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Marcus Smith set for “limited role” for Eagles

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The Eagles drafted linebacker Marcus Smith in the first round in hopes of boosting their pass rush, but it sounds like the Eagles will have to look elsewhere early in the season.

Coach Chip Kelly said during the preseason that Smith needed to be more productive if he was going to continue to get playing time and defensive coordinator Bill Davis indicated on Wednesday that the team hasn’t seen it yet. Davis said that Smith would be “in a limited role” on defense when the Eagles open up against the Jaguars.

That suggests Smith will be in the lineup and it will be interesting to see how the Eagles set their gameday roster. They have nine linebackers and it is unlikely that all of them will dress on gamedays. Smith has been backing up Connor Barwin at one outside linebacker spot with Brandon Graham and Bryan Braman on the depth chart behind Trent Cole on the other side, so it probably isn’t out of the question that the Eagles sit down one of their outside linebackers.

However they line up the pieces, a more consistent pass rush needs to arrive this season for the Eagles to build on last year’s division title.

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  1. junkfooddaddy says: Sep 3, 2014 1:13 PM

    Bust

  2. treye2 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:13 PM

    See what happens when you draft a guy with a 3rd round grade in the 1st round? I love Chip but this is 110% his fault.

  3. gylven says: Sep 3, 2014 1:17 PM

    Bust +1

  4. deckardesmodromic says: Sep 3, 2014 1:18 PM

    Bust.

  5. jnks10 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:19 PM

    First off you do realize had the eagles not drafted him he was being drafted in the next few picks. More then 1 team came out and said that. Second when they drafted him they said don’t expect him to make an impact immediately because he is still a raw talent. Come on!

  6. wegonefunkwichamind says: Sep 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    Obviously it’s too early to tell, but this pick reminded me a lot of Andy Reid. He often reached for a player he “loved” that he likely could have had a round or two later (almost all of which didn’t amount to much). It also makes me think about Larry English on the Chargers. He was drafted in the middle of the first round in 2009 with a 2nd/3rd round grade. He’s had a very mediocre career. Hopefully in a few years we’re not in a situation where we’ll be saying “the Eagles could have had so-and-so drafted just a few picks later, instead they got Marcus Smith.”

    This is somewhat unrelated, but Brandon Graham needs to see more playing time. I don’t know what his sacks per pass rush attempt number is, but it’s got to be the best out of anyone we have.

  7. distracted9 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:33 PM

    Hasn’t played in a game that matters yet and he’s being declared a bust?

  8. 76ersdoubletank says: Sep 3, 2014 1:34 PM

    @JNKS10- I agree…but I’m pretty sure this comment section isn’t reserved for people showing rational judgement on a player who’s played in ya know, 4 games.

  9. foolsgoldstandard says: Sep 3, 2014 1:34 PM

    The second coming of Brandon Graham. I know the Eagles badly needed a pass rusher but reaching for need is what got them to 4-12 a few years ago. They should have just traded out.

  10. treye2 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:40 PM

    I don’t care if someone else was taking him in the next few picks. Is that suppose to mean he’s good? Heyward Bey went in the top 10. So he’s a top ten talent?

  11. floratiotime says: Sep 3, 2014 1:42 PM

    First ballot HOFer … like all the Eagles. Best team in NFL history.

  12. treye2 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:44 PM

    I agree it’s early to pass judgement on the kid but Kelly shouldn’t be surprised that he’s not effective yet.

  13. skins4life69 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:45 PM

    Nice pick Chip, the nfl’s supposed God of football, IDIOT.

  14. pardontheerruption says: Sep 3, 2014 1:49 PM

    @skins4life69

    The skins had a great 1st round pick this year too…oh wait, they gave that up to acquire a QB who is probably the 2nd best one on his own team. Those in glass houses….

  15. bigblu73 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:51 PM

    jnks10 says:
    Sep 3, 2014 1:19 PM
    First off you do realize had the eagles not drafted him he was being drafted in the next few picks. More then 1 team came out and said that. Second when they drafted him they said don’t expect him to make an impact immediately because he is still a raw talent. Come on!
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    LMAO!!! I guess it was another “anonymous” source that “more then(Sic) 1 team came out and said that”.

    Well lets see, after your pick then it was the Cardinals, Panthers, Patriots, 49ers, Broncos, and Vikings. Which of those teams do you suppose Smith was on their radar? LOL NONE of those teams would draft a RAW PROJECT like Smith! Calling Smith a REACH is being extremely kind!!!

    Besides that, with the Eagles LAUGHABLE defense they needed a solid Plug N Play starter from their 1st round pick. Or atleast a solid role player that could earn significant snaps. Not a guy so far down on the depth chart he’s looking up at Brandon Graham!!Lol

  16. mdeaglesgreen says: Sep 3, 2014 1:51 PM

    He didn’t have a 3rd round grade. Multiple teams, including a few drafting right behind the Eagles had late 1st/early 2nd round on him. Just because the “experts” like Kiper had him lower doesn’t mean that everyone did. Remember Kiper also thought Leaf was a better draft pick than Manning.

    The difference between this pick and the Reid picks is that we traded down and got the guy instead of trading up.

    There were no immediate help pass rushers on the board, so they took a guy that had a good college career playing multiple positions that they felt they could develop into a player. Tell me one guy that was drafted after him that would start for them right now…

  17. barrick72 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:57 PM

    The second coming of Brandon Graham. I know the Eagles badly needed a pass rusher but reaching for need is what got them to 4-12 a few years ago. They should have just traded out.

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    They did. They traded down with Cleveland so they could draft Johnny Football. Does that make you change your mind?

  18. bigblu73 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:02 PM

    pardontheerruption says:
    Sep 3, 2014 1:49 PM
    @skins4life69

    The skins had a great 1st round pick this year too…oh wait, they gave that up to acquire a QB who is probably the 2nd best one on his own team. Those in glass houses….

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    Really??? Do you REALLY think that Cousins is better than RGIII? I had no idea PRE-SEASON carried so much weight!!!LOL

    Because in real game action, Cousins was ATROCIOUS!

    BTW RGIII rookie season was arguably the GREATEST in NFL HISTORY. That to ME holds more credence than a few Good PRE-SEASON games. IJS

  19. roadwarrior99 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:03 PM

    1960.

  20. ninozlatino says: Sep 3, 2014 2:06 PM

    Let’s hope that Jaylen Watkins and Taylor Hart can provide some kind of depth. Those two players came in along with the pic we got for our 22. So when we look at what we could have had at 22 we also need to factor those two. They may not be much. But neither is he. Yeah he stinks..lol.

    I really liked that Buchanan kid. Let’s see if he pans out.

  21. gnorules says: Sep 3, 2014 2:14 PM

    Wow so many haters on here. I’ll make my judgement on him at the end of the season rather than the end of the PRE-season.

  22. ninozlatino says: Sep 3, 2014 2:15 PM

    “”Because in real game action, Cousins was ATROCIOUS!””

    So that’s the argument your coming with? Your best trade chip? Really? Good luck with that.

  23. vusnu says: Sep 3, 2014 2:16 PM

    treye2 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:13 PM

    See what happens when you draft a guy with a 3rd round grade in the 1st round? I love Chip but this is 110% his fault.

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    First I read that he had a 3rd round grade. Reports are that he was going to be picked up by another team drafting late in round one. How about letting the guy play a season, let alone a game, before declaring him to be a bust.

  24. bigblu73 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:21 PM

    mdeaglesgreen says:
    Sep 3, 2014 1:51 PM
    He didn’t have a 3rd round grade. Multiple teams, including a few drafting right behind the Eagles had late 1st/early 2nd round on him. Just because the “experts” like Kiper had him lower doesn’t mean that everyone did. Remember Kiper also thought Leaf was a better draft pick than Manning.

    The difference between this pick and the Reid picks is that we traded down and got the guy instead of trading up.

    There were no immediate help pass rushers on the board, so they took a guy that had a good college career playing multiple positions that they felt they could develop into a player. Tell me one guy that was drafted after him that would start for them right now…

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    Drafting for NEED over best available talent in the 1st round is NEVER done by Championship Franchises! You’re aim should be to get a difference maker not J.A.G.(just another guy) in the 1st round.

    If they really wanted a pass rusher why didn’t they just keep the original pick and grab Dee Ford?(The extra 6th rounder really doesn’t mean much)

    As awful as that secondary is, you don’t think they should have considered Dennard, Verrett, Roby, Buchanon, or Ward?

  25. greymares says: Sep 3, 2014 2:25 PM

    I find it amusing that Giant and redskin fans like BigBlu and redskin4life choose to bust balls about an Eagle draft pick because they realize they are getting smoked twice by this Eagle team without their 1st pick playing.

  26. bigblu73 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:26 PM

    ninozlatino says:
    Sep 3, 2014 2:15 PM
    “”Because in real game action, Cousins was ATROCIOUS!””

    So that’s the argument your coming with? Your best trade chip? Really? Good luck with that.

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    Look at my Nick Bro, I’m a Diehard G-MAN Fan. Cousins is not “your best trade chip” means absolutely NOTHING to me!!!Lol I don’t need luck with that homie….

  27. afcdomination says: Sep 3, 2014 2:42 PM

    they wanted Dee Ford and Panicked when KC surprised just about everyone with the pick.

    of course, Dee looks about 2 years away, all the effort and skill is there, he is just very raw and has to learn the OLB position which is going to take time. he is completely lost in coverage but its not so much that he can’t do it, its that he is not used to doing it and its as if he has to think about it for a second to realize he has to drop in coverage on a play. there is a lot on their plate year 1 let alone to be learning new responsibilities.

    Smith seemed like a panic pick when the guy they wanted was gone, but hey, he could pan out.

  28. skins4life69 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:43 PM

    EAGLES, PRESEASON SUPER BOWL CHAMPS ONCE AGAIN, MAYBE THEY WILL WIN A SB ONE DAY, I FEEL SORRY FOR THE DREAM TEAM EVERY YEAR.

  29. pardontheerruption says: Sep 3, 2014 3:43 PM

    With that being said, Eagles reached on this pick, got caught with their pants down and he may not see much playing time this year. Unfortunately for Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins fans it really doesn’t matter. The Eagles are that much better than any of those teams right now that they don’t need him to be effective this year…

    Whine all you want, but that’s just the truth.

  30. autoriot says: Sep 3, 2014 4:09 PM

    Here is something for all of the people who are blaming Chip Kelly for a bad pick:

    Not ever pick pans out. No pick is a sure thing. Even number 1’s don’t always end up being what they were “projected” to be. At least Chip is big enough to admit that the pick hasn’t panned out the way he thought it would and isn’t going to let his pride get in the way. He is straight up saying “this guy isn’t ready and we aren’t going to put him in and risk giving up plays just because we want everyone to think we didn’t screw up.” That is great in my opinion.

    So far, it looks to be a miss on a pick; so what, who cares? They don’t all turn out perfect. We move on.

    Go birds! #FlyEaglesFly

  31. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Sep 3, 2014 5:35 PM

    When your offense is going to average 30 or so a game with the occasional 45 to 50 outburst thrown in defense just aint Chips biggest thing..He can wait on that 1st round pick

  32. wydok says: Sep 3, 2014 6:00 PM

    Anybody who , follows the Eagles knew this already. Smith will back up Barwin.

  33. charlie2254 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:54 PM

    Im an Eagles fan yet Im starting to like @Floriotime

  34. icdogg says: Sep 4, 2014 12:06 AM

    He’s got talent, but he’s raw. Has a lot to learn.

  35. gotthepebbleoutthemastershand says: Sep 4, 2014 4:21 AM

    The pluses that teams saw. I’m just not a believer yet. Marcus Smith’s improvement from his junior to senior year was too great to ignore. It wasn’t a fluke, I’ll agree to that. But he didn’t have a plethora of moves. He beat most people with the same move. Only Reggie White had a great one move career. It’s not translating well with Marcus Smith.

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