Doug Pederson: ‘Good Chance’ Nelson Agholor Plays This Week

Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)

Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)

There’s a “good chance” Nelson Agholor will play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Doug Pederson revealed Friday morning. Agholor’s status appears to depend on the health of Jordan Matthews, who is questionable this week with an ankle injury and missed practice on Wednesday before being limited on Thursday.

“I plan on keeping him in the mix because of Jordan’s situation right now,” Pederson said. “I got to find out how Jordan does today. Nelson, his mind has been great, his attitude has been really good and he’s been working hard. Right now, nothing says [we’re] not keeping him up, keeping him out. Everything’s leaning toward keeping him active.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Eagles-Bengals Preview Q&A

Photo by: USA Today Sports.

Photo by: USA Today Sports.

In this week’s installment of Opposition Research, we talked to Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals beat reporter Jim Owczarski. We discussed the Bengals’ recent struggles, why they’ve failed to live up to preseason expectations, key matchups and who will win, among a few other topics. Read more »

Eagles All-22: Is the Fletcher Cox Criticism Warranted?

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox couldn’t hold in his excitement. Fresh off signing a six-year contract worth a reported $102.6 million, he stood before the media at the NovaCare Complex in June grinning from ear to ear in his gray suit with an Eagles lapel pin.

Howie Roseman made Cox the second highest paid non-quarterback in NFL history, and even though Von Miller’s deal would soon surpass it, Cox still remains as the third-highest paid defensive player in the league. Cox called the money “mind blowing,” while Roseman said the Mississippi native could be a “great player in the history of the franchise.”

Expectations for Cox were sky high, particularly with Jim Schwartz’s new defense — which was hailed as perfect for the 25-year-old — coming to town. Even Cox said Schwartz’s scheme would help him a “whole, whole lot,” before noting increased sack numbers were on the way and how you could expect him “to be in the quarterback’s face a lot.”

Flash forward six months and the headlines have changed drastically. One writer suggested Cox has been a big disappointment, while another opined that Cox hasn’t been a difference maker. So has Cox struggled to live up to his deal, or is he earning every cent of one of the biggest deals in the history of the franchise? Read more »

Nelson Agholor: Getting Benched Was An ‘Eye-Opener’

Nelson Agholor. (USA Today Sports)

Nelson Agholor. (USA Today Sports)

For the first time in his career, Nelson Agholor was a healthy scratch on Sunday after he admitted he was in his own head and was struggling to perform under the pressure that was being put on him. Doug Pederson decided to activate rookie undrafted free agent Paul Turner instead against the Packers, and while it’s unclear whether Turner will play over Agholor again this week, Agholor said the time off was helpful for him.

“It definitely was good because at the end of the day, one of the most special things with everything that’s been on was just to see how special of a team I’m on,” Agholor said. “I have great teammates, I have great people that coach me here and great people in this organization [who are] very close and they care. It’s great to see that. For me, right now the only thing that matters is to have faith and work. That’s all that matters.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Inside Lane Johnson’s Lawsuit

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson filed lawsuits against both the NFL and NFL Players Association last Tuesday, but outside of a brief statement from one of his lawyers, Steve Zashin, little about the litigation was known. That changed, however, when Zashin and two of his colleagues joined “The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt” podcast yesterday to discuss Johnson’s legal challenges. Read more »

Eagles-Packers, Day After: ‘Can’t Throw In the Towel’

Fletcher Cox. (USA Today Sports)

Fletcher Cox. (USA Today Sports)

In most weeks, the mood in the Eagles’ post-game locker room last season was some combination of embarrassment and disappointment. But even after their back-to-back losses when they allowed 90 combined points a year ago, the atmosphere never felt quite like it did at Lincoln Financial Field following the Eagles’ 27-13 defeat to the Packers.

The Birds are far from being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but it wasn’t difficult to see how deeply their hopes were dashed on Monday Night Football. While Philadelphia is 1.5 games behind Washington for the second wild card spot, they rank 11th in the NFC behind five other teams vying for the final postseason berth.

The focus of the team seems to have shifted toward making sure guys don’t give up in the final five weeks of the season, which is a mentality you don’t typically see from a team who feels like they have a lot left to play for. Read more »

Eagles-Packers Inactives: Nelson Agholor Officially Benched

Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)

Nelson Agholor. (Jeff Fusco)

Nelson Agholor is officially inactive for the Eagles’ Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers, the team announced. Agholor, who has played 85 percent of the offense’s snaps this season, has been benched after admitting last week that he was in his own head and struggling to perform under pressure. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Jeremiah Trotter Hall Of Fame Q&A

Jeremiah Trotter. (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles)

Jeremiah Trotter. (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles)

The Eagles will induct linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese into the team’s Hall of Fame on Monday Night Football during halftime against the Packers, so we caught up with Trotter to discuss his life and career.

We talked to the Texarkana, Texas native about his 11-year NFL career (including eight seasons with the Eagles), his journey to the league, whether former teammate Terrell Owens should make the Pro Football Hall of Fame and what it was like playing for Jim Johnson, among several other topics. To view our extended Q&A with Reese about his childhood in show business, life as an Eagles broadcaster and more, click here. Read more »

Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame Q&A: Merrill Reese

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Illustration by Andy Friedman

The Eagles will induct linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese into the team’s Hall of Fame on Monday Night Football during halftime against the Packers, so we caught up with Reese to discuss his life and career.

We talked to the Philadelphia native about his childhood in show business, Penn football, his favorite memories calling Eagles games and much more. Reese, who is in his 40th season as the “Voice of the Eagles,” is the longest-tenured play-by-play announcer in the NFL. He is also already a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Read more »

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