Eagles Trade for a WR

Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 29 Comments »

The Nate Menkin era comes to a close in Philly. The Eagles traded the backup OL to the Texans for WR Jeff Maehl.

While Maehl isn’t a household name, he is a great fit. He played for Chip Kelly at Oregon and was 178-2311-24 in his Ducks career. Maehl knows the Kelly offense and he’s got a bit of an NFL background so he can step in and help right away.

The Eagles need for WRs is odd. They probably have the 5 guys on the roster that they’ll keep for the season, but there is no question that the team needs depth to get through practices and preseason games. I think Kelly hesitated to bring in a player off the streets for the simple reason that the player would have so much to learn that he might not be much help right away. Kelly’s offense isn’t “normal”. The Eagles were lucky to add Maehl, since he knows Kelly and has a feel for what’s going on.

Maehl is 6-1, 185. He’s nothing special athletically or in terms of football skills. He as a solid, productive 4-year player at Oregon. Maehl was a UDFA, but was good enough to make the Texans roster in 2011. He’s a longshot to make the Eagles roster now, but can help quite a bit by just eating up summer reps.

Menkin isn’t the same guy as he was last summer. Playing for the Texans brought out the best in him. Hopefully he’ll go down there and get back into last summer’s form.

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I’ll put up a longer post later this evening.

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    • Flyin

      That is a good read!

      However, I missed the part about Maehl :)

  • GEagle

    Crap..I posted that we traded Tennant by accident lol

    • Flyin

      Just don’t step in it.

      • GEagle

        I’m like that crazy dude in prison who rubs it all over himself to show the boys in the yard, he isn’t to be F’ed with!!!,

        • Flyin

          Good strategy!

          With that… I think I will postpone dinner a little longer.

  • zbone95

    Tommy, if both Vick and Foles don’t separate themselves in the preseason. How will Kelly decide without dividing the locker room. For example maybe desean may be upset and say Vick won or etc… Hopefully a clear winner will emerge

    • GEagle

      To piggy back off his question…typically how much do the other starters play in the 2nd preseason game

    • Flyin

      Chip has dealt with DJax and Vick about their concerns the last couple months. Both players seem to understand Chip’s message and mission, and are both showing real professionalism. They both seem to have bonded with Chip. Lesean has made some comments that have been media headlines, and he is showing a connection with Chip.

      And then there is the boneheaded Riley Cooper event that could have divided the locker room. Avant stepped up. Vick stepped up. And a couple others.

      The point I am getting at is Chip is big on communication. And that communication has kept players and the team united. Chip Kelly just seems like a natural leader of men through communication and understanding.

      • GEagle

        Its friggin impressive how this “college coach” came in, commanded respect while endearing himself to our players. Fir sure, he is a Leader of Men..

  • planetx1971

    Maehl’s GOTTA be good for 90 95 catches 1400 yds & 15 td’s? Right? Too optimistic? Lol :)

    • GEagle

      Dude…I’m tired of this NEGAdelphia attitude. Already you are selling the kid short…SMH

      • TommyLawlor

        Nothing wrong with a little humor.

        • planetx1971

          That’s really all it was Tommy I promise you man :)

        • GEagle

          Obviously your sarcasm meter wasn’t working…..I was trying to say that 1400yards and 15tds is selling the kid short lol

      • planetx1971

        NO GEagle, PLEASE don’t take that seriously?! I was just havin a lil fun brother. I’m NOT a negadelphian I promise you. I despise that attribute to be honest. If I’m honest, I more often get accused of brig a tad to optimistic. That said, I am fully aware we are a (likely) couple of drafts away from having what we need on D & I AM a tad pessimistic about B.D. & it wasn’t the preseason game, I’ve had concerns from the day he was hired honestly. And buddy, I CAN’T have you rescind your offer to maybe help my fiancée & I with advice & HOPEFULLY maybe ticket info when we sojourn down th

        • planetx1971

          There from the green mountains brother!!!! :)

        • GEagle

          How the hell was my sarcasm not understood? I wasn’t saying you were being negative….I was saying that I expect more than 1400yards and 15td…GET IT? A JOKE!!!…..I was trying to say that ONLY 1400 yards is negative expectation for our new WR…get it?

          Anytime my brother in green!!

  • cliff henny

    right idea, wrong ex-duck…try again, this time call Buffalo and get us Byrd

    • GEagle

      ATTABOY Cliff!!! Rally the troops!!!!

    • OregonDucker

      Chip – put out some crumbs for the Byrd.

  • Flyin

    Tommy,

    Earlier in camp Les was the guy always behind the player being interviewed. Now I believe I’m seeing JimmyKabama back there. Is Jimmy using his size to block out Les? What’s up? Did he hurt Les?

    • TommyLawlor

      Jimmy is desperate for camera time. Shameless.

      • Flyin

        He should be sportin’ your sunglasses and T-shirt that says…
        “You Deserve Better”
        “igglesblitz.com”

  • nickross23

    I remember this guy during the ducks BCS run, like alot of people has said hes not a super athlete and he won’t blow pass you but he does get open. Every duck game I’ve watched you always heard his name beings announced especially when it came to moving the chains on 3rd down converges. The question right now though is this move for just a camp body or does he really have a shot at making this team and having a actual role in this offense this late into training camp.

    • A_T_G

      Sounds like, if he is smart, he should follow Avant everywhere he goes. Avant has carved out a pretty nice career with that skill set.

  • SteveH

    Nate Menkin was the Michael Gasperson of offensive linemen. He will be missed.

  • T.T

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Chip-says-starters-will-play-first-half.html

    ” New WR Jeff Maehl participated in Tuesday’s walkthrough and said he hopes to get into Thursday’s game. He said the offense is similar to the one he worked in under Chip Kelly at Oregon, with different terminology. ”

    Tommy, what do you think about this? Is this necessary to help other teams how to prepare against Eagles? Stanford game is probably the one they will start with.

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