Addendum: The Heartbreaking LB Misses of the 2010 Draft

Addendum: The Heartbreaking LB Misses of the 2010 Draft

Earlier today we took a stroll down memory lane with the Eagles linebackers, examining how the unit slowly degenerated into the whipping boys they are today. It sparked some decent discussion, with one specific conversation going deep into just how much or little the front office really does prioritize the position.

To summarize, the point was the Eagles have only used one first- or second-round pick on a linebacker going all the way back to 2002, when Andy Reid took over as the VP of Personnel. There was no denying that fact, but unless we went back and looked at every draft to see who was available, who was already on the roster, who they selected, etc., the information didn't necessarily mean anything by itself.

Well, look no further than 2010 for an example of when they could have spent another second.

Sean Lee and Navorro Bowman, a pair of Penn Staters, have been brought up before as solid, emerging players the Eagles could have sought in that draft. That doesn't really even begin to tackle how huge the gaffe was. Let's break it down step-by-step:

1. The Eagles trade pick 55 to the Dallas Cowboys, who select Sean Lee. I'm not strictly opposed to trading within the division, but you better not lose as badly as they did here. Lee is having an absolutely terrific season in his first year as a starter, and we'll be seeing him twice a season for years to come.

2. The Eagles trade pick 59 acquired from Dallas -- three picks later, Brandon Spikes and Pat Angerer are taken. Spikes went to New England, where he's started 14 games over two seasons. Jury is still out, but has good size coming out of Florida. Angerer went to the Colts, and besides having a kick-ass name for a linebacker, has turned into a very productive player. The former Iowa Hawkeye would look pretty good with another bird on his helmet.

3. The Eagles finally select Daniel Te'o-Nesheim with pick 86 -- five later, Navorro Bowman is gone. Bowman is surrounded by talent in one of the best defenses in the NFL, but he is flourishing as a downhill interior linebacker in their 3-4. A little undersized, but his skill set would have translated well in Jim Johnson's defense.

It's not as if their need at linebacker was entirely unrealized at the time, either. Stewart Bradley was still rehabbing from an ACL tear, Moise Fokou was a seventh rounder only one year prior, and they brought in Ernie Sims to fill the hole left from the Chris Gocong swap. Surely they could have used somebody in there.

But no. They traded out, again and again, and passed on MULTIPLE quality linebackers, any one of them seemingly an upgrade over the current group. And what did they get for the trouble of trading out multiple times, then ultimately passing up Bowman?

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Mike Kafka, Clay Harbor, Ricky Sapp, Riley Cooper, and Dion Lewis.

Really. That was the "haul" for passing on all those linebackers.

Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs, who hasn’t yet been active for a game, could be soon.

Treggs said after practice Thursday he got more reps with the first-team offense this week than he has all year.

“Way more,” Treggs said. “I feel like they’re comfortable with me now, where they don’t have to tell me what to do. I know the plays and I know where to be.”

Does that mean Treggs will make his NFL debut against the Vikings Sunday? Not necessarily. But it does mean he’s at least on the Eagles’ radar.

Treggs began his rookie preseason with Chip Kelly and the 49ers but didn’t play during the preseason because of a preexisting knee injury.

When the 49ers released him as part of final cuts, the Eagles claimed him. He was cleared medically last month and has been gradually learning the Eagles’ offense since. He’s been on the 53-man roster all year but inactive for all five games.

Treggs has 4.31 speed and ranked eighth in NCAA Division I last year with 21.2 yards per catch as a senior at Cal.

Treggs potentially could give the Eagles something they’ve lacked all year: a deep threat.

The Eagles have connected on just eight pass plays of 25 yards or more this year, and only five NFL teams have fewer.

Jordan Matthews has four of those, and running back Darren Sproles has two, which leaves just two for the rest of the Eagles’ other wideouts — one for Nelson Agholor, one for Dorial Green-Beckham and none for Josh Huff.

The Eagles have been using Green-Beckham more and more each week — he played a season-high 42 snaps in the loss to the Redskins Sunday.

Agholor has been a disappointment, with just 16 catches for 181 yards this year, no catches over 35 yards and no catches of 20 yards since opening day. In 18 NFL games, the former first-round pick has never had 65 yards in a game.

Treggs said he feels comfortable with both outside spots and the slot and has gotten practice reps at all three spots this week.

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Every injured Eagles player returned on Thursday except for one.

Defensive tackle Bennie Logan (left groin strain) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday and it doesn't seem likely he'll be able to play on Sunday against the Vikings.

If Logan can't play on Sunday, backup Beau Allen will get the start.

"Bennie was playing well [against Washington]," defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Thursday. "He was one of the few guys in this game that was playing well. You know, it will be more reps for guys like Beau [DT Beau Allen], and maybe even a little bit more for a guy like Fletch [DT Fletcher Cox]. We'd like to rotate those guys as much [as we can], but sometimes you're not able to. And then a guy like Destiny [DT Destiny Vaeao], who has been a part-time player and made a couple plays, but also he's given up a couple. He needs to be more consistent. We've also used some defensive ends inside the rush on third down. That helps alleviate a little bit."

While Logan was still out, several other key Eagles returned to practice after missing Wednesday: Jason Kelce (foot), Ron Brooks (calf) and Marcus Smith (groin). Brooks was the only limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Kelce missed Wednesday's practice because he got a cortisone shot on Monday.

Furthermore, several Eagles who were limited on Wednesday -- Jordan Matthews (knee), Allen Barbre (ankle), Mychal Kendricks (ribs) -- were full participants on Thursday.