Source: Adam Gase not scheduled for 2nd interview with Eagles


Source: Adam Gase not scheduled for 2nd interview with Eagles

Contrary to a published report, the Eagles have not scheduled a second interview with Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their head coaching vacancy, according to a league source familiar with the Eagles' thinking.

NFL Network reported Wednesday that the Eagles were so impressed with Gase after his first interview that they had already scheduled a second interview with him.

But the source said no second interview has been planned yet with any candidate.

He said this doesn’t mean the Eagles weren’t impressed with Gase or they don’t consider him a good candidate.

It just means they are planning to go through the process and interview several candidates once before regrouping — probably at the end of next week — and determining who to place on a short list of candidates for second interviews.

Gase spent five years with the Lions, one with the 49ers and six with the Broncos before his one season with the Bears

The Bears ranked 20th this year in points per game, 16th in yards per game and 23rd in yards per play. They went 6-10 and didn’t have a receiver or running back with 1,000 yards.

But Jay Cutler enjoyed the best year of his career under Gase, finishing with a career-best 92.3 passer rating and cutting his interceptions down from an NFL-high 18 last year to just 11 this year.

10 players for Eagles to watch during Senior Bowl week

10 players for Eagles to watch during Senior Bowl week

MOBILE, Ala. — This week the NFL world will yet again converge in Alabama to watch the nation’s top seniors, one of the first big steps on the way to the draft. 

Last year, this week served as the first real chance for the Eagles’ coaching staff and Howie Roseman to get a look at Carson Wentz, who ended up being their pick at No. 2. When the Eagles were in Mobile last year, they were still sitting at pick No. 13. They’re not in a much different situation this year; they’ll have either pick No. 14 or 15.

We're expecting to hear from Roseman and personnel head Joe Douglas on Wednesday. They'll have a lot to watch this week. 

Some big names have opted to skip this year’s Senior Bowl: QB Deshaun Watson, WR Dede Westbrook, WR Corey Davis, DL Jonathan Allen and LB Reuben Foster. 

Even with those guys bowing out from the game, there are still plenty of prospects to keep an eye on. This list of 10 goes pretty heavy on two positions of great need: receiver and corner.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
Originally, Westbrook accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, but then he decided to back out. That's good news for Kupp because it means he might be the best at his position this week in Mobile. Kupp (6-1, 215) missed time early in the season with a shoulder injury, but still caught 117 passes for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. 

He was the FCS offensive player of the year and could be a second-round pick or higher. The Eagles showed last year by drafting Wentz that they won't hold FCS competition against a guy. 

Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
Jones (6-1, 197) is the NCAA single-season and career receptions leader. He caught 158 passes in 2016 and 399 in his career. He also led the country in receiving yards in 2016 with 1,746. The production is certainly there. 

Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
Taylor (6-0, 195) is a super shifty player. Another small-school kid with great production. In his last two years in college, he caught 184 passes for 3,197 yards and 34 touchdowns, while averaging over 17 yards per reception. 

Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin
Clement (5-10, 227) had a great career at Wisconsin after coming out of Glassboro, N.J. He'll probably end up being a mid-round guy but is a decent prospect. Clement rushed for 1,304 yards on 292 carries as a senior. 

Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
Williams has flown under the radar, which is impressive, given his big frame (6-1, 220). He has good acceleration for a big back, and as you'd imagine, is tough to bring down. He rushed 234 times for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior year. 

Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
Dawkins (6-4, 320) is one of two Temple kids going to the Senior Bowl, along with ILB Haason Reddick. It's interesting that the Senior Bowl lists Dawkins as a guard because he has played tackle and is considered to be a top-10 tackle in the draft. He even has a chance to rise into a first-round pick. 

Haason Reddick, Edge, Temple
We half put these Temple kids on the list because they're from Temple. But make no mistake about it: They can play. In the airport to Mobile, a talent evaluator said these two Temple kids are better prospects than the three who were in Mobile last year. Reddick (6-1, 230) can play. 

Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
White (6-0, 197) is just the latest LSU defensive back ready to make the jump to the NFL. The Eagles already have a couple on their roster in Jalen Mills and Ron Brooks. Pro Football Focus loved White, naming him the top CB in college football in 2016. 

Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
Sutton (5-11, 186) is another possible high-round corner taken. Just a really solid career for the Vols as a four-year starter. He missed part of his senior season with an ankle injury but was able to return for the end of the season. He had seven career picks and 30 passes defensed. 

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Maybe Lewis (5-10, 186) is a cut below the others, but maybe he isn't. He missed time early in the season but recovered to have another nice year. Might be there in the second round, too.

Stay or Go Part 8: Ryan Mathews to Steven Means

Stay or Go Part 8: Ryan Mathews to Steven Means

In the eighth of our 12-part offseason series examining the future of the Eagles, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro give their opinions on who will be and who won't be on the roster in 2017. We go alphabetically — Part 8 is Mathews to Means.

Ryan Mathews
Cap hit: $5M

Roob: The Eagles have to get better, younger, faster, healthier, more durable and more reliable at running back. I love the way Mathews runs when he’s healthy. The guy runs hard and he runs physical and he's aggressive. Then he always gets hurt. Mathews actually has the third-highest per-carry average among running backs in Eagles history, but they just can’t rely on him anymore. How can you count on a running back who misses significant time every year? Time to move on. Factor in the cap savings — $4 million if the Eagles release him — and it’s a no-brainer.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: The Eagles can save $4 million in cap room to cut the running back who needed serious neck surgery after his season was ended in the Giants' game. Mathews played pretty well in his two seasons with the Eagles, but, as has been the case during his career, health was an issue. And now he’s 29 and will turn 30 early into next season. Time to move on. 

Verdict: GOES

Jordan Matthews
Cap hit: $1.57M

Roob: Matthews is going into Year 4 and I’d still like to see him make a jump and become a 1,200-yard type of receiver. Maybe it will happen with another year under his belt with Carson Wentz. Matthews has the 11th-most catches in NFL history by a player in his first three seasons — 225, or 75 per year — but his 2,673 yards are 50th most. Matthews is as hard a worker and as committed a player as you’ll see. He'll get the most out of his ability. I’d just like to see him take his game up one more level, and I think he will.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: It’s a shame the Eagles don’t have any legitimate threats at their outside receiver positions, because if they did, so much of the burden wouldn’t fall on Matthews. No, he’s not a great receiver, but he’s a very good one who has been solid in his first three years in the league. In his first three seasons, Matthews has 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns. There have been just 10 receivers in the league to put up those numbers or better: Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Doug Baldwin, Mike Evans, Randall Cobb and Brandon Marshall. Matthews isn’t going anywhere and it’s time to think about an extension. 

Verdict: STAYS

Alex McCalister
Cap hit: $557K

Roob: McCalister, a seventh-round defensive end, spent the year on injured reserve but considering the Eagles’ lack of pass-rush potency, he’ll definitely get a look this summer. McCalister had 17½ sacks at Florida, so he’s got that going for him. Still a long shot.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: This is tough because McCalister was a seventh-round draft pick who was placed on IR with a injury that didn’t appear to be serious. The last year was a redshirt season for the defensive end who has some pass-rush ability but needed to work on packing more muscle onto his frame. Haven’t seen enough to think he sticks. 

Verdict: GOES

Leodis McKelvin
Cap hit: $3.45M

Roob: The Eagles have to do better than McKelvin. He made a few plays, gave up a lot more, and as far as I’m concerned, the Eagles should hang onto Jalen Mills and get rid of all their other corners. Not to mention the $3.2 million in cap savings the Eagles would gain if McKelvin is released. See ya.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: The Eagles can save $3.2 million by cutting McKelvin, which will probably happen. If it doesn’t, it’ll be because the Eagles think his lingering hamstring issue played a big role in his play and because defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz goes to bat for him. Ultimately, I think McKelvin’s days in Philly are over. 

Verdict: GOES

Rodney McLeod
Cap hit: $5.6M

Roob: McLeod played really well most of the season, tailed off the last few weeks, and goes into next year a question mark because of that inconsistency. When he’s right, McLeod is a sure tackler, willing run supporter, big hitter and capable in coverage. But those last few weeks raised some eyebrows. There were times you just wondered what he was doing out there. If the Eagles can have the first-10-games McLeod for a full season, they’re fine. But he has to be consistent. He’ll be here through 2017 but after that is anybody’s guess. Another mixed year will likely spell the end here for McLeod.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: There were a few plays that showed questionable effort from McLeod this season, which was shocking based on his past. He was an undrafted rookie who worked his way into the league and into a contract with the Eagles. This ended up being a pretty good signing; he had a nice season. He’s under contract through 2020 and the Eagles hope he hasn’t yet fulfilled his potential. He and Malcolm Jenkins should only get better after more time playing together. 

Verdict: STAYS

Steven Means
Cap hit: $690K

Roob: Means, a veteran journeyman defensive end, played only 36 snaps all year. He did pick up one sack against the Vikings, but as far as his future? Most likely, he won’t be back.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: Means did everything in his power last training camp to make the 2016 roster. He flashed every day and in the preseason games. But in 2016, he didn’t get to play very much and was clearly buried on the depth chart behind Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry and Marcus Smith. The Eagles need to upgrade at the defensive end spot, which might be bad news for Means if more bodies come in. But for now, he's a good depth piece. 

Verdict: STAYS