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Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Roster Breakdown: Wide Receivers

July 29th, 2015 at 3:51 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

For the second offseason in a row, the Philadelphia Eagles will be without their top receiver from the year before. DeSean Jackson was released following the 2013 season, his best year in the NFL. The Eagles once again lost their top receiver this year after Jeremy Maclin decided to sign a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Like Jackson, Maclin was coming off his best season since coming into the NFL.

The Eagles used their first pick in this year's draft to select wide receiver Nelson Agholor out of USC. Physically, he is almost a splitting image of Maclin. They also ran very similar 40-yard dash times at the combine, Agholor ran a 4.42 and Maclin a 4.45. Agholor is expected to be a day one starter for the Eagles. It remains to be seen if he will line up in the slot, like Jordan Matthews did his rookie season, or if he will be on the outside. Chip Kelly said last season that he likes the rookies to focus on one job. So if Agholor is lined up in the slot for the majority of camp, expect him to play in the slot once the regular season starts. Either way, Agholor will be a big contributor to the team's offense.

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Philadelphia Eagles Waive Running Back Matthew Tucker

July 28th, 2015 at 11:25 AM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday that they have waived running back Matthew Tucker due to a "non-football injury".

Tim McManus, of the Philadelphia Inquire reported that Tucker underwent surgery to repair a torn quad and that it would take 8-9 months to recover.

Tucker was signed by the Eagles in 2013 as a rookie free agent and appeared in two games that year. He was a member of the practice squad during the 2014 season.

Chip Kelly spoke highly of Tucker this offseason, but probably would have ended up signing him to another practice squad deal because of the Eagles' depth at the running back position.

Former Villanova running back Kevin Monangai announced last week that he had signed a contract with the Eagles. The team has not made an official announcemnt as of yet, but by releasing Tucker it leaves one open roster spot heading into training camp.

Training camp opens on August 2nd.

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Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Roster Preview: Tight End

July 27th, 2015 at 5:21 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles have six tight ends on their 90-man roster heading into training camp. Expect them to keep four on roster once the regular season gets underway and either cut or sign some of them to their practice squad once the season starts.

Last season, many thought that second year tight end Zach Ertz was poised to have a breakout season for the Eagles. He did not have a break out year, but in week 16 he showed just what he has the ability to do as a receiving tight end. During that game against the Washington Redskins, Ertz was targeted 18 times and pulled in 15 receptions for 115 yards, by far his best game as a pro. However, his snap count was limited throughout the season because of his inability to block at a consistent level. Ertz finished the year with 58 receptions for 702 yards and three touchdowns, the most by an Eagles' tight end last season.

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Philadelphia Eagles Expected to Sign Running Back

July 24th, 2015 at 4:16 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

With training camp set to open in just over a week, the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to add another running back to their roster.

Kevin Monangai saw action in all four years while playing for the Villanova Wildcats. Last season he rushed for 1,138 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and finished with 12 touchdowns. For his career at Villanova, Monangai rushed for 3,167 yards and scored 29 touchdowns.

Monangai announced the signing on his Instagram account saying,

If someone were to say my path to the NFL would be unorthodox, I think that'd be a pretty big understatement but God is truly good… All praise and glory to The Most High for putting me in a position to have officially been offered an NFL contract by the Philadelphia Eagles… Time to show out like never before come time for training camp, the work has just begun… #IFeelBlessed #StayReady

The Eagles have yet to announce the signing, but they already have 90 players on their roster. The team will have to release someone to make room for Monangai.

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Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Roster Breakdown: Offensive Line

July 23rd, 2015 at 3:10 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

There have been some major changes to the Philadelphia Eagles' roster since Chip Kelly gained full control. Two familiar names along the offensive line are no longer with the team. Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans were released earlier in the offseason. Herremans has been picked up by the Indianapolis Colts, while Mathis is still looking for a new team.

The Eagles still have tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson. Peters, a seven-time Pro-Bowler, is still considered to be one of the best guards in the league, while Johnson is starting to become recognized as an up-and-coming tackle. Barring any injuries, they will be starting and should be in the Pro-Bowl discussion later on in the season.

Center Jason Kelce is entering his fifth season as a member of the Eagles. He made the Pro-Bowl last year after missing four games with a sports hernia. Once thought to be too small to play center in the NFL, Kelce has established himself as one of the best centers in the NFL and should have another Pro-Bowl caliber season.

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