Richard Rodgers Returns, Eagles Add Michael Walker

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have officially brought back the tight end who put up 345 yards for the team last year.

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That of course would be Richard Rodgers, who was the second-most effective pass catcher at the tight end position for the Eagles in 2021 behind Dallas Goedert.

Rodgers will now be looking to enter what would be his fourth season with the team.

Rodgers, in his first three seasons in Philadelphia, has landed on the IR twice, signed a two-year contract and spent a training camp with Washington in 2020.

He figures to be the favorite for the third tight end spot and would likely slot in as the backup to Goedert if Zach Ertz is traded.

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Welcome to Philly: Getting to know the Offensive 2021 Picks

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By Connor Donald, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer

The rollercoaster ride that we call the Philadelphia Eagles offseason continued with the 2021 NFL Draft. The offseason of turmoil has seen head coach drama, the trade of Carson Wentz, a free agent period filled with Howie Roseman dealing with the ghost of prior re-structures and trading back and trading up in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With part one of my post-draft series, I plan on taking a look at the offensive players drafted by Howie and the Eagles while looking at their fit in the offense. So without further adieu, lets dive in. 

1 (10): Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Howie traded back from six with the feeling Ja’Marr Chase and Kyle Pitts would be gone and it turns out, despite the ridicule post-trade, he was right. So the Eagles picked up an additional 2022 first to add to the stockpile and then turned around and traded up with the Dallas Cowboys at 10 to sneak ahead of the New York Giants and grab their future alpha wide receiver, the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner, Devonta Smith. Sorry, not sorry, angry Giants fans.

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Kerryon Johnson Joins The Fold

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Friday afternoon, the Eagles announced that they made an addition at running back by claiming Kerryon Johnson from the Lions.

Johnson adds to a crowded room that may not even allow allow room for him on the 53-man by the end of camp.

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Grading Eagles 2021 Draft Haul

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The Eagles once again completed a draft in which they made more picks than any single team starts with. In 2021, they made nine selections even after moving up in the first round and trading into the 2022 draft.

Opinions on their draft actually seem very positive from a national outlook, though many fans in Philadelphia are not happy.

With that in mind, a few of our writers decided to put together their grades.

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Eagles Ink Undrafted Free Agents

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles may have drafted nine new players they hope can contribute to the team, but they are far from done adding to the group of players that could become the team's future.

The team, as always, was busy agreeing to deals with players that went undrafted shortly after the close of the seventh round and the 2021 NFL Draft.

Undrafted free agency is where the Eagles will look to land some players at positions they did not get in the draft, so depth receivers, a quarterback linebacker and the secondary are all likely to be some focus areas for the team.

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Birds Close Draft With Patrick Johnson From Tulane

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles went heavy into the defensive line in round six after taking a defensive lineman in round 3.

To close out the draft, the Eagles added a fourth rookie to the position group with edge rusher Patrick Johnson.

As an edge, the Eagles plan to treat him more like a linebacker.

Over four seasons at Tulane, Johnson record 135 tackles, 24.5 sacks, 11 defensed passes and six forced fumbles.

He was twice named to the All-AAC second team and made the first team in his senior season.

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JaCoby Stevens Final Eagles Pick Of Sixth Round

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles made their third selection of the sixth round and made that pick the only one not on the defensive line.

The team instead turned to the secondary. After running the clock down to below 10 seconds, it would seem likely the team was either working on a trade or was looking to draft Tay Gowan, who the Cardinals drafted one pick ahead of them at 223.

The former LSU safety has 190 tackles with 19 passes defensed, 9.5 sacks, a forced fumble and four interceptions over the past three seasons.

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Two More Defensive Linemen Find Themselves Headed To Philadelphia

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Before the Eagles got to the first of their four picks in the sixth round, the team sent the final of their picks (the second compensatory) along with a seventh for a 2022 fifth-round pick from Washington.

When it came their time to pick, the Eagles doubled down on more defensive line depth.

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Eagles Land Highly-Rated Running Back

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles had gone receiver, center/guard, defensive line and corner with their first four picks.

In round five, they looked to add to their running back room.

Kenneth Gainwell was almost universally a top-100 player on big boards, so he should have been a third-rounder at worst based off of that. Landing him in the fifth could be a huge value for the Birds.

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Philly Takes Corner In Fourth Round

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

After taking a game-braking receiver and solidifying the future of the offensive line with their first two picks, the Eagles selected an athletic defensive lineman with a high ceiling.

Following those picks, the team entered day three of the draft with eight more picks to leverage in this draft.

While fans were almost certainly watching and hoping for linebacker Jabril Cox, he went to the Cowboys before the Eagles made it to the podium.

With the biggest and most obvious steal off the board, the Eagles turned to the secondary and took corner Zech McPhearson.

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Birds Go Defense In Third Round

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

After taking a game-braking receiver and solidifying the future of the offensive line with their first two picks, the Eagles almost had to go defense with their next pick.

First, the Eagles chose to make a move to add an extra pick, sending Carolina the 70th pick in exchange for pick 73 and pick 191 (sixth-round).

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