Eagles Release G.J. Kinne, 11 Others

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles released 12 players on Saturday:

WR G.J. Kinne
CB Mark Anthony
S Brandon Bishop
OL Mike Coccia
OL Kevin Graf
DE Alfy Hill
WR Mike Johnson
LB Dasman McCullum
WR John Reese
DE Jeremy Towns
TE Justin Tukes
OL Jared Wheeler

The roster now stands at 78 players. It must be trimmed to 75 by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Kinne spent each of the past two seasons on the Eagles’ practice squad. He converted to wide receiver this offseason in an attempt to find a role on the team.

“I’m just a guy who’s thankful to be here and will do whatever they want me to do,” he said.

The 26-year-old was unable to make a big splash this preseason, though, finishing with two catches for four yards on four targets. Kinne is still practice-squad eligible. (For a full list of practice squad candidates, click here.)

Graf is one of the other notable names on this list. The former USC Trojan spent Weeks 2-4 on the team’s active roster last season before being moved to the practice squad.

Four Downs: Bradford And the Red-Zone

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Courtesy of USA Today

MOST TELLING STAT

The Eagles were 5-for-5 in their red zone trips — all of which came in the first half. Sam Bradford finished each of his three drives with touchdown tosses, and Mark Sanchez capitalized on his two red zone opportunities with TD passes to Jeff Maehl and Trey Burton.

“The quarterbacks threw me some really good balls, right on my body, really easy catches,” said Burton, who had two touchdowns on four targets Saturday. “It felt that everything went really well as an offense…Everything was just clicking on all cylinders.”

The Eagles’ quarterbacks were 23rd in red zone quarterback rating last season, per Sporting Charts. The team ranked in the bottom third overall with a touchdown conversion rate of under 50 percent. The rate in Chip Kelly‘s first season (53 percent) was only marginally better. Jeffrey Lurie identified red zone offense as one of the three issues that proved to be the team’s Achilles’ heel last year along with turnovers and big plays allowed on defense. It is a key stat to watch once the season gets underway. The Eagles are 10-for-17 (59 percent) in that department this preseason, and 4-for-4 with Bradford at quarterback. Read more »

Chip: Kiko Alonso Dealing With Nagging Leg Injury

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Following Saturday’s 39-26 win over the Packers, Chip Kelly revealed that Kiko Alonso was held out because of a “little nagging leg injury.”

“Kiko tried to run around. His leg is bothering him a little bit, so he tried to run around a little bit pregame and just didn’t feel 100 percent so we held him out. It’s not his knee, it’s not his ACL,” said Kelly. “I don’t know particularly what it is — tendonitis or something like that — so he should be fine.”
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What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here’s a look at what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports writes that Chip Kelly‘s decision to acquire Sam Bradford was influenced in part by Nick Saban.

When with the Miami Dolphins in 2006, Nick Saban had the opportunity to sign Drew Brees as an unrestricted free agent. Saban passed because team doctors felt Brees couldn’t mount a successful comeback from the shoulder surgery he underwent the previous season.

Brees continues to prove Miami’s medical staff wrong each year while forging a Hall of Fame career with New Orleans. As for Saban, he retreated to the University of Alabama after a 6-10 campaign with the Dolphins.

Kelly strongly believes Bradford can enjoy similar success to Brees by rebounding from the knee injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of the last two seasons in St. Louis.

“The impact Drew had on the Saints was really what we studied,” said Kelly, who traded 2014 starting quarterback Nick Foles to the Rams last March as part of a package for Bradford. “What would this league be like if Nick Saban had Drew Brees? Would Nick have ever gone back to Alabama?”

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Three Keys For Carroll

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Nolan Carroll has been hyped up by coaches and teammates alike ever since training opened up back in April. Billy Davis says he’s had “one of the best offseasons I’ve ever been around.” Carroll has been winning all the Chip-Kelly designed competitions, took a stranglehold of the starting job opposite Byron Maxwell from the jump and, if you believe those who are around him on a daily basis, is poised for a bust-out campaign.

So what’s happened? How did Carroll go from a guy who couldn’t unseat Bradley Fletcher to the talk of the Eagles’ locker room? Read more »

Bradford: ‘I Plan To Play’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was asked five different ways about his plan for Sam Bradford this weekend, and he deftly ducked each question. At one point, he cited the weather as a factor in determining if/how long Bradford plays.

“You never know, there could be a monsoon!” he joked on his way off the practice field Thursday.

There are some showers in the Green Bay forecast Saturday, but barring that monsoon, it sounds like the QB is suiting up. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly On Sam Bradford, Mychal Kendricks

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Chip Kelly addressed the media prior to Thursday’s practice. Before we get into it, a big thank you to Josh for crushing it over the last few days in my absence. Per your suggestions, I’ll consider treating him to a Del Frisco’s steak to show my appreciation. (On second thought, I have another mouth to feed now, so hopefully he’ll settle for a Shake Shack burger.)

Also, Tucker’s last day was Saturday. He did a tremendous job for us. Big things ahead for the T-Man, and we wish him well. Adam Hermann will be jumping in with both feet on Monday.

Now onto the press conference highlights: Read more »

Eagles Waive Safety Earl Wolff

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have waived/injured safety Earl Wolff, according to sources.

Wolff has been dealing with right knee issues since first sustaining the injury back in 2013.  He had microfracture surgery to address the problem in November and was a participant for much of the summer. But the pain resurfaced last week, forcing him to sit out the exhibition opener against the Colts.

“He says he can’t run with his knee,” Chip Kelly said Tuesday.

The 25-year-old recently visited Dr. James Andrews. One source suggested he had surgery, though that has not been confirmed to this point. [Update: Wolff tweeted that he had surgery Thursday.]

The Eagles declined comment. Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles held their second joint practice with the Ravens Thursday. Here’s what we saw:

12:10 -- Let’s dive right into the action. One-on-ones are underway. The Eagles’ defensive backs are going up against the Ravens receivers on the far right field. Walter Thurmond gets things off to a positive note for the hosts with an interception on a ball intended for Michael Campanaro. Kamar Aiken scores a point for the visitors, beating Byron Maxwell on an in-route. Steve Smith Sr. schools Marc Anthony with a pretty move inside that leaves the young DB in the dust. Smith makes the easy catch, and adds an exclamation point by tossing the ball high up in the air behind his back.

Malcolm Jenkins gets the Eagles back on track with quality coverage on Tom Nelson. Josh captured the play. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s what the national and local media are saying about the Eagles after their first joint practice with the Ravens.

Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun gives us a look at the joint sessions from a Ravens’ perspective.

Eagles defense loud: Perhaps because there just aren’t many vocal characters on the Ravens offense, they were drowned out by the Eagles defense early in practice. They whooped it up after every big play and taunted Ravens running back Justin Forsett after stuffing him in the backfield.

Steve Smith Sr. a peacemaker? Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. made no qualms about not being fond of these joint practices, and intervened after Eagles outside linebacker Brandon Graham tackled fullback Kyle Juszczyk in the flat. Smith used colorful language to let Graham know what would happen if he kept tackling. I think Graham got the message. Juszczyk said afterward it meant a lot that everyone had his back in that situation. Smith said “nobody punks my Juice but me.” Read more »

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