The Eagles could use more speed and big-play ability in the backfield

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The Eagles moved up seven spots in the fourth round to select another offensive playmaker on Saturday, drafting San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey with the 132nd-overall pick.

A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, McCoy grew up rooting for the Eagles. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he rushed for 2,816 yards and 35 touchdowns in two seasons. After foregoing his final two seasons of college eligibility, he was selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Once in the pros, he quickly established himself as one of the best running backs in the league, rushing for a franchise-record 6,792 yards and 44 touchdowns in six seasons.

The game tape backs up the numbers. Mack shows lateral explosion and long speed. He has good vision, which is critical for a running back. All the physical talent in the world doesn’t help you if you can’t find the hole. He has excellent burst. Mack is elusive, with the ability to make defenders miss in traffic or out in space. He isn’t a power runner, but will go through some arm tackles. The downside with Mack is that he loves big plays and will run himself into some losses because of that. LeSean McCoy did the same thing when he was an Eagle. When Mack stays north-south, he is a very good runner.

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The Eagles could use more speed and big-play ability in the backfield. The 5-11, 213-pound Mack would provide both. The Eagles were able to move the chains in 2016. Now, they want to add chunk plays. Mack had runs of 49, 52, 56, 60, 65, and 85 yards last year. The Eagles would love to put a weapon like that on the field beside Wentz every week.

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A lot was made heading into this week’s meeting between the Eagles and Bills about the return of running back LeSean McCoy to Philadelphia. A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, McCoy grew up rooting for the Eagles, and after two stellar seasons at the University of Pittsburgh he was selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2009 Draft. Once in the pros, he quickly established himself as one of the best running backs in the league, rushing for a franchise-record 6,792 yards and 44 touchdowns in six seasons.

McCoy expects a mixed response when he returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, but he’s looking to put the past behind him and focus solely on the task at hand. He says it’s a big game for him, but not because of any of the perceived theater surrounding the contest. His Bills (6-6) are currently one game out of an AFC Wild Card spot, and the Eagles (5-7) are currently tied for the division lead in the NFC East with four games left to play.

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To move up, the Eagles traded picks 139 (fourth round) and 230 (seventh round) to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Eagles satisfied some very important need positions in last weekend’s draft, including defensive end and cornerback, and they may or may not have done the same with the fourth-round selection of Pumphrey, the record-setting running back from San Diego State whose incredible production, 6,405 rushing yards, belies his 5-9, 180-pound (dripping wet) frame.

Running back didn’t get addressed as expected. The Eagles didn’t add a star runner to come in and fight for the starting job. They drafted Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round. Pumphrey is a talented runner, but he is also a weapon as a receiver. He can be devastating on screens, with his ability to Philadelphia Eagles jersey authentic hide behind blockers and then make quick cuts in the open field. Pumphrey can also line up in the slot and get open like a receiver would. Beyond that, the play is just starting when he gets the ball in his hands. His 4.48 speed makes him a challenge for defensive backs and just kills linebackers.

Alright, so this isn’t the traditional ‘running back vs linebacker’ or ‘running back vs safety’ matchup that I typically save for this piece, but you should know about the two running backs facing off in this Mountain West Conference Title Game. San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey is downright tiny at 5’8, 170 pounds, but he plays with a real edge out of the backfield as both a runner and a receiver. Pumphrey has good vision, is willing to work in between the tackles, and has consistently stepped up his game against the best teams on the schedule throughout his career. That being said, Pumphrey’s been in a bit of a slump lately, failing to reach 100 yards rushing in consecutive games for the first time since September of 2015, a streak that started when the Aztecs faced Wyoming a couple of weeks ago in a last-second loss.

The Eagles started the 2017 NFL Draft with eight picks and made that exact amount

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The Eagles doubled up on cornerbacks on Day Two of the 2017 NFL Draft as they followed up their second-round pick of Sidney Jones by selecting West Virginia’s Rasul Douglas with the 99th-overall pick.

After adding Derek Barnett to the front seven on Thursday, the Eagles added their second straight defensive piece on Friday by selecting Washington cornerback Sidney Jones with the 43rd-overall pick.

Jones was considered by many as the top cornerback in this year’s ultra-talented draft class at that position, until he suffered an Achilles injury during his pro day at the University of Washington. Listed at 6-0, 186 pounds, Jones has ideal size for a corner. At the NFL Combine, Jones ran a 4.47 40-yard dash. In three seasons with the Huskies, Jones totaled nine interceptions, running one back for a touchdown in 2015. He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in both 2015 and 2016.

The way Anthony Patch vividly remembers it, Sidney Jones was on the last drill of a March 11 Pro Day workout at the University of Washington that was, Patch says now, “such a good workout” and everything changed in an instant. Jones crumbled to the ground turning up the field coming out of a backpedal and everyone knew it was awful: a torn Achilles tendon and a football career suddenly turned upside down.

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In the end, the Eagles started the 2017 NFL Draft with eight picks and made that exact amount, using three of the selections for the offense and five for the defense. One of the players, cornerback Sidney Jones, may not play a snap in his rookie season. Others, including defensive end Derek Barnett and cornerback Rasul Douglas, have chances to make an instant impact.

A tall, physical corner at 6-2, 209 pounds, Douglas became a full-time starter for the Mountaineers in 2016, a season in which he recorded an incredible eight interceptions, tied for the most of any FBS player in the nation. At the NFL Combine, Douglas ran a 4.59 40-yard dash and displayed a 120-inch broad jump.

Douglas’ physical, confident style of play fits perfectly into what defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is looking for at the position. The Eagles surely hope that Douglas and Jones can develop together into a dynamic duo in the secondary for years to come.

The Eagles drafted Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas in the second and third rounds, respectively. Jones has to get healthy before he can play, but he has the potential to be a dynamic cover guy. Douglas will have a shot to play right away. He’ll have to earn it, but the depth chart will be pretty open at cornerback. Those jobs won’t be given out based on last year. They will be earned this spring and summer.

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A tall, physical corner at 6-2, 209 pounds, Douglas became a full-time starter for the Mountaineers in 2016, a season in which he recorded an incredible eight interceptions, tied for the most of any FBS player in the nation. At the NFL Combine, Douglas ran a 4.59 40-yard dash and displayed a 120-inch broad jump. NFL Men's Nike Philadelphia Eagles #20 Brian Dawkins Stitched Green Olive Salute To Service KO Performance Hoodie

Douglas’ physical, confident style of play fits perfectly into what defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is looking for at the position. The Eagles surely hope that Douglas and Jones can develop together into a dynamic duo in the secondary for years to come.

Many coaches and players will tell you that you can’t teach ‘ballskills’; Rasul Douglas has ballskills. This is textbook.

After addressing the defense with their first three picks of 2017, the Eagles added an offensive player with their first pick of Round Four by selecting North Carolina wide receiver Mack Hollins with 118th-overall pick.

Davis has tremendous potential. He is big (6-3, 209 pounds), athletic, and skilled. He was incredibly productive at Western Michigan. He caught 331 passes, with 52 of them going for touchdowns. Davis averaged 16 yards a catch for his career, so he wasn’t just a workhorse receiver. He was a playmaker. Davis was fast enough to be a downfield threat. I think he was at his best after the catch. You could see not only his talent, but his toughness and competitive streak as well. Davis fought for every yard he could. He was a threat to break a big play every time he got his hands on the ball.

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The visit was a surprise to the students, who are members of the Y-Achievers Program enrolled in a college-prep program learning about the business of sports.

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Wentz was joined by quarterback Deshaun Watson, who guided the Clemson Tigers to the National Championship in January and is a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The two appeared on behalf of JCPenney, as the store fitted the young men for suits of their own and provided gift cards.

It was a fun afternoon, and as always I learned a lot from Quick, and we started the session with a look at Williams against Pittsburgh, Clemson’s lone loss of the season. In a high-scoring game, Williams had a career day, catching 15 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. There were a lot of opportunities for us to evaluate Williams with the ball going his way, but it only took one snap, where he wasn’t even targeted, for him to draw praise from the Eagles Hall of Famer.

“See this release? This is the first play and I like him already,” Quick said. It was first-and-10, and quarterback Deshaun Watson goes to the other side of the field with this ball, but Williams is lined up on the left facing a press corner. He runs a fade and is able to get on top of the corner efficiently.

“There’s no wasted motion. He’s not bailing to the outside. He’s going right at the corner’s shoulder. He’s not wasting any time getting upfield, I like that,” Quick continued. “If this play comes to him he’s in great position just off the ball to go up and make a play.” It was Williams’ release that caught Quick’s eye again just four plays later.

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This is a quarterback class riddled with question marks. Mitch Trubisky has only started 13 games. DeShone Kizer didn’t win enough. Patrick Mahomes struggles to play within structure. Nate Peterman doesn’t have tools that blow you away. Watson’s play was a bit uneven this year and, like Peterman, there’s nothing physically about his skill set that will wow you. I believe he has the potential to be a starting quarterback in the NFL down the line because of what he brings on and off the field.

Alabama’s success in the semifinal game against Michigan State centered on making that team one-dimensional. Running back Larry Scott, the hero of the Big Ten Championship Game for Michigan State, was held to just 8 yards on the ground, as the Spartans averaged just 1.1 yards per carry on the day. This Clemson attack, however, is completely different than what the Tide saw against Michigan State, and a lot of that has to do with the Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson.

The true sophomore quarterback ran for over 1,000 yards this year, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. The Tigers, much like the Ohio State team that beat Alabama a year ago in the playoffs, have an offense focused on speed, tempo and deception. The zone-read element will be a huge factor in this game, and whether it’s Watson carrying the ball or running back Wayne Gallman, or any of the receivers that you’ll see used on jet-sweep action throughout the night, the Alabama front seven’s eye discipline will be put to the test.

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In projecting an All-Rookie Team for NFL.com, Brooks included defensive end Derek Barnett on his squad.

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The No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Barnett set a new school record at Tennessee with 33 career sacks, surpassing the previous record of 32 set by Pro Football Hall of Famer and Eagles legend Reggie White. Barnett was the first true freshman to start along the defensive line in school history. He earned first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press as a junior in 2016 after registering a career-high 13.0 sacks with 56.0 tackles, 19.0 tackles for loss, 16 hurries, and 2 forced fumbles.

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The 6-3, 259-pound Barnett was a three-year starter at right defensive end. In fact, Barnett was the first true freshman in Volunteers history to start along the defensive line.

After adding Derek Barnett to the front seven on Thursday, the Eagles added their second straight defensive piece on Friday by selecting Washington cornerback Sidney Jones with the 43rd-overall pick.

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.

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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.

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After scratching and clawing to take the lead over Detroit at 23-21, the Eagles’ offense was on the field with a chance to secure a fourth-straight win to start the season. With 2:41 left in the game and a third-and-2 situation, head coach Doug Pederson called a sweep play to the right side. Fighting for the first down, Ryan Mathewsfumbled the ball. Detroit recovered and eventually kicked the game-winning field goal.

During Friday morning’s press conference, head coach Doug Pederson gave injury updates on running back Ryan Mathews (knee), wide receiver Jordan Matthews (ankle), wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham(abdomen) and tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) ahead of this weekend’s game against Washington.

“DGB is going to be listed going into this game as questionable,” Pederson said. “Obviously, Big V will be out this game. Ryan Mathews has been a full partRyan Mathewsicipant this week in practice. Today we’re just going to back him down just a touch so we can keep him ready to go for Sunday, so he’ll be listed as questionable. And then Jordan Matthews (will be listed as) questionable with his injury as well with that ankle. But everybody else is ready to go.”

Earlier this week, Mathews and Matthews returned to practice after both missed last weekend’s game against the Bengals. While those two offensive pieces look to return, Green-Beckham and Vaitai were held from practice due to their injuries on Wednesday and Thursday. Vaitai injured his knee during the Seattle game and has not played since, while Green-Beckham was hurt in last Sunday’s matchup.

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On the debut of NFL Fantasy LIVE’s Top 50 Players of 2016, running back Ryan Mathews was named as the No. 41-ranked player on Monday night.

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On Saturday morning, head coach Doug Pederson gave updates on the injury front, officially ruling out running back Ryan Mathews (knee) and tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) for Monday’s game against Green Bay.

“Big V obviously with the MCL sprain, he’s not ready to go so rule him out,” Pederson said. “And Ryan Mathews with his MCL, his right knee MCL sprain, hasn’t practiced all week and still not there. So, I’m going to go ahead and we’re going to rule him out for this game as well.”

Prior to the Eagles’ Friday practice, head coach Doug Pederson gave injury updates regarding wide receiver Bryce Treggs and defensive end Vinny Curry.

Treggs (knee), who did not practice on Thursday, will be out for Sunday’s game. Curry (knee) is still day-to-day but Pederson believes the defensive end will play against Cleveland.

The Eagles’ offense didn’t make many splashy plays during Thursday night’s 17-0 win over Pittsburgh, but perhaps the biggest highlight came from undrafted rookie Paul Turner, who hauled in a 23-yard, one-handed catch, drawing oohs and aahs from the Heinz Field crowd.

Marshall said: for me, this is a long road.

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With their first pick on the third day of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Eagles added to their depth in the backfield by adding running back Wendell Smallwood out of West Virginia with the 153rd-overall pick.

At 5-10, 208 pounds, Smallwood was among the top performers at the NFL Scouting Combine in the three-cone and 60-yard shuttle drills. With the Mountaineers, Smallwood was the Big 12’s leading rushing in 2015, racking up 1,519 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games.

The Eagles have remained very high on rookie running back Wendell Smallwood despite the fact that he has not played in the first two preseason games due to a quad injury.

Smallwood said on Saturday that he “was trying to force myself to have a good week” so that he could suit up last Thursday against the Steelers. Smallwood was limited in practice leading up to the game, and still couldn’t hit top speed so he was given more time to rest.

A few days shy of his 10th birthday, Wendell Smallwood had his eyes glued to the television on a chilly January night as his Eagles took on the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of the 2003 playoffs. His face was covered in a strange brand of paint, one he now knows wasn’t intended to be used on his skin, and his mother, Nichelle, couldn’t help but voice her displeasure with that decision.

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Davis has tremendous potential. He is big (6-3, 209 pounds), athletic, and skilled. He was incredibly productive at Western Michigan. He caught 331 passes, with 52 of them going for touchdowns. Davis averaged 16 yards a catch for his career, so he wasn’t just a workhorse receiver. He was a playmaker. Davis was fast enough to be a downfield threat. I think he was at his best after the catch. You could see not only his talent, but his toughness and competitive streak as well. Davis fought for every yard he could. He was a threat to break a big play every time he got his hands on the ball.Nike Eagles Blank Black Alternate Youth Stitched NFL Limited Jersey

In terms of former Eagles, you could compare him to Irving Fryar. In three seasons with the Eagles, Fryar caught 222 passes and 19 touchdowns. You could compare Davis to Texans star DeAndre Hopkins.

Marcus Johnson signed with the Eagles in the 2016 offseason as a rookie free agent after a four-year career at Texas. During his collegiate career, Johnson played in 42 games (18 starts) and totaled 61 catches for 793 yards (13.0 avg.) and four scores.

Rookie free agent running back Byron Marshall arrived to the Eagles as an undrafted free agent. After failing to make the 53-man roster out of Training Camp (thanks mainly to the depth on the Eagles roster at the position), Marshall was added to the practice squad. Since then, he’s been working hard to get his shot, and all that hard work has helped him rebound from an ankle injury he suffered during his last season at Oregon.

“It’s been – for myself especially – a long road, just with not getting to play last year and being hurt (while at Oregon),” said Marshall.

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On Monday afternoon, the Eagles announced that all 87 eligible players on the current roster reported for the start of this week’s mandatory minicamp. Three rookies – running back Byron Marshall, guard Isaac Seumalo and Philadelphia Eagles jerseys defensive end Aziz Shittu will not participate due to NCAA graduation rules that state a player can not join his NFL team full-time until his school’s academic year has come to a close.

Of course, there are two other players to keep in mind as well in Byron Marshall and Cedric O’Neal. The two rookies find themselves on the lower end of the totem pole, but it’s impossible to predict what the future could hold for them if they come out firing in Training Camp and the preseason.

Pederson said that what teams looks for in running backs have changed over the years. The Eagles would relish a running back who can run between the tackles, get to the outside, stay on the field for all three downs, pass protect, run routes, and catch the ball.

Another off-field concern that teams must weigh in the draft process in injury history. Wide receiver John Ross broke the Combine record for the fastest time in the 40-yard dash. He has, however, suffered a torn ACL, torn meniscus, and recently underwent surgery for a torn labrum. At least as far as the Eagles are concerned, Ross’ medical report won’t take him off the draft board.