NFL Draft: Saturday's prospect watch


NFL Draft: Saturday's prospect watch

If you're an Eagles fan looking toward the 2012 draft, here's who you should be watching this Saturday.

Trent Robinson, FS Michigan State, No. 39

Michigan vs. Michigan State (ESPN12 p.m.)

The Birds are searching for answers at safety since the departures of Brian Dawkins and Quintin Mikell, and while the 2012 crop of safeties isn't real strong at the top of the draft, there are some nice players out there. Robinson (5-10, 197) has played both strong and free safety during his college career, but settled in as the Spartans' starting FS in 2010, recording four interceptions (he has one so far this season). Robinson excels in coverage and while he isn't a force against the run, he isn't afraid to stick his nose in the pile.

Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford, No. 55
Stanford vs. Washington State (Versus7:30 p.m.)

Before the season started, I would have never thought to include Martin in one of these posts, simply because I felt he'd go too early in the first round for the Eagles to have a shot at him. While I truly think the Eagles will win a bunch of games this year, as it stands now they'd definitely be in Martin's draft range. Martin, a left tackle, was a 2010 All-PAC 10 selection and anchors the Cardinal offensive line. The redshirt junior is tall (6-6, 304) and athletic with solid technique in both the run and pass games. He might need to get a bit stronger, but should be off the board by pick No. 10 of the 2012 draft.
Travis Lewis, OLB Oklahoma, No. 28
Oklahoma vs. Kansas (ESPN29:15 p.m.)

Size-wise, Lewis resembles the much-maligned Eagles linebackers currently on the roster. At 6-1 and 232 pounds, Lewis certainly isn't Ray Lewis, but he has elite speed and quickness that he uses very effectively against the run. His instincts are strong and he's the captain at Oklahoma. He just makes plays.

Eagles Inactives: Jordan Matthews (ankle) out vs. Bengals

Eagles Inactives: Jordan Matthews (ankle) out vs. Bengals

CINCINNATI — The Eagles will be without their top receiver Sunday afternoon against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. 

Jordan Matthews (ankle) is inactive, but Nelson Agholor will return to the lineup. 

Matthews hurt his ankle during last week’s game against the Packers on Monday night. While X-rays came back negative during the game, he returned briefly but had to leave again. 

Matthews missed practice Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday, he was a limited participant, but had a noticeable limp. He entered the weekend listed as questionable. 

This is the first game Matthews has missed in his three-year career after never missing one in college either.  

Agholor is back after getting a mental health day last week against the Packers. He had a terrible outing in Seattle two weeks ago, which led to him admitting that he was in his own head. Pederson said Friday he was leaning toward keeping Agholor active against the Bengals. 

Right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (MCL sprain) and Ryan Mathews (MCL sprain) are both inactive after being ruled out earlier in the week. They will miss their second straight games. 

Joining Vaitai, Mathews and Matthews among the inactive players are: OL Dillon Gordon, DT Taylor Hart, DE Steven Means and OL Josh Andrews. 

Bengals inactives: QB Jeff Driskel, WR A.J. Green, S Derron Smith, LS Clark Harris, OG Christian Westerman, TE C.J. Uzomah, DE Wallace Gilberry. 

Report: Eagles to pursue DeSean Jackson this offseason

Report: Eagles to pursue DeSean Jackson this offseason

If Jeremiah Trotter can return to Eagles after unceremoniously leaving for Washington, why can't DeSean Jackson?

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, citing multiple sources, the Eagles are expected to pursue Jackson, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Schefter also cites sources stating Jackson and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson are "big admirers of each other" and reports that multiple teams believe Jackson could return to Philadelphia.

The connection is an easy one to make. The Eagles clearly need help at wide receiver, and they specifically need a deep threat. The 30-year-old Jackson fills that void. Earlier this season, Jackson said he'd like to remain with Washington but seemed open to returning to the Eagles.

"I never really had hard feelings toward Philadelphia, besides being released by whoever released me," Jackson said Oct. 12, days before the Eagles' first meeting with Washington. "That's different — but I guess he's not there anymore.

"Being a contract year — next year I'll be a free agent — you never know how things will turn out, but whoever calls, I definitely think I'll be blessed to be wherever it is."

Jackson in 10 games this season has 38 reception for 585 yards and three touchdowns, surpassing his production from 2015, when he had 30 for 528 and four while limited to 10 games because of a hamstring injury. He missed a game this season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson had a great first season in Washington, posting 56 receptions for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns in 2014 after the then-Eagles head coach Chip Kelly cut him. 

The Eagles had tried to trade Jackson, to no avail, and announced the decision to release him the same day an report surfaced detailing his connections to gang members in Los Angeles. Kelly maintained that the move was a "football decision" and had nothing to do with any off-field issues, gang-related or otherwise.

Even before the report, there was reason to believe Jackson's days with Eagles were numbered. He wasn't known for being the model employee or citizen, and following the 2013 season — and third Pro Bowl selection with the Eagles — he said he deserved a new contract. He was scheduled to make more than $10 million in the third season of a five-year, $48.5 million deal.

Selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 draft, Jackson spent six electrifying seasons in Philadelphia. He posted three 1,000-yard seasons and twice recorded a career-high nine touchdowns. He also returned four punts for touchdowns, the most famous coming against the Giants in 2010 to cap the latest Miracle of the Meadowlands. 

Trotter spent his first four seasons with the Eagles, spent two seasons with the Redskins after the Eagles removed the franchise tag in 2002, and returned in 2004.