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Eagles sign lightning-fast Tremon Smith to practice squad

Eagles sign lightning-fast Tremon Smith to practice squad

If there’s one thing you should know about the newest member of the Eagles’ practice squad, it’s this: 

He’s fast. 

Really, really fast. 

The Eagles on Wednesday signed 23-year-old cornerback/return man Tremon Smith, who has previously played for the Packers and Chiefs. The Eagles released S Chris Johnson from the practice squad to make room. 

Smith, a 2018 sixth-round pick out of Central Arkansas, is known for his blazing speed. At the 2018 Central Arkansas pro day, Smith was clocked running a 40-yard dash time of 4.32. 

To put that 40 time into perspective, that was the top time for all players at the 2018 NFL combine. And just four cornerbacks have run a faster time at the combine in the last 10 years. 

While Smith (6-0, 190) played 74 defensive snaps for the Chiefs last year, he has primarily been a return man during his time in the NFL, first for the Chiefs and then earlier this year for the Packers. 

Smith has returned 46 kickoffs for 1,189 yards (25.8) during his time in the NFL and had a long of 97 yards (he didn’t score) in 2018. 

Before the start of this season, the Chiefs briefly tried Smith at running back before moving him back to corner. He was waived in September and picked up by the Packers. He spent time on the active roster and the practice squad in Green Bay before they released him a couple days ago. 

The Eagles have used a few different kick returners this season. Most recently, Boston Scott has taken over that role from Miles Sanders as Sanders’ offensive duties have grown. The Eagles, as a team, are averaging just 22.1 yards per kick return this season, which ranks around the middle of the pack. 

Here’s what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote about Smith during the 2018 pre-draft process: 

“Extremely confident and extremely greedy as an on-ball defender, Smith was asked to play the role of island defender and did so at a high level. While he faced a lower level of competition, he possesses the size, speed, athletic ability and instincts that should be able to translate to the league. Smith has the potential to fight for either an outside or slot role, but he'll need to play with better discipline in order to avoid penalties and big plays.”

It’s unclear if Smith will even stick around for the rest of this season, but it’s easy to see why the Eagles wanted to get him in the building. This type of speed is special and the Eagles have lacked overall speed this year. It can’t hurt to get a look at Smith now and maybe get an extended look at him next offseason. 

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Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Another of the most qualified remaining candidates for the Eagles’ offensive coordinator vacancy is off the board.

Jay Gruden, recently fired after six mediocre years as the Redskins’ head coach, is close to joining the Jaguars to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Assuming the deal is completed, Gruden will become the Jaguars’ third offensive coordinator in three years. He replaces former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, fired last week after just one year in Jacksonville. DeFilippo replaced Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired and spent this past year in the same position with the Packers. DeFilippo was recently hired by Matt Nagy as QBs coach of the Bears.

Ten teams were in the market for an offensive coordinator when the regular season ended.

Of those 10, the Eagles are one of only two still hanging a "Help Wanted" sign on their front door. 

The other is the Vikings, whose offensive coordinator this past year, Kevin Stefanski, was named last week as head coach of the Browns.

Gruden, whose older brother John was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Ray Rhodes from 1995 through 1997 and is now head coach of the Raiders, spent 2011 through 2013 as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator before replacing Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Redskins in 2014.

His teams went 38-57 in six years and reached the playoffs only once, losing a wild-card game to the Packers in 2015.

In Jacksonville, Gruden will presumably be working with 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who was the Jaguars’ opening-day quarterback this past year but was hurt much of the season and then benched later in the year for rookie Gardner Minshew.

It’s not known whether the Eagles had any formal interest in Gruden, but he was certainly one of the most intriguing remaining candidates for the opening.

The Eagles fired Mike Groh 12 days ago after two years as offensive coordinator one day after head coach Doug Pederson said both would remain on his staff.

Among the candidates the Eagles have been linked with who are now expected to remain in their current position are Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, Ravens QBs coach James Urban (who spent three years as Bengals WRs coach under Jay Gruden) and USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Other qualified candidates who are off the board include Chan Gailey, hired as Dolphins offensive coordinator; LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who was hired by the Panthers; Joe Moorhead, who was hired Tuesday as Oregon’s offensive coordinator; and former Eagles offensive coordinator and recently fired Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired as OC of the Broncos.

Earlier Tuesday, we outlined some of the top remaining candidates, including current Eagles position coaches Duce Staley and Press Taylor.

The Eagles also remain without a wide receivers coach, a secondary coach and a defensive line coach. The team fired receivers coach Carson Walch and d-line coach Phillip Daniels, and secondary coach Cory Undlin accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Lions.

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Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

The blueprint for the 2020 NFL Draft venue has been revealed and it's just what you would expect it to be in Las Vegas.

The draft has become quite a production in recent years, but this has to top all previous attempts if it's executed the way they're saying.

Reportedly, players will be transported to the stage by a boat. Which could be an epic moment for the draftees ... but could also add a significant amount of time to the already long night of events.

The red carpet stage has a more traditional look when it comes to a draft setting, but since it's Vegas, it's go big or go home.

There are currently mixed opinions about it all, but here are some of the funniest:

 

 

 


The draft will be held from April 23-25 where the Eagles currently hold the 21st overall pick.

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