Eagles invite 7 players to try out at rookie camp

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Eagles invite 7 players to try out at rookie camp

The Eagles on Friday open a three-day rookie minicamp at the NovaCare Complex. They have invited seven players to try out:

Blaze Caponegro, LB - Temple, 6-1, 225
The Allenwood, N.J. native recorded 45 tackles with a fumble recovery in 2013, his senior season at Temple. After being redshirted in 2009, Caponegro played in 33 games in four years at Temple, finishing with 110 tackles and three sacks.

Jamie Childers, TE - Coastal Carolina, 6-5, 250
In 2012, the Rams signed Childers to a three-year deal as an undrafted free agent. He played in one preseason game with St. Louis before being cut. The Giants had Childers in training camp last season, but released him on Aug. 26. In college, he played both quarterback and tight end.

Ryan Donohue, LB - Connecticut, 6-0, 239
Donohue started seven games -- played in 11 games -- last season with the Huskies, finishing with 28 tackles. He began his college career at Maryland and transferred to UConn in 2011.

Anthony Larry, LB - Eastern Washington, 6-3, 250
Larry had 61 tackles, 5.5 sacks and nine tackles for a loss in his senior season at Eastern Washington in 2013 after sitting out the 2012 season because of academics. He was a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker in college.

Mackey MacPherson, C - Syracuse, 6-2, 290
MacPherson, who served as team captain at Syracuse, made the 2013 All-ACC second team after starting 13 games with the Orange. He played in 12 games as a freshman, then started every game in his final three years at Syracuse.

Davon Morgan, DB - Virginia Tech, 6-0, 196
Morgan, who played four years at Virginia Tech from 2006-2010, has spent the last two years playing defensive back for the Richmond Raiders in the Professional Indoor Football League. At VT, Morgan was an All-ACC safety.

Baker Steinkuhler, DT - Nebraska, 6-6, 290
Steinkuhler, whose father, Dean Steinkuhler, was a first-round pick by the Houston Oilers in 1984 and played eight years in the NFL, attended the Houston Texans’ minicamp last year but didn’t attend training camp. He played in 51 games, starting 28, at Nebraska from 2009-2012.

Ron Jaworski: Carson Wentz shouldn't 'have any input' in Eagles' 2017 NFL draft

Ron Jaworski: Carson Wentz shouldn't 'have any input' in Eagles' 2017 NFL draft

Should the Eagles give Carson Wentz a say in who they take in the draft?

He is the future of the franchise after all.

"If there's any player on our roster that has insight into a guy in free agency or the draft, it's part of our information gathering," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said last Thursday.

So the Eagles will at least listen to Wentz — and others — about certain prospects. The second-year QB got a firsthand look at a few receiving prospects during offseason workouts. 

However, former Eagles quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski thinks it would be a “mistake” to give Wentz any input into the team’s draft day decision-making. 

“I don’t think the quarterback should have any input in the draft,” Jaworski said. “Plain and simple. The quarterback should quarterback his football team. I know he’ll be a teammate, but the Eagles — like every other team in this league — do extensive scouting. They know what they’re doing, they’ll select the player they believe is the best player.”

Jaws would know, he made that very mistake once.

“I made that mistake one time. I had someone ask me a question back in 1978 or ’79. They said, ‘Hey Jaws, what do you think the Eagles need?’ And I said we could probably improve our wide receiver position. 

“Oh, by the way, Harold Carmichael is one of our wide receivers, the next time I saw him he said, ‘Hey, what are you talking about?’ So it was a mistake, and I apologized to Harold and that was the last comment I ever made about the draft and my teammates. So I think players ought to shut up and let the front office make those decisions.”

To be fair, Carmichael held a little more weight in his day than Nelson Agholor or Dorial Green Beckham do now. 

Jaworski went on to tell a wild story of his own draft day in 1973 (watch video here), and also made the case for the Eagles to stock up on cornerbacks in the draft (watch video here)

NFL Notes: Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated

NFL Notes: Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated

PITTSBURGH -- The NFL has conditionally reinstated Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant from his yearlong suspension. The decision could give the team a big boost for the 2017 season.

Bryant was suspended in March 2016 for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

The league said Tuesday that Bryant may work out at the team facility and participate in meetings. He will not be cleared for all preseason activities, including practices and games, until the league has confirmed Bryant has found "clinical resources" in Pittsburgh.

Bryant caught 76 passes for 1,314 yards during his first two seasons, in 2014 and 2015. His return could ease some of the pressure on All-Pro teammate Antonio Brown.

Saints: Peterson to New Orleans 
NEW ORLEANS -- Free-agent running back Adrian Peterson says he has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints have not announced a deal, but Peterson told ESPN in a statement Tuesday that he's agreed to play in New Orleans.

"It goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit," Peterson said in his statement. "They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well."

Peterson, 32, has spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, surpassing 1,000 yards rushing in a season seven times and 2,000 yards once. His career-best 2,097-yard rushing season in 2012 came one season after he had reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Peterson played in only three games last season before being sidelined by another knee injury, a meniscal tear that was surgically repaired. He also missed 15 games in 2014 because of a child abuse case in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless assault. The victim was his son, then 4 years old.

Peterson's last full season was in 2015, when he had 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing.

Now, Peterson joins a club for which he could wind up as a backup running back in an offense that passes the ball most of the time. Mark Ingram, who is coming off one of his best seasons, is New Orleans' incumbent starter at running back. Brees led the NFL in passing last season with 5,208 yards.

Yet, in his statement, Peterson did not seem concerned about how frequently he'd get to carry the ball in the Saints' system.

"I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute," Peterson said.

Titans: Lewan's option exercised 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have picked up the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan.

General manager Jon Robinson announced the move Tuesday.

The 11th pick overall in 2014, the 6-foot-7 Lewan helped anchor a much-improved offensive line last season. The Titans ranked third in the NFL in rushing offense and also tied for seventh-fewest sacks allowed with 28 a year after giving up a league-worst 54 sacks in 2015.

Robinson says he talked with Lewan on Tuesday morning and picking up the option was an easy decision. The general manager says they'll likely have discussions about a contract extension with someone who did a really nice job for them last season.

The Titans also announced cornerback Bennett Okotcha, who did not report for the offseason program, is retiring.