The Eagles have signed 28-year old G/C Steve Vallos. Vallos played in 1 game (0 starts) for the Browns last year. He has now played in 40 games (8 starts) in his first four years in the NFL. This was a good signing for the Eagles as Vallos will help with the depth on the interior of the O-Line in 2012.
The Eagles have acquired 27-year old inside linebacker Demeco Ryans and a 3rd round pick from the Houston Texans for a 3rd and 4th round pick. The Eagles will be dropping back 12 slots in the 3rd round in their exchange of picks in that round with the Texans. Ryans played in 16 games for the Texans last year and he had 64 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 4 passes defensed and 1 forced fumble. Ryans played in 86 games in his six years with the Texans and he had 637 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 32 tackles for a loss, 6 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries, 25 passes defensed and 2 interceptions. This is a great move for the Eagles as they had big time issues stopping the run and Ryans is a tackling machine.
The Eagles have signed 26-year old OG Mike Gibson to a 2-year deal. Gibson played in 3 games (0 starts) for the Seahawks last year. He has now played in 20 games (8 starts) so far in his NFL career. This was a good move as Gibson will bolster the Eagles’ depth on the interior of the O-Line.
The Eagles have used the franchise tag on 25-year old WR Desean Jackson. Jackson played in 15 games for the Eagles last year and he caught 58 passes for 961 yards (16.6 avg) with 4 TD grabs. He also carried the ball 7 times for 41 yards (5.9 ypc) and he also returned 17 punts for 114 yards (6.7 avg) last year. Jackson has now played in 4 years for the Eagles appearing in 60 games in which he has caught 229 passes for 4,085 yards (17.8 avg) with 21 TD grabs and he also has carried the ball 51 times for 378 yards (7.4 ypc) with 3 TD runs. Jackson has also returned 116 punts for 1,226 yards (10.6 avg) with 4 TD returns for the Eagles. The Eagles were very disappointed in Jackson last year and I’m almost positive that they tagged him to buy more time to deal him.
Strike up the Tulloch and Kuechly bandwagons, baby.
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The Eagles have signed 28-year old QB Trent Edwards. Edwards didn’t get into any games last season with the Oakland Raiders. He last played in a regular season game back in 2010 with the Bills & Jaguars. Edwards has played in 37 games (33 starts) in his NFL career so far and he has completed 561 of 927 passes (60.5%) for 6,019 yards with 26 TD passes and 30 INTs (75.4 QB Rating). He has also carried the ball 78 times for 330 yards (4.2 ypc) with 2 TD runs. Edwards is 14-19 (42.4%) as a starting QB in the NFL. He projects as little more than a #3 QB for the Eagles in 2012 unless they find someone better for that role in free agency or the draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles are going to try to play a spoiler the last couple of weeks of the year. They looked good in thumping the Dolphins 26-10 in Miami last weekend. The Jets have won three games in a row as they are trying to win a wildcard spot in the AFC playoffs. Here is a look at the matchups in this game:
When the Eagles have the ball: The Eagles are going to try to run the ball on the Jets this weekend. Lesean McCoy (1,172 yards rushing) is going to have to work hard tomorrow as the Jets will likely be keying on him and they are only allowing 3.9 yards per carry so far this year. The Jets don’t have a great pass rush, but they have an awesome secondary. That means that Michael Vick is going to have to be careful throwing the ball to his banged up WRing corps. I think the best bet for them will be to attack the middle of the field and challenge the Jets’ safeties with a lot of throws to TE Brent Celek.
When the Jets have the ball: The Eagles will try to focus on stopping RB Shonn Greene early in the game, forcing Mark Sanchez to beat them with his right arm. The Eagles already have 42 sacks so far this year, so they are going to be coming after Mark Sanchez in an effort to make him throw the ball to their CBs. WR Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and TE Dustin Keller are all solid receivers, so the secondary is going to have their hands full tomorrow.
PREDICTION: JETS 21, EAGLES 20