Ex-Eagles find homes

During the season, I'll take a weekly look at how former Eagles are performing with their new teams.

As a preseason version of that feature, here are some short notes on ex-Birds who have popped up on other teams.

The Eagles traded for reserve fullback Luke Lawton in an offseason deal with the Colts. Lawton was cut by the Birds, but has joined the Oakland Raiders. According to the Silver & Black blog, the Raiders brought Lawton in for a week-long look, cut him, but then brought him back. Sounds about right.

Meanwhile, the Chargers have signed reserve tight end Kris Wilson. Wilson was a second-round pick in the 2004 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, but he played fullback last season. The Eagles signed him to a three-year deal in March but cut Wilson over the weekend.

And finally, cornerback Will James, who spent the last two years with the Eagles, has signed with the Jaguars. The Bills added James earlier in the offseason but then was released. He is 29 years old and probably best known for changing his name from Will Peterson.

Coming up

It's hard to believe the season is about to begin, but the Redskins travel to the Meadowlands to take on the defending Super Bowl champion (I can't wait until I can stop referring to them by that title) New York Giants Thursday night. On Moving the Chains, to get ready for Week 1, I'll have my weekly Eagles links Wednesday. On Thursday, you'll get a Redskins-Giants pick and probably observations when the game is over. And Friday, you'll get the rest of the Week 1 picks with the spread.

On the weekend, we'll take a look at what national experts are picking the Eagles to beat the Rams, and on Sunday, I'll be live blogging the game off of TV.

Meanwhile, the Inquirer and Daily News will have all sorts of preview material to get you ready for Sunday, and for the season. All of that content can be found in philly.com's Eagles section.