Eagles Wake-Up Call: Matthews’ Mindset

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Jordan Matthews has sought and received counsel both in-house and out.  He’s spoken with Mike Quick and Harold Carmichael. Approached veteran teammates for guidance on how to deal with adversity.  And this past Monday, got a bit of advice during a phone call with one of his old running mates, Jeremy Maclin, who has been keeping tabs on the young wideout. Read more »

Notes: Agholor, Alonso Expect To Play

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles are in pretty good shape health-wise heading into their pivotal Week 9 matchup against the Cowboys.

Nelson Agholor said he was able to do everything at practice Tuesday and that the “game plan” is for him to play in Dallas Sunday night. The rookie receiver missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain.

“It felt good. Great to get out there and try to move around a bit,” he said.

Kiko Alonso is also hopeful that he’ll be in the lineup. The linebacker injured his knee during the first Cowboys game back in Week 2 and hasn’t played since. He now says his knee “feels really good” and is hopeful he won’t “miss a beat.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Division Up For Grabs

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Well, someone’s gotta win this mess, and the Eagles seem to be in as good of position as any to do it.

Though on a bye this past week, their standing within the division got a bump up thanks to an 0-2 performance out of the NFC East. Eli Manning tossed a personal-best six touchdowns but Drew Brees did him one better, tying an NFL record (held in part by Nick Foles) with seven TDs in the Saints’ ridiculous 52-49 win over the Giants Sunday. Meanwhile in Seattle, Dez Bryant returned to the Dallas lineup but was held to just two catches for 12 yards and the Cowboys fell 13-12 to the Seahawks.

And so, through eight weeks, here’s where things stand: Read more »

Eagles Weekend Reading: Future Considerations

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Hope everyone is enjoying this Halloween weekend. Some links to pass along for your reading pleasure:

Domo talked to Joe Banner, who says the Eagles have some financial decisions to make when it comes to their defense.

The Eagles picked up Cox’s option for 2016, which means that unless he signs a new contract, his salary-cap number will jump from $3.3 million this year to $7.8 million next year.

As things stand now, he will be one of seven defensive players with a cap number of at least $4 million next year. The others are cornerback Byron Maxwell ($9.7M), linebacker Connor Barwin ($7.3M), safety Malcolm Jenkins ($7.2M), linebacker Brandon Graham ($5M) and linebackers Mychal Kendricks ($4.6M) and Ryans ($4.5M). Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: On Maclin, Matthews And Bradford

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

Joel Corry touched on the Jeremy Maclin contract during our conversation Wednesday. I think his comments are worth mentioning here.

“Here’s the move that if Chip [Kelly] had more foresight or more experience in how positional markets work: you could have paid Maclin’s Kansas City contract. As the market has escalated since then, that would not be seen as out of line,” Corry opined. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: With Murray, Money Can’t Be Ignored

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Joel Corry says you can thank Ryan Grigson for “screwing up the running back position” for the Eagles.

If the Colts general manager (and former Eagles director of personnel) didn’t ink receiver Andre Johnson to a free-agent deal this offseason, Corry theorizes, perhaps fellow University of Miami product Frank Gore wouldn’t have had a change of heart and backed out of his verbal commitment to Philadelphia.

“And then you have Frank Gore and Ryan Mathews and that financially makes more sense because when you have a $3 million second back you can have $4-5 million first back…where you’re going to be splitting carries,” said Corry, the former agent turned NFL contracts and salary-cap expert for National Football Post and CBS Sports. “When you’ve got Murray, who is an $8 million per year back, that’s a problem.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly’s Only Option Is Straight Ahead

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Chip Kelly counted eight no doubt-about-it drops on Sunday night, plus two that you could argue either way. There have been 25 drops by Eagles receivers in all through seven games, per Pro Football Focus, for a rate of 9.1 percent. That’s not only dead last in the NFL this season, but the worst drop rate since 2007.

Asked if the talent level at receiver is satisfactory, Kelly replied: “Yeah.”

Sam Bradford, though a victim of said drops at times, has had an underwhelming start to his time in Philadelphia. He ranks 30th in yards per attempt (6.45), is tied for most interceptions thrown (10) and is 29th in quarterback rating (76.4).

Asked why he is committed to Bradford, Kelly said “because I think our quarterback is playing well…I’ve been pleased with Sam. Very pleased with Sam.”

And when the subject of personnel changes was broached, the head coach suggested he has the right guys in place. Read more »

Eagles-Panthers, The Day After

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Frustrations are mounting within the Eagles locker room.

Now seven games deep, the we’re-this-close optimism that the new-look Eagles carried with them like a security blanket has all but unraveled, replaced by a level of bewilderment at their inability to put an end to the dysfunction – particularly on offense.

“Mistakes. I don’t know what the reason is. We’ve had mistakes across the board,” said Jason Kelce. “Offensive line…everybody takes turns. I shouldn’t be making mistakes at this point in my career. I should be on top of my stuff, and it’s just, it’s getting old real quick.

“Offensive line, receivers, running backs, quarterbacks. Everybody is taking their turn. Penalties, turnovers, drops, whatever it is throughout the first half of this season, it’s really killed us on offense.”

“It’s like musical chairs,” added Lane Johnson. Read more »

Instant Observations: Eagles-Panthers

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 27-16 loss to the Panthers from Bank of America Stadium:

*Drops continue to be a big problem for this offense. Jordan Matthews had a pair. Darren Sproles let a red zone pass hit the turf in the second quarter. Josh Huff had one go through his hands in the back of the end zone in the third quarter. Zach Ertz and Miles Austin each dropped one on the Eagles’ final drive.

Jeremy Maclin‘s price tag may have been too steep, but there is no denying that his presence on this team has been missed.

Matthews’ struggles in particular have been a disappointment. According to Pro Football Focus, the receiver entered the game second in drop percentage, allowing 10 percent of catchable balls to hit the ground. Read more »

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