Eagles must improve upon miserable 2010, 2011 drafts | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
During a crucial period in the franchise’s history, as they were trying to replace all-time greats such as Jon Runyan, Tra Thomas, Brian Dawkins, Brian Westbrook and Hugh Douglas, the Eagles instead landed a bunch of guys who couldn’t play. With the roster virtually stripped of young talent, especially on the defensive side, the Eagles were forced to try and fill holes with high-priced free agents, who all turned out to be under-performing and overpaid, leaving the team an embarrassment and the locker room in shambles.
Chip Kelly's goal for his first Eagles draft
Chip Kelly wants to build Eagles' stable of good players in this week's NFL draft, but doesn't see it as his defining moment.
Hoping to emulate the Patriots, who have stockpiled at the position, the Eagles have closely examined this year’s college crop of tight ends, and several league officials familiar with Kelly’s background and offense expect the Eagles to add depth there before the end of the draft.
Here’s a list of 15 names to know. These are potential Round 2 or Round 3 options. Obviously, there’s plenty of guess-work involved since we don’t know who’s going to go in the first round, so consider this a starting point.
Weaver Walks Away With No Regrets
"I think the fans gave me a lot of love not even knowing what I did on the field, not seeing what I had done yet and really just going off of the year I had before in Seattle where I really wasn't known," said Weaver, who officially retired as an Eagle on Tuesday. "Philly fans. They're known as the blue-collar fans. They work hard. They're gritty. They're going to talk bad about you. They're going to tell you to your face what time it is. At the same time, they're going to get it done."
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The Eagles added pieces for their new 3-4 defense in OLB Connor Barwin and NT Isaac Sopoaga, and new FB James Casey can be a versatile contributor on offense that could provide plenty of fireworks. If QB Michael Vick stays healthy and buys in to the up-tempo system of new coach Chip Kelly, he could team with RB LeSean McCoy and WRs Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson to give Philly plenty of weapons. And with OTs Jason Peters and Todd Herremans returning from injury, and WR Arrelious Benn also added in the offseason, there's a lot to be excited about on offense.