Chris Maragos Jersey

The Eagles released Chris Maragos on Friday after five seasons with the team.

Signed by the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent in 2014, Maragos cemented his status as one of the league’s preeminent special teams players with a team-best 49 tackles during his tenure. In 2014, Maragos led the squad with 14 special teams tackles, forced a fumble, blocked a punt, and scored his first NFL touchdown. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate for his play that season. The Eagles ranked first in the league in special teams play twice in Maragos’ first three seasons in Philadelphia, including that 2014 campaign.

“We are grateful for Chris Maragos’ contributions to the Philadelphia Eagles over the last five seasons,” the team said in a statement. “A captain on our Super Bowl LII-winning team, Chris’ leadership on and off the field and his ability to connect with teammates, coaches and fans made him a valuable member of this organization and the community.

“Chris solidified himself as one of the best special teams performers in the NFL and played a crucial role in the success of our team. We wish Chris and his family all the best.”

One of the best underdog stories inside the Eagles’ locker room, Maragos earned the respect of his teammates as he was named a captain in 2017, the first year the team assigned permanent captains. Maragos suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Week 6 win over Carolina, and it kept him sidelined for the run to the Super Bowl as well as all of 2018.

A two-time walk-on in college at both Western Michigan and Wisconsin, Maragos originally entered the league as a rookie free agent with the 49ers in 2010. He went to the division-rival Seahawks in 2011 and was a key special teams contributor in their Super Bowl-winning campaign of 2013.

Chance Warmack Jersey

Sitton started one game for the Dolphins before ending up on injured reserve and is now on the chopping block as Miami looks to shed salary.

Death. Taxes. Poor interior offensive line play in Miami. You know the drill.

The Dolphins’ efforts to rebuild this team must focus up front on the both sides of the ball, which brings us to the inspection of free agent guard Chance Warmack as a potential fit.

Warmack is on the market after spending the last two seasons in Philadelphia. Warmack, who served as a depth player with the Eagles after starting in his first three seasons with the Tennessee Titans, is a six-year veteran looking for another chance to compete for a starting job.Why would he make sense for the Dolphins this off-season?

Because at 27 years old, Warmack is a former top-10 overall selection (2013) and has not been able to prove he can play with the exception of sparing reps in Philadelphia (he played 7 snaps last year after playing 318 in his first season in Philly).

The Dolphins are looking for young competition in their effort to reshape this roster and a player like Warmack, who clearly has some talent but also brings a chip on his shoulder and a reasonable price tag, would make a lot of sense.

This isn’t to say that Warmack should be signed, plugged into a starting role and Miami can wipe their hands of the position the rest of the way. This roster will need multiple investments at multiple positions and guard is among those positions.

But it’d be a low-risk, high reward signing if the team can unlock the player from Alabama that played his way into the top-10 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Timmy Jernigan Jersey

The 2018 campaign was not kind to Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan, as recovery from offseason back surgery knocked him out for the first 10 games of the season and limited him to just three contests overall.

As a result, the Eagles declined Jernigan’s option in March, making him a free agent. However, in late April, Philadelphia ultimately decided to bring him back on a one-year deal.

Now, Jernigan is out to prove himself after the roughest year of his NFL career:“I’m motivated to win games and to help this team,” said Jernigan, according to Dave Spadaro of the Eagles’ official team website. “I feel like last year, that’s in the past, man. I can’t change that. I’m just focused on what’s ahead of me.”

The 26-year-old, who spent the first three seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, was traded to the Eagles in April 2017. Then, during his first season in Philly, Jernigan went on to sign a four-year, $48 million extension with the club, a contract that obviously was not realized to its fullest.

But now, Jernigan is simply focused on having fun and righting the ship, both for himself and the Eagles:“I feel good and I’m having fun. That’s my goal this year. If I do those things, the rest will take care of itself,” Jernigan said. “I’m going to control what I can control. This defense, it has a lot of pieces. I just want to help us win games and play my best football and have fun doing it.”

Jordan Matthews Jersey

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Jordan Matthews is heading for a storybook destination now that 49ers minicamp is complete. He’s off to France, where his wife, Cheyna, is playing for Jamaica in its first-ever Women’s World Cup.

“We’re in this crazy phase right now,” Matthews said after Wednesday’s practice. “She’s watched me play on this (NFL) stage, and now she’s playing on the biggest soccer stage in the world.”

It’s a fabulous phase that Matthews’ former Philadelphia Eagles teammate, Zach Ertz, knows quite well. Ertz’s wife, Julie, is a star defender on the favored U.S. Women’s National Team.

“Julie and Zach have been really close to us ever since we got to Philly,” Jordan said. “Once Jamaica (qualified), Zach knew Cheyna was Jamaican, and so he was one of the first to text me, ‘Is she going to go?’ Julie was, ‘Tell Cheyna I’m so happy for her. It’s going to be awesome they’re coming out too.’ ”

Haloti Ngata Jersey

Haloti Ngata made a lot of big plays during his 13-year career. From 2006-2018, he was the NFL’s only defensive tackle to record at least 30 sacks and five interceptions.

But what was Ngata’s favorite play of his career?

“Breaking Ben’s nose,” he said with a chuckle during Wednesday’s press conference, in which he officially ended his career as a Raven. “I didn’t do it on purpose but it kind of just happened.”

Ngata was drafted as a Raven, and that answer certainly shows that he was and always will be a Raven at heart despite playing in Detroit and Philadelphia to end his career.

The well-known play happened in 2010 when Ngata bulldozed his way into the Steelers’ backfield and threw up his massive right paw. He didn’t mean it, but he clubbed Roethlisberger inside his facemask. Roethlisberger’s nose was visibly bent with blood running down as he walked off the field. The strike was so powerful that X-rays revealed nose bones that “looked like corn flakes” and required surgery.

Ngata told “The Lounge” podcast that he never spoke to Roethlisberger about the hit. Their trips to the Pro Bowl didn’t overlap. Jokingly told that Roethlisberger may still hold a grudge, Ngata laughed and said he wouldn’t care if he did.

Ngata was a dominant player throughout his career, and especially in Baltimore. He was the Ravens’ first-round pick (No. 12 overall) in 2006, and a key part of some of Baltimore’s greatest defenses.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome said it took watching only 20 plays of Ngata’s college film at Oregon to realize that he was a special player. Newsome hates giving up draft picks, but he surrendered a sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to move up one spot and select Ngata.

Ngata joined a defense with greats such as Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Adalius Thomas, Bart Scott, Trevor Pryce and more. He said he instantly knew Baltimore was a place where he could “maximize” his unique talents.

“For me, I couldn’t do anything but follow our leaders,” Ngata said. “They definitely helped me become a great player.”

Ngata went to five Pro Bowls during his nine years as a Raven. While some of the other defensive leaders around him got more spotlight, the soft-spoken gentle giant (off the field) made them all look good too by keeping blockers away.

His hard work, gritty play and humble personality gained immense respect from his teammates, coaches and fans.

Ngata was beloved by everyone that knew him, and it was evident by the attendance at Wednesday’s press conference. Dozens of family members and friends, as well as former teammates, came to celebrate with Ngata. It was a standing-room only event.

Ngata was traded to the Lions in 2015 when he and the Ravens could not agree on a pay cut. It was a tough business decision, one that “shocked” Ngata but that he also understood from a business perspective. But there certainly were no hard feelings.

Even then, in the wake of the trade, he told Newsome he wanted to finish as a Raven one day. Four years later, the Ravens and Ngata made it happen. And in 2020, Ngata will go into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor presented by Meritage Jewelers.

“I’m so excited to retire a Raven and be a part of this community again,” Ngata said. “I’ll definitely be back more often. I love being a Raven.”

Paul Worrilow Jersey

Paul Worrilow never had the opportunity to show the Eagles how he could contribute at the linebacker position in 2018. On the first day of voluntary minicamp, Worrilow’s season ended with a torn ACL.

Worrilow tore the ligament during a 7-on-7 drill, banging knees with Corey Nelson and was taken off on a stretcher. This came on the heels of the team releasing Mychal Kendricks earlier that same day.

In essence the Eagles lost two linebackers in one day, but Worrilow was given another chance with the Eagles when they re-signed him to a one-year deal in January. Worrilow is still rehabbing that knee as minicamp began last week, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

He still has an important role on the Eagles defense when he returns to the field.

“First thing he has done is impressed every single person in the building with his work ethic,” said Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. “He’s just been incredible the way he’s attacked his injury rehab. He’s really been a leader for a lot of other guys. We have a significant number of injuries in there, and he has really set a good standard for the work that it takes to recover.

“And Paul is a veteran player. Has experience in Atlanta. Some experience in Detroit. That shows through also. He’s still working his way back, but veteran players it’s a little bit easier. He doesn’t have to fight the learning curve as much. Just getting his body right.”

Worrilow has valuable experience as a starter at linebacker, starting eight games for the Detroit Lions in 2017. He finished with 30 tackles, one pass deflection, and a fumble recovery. The 27-year old Worrilow has 413 tackles, 11 pass deflections, and four sacks in five NFL seasons (not counting his 2018 season with the Eagles), starting 52 of 72 career games.

The Eagles have been determined to improve their special teams, which was believed to receive a boost with the addition of Worrilow last year. In his final season with the Atlanta Falcons (2016), Worrilow played a key role on the Falcons special teams unit, while providing depth at inside linebacker.

Finishing 14th on special teams last season, Worrilow should improve the Eagles’ special teams unit.

Worrilow won’t be starting on the Eagles at linebacker (Zach Brown and Nigel Bradham have the two starting spots), but can play all three linebacker positions. During minicamp, the Eagles have lined up Worrilow at strong-side linebacker (SAM) behind Nate Gerry (Bradham is rehabbing a thumb injury from last season).

Worrilow can also play middle linebacker, but Brown is there and L.J. Fort can play the position. The Eagles are still trying to find out where they can mix Worrilow in on the defense, but there should be a spot for him on special teams.

Having Worrilow around will provide valuable experience and leadership to a linebacker group with a lot of young players.

Wendell Smallwood Jersey

What happens at the running back position will, no doubt, be one of the big conversation pieces as the Philadelphia Eagles head into training camp. Here’s what we know. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, if healthy, are probably in. Here’s what we’re not sure of but willing to take a guess on. Boston Scott, Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood aren’t locks to make the final 53-man roster.

Buckle up ladies and gentlemen. The race for about four roster spots is sure to give us plenty to talk about between now and September.

Look at the following like, sort of, a tale of the tape. We begin with the old man of the bunch, Wendell Smallwood.

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While it’s sometimes hard to glean a lot from these practices, depth charts are worth tracking. There are two things I really want to see. One, will the OL look the same. Last week, without Peters, Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson, the first team included Andre Dillard, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Jordan Mailata. A little surprise: Stefen Wisniewski was working with the second team.

On defense, Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Jenkins and Rodney McLeod all weren’t practicing. I want to see if the Eagles keep their first-team corners the same. Last week, they were Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox. It’ll also be interesting to see if Maddox gets any reps at safety during these OTA practices.

Ronald Darby was also brought back on a one-year deal and Brandon Graham signed a three-year extension. The Eagles made quite the improvements on offense this offseason thanks to Jason Peters and Lane Johnson restructured their deals while Isaac Seumalo and Jason Kelce signed extensions.

Mack Hollins Jersey

90 men sit on the Philadelphia Eagles roster. Before they take the field on September 8th to face the Washington Redskins in a game that actually counts, they’ll need to slim that down to 53 men and a practice squad. Two of the younger veterans, Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson, whether they realize this or not, may find themselves on the bubble at the end.

Might one or both of them make the roster? Might one or both of them find themselves on the outside looking in? This figures to be one of the narratives in a roster battle at wide receiver that should keep us all talking throughout training camp.

Let’s look at the tale of the tape.

Both of these Super Bowl champions joined the Eagles the year of their championship run in 2017. Philly took Hollins in Round 4 of that year’s draft at 118. They’d add Gibson a round later, 166th overall.

Philly and their fans fell in love with both quickly, but to this point, there’s been no fireworks show. Hollins, at six-foot-four and 221 pounds, represented a nice combination of size and speed that was on display during a nice catch and touchdown run in a preseason game, but his first regular season trip to the end zone as a rookie would have to wait until Week 7.

Year three of his NFL career is set to begin, and his stat line looks like this: 16 receptions, 226 receiving yards and that one touchdown. Unfortunately, he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to add to that stat line as he was placed on the team’s IR (injured reserve) on September 6th of 2018. To be honest, we haven’t seen much of him until he popped up at Philly’s most recent minicamp.

Rasul Douglas Jersey

Rasul Douglas had quite the 2018 season for the Philadelphia Eagles, establishing himself as one of the most reliable cornerbacks on the Eagles roster. Once Jalen Mills went down, Douglas started and played very well, allowing 50 catches for 641 yards (12.8 yards per catch) and three touchdowns, while also having three interceptions.

Opposing quarterbacks had a 92.3 passer rating when targeting Douglas, one of the playmakers and better tacklers in the Eagles secondary. Douglas has 58 tackles and four pass breakups in 2018. He also has five interceptions in two seasons.

That was the Rasul Douglas of 2018. Now he’s a cornerback who has completely transformed his body, as displayed in an Instagram story by Douglas last week.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson saw a more confident Douglas last December, a player Douglas is carrying over to 2019.

“It’s just giving those guys an opportunity and being in a position, and just, again, just trusting the scheme, understanding the defense, being in a position, and not doing any more than that,” Pederson said last December. “You don’t have to go looking for plays. Plays are going to come your way when you do make them and that’s what you’re starting to see with these young guys.”

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz wants to keep Douglas on the outside, as he admitted last August. Douglas will compete with Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and Sidney Jones for one of the two outside cornerback jobs.

“Just his body shape. He’s a tall, linear guy. He’s got a lot of strengths, but he’s not as laterally quick side-to-side as some of those other guys. So, that’s one of the reasons we’ve sort of left him in there,” Schwartz said. “And that’s no slight to him, it’s just his skill set. He’s got great length.”

The Eagles will rely on Douglas with Darby and Mills still rehabbing season-ending injuries from last season. Darby is the front-runner for the starting cornerback job, but Mills’s spot appears open.

Mills allowed 32 catches for 516 yards and one touchdown in eight games last season, with no interceptions and nine pass breakups. Opposing quarterbacks had a 107.2 passer rating when targeting Mills this season. There’s the opportunity for Douglas.

Jones can’t be counted out of the equation either, as he arguably has the most pure talent of the cornerbacks on the roster. Jones had success early in 2018, but a hamstring injury limited him in the middle of the season. Once Jones returned from his first hamstring injury, he was a liability in coverage and inefficient in his tackling. The Eagles secondary suffered with Jones on the field as he was playing though another hamstring injury trying to help the team out.