Eagles Reportedly Close To Signing First-Round Pick OLB Marcus Smith

  Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports is “hearing” that the Eagles are close to signing first-round pick OLB Marcus Smith to a contract. Getlin adds that a deal could be completed later in the day. Smith happens to be the only draft pick from the Eagles’ 2014 class who has yet to sign his rookie contract. According to, Smith’s four-year deal is worth an estimated...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Guest writer “GreenIsMean” rips the Eagles’ selection of OLB Marcus Smith at #1…

“GreenIsMean” is a veteran poster at He is an angry young man. He brings major passion to his posts. We could use a little more of that kind of spirit around here. Anyhow, Greenie dares to question the powers that be at the NovaCare Complex— he wants a rational explanation of why Marcus Smith was chosen at #1 in the 2014 Draft by the Eagles. Here is...
Via Eagles Eye
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Marcus Smith Was Not A Reach for the Eagles At Pick 26

Some Philadelphia fans were shocked to see the Eagles pick Marcus Smith in the first round, while some people remain optimistic in thinking that it could work out well for the team when its all said and done. Marcus Smith has very good size, coming in at 6’3 and 251 pounds. He has great athleticism, and ran very well at the combine, with a 40 time clocking in at 4.68. He’s also...
Via TopSportsReport
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Clarification: Marcus Smith was not a reach by the Philadelphia Eagles

The most popular adjective associated with Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Marcus Smith after he was selected 26th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft was “reach.” Smith was, in many publications, listed as a second or even third round talent. Many fans (and even a lot of media members) do not understand that there is a dichotomy between the scouting the media does and the scouting...
Via cover32 - Eagles
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

FACT OR FICTION? – Eagles Pick Marcus Smith, Lecavalier/Timonen’s Future, Ben Revere, Jabari Parker

  Dan Schmidt and Randy Jobst are ready to square off in this week’s Fact or Fiction with four all new topics to debate in the world of Philly sports.  Did the Eagles make the right call drafting Marcus Smith in the first round?  Should Kimmo Timonen and Vinny Lecavalier return as Flyers?  Do the […] The post FACT OR FICTION? – Eagles Pick Marcus Smith, Lecavalier/Timonen’s...
Via Sons of the Spectrum
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Smith: The Future of the Franchise?

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Philadelphia Eagles were in possession of the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. Johnny Manziel ended up going 22nd overall… to the Browns. Instead the Eagles traded back to 26 and scooped up an extra third-round pick from Cleveland in doing so. They used that No. 26 overall pick to select Louisville DE/OLB Marcus Smith...
Via Total Sports Live
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Eagles trade up in 2nd, take WR Jordan Matthews

After "reaching" for DE/OLB Marcus Smith with their first-round pick at 26 - a trade down from the original 22 - the Eagles went the other direction in the second round. The Eagles swapped picks with the Tennessee Titans to move up to pick 42 and drafted wide receiver Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt. Matthews provides size for the Eagles at receiver at 6'3", 212 pounds. Matthews...
Via Eagledelphia
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Here’s Marcus Smith’s highlight tape

Some may believe drafting Louisville DE Marcus Smith at No. 26 is a bit of a reach, and those people may not be wrong. Nevertheless, the Eagles needed to upgrade the pass rush, and Smith was certainly on the board. Throwing draft position out the window, Smith fits in Philadelphia and was a player the team was very interested in. Here’s a quick highlight video of the Philadelphia...
Via cover32 - Eagles
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Day 1 Review: Smith fills need for Eagles

Marcus Smith may have been the last guy expected to be drafted at pick 26 by the Eagles, not among a group that featured Marqise Lee, Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby and Jimmie Ward. But at pick 26, commissioner Roger Goddell announced that Marcus Smith was the newest Eagle. On the surface, this is a questionable move. Smith was a defensive end at Louisville, not a position of need...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Marcus Smith: First Round Reaction and Second/Third Round Preview

The Philadelphia Eagles had Johnny Manziel and Marqise Lee on the board with their first round pick, but instead traded down four spots and gained a third round pick in the process. Marqise Lee was still on the board, but the Eagles choose Marcus Smith, a 3-4 outside linebacker out of Louisville instead.  The instant […] The post Philadelphia Eagles Draft Marcus Smith: First Round...
Via Sons of the Spectrum
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Scouting Report: Marcus Smart, OLB/DE

Who is Marcus Smith? That was the burning question following the Eagles selection at pick 26.  The Eagles had several defensive voids to fill, including pass rusher. By the Eagles initial pick at 22, both potential saftey selections were off the board. So was the best corner. So was Anthony Barr and C.J. Mosely.  So the Eagles selected Smith as a pass rusher from the edge.  In...
Via Eagledelphia
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Eagles Draft Marcus Smith With First Round Pick

With the 26th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Eagles selected Louisville DE/OLB Marcus Smith. I’m not sure a lot of people saw this one coming. We all knew how big of a need a pass rusher was for the Eagles, but we also knew that there were not a lot of talented pass rushers available in the first round. After Anthony Barr came off the board early, it didn’t look all that...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Teams In Need Of A Pass Rusher Are Focusing On Marcus Smith

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect As the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, hundreds of NFL hopefuls are traveling across the country for private visits and workouts with teams. As we get closer to draft day, it appears that teams are mostly bringing in only the guys who play the position that they need. When it comes to former Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith, he’s attracting...
Via The Cardinal Connect
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

North Texas tops Texas-San Antonio 71-62.

Jordan Williams scored 14 points and Brandan Walton added 13 as North Texas used a big second half to top Texas-San Antonio 71-62 on Thursday. North Texas (15-13, 6-8 Conference USA) scored 47 points in the second half, overcoming a 32-24 halftime deficit to hand Texas-San Antonio (8-19, 4-10) its third consecutive loss. North Texas erased the first-half deficit as Williams tied...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

North Texas edges Florida Atlantic 78-76

Jordan Williams scored 19 points to lead North Texas to a 78-76 win Saturday night over Florida Atlantic. Vertrail Vaughns made two free throws to give North Texas its first lead of the second half, 48-46 with 15:48 remaining, and the Mean Green led the rest of the way. T.J. Taylor's layup stretched the Mean Green's lead to 64-54 with 9:27 to play. Marquan Botley hit a 3...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Buzzer-beater lifts North Texas past FIU 65-63

Chris Jones scored a layup at the buzzer as North Texas held on to defeat Florida International 65-63 Thursday night. Jones hit a jumper to give North Texas a 13-point lead, 56-43 with 8:09 remaining. The Mean Green then led the entire second half until FIU used a 20-7 run to tie it at 63 with 20 seconds to play before Jones scored as time expired. Jordan Williams had 16 points...
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

N. Texas holds on for 53-51 win over E. Carolina

Jordan Williams blocked a game-winning shot attempt with 6 seconds left as North Texas survived a late surge to slip past East Carolina 53-51 Saturday night. North Texas was ahead 50-38 midway of the final period, when East Carolina closed off the Eagles, limiting them to just three points in the final 9 minutes. Caleb White, who had 17 points, hit two consecutive 3-pointers and...
Via AP on Fox
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Middle Tennessee trumps North Texas 70-63

Kerry Hammonds II scored 18 points to lead Middle Tennessee over North Texas 70-63 on Saturday. Middle Tennessee (13-7, 3-2 Conference USA) shot 51 percent from the floor. Neiko Hunter scored 13 points, Jaqawn Raymond had 12 and Tweety Knight added 11. Jordan Williams led North Texas (11-9, 2-4) with 16 points, while Vertrail Vaughns added 11 and Maurice Aniefiok had 10. North...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

North Texas shoots past Marshall, 80-65

Jordan Williams and Colin Voss combined for 36 points to lead crisp-shooting North Texas to an 80-65 win over Marshall for its first Conference USA win of the season Thursday night. Williams scored 20 points on 5-for-13 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Mean Green (10-7, 1-2 Conference USA). Voss shot 7-for-9 and scored 16 points while pulling down nine boards. North...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Southern Mississippi tops North Texas 74-64

Michael Craig scored 21 points and was 7 of 7 from the free-throw line Thursday night as Southern Miss beat North Texas 74-64 in the Conference USA opener for both teams. Southern Miss (14-2) jumped to a 10-2 lead and never trailed, taking a 39-25 lead into halftime by outshooting North Texas (9-6) 63.6 percent to 34.8 percent. Craig scored 11 points in the half on 4-of-7 shooting...
Via AP on Fox
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Walton leads North Texas past UC Riverside 76-72

Brandan Walton hit four 3-pointers to finish with 14 points as North Texas held on to defeat UC Riverside 76-72 on Saturday. Walton scored a 3-pointer to stretch the North Texas (9-5) lead to 69-62 with 1:32 remaining. UC Riverside (5-9) answered with an 8-4 run, capped by Nick Gruninger's 3-pointer, to pull the Highlanders within 72-70 with 23 seconds left. North Texas made two...
Via AP on Fox
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

North Texas tops UNLV 36-14 in Heart of Dallas

Dan McCarney couldn't imagine a better place for North Texas' first bowl win in 11 years and a breakthrough in his rebuilding job. The 36-year coaching veteran with stints at Florida, Wisconsin and Iowa had never stepped inside the historic Cotton Bowl before the Mean Green were invited to the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Leaving with a 36-14 victory over UNLV in front of a strong...
Via AP on Fox
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

North Texas tops UNLV in Heart of Dallas for first bowl win since 2002

Derek Thompson threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, Brelan Chancellor scored twice and North Texas dominated the second half Wednesday to beat UNLV 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Both of Chancellor's touchdown runs came in the fourth quarter after he keyed the go-ahead scoring drive in the third with some nifty footwork on a first-down catch. He had 121 yards combined...
Via AP on Fox
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

North Texas shocks Texas A&M 61-41

North Texas coach Tony Benford said he uses the zone defense sparingly. That might change following his team's stellar defensive effort against Texas A&M on Tuesday night. The Mean Green stunned the Aggies 61-41. Maurice Aniefiok led the way with 16 points and Alzee Williams added 14. ''We did a great job executing our scouting report, keeping them out of the paint...
Via AP on Fox
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

North Texas tops NAIA Wayland Baptist 81-77

Alzee Williams scored 24 points and Colin Voss added a career-high 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds as North Texas topped NAIA Wayland Baptist 81-77 on Saturday. North Texas (7-5) trailed 33-25 with 5-1/2 minutes left in the first half but closed with 10 straight points for the halftime advantage. After briefly leading in the first minute of the second, Wayland Baptist trailed the rest...
Via AP on Fox
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss
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