Sheldon Brown, much like he said he would, has shown up for this week Eagles mini camp. Although his showing up should be to prepare for the season, his contract is the only thing he is getting asked about. Brown has restated that he is unhappy with his contract and wants to work something out.

I don’t think a distraction like this is what the Eagles need. They need to focus on making sure all the new players to the team (which there are a lot of) are ready to learn this system and be successful. The Eagles do not want to redo Brown’s contract and more than likely will not budge. At this point, I think the Birds need to shop him hard and see what they can get from him. The team doesn’t need him hanging around and causing distractions.

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Former Eagle Gary Cobb has recently spoken with many of the new faces of the Eagles organization asking for their thoughts on the team and the type of contributions they think they can make. The group seems to be confident and ready to get down to work for the upcoming season. I like the attitude the players are expressing because they don’t seem to be cocky but they feel that they can definitely make an impact for this organization. One thing to evaluate when bringing a player in is their attitude. Some players are just mental wrecks (bet a certain wide receiver comes to mind). All of these players seem to be level headed and determined to show the city of Philadelphia what they can do.

Check out what some of the new guys told Gary and check out his thoughts as well.

Cornelius Ingram
Jeremy Maclin
Victor Harris
Ellis Hobbs

Donovan finally happy?

April 28, 2009

As I mentioned when discussing the playmakers the Eagles picked up in the draft, it would seem that Donovan McNabb would be happy with what the team has done. Today, Donovan posted on his blog saying that he is “ready to move forward.

I believe that with what the Eagles have done in the offseason, there is no way that Donovan can be upset. They have brought in established talent like Stacy Andrews, Sean Jones, and Jason Peters as well as young guys who can step in and be threats right away like Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. The Birds are making their usual steps to impress us during the offseason so they can crush our hopes in the regular season.

Well the day after the draft, the Eagles have added nine undrafted prospects to the squad. The list is below.

Walter Mendenhall – RB – Illinois State
Dallas Reynolds – OG – BYU
Brandon Robinson – WR – Boston College
Courtney Robinson – CB – Massachusetts
Sam Swank – PK – Wake Forest
Marcus Thigpen – RB – Indiana
Josh Gaines – DE – Penn State
Reshard Langford – S – Vanderbilt
Marcus Mailei – FB – Weber State

Eagles second day picks

April 27, 2009

If you watched the second day of the draft, you may have been frustrated by how the Eagles traded back on multiple occasions. However, I think most people are viewing Sunday and the draft as a whole a success for the Eagles.

The Eagles took the following players Sunday:

5 17 (153) C. Ingram TE Florida
5 21 (157) V. Harris CB Va Tech
5 23 (159) F. Tupou OT Oregon
6 21 (194) B. Gibson WR Wash St
7 4 (213) P. Fanaika OG Arizona St
7 21 (230) M. Fokou OLB Maryland

Ingram and Harris are good additions and should definitely make contributes to the team somewhere down the line, and we know that Maclin and McCoy should be able to step in and make an impact right away.

Take a look at Todd McShay’s draft review and look at the compliments he gives to the Eagles for the picks they made.

With their second selection in the NFL draft, the Eagles assessed their need at the running back position by selecting LeSean McCoy out of Pittsburgh. McCoy was the best available running back on the board so it is definitely a nice addition after missing out on the “big three” running backs that were taken in the first round. McCoy doesn’t have the exact size and power the Birds wanted but he is an explosive player with good hands.

I think it is a nice addition to the offense. He is a play maker that should definitely be able to make some plays at the professional level. It seems like the Eagles are really trying to provide Donovan the play makers he’s been asking for.

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded up from 21st to 19th in order to select Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Maclin was projected by many to go in the top 10 but fell as the day continued. This is the second year that the Eagles have used their first pick of the draft to take a wide receiver. With this selection, it appears that the Birds will stop their pursuit of wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Maclin is a very solid player but the selection came as a big surprise to me. Both Chris “Beanie” Wells and Brandon Pettigrew were on the board and the Eagles passed on both of them. It will be interesting to see what the Eagles do the rest of the day as they still need a running back. Maybe they will make a move for Donald Brown if he falls into the second round.