By Justin Adkins:
Adding to their collection of offseason inventory, the Eagles have come to terms with two more players — offensive lineman Fenuki Tupou and safety Jamar Wall.
Tupou hasn’t really seen any action since being drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. After missing his rookie year with a chest injury, the lineman spent time most of the 2010 season on the Eagles practice squad. With veterans like Jamaal Jackson, Nick Cole, and Max Jean-Gilles far from guaranteed a roster spot in 2011, Tupou has a chance to contribute if he can impress in camp.
Wall actually finished the season on the Eagles‘ active roster after spending most of his time on the team’s practice squad. He has potential, especially with a saftety situation almost as unsettled as the O-line.
The Eagles also recently signed tight end Cornelius Ingram, TE John Nalbone, WR Jeremy Williams, C A.Q. Shipley, OG Dallas Reynolds, WR Rod Harper, and WR Sinorice Moss, all to reserve/future contracts. Most are camp bodies at best. Shipley, Reynolds, and Harper had all been on the Eagles practice squad at season’s end.
As soon as team president Mike Holmgren fired head coach Eric Mangini, talk almost immediately began that the Browns would be interested in interviewing Eagles offensive cooridinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Now that the Browns have hired former Rams offensive coordinator (and former longtime Eagles QB coach) Pat Shurmur for that position, Mornhinweg can stop waiting for that phone call that never came (maybe the Browns remembered that Mornhinweg, as head coach of the Lions, actually chose to kick the ball to start overtime, leading to yet another Detroit loss).
This doesn’t mean that the Eagles couldn’t potentially lose a coach to Holmgren.
Per an NFL.com report, the Browns are possibly interested in adding Eagles secondary coach Dick Jauron as defensive coordinator. Rob Ryan, son of Buddy, has previously served in that capacity but apparently the Browns want to move in a different direction.
Jauron previously coached under Mike Holmgren in Green Bay, parlaying that experience into head coaching jobs in Chicago and Buffalo. While a failure as a head coach, Jauron is well respected as a defensive mind and has also been mentioned as a possible replacement for beleaguered Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid has proclaimed that McDermott is returning, but this is the guy that said McNabb would be back this year and who says less than a mime regarding pretty much any topic presented to him. When he does talk, it’s usually either at worse a lie or at best generic lip service, so it won’t be clear what’s going to happen until it actually does.
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