Eagles Safety Keelan Johnson Arrested After Fight In Bar

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An Eagles safety and former Arizona State University player was arrested early Friday morning after an acquaintance was involved a bar fight in downtown Tempe, Ariz., police said according to KTAR in Arizona.

Court documents said Keelan Johnson was standing in front of Zuma Grill just after 2 a.m. after an acquaintance was involved in a bar fight. Johnson was allegedly shouting over officers, who were detaining the acquaintance.

Johnson was told to step back multiple times and was given a “directional contact” to the chest. Johnson then allegedly shoved an officer. A brief scuffle followed, in which Johnson refused to lower his arms for arrest.

Johnson waived his Miranda rights and informed police he shoved the officer because he felt the officer didn’t have a right to order him around and physically attempt to move him.

Johnson appeared to be intoxicated at the time. He was charged with assaulting a police officer, passively resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Johnson was born in Mesa, Ariz. He went undrafted in 2013 before being signed by the Miami Dolphins and then the Eagles.

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Mark Sanchez Says Philadelphia The Best Place He Could Land

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Mark Sanchez finally is playing for an offensive-minded coach and the former Jets quarterback couldn’t be happier, Kimberly Martin of Newsday reports.

He went from being called “The Sanchize” to being Nick Foles‘ backup with the Eagles, but Sanchez said his rank on the depth chart is of little concern. After missing all of the 2013 season because of a preseason shoulder injury, he’s turned the page on his five years with the Jets and is looking forward to his future in Philly.

“I’m not going to do the comparison thing,” Sanchez said after Thursday’s organized team activities. “I loved everything that happened there [with the Jets]. Everything. Good, bad, ugly, don’t care. It was an awesome time.

“But I’m an Eagle now. I love being here. This is the best place I could have landed.”

Sanchez believes he’s “just entering the prime of my career.”

“Maybe this whole shoulder thing and relocation has just been a blessing in disguise,” Sanchez said. “Maybe that year off was exactly what I needed. Got a little rest for my legs, for my arm, and I feel great.”

Sanchez said he had other options this offseason.

“I just kept thinking, ‘Eagles. This is the place to be,’ ” Sanchez said. “I really respected what they did last year . . . And I think they have a ton of talent, especially at the wideout position, tight end position. They’re just overflowing with guys that can play. So that’s exciting for a quarterback.”

And that’s something he didn’t always have with the Jets.

“I was really drawn here because of the offensive minds here,” he said. “I think what they did last year was just the tip of the iceberg.”

Eagles Pick DE Marcus Smith w/ 26th Pick In NFL Draft

A great pick for the Eagles, as they take Louisville DE Marcus Smith with the 26th pick in the first round.

Smith comes to the team at 6’3, 251, and can be a force on special teams and hopefully a part of the defense early in his career.

Pete Pricsco of CBS says this of the pick: Marcus Smith: Eagles need a young pass rusher, and he provides that. Athletic and fits the scheme. I get it. GRADE: B

Here’s a scouting report on Smith:

Marcus Smith is an edge player who burst onto the scene as a senior. He was the wild card in head coach Charlie Strong’s hand. Smith’s versatility allowed Strong to move him all over the field and give opposing offenses fits. Smith played on the edge, from the interior and even lined up over slot receivers.

He translates as that type of linebacker in the NFL. His size and frame could tempt a team to build him into a 4-3 defensive end as well. Smith’s explosive movements and instincts make him a high-upside pass-rusher. If his pass-rush repertoire and hand usage can be developed by an NFL coaching staff, he could become a high-level edge-defender on Sundays.

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The Philadelphia Eagles bid wide receiver DeSean Jackson farewell after a career year, but after a 10-6 season that saw Philly get back to the playoffs, few will suddenly doubt head coach Chip Kelly’s judgment. That same backing will likely stick with the Eagles into the new 2014 season, as they try to build on last year’s division title.

While the NFC East is fairly mediocre, the Iggles will still have their work cut out for them inside the division, while they’ll also have to welcome the Rams, Seahawks, Panthers, Jaguars and Titans to town. Jacksonville and Tennessee should be wins on paper, while Seattle and Carolina could be two of Philly’s tougher matchups of the entire season.

The Philadelphia Eagles schedule gets even tougher on the road, as they have to take on Arizona, San Francisco, Green Bay, Houston and Indianapolis. With all but Houston winning at least 10 games or getting to the playoffs last year, the Eagles have a tough road slate to prepare for.

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Report: Jackson Was A Huge Problem In Locker Room For Eagles

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A number of sources close to and around the Eagles, including current and former players, as well as additional sources within the Eagles revealed was that DeSean Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out coach Chip Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way “a child would test boundaries,” and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games, Joseph Santoliquito of CBS Philadelphia reports.

Several other sources also suggested that Jeremy Maclin may have had an issue if Jackson returned to the Eagles in 2014. He wasn’t alone, if that’s true.

“The fact is, [Jackson] was a ‘me-guy’ with an attitude problem and [Maclin] is the complete opposite, a team guy, a great character guy you go to war with,” said one source. “Funny how [Jackson] has this anti-bully thing and he thought he could push [Kelly] around; he found out otherwise. His being cut had nothing to do with the gang stuff. The team knew it. Everyone knew he had ‘ties.’ Those were his guys. That’s okay. What put him out was his selfishness. He can try and spin it all he wants how he’s ‘a team player.’ He’s not. I’ll put it this way, when it came out last Friday that [Jackson] was released, more than a few guys were happy it happened. They said ‘good riddance.’ He had no real connection with anyone.

“Yes, you can say he was the type that could catch three TDs in a loss—everyone would be down, but you had the impression he was happy, because he got his. It was all about him. A lot of guys thought that way about him. [Kelly] came in here with a plan to get this thing right, and the one major [obstacle] standing in his way was [Jackson]. If we were going to move forward as a team, he had to go. Think about it—did anyone come right out and back him publicly? Not one.”

“You see little kids and how they cry and whine when they don’t get their way, that was D-Jax,” another source said. “I don’t think [Jackson] gave [Kelly] the respect he deserved. Kelly tried to reach [Jackson] plenty of times and [Jackson] tuned him out. Then you look at team functions, when everyone is out together at charity things or social stuff. He was the one missing. It was like he was in ‘D-Jax world’ and we just happened to be there.

“With Reid, [Jackson] tried pushing boundaries there, too, but he looked at Reid, I think, much differently than he looked at [Kelly]. Reid came in with an NFL pedigree. He was the guy that drafted [Jackson]. He was the one that called him on draft day and laid the law down right then: [Reid] wouldn’t tolerate any outside interference from anyone. Now you get this college guy [Kelly] and he’s not going to tell [Jackson] what to do. [Kelly] has a vision for this team—and he is a very old-school coach in a lot of ways. But there’s only so much [a coach] can take.”

In 2012, under Reid, Eagles’ management did reward Jackson a new five-year deal worth $48 million. He did have some minor flare ups with the law. In 2009, Jackson was pulled over by police for having illegally tinted windows and it was discovered he had marijuana in the car.

Still, Jackson stayed.

“That was all [Reid’s] doing,” opined someone close to the situation that asked that his name not be used. “[Reid] thought he could control [Jackson]. He could, to a degree. Kelly put up with [Jackson] behind closed doors. A lot of guys didn’t like how he talked to [Kelly]. And a lot of guys just didn’t like him. They thought he was too into his rap label than he was about winning games. The guy performed, there’s no questioning that. But you had to keep a constant eye on him. Guys put in extra time. He didn’t. It’s like he never grew up.”

Asked why the Eagles have been reluctant to go public with how difficult Jackson was to deal with, sources said Kelly likes to keep in-house dirt in-house.

“That’s [Kelly’s] way,” said one source. “It pisses me off that [Kelly] comes off looking like the bad guy here. It wasn’t just [Kelly] that wanted him gone. [Kelly] got a lot of feedback from guys that felt we were better off without [Jackson], too. [Kelly] is very much a player’s coach. His office is open to anyone. Now [Jackson] is the Redskins’ problem. We have something good going here and it’s going to get better without [Jackson]. He had to go.”

Are The Eagles Willing To Listen To Offers For WR Jackson?


The Eagles aren’t shopping wide receiver DeSean Jackson. however, if another team came calling, the Eagles certainly wouldn’t laugh and hang up, Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com reports.

“There’s an opinion among some in the Eagles organization that Jackson’s personality is not a great fit with the locker room culture that Chip Kelly is trying to cultivate, and the Eagles could be open to trading him.

If the Eagles were to deal Jackson, they would be left with a pair of wide receivers who have question marks. Maclin is of course returning from a torn ACL, and there are concerns that Cooper’s production last season was a product of Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme.

DeSean Jackson will be 28 during the 2014 season. Jackson just turned in the best season of his career, making this an inopportune time to begin forecasting his decline. However, at some point, Jackson is going to lose a step. Determining when that will happen is obviously not an exact science. However, when Jackson no longer becomes a serious threat to stretch the defense, he does not possess a versatile skill set that will easily allow him to continue to be an effective receiver when he loses his elite speed.

Through six seasons with the organization, DeSean Jackson has provided the Eagles a very good return on investment. However, there is ample evidence that would suggest that now could be the time that the Eagles try to maximize their return on the back end of his tenure with the team, especially if indeed they have tired of his personality.

Cooper Says It’s A Good Rule To Ban The N-Word In The NFL

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There’s been some discussion recently about the NFL’s trying to ban use of the N-word on the field. Riley Cooper addressed the topic on Thursday, John Gonzalez of CSN Philadelphia reports.

“I think it’s a good rule,” Cooper said when asked for his opinion on the subject.

The NFL’s attempt to police the N-word would potentially carry a 15-yard penalty against players who use it on the field. The second violation could result in ejection.

Last summer, video surfaced of the Eagles’ wide receiver using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper later apologized and took a brief leave of absence from the team.

“It was tough, everyone knows that,” Cooper said about the controversy.

“I dealt with a lot of adversity. Since I was little, it was a dream to play in the NFL. But does anyone ever dream about getting a multi-million contract and getting paid as a stater? That’s something that I don’t know that I ever thought about. But it’s upon me now and it’s here, and I’m extremely fortunate.

I have a lot of people to thank for that — my parents for always being there and supporting me and stuff. My agent, Joe Segal, for helping me through this whole process. So, it’s cool, man. It’s a cool feeling. I’m proud of myself.”