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Eagles sign De'Vante Bausby from practice squad, place Ronald Darby on IR

Eagles sign De'Vante Bausby from practice squad, place Ronald Darby on IR

The Eagles signed cornerback De’Vante Bausby from the practice squad Saturday and placed Ronald Darby on injured reserve.

Bausby was in training camp with the Eagles and at one point during training camp was taking first-team reps in the slot. 

He was released Sept. 1 then added to the practice squad the next day. He was released from the practice squad on Sept. 11 and rejoined the practice squad on Nov. 5.

Bausby, an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburg State in Kansas, has played in four NFL regular-season games, all with the Bears in 2016.

The Eagles face the 8-1 Saints Sunday at the Superdome in New Orleans. The defensive backs available for the Eagles against the sixth-highest scoring offense in NFL history are:

Safety 
Malcolm Jenkins, Corey Graham, Deiondre' Hall, Tre Sullivan

Cornerback 
Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox (CB/S), Cre’Von LeBlanc, Bausby, Chandon Sullivan

Of those six corners, LeBlanc is 24, Douglas is 23 and Jones, Maddox and Sullivan are 22. They have a combined 49 career games played and 12 starts.

Douglas is the most experienced of that group with 23 games played and six starts. Jones has played in seven career games (one start), Maddox has played in nine games (five starts), Bausby has played in four games (no starts), LeBlanc has played in three games (no starts), and Sullivan has played in two games (no starts).

The Eagles lost Darby for the season with a knee injury suffered against the Cowboys last Sunday. Darby had one of the Eagles’ four interceptions this year after recording three in eight games last year.

He missed eight games with a knee injury last year so has played in just 17 games plus the playoffs since the Eagles acquired him for Jordan Matthews prior to last year.

Darby is scheduled to become a free agent after this season.

The Eagles have been battling injuries in the secondary all year. Darby joins starting safety Rodney McLeod on season-ending IR. Starter Jalen Mills is out for the Eagles' game against the Saints.

The Eagles do expect to get Jones back Sunday after he missed three games. He will likely start outside opposite Douglas. The Eagles could either start Bausby in the slot with Maddox at safety or Maddox in the slot with Graham at safety.

Bausby will be the 14th defensive back to dress for a game this year for the Eagles and the eighth cornerback, following Mills, Douglas, Darby, Jones, Sullivan, Dexter McDougle and LeBlanc. 

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Another candidate for Eagles' offensive coordinator job says nope

Another candidate for Eagles' offensive coordinator job says nope

USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who the Eagles had targeted as a candidate for their offensive coordinator vacancy, is staying at USC, according to Bruce Feldman, who covers college football for The Athletic.

The 34-year-old Harrell emerged last week as a candidate, and with his connections to Mike Leach and his Air Raid Offense it made a lot of sense. Leach isn’t technically part of the Andy Reid coaching tree, but he is a student of Reid’s offense, and when he was between the Texas Tech and Washington State jobs he was a guest of Reid, Peterson and Marty Mornhinweg at training camp at Lehigh.

Harrell played for Leach at Texas Tech and coached under him at Washington State. This past year, in his first year as offensive coordinator at USC, the Trojans averaged 32.5 points per game, 35th-best in the FBS, and 454 yards per game, 20th- best.

The Eagles are in the market for an offensive coordinator after firing Mike Groh, who held the position the last two years. It’s been 11 days since the Eagles fired Groh.

Previously, the Eagles had reported interest in Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban, who coached under Reid with the Eagles, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Saturday that Urban would be staying with the Ravens.

The Eagles reportedly are interested in Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, who Reid drafted in 2011. But there’s a chance Reid could block the Eagles from interviewing Kafka if they do formally request permission to interview him.

Does anybody want this job? Why are candidates turning down the Eagles’ advances? 

Head coach Doug Pederson calls the plays here, and working as an offensive coordinator under an offensive coach who calls the plays isn’t always the most desirable job.

Several other candidates who might have made sense have taken other jobs, like Pat Shurmur in Denver, Joe Brady in Carolina and Bill Lazor and John DiFilippo with the Bears

Jim Caldwell, the former Lions head coach who's now quarterbacks coach with the Dolphins, would make a lot of sense. Mike Shula, who was Shurmur's offensive coordinator the last two years with the Giants, is still available, as is former Redskins coach Jay Gruden. 

Internal candidates such as Duce Staley and Press Taylor are already in the building. 

Of the 10 teams in the market for offensive coordinators this offseason, only the Vikings, Jaguars and Eagles have yet to name one. The Jaguars were reportedly interviewing Gruden on Monday.

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Eagles Stay or Go 2020: Time for a decision on Alshon Jeffery

Eagles Stay or Go 2020: Time for a decision on Alshon Jeffery

Reuben Frank, Dave Zangaro and Andrew Kulp bring back Stay or Go with the 2020 version, trying to figure out the future of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Today, we’ll look at wide receivers:

Alshon Jeffery 

Roob: This is the ultimate stay or go this offseason. I guess Alshon and Jason Peters. He really is the Eagles’ most talented wide receiver, and it’ll be a cap killer if they cut him. I just can’t get past not wanting him around. Addition by subtraction. I don’t even know if there’s a practical way that he goes. Any trade value, and I don’t think there was much, has been compromised by his foot injury. But I’m sticking to what I’ve said for a while now. He goes because it just doesn’t make sense for him to be here anymore.

Verdict: Goes 

Dave: This is a really tough one. On one hand, it seems like the Eagles are stuck with the soon-to-be 30-year-old receiver after (oopsie daisy) guaranteeing his contract for 2020. On the other hand, it seems like they desperately need to move on. But how? Cutting him would be a cap disaster. Trading him would probably take a Brock Osweiler deal, sending him with a draft pick just so someone will take on that ridiculous contract for a malcontent with a Lisfranc injury. Yikes. There’s a good chance he’ll be on the PUP to start the season anyway so the Eagles can push back this looming decision. I think the Eagles would like to get away from Alshon, but ultimately, they’re stuck with him in some capacity next season. 

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: Ideally, Jeffery would not be costing the Eagles almost $16 million against the cap in 2020, and that was before he suffered a Lisfranc injury. Whether because of age or injury, he simply did not perform at a high level last season, plus everybody is pretty sure he's talking smack on Carson Wentz. The problem is the team can't easily get rid of Jeffery. Cutting him will cost more against the cap than keeping him, and a trade seems unlikely since he may not even be healthy to start the season. Howie Roseman has been able to get out of some tough contracts in the past -- Byron Maxwell comes to mind -- but this looks like a real pickle. On the other hand, Jeffery might be motivated once he returns, because this is essentially becoming a contract year at 30, so maybe it winds up working out in the Eagles' favor. 

Verdict: Stays

DeSean Jackson 

Roob: Lost season after opening day, and he’ll be 34 late next season but where else are you going to find a guy with his skill set? You can’t replace an entire wide receiver corps, so keep DeSean and just hope that he can stay healthy at an age where most wide outs are retiring. 

Verdict: Stays

Dave: Losing DeSean last season killed the Eagles. He’s 33 and coming off an injury, so I don’t think the Eagles can go into next season relying on him. They need to add receivers this offseason but that doesn’t mean Jackson should be gone. Because if he’s able to get on the field next year, he’s still fast and can still do DeSean things. It would be a nice boost — but also a bonus — for the Eagles if he can help in 2020. 

Verdict: Stays 

Kulp: Of all the injuries during the 2019 season, none had a greater impact than Jackson's (besides Wentz's concussion at the end, obviously). Seeing the connection those two had in camp and even Week 1 of the regular season, it really felt like they were destined to have a monster year together. So while the Eagles will be making a concerted effort to get younger and the oft-injured Jackson is 33, the club should really give it another go and hope he can stay healthy. There's no real cap benefit to moving on anyway. 

Verdict: Stays

Nelson Agholor 

Roob: Come on now!

Verdict: Goes

Dave: Agholor had one of the weirdest Eagles careers ever. A disappointing first-round pick to a Super Bowl hero to complete liability and target of the funniest viral moment of 2019. His five-year stint in Philadelphia was a perfect bell curve. Both parties know it’s time to move on. 

Verdict: Goes 

Kulp: What a strange player. Agholor has plenty of talent -- that much was evident in 2017 and '18 -- and nobody outworks the guy. For whatever reason though, he forgot how to play wide receiver. He can't catch the ball, can't even locate it in the air, and when he does manage to find it and hang on, there's something like a 50-50 chance he'll fumble it without anybody touching him. Agholor could probably play another eight seasons and he'll probably have one or two good ones or figure it out toward the end, but right now, the dude is a head case, not to mention a free agent.

Verdict: Goes

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Roob: He stays just because there’s no reason he shouldn’t stay, but definitely a discouraging rookie year. He played 486 snaps on offense and caught 10 passes. I never count out anybody after one season, but the Eagles need him to be dramatically better in 2020.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: One year into his career, it certainly looks like JJAW was a wasted pick. Now, that doesn’t mean he’s a bust just yet and the Eagles owe it to him and themselves to see this through. Early returns just aren’t very good. Still, gotta give him another chance. 

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: It seems clear the Eagles should've drafted D.K. Metcalf instead of Arcega-Whiteside. Then again, it's hard to say whether Metcalf would've developed as quickly under this coaching staff. Get a decent receivers coach, and maybe JJAW can still become a competent target. Though he probably won't ever be as good as the guy the team could've had.  

Verdict: Stays

Greg Ward 

Roob: Ward showed me enough after his promotion from the practice squad that I want him to be a part of this team moving forward. The Eagles still need outside firepower, but 31 catches for 278 yards in his first eight career games makes you take notice. If he can be a 60-for-600 type of guy out of the slot you’ll take that. I don’t think it’s a lock he’s back. Depends how much new blood they bring in at WR. But I like Ward. I want him back.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: Is Ward going to be the long-time slot guy for the Eagles? I’m not sold on that. But I know he gave them more than Agholor this year and he was a big reason for the late-season push to the playoffs. He’ll be back on the roster in 2020. 

Verdict: Stays 

Kulp: It's been obvious to anybody who's had a chance to see him in OTAs and training camp the past couple years that Ward had the potential to be a nice little role player. He finally got the chance in 2020, and was easily the Eagles' best receiver down the stretch, though he showed his limitations as well, averaging 9.1 yards per catch. A pure slot receiver who can reliably field a punt and makes the league minimum, and there's room for that on this roster. 

Verdict: Stays

Deontay Burnett

Roob: He showed up when the Eagles needed him the most with a 41-yard catch in the must-win season-ending game against the Giants. I’d expect the Eagles to bring him in for camp next summer, and I’d have no problem keeping him on the practice squad. But if he’s on the 53-man roster after final cuts the Eagles had a really bad offseason.

Verdict: Goes

Dave: OK, now we’re getting into these guys. That long catch was pretty cool. He’s going to be one of about a million receivers at training camp this summer and maybe one of them has a great camp and makes the roster. Probably not for Burnett though. 

Verdict: Goes 

Kulp: Joined the practice squad in December and was starting by the end of the season, which says more about the roster and injuries than it does Burnett. He flashed some potential with three catches for 53 yards between Week 17 and the wild card game, but the Eagles need to draft a whole slew of receivers, which doesn't bode well for the rest of the guys on this list.

Verdict: Goes

Robert Davis 

Roob: Davis had a couple moments after being activated from the practice squad, and it’ll be interesting to see what the former Redskin does in training camp, but like Burnett, he’ll be on the outside looking in once the season begins. 

Verdict: Goes

Dave: I’m a little intrigued to see Davis this summer. He’s big, fast, strong and none of that really mattered when he found the field with the Eagles this season. Maybe it will with a full offseason here. But …  

Verdict: Goes

Kulp: If he never appears in another game in Philadelphia -- not at all unlikely -- Davis will be the 10th wide receiver in the Super Bowl era to finish his Eagles career with one catch. His name will be there with other franchise legends such as Seyi Ajirotutu, Alex Van Dyke, Troy Smith, Reggie Lawrence, Carlos Carson, Bobby Duckworth, Jerrold McRae, Stan Davis and Vince Papale. OK, that last one was pretty good. And yes, I just out-Roobed Roob. 

Verdict: Goes

Shelton Gibson 

Roob: One of the stranger stories of the 2019 postseason was Gibson – who spent the entire regular season on the Browns’ practice squad – being responsible for the Eagles’ longest play of the Seahawks game. A 39-yard DPI. He only played two snaps all year – regular season and postseason combined. Gibson still has only three career receptions - actual receptions -  in three seasons.

Verdict: Goes

Dave: Gibson is a pretty good gunner. And he drew that DPI in the playoff game. But there’s a reason he didn’t work out in his first stint here. And there’s a reason he’s not going to work out now. 

Verdict: Goes

Kulp: It's mystifying the Eagles waited so long to bring Gibson back given some of the bodies they were trotting out there -- Mack Hollins and Jordan Matthews, for example. Then again, they never really gave Gibson a shot when he was here the first time, so clearly they're not very high on the kid.

Verdict: Goes

Marcus Green 

Roob: Green was the only wide receiver who was on the practice squad all year. Probably not a good sign that the Eagles promoted four other wide receivers - Ward, Gibson, Burnett and Davis - from the practice squad, bypassing Green each time. 

Verdict: Goes

Dave: My guess is the Eagles see Green as a developmental player with some upside. They kept him on the practice squad all year as they brought up just about everyone else. I see him as more of a gadgety player. The success of Boston Scott this year might doom him even more than the numbers game at receiver. 

Verdict: Goes 

Kulp: A sixth-round pick by the Falcons in 2019, Green is undersized at 5-foot-8, but does have sub-4.4 speed. The fact that the Eagles targeted him for a futures contract is interesting, but he'll be battling for a spot on the practice squad more than likely. Maybe he makes it, maybe he doesn't.

Verdict: Goes

Marken Michel 

Roob: It was surprising the Eagles activated Shelton Gibson for the playoffs instead of Michel, who had spent the offseason with the Eagles. Michel had a solid training camp and seems to catch the ball well, and he’s got decent size. Like all these other practice squad guys, I’d expect him to get a look-see over the summer, and I won't say he'll never make it to the 53. But he won't be on the initial 53.

Verdict: Goes

Dave: As anyone who listens to the Eagle Eye podcast can probably tell you, I think Michel can play. I don’t understand why the Eagles brought the 26-year-old back to the practice squad and didn’t promote him. That doesn’t make any sense. I’d like to say I think Michel can make the roster with a good summer but he had a good summer in 2019 and it still didn’t happen. 

Verdict: Goes

Kulp: The most telling thing about Michel is he was actually on the roster in training camp, yet the Eagles were signing guys off other teams' practice squads rather than promoting him to the 53 at the end of the season. He's a gamer, but lacks the athleticism to play at this level.

Verdict: Goes

River Cracraft 

Roob: You hope he makes it just because of his name. Here’s some of that Dave Zangaro detective work: Carcraft played for Mike Leach at Washington State, where his position coach was Graham Harrell, who is now USC offensive coordinator and on the Eagles’ short list for their offensive coordinator vacancy. Not sure that’s enough to get him a job.

Verdict: Goes

Dave: Cracraft has actually played in nine NFL games and has gotten some work as a punt return and kick return man. He has 12 punt returns for … drum roll please … 40 yards. 

Verdict: Goes 

Kulp: Oh, come on, these aren't even real people anymore.

Verdict: Goes

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