Following a “redshirt” rookie season, Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Jaylen Watkins is ready to take a big step during his second season in the NFL. He’s worked in practice at both cornerback and safety, providing the versatility that the Eagles’ coaching staff adores in the secondary. But is Watkins on the rise and will he actually play more in his second NFL season? All that and more in this morning’s version of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Can Jaylen Watkins Make The Jump? – Bo Wulf of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"No position group for the Eagles has seen as much offseason turnover as the secondary. Safety Malcolm Jenkins will be the only holdover among four starters in the back of the Eagles’ defense, with newcomers like Byron Maxwell, Eric Rowe and Walter Thurmond set to make an early impact. Returners like Brandon Boykin and Nolan Carroll are also expected to be counted on in a big way.But for a defense that purports to value versatility, there’s another returning Eagle who may have been overlooked by some. A fourth-round pick last May, Jaylen Watkins played only four games during his rookie season as a special teams contributor. But with experience at cornerback, safety and nickel, Watkins could be a moveable chess piece for defensive coordinator Bill Davis – if Watkins makes the necessary sophomore jump."
DeSean Jackson actually less productive vs. NFC East – Marc Sessler of NFL.com
"DeSean Jackson told the world this week that he owns the NFC East.Feeling his oats on the debut episode of his new reality TV show, DeSean Jackson Home Team on BET, the Redskins wideout called out his former squad, the Eagles, among others.“I don’t care too much about the Cowboys. I’m called a Cowboy killer,” Jackson said. “They call me the Cowboy killer. I’m a Giants killer, I’m a Cowboys killer, now I’m an Eagles killer, too.”Jackson, indeed, was saucy against the Eagles, pulling down nine passes for 243 yards with a touchdown in his first two games against Philly last season. His play against the division as a whole, though, doesn’t reflect his nationally televised boasts."
Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly Calls On Day, Again – Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com
"Ryan Day played quarterback for Chip Kelly when the coach was in full-out mad scientist mode. Serving as New Hampshire’s offensive coordinator at the time, Kelly rotated offensive systems in and out at a dizzying pace as he searched for the perfect concoction. Day was the signal-caller in the middle of the whirlwind.“At that time, we were changing offenses every week. We would go from Run ‘n Shoot to the Wing-T to the Veer. One week we threw it six times, the next week we threw it 65 times,” Day recalled. “Coach kind of had a laboratory there, and it was a lot of fun to be around.”So much fun that Day found it hard to pull himself away — much to the detriment of his grade point average."
Philadelphia Eagles: Full Breakdown and Depth-Chart Analysis at Interior LB – Andrew Kulp of BleacherReport.com
"It’s difficult to imagine that there are many more confusing depth-chart logjams in the NFL than the one the Philadelphia Eagles have at interior linebacker. This offseason, the organization extended DeMeco Ryans, traded for Kiko Alonso, signed Brad Jones and used a third-round pick on Jordan Hicks. That group joins budding star Mychal Kendricks, Najee Goode (coming off the injured reserve list) and serviceable reserve Emmanuel Acho.Obviously, the Eagles don’t intend to keep seven interior linebackers. More likely, they’ll carry five at most. Of course, at some point, it becomes a matter of who makes the cut. In fact, it’s not even entirely clear which two players will start."
Ertz To Cheer On Girlfriend At World Cup Final – Chris McPherson of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"Tight end Zach Ertz is used to having over 69,000 fans cheer him on at Lincoln Financial Field on Sundays in the fall. This Sunday, he’ll be one of thousands in attendance in Vancouver (and millions watching around the world) supporting the U.S. women’s soccer team in the World Cup Final against Japan.Ertz’s girlfriend, defender Julie Johnston, has been one of the stars of the tournament for an American team that has not allowed a goal in the last 513 minutes. Johnston is one of eight players on a short list for the Golden Ball, which is awarded to the World Cup’s best player."
Just another reminder that Eagles rookie defensive end Brian Mihalik is HUGE…and the season isn’t that far away.
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