Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the 49ers: QB Matt Barkley, WR Jeff Maehl, CB Jaylen Watkins, OL Jason Kelce, OL Dennis Kelly, LB Mychal Kendricks and DL Taylor Hart.

The biggest change from a week ago is that Josh Huff is active for the first time all season. The Eagles’ third-round pick has been sidelined with a shoulder injury (AC sprain). He thought he was ready to go last week, but Chip Kelly disagreed, saying Huff wasn’t physically or mentally ready to go. Apparently, that’s changed this time around, and Huff will take Maehl’s spot. Look for him to play special teams and rotate in at wide receiver.

The other change is that Kelly sits instead of Kevin Graf, who was released. Read more »

Ertz Calls On Peters For Run Blocking Help

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The same scene played out after every practice this week.

While the rest of the Eagles were stretching, Jason Peters and Zach Ertz stood off to the side. They would line up across from each other, fire off the ball, and Ertz would try to block Peters, who was playing the role of a defensive end or a linebacker.

Afterwards, Peters would offer some instruction, and they would do it again.

“I want to be a complete tight end in this league,” said Ertz. “Obviously the route-running, I’m very comfortable with that. I feel like I can get open pretty much whenever I’m on the field. You’ve gotta have that mentality. But the run-blocking I’ve gotta work on each and every day. Jason’s probably the best run-blocking player in the NFL, so to have that ability to learn from him is something I’m working on.” Read more »

Injury Report: Boykin Questionable Vs. Rams

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Brandon Boykin is questionable with a hamstring injury for Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Boykin played through the injury last week and was a full practice participant Thursday and Friday. He sounded yesterday like he was expecting to play, barring a setback. Read more »

All-22: Jenkins Looking Like a Perfect Fit

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Back in March, there were bigger names on the free agent market, but the Eagles insisted Malcolm Jenkins was the top safety on their board, ahead of guys like Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward, both of whom played their college ball at Oregon.

Some (including yours truly) questioned the decision. Given the franchise’s track record in evaluating safeties over the years, it was fair to wonder whether Jenkins would just add to a long list of guys who were unable to adequately fill the void on the back end of the defense.

But four games in, the opposite appears to be true. Jenkins has three interceptions in his last three games and has shown the versatility that Chip Kelly and other team officials raved about back in the spring. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘I Know Who I Am’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy did his best to demonstrate patience for about seven minutes Wednesday afternoon, but when the 13th question was fired his way, he had to finally put his foot down.

The Eagles running back stood at the podium outside the NovaCare Complex for his weekly media session after practice. He fielded query after query – different angles, but the same topic: Why can’t the Eagles get the ground game going?

“Listen man, listen, listen, listen,” McCoy said, interrupting the reporter. “I’m not gonna keep answering the same question. You keep asking about the run game. He just asked the same thing about watching tape. I just told you. I’m not gonna keep talking about it.”

It’s fair to say the frustration has reached a peak. McCoy has carried 70 times for 192 yards. Of the 25 players with at least 45 carries, only Donald Brown (2.0) has a worse yards-per-carry average than McCoy (2.7). Read more »

All-22: Dissecting the Eagles’ Offensive Issues

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David Molk seemed somewhat surprised to see a group of reporters waiting by his locker Tuesday afternoon.

“Molk! Molk! Molk!” chanted DeMeco Ryans, sporting a giant smile a couple stalls down.

“C’mon ‘Mec,” said the Eagles center. “Partner interview. I need some veteran help.”

The scene served as a good reminder of the twists and turns of an NFL season. A year ago, Molk was helping out his high school team, after having been cut by the San Diego Chargers. As recently as July, it looked like he would be battling for one of the team’s final roster spots.

But now, with Jason Kelce sidelined, Molk is a starter. On Sunday, that meant making the calls and setting the protections for an offense that was shut out against the San Francisco 49ers. Read more »

Can Lane Johnson Have an Instant Impact?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When the Eagles kicked off their season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Lane Johnson was supposed to be on the field at the Linc, setting up in his stance next to Todd Herremans.

Instead, the second-year player was sitting in his buddy’s living room in Mesquite, Tex., watching on television.

“I just watched and tried to see what plays they were running,” Johnson said. “Just tried to mentally stay in touch with what the plays were.”

Johnson was suspended for the first four games of the season for testing positive for PEDs. During that stretch, he was not allowed to have any contact with the coaches, couldn’t practice and couldn’t enter the team’s facility. So Johnson headed to Frisco, Tex. to train at Athletes Performance Institute. Read more »

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. 49ers

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Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched.

QUARTERBACK

Nick Foles – He followed up a tremendous performance in Week 3 with another uneven outing in Week 4. Foles went 21-for-43 for 195 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He again took some big hits, but when Foles had opportunities to hit on plays downfield, he didn’t capitalize. The Eagles managed just one completion of 20+ yards all game long.

It looked like the gameplan early was to go with the quick game. Foles completed his first pass to Jeremy Maclin and then went right back to him and misfired. Later on the drive, he overthrew Brent Celek on a corner route that could have resulted in a 25+ yard play. He then overthrew Zach Ertz on the same route to the other side of the field, although it looked like Ertz might have been held on the play. Chip Kelly referred to four overthrows. The third was to Maclin on a deep post in the second. FOX analyst Troy Aikman mentioned that Foles could have probably maneuvered in the pocket before delivering. Foles’ fourth overthrow was to Riley Cooper on another deep post. Read more »

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