Dec 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata (68) prepares to block against the Washington Football Team at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles lose both LTs to concussion protocol

The Philadelphia Eagles will be without both of their left tackles for a few days.

Starter Jordan Mailata and backup Andre Dillard both suffered concussions and will miss Thursday’s practice and a few more while in the concussion protocol.

Veteran lineman Le’Raven Clark worked with the first team at left tackle at training camp in their absence.

Wide receiver DeVonta Smith also missed practice Thursday with groin soreness. Rookie tight end Grant Calcaterra (hamstring) missed his third practice. Greg Ward (toe) remains sidelined but fellow wideout Zach Pascal returned after battling food poisoning.

Mailata, 25, started all 14 games he played in last season, including 100 percent of those snaps. He was a seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Dillard, 26, played in 15 games (five starts) in the 2021 season. He has played in 31 games (nine starts) since being selected No. 22 overall in the 2019 draft.

Clark, 29, played in four games (one start) last season for the Eagles after four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

–Field Level Media

May 6, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Jordan Davis (90) stretches during Rookie Minicamp at NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Going Camping: Philadelphia Eagles

Last year’s wild-card berth was enough for the Philadelphia Eagles to commit to Jalen Hurts for at least another season and try to run it back with an assist from their relatively weak division.

The surprise trade for Titans receiver A.J. Brown seemed to solidify the Eagles’ offense. It’s now up to the defense not to show its age at certain positions.

Training camp location: Philadelphia
NovaCare Complex
Rookie report date: July 26
Veteran report date: July 26

Key losses: DT Hasaan Ridgeway

Key additions: WR A.J. Brown, EDGE Haasan Reddick, LB Kyzir White and WR Zach Pascal

Philadelphia entered the draft with two first-round picks and team president Howie Roseman was masterful on the first night of the draft. He landed Davis, who represents an upgrade over the only free agent to leave town (Hasaan Ridgeway). But he might have made a more important move with the second first-round pick he was dangling in front of the rest of the league.

Roseman was able to get a top-notch receiver when he made a trade with the Tennessee Titans for A.J. Brown. We’ll call the Eagles to top the Cowboys in the NFC East for now. If the Eagles can come up with decent secondary play (the one need that wasn’t addressed in the offseason), we could be talking about a lot more for Philadelphia.

–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS:
Eagles at Lions, 1 p.m. ET
Line: Eagles -4.5 (FanDuel)
Total: 46 points

The Eagles’ most lopsided win of 2021 came on the road against the Lions, a 44-6 drubbing in which the running game and defense in particular feasted. Detroit is scrappy, but might still reside on the bottom rungs of the league’s proverbial ladder in 2022.

–HURTS, DONUT?

Hurts ran in goal-line situations more than pretty much any quarterback last season, apart from Cam Newton’s brief return to the Panthers. His 10 rushing touchdowns were a window into what Hurts can do with regularity going forward, making DraftKings’ over/under of 8.5 rushing TDs (over at +100) so irresistible.

–Field Level Media

Aug 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jason Peters (71) looks on from the sideline during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. The Buffalo Bills won 41-15. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

At 40, LT Jason Peters wants another chance to play

Veteran left tackle Jason Peters turned 40 in January, but he isn’t ready to turn in his retirement papers.

He started 15 games for the Chicago Bears in 2021 after earning nine Pro Bowl selections in 16 seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2004-08) and Philadelphia Eagles (2009-20).

Peters said during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he is staying in shape and waiting for a call.

“I just let my agent talk to those teams and he’ll hit me and let me know who’s interested and who’s not,” Peters said. “Looking for an upcoming offensive line, good team — or a playoff team. Either/or is good for me, because I can pass my torch on to some guys who are trying to get better, the younger guys, the new generation. Or if I get on a team with some vets, they already know how I rock, and we can just go into the playoffs and make a run and try to win another ring.

“But right now, either way is good for me because I can teach or I can sit back and listen and learn from other veterans who have played this game, too. So either way is good.”

Undrafted out of Arkansas in 2004, Peters has started 218 of his 228 career NFL games. He won a ring with the Eagles in Super Bowl LII and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

“Whenever the opportunity comes, I’m going to give it one more run at it and try to get me another ring, or pass on some knowledge to these young kids, up and coming,” Peters said. “But I don’t have a time frame on when I’m going to get signed. You know, last year, it was two-and-a-half weeks into training camp. So whenever the time comes, I’ll be ready.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) reacts as he takes the field before a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Miles Sanders: Eagles ‘feel like we’re on an All-Star team’

Running back Miles Sanders has high hopes for the Philadelphia Eagles this season.

How high? Well, the 25-year-old set the bar when discussing his team’s offense which includes quarterback Jalen Hurts, offseason acquisition A.J. Brown and fellow wideout DeVonta Smith, tight end Dallas Goedert and others.

“Oh man, we all feel like we’re on an All-Star team, so we feel great,” Sanders told CBS Sports when asked about the addition of Brown to the offense.

“We feel unstoppable, I’m not gonna lie. The vibes are great, always have been. (Head coach) Nick Sirianni is doing a great job just keeping the vibes right, the chemistry good.”

It should be noted that the Eagles finished 9-8 last season and were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC wild-card round.

Sanders averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry but was limited to a career-low 754 rushing yards and zero rushing touchdowns in 12 games last season.

Now, if Sanders’ over-the-top statement prior to the season sounds vaguely familiar, well that refrain has been heard before in Philadelphia.

Backup quarterback Vince Young labeled the Eagles as a “Dream Team” prior to the 2011 season. That team finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

–Field Level Media

Devon Allen talks to reporters during Oregon Football   s Pro Day Friday, April 1, 2022, at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene Ore.

Eagles WR Devon Allen runs third-fastest 110m hurdles time

NFL hopeful Devon Allen posted the third-fastest men’s 110-meter hurdles time ever on Sunday, winning in 12.84 seconds at the USATF NYC Grand Prix in New York.

Allen, who recently signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, easily defeated Olympic silver medalist Grant Holloway, who finished in 13.06 seconds.

Allen, 27, missed the world record by 0.04 seconds. The mark of 12.80 was set by American Aries Merritt in 2012, while Holloway narrowly missed matching it when he ran 12.81 on June 26, 2021.

Allen, a two-time Olympian, was gunning for the mark from the outset.

“I thought I could break the record today,” Allen said, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Clean up a few things, and four hundredths of a second is four thousandths of a second per hurdle, which is so small. Going to have to wait for another race.”

Allen plans to compete in track through July before turning his attention to football. The Eagles signed him after he turned in an unofficial 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Oregon’s pro day earlier this year.

Allen played for the Ducks from 2014-16. He showed promise in 2014 when he caught 41 passes for 684 yards and seven touchdowns.

“When I’m doing so much — like football and track, trying to balance them both — I need to be really conscious of my recovery, my sleep, my diet, everything like that,” Allen told reporters.

“So it had me locked in a little bit more, and obviously it’s working out.”

Allen placed fifth in the 2016 Rio Olympics in 13.31 seconds and fourth last summer in Tokyo with a time of 13.14.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry (24) reacts after an interception against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles, CB James Bradberry reach 1-year deal

Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.

The Eagles did not divulge financial terms of the deal, however multiple media outlets reported it was worth $10 million.

Bradberry was released in a cost-cutting move by the NFC East rival New York Giants on May 9. The Giants were unable to find a trade partner for Bradberry, who signed a three-year, $43.5 million deal with the Giants in March 2020.

Bradberry, 28, likely will be paired opposite four-time Pro Bowl selection Darius Slay in Philadelphia.

Bradberry recorded a career-high four interceptions in 17 games (16 starts) in 2021 for the Giants. He had also had 17 passes defensed to go with two fumble recoveries.

He made the Pro Bowl after the 2020 season.

Bradberry has 15 career interceptions and 82 passes defensed in 92 career games (91 starts) for the Carolina Panthers (2016-19) and Giants. The Panthers selected Bradberry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

(EDITORS NOTE: caption correction, player mis-spelled in original) Mar 3, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Nevada quarterback Carson Strong (QB14) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles sign Carson Strong after Nevada QB slid out of draft

The Philadelphia Eagles signed undrafted free agent quarterback Carson Strong of Nevada on Sunday.

According to reports, Strong received $320,000 in guaranteed money, including a $20,000 signing bonus.

“Grateful for the opportunity,” Strong said in a tweet about his signing with the Eagles.

Strong was considered one of the top six quarterbacks available in the 2022 NFL Draft with estimates that he could be picked in the third-round. He ended up not being one of the nine quarterbacks selected during the seven-round draft.

Strong was reportedly considered a medical risk due to a serious right knee injury he sustained while playing high school basketball. He underwent surgery and missed the 2017 football season, his senior year of high school.

Strong underwent a second surgery on the knee in February of 2021. He said at the recent NFL combine that his recovery time was expected to be 12 months but he returned in six so he could play last season for Nevada.

“My doctor has me cleared to go, I know I’m ready to go, and so whatever team takes a chance on me, I’m going to be able to play ball at a high level,” Strong said at the time.

Strong didn’t appear hindered last season when he passed for 4,175 yards and 36 touchdowns against eight interceptions and was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He threw for 9.368 yards, 74 scores and 19 interceptions in 32 games (31 starts) in three seasons for the Wolf Pack.

The Eagles’ top two quarterback are starter Jalen Hurts and backup Gardner Minshew.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) looks up during National Anthem before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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A.J. Brown trade triggers shift in Eagles’ odds

The Philadelphia Eagles swung the biggest trade during the first night of the 2022 NFL Draft, which in turn swung their futures odds at sportsbooks.

The Eagles sent the 18th overall pick and a third-round selection this year to Tennessee in exchange for wide receiver A.J. Brown, who also reportedly agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract.

The 6-foot, 226-pound Brown is the big, physical target the Eagles were seeking to pair opposite 170-pound 2021 first-round pick DeVonta Smith, who proved to be a dynamic playmaker as a rookie.

After the first round concluded, DraftKings reported that Philadelphia’s odds to win next year’s Super Bowl shortened from +4500 to +3500. While that doesn’t put the Eagles in the top half of the NFL just yet, it did move them toward the middle of the pack.

More important, they closed the gap on division rival Dallas.

Philadelphia entered the draft +2200 longshots to win the NFC title and +300 to claim the NFC East. After acquiring Brown, the Eagles are now +1800 to reach the Super Bowl and +275 to win the division.

Dallas remains the -110 favorite at DraftKings to win the NFC East, with Philadelphia ahead of Washington (+250) and the New York Giants (+650).

The Eagles made a massive commitment to Brown – reportedly $57 million in guaranteed money – to provide quarterback Jalen Hurts with one of the league’s premier downfield threats. Brown, who turns 25 in June, caught 185 passes for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns in 43 games (36 starts) over three seasons with Tennessee.

Coming off a 2020 Pro Bowl selection, he had 63 catches for 869 yards and five scores in 13 games last season despite missing four games due to a chest injury.

The Eagles’ Super Bowl odds remained +4000 at BetMGM, where the title futures did not change following the first round of the draft.

The sportsbook did report that it took a hit when Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker went to Jacksonville after only emerging as the likely No. 1 overall pick earlier this week. That pushed Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson to Detroit at No. 2 while LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. landed with Houston at No. 3.

“The NFL draft was a success for many BetMGM bettors,” BetMGM sports trader Seamus Magee said. “Travon Walker to go first overall, Derek Stingley Jr. third overall and Kayvon Thibodeaux fifth overall were bad outcomes for the book. Drake London as the first receiver was the best prop for the book.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) leaves the field after a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals during a AFC Divisional playoff football game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans trade WR A.J. Brown to Eagles for pair of draft picks

The Tennessee Titans traded disgruntled receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles for two draft picks during Thursday night’s NFL draft in Las Vegas.

The Titans acquired a first-round selection (18th overall) and third-round pick (101st) for Brown, who had expressed unhappiness with his contract situation.

According to multiple reports, the Eagles agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal with Brown that includes $57 million in guaranteed money.

Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said trading Brown was “just another example of making tough decisions.”

“I’m confident we went to the extreme to try to keep A.J. here,” Vrabel said. “I was involved in the process the entire time. … I know that it probably doesn’t get received like that publicly, but this was a difficult process to get through, and I know what the gap we had to bridge was. This wasn’t easy.”

Tennessee wasted no time finding a potential replacement, using the No. 18 pick on promising Arkansas wideout Treylon Burks — the highest-selected Arkansas wide receiver since the common draft was instituted in 1967.

Burks said, “I am happy to be a part of the team now and play my role. I wouldn’t say I am (Brown’s) replacement, but I am thankful for the opportunity and that they believed in me to make that trade.”

Brown was entering the final season of his rookie contact, a four-year, $5.65 million deal. Since he was a second-round draft choice, there was no fifth-year option for the Titans to consider picking up.

Brown, who turns 25 in June, wasn’t partaking in Titans voluntary workouts and had hinted he expected to have a new lucrative deal before training camp.

Brown, a 2020 Pro Bowl selection, caught 185 passes for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns in 43 games (36 starts) over three seasons with Tennessee. He had 63 catches for 869 yards and five scores in 13 games last season and missed four games late in the season with a chest injury.

Burks caught 66 passes for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games for the Razorbacks last season. He set a school record with six 100-yard outings and earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

Burks had 146 catches for 2,399 yards and 18 touchdowns in 32 career games (30 starts) over three college seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod (23) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Football Team during the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Colts signing former Eagles S Rodney McLeod

Safety Rodney McLeod said farewell to Philadelphia Eagles fans on Sunday, apparently confirming multiple reports that he is signing with the Indianapolis Colts.

The 31-year-old free agent played the past six seasons with the Eagles, winning a Super Bowl championship and collecting 11 interceptions and 347 tackles in 75 games (all starts).

“On behalf of myself and my entire family, I would like to say Thank You to the city of Brotherly Love, its surrounding areas and its loyal, diehard Eagles fan base,” McLeod wrote on Instagram. “You truly helped me become the player, leader, and man I am today. Unfortunately after 6 great years, my time as an Eagle has come to an end.”

Undrafted out of Virginia in 2012, McLeod has registered 593 tackles, 16 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries in 139 games (123 starts) with the then-St. Louis Rams (2012-15) and Eagles.

–Field Level Media