Welcome back to the weekly BGN Mailbag. Thanks to everyone on Twitter who sent in a question. Let's talk some Eagles football.
To the Q&A...
@jasonjohn520 asks: Trade Mychal Kendricks for Eric Fisher?
I could see Andy Reid having some interest in his former linebacker, but I can't see the Chiefs trading Fisher. He's just two seasons removed from being the No. 1 overall pick. Trading him away now would cause Kansas City to lose $1.2 million. The Chiefs actually have the least amount of cap space in the NFL right now at $967,662.
While Fisher is an unrealistic option, perhaps there are other offensive lineman available that could make sense. 49ers guard Alex Boone has been seeking a new deal, for example. I'm not sure who else is available, if anyone. The fact that the Eagles showed significant interest in Chris Chester seems to indicate they're willing to add to their offensive line.
The Eagles shouldn't be desperately looking to move Kendricks. He's a good player and a duo of him and Kiko Alonso, along with DeMeco Ryans rotating in (?), makes for a very good starting inside linebacker corps. But if Kendricks isn't in the long-term plans anyway, getting offensive line help could make sense.
@JimJiminez77 asks: What is the likeliest scenario at left guard, in your opinion?
I can't say it's likely Evan Mathis will be the starter when someone as credible as Adam Caplan is saying he feels pessimistic about the Mathis situation. I'm not really sure what will happen with Mathis, but for now I think it's likely Allen Barbre will be the starter at left guard. For better or worse, the team is high on him. In a media session last week, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said he feels Barbre is underrated. With Barbre starting on the left side, Matt Tobin is likely the starter at right guard.
@PhillyEagles60 asks: Who will be the starting safety and will Riley Cooper finally get demoted?
I applaud your sneaky strategy of asking two different questions at once.
First: I think it's going to be Walter Thurmond next to Malcolm Jenkins. He's a talented player. He has good coverage skills. There are some obvious concerns about his lack of playing experience and injury history, but he's probably a better option than any other player competing for the spot. Jaylen Watkins could be in the mix. Earl Wolff has to prove he can get healthy and stay on the field.
Second: it depends on your definition of demoted. I don't think he's going to be glued to the bench, but maybe the Eagles will try to use him in a platoon role where other players start eating into his snaps.
@Lovelybuckeye asks: Will Miles Austin see playing time on offense during the season or just special teams?
The Eagles gave Austin $1 million guaranteed so I guess they envision some kind of role for him. I imagine it's not going to be a big one. He might see some limited snaps on offense along with some special teams contributions. Austin hasn't played special teams in the past few years but maybe that will change now. For what it's worth, Austin says he's willing to do anything.
@TMoralesNFL asks: What's your thoughts on Devante Davis and his chance on making the team?
I noticed Davis one in the two OTA practices that have been open to the media so far. He made a nice leaping grab on a medium distance Sam Bradford throw. As for his chances of making the team, I wouldn't say they're great. I think the Eagles will keep the following six wide receivers: Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, Riley Cooper, Miles Austin, Seyi Ajirotutu. Davis could be fighting for a practice squad spot. For more on Davis, read [Ben Natan's profile] and this [question and answer session].
Byron Maxwell guaranteed the Eagles are going to Super Bowl 50. So that gives them a 50-50 chance this year, right?