Eagles Release Jason Phillips

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles released linebacker Jason Phillips on Tuesday.

Phillips was a free-agent pick up last season and was expected to be a key contributor on special teams but tore his ACL in training camp and spent the year on injured reserve. He was a regular on the practice fields this summer but obviously  didn’t bounce back like the team had hoped.

The 28-year-old played a total of 71 snaps on defense in the Eagles’ two preseason games and had one tackle. He also played 35 snaps on special teams.

The remaining inside linebackers on the roster include DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho, Najee Goode and Jake Knott, who is suspended for the first four games after failing a drug test.

While the move offers the Eagles the opportunity to bring another player in, part of the motivation for cutting Phillips now, we’re told, was to give him a chance to sign with another team. Read more »

Physical, No More

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Reality has set in here at the NovaCare that the emphasis on illegal contact and similar infractions this year is going to significantly impact how the game is played.
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Injury Update: McCoy Returns To Practice

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy returned to practice after sitting Sunday’s session out with a sore toe.

“My toe, man, my toe was really bothering me during the game. It kinda was real sore a couple days before that,” he said. “Yesterday was really hurting pretty bad. But I got an MRI, some x-rays, and it’s fine. I felt a little better today so I went for it and I actually finished practice.”

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Wake-Up Call: Why It’s Working For Sanchez (So Far)

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When Mark Sanchez’s night was through Friday, tight end Zach Ertz approached the quarterback and congratulated  him on going 12-for-12.

“I said, ‘No, man, I went 11-for-12.’ He said, ‘Yeah, but that [interception] didn’t hit the ground,’ ” said Sanchez with a grin. “You have to have a sense of humor about it.”

No matter how you slice it, Sanchez has completed passes at a high rate in his limited time in an Eagles uniform. The six-year vet is 18-for-22  for 196 yards with two touchdowns and an interception over the first two preseason games. That’s a completion rate of 82 percent. Read more »

Notes: Henery Misses the Mark

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Alex Henery got one opportunity on Friday night, and missed badly. His 47-yard attempt in the second quarter never had a chance, sailing wide right.

“You’ve got to make 47-yarders in this league,” said Chip Kelly afterwards.

Henery made seven of 10 kicks between 40 and 49 yards last season. He had only one miss from that range over the previous two seasons.

Is Kelly confident that Henery is the answer at the kicker position? Read more »

Matthews Much Better Second Time Around

Matthews
FOXBORO, MASS. –
The Jordan Matthews that had opened so many eyes this summer was not present at Soldier Field a week ago. He resurfaced Friday night in New England.

The rookie caught nine balls on as many targets and was far and away the game’s leading receiver with 105 yard in the Eagles’ 42-35 loss to the Patriots.

“He got the jitters out. He got the butterflies out,” said Mark Sanchez. “This is not an easy game to jump in and have an impact like that. He went through that last week in Chicago, got used to the hotel, the bus, the airport. All that stuff. There are a million things that are different from college — the speed of the game, and all that. But this week he looked great. Trusted his technique, trusted his coaching, played really well.” Read more »

Foles Back To Old Form Against Pats

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
FOXBORO, MASS. –
Concerns with this team, there are a few. But at least the quarterback looked more like his 2013 self on Friday night.

After a shaky outing in Chicago in the preseason opener Nick Foles rebounded against the Patriots, going 8-of-10 for 81 yards including a six-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz to cap his night. Read more »

Maclin, Cooper To Sit Against Pats

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

FOXBORO, MASS. – Starting receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin are sitting out tonight’s tilt against the Patriots, as expected.

Maclin injured his left hamstring in practice Wednesday and did not take part in Thursday’s light practice with New England. Cooper is still dealing with a foot ailment. He hopes to play next week against the Steelers and is “pretty confident” he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn have been running with the first team in their absence. Read more »

Eagles 53-Man Roster Projection

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

If memory serves, I have outdueled the venerable Sheil Kapadia each of the last two years in this exercise. I think we can all agree that the chances of a three-peat are high.

If you want to see his roster projection (and why would you?), click here. If you prefer a more accurate read, continue on.

Teams must trim their rosters to 75 on August 26th, then down to 53 on August 30. Here’s how I see it playing out heading into the team’s second exhibition game:

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