Eagles Wake-Up Call: Maclin Closing In On 1,000

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin both speak at the podium after practice on Wednesdays. The player who talks second will often sit inside the media tent and take in the other’s press conference as they await their turn. Maclin was second man up this week, and had a front-row seat for McCoy’s mini-A.I. rant (“What are we sitting here talking about? Am I the same player? That’s for y’all to figure out. Are you crazy?”), which was capped by McCoy walking off in a lather. (“I’m not going to sit here and play that game. Am I the same player. Are you crazy?”)

Maclin walked up as McCoy stormed out and to break the ice a reporter jokingly asked, “Mac, are you the same player?”, drawing  a smile out of the wide receiver.

The answer to that question, by the way, is no: this is the best version of Maclin we have ever seen. Read more »

The Obstacles Facing Zach Ertz

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Zach Ertz said that he was taking the lack of playing time personally earlier in the year. He was extremely hard on himself and was allowing his frustrations to impact him on and off the field. If he had a negative play he would carry it over to the next, and admitted that his attitude wasn’t necessarily as good as it should have been.

Ertz credits his tight end coaches, Ted Williams and Justin Peelle, for helping to adjust his mindset.

“They kind of sat me down and said, ‘Hey, you’re doing a great job. Don’t be so hard on yourself.’ I have two great tight end coaches in Justin and Ted and two other great tight ends in our room in Brent [Celek] and James [Casey], so I’ve learned a lot from them.

“It was a big maturation process for myself, kind of a stubborn 23-year old to a mature 23-year old, 24-year old now.” Read more »

Gardner Steps In For Tobin

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Matt Tobin suffered a concussion against the Packers and sat out practice for the second straight day. Chip Kelly said the injury occurred during the last drive and that Tobin notified the trainers in the locker room after the game.

Andrew Gardner has been getting the first-team reps in Tobin’s absence this week. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sanchez, Act II, Scene III

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The narrative can turn so sharply in a matter of a week in the NFL, and that is part of the reason why this league is king. Sixteen games per team, a million variables and story lines galore based on how each Sunday unfolds.

This time last week, it was all about Mark Sanchez’s redemption. He had survived the difficult times in New York and, now armed with the innovative Chip Kelly as his head coach, was poised to create a second act that surpassed the first. After a blowout loss to Green Bay, such talk has disappeared for the moment and suddenly everyone is scrambling for Nick Foles health updates.
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Frustrated Huff Opens Up

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Josh Huff’s name keeps coming up for all the wrong reasons.

Most recently, he seemed to pin his actions during the Micah Hyde punt return on his coaches, saying: “I just did my job, did what the coaches told me to do. If I would have stuck to what I know, I would have made that play.”

Huff admitted that he let his frustrations get the better of him in the locker room at Lambeau Field Sunday, but also said his comments were misinterpreted to a degree.

“I’m definitely not the one to point fingers for my mistakes. What I was trying to get across was that I always listen to what the coaches tell me and it was to break down before I got to the returner because last week when we played the Panthers I almost had a run-in with the returner, and it would have been flagged if I dropped the ball. Me slowing down as much as I did kind of interfered with my timing that I had with the punt and led me to miss the tackle that I normally would make nine out of ten times.”

That sequence was just another example of a rookie who hasn’t quite found the right balance between mind and body on the field. Read more »

Notes: Davis Considered Pulling Fletcher

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch - USA Today

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch – USA Today

Billy Davis suggested at his press conference Tuesday that he contemplated pulling Bradley Fletcher from the Packers game.

“I was watching him close, waiting one more. What do I do? Do I make a move?” said Davis. “And then you watched him come out and play in the second half. He made those same plays that beat him in the first, he was on it, he played the ball, his press was better. He got better and fought through it, and he is a mentally tough human being. I was very impressed with the way he finished.

“A lot of corners have a lot of outs. They don’t keep fighting and battling. I have a lot of respect for Fletch and how he responded.”

Is he still your guy going forward? Read more »

How Kelly Views the Blowout Loss

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly used examples from around the league to help explain why he believes the outcome Sunday does not necessarily speak to a broad divide between the Eagles and Packers.

He referenced the Broncos’ surprising seven-point output in a loss to the Rams Sunday and noted that Tampa Bay, despite getting blown out 56-14 by Atlanta back in September, was favored the next time the two teams squared off.

“Every week is a season in this league, so I don’t think you can look at it that way,” said Kelly, who is not weighing the loss to Green Bay any heavier than the others because it was a blowout.

“If you have a mistake you have to admit your mistake, you have to fix your mistake and then try to not repeat it again. We keep the same formula in terms of what we’re doing. To quantify a loss by too many points or a loss by one point and differentiate between it, it’s not the way we operate.” Read more »

Eagles Defense Fails Big Test

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers has a way of making opponents look foolish, particularly in his own backyard. In five games at Lambeau Field this season, he has completed 67 percent of his passes, thrown for over 1,400 yards and tossed 18 touchdowns and no interceptions for a sterling quarterback rating of 138.1. The Packers have made a habit out of throttling teams at home, outscoring their last four opponents 128-9 in the first half.

The Eagles, you could say, were just another victim.

But that’s not a particularly satisfactory answer for a team with high aspirations. Each of the other four teams that left Green Bay humbled currently have losing records. The Eagles are considered a cut above. Their defense was playing well of late and was coming off a dominant performance against the Panthers.

Billy Davis wanted to test his group against the best, and it failed across the board. Read more »

Eagles Work Out Pryor, Lewis

NFL: Preseason-Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos

The Eagles have worked out quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Thad Lewis, a league source confirmed.

Pryor spent three seasons with the Raiders before being dealt to the Seahawks for a seventh-round pick back in April. He was waived by Seattle during the final roster cuts in August. The former Ohio State Buckeye has started 10 games in the NFL, going 3-7 with seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Lewis appeared in six games for the Bills last season and completed 59 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions. The Eagles worked him out over the summer as well.

The decision to bring the QBs in for a look is being described as due diligence.

Pro Football Talk was first with the report.

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