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Archive: April, 2011

Draft is Done, but Birds Aren't

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 8:49 PM
Talking to Eagles coach Andy Reid after the conclusion of the NFL draft this evening, it was apparent that the Birds are not ready to start the 2011 season with their returning vets and the 11 players they added in the three-day draft. So don't despair of that corner spot opposite Asante Samuel. Don't... Read more

'Shady' Understudy, and More OL Help

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 2:56 PM
Updated: The Eagles ended up drafting 11 players, three on the offensive line, three linebackers, a couple running backs, a safety, a corner and a kicker. Not quite what we'd expected, especially the part about no defensive linemen. Earlier: With their first pick of the fifth round, 149th overall... Read more

Casey Matthews! And Here's the Kicker ...

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 11:57 AM
UPDATING: Interesting final day of the draft so far for the Eagles, with two picks that resonate more than fourth-rounders normally would. After making a trade, the Eagles began Day 3 by selecting linebacker Casey Matthews, from Oregon, with the 116th pick overall. Matthews, 6-1, 231, is the younger... Read more

They Went to Jarrett!

Friday, April 29, 2011, 8:25 PM
Jaiquawn Jarrett tonight became the most prominent local Eagles draft pick since Brian Westbrook in 2002. Jarrett, a 6-0, 196-pound Temple safety, was generally projected as a third- or fourth-round selection, but the Eagles took him in the second round, 54th overall. This was one pick after the Bears... Read more

Watkins Answers the Bell

Friday, April 29, 2011, 5:42 PM
Danny Watkins, the Eagles' first-round draft pick, made his way down to NovaCare from New York today and met Michael Vick, the quarterback he'll be protecting. What did they discuss? "Getting some work done," said Watkins, the 26-year-old former firefighter from Kelowna, British Columbia who took up... Read more

Arrogance and the Danny Watkins Pick

Friday, April 29, 2011, 11:15 AM
Andy Reid coughs and he is accused of arrogance. He trades up last year for an undersized pass-rusher that most teams had pegged as a 3-4 rush linebacker and he is accused of thinking he’s smarter than you and me and the personnel men of the NFL’s other 31 teams. So, when he drafted a... Read more

Video: Eagles draft Watkins, Kolb still in limbo

Friday, April 29, 2011, 4:50 AM
Video: The Daily News' Les Bowen breaks down the Eagles' first round pick and what Danny Watkins will mean to his new team. Read more

Round 1: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 11:35 PM
Thumbs Up Browns: Browns need a difference-making wide receiver and Julio Jones was sitting there for them. But it’s hard to fault them for trading away the selection for the 6-pick king’s ransom the Falcons gave them. They received Atlanta’s first- (No. 27), second- (59) and fourth-round... Read more

Eagles select Baylor's Danny Watkins

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 10:30 PM
In a different year, the NFL draft would have meant the Eagles’ collecting someone else’s first-round pick and trading quarterback Kevin Kolb. Instead, the Eagles remained at No. 23 and chose Baylor offensive guard/tackle Danny Watkins, who turns 27 in November. Coach Andy Reid said the... Read more

Mikell Visits, Meets Howie, Andy and Juan

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 8:02 PM
The lockout definitely is thawing, if that isn't too much of a mixed metaphor. Longtime Eagles safety Quintin Mikell, currently a free agent, visited NovaCare today, Mikell said (and tweeted). He said he spoke briefly with general manager Howie Roseman, at more length with new defensive coordinator... Read more
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