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Eagles
John McMullen

Nolan Smith keeps extending a positive first impression

PHILADELPHIA – Nolan Smith has already made a great first impression on his new professional home. The No. 30 overall pick in April’s draft, the former Georgia star has easily handled the microphone and showed the energy and enthusiasm in practice you can’t teach. And none of it is manufactured. Smith loves ‘ball, a pre-requisite

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Eagles
John McMullen

Savvy Lane Johnson has ‘a few good years left’

PHILADELPHIA – There wasn’t much time for Lane Johnson to mourn a Super Bowl loss. The Eagles’ All-Pro right tackle played in the big game while fighting through a torn adductor muscle in his groin. Had the Eagles found a way to top the Kansas City Chiefs instead of coming up just short, Johnson’s short-term

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles expect another jump from Jalen Hurts

PHILADELPHIA – Money can change a person and $255 million? When it comes to that kind of money for just about anyone else the characterization of “I’m the same guy” might be accompanied by the rolling of a few eyes. When it comes to Jalen Hurts, however, the reaction is a bit different. “As far

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Eagles
John McMullen

Kenny Gainwell isn’t backing down from competition

PHILADELPHIA – There are bigger names in the Eagles’ backfield but are there bigger playmakers than third-year back Kenny Gainwell? “Playoff Kenny” isn’t the favorite to take over the lead-back role in Philadelphia now that Miles Sanders is in Carolina but he might be a value play. Because of his size — 5-foot-8 and 201

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Eagles
John McMullen

The luxury of Darius Slay and James Bradberry reverberating through CB room for the Eagles

PHILADELPHIA – The Butterfly Effect of having two top-tier outside cornerbacks is paying dividends for the Eagles. Understanding they don’t have to be thrown into the deep end of the pool the Eagles now feel comfortable enough with the talent added to the room to shift third-year cornerback Zech McPhearson inside to be the backup

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles’ Georgia rookies have a very big brother in Jordan Davis

PHILADELPHIA – Let’s get freaky. That was the message second-year Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Jordan Davis delivered in advance of his reunion with Jalen Carter, the No. 9 overall pick in April’s draft. The two potential stars on the defensive front became fast friends at the University of Georgia. In fact, it was much more

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Eagles
John McMullen

Undesirable to Undeniable: Reed Blankenship takes over the back end for Eagles

PHILADELPHIA – Reed Blankenship has come a long way over the past calendar year. The second-year safety went from undrafted afterthought to kicking off OTAs as a starter in the back end of the Eagles’ defense, alongside veteran free-agent pickup Terrell Edmunds. Blankenship was even given the podium treatment after practice, a nice little perk

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles OTA Eve

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles’ 2023 spring work will conclude will six Phase 3 OTA practices bridging the end of May and early June. Philadelphia started Phase 3 on Tuesday and Thursday’s session will be the first open to reporters. One more practice next week will be observed and the final day before the Eagles scatter

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Eagles
John McMullen

DeVonta Smith offers thoughts on Quez Watkins, Olamide Zaccheaus

PHILADELPHIA – There are a lot of really good wide receiver duos in the NFL and the Eagles can match any of them with A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith but there is some concern about the depth behind the two stars on what is expected to be a significant NFC contender again. The incumbent WR3

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Eagles
John McMullen

DeVonta Smith belongs in the conversation with the NFL’s elite

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles believe they have two No. 1 receivers in A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith but how about two of the top 10 in the entire NFL? That’s an exclusive club that Brown certainly joined last season — his first in Philadelphia — when the Ole Miss product was named second-team All-Pro after

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles can play waiting game with Derek Barnett

PHILADELPHIA – With June 1 looming this seems like the appropriate time to take a look at the status of Derek Barnett, the much-maligned Philadelphia Eagles’ 2017 first-round pick whose 2022 season was derailed by a torn ACL in Week 1 against Detroit. Few value the pass rush more than the Eagles who continue to

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles defense plans to go hunting with Nakobe Dean

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles are expecting a lot out of Nakobe Dean in his second season as a pro and the former Georgia star is expected to go from zero to defensive leader in one offseason. As a rookie third-round pick Dean played in just 34 defensive snaps, a paltry two per game due in

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Eagles
John McMullen

Alex Tanney jumps on the fast track as Eagles’ QB coach

PHILADELPHIA – Eagles quarterbacks coach Alex Tanney made the most of his physical gifts. The 6-foot-4 former signal caller broke just about every record there was at Monmouth College in his native Illinois, culminating with a staggering 132 touchdown passes over his final three college seasons and earning the Melberger Award winner as NCAA D-III’s

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles turn the page on Super Bowl loss

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles’ veterans are back to work at the NovaCare Complex and for many of them, Wednesday was the first time talking to reporters since the agonizing 38-35 Super Bowl LVII loss to Kansas City back in February. If you let them, setbacks like that can eat you up, according to Pro Bowl

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Eagles
John McMullen

Bears couldn’t even consider Jalen Carter

PHILADELPHIA – When the 2023 draft process began only one team controlled its own destiny and that was the Chicago Bears, who earned the No. 1 overall pick in merit. The Bears were the worst team in the NFL last season, partially by design, as novice GM Ryan Poles tore it down in as close

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles are trying to push Arryn Siposs

PHILADELPHIA – After running unopposed over the past two seasons, Eagles punter Arryn Siposs has a challenger in 2023. In the past when Philadelphia has allowed specialists to go unopposed over the offseason and training camp, like placekicker Jake Elliott and long snapper Rick Lovato are likely to do this spring and summer, the organization

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles and Giants set for Christmas Day at Lincoln Financial Field

PHILADELPHIA – Call it Christmas in May because the NFL delivered quite a gift to Eagles fans on Wednesday, confirming a Christmas Day game at Lincoln Financial Field against the New York Giants. The kickoff time between the two NFC East rivals is set for 4:30 ET. The early heads-up on the game was one

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles Bet on Kelee Ringo

PHILADELPHIA – Time can play tricks on anyone and it often preys on NFL personnel executives when the days of the NFL Draft turn over. Eagles GM Howie Roseman found himself thinking after Day 2 when he looked over his board and saw that Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo, a player given a second-round grade by

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Eagles
John McMullen

Moro Ojomo’s fast track arrives in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – Moro Ojomo is used to early starts. The Nigerian native started kindergarten at age 3 before moving to the United States when he was just 7. The sped-up process continued in the United States in California and South Texas, enabling Ojomo to enroll at the University of Texas at age 16. Five years

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Eagles
John McMullen

Observations from Eagles rookie camp

PHILADELPHIA – We got a quick first look at the Eagles’ rookies, along with a few selected veterans and a host of tryout players on Friday and while you can’t make any grandiose predictions, there were a number of notable things to jot down in the notebook. #Eagles rookie camp roster pic.twitter.com/NvGcLKkefr — John McMullen

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles add veteran TE Dan Arnold

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles made an interesting addition to the roster Thursday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with veteran tight end Dan Arnold. Arnold was with Doug Pederson in Jacksonville last season, appearing in all 17 regular-season games as a role player with 169 offensive snaps. He was traded to the Jags from