Three-And-Out: Eagles-Texans Predictions

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Todd Herremans/Andrew Gardner

Just when it looked like the Eagles were close to getting their offensive line healthy, they suffered a setback. Herremans suffered a torn biceps in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss against the Cardinals. We showed this GIF earlier in the week, but take a look at how he tried to block the defensive lineman on the last play of the game: Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Cardinals Predictions

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Jeremy Maclin

When Chip Kelly spoke during the offseason about the importance of Eagles wide receivers beating man coverage, he specifically brought up Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.

In last year’s meeting, Eagles wide receivers combined for seven catches and 104 yards against the Cardinals. They still won that game, but the offense averaged 4.2 yards per play. Nick Foles was sacked five times, and the Eagles were 5-for-16 on third down.

Kelly opted in the offseason to let DeSean Jackson go in favor of re-signing Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. Maclin leads the team with 27 catches for 445 yards, but he’s been targeted 60 times. He’s tied for the second-worst catch rate among wide receivers with 40 targets or more. Read more »

Eagles Offensive Linemen Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans

Photos: George Gojkovich/Getty Images (Mathis); Associated Press

Photos: George Gojkovich/Getty Images (Mathis); Associated Press

Interview by Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus

PM: At what point in your lives did you realize that you had a chance to play football professionally?

TODD: Probably my junior year in college.

EVAN: In ninth grade, I wrote a journal and said I was going to make straight A’s in high school, and I was going
to go to Alabama and play football and baseball and then go to the NFL and then go to the WWF. Obviously, everything there was far-fetched. It’s not like I was good at anything at that age — except writing journals.

TODD: The old Twitter.

EVAN: [laughs] The old Twitter.

PM: Is wrestling still in the plans?

EVAN: Nothing is off the table yet.

TODD: Except for baseball at Alabama.

EVAN: Yeah. Baseball at Alabama was a failure.
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Three-And-Out: Eagles-Giants Predictions

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Nick Foles

Sometimes, it’s OK to go with the most obvious guy.

Foles is clearly working through some things right now. He’s turned it over four times (three interceptions, one fumble) in the last two games. He has morphed into one of the worst deep ball throwers in the NFL (2-for-16 on passes of 20+ yards the last two weeks), and he looks jittery in the pocket. Read more »

Mayock Compares Marcus Smith To Timmons

NFL: Preseason-Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles

When Mike Mayock watches Marcus Smith II, he’s reminded of another linebacker who was a first-round pick.

“The more I watch him get frustrated trying to rush the quarterback, [he] reminds me of Lawrence Timmons,” Mayock said during an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic with Mike Missanelli. “With the Steelers, he was an outside edge guy out of Florida State. Couldn’t get it done on the edge, but has become one of the better inside linebackers in football. And it wouldn’t surprise me if I saw them move him inside… if he ultimately ended up there.” Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Rams Predictions

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Jason Peters

It’s been an eventful year for the 32-year-old left tackle. Aside from the skirmish against Washington, Peters is the only Eagles offensive lineman to start all four games in the same spot, and he’s been solid overall. But last week, he and Matt Tobin had a couple communication issues that resulted in big hits on Nick Foles.

If those same issues resurface this week, the results could be disastrous. That’s because Peters will be matched up against Robert Quinn. The 24-year-old is an under-the-radar superstar. He had 19 sacks a year ago, and multiple Eagles defenders this week called Quinn the best pass-rusher in the league. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-49ers Predictions

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: David Molk

The Eagles have suffered several injuries so far this season, but the loss of Jason Kelce is one that could prove to be devastating. Kelce set the protections, was very good in the run game, solid in pass pro and one of the most athletic offensive lineman in the league on screens.

Those are big shoes to fill for Molk, who was out of the league last year and will be making his first career start. Against Washington, Molk struggled, but he’s now had a chance to practice with the first team all week long. The Eagles don’t need him to Kelce, but they need him to be adequate. Read more »

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