Before the Houston Texans acquired Ryan Mallett from the Patriots, they tried getting Matt Barkley from the Eagles.
The Eagles appear to be a healthy group going into Sunday’s Week 1 matchup against the Jaguars.
The only players who did not participate in today’s practice were wide receiver Josh Huff (shoulder), offensive lineman Matt Tobin and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (hamstring). Read more »
LeSean McCoy is well aware of what’s at stake for him personally in 2014.
Starring at a position where players peak early and careers can often be cut short, McCoy he is by all accounts focused on making the most of his sixth NFL season.
“I’m 26, I’m young. There’s gonna be times where players [say], ‘I wish I could have did this better. I wish I could have done this, done that.’ And I don’t want to be one of them guys,” McCoy said Wednesday after practice. “That’s why I’m busting my butt to do all the right things, stay in shape, mentally stay on top of the game and being the best. I think if I do that, I’ll take care of the small things and go out there and just play the game the way it’s supposed to be played and the way I play, I should be fine.” Read more »
The progress of rookie Marcus Smith II has turned into a daily storyline at the NovaCare Complex.
T-Mac wrote about the Eagles’ first-round pick this morning, and in the afternoon, defensive coordinator Billy Davis was asked what kind of role Smith would have Sunday against the Jaguars.
“He’ll have a limited role,” Davis said. “We’re still not at that place where we’re positive with everything. We’re game-planning for certain situations. What they come at us with will dictate what we can come back at them with, what personnel groupings we’re in, how we use our players, what the matchups are. So all those things will fall into that decision.
“Marcus is like a lot of rookies. You have the preseason where you continually saw him get better and he got more comfortable in the scheme. I think he stopped trying to make plays and let the plays come to him a little bit more. I think when you turn on the bright lights of the real season and it’s all ones against all ones, I think things change a little bit. As we move forward, we’ll grow all our rookies in the same light. We’ll see what they can handle, what they can’t, drop ‘em in their limited roles and grow it as they show us that they’re capable of handling it.” Read more »
Chip Kelly believes his job is to provide players with answers.
If he hasn’t armed them with solutions to their on-field problems, he has come up short as a coach.
Last year, there were many answers as the Eagles had one of the top offenses in the league, setting franchise records in points, yards and a number of other categories. There were occasions, though, where opposing defensive coordinators stymied the Birds’ attack.
So the offseason has been about adding layers to the offense. The foundation remains the same: spread ‘em out and run the ball until the opponent forces you to do something else. But there will be new wrinkles added in 2014. Some might be obvious in four days when the Eagles host the Jaguars. We might not see others until November or later, depending on the rhythm of the season.
Either way, it seems likely that one of the wrinkles revealed itself in the preseason: the pistol. Read more »
Donovan McNabb has seen Nick Foles start 16 games, but he’s not ready to say the Eagles have found themselves a franchise quarterback.
“That’s the big question. I really can’t answer that at this particular point. But if I had to, give or take, I would say no,” McNabb said during an interview with Harry Mayes and Brian Baldinger on 97.5 The Fanatic. Read more »
Chip Kelly met with the media this afternoon before the Eagles returned to practice. Here are three things that stood out. Read more »
Week 1 is here.
Let’s kick it off by introducing you to the Jaguars. Here are five things to know about the squad Gus Bradley is bringing to town this weekend. Read more »
We recently took the pulse of the Eagles’ locker room, asking a simple question: Which of your teammates has impressed you this summer and is primed for a big/breakout season?
Some players couldn’t name just one or two. Others identified half the roster. We removed those responses and were left with 19 answers. They are listed below. Read more »
Chip Kelly answered several questions last week about the number of Oregon players on the Eagles’ roster.
When the team made final cuts this weekend, five remained: defensive ends Brandon Bair and Taylor Hart; wide receivers Josh Huff and Jeff Maehl; and linebacker Casey Matthews.
General manager Howie Roseman met with reporters Saturday afternoon and defended his head coach when it comes to choosing former Ducks. Read more »