Roseman, Kelly: Jenkins, Jones fit Eagles' culture

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Roseman, Kelly: Jenkins, Jones fit Eagles' culture

The Eagles on Tuesday signed one 2014 free agent and re-signed a 2013 free agent.

The Eagles added unrestricted free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins and re-signed punter Donnie Jones, one of their 2013 free agents, during the first 90 minutes of free agency.

Jenkins spent his first five seasons with the Saints, totaling 4½ sacks, six interceptions, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He was a starter on the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl championship team.

“We really liked Malcolm’s versatility,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “He can line up at either safety spot, can come in and make a tackle, and can play man-to-man as well.

“I had a chance to study him on tape leading up to the playoff game and really liked what I saw. He’s a sharp kid and is ultra-competitive. We are really happy to have him in Philadelphia.”

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said the Eagles liked Jenkins both for what he is on the field and off the field.

The Eagles have emphasized that they’re not just looking for talented players but also players who fit into their culture and fit into a certain mold of free agents.

Jenkins, only 26 years old and durable, is the type of guy they’ve been looking for.

“Malcolm is someone we’ve had our eye on for quite a while,” Roseman said. “He has been a productive player his entire football career, both in New Orleans and at Ohio State.

“Everything you hear about Malcolm as a person is true. He was a two-time defensive captain with the Saints and is a high-character player. We are excited to add a guy like that to the culture we have established here.”

Jones signed a three-year deal worth $5.5 million, including base salaries of $1 million in 2014 and $1.75 million in both 2015 and 2016. He received a $1 million signing bonus along with escalator clauses that raise his base salary $250,000 in either 2015 or 2016 if he makes the Pro Bowl the previous season.

Jones set a franchise record with a 40.4-yard net average last year and had a remarkable ratio of 33 punts inside the 20 to just five touchbacks.

“Donnie proved he was a great weapon for us last year,” Kelly said. “He had a really good season for us. I like the fact that we continued our trend of re-signing our core players. He’s a good teammate and a player we prioritized during this free agency process.”

Jones is the fifth member of the 2013 NFC East-champion Eagles the team has re-signed this month. They signed receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper before they reached free agency and gave offensive linemen Jason Peters and Jason Kelce long-term extensions.

Because the Eagles signed Jones to a minumum-wage benefit deal last year, they weren’t allowed to re-sign him until Tuesday, the first day of the 2014 league year.

“Donnie was tremendous for us last year and had one of the best seasons I have seen by a punter,” Roseman said.

“What you love about Donnie is his consistency, and he’s always working to perfect his craft. He’s a great fit in our locker room, and he’s another guy we wanted to make sure we brought back.”

Haason Reddick's draft ascension to culminate in his backyard

Haason Reddick's draft ascension to culminate in his backyard

Live draft coverage begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with Philly Sports Talk and continues until midnight on CSN, CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App.

DeShone Kizer, who played against Haason Reddick in 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field, needed just one word to describe the Temple product.  

"Stud," Kizer said at the Shriners Hospital for Children on Wednesday at an NFL PLAY 60 event.

"Absolute stud. You've got to game-plan for him. He was playing at a higher level than you would expect a Temple football player to play at. We knew we were going to have to do whatever we could to stop him. He balled out against us. That took a whole team for us to go up against a guy like him, (Tyler) Matakevich in that fourth quarter to try and win it all."

Temple would have upset the Fighting Irish that night if it wasn't for some late game heroics from Kizer. 

Kizer connected with Philadelphia product-turned Houston Texan Will Fuller on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game as Notre Dame won, 24-20.

"They came out and they fought," Kizer said. "They were an undefeated team going into that game, it was Halloween night, Will Fuller's back home, and the way that game finished was obviously a good showing of what the season looked like all year." 

Reddick racked up four tackles in that game, including 1½ for a loss. As Reddick reflected on his career at Temple, he said that game against Notre Dame, the Penn State game in 2015 and the 2016 game against Memphis were some of the games that put him in the national spotlight. 

Reddick has taken that spotlight and continued to rise up NFL draft boards since the start of the draft process.

"I feel like I was under the radar," Reddick said. "They still truly don't understand the hard work that I put in to get here and really what type of player I am. But that will all change soon."

The former Temple walk-on has been projected as a mid-first-round pick. 

The Eagles hold the No. 14 overall pick in the draft Thursday night but haven't been linked to Reddick as much as other prospects like Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley and Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster.

But with Conley and Foster each reportedly slipping because of off-the-field issues, Reddick might be an option for the Eagles at 14.

Reddick said Eagles linebackers coach Ken Flajole has met with him a couple of times leading up to the draft.

If selected by the Eagles, Reddick would already be familiar with Lincoln Financial Field since Temple plays its home games there. It's where he led the Owls to the American Athletic Conference championship in 2016.

"The process has been a crazy ride," Reddick said. "To be able to hear my name called on Thursday, God willing if that happens, it would be beautiful, man. It would be a great way to end this first chapter and start getting ready for the next one."

Potential Eagles' targets for 14th pick eagerly await draft fates

Potential Eagles' targets for 14th pick eagerly await draft fates

Live draft coverage begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with Philly Sports Talk and continues until midnight on CSN, CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App.

Earlier this week, Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis sent Philadelphia Twitter into a frenzy with a couple taps of his thumb. 

Davis, after appearing on ESPN Monday, retweeted a fan's tweet — that read "Future Eagle" — to Trey Wingo. 

"Yeah, I did," Davis said with a chuckle Wednesday morning at Shriners Hospital for Children at a day-before-the-draft charity event. 

"I did that by accident. That was an accident. I've got love for Philly, but it was an accident."

Oops. 

Of course, this retweet set off sirens in Philadelphia. "Book it! The Eagles are going to take Davis with the 14th pick!" Not so fast. 

While Davis, the record-setting wide receiver from Western Michigan, said the couple of button pushes were an accident, there are several other options for the Birds at 14. And plenty of them were in attendance on Wednesday morning. 

For his part, Davis wouldn't mind joining forces with Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. 

"He's a great player," Davis said. "He's a competitor and he kind of plays with a chip on his shoulder as well. I kind of like that about him. He's got a swagger about him as well."

Davis was one of 21 players at Shriners on Wednesday for a PLAY 60 event put on by the NFL. He was one of several in attendance who might be a fit for the Eagles when they're on the board at 14 on Thursday night. 

Just like Davis, Washington receiver John Ross, who broke the combine's 40-yard dash record by running a 4.22, also had a meeting with the Eagles in Philadelphia during the pre-draft process. Ross is known for his 40 time in Indianapolis, but he made sure to note he's more than a track star. 

"That 4.22 means so much to everybody else," he said. "It doesn’t mean that much to me."

Like most of the prospects on Wednesday, Ross hasn't spent too much time thinking about scenarios. He thinks his meeting with the Eagles went well, but don't ask him where he thinks he'll be drafted.

Did the Eagles show more interest than other teams?

"I'm a horrible judge," said Ross, who has a lengthy injury history that could drop him in the first round. "I think they've all showed a lot of interest." 

For Haason Reddick, the event on North Broad Street, blocks from Temple's campus, had to feel like home. The former Owl is very likely going to be a first-round pick and has a chance to even make it into the top 10. 

Maybe Reddick wouldn't be the perfect fit in Philly at 14, but it could certainly happen. And that would be just fine for the Camden, New Jersey, native. 

"I think that'll be great, being a hometown guy, a guy that's familiar with Philadelphia, a guy that's played in the Linc," Reddick said. "If I'm on the board and Philly calls my name, I think that's the best-case scenario for the city to get somebody that they already know."

While the Eagles could use another linebacker, it's not as big a need as cornerback, a position where the Eagles are in desperate need. 

For a few weeks, it looked like Ohio State's Gareon Conley would be a perfect fit at 14, and he was supposed to be in Philly this week for the draft. But a rape allegation that surfaced on Tuesday kept Conley out of the city and might have him freefalling down draft boards. 

His Ohio State teammate and fellow cornerback Marshon Lattimore is in town, but there's a very strong chance he's off the board well before the Eagles pick. 

"[Conley is] going through it," Lattimore said. "I try to keep his spirits up, tell him that I got his back 100 percent. That's all I can say on that."

If the Eagles still decide to draft a CB in the first, maybe they could land on Tre'Davious White from LSU. While White has been an under-the-radar prospect in the last couple of months, his tape is impressive and his aggressiveness and versatility would fit well with the Eagles. 

"The people that really watch film and the people that really watch prospects, they know I'm one of the best, if not the best in this draft," he said. "It's just a matter of what team likes me the most. We'll see."

White, like the others, visited the Eagles earlier in the process and would welcome the opportunity to play with fellow LSU products Jalen Mills and Ron Brooks in Philly. According to White, Mills was the guy who showed him the ropes early during his LSU career. In fact, White was preparing to go out to dinner at a restaurant of Mills' choosing on Wednesday night. 

If the Eagles don't go with a corner, a receiver or a linebacker, how about a pass-rusher? 

While the team brings back Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry, Jim Schwartz's defense is predicated on getting to the quarterback with the front four and the Eagles didn't do that nearly enough in 2016. 

Derek Barnett gets to the quarterback (see Didinger's final mock draft). In fact, he got to the quarterback so much at Tennessee, he broke Reggie White's school sack record. 

"My mindset going into a game was to be dominant," Barnett said. "If I'm dominant, everything will fall into place. I had that mindset when I came in as a freshman and before I knew it, I was breaking Reggie White's record. For my name to be in the same sentence as him, it's a blessing."

There seems to be a decent chance Barnett could continue to follow White's path to Philadelphia.  

Getting picked by Philadelphia, if nothing else, would at least save him a plane trip. 

"It would mean a lot. I would just have to drive up the street, not too far. A few blocks over," he said. "I'd already be at home."