPN, NFL Network, and NBC Sports.
There are still a bulk of fans that are for Mcnabb and a bunch that are against him. He is one of the most controversial athletes in the City of Philadelphia despite all of his accomplishments because of his reputation for coming up "short" in big moments. Yes he came close so many times without finishing the job but it shouldn't take away from what he has done. He is a man among the fan base that rightfully deserves this and fans should finally show their appreciation from taking this team from the depths of hell and making this team a contender. We all know this fan base so the question is cheer or boo?
Eagles Sign RB Jones
You can smell it in the air that football is just around the corner! The Eagles were one of a handful of teams that officially started their OTAs on Monday at the Novacare Complex. Chip Kelly said numerous times he likes what he is seeing out of this group and their ability to adjust to the new schemes very quickly. Well the Eagles weren’t done adding talent signing a former 2008 first round draft pick.
On Tuesday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Birds and former Cowboys running back Felix Jones agreed to a 1-year deal to bring in competition to battle with second year man Bryce Brown and un-drafted rookie free agent Miguel Maysonet to backup Lesean McCoy.
The 26 year old spent five years in Big D racking up almost 3800 yards of offense and 15 total touchdowns in 64 games(23 starts). The main issue with Jones is his ability to stay healthy. His nickname isn’t “Fragile Felix” for nothing. But he can fit what new Eagles Chip Kelly wants to do and be productive doing in. It’s no fluke that this kid has a 4.8 career yard per carry average.
He brings great speed out of the backfield and is a threat not only in the running game but the passing game as well bringing in 127 balls throughout in tenure in Dallas. He does have ball security issues fumbling 10 times which doesn’t go well for the Eagles since they already have Bryce Brown who had similar problems last season. But the Eagles brass has been working on the problem.
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The 2013 NFL Draft has finally arrived and young players' dreams finally become a reality of reaching their ultimate goal of finally making it to the NFL. After months of speculation on what new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly would do in his first NFL Draft whether he would stay at #4, would they trade down if their guy wasn't there, well he finally got his guy.
The Eagles stayed pat with their original selection at 4th overall, the 3rd time in 25 years the Eagles are drafting in the top 10 and with the first selection in the Chip Kelly Eagles regime, he goes on the offensive side by taking 6-6 303lbs offensive tackle out of Oklahoma, Lane Johnson.
The 23 year old, only appeared in 25 starts at offensive lineman in his collegiate career before he was switched over from tight end in 2011 but brings a lot of versatility to this aging offensive line. He started 12 out of 13 games at right tackle in 2011 and started all 13 games on the left side his senior year. He registered 30 touchdown-resulting blocks and 205 knockdowns.
The 2012 All Big 12 Second teamer rose through team's draft boards over the past couple of weeks as he blew away scouts in his workouts. NFL Network's Mike Mayock had the star lineman ranked as the 6th best player in the draft, and third best tackle behind Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel who went one and two to their respective teams. But something new Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly constantly said in his press conference is he brings a lot of athleticism to the table which is what he wants out of his players no matter what type of offensive system he runs. He is a guy that has great footwork and cuts off the edge rusher and sustains the block very effectiviely. He also brings a tremendous amount of physicality and strength with his great use of hands. He is a guy that has great upside because he is someone that can do it all with solid run and pass blocking skills which shows in his ability to play both tackle positions. but the main issue is he is still a raw talent.
Kelly openingly admitted that his 1st round selection has some developing to do especially with the lack of experience he has playing along the oline in college, but what makes him standout is his attitude. The Eagles head coach said many times that he brings a great work ethic with him and is always looking to improve and get better. Those are the type of guys that Kelly says he wants on his team.
The Eagles projected starting offensive lineman now are: LT Jason Peters, LG Evan Mathis, C Jason Kelce, RG Todd Herremans, and RT Lane Johnson. The kid according to scouts can excel as a natural left tackle in this league but for the time being with Jason Peters returning from injury, Johnson helps solidify a weakness by allowing Herremans to move inside replacing Danny Watkins at RT. And addresses an aging offensive line long term with three players on the wrongside of 30(Jason Peters(31),Evan Mathis(31),Todd Herremans(30)) and the ability to play multiple positions. But was this the right selection?
I understand what the Eagles were doing... Anytime you feel you can get a potential Pro Bowl caliber offensive tackle to be here for years to come to go for it but the Eagles have way bigger issues than adding offensive line depth. The Eagles have three All pro caliber talent returning from injury with Peters, Kelce, and Herremans. The issue wasn't so much the offensive line's play but more of consistency together and building continuity with the amount of injuries the line sustained and the lack of depth.
With tackles Shariff Floyd and Star Lotulelei still on the board, I felt the Eagles needed to address that situation. The Eagles did a decent job trying to revamp this defense that was in shambles through via free agency but still have some needs they have to address in the front seven, mainly finding talents that can play in Chip's 3-4 system. They need someone who can anchor that defensive line and either one of those guys could made a huge impact right now along side last year's 1st round selection Fletcher Cox. They could of had a nasty pass rush up front.
Basically my point is, I want guys in here that are difference makers and playmakers on this football team especially on the defensive side of the football. Guys that can make an immediate impact right now but Rome wasn't build overnight meaning the Eagles still have plenty of time to address those needs in a deep defensive draft. Overall a quality pick by the Eagles thinking long term addressing the offensive line. Lets just hope in five years we aren't saying this is another Danny Watkins type of pick when looking back on it.
Chip Kelly addresses Media after selection Lane Johnson....