The Tennessee product entered the NFL with a talent for taking down quarterbacks, after busting Reggie White’s sack record. The Eagles made him the No. 14 overall pick to bring that oomph off the edge to complement their stout middle.
Barnett’s first sack displayed his improvement over the course of the summer. The rookie has been working on an inside move to complement his outside speed. His hand usage on Packers backup left tackle Jason Spriggs was textbook.
With one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL last season, the Eagles were desperate to land a veteran wideout. After the dream of reuniting with DeSean Jackson failed, landing Smith at a decent price is solid Plan B.
Smith spent his first four seasons in Baltimore as a one-trick deep threat, then signed in San Francisco for big money. He flopped in two seasons in a pathetic 49ers offense, compiling a meager 930 yards and seven touchdowns on 53 receptions in 28 games.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, though, quickly reported that the productive pass-rusher was expected to rejoin the team without any demands for a new contract.
Graham inked a four-year, $26 million contract in 2015. The pact pays the eighth-year lineman $6.5 million both this season and next, which, to be fair, is less than the earnings for teammate Vinny Curry, who has never logged an NFL start.
Blount’s role in Philadelphia will ostensibly mirror what he did in New England. He’ll be a short-yardage and goal-line back, albeit in a less productive offense. Much like his time with the Pats, Blount will be working in a crowded backfield. The Eagles have made no indication that Darren Sproles will see a reduction in his workload while the early talk is that rookie Donnel Pumphrey could take snaps as a slot receiver.
Last season was a career year for Blount, who not only set new personal standards for rushing touchdowns but for carries (299) and rushing yards (1,161) as well. Those numbers might be hard to duplicate again this season in an offense that also added pass-catchers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to go along with Jordan Matthews.
“I’m sorry that any action by me brought negative light to this organization. I want to thank the Lurie Family, Howie, this community and the entire Eagles organization for the opportunity I’ve had for the past 3 years. Most important, I want to let the fans and community as a whole know that I understand the responsibility I have as a professional athlete, and I will take all measures necessary to correct mistakes I have made.”
Huff was pulled over Tuesday morning for speeding on the Walt Whitman Bridge and charged with possession of an unloaded handgun (9mm) without a permit and a small amount of marijuana.
Jenkins injured his back during last week’s win over the Lions and was listed as a “game-time decision” heading into Thursday night.
In his stead, promising rookie Eli Apple will likely get more snaps, but Jenkins’ absence will be felt. “Jackrabbit” is allowing the second-best completion percentage in the NFL (46.3) and quarterbacks have a 58.1 passer rating when targeting him.