Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com noted that Hicks sent a “video of his hand, performing an array of motions for [Eagles] doctors to view” after the accident. The team will certainly want to meet with the linebacker upon his return.
Hicks was married June 24, according to his Instagram account, and remains a big part of Philly’s plans on defense.
After a 36-catch, 392-yard season with two touchdowns, the Eagles admitted DGB was more athlete than pro player by jettisoning him in favor of a camp arm. If Philly’s receiver corps wasn’t so awful last season, this move might have been made a year ago.
Players as talented as Green-Beckham always seem to get second and third chances. Coaches believe they own the enchanted key to unlock a special player. DGB might get a third chance, but we aren’t expecting him to morph magically into a productive receiver.
Mathews missed workouts all offseason while rehabbing. Philadelphia was waiting until he was medically cleared to release the running back, in order to avoid having to pay an injury settlement. The Eagles will save $4 million on the salary cap by releasing Mathews, per OverTheCap.com.
As Philadelphia’s main power back in 2016, Mathews earned 661 yards on 155 carries with eight rushing touchdowns. When the Eagles signed LeGarrette Blount this offseason, it signaled the likely end of Mathews’ run in Philly. Now that he’s been cleared, the Eagles officially move on.
The undrafted signal-caller logged seven starts in Oakland, with six of those coming in 2013 and one last season while filling in for injured starter Derek Carr. McGloin then suffered a shoulder injury in the regular-season finale, shoving rookie Connor Cook into the lineup for Oakland’s wild-card loss to the Texans.
In Philadelphia, McGloin will battle for position with Nick Foles behind locked-in starter Carson Wentz. Coach Doug Pederson kept just two quarterbacks on the roster last season, though, meaning that McGloin is no lock to make the team.
After posting four sacks last season, Long joins a deep Eagles line that also includes Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry on the edge with Fletcher Cox and Beau Allen inside.
Long is widely seen as a veteran who can also bring leadership to any locker room he’s a part of. The Eagles aren’t getting a player in his prime, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the former Rams star play more snaps than he did down the stretch in New England.
Barwin didn’t fit the profile of a defensive end in coordinator Jim Schwartz’s system. In four seasons with the Eagles, he compiled 31.5 sacks, but had just five QB takedowns with 34 tackles in 2016 and his playing time diminished.
Barwin said in January he’d “take a pay cut” to stay in Philly, but the fit in the Eagles’ system made little sense. The 30-year-old should find a home in a market in need of edge rushers. He’s likely to land on a 3-4 team back at outside linebacker, where his versatility as a rusher and covering in space is better utilized.