The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Eagles History? SI Makes Their Choice

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Eagles included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was truly a bust – that being former running back Michael Haddix, who was in a word – terrible.

Michael Haddix
RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Haddix was a star in Mississippi State’s Wishbone offense, averaging six yards per carry on 425 carries from 1979 through ’82. In 1981, he led the SEC in yards per carry with 5.7, beating out big names such as Lionel “Little Train” James and Herschel Walker. The Eagles responded by selecting Haddix with the No. 8 pick in the 1983 draft, with guys like Bruce Matthews, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino and Darrell Green still on the board.

In return for their faith in his potential, Haddix rushed 401 times for 1,189 yards, three touchdowns and a paltry 3.0 yards per carry average. Haddix was a decent receiver, and became a good blocker as the Eagles realized he couldn’t get past his own limitations at the NFL level, but when he tacked on another 142 rushing attempts for the Packers in 1989 and ’90, he was able to claim the record for the lowest career yards per carry average (3.0) for any back in NFL history with more than 500 carries. Not a bad pick in the sixth round, but eighth overall? What were the Eagles thinking?

Report: Sam Bradford Looks Like He Will Be Ready for Training Camp

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There’s good news for the Eagles, as their new QB, Sam Bradford, appears he will be ready to go when training camp opens for the team later this month.

Fox Sports has the news:

An anonymous source familiar with the situation told True Jersey’s Elliot Shorr-Parks that Eagles fans can relax. According to the source, Bradford is “looking great,” has been in the rehab room close to every day this summer, and should be ready to go when training camp opens.

Until now, we haven’t heard many reports on Bradford’s progress. The veteran quarterback, who is attempting to make a comeback from his second consecutive ACL tears, is expected to be on the field for the majority of first-team snaps in 11-on-11 drills.

He won’t be handed the starting job on a silver platter, but when asked during mini-camps whether Bradford would be ready for training camp, head coach Chip Kelly deadpanned, “God, we hope so.”

A healthy Bradford is only going to make this team better moving forward, as the club tries to climb back to the top of the NFC this season and hopefully into a deep playoff run.

Jimmy Johnson: Chip Kelly Can Expect Criticism Until He Wins

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Eagles coach Chip Kelly has made a number of roster moves since being handed control of personnel and has been the target of media critics.

Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson endured the same type of criticism when he shipped superstar running back Herschel Walker to Minnesota. Johnson has some advice for Kelly according to Emily Kaplan of MMQB.

“You don’t let media or pundits affect you, but of course you are aware of what they’re saying. It was both comical and hurtful. Even though you found it comical because you knew they had no idea what you were trying to do, nobody wants to be criticized. At times it would almost feel personal. It had nothing to do with your decision-making, it had to do with the fact that they just didn’t like you—because you rubbed somebody wrong.

“Maybe you didn’t do right by one of their favorite players, which Chip has done, which I did, which Belichick has done. With Belichick, he has the credibility so people accept it. Late in my career they began to accept it. With Chip right now, people are not accepting it. Some people are not accepting trading LeSean McCoy. Some people are not accepting cutting Evan Mathis. Until you win big, people are going to criticize you.”

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Eagles QB Sanchez Hosting Workouts with Team in San Diego

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Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez is currently at the top of the team’s depth chart as presumed starter Sam Bradford recovers from a torn ACL, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advance Media reports.

He is not acting, however, like a guy who is ready to give up his spot anytime soon.

With the start of Eagles training camp just 23 days away, Sanchez has invited key members of the team’s offense to San Diego to get in some work over the next few days.

In attendance? Quarterback Matt Barkley, quarterback/receiver G.J. Kinne, running back Ryan Mathews, running back Darren Sproles, receiver Jordan Matthews, receiver Quron Pratt, receiver Rasheed Bailey, receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, and tight end Andrew Gleichert.

Although it is not to the degree some of the old “Jet West” camps that Sanchez used to hold, the workouts are a sign of leadership from the veteran quarterback.

Sanchez getting in extra work with his teammates is nothing new.

Last season, when then-starter Nick Foles went down, Sanchez had some members of the offense come in on a day off to get some work in.

Former Eagles QB McNabb Arrested For DUI in Arizona

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Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested for DUI last month in Arizona after hitting another vehicle at a traffic light, ESPN reports.

McNabb was arrested just before midnight on June 28th by police in Gilbert, Arizona, after rear-ending the other car, which was stopped at the traffic light.

It marks the second time in less than two years that McNabb has been arrested on DUI charges.

The statement from the Gilbert police did not specify whether McNabb took a field sobriety test and did not state what his blood-alcohol level was.

McNabb, 38, was taken to a holding facility before being cited and released, according to the police statement. The six-time Pro Bowler also served a one-day jail sentence last year following a 2013 arrest for misdemeanor DUI in Arizona.

NFL Executive Says Kelly Can Make Bradford a Success

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When the Eagles decided to trade quarterback Nick Foles and a second-round pick to St. Louis for quarterback Sam Bradford heads shook and eyebrows were raised around the league.

“I understand they gave up on Foles,” one NFL executive said, via Mark Eckel of NJ Advanced Media. “But I don’t know why they’re building up Bradford so much. I’m still confused about that whole deal. You can only talk about him being the first pick of the draft (in 2010) for so long. What has he done since then?

“If Bradford had gone anywhere else you wouldn’t even be talking about him. He’s been hurt the past two years and even when he was healthy, he was just average. But he’s with Chip Kelly, so there’s hope I guess. Chip Kelly is the one guy who can make Bradford a success.”

Asked point blank, if he would rather have Bradford or Foles, the executive wavered before finally answering.

“I don’t know,” he said. “They got the most out of Foles (in 2013). So it’s like I said, I want to see what Chip Kelly does with (Bradford). And the other question is can he keep him healthy?”

DeSean Jackson on His Eagles Release: “It Was a Slap in the Face”

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DeSean Jackson’s new reality show on BET, Home Team, debuted on Tuesday night, and it didn’t take long for the Pro-Bowl receiver to take a shot at the Eagles, who released him just over a year ago, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advance Media reports.

“When I was released by the Eagles, I felt they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn’t true,” Jackson said, according to About.com. “It was a slap in the face coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL.”

Jackson was released by the Eagles coming off a season in which he hauled in 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. His release, however, had much more to do with off-the-field issues.

As reported by NJ Advance Media prior to his release, the Eagles had concerns about the company Jackson kept off the field, and the negative impact he had on the younger players in the locker room.

Jackson was released less than an hour after the report.

“It was a smear campaign,” Jackson said. “It’s like the Eagles tried to blow me up. That’s cold.”

The Eagles called the decision to release Jackson a “football decision,” although it appears the wide receiver felt it had much more to do with off-the-field issues than his play on the field.

“That’s why I think they fired me,” Jackson said. “What have I done? Have I gone to jail? Am I in federal? No.”

“I call myself a Cowboy killer, and a Giant killer,” Jackson said. “Now I’m an Eagles killer.”

Eagles Pull Contract Offer to Evan Mathis Off Table – May Not Attend Minicamp

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The Eagles offered Evan Mathis a restructured contract in Sept. 2014 that could have increased his yearly salary $1 million, but he declined the new deal that was full of incentives, and now the team has taken the offer off the table, Jeff McLane of te Philadelphia Inquirer reports citing NFL sources.

The original offer came when Howie Roseman was general manager. It also came before the 2014 season when Mathis missed seven games with a knee injury, but returned and was still voted into his second straight Pro Bowl.

Chip Kelly was given full authority over personnel this offseason and the explanation given to Mathis, according to sources close to the situation, was that the previous offer was from the old regime.

Mathis has missed all of spring voluntary workouts, and risks getting fined around $70,000 should he skip next week’s three-day mandatory minicamp. Kelly was asked on Tuesday if Mathis had expressed to the Eagles his interest for a new deal.

“We’re not going to discuss any players’ contracts,” Kelly said. “We never have, never will.”

Kelly said that he hasn’t spoken to Mathis this offseason. Asked how he would proceed if Mathis continued to miss time, Kelly said, “We’ll just take it as it comes.”