The Eagles also have Josh Andrews, a guard/center

On Tuesday afternoon, linebacker Stephen Tulloch reunited with the man who had him drafted 10 years ago.

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“The Tennessee Titans were about to draft a guy from another school, so Coach (Jim) Schwartz goes into (Titans head coach Jeff) Fisher’s office and shows him tape of my highlights in college and changed Coach Fisher’s mind,” Tulloch said. “I was the 116th pick in the 2006 draft and the rest is history.”

Tulloch and Schwartz prepare for their third stint together. Schwartz spent three years as his defensive coordinator in Tennessee from 2006-08, and three as Tulloch’s head coach Detroit Lions from 2011-13. When Tulloch got the call from the Eagles, he was ready to go to work and play the game he’s loved since he was a 5-year-old.

After linebacker Joe Walker was lost for the season with an ACL injury, it was clear the Eagles were going to need some additional help at the linebacker position. That’s why it was no surprise to anyone, including the players currently in the locker room, when head coach Doug Pederson announced the team had agreed to terms with veteran Stephen Tulloch on Monday.

Welcome back, Rasheed Bailey. The local kid who had such a strong 2015 preseason for the Eagles is back after seeing some time in Jacksonville and then San Diego, where he suffered a preseason injury last year and was waived.

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The Eagles know enough about Bailey, who adds to the competition at wide receiver.

“He is a guy that has route skill, a guy that has ball skills, a guy that we’re excited to have back,” Douglas said.

Quarterback Matt Barkley replaced Mark Sanchez and hit rookie wide receiver Rasheed Bailey on a pair of consecutive passes of 25 yards to put the Eagles in position for a 35-yard field goal from Cody Parkey.Nike Eagles #71 Jason Peters Midnight Green Name & Number Pullover NFL Hoodie

It’s certainly possible that the Eagles will add some ammunition to the offensive line in the offseason, either in free agency or in the draft, bolstering depth and increasing competition. Seumalo figures to Philadelphia Eagles jerseys push for playing time at either guard or center in 2017 and Vaitai played well enough at right tackle that the Eagles think he can be a strong player on the edges of the offensive line. The Eagles also have Josh Andrews, a guard/center, and Dillon Gordon, a converted tight end from LSU with enormous athletic ability, as a project at the tackle positions.

Overall, the offensive line is in good shape. Is it a dominating line? At times this year, the Eagles have been dominating. Another year together, and  a full season with Johnson at right tackle, certainly would help the picture.

Guard/center Josh Andrews suffered a concussion on Wednesday at practice, making him unable to play on Sunday against Miami. In need of a backup center, the Eagles plan to bring back Vandervelde. To make room for Vandervelde on the roster, the Eagles released linebacker Brad Jones.

The story of Jordan Hicks’ 2015 rookie season is well-known

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The last time Eagles fans saw Jordan Hicks on the field, he was racing 67 yards for a pick-six against the Dallas Cowboys in early November, a return touchdown that was extremely important given the 33-27 final score in overtime. Later in the game, Hicks suffered a pectoral muscle injury that prematurely ended a special rookie season in Eagles green.

The story of Jordan Hicks’ 2015 rookie season is well-known. The third-round pick, thought of at the beginning of the year as a depth player who could play a role on special teams, breaks into the starting lineup due to injuries and skyrockets into one of the most dependable players on the Eagles’ defense. His interception return touchdown against Dallas in late November stands as one of the most memorable plays of the entire season.

Jordan Hicks accepts the challenge, and it’s a large one, as the middle linebacker of a defense that will play with a downhill mentality 180 degrees opposite of what the Eagles defense did in 2015, his rookie season. The Kid sure has been asked to grow up in a hurry in the NFL.

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We saw it last season, how the third-round pick from Texas who was supposed to have a “redshirt” rookie year was instead tossed in the ocean with no life raft to hold. Injuries forced Hicks onto the field, and he excelled from the jump, igniting an Eagles defense looking for a spark.

He was in the right place for sure late in the first half on Sunday night, dropping into coverage and intercepting Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott as he threw for wide receiver Brice Butler in the end Philadelphia Eagles jersey cheap zone to kill a Cowboys drive. The play turned out to be a big “swing” moment in the game as the Eagles used eight plays to move from their 20-yard line to the Dallas 36-yard line. It gave Caleb Sturgis a chance to kick a 55-yard field goal just before halftime that pushed the Eagles to a 13-10 lead after two quarters.

Does that mean he’s going to hear his name called when the NFL Network has its Pro Bowl Selection Show on Tuesday? Maybe. Maybe not. Hicks is a second-year player who hasn’t yet established his name and his reputation throughout the league, but that’s going to come in time. What we’ve seen from Hicks in 13 games has been encouraging and impressive.

“He’s been playing at a high level for us this year, playing good against the run and the pass,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “There’s a lot on his plate when it comes to making adjustments, making checks. We have a lot of calls that are double calls, one call versus one thing, another versus something else. Does a good job with all that stuff. I think he’s been a good, consistent player for us this year.”

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This Sunday’s Vikings-Eagles matchup is more than just a game for the Kendricks household. It’s a family affair.

Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks will face his younger brother, Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, for the first time in his football career.Nike Eagles #90 Marcus Smith II Black Men's Stitched NFL Limited 2016 Salute To Service Jersey

Mychal Kendricks has posted at least 88 tackles in each of his first four NFL seasons. So far, he has only 10 on the season and he’s playing slightly fewer than a third of the snaps on defense.

“I’m taking it one game at a time. Where I’m at as a player as a person as a teammate,” Mychal Kendricks. “You know I’m a true believer that I can only control the things that I can control. When I’m in there, I have to capitalize on the time that I’m in and that’s that.”

In 2012, Mychal Kendricks anxiously awaited draft weekend. He didn’t know which team would select him or what the future would hold. Now, the linebacker is set to be an Eagle through the 2019 season, thanks to the extension he signed in 2015, and has four seasons worth of starting experience under his belt.

With the 2016 NFL Draft coming up, Kendricks discussed the things he’s learned from his time in the league in hopes of passing down those lessons to players who are now going through a similar process. Read what the linebacker had to say about his journey.

Brent Celek has undoubtedly been one of the best tight ends in Eagles history

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The day after his 31st birthday, Brent Celek has another reason to celebrate. On Tuesday afternoon, he and the Eagles agreed to terms on a new three-year contract that will keep the tight end in Philadelphia through the 2018 season.

A nine-year veteran, Celek has continuously been a dominant force for his team. The tight end has 371 catches, 4,713 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns to his name, ranking him second all time among Eagles tight ends in the three categories. He trails only Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Famer Pete Retzlaff. Additionally, his receptions are also tied for fifth most in franchise history, standing as a testament to the work Celek has put in each year.

In the first nine years of his NFL career, tight end Brent Celek has suited up and played in 143 games. For as physical as Celek has been as a pass catcher and a blocker, he’s missed just one game out of 144. The game came in 2012, when Celek sat out against the Cincinnati Bengals on a Thursday night in December. A shortened week held him back from passing through the league’s concussion protocol in time to play.

“It (ticks) me off, but it’s in the past now,” said Celek of missing the game against his hometown team. “I got my one, so hopefully never again.”

At 31 years old, Celek is participating in his 10th Training Camp with the Eagles. While the veteran has a different perspective and more experience than some of the younger players on the team, he still needs a few days to get adjust to the daily Training Camp grind.

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Brent Celek has undoubtedly been one of the best tight ends in Eagles history. He’s the longest-tenured non-specialist on the roster now and is second in franchise history among tight ends in virtually every receiving category, but at the  wholesale Eagles jerseys time of the 2007 NFL Draft, Celek didn’t know what to expect.

Coming out of Cincinnati, Celek was one of the biggest Combine snubs that year, something he says lit a fire under him. When his named was called by the Philadelphia Eagles, he was ready to get to work. Now, the tight end has 4,713 career receiving yards and 30 career touchdowns to his name. Reflecting back on his own draft experience, Celek wouldn’t change a thing. He’s an Eagle through and through.

Now in his 10th professional season (all with the same team, a list that includes only 10 active NFL skill-position players with at least 150 games of regular season experience) Celek’s been there for the peaks, catching 19 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns during a playoff run to the 2008 NFC Championship Game against Arizona. He’s been there for the valleys – seeing the Eagles go 4-12 in 2012, the team’s worst record since the 1998 campaign.

He’s been through different coaches and different systems. He flourished as one of the best yards-after-catch tight ends in the NFL under Andy Reid. He transformed into one of the league’s best blocking tight ends in Chip Kelly’s high-octane, rushing-focused system. He’s seen coordinators, head coaches and teammates come and go.

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Anthony Denham was a rookie free agent signing of the Texans in 2014. He finished his rookie season on the Texans’ active roster. He originally joined the Eagles’ practice squad in October. Denham was released, but returned mid-December.

Next season, the Eagles will play six games against their NFC East opponents, while also taking on all of the NFC West and AFC West teams to go along with the same-place finishers from the NFC South and NFC North.Nike Eagles #17 Nelson Agholor White Pink Women's Stitched NFL Limited Rush Fashion Jersey

As the Eagles continue to build the roster for the 2016 season, the team secured a key depth player on Wednesday, re-signing Najee Goode to a one-year contract.

It’s not one of the deepest position groups in the draft, but there are some seriously talented linebacker prospects in the 2017 class. Whether it’s the super-talented top prospect in Reuben Foster, the flashy Jabrill Peppers, the uber-athlete in Zach Cunningham or the sleepers like Jayon Brown and Anthony Walker, there are a lot of names to be aware of this week in Indianapolis. Let’s look at who we expect to shine at the Combine.