Links of the week: status updates on Ryans, Boykin, Bradford, and more

The Eagles haven’t made an actual roster move in over a week, so now it’s time to take a look at who would be starters and who is left as backups. Clearly, their roster isn’t complete since they still have the draft in about a month, but it doesn’t mean we can’t take a look at some updates of some current players on the roster and what their status is at the moment. Also, here’s another shoutout to Bleeding Green Nation for dominating this links post once again. Keep up the great work. Here’s some links from this week:

1. Chip Kelly says Brandon Boykin will compete for starting cornerback job across from Byron Maxwell

By Brandon Lee Gowten, via Bleeding Green Nation

This doesn’t seem like breaking news, but the fact that Kelly has officially announced that Boykin will get a shot at the other starting cornerback position is a step in the right direction. Boykin had a great 2013 campaign in the slot before dropping off a bit in 2014. Part of that was that the whole secondary was just awful, but his decline in performance probably didn’t help convince Kelly that he deserved to start. Alleged “slot” cornerbacks have succeeded in the past when switched to the outside, but his height is just the biggest issue. Even very good corners who lack height and physicality struggle to cover top receivers, especially considering the Eagles have to face some excellent receivers inside their division. Is he guaranteed to get the job? No, but if he doesn’t, it may be his last year in Philly.

2. DeMeco Ryans injury update: Eagles linebacker says he’ll be ready for training camp

By Brandon Lee Gowten, via Bleeding Green Nation

If I were in charge of the Eagles, DeMeco Ryans would be the most expendable player left on this roster. The Eagles already have two very good, (or maybe even great) young inside linebackers in Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso, meaning there’s not much room for the vet in Ryans. He would be a good rotational player to get some snaps when these other guys are tired or hurt, but I’m not sure he would enjoy that bench role. I also wouldn’t enjoy paying him nearly $7 million as a backup, all of which could be saved in cap space if he were released. Ryans still could be a very good player, but they really don’t need him much anymore.

3. Which Eagles are most valuable in a trade?

By Patrick Wall, via Bleeding Green Nation

This was a very, very interesting article about which players on the Eagles are most likely to be traded and how much trade value they really hold. While I don’t agree with the likelihood that some of the players he mentions get traded, it’s still a very good take on how Kelly is really willing to do anything to win, even if that means trading away talented players. Maybe I’m just bitter that he lists Vinny Curry as one of the most likely players to get traded considering he’s one of my favorite Eagles. Other than that, it’s definitely worth a read.

4. Chip Kelly on holes at safety, guard, and wide receiver

By Zach Berman, via Philadelphia Inquirer

As the title suggests, the Eagles’ roster is still nowhere near complete and has multiple holes. All three of those positions still need to be addressed, and hopefully will be during the draft. He did note that he expects veteran Allen Barbre to start at right guard in place of Todd Herremans, but their situations at safety and wide receiver are still largely unknown. He seems very high on Josh Huff, but I’m not sold yet. I think he could be a good player if utilized correctly, I’m just not sure that’ll happen.

5. Eagles thought Sam Bradford was best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning

By Brandon Lee Gowten, via Bleeding Green Nation

The first thing I did when I saw that headline was laugh. And then I cringed. Really? Peyton Manning? If that claim were really true, Bradford would be far better than he ever has been. He certainly still has value and at least some amount of talent, but it doesn’t seem like he will be any better than just above average. Now, Alex Smith dealt with lots of injuries early on and turned out to be a pretty solid quarterback, but then he got overpaid and the Chiefs are in limbo with an average quarterback, much like Bradford. I think there’s still an off chance the Eagles give Bradford an extension at some point, but I want to see how he plays first.


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