Lane Johnson Jersey

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Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson is one of the team’s most vocal trash talkers, whether he’s targeting the New England Patriots, Donovan McNabb or even a guy who will now be joining him in midnight green.

Last week, when the Eagles signed linebacker Zach Brown, few would have recalled that he and Johnson had a war of words before the start of the 2017 season.

Johnson, writing for The Players Tribune, guaranteed an opening day victory against division rival Washington.

“Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some ass against the Redskins,” Johnson wrote. “We’re going to surprise some people.”

At the time, Zach Brown was getting ready to play his first game with Washington. He took offense to Johnson’s guarantee and called him out on his previous PED suspension.The Eagles went on to beat Washington 30-17, the first victory in a 13-3 season that brought Philadelphia its first-ever Super Bowl title. Johnson got the last laugh.

Naturally, the Eagles will open their season Sept. 8 against Washington at Lincoln Financial Field. That will be a reunion for both Brown and former Washington receiver DeSean Jackson. The latter has never written for The Players Tribune, so if there’s a guarantee coming this year, the time would be appropriate for No. 10 to share a message with his former team.

Stefen Wisniewski Jersey

This should make quite a few Philadelphia Eagles happy. Interior offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski has flown back to the nest.

See? We weren’t the only ones who thought it. We asked a little over a week ago if a reunion was in the cards. Some agreed. Some didn’t, but in the end the team agreed. That, as you know, is all that matters. The Philadelphia Eagles strengthened their offensive line yet again. This time, they did so by adding a familiar face, interior lineman Stefen Wisniewski.

As of 10 AM on Monday morning, a little after the pancakes and eggs began to digest for much of the east coast, there hadn’t been an official statement by ‘The Birds’, but several sources confirmed the signing.

Most often, you can take a man’s word and run with that. Perhaps the best source to consider would be ‘Wiz’ himself. We’ve covered that base as well, and if that wasn’t good enough, the Eagles finally made a statement on the matter.

Goal number one for Philly seems to be keeping Carson Wentz upright. They’ve done that with the drafting of Andre Dillard, bringing back ‘Wiz’ and adding undrafted talent to compete. Prior to Philly’s first-ever Super Bowl victory, the Eagles took home the honor of best offensive line at The NFL Honors.

If they can stay relatively healthy, they shouldn’t have a problem being seen as that again.

Prior to Wisniewski’s signing, there was another on Sunday, that of quarterback Cody Kessler. Read here for the skinny on that one. Philly, by signing those two, had to clear two roster spaces. They did so by saying goodbye to former Alliance quarterback Luis Perez and running back Nico Evans.

Last week, we released an early 53-man roster projection. Wisniewski’s name wasn’t on it. What’s funny is we started to put his name on there anyway because we knew he’d be back. We decided against it. We were wrong (or right depending how you look at it). We’ve added him now.

Now, here’s our updated predictions for who’s making the team on the offensive line. We want to go with ten guys, but we’ll keep it at nine (for now):

Andre Dillard, Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, ‘Big V’ aka Halapoulivaati Vaitai (we haven’t given up on him yet), Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, Matt Pryor, Stefen Wisniewski, Jason Kelce. Here’s another way too early prediction. Jordan Mailata gets cut, but he’s signed to the practice squad a day later. We officially open the debate table for that one.

Brandon Brooks Jersey

The Philadelphia Eagles had a major question mark on the interior of the offensive line before deciding to bring back Stefen Wisniewski over the weekend. Philadelphia had its starting offensive line set at both guard spots with Isaac Seumalo (left guard) and Brandon Brooks (right guard), but questions arose with the Eagles Pro Bowler.

Brooks has hinted he’ll be ready by Week 1 after suffering a torn Achilles in January, but Wisniewski’s return gives him more time in his recovery. Wisniewski can fill in at right guard while Brooks continues his amazing progress from the Achilles injury, solving a major problem on the Eagles offensive line that existed since they declined his option in March.

The Eagles were thin at guard behind Brooks with Matt Pryor in line to play right guard if Brooks wasn’t ready for the season. Pryor has a ton of potential, but has never played a NFL regular season snap, which shows how valuable Brooks is toward the Eagles success.

Philadelphia had no other options at right guard if Brooks wasn’t ready and there wasn’t many options available. Wisniewski was the top option because he spent two seasons in the system and he played both guard and center for the Eagles.

Wisniewski started 18 games for the Eagles at left guard over the past two seasons and has rotated at both guard spots throughout his NFL career. Not to mention he also started 87 games at center before coming to Philadelphia in 2017, providing a legitimate backup option behind Jason Kelce in case the All-Pro center were to go down.

The Eagles had no backup options behind Kelce if the 31-year old suffered an injury as Seumalo was the only other player with experience at center on the roster. Seumalo could move to center for Kelce, but who would fill his spot at left guard? Pryor has strictly played right guard in his rookie season, so he wasn’t a viable option at this point.

If the Eagles were to move Seumalo to center, Wisniewski is available to fill the spot at left guard. Wisniewski allowed 15 pressures in 412 pass blocking snaps in 2018 (one sack and 14 hurries). He graded at a 54.6 by Pro Football Focus (61.0 pass, 50.8 run) in 643 snaps (584 left guard, 54 center, three right guard), displaying his versatility and reliability on the Eagles offensive line.

The Eagles could also just keep Seumalo at left guard and just have Wisniewski play center if Kelce were to go down, so they have the boxes checked there.

The main reason Wisniewski is back is to give Brooks more time to rehab from his torn Achilles, as Wisniewski can easily fill the void at right guard in training camp while Brooks is getting ready for Week 1. If Brooks isn’t ready for the start of the season and needs a few more weeks, Wisniewski is there.

Rodney McLeod Jersey

Rodney McLeod missed the majority of the 2018 season with a torn MCL suffered in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts, but the Eagles starting free safety says he’ll be ready for Week 1 of the 2019 season. McLeod won’t be back in time for OTAs to start next month, as he will still be rehabbing the knee.

“I’m counting down the days until this is over and I’m back on the field with my teammates,” McLeod told Les Bowen.

McLeod hopes to be ready by training camp, but won’t guarantee anything. This is unfamiliar territory for McLeod, who has missed just two games in the previous six seasons prior to last year.

McLeod played in just three games for the Eagles before going on injured reserve with a torn MCL. He finished with 10 tackles and four passes defensed in five targets.

This comes after two solid seasons in Philadelphia which McLeod played 2,062 snaps, compiling 130 tackles and six interceptions in 30 games, with 13 passes defensed. McLeod was one of the best coverage safeties in football in 2016 as opposing quarterbacks had a 55.0 passer rating when targeting him.

The Eagles did sign insurance for McLeod in Andrew Sendejo, who will be the No. 3 safety when McLeod is healthy.

Sendejo was one of the best coverage safeties in the NFL in 2017 as opposing quarterbacks had just a 59.8 passer rating when targeting him. He allowed 17 catches for 257 yards and had three interceptions on 29 targets. The season prior, opposing quarterbacks had a 79.6 passer rating when targeting Sendejo, who allowed 12 catches for 214 yards on 19 targets. Sendejo had two interceptions that season.

The Eagles are getting a bargain in adding Sendejo, who will play the Corey Graham role as the No. 3 safety the team desperately needed in 2018. Graham played 655 defensive snaps (63.10 percent) and finished with 56 tackles, five pass deflections and an interception. Opposing quarterbacks had a 78.4 passer rating when targeting the 33-year old Graham, who allowed 12 catches for 70 yards this season.

Sendejo will provide veteran depth at safety for the Eagles, who have Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod locked in as starters. The Eagles typically prefer to play five defensive backs on the field, specifically when they move Jenkins down in the box as a linebacker. Sendejo can play up top with McLeod or play the Jenkins role at linebacker, giving the Eagles an extra option at defensive back to use in nickel and dime packages.

Graham would move down to cornerback in those packages at that time, which the Eagles won’t need to do with Sendejo (who is basically an extra linebacker). The Eagles have plenty of cornerbacks that can line up in off coverage, allowing Sendejo to move freely up top or go down in the box and play linebacker.

Until McLeod is healthy, Sendejo will fill his role…but the Eagles certainly have insurance at the safety position heading into 2019.

Jason Peters Jersey

Two days ago marked the ten-year anniversary of a move that would change the Philadelphia Eagles forever. With Howie Roseman in the front office today, the Eagles make trades for players like it’s nothing. It wasn’t always like that in the NFL though, especially for the Eagles. Making a trade was rare, and we would be lucky to see one or two throughout the year, unlike how it is today. Fortunately, the Eagles pulled the trigger on one in 2009, which turned out to be one of the most critical moves of the 2000’s era for Philly.

Back in 2004, a defensive lineman-turned-tight end out of Arkansas entered the NFL Draft, but wouldn’t get a call from anybody to get drafted, despite being projected as a mid-round pick. The Queen City, Texas native, wouldn’t give up on his NFL dreams though and he inked a deal with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent. Knowing that UDFA’s typically don’t make the final roster, this kid knew that he had to put the work in to make his NFL dreams happen.

The Buffalo Bills didn’t know they had Jason Peters before he was the real Jason Peters that Eagles fans all know and love. As he bounced around from several positions, Peters would eventually find his calling at offensive tackle.

Although Peters was a stellar blocker for the Bills, some contract issues had Buffalo growing fed up with the former undrafted free agent. So instead of satisfying the lineman by giving him the contract he desires, they sent him packing to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for their first and fourth-round pick in 2009, in addition to a future conditional sixth-round pick as well.

Peters would join the Eagles in 2009, under former head coach, Andy Reid. He dominated at left tackle for the Birds as he made the Pro Bowl for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Unfortunately, Peters went down with a season-ending injury in 2012. His diagnosis was a ruptured Achilles, which is typically a career-ender for veteran players – especially big men.

Although an Achilles injury could be a career killer, it wouldn’t take Peters down. He stayed on track and earned himself yet, another large payout from the Eagles a couple of years later. After the Andy Reid era, Peters struggled to remain happy in Philly since Chip Kelly’s rise and fall. But fortunatley during Chip’s three-year span as the coach, Peters stayed on board.

Fast forward to 2019, and Jason Peters is getting prepared to play what is likely to be his final season with the Eagles. As the team re-structured his deal last month, Peters will play out the 2019 season without a future locked in.

Seeing as though he suffered a season-ending injury in 2017, and multiple significant injuries in 2018, the Eagles aren’t sure how much longer his body can hold up. Even if Peters’ days are numbered at this point, it’s already clear that the Eagles can consider their trade for ‘The Bodyguard’ back in 2009 a successful one. In fact, it’s argubly the greatest trade in the franchise’s existence, and it went down ten years ago.

Brandon Graham Jersey

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end and former Michigan Wolverine Brandon Graham signed a three-year, $40 million extension to stay with the team this offseason. Money well spent on a player that played a key role the Eagles winning Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots.

Hope was fleeting for Eagles fans as Tom Brady and the Patriots offense stepped onto the field with just over two minutes left in the game. It was like deja vu. Brady had done the unthinkable the year before, overcoming a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons and it felt as if he was going to do it again.

Graham had other plans.

With 2:16 left in the fourth quarter, Graham was able to bullrush past Patriots guard Shaq Mason and strip sack Brady. The Eagles were able to pounce on the loose football and went on to clinch their first ever Super Bowl Championship.

Even though the Patriots were able to get the football back, the play had two former Wolverines colliding, will be remembered as the game winner for the Eagles.

Derek Barnett was the one who was able to secure the fumble, but Graham was the one who got to keep the football.

Brady and Graham’s paths have yet to cross since the Super Bowl, but Graham told 97.1 the Ticket’s Doug Karsch and Khang on Wednesday morning that he makes sure he is already ready if he does end up seeing Brady.

“I keep it in my car,” said Graham, “If I’m going up to Michigan I take that ball with me, just in case I run into [Brady].”

The two both attended the University of Michigan, but not together. Brady is 10 years older than Graham and got drafted in 2000, while Graham heard his name called in 2010.

Graham’s hoping to have the acclaimed ‘GOAT’ sign the football and has little doubt that he will.

“I’m for sure he will sign it,” said Graham, “because he won another one. I thought we were on our way back, it would have been nice to beat the Saints, but the Saints were tough this year. For him to come right back and say, ‘I’m not done yet’ and to win another one it just shows you how fortunate we were to stop him.”

Corey Clement Jersey

We learned on Monday that running back Josh Adams had labrum surgery this offseason and is now the second rusher sidelined early in the offseason, the first being Corey Clement who suffered a season-ending knee injury in early-December.

The running back spoke with Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan on Monday evening and talked a bit about the injury itself and his expected return.

He then joked that he felt like if the Eagles needed him in that New Orleans game at the end, he could’ve hopped back out there. Clement did then talk a bit about the timetable for his return and what he plans on doing this offseason from a workout standpoint.

Caplan then said he noticed that Clement’s weight was down from last season, and the running back acknowledged that he’s down to 208 pounds right now — after playing at 227 in college and 217 last season — which is where he feels comfortable. He said you can expect that to mean he’ll be more explosive and elusive this upcoming season.Clement also said during the interview that it was really cool to have Vinny Curry back in the building, and to get a chance to play alongside DeSean Jackson this season.

He also said he was excited to have Jordan Howard join the team, calling him a great asset and person, and wasn’t worried about what that meant for him role with the offense. Clement said he’s very familiar with Howard having studied him a lot during college, with both players coming from the Big Ten, Wisconsin and Indiana, respectively.

Jake Elliott Jersey

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The Philadelphia Eagles took care of two members of their kicking unit ahead of free agency.

The Eagles on Friday announced the signing of kicker Jake Elliott and long snapper Rick Lovato to one-year contracts. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Securing Elliott ensures that one of the NFL’s most reliable field goal kickers will continue to reside in Philadelphia.

Elliott joined the Eagles in September 2017 after being signed from the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad to replace Caleb Sturgis, who landed on injured reserve. Elliott, the Bengals’ fifth-round pick in 2017, went on to connect on 26 of 31 field goal attempts (83.9 percent) and 39 of 42 extra point attempts (92.9 percent).

He made five field goals from 50 or more yards in 2017, and his 61-yard field goal that season established an NFL record for the longest field goal made by a rookie. Elliott followed up by once again making 26 of 31 field goal attempts in 2018, and improved on extra-point attempts by nailing 33 of 35 kicks (94.3 percent).

Lovato, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2015, has been with the Eagles since the late part of the 2016 season after stints with the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.

Corey Graham Jersey

A new wave of NFL free agency is expected to pick up this week since signings will no longer count against a team’s compensatory pick formula starting at midnight (12:00:00 on May 8). The Eagles are among the teams who have been biding their time while playing the comp pick game.

Philadelphia already has one of the most talented rosters in the league but there’s always room for improvement. Not to mention Howie Rosman has about $22 million in cap space to work with. Here’s a look at some targets who could make sense for the Eagles.

Ansah is one of the most intriguing free agents remaining on the market. He led the NFL in pressure rate last year with 20 pressures in 101 pass rush snaps, per Pro Football Focus. Ansah’s market has evolved slowly as he’s recovery from shoulder surgery.

Ansah would be a great addition to the Eagles’ defensive end rotation, which is looking thin if Chris Long doesn’t return. For a team that likes to heavily rotate their pass rushers, the Eagles’ depth really drops off after the trio of Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Vinny Curry. If one of those three guys gets hurt, the Eagles are suddenly looking at one of Josh Sweat, Shareef Miller, Daeshon Hall, or Joe Ostman being a top three defensive end on the team. That’s not ideal.

Morgan might be a more realistic signing for the Eagles. The 30-year-old has previously made it sound like he’s moving on from Tennessee. Morgan wouldn’t be some high impact player like Ansah but he could give the Eagles more depth.

The 2010 first-round pick was selected three spots after Graham at No. 16 overall. He’s had a solid nine-year career with the Titans. Morgan’s coming off a down year with only 0.5 sacks in 2018 but he had sack totals of nine and 7.5 in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Morgan’s a Lancaster, PA native and attended high school in Coatesville. Maybe he has interest in moving back closer to home.

Jalen Mills Jersey

Three days after he was arrested outside of a Washington, D.C. nightclub for disorderly affray, Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills has issued an apology.

Mills was arrested near 3 a.m. on Saturday morning after a fight with professional basketball player Devin Robinson, with whom the Wizards cut ties in the wake of the incident.

Mills posted the following message on his official Instagram account on Tuesday afternoon:

“In response to the events that took place last weekend, I want to sincerely apologize to the Philadelphia Eagles organization, my coaches, teammates and my fans. I can assure you this will not happen again.”

As of Saturday afternoon, the Eagles had released their stock statement: We’re involved, gathering info, etc.

We still don’t know all the details about this incident, but according to the police report obtained by NBC Sports Philadelphia, both men were arrested after getting into a fight outside the Opera Nightclub following a Wizards party. There were also reports that the fight started with Robinson’s taking exception to Mills’ presence in the area because Mills doesn’t play for a Washington sports team.

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Derrick Gunn reported Mills paid a small fine and was released.

This is the first known legal trouble Mills has been in since he joined the Eagles in 2016 as a seventh-round pick. At the time, many thought he fell to the seventh round because of a 2014 battery of a woman charge that was later reduced to a misdemeanor and eventually dropped when he entered a diversion program. Mills has always denied those allegations.

Mills, 25, has started 25 games and has played in 39 since being drafted three years ago. His starting spot isn’t guaranteed coming into this season, the final year of his four-year rookie contract.