The Eagles will face the Jacksonville Jaguars tonight in the "dress rehearsal" preseason game. Here's what they're saying...
“When we went back and studied the teams who’ve won, they have a strength,” Roseman said. “They’re not just in the middle on both sides of the ball. And when we looked at our offense and looked at where we had players rated in the draft, we saw that there was an opportunity to really strengthen positions there that we thought could really help us be successful on offense.”
The Eagles did spend a fair amount on defensive players in free agency, but they did not draft any young players that could develop into cornerstones at linebacker or in the defensive secondary. Defensive lineman Bennie Logan has showed the most promise among the defensive rookies, but safety Earl Wolff and cornerback Jordan Poyer are a ways off from starting, if ever.
Three of the Eagles' first four draft picks were on offense -- tackle Lane Johnson was selected fourth overall, tight end Zach Ertz was taken in the second round and quarterback Matt Barkley was snapped up in the fourth.
Vinny Curry was asked what he has learned about himself since being drafted by the Eagles last April.
“Patience,” he said, drawing laughs. ”I used to not have any patience at all. Going through last year to now I really learned a lot about myself, just patience and how much of a team player I am. It’s more than yourself.”
The second-round pick has not had an ideal start to his NFL career. A victim of politics, he spent the majority of his rookie season as a spectator. He did not appear in a game until November 26 — one day before Jason Babin was released from the team. A disgruntled Jim Washburn was axed the next week, and Curry finished out the string playing for a new defensive line coach (Tommy Brasher) on a bad Eagles team during the final, ugly days of the Andy Reid reign.
Tommy has some notes on new OLB Adrian Robinson from when he played at Temple. Tommy says Robinson reminds him a little of Brandon Graham.
Now that the Eagles named their starting quarterback, the most contested starting position is the second safety, next to Patrick Chung. The Eagles' annual quest to find stability at the position since Brian Dawkins and Quintin Mikell departed remains ongoing, and the candidates for this year's group have not yet locked down the position.
Nate Allen is the front-runner and will start in Saturday's third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fifth-round pick Earl Wolff also is vying for the job. Kenny Phillips, an offseason acquisition from the Giants, might have the most natural talent in the group, but his injury history has continued through training camp.
Jairus Byrd's decision to sign his franchise tender got him in training camp. Putting pen to paper didn't alleviate all issues, however.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that "ill will remains" between Byrd and the Buffalo Bills. The two-time Pro Bowl free safety isn't demanding a trade but is believed to be open to one, according to a person informed of Byrd's thinking.
On Thursday, ESPN, which has spent heavily in recent years to build its investigative reporting team, abruptly ended its affiliation with “Frontline,” a public affairs television series that was weeks from showing a jointly produced two-part investigative project about the N.F.L.’s contentious handling of head injuries. The divorce came a week after the N.F.L. voiced its displeasure with the documentary at a lunch between league and ESPN executives, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
• Here's Cliff Huxtable in an Eagles hat. (h/t reddit/r/eagles)
• Also via Reddit, here's Bennie Logan saying he wants to hit Tony Romo hard:
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