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During a seven-on-seven period Tuesday, Jordan Matthews lined up on the outside opposite Byron Maxwell.
The defense simulated a blitz, and Mark Sanchez got rid of the ball quickly, targeting Matthews on a fade down the right sideline.
The second-year receiver tracked the ball beautifully and came down with an over-the-shoulder grab for a big play.
“I already turned the page,” Matthews said afterwards when reminded of the grab. “Don’t worry about that.”
Last year, in the four weeks leading up to the Seahawks game, Matthews had averaged 93.3 yards with four touchdowns. But against Seattle, Maxwell shut him down (two catches for 23 yards). It was the first time in eight games that he failed to notch a catch of 20+ yards.
Matthews remembers that game well and is embracing the opportunity to go up against Maxwell on a daily basis. Read more »
The Eagles had another OTA session open to the media Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what we saw.
12:19 – Let’s start with a video today. Check out inside linebackers coach Rick Minter on the back of the tackling dummy. Tell me this doesn’t look like fun. Read more »
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Here is our weekly look at three Eagles numbers that matter.
59 – That’s Brandon Boykin’s success rate, according to Football Outsiders. Success rate is defined as “the share of targets on which the corner prevented a successful gain (45 percent of needed yards on first down, 60 percent on second down and 100 percent on third down).”
Boykin’s mark ranked tied for fifth in the entire NFL last season, behind only New England’s Darrelle Revis, Indianapolis’ Vontae Davis, Buffalo’s Corey Graham and Houston’s Kareem Jackson. Read more »
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The crowd around Tim Tebow last week was ran deep. His fame outweighs his production, but this was the first time reporters had a chance to talk to Tebow in an Eagles uniform.
The gathering around Sam Bradford was huge too. He barely participated in practice, but there’s a lot riding on his surgically repaired left knee.
And then there’s Mark Sanchez, the quarterback who started eight games last season and has been lining up with the first team this spring. The group of reporters was smaller, but Sanchez touched on a variety of topics, including what his expectations are and why he chose to come back to Philadelphia.
When Sanchez re-signed, he expected to be competing with Nick Foles. But a couple days after he made his decision, the Eagles swapped Foles for Bradford.
“Whether I was surprised or not, I knew there was gonna be competition either way,” Sanchez said. “I had a great relationship with Nick so I expected to compete with him, but when that didn’t happen, I knew Sam was gonna be another guy in the quarterback room. And all of us are competing to play. Read more »
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DeMarco Murray was first asked about LeSean McCoy’s comments regarding Chip Kelly getting rid of all the black players on the Eagles.
“Look around,” Murray said calmly. “There’s a lot of us out here, so I’m not sure about that.”
Later during the interview, a reporter asked about Joseph Randle. The Cowboys running back said recently that Murray left a lot of meat on the bone last season, despite leading the NFL in rushing yards.
“I’m not worried about it,” Murray said. “[He’s] a good kid, and we’ll see what they can do this year.”
It’s been less than three months since Murray signed with the Eagles, but he’s had several opportunities to stir up controversy. He could have taken aim at Jerry Jones and the Cowboys’ brass for not re-signing him. He could have taken issue with McCoy. And he could have put Randle in his place.
But instead, Murray seems to prefer a measured, quiet approach. And that seems to be working just fine with his teammates. Read more »
Here are three items from OTAs we haven’t covered yet.
1. Chip Kelly seems to think the new two-point/PAT guidelines are dumb. And I have to say I agree with him.
Asked to talk about the new two-point rule, Kelly said: “I don’t think anything’s new. That’s the way we look at it. …We were 43-of-45 in the last two years from that distance, so 96 percent. I don’t know what changes to be honest with you.”
The new rule has teams kicking the extra point from the 15 yard line or going for two from the 2 yard line. The Eagles’ proposal, which was not approved, had the two-point attempt starting at the 1.
“We’re still going to kick an extra point,” Kelly said. “I don’t understand the proposal. If they want you to go for two more, the ball has always been on the 2 yard line. That’s always been an option for everybody for awhile. …The numbers will dictate when you go for two, but they didn’t entice you to go for two more, at least in my opinion.” Read more »
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Here’s what we saw during the first practice session open to the media. Read more »
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Today’s question comes from Mike in the Northeast:
What have you heard about Matt Barkley?
What does he not do well that makes him a complete afterthought and constant cut rumor?
The only time Chip has said anything publicly, he gave him the highest praise after his rookie season, saying he did everything they asked him to do. Have you seen or heard anything concrete?
I would think with his pedigree and former top-10 pick status before his senior year injury that he would at the least be a viable candidate to compete vs. Sanchez for the #2 job.
This is one of those “actions speak louder than words” situations, Mike. Read more »
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We did the offense yesterday. Now it’s time for the defense.
This gets a little tricky since the Eagles’ base look is different than nickel and dime. I tried to clarify some of the differences in the position-by-position breakdown below. Read more »
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Today’s question comes from reader Jeremy:
For those unfamiliar, SPARQ is a metric used to measure speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. In other words, a prospect’s athleticism. Zach Whitman has more background on his Web site.
Long story short, SPARQ was created by Nike, and the Seahawks were involved in its development. The details of the formula are no longer public, but Whitman used existing data and information to approximate it. It’s not exact, but he calls his version pSPARQ. Read more »