Successful 3-4 outside linebackers need to do three things well: set the edge, rush the passer and drop in coverage. By the sounds of it, Marcus Smith is a third of the way there.
The Eagles finalized their practice squad Monday by signing wide receiver/cornerback Teddy Williams and quarterback G.J. Kinne. Read more »
Chip Kelly told reporters earlier this summer that even if he ran the slowest offense in the NFL, his practices would still be up-tempo.
“The only reason we practice fast is because we want to get more plays in. And if we get more plays in, guys will get more reps. The more times they get reps, the better they get as a player,” he explained. “We have 90 guys on our team that we’re trying to improve on a constant basis. So how do we improve them or make decisions or evaluate them if we never get a chance to have them on film?”
No matter your standing, you’re going to get plenty of work if you are a part of this team. That’s an attractive feature of the Kelly operation for reserve players looking for a home or to better their standing in the league.
“If you’re [second or third string], you want to be in our camp because you get more reps than anyone else,” said Kelly. “Because of the reps we get in practice, our guys get a chance to develop a little more. You go to some teams and the threes aren’t getting many reps — they are losing time compared to our guys.”
Interestingly enough, a good number of Eagles released in recent days quickly landed jobs elsewhere. Read more »
Matthew Tucker and Kenjon Barner were hurt on back-to-back plays in the second quarter Thursday night against the Jets.
After a four-yard run off the left end, Tucker went to the sidelines and was clearly in discomfort. It was later revealed that he sustained a shoulder injury. Barner replaced Tucker and rushed for five yards on the next play but hurt his ankle on the run and limped off. Tucker returned briefly but was still clearly hampered. Henry Josey and Damaris Johnson carried the load the rest of the way at running back. Josey finished with 121 yards on 22 carries (5.5 average).
Chris Polk practiced this week and was hoping to play even despite not being all the way back from a hamstring injury suffered early in training camp. But he sat out. After the game, he explained that the hamstring just wasn’t ready. Read more »
Alex Henery and Cody Parkey were both warming up as the Eagles’ offense moved its way down the field midway through the third quarter.
For most of the night it was one or the other booting kicks into the net as the other sat nearby. In the first half it was basically all Parkey. He handled the kickoffs and was called on for both field goal attempts. The rookie converted both of them, including a 54-yarder that made it with room to spare.
Henery kicked off to start the second half and it was his turn in the rotation when the Eagles began to drive on the following series. But special teams coach Dave Fipp told Parkey to be ready in the event that another long field goal opportunity presented itself. Sure enough, the drive stalled and there was a 53-yarder to be had. Read more »
The Eagles need to trim the roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday. Here’s how I see it playing out heading into the team’s final exhibition game: Read more »
The Eagles host the Jets tonight at 7:00 at Lincoln Financial Field. Here’s what we’ll be keeping an eye on as Chip Kelly‘s club wraps up preseason play:
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Michael Vick believes he saved Riley Cooper‘s career, and he’s not sure the receiver is fully appreciative of that. Read more »
One last cameo for Lane Johnson before he disappears for four weeks.
Once the rosters are finalized on Saturday, Johnson’s four-game suspension kicks in. He is not allowed to participate in team activities, use the team’s facilities or have contact with any club officials (except to arrange off-site medical treatment) during this time. Johnson will play in the preseason finale Thursday night against the Jets, and then he’s cut off. Read more »
Trent Cole is well aware that this is his 10th season in the NFL. He is at the point in his career where there is some inner-dialogue going on about how much longer he will be able to play this game.
“You kind of [ask] yourself, ‘When is that time going to come when you say, ‘It’s time to put ‘em up, Trent. You’re done. It’s your time,’ ” he said.
One thing that the 31-year-old knows for sure is he hasn’t hit that point yet.
“I don’t know what it is, man, but I feel good,” said Cole, rolling into a half-crazed laugh, “and I’m ready to [expletive] rock-’n’-roll.” Read more »