Eagles fans and fantasy owners alike are eager to know how the playing time between DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles will be divvied up. The truth is, that answer does not yet exist.
The man responsible for handling the rotation is Duce Staley. In a clear sign of trust, Chip Kelly defers to his running backs coach to decide who is in and for how long during the course of a game. Staley explained his approach to that responsibility.
“I just go in with an open head and make sure I don’t get caught up in the last game,” he explained. “I try to get a good feeling of what’s going on out there and then I go from there. I think there’s too much put into it when you start sitting down and writing out a plan. You get in trouble that way.”
So it’s all by feel?
“That’s it.” Read more »
As is our annual tradition heading into the season, we went around the Eagles’ locker room this week and presented players with a simple question: Which of your teammates has impressed you this summer and is primed for a big/breakout year?
We got 23 (usable) responses in all. Take a look: Read more »
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One day after undergoing surgery to address a rather significant groin injury, Zach Ertz walked a mile and got in a yoga session. The intensity has steadily ratcheted up from there. Since going under the knife on August 14, the third-year tight end has been pushing hard to get back on the field. That work has paid off, as there is optimism that he will return to practice this week.
Whether he plays against the Falcons is less of a sure bet. Read more »
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With some NFL owners viewing the punishment for Deflategate as a make-up call by the league for its handling of Spygate, Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta of ESPN the Magazine took a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the Spygate scandal.
From 2000-07, the Patriots reportedly videotaped the signals of opposing coaches in 40 games. The Eagles’ Super Bowl matchup with New England, of course, fell within that window.
When Spygate broke, some of the Eagles now believed they had an answer for a question that had vexed them since they lost to the Patriots 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX: How did New England seem completely prepared for the rarely used dime defense the Eagles deployed in the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on three of four drives? The Eagles suspected that either practices were filmed or a playbook was stolen. “To this day, some believe that we were robbed by the Patriots not playing by the rules … and knowing our game plan,” a former Eagles football operations staffer says.
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The winner of the Tim Tebow-Matt Barkley competition turned out to be Stephen Morris.
A day after dealing Barkley to the Cardinals and cutting ties with Tebow, Chip Kelly claimed Morris off the waiver wire from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Morris (6-2, 218) threw for close to 7,900 yards during his four years at the University of Miami, including a team and ACC record-setting 566-yard performance against N.C. State in 2012. He completed 58 percent of his throws as a senior with 21 touchdowns to 12 interceptions for the 9-4 Hurricanes. The 23-year-old was signed by the Jags as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and spent last season on the practice squad.
What does Kelly see in him? Let’s take a look at his most recent outing for hints. Read more »
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The Eagles announced the following cuts on Saturday afternoon:
WR Rasheed Bailey
OL Brett Boyko
OL Malcolm Bunche
CB Randall Evans
TE Andrew Gleichert
LB Najee Goode
WR Jeff Maehl
WR Freddie Martino
DE Brian Mihalik
OL John Moffitt
RB Raheem Mostert
WR Quron Pratt
S Chris Prosinski
DT Travis Raciti
S Ed Reynolds
LB Deontae Skinner
P Kip Smith
QB Tim Tebow
TE Eric Tomlinson
OL Julian Vandervelde
LB Diaheem Watkins
DB Jaylen Watkins
The roster now sits at 52 players.
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Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 24-18 loss to the Jets Thursday in the preseason finale:
* Matt Barkley got the start and went 4-of-9 for 45 yards with an interception (20.4 QB rating). He was wild early, throwing several balls high and off the mark. Barkley was intercepted on his second pass of the night, as his offering to Josh Huff down the right sideline was short and picked by Darrin Walls.
After a pair of misfires on the second series, Barkley absorbed a heavy hit from linebacker Trevor Reilly and delivered a strike to Trey Burton for a 21-yard pick-up. That drive ended in a Kip Smith field goal. Cody Parkey continues to nurse a groin injury and did not play. Read more »
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The Eagles have until 4 p.m. Saturday to trim their roster from 75 to 53. Here’s my second and final attempt to project what the the initial 53-man will look like.
Quarterbacks (3): Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow.
Matt Barkley is expected to start on Thursday, and has been the first man in over Tebow in each of the exhibition games. Does he have the edge? Or is he being showcased? It’s hard to ignore all the trade buzz that has surrounded Barkley over the last several months. Maybe they get something for him, maybe they don’t, but the fact that the Eagles appear to be exploring trade avenues suggests that they’re comfortable with Tebow being their third QB. Tuesday evening, Ian Rapoport wrote that it seems Tebow “has a very good chance to make the Eagles.” We’ll say that he does.
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Kiko Alonso told reporters that the tendinitis Chip Kelly referenced is in fact in his surgically-repaired left knee. He added that it is common coming off an ACL injury, and that he expects to play in the preseason finale on Thursday against the Jets.
If he does in fact suit up, it will be Alonso’s first action of the preseason. The 25-year-old linebacker was held out after sustaining concussion early in camp, and was a late scratch last week against the Packers because his leg was bothering him.
With Alonso, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans all limited at some point this offseason, the group has yet to take the field together in a game. Ryans, though, says he is not concerned.
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Matt Barkley will get the start Thursday against the Jets, Chip Kelly confirmed. He’ll be first up as he and Tim Tebow square off one last time for the rights to the third quarterback job.
“Our opinions aren’t formed,” said Kelly, when asked how much weight this game carries in the evaluation of the two quarterbacks. “It’s one more time for a game opportunity. Especially with the quarterback position, practice is different just because they’re wearing red jerseys and they’re not hit. I think when you get them out there in a game it’s another opportunity to get a legitimate evaluation of them. There is a lot of weight in it.” Read more »