Eagles Fantasy News
Eagles re-sign Jeremy Maclin to a one-year deal
Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:20pm
Maclin's return makes the Eagles' depth chart after DeSean Jackson rather murky. When healthy, Maclin is better than Riley Cooper, but the ACL injury is a worry. Still, Maclin is just 25 years old and since he injured his knee before the season, he should be close to 100 percent in 2014. His ADP will land in the middle rounds (6th-9th). By taking the one-year deal, Maclin will be highly motivated to produce big numbers so he can cash in next spring.
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Report: Riley Cooper to sign four-year deal this week
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:16am
With Jeremy Maclin out for the season, Cooper had a good year, finishing #24 in standard formats and #31 in PPR. For a five-game stretch from Week 6 to Week 10, Cooper was the #2 receiver in fantasy football, but he definitely faded down the stretch, posting #54 WR numbers the rest of the way. If the Eagles bring Maclin back, it'll be tough to get too excited about Cooper's prospects given his inconsistency in 2013.
Beat: Look for Zach Ertz to be the primary receiving TE in 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:53am
Eagles beat writer Zach Berman on TE Zach Ertz: "Look for Ertz to be the primary receiving tight end next season. Ertz, the 2013 second-round pick, finished with 36 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns last season and improved as the season progressed. I wouldn’t surprised if those numbers doubled in 2014. Ertz, 23, is a developing player with Pro Bowl potential."
The article also states that the Eagles consider Brent Celek a vital part of the team's running game, but that his salary (~$4 million) is high for a blocking TE. Celek has some ability in the passing game, but he's not the natural receiver that Ertz is. For his part, Ertz was a mediocre run blocker in his rookie season. Ertz's upside will be capped somewhat if Celek is still around in 2014.
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:25am
Just talked to QB Michael Vick. As expected, his career will continue elsewhere. Very badly wants chance to start in 2014.
Michael Vick thinks Zach Ertz is destined for greatness
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:52am
“There are three players that I told that they would be great players in this league: I always told Alge Crumpler that he was going to be great, I always told Shady McCoy that he was going to be a great player in this league, and I always told Roddy White. And now I’m saying Zach Ertz. And I think in time, he will be one of the best tight ends in this game.”
Ertz had all of five NFL catches at that point. Still working through a learning curve — steepened by his inability to participate in the offseason program because of graduation rules — the Stanford product played a limited role initially. He was featured more as the year went on and ended with 36 catches for 469 yards with four touchdowns. While we still have a ways to go before determining whether Vick’s intuition is correct, it’s fair to say that there are encouraging signs.
Ertz averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. Brent Celek is signed through 2016 and he's a far better run blocker than Ertz. James Casey is signed through 2015, and he ate into Ertz's snaps when the Eagles tried to run more. Ertz has top 5 fantasy TE potential, but his run blocking is holding him back.
Cordarrelle Patterson expected to start at split end
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 10:59am
In his first year in the NFL, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson looked like a star in the making. Granted, much of his best work came as a kick returner, but Patterson had moments when he showed he could be a dangerous threat as a receiver, too -- most notably his 79-yard screen pass against the Ravens on Dec. 8. Patterson could be the Vikings' next iteration of Percy Harvin, and will likely be the team's starting split end for years to come. Greg Jennings had an underwhelming first year in Minnesota, but that was due largely to the uncertainty the Vikings had at quarterback; once Matt Cassel took over as the starter at the end of the season, Jennings took off, catching a career-high 11 passes in the Vikings' Dec. 15 win over the Eagles.
All arrows are pointing up for Patterson, who was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Vikings OC Norv Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later.
Dolphins name Philly's Bill Lazor new OC
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 4:40pm
The Dolphins have hired Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor to run their offense, a person with knowledge of the team's search has told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported the hire. The team officially announced the hiring Wednesday.
Lazor is widely credited for the emergence of Nick Foles, who led the league in passer rating and set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio (27:2).
Although Lazor worked under Chip Kelly's innovative offense, his resume isn't limited to one system. He was offensive coordinator of the Virginia Cavaliers for three seasons after stints with NFL coaching legends Dan Reeves, Joe Gibbs and Mike Holmgren.
Dwayne Bowe wants to play leaner in 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 11:03am
There’s a belief that Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 221 pounds, could take a major step toward doing just that by having a strong offseason of conditioning, something that Bowe himself acknowledged during the radio interview.
“One thing I want to work on — my endurance,” Bowe said. “I was really, really tired that last game.”
Bowe said he plans on changing the way he eats, though he didn’t provide details. He said he played this year between 212 and 214 pounds but hopes to report to camp a little lighter to better fit the offense.
“I probably want to play at 208 and try to be as quick and swift as possible, because that’s the kind of receivers that Andy had when he was in Philly,” Bowe said. “I’d like to be more explosive and faster than I was this season. I just want to work on my work ethic a little more and become quicker and faster so I can be like DeSean Jackson and those speedy, quick guys.”
Bowe finished the season as the #44 fantasy WR, but was the #26 wideout from Week 11 to Week 16. (The Chiefs rested their starters in Week 17.) Bowe also posted 8-150-1 against the Colts in the Wildcard round of the playoffs, so there is some reason for optimism heading into 2014. Bowe also revealed that he has a small crack in his foot (which he calls a third-degree sprain) that won't require surgery.
Eagles unlikely to redo D-Jax's deal
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 10:58am
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is slated to earn $10.25 million in 2014, but only $250,000 is guaranteed and he won’t see that money until the season starts when he’s paid on a weekly basis. When he signed his new contract in March 2012, $10 million of $15 million guaranteed came up front in a signing bonus.
(Jackson’s 2015 ($9.75 million) and 2016 ($8.25 million) base salaries are not guaranteed.)
Last season, he made $6.75 million in base salary, $4 million of which was guaranteed. But the salary cap number was $9 million and jumps to $12.5 million in 2014.
There has been speculation that the Eagles may be open to restructuring Jackson’s deal to lower the 2014 salary cap number in exchange for more guaranteed money. While that is possible, it is also unlikely to happen, the source said.
Jackson's 2014 salary is the 4th-highest among WRs, but if he suffers a career-ending injury next season, he will only see a small portion of the $30+ million he is owed over the remainder of his contract. It remains to be seen if this will impact Jackson's play. He has been known to grow "alligator arms" when he's worried about getting injured.
DeSean Jackson wants to re-negotiate his contract
Monday, January 6, 2014, 12:17pm
Jackson signed a five-year, $48.25341 million contract extension in March of 2012 that included a $10 million signing bonus. He earned $6.75 million this past year and is scheduled to earn base salaries of $10.25 million in 2014 and $9.75 million in both 2015 and 2016, along with $250,000 workout bonuses each year.
Jackson is due $30.5 million over the next three years in base salary and workout bonuses but not including incentive bonuses.
The deal was negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus, who no longer represents Jackson. Jackson’s agent is now Joel Segal.
“I definitely feel it’s something deserving,” Jackson said at his locker in the NovaCare Complex on locker cleanout day. “We’ll see how that plays out, and hopefully we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary.
“But I definitely feel like it’s deserving. I’m proven in this league, and after this past year, went out there, no distractions, and just really put it all in for my team and went out there and had a lot of success, so we’ll see how it goes.”
The contract raised a few eyebrows when it was signed mainly because it paid Jackson as if he were a focused pro (which even he would admit he wasn't at the time). Now that he's become one, he is looking for more than the $30.5 million he's set to make over the next three seasons in base salary. He will be the 4th-highest paid WR without a raise. This will be a situation to monitor.
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 7:04pm
Pierre Thomas (chest) ruled OUT for WC game
Friday, January 3, 2014, 4:42pm
Jeremy Maclin (ACL) ahead of schedule
Friday, January 3, 2014, 1:22pm
Jeremy Maclin said Thursday that he was ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and that he anticipated being ready for the start of spring practices on April 21.
Maclin has some paperwork he must deal with, though, before he can be penciled in as a participant at the start of the Eagles' offseason workouts. The wide receiver is slated to become a free agent on March 11 when the new league starts.
The Eagles will have decisions to make with Maclin and Cooper as both players head into free agency.
Jones: Jason Garrett will return
Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:46pm
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones reiterated Sunday night that Jason Garrett would return as head coach after the franchise's third consecutive 8-8 finish but was noncommittal about potential changes with the coaching staff.
"I said that a month ago," Jones said when asked if he remained committed to Garrett as his coach following the Cowboys' 24-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, which marked the third straight season in which Dallas failed to win a de facto NFC East title game in Week 17. "I stand by what I said a month ago."
The Cowboys are 29-27 under Garrett, who took over when Wade Phillips was fired midway through the 2010 season and had the interim tag removed following that year. The Cowboys have missed the playoffs in each of the last four seasons, marking the longest postseason drought of Jones' 25-year tenure.