Mark Sanchez: Tim Tebow just another camp arm


Mark Sanchez: Tim Tebow just another camp arm

Despite being busy taking batting practice with the Phillies, Mark Sanchez took a swing at some questions — and shed some light on Tim Tebow's role with the Eagles.

"He's obviously a great guy, he works hard. And we needed another guy to throw while Sam's [Bradford] still recovering," Sanchez said after taking batting practice at Citizens Bank Park with several of his teammates Friday. "So that's the reason [for the signing], at least as explained to me. We're excited about the upcoming year and I think we have a great group."

After the Eagles signed Tebow Monday, vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz said Thursday the team was intrigued with Tebow's improvement in his workout (see story).

Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since being cut in 2013 by the New England Patriots, but his last regular-season snap came with the Jets in 2012 when he was teammates with Sanchez.

That year was a disastrous campaign for both Sanchez and Tebow, as Greg McElroy ended up starting at quarterback by December.

Since then, Sanchez has undergone a career turnaround of sorts in Philadelphia, performing capably in eight starts after Nick Foles went down for the year last season.

Foles was traded in the offseason to the Rams for Bradford, while Sanchez signed a two-year contract over the offseason to remain with the Eagles.

Sanchez says the Eagles' wild offseason orchestrated by Chip Kelly — which may not be over yet — hasn't affected him much.

"I knew we were going to have to do something," he said. "Like I said, it’s going to be a fun year. Coach Kelly knows what he’s doing. Don’t worry too much. It’s only April. Things will fall into place. We’ll be just fine.”

Watch the video above to see Sanchez's full comments.

Eagles draft CB Rasul Douglas with 3rd-round pick

Eagles draft CB Rasul Douglas with 3rd-round pick

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The Eagles doubled down on cornerbacks on Day 2.

The round after taking Washington's Sidney Jones in the second, the Eagles took a cornerback who can actually play this season, selecting West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas with their third-round pick (99th overall).

The Eagles had the 99th pick after the trade with the Ravens to get Timmy Jernigan. In that trade, the Eagles gave up the 74th pick and took back the 99th. They thought Douglas was a player they would miss out on because of the move.

Luckily for them, he was still available at 99.

"It was a long way to go from (second-round pick) 43 to 99 but we feel that this guy fits our system, tremendous ball skills, length, and someone who really was on our radar for a long time and had a really good process including at the Senior Bowl," Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman said.

The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, was where the Eagles really started to like Davis. While he was on their radar before, after being scouted by East Coast scout Ryan Myers, they were very impressed in Mobile.

"The thing that really stood out at his week at the Senior Bowl, you probably hear me talk about it all the time, this guy is tough," VP of player personnel Joe Douglas said. "And very competitive. You saw it all week. Every rep was like the last rep he was playing. I love the way this guy competes."

Douglas, who ran a 4.59 time in the 40 at the combine, had eight interceptions in the 2016 season. While that 40 time is slower than ideal, Roseman praised Douglas' 10-yard split and said his length and ball skills help to make up for it.

The 6-foot-2, 203-pound corner was once a junior college player who became a first-teamer on the All-Big 12 team. At 6-2, Douglas is the Eagles' tallest corner by two inches. In the past, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has used smaller CBs.

While Douglas will be able to play early this season unlike Jones, the Eagles claim that wasn't the reason they came back with another cornerback pick so quickly.

"It didn't matter the position, it was just the ability to pick the best player," head coach Doug Peterson. "And it just so happened it fit a need and we were fortunate there. This is a good player coming in here."

The last time the Eagles took two corners within the first three rounds was in 2002 when they double-dipped by taking Lito Sheppard in the first round and Sheldon Brown in the second.

This is the first time since 2012, the Eagles have picked a defensive player three times to start a draft.

The Eagles took defensive end Derek Barnett in the first round (43) and cornerback Jones in the second (43).

The draft will wrap up Saturday when the Eagles have five more picks in the fourth through seventh rounds. They have two in the fourth (118, 139) and one in the fifth (155), sixth (194) and seventh (230).

A huge need the Eagles have not addressed yet is at the running back position. Pederson said there are still one or two guys on the board who they like. A key for the Eagles is a back with three-down potential.

After getting letter from Eagles, Sidney Jones had 'feeling it would be Philly'

After getting letter from Eagles, Sidney Jones had 'feeling it would be Philly'

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Sidney Jones had a feeling he would become an Eagle this weekend. He read it in a letter.  
The Washington corner was once thought to be a first-round pick; the Eagles were even considering him with their 14th pick (see story).
But at his school's pro day March 11, Jones suffered a devastating Achilles tear that dropped him out of the first round and right to the Eagles in the second round. They took him with the 43rd pick Friday night.

Jones thought there was a good chance he'd land in Philly because of a handwritten letter he received after his injury from Eagles senior director of college scouting Anthony Patch, who was in attendance at the pro day when Jones suffered the injury on one of the last drills.
"I thought it was pretty awesome," Jones said about the letter on a conference call with Philly reporters less than an hour after the pick. "Just from there, I knew they still had interest. … I had a feeling deep down. My agents were telling me stuff and I just had a feeling it would be Philly."
Jones, 20, said he received a few text messages from other teams, "but nothing like a handwritten letter."
Howie Roseman said the Eagles expect Jones to make a full recovery, but wouldn't give a timeline for his recovery.
"It's just a roadblock," Jones said. "It's going to be a good story at the end of my career. I'll look back at it as a positive. That's just how I'm viewing everything."
The Eagles are unsure if Jones will be able to play this season and despite tweeting that doctors told him he'd be ready for the 2017 season, Jones on Friday night said his plan lines up with that of the organization.
Even though he'd obviously like to play this season, he won't put himself in a situation that could lead to further injury.
"When do I expect to be back?" Jones said. "The plan is to not rush back at all. We're going to take it slowly … we're not going to rush anything. Of course, I would like to play as soon as possible, but there's no rushing."
Jones said it was an indescribable feeling when he got a call on his cell phone from a Philadelphia area code. As the Eagles' coaching staff passed around the phone at the NovaCare Complex, Jones talked to all of them as tears welled up in his eyes.
Throughout the entire process, Jones has been incredibly positive, at least in public. He credited his family for being his support system.
On Friday night, he chose to look at the positives: he still got drafted and he's still going to a team that really wants him.
After the injury, did he ever doubt his future?
"I don't think there was a moment of doubt at all," Jones said. "I'm being honest with that. I've seen players come back from injury. … I've never had surgery, so this is like my first big injury. So, just looking forward to battling this and getting back and getting on the field."