Peters, Baker Fined For Fight

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Jason Peters
and Washington defensive lineman Chris Baker were both fined for their involvement in the fight Sunday during the Eagles-Redskins game.

Peters was fined $10,000 for unnecessarily striking an opponent in the head after the play was over, while Baker was fined $8,268 for grabbing an opponent by the facemask. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Foles Keeps On Ticking

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles

Whenever asked about Nick Foles‘ toughness, Chip Kelly always points back to the beating Foles used to take when Oregon and Arizona faced off.

“I think you’ve got to respect Nick.  I’ve said it all along.  I saw him do it in college.  We hit the heck out of him when we were at Oregon and he played at Arizona,” said Kelly, “and he just kept getting up and throwing and standing in there.”

In the three games where Kelly’s Ducks met Foles’ Wildcats, Foles was sacked eight times. And that only begins to tell the story.

“He got hit a lot. I hit him quite a bit,” said Casey Matthews. “I actually hurt my neck I tried to hit him so hard. He was facing away and I hit him and I felt my neck crunch. He got up from it. The ball went down, he got up, no big deal. But it kind of kills your morale a little bit. That’s just Nick, though. He’s going to try and stay in the game no matter what.”
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Kendricks Sidelined But Looks Improved

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks sported a backwards baseball cap while the rest of his teammates wore helmets inside the NovaCare bubble Thursday. He was listed as a “did not practice” once again and seems like a longshot to play this week in San Francisco.

But he doesn’t look that far off. During the individual portion of practice, where each position group goes through their own set of drills, Kendricks played the part of running back for the rest of the inside ‘backers. They weren’t going close to full speed but Kendricks did some cutting and was able to maneuver around and skip over the orange practice pads that were placed between him and the ILBs.

He seems much improved. Read more »

Chip Disagrees With NFL Over Baker Hit

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly still believes that the Chris Baker hit on Nick Foles was illegal even if the NFL does not.

On Tuesday Troy Vincent,  the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said that Baker “didn’t do anything wrong with that hit,” and would not be fined, noting that Baker did not strike Foles in the head or neck area.

But there are other things to consider when it comes to that sequence, Kelly argued. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Marcus On the Inside

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Marcus Smith described the emotion tied to his professional debut as “probably the best feeling I ever felt.”

It took a couple games and came at a different position, surprisingly enough, but the rookie first-round pick got his first taste of NFL action during Sunday’s 37-34 win over Washington. He played 18 snaps per Pro Football Focus – most of them in passing situations — and did not appear in the stat line.

“I would say I was average. I didn’t make any plays,” said Smith, who rushed the passer six times and dropped into coverage nine times in the game.  “I did everything right, everything that I was supposed to do [assignment-wise], now it’s just about me getting some more snaps, going to make plays and making an impact for the defense.” Read more »

Williams Apologizes To Allen, Teammates

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Cary Williams has spent the early part of this week cleaning up the mess he made in the locker room Sunday following the Eagles’ win over Washington.

He came in to meet with Chip Kelly on Monday and said that he and the head coach had a “great conversation”and better understand one another’s viewpoints when it comes to in-week training.

On Tuesday, Williams stood up in front of his teammates and told them he regretted  bringing negativity into the room. He apologized to Nate Allen specifically for pointing his frustrations in the safety’s direction.
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Chip On Jason Kelce, Cary Williams

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly, believe it or not, gave an injury update at his day-after press conference.

“I just saw [Jason] Kelce in the hallway. He’s going to have sports hernia surgery,” said Kelly. “Don’t know how long he will be out for.”

The average recovery time for this type of surgery is five-to-six weeks, according to a league source.It appears that the Eagles will be down one of the offense’s most valuable players for a significant stretch, then. For now, it will be David Molk manning the center position.
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: An Answer For DeSean

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
As we’ve seen over the years, DeSean Jackson is quite comfortable playing the role of antagonist. So it is no surprise that he egged on both Eagles defenders and fans alike after each big play he made Sunday.

And there were a couple of them — none bigger than the 81-yard touchdown catch and run late in the third quarter that knotted the game at 27-27.  Using that world-class speed, he flew past Cary Williams into daylight and snared a pretty pass from Kirk Cousins in stride. At the end of the play, a taunt in the direction of Nate Allen, a mocking flap of the arms and a defiant kick of the air to cap his touchdown celebration.

“I’m glad I wasn’t the one trying to tackle him because as a defender, one, you’re already mad you gave up a score,” said Malcolm Jenkins. “But the entire environment and situation and context in which he celebrated is obviously a little smack in the face. But he had a great game, he’s a good player. That’s all you can say.” Read more »

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