Mychal Kendricks LB PHI 3 days ago4 Comments
Kendricks is a strong candidate to be traded, according to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia.
The Eagles have a glut of talent at inside linebacker, with Kendricks joined by DeMeco Ryans and offseason acquisition Kiko Alonso. Both Kendricks and Alonso have strong three-down skillsets, whereas Ryans is more of a run-stuffer at this stage in his career. The team might find it useful to keep all three, but if a strong offer for Kendricks comes up, Alonso and Ryans would be a perfectly capable duo.
John Abraham LB ARI 3 days ago
Abraham is wanted by police in Brookhaven, Georgia for a charge of misdemeanor battery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Between his struggles with concussion symptoms and off-the-field issues, Abraham faces an uncertain professional future. He said this weekend that he's 50-50 on returning for a 15th season, but there haven't been any further updates, and a return to the NFL might now require dealing with league discipline.
Earl Wolff DB PHI 3 days ago
Wolff (knee) is no lock to make the final roster, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
Wolff had knee surgery in November and missed offseason practices, after recording just seven tackles in seven games last year. Walter Thurmond has emerged as the clear favorite to start next to Malcolm Jenkins at safety, leaving Wolff to compete with a group that includes Chris Maragos and Chris Prosinki for what will likely be two or three roster spots.
Paul Posluszny LB JAC 3 days ago
Posluszny, who is slated to reclaim his starting spot at middle linebacker, is still viewed as a three-down player by the Jaguars, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Posluszny returns for the 2015 season after a torn chest muscle ended his 2014 campaign during Week 7's contest against the Browns. Prior to his injury, he accumulated 69 tackles and two sacks in seven games. Posluszny signed a contract extension in April, keeping him in Jacksonville through the 2017 season. The 30-year-old linebacker finished second in the league in tackles during the 2013 season with 162 stops in 15 games.
Walter Thurmond DB PHI 3 days ago
Thurmond is expected to start next to Malcolm Jenkins at safety, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
The Eagles moved Thurmond to safety this offseason, and while he was initially expected to compete for a starting job, it now seems he may essentially be handed one. Second-round rookie Eric Rowe will compete for a starting spot at cornerback, and the Eagles' other options to play safety are underwhelming. Thurmond's role probably won't be conducive to piling up tackles, given that he's on the smaller (and faster) side of the safety spectrum.
Nolan Carroll II DB PHI 3 days ago
Carroll and Eric Rowe are competing for a starting job, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
Carroll has 27 career starts through five seasons, but Rowe is a second-round rookie with an ideal blend of size and speed. The Eagles obviously hope Rowe will prove worthy of the starting job, but the rookie's versatility (he also can play safety) might work in Carroll's favor if it's a close call. Rowe is the more promising IDP prospect, as Carroll has never topped 43 tackles in a season.
Eric Rowe DB PHI 3 days ago
Rowe and Nolan Carroll are competing for the starting spot opposite Byron Maxwell, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
Unless the Eagles trade Brandon Boykin, the loser of this position battle will likely be the No. 4 cornerback. Rowe, however, has a second potential path to playing time, as he's also capable of playing safety.
Kenjon Barner RB PHI 3 days ago
Barner is a strong candidate for the practice squad, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles are all locks to make the final roster, and the Eagles probably won't carry a fourth running back. Of course, it's entirely possible that one of those three isn't healthy for Week 1, in which case Barner would have a much better shot to join the active roster.
Riley Cooper WR PHI 3 days ago
Cooper will likely stick around with the Eagles for one more season, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
Cooper signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract last offseason, then caught just 55-of-95 targets for 577 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. He'll have a shot to compete for a starting job during training camp, but he's unlikely to be anything more than the fourth or fifth option in Philadelphia's passing game. Given the size of his contract and the likelihood that he'll have a small role, Cooper will likely be released after 2015.
Darren McFadden RB DAL 3 days ago
McFadden said his hamstring is doing great, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
McFadden was limited by a hamstring ailment during OTAs, but he made it back on the field for mandatory minicamp in mid-June. He'll enter training camp with a shot to earn a significant role in the offense, competing against Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams for carries. Randle and McFadden are the favorites to win the starting job.