Will Eagles Turn the Page on Nate Allen?

Will Eagles Turn the Page on Nate Allen?

As we touched on very briefly yesterday, the Eagles haven't budged on their linebacker situation, although another spot on defense could be up for grabs.

Nate Allen had a noticeably disappointing showing against the Steelers last week, prompting doubts over whether he is fully recovered from the ruptured patellar tendon that ended his rookie season. The USF product puts himself somewhere between "90, 95 percent," but he looked nothing like the promising young player the Birds drafted in the second round.

Meanwhile, yet another of the unheralded free agent signings could be taking his place. Jarrad Page, who spent last season with the Patriots, and the previous four with Kansas City, has been splitting the first team snaps with Allen in practice this week, in a situation somewhat reminiscent of the one that is giving a rookie center the chance to start this week.

The silver lining in all of this is, once again, the Eagles were prepared if Allen's recovery came along slow. Page was a three-year starter for the Chiefs, but was not retained after suffering a season-ending calf injury in '09. New England picked up the former seventh round pick, who appeared in 10 games last season, making one start and intercepting two passes. His career totals include 12 interceptions and four forced fumbles.

However, even though the club appears to be set on the depth chart, this is still a bit of a bad news. Allen looked much further away than 90% last Thursday, even if it was only one tough night. The Eagles have plenty invested in Allen, selecting him with the second round pick they obtained for Donovan McNabb last year, passing on Seattle's Earl Thomas earlier in the draft.

All indications are Allen is expected to make a full recovery, but any hope of him having a breakthrough sophomore campaign might be fading--and all but finished if he is relegated to reserve status.

Speaking of second round picks, Temple's Jaiquawn Jarrett doesn't appear to be in the mix for a starting job this season. Last year's seventh rounder Kurt Coleman is holding down the other safety position for now, and according to Bleeding Green Nation, actually is growing into a leadership role in the secondary.

We've remarked in the past that safety is one of those positions where you don't necessarily need a Hall of Famer, so a duo featuring Coleman and Page is probably competent enough. That said, the bench is not where you want to see a pair of second rounders, particularly as a result of an injury. Here's hoping the setback performance was a one-off, and Nate Allen is really as close as he says.

>> Birds' Allen and Page sharing time at strong safety [CSN]
>> Kurt Coleman Emerging As A Leader On Eagles Defense [BGN]

Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

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Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.

Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator. 

Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).

Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon, where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans. 

Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator. 

Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

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Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

The Philadelphia Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.

Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards, and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack. 

“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”

King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.

“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said.  “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”