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Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks on Monday signed a 4-year extension with the team. ESPN's Adam Caplan reports that it's worth $29 million, with $16.4 million guaranteed. The new deal solidifies Kendricks' standing with the team after an offseason that found him in the middle of rampant trade rumors. Rumor had it HC Chip Kelly didn't see Kendricks as a key piece moving forward. That's clearly not the case now. We ignored the rumors while projecting Kendricks in our 2015 IDP rankings, and his position looks even stronger now.

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Eagles LB Kiko Alonso suffered a concussion in Tuesday's practice this week and must go through the league protocol before returning to the field. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that it's Alonso's 1st known concussion in the NFL, so this doesn't seem like a concern beyond his immediate recovery window.

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3 months ago

Eagles LB Kiko Alonso is excited about how good his repaired knee feels. “I honestly didn’t think I’d be doing this much,” Alonso told Philly.com on Friday. “I’ve just been going on how I feel, and it’s feeling really good.” Alonso reportedly practiced without restriction this week. Getting into full workouts so early can only help the new Eagle's conditioning as he gets used to Chip Kelly practices again. We'll see as we more toward and into training camp how Philly plans to use its crowd at ILB.

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4 months ago

The Eagles moved up to get DB Eric Rowe in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Rowe projects as either a CB or a S in the NFL, both of which could fill needs for Philadelphia. Rowe tallied just 3 INTs over 4 seasons at Utah but racked up 36 passes defensed. He'll carry some IDP upside but isn't too exciting for dynasty rookie drafts.

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5 months ago

The Eagles -- somewhat surprisingly -- re-signed OLB Brandon Graham on Monday with a 4-year deal worth a reported $26 million. As long as Graham stays healthy and effective, we'd expect the 27-year-old to play out that contract. Philly clearly needed Graham's edge-rushing talent after releasing OLB Trent Cole. The re-signing also signals that they don't believe 2014 first-round OLB Marcus Smith is near ready for a prominent role. As a starter, Graham should turn into a solid option for fantasy football owners playing in sack-friendly IDP leagues.

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5 months ago

CB Byron Maxwell told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Sunday, "I'm going to Philly." There had been reports of a 5-year agreement worth a little more than $50 million. Maxwell ranked 45th among 108 CBs in overall Pro Football Focus grade last year. He also finished 39th in coverage, 1 spot behind Cary Williams, whom the Eagles released earlier this offseason. Maxwell did, however, rank 16th overall and 13th in coverage in 2013. A weak CB crop on the free-agent market and a shaky rookie class at the position undoubtedly helped to make him money this offseason. We'll see if the deal works out for the Eagles.

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6 months ago

The Eagles on Tuesday released OLB Trent Cole. The 10-year veteran had been with the team since Philly drafted him in the 5th round back in 2005. The 2 sides reportedly discussed a contract restructuring but apparently couldn't reach a deal. With the Eagles also apparently unlikely to re-sign OLB Brandon Graham before he reaches free agency, Philly suddenly faces a big need on the edge. Marcus Smith, last year's 1st-round pick, proved unready to contribute at all as a rookie, so it's tough to expect him to fill a big role in 2015. The Eagles could be looking at 1 of the 1st-round edge-rushers in this year's NFL draft and/or could look to players such as Pernell McPhee, Jabaal Sheard, Jason Worilds or Akeem Ayers in free agency.

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8 months ago

Eagles CB Bradley Fletcher is inactive for today's finale against the Giants because of a hip injury. That takes away a viable IDP starter for Week 17 but makes no difference for the outlook of the Philly team D.

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8 months ago

Eagles HC Chip Kelly told reporters today that OLB Trent Cole will have surgery on his broken hand this week and miss Saturday's game at Washington. That pushes Brandon Graham into the starting lineup, which shouldn't present a drop-off for the pass rush against a Washington offense that has allowed a lot of sacks in recent weeks. Philly stands as 1 of the top defensive plays in fantasy football this week because of sack and turnover potential. Graham carries plenty of upside in sack-heavy IDP leagues.

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8 months ago

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Eagles LB Trent Cole fractured a bone in his hand Sunday night against the Cowboys and calls him no more than a "long shot" to play against Washington in Week 16. Cole's absence would press Brandon Graham into the lineup, a change that might not make much difference for the team D's outlook. Graham would carry upside in sack-heavy IDP formats against a team that has yielded 5+ sacks in 6 straight contests.

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10 months ago

Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans tore his right Achilles' tendon in Sunday's win over the Texans. It's the same tendon he tore back in 2010 when playing for Houston. That fact combined with his age (30) will make it tough for him to get all the way back. Achilles' tendon tears often limit players into the seasons after their injuries. Ryans' big, non-guaranteed contract could put his 2015 roster spot in jeopardy. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho stand as the primary candidates to replace Ryans the rest of this season, but don't expect much IDP impact for either. Ryans' absence could leave more tackles on the field for ILB Mychal Kendricks, who returned to full duty Sunday in his 2nd game back from a calf strain.

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Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly reports that Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks says he has been able to do everything in practice this week. Kendricks added, "That's a fair assessment," when asked if we should assume that he'll start Sunday. The ILB returned to game action last Sunday for the 1st time since suffering a calf strain back in Week 2, but he played less than 50% of the Eagles' snaps. There remains some risk to playing him this week, but the potential reward with this cross-category producer will make him worth using for many IDP owners. We've bumped Kendricks way up the Week 9 IDP rankings.

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Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks played just 23 of 73 defensive snaps against Arizona on Sunday, his 1st game back since a Week 2 calf strain. HC Chip Kelly on Monday called that roughly their "ceiling" for him heading into the game. We can certainly expect that number to rise going forward, but consider Kendricks a risky IDP option against the Texans in Week 9 because of the playing-time question.

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10 months ago

Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks is active for today's game against the Cardinals. It'll be his 1st game since suffering a calf strain back in Week 2. Kendricks will be a bit risky for IDP owners until he shows he can make it through a game, but he also carries enough cross-category upside to be worth the gamble for many fantasy football teams.

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Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks is officially questionable for Sunday's game at Arizona after putting in another limited practice Friday. He has been with the team all week after announcing his return to action via his personal website at the beginning of the week. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, however, "some of his teammates" said Thursday that they don't expect the ILB to be ready for the game. We'll obviously track his gameday status. Unfortunately, the late afternoon kickoff will likely mean many IDP owners need to go in a different direction. That might be best anyway, given that it would be Kendricks' 1st game action since Week 2.

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Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks said via his website Monday that he plans to return to practice this week, which would seem to put him on track to play Sunday at Arizona. Kendricks hasn't returned to the field since suffering a calf strain late in the Week 2 win over the Colts. His healthy return would give IDP owners back a potential top-10 performer. We'll be watching his status.

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Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans is officially questionable for Sunday night's clash with the Giants because of the groin injury he suffered in Week 5.  The veteran said he expects to play, though we'd try to find a safer option to go in IDP lineups -- especially considering the late kickoff for the Eagles game.  Philly will once again miss other ILB Mychal Kendricks, who has yet to return since suffering a calf injury in Week 2.

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