What’s Up With Nick Foles?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The numbers aren’t pretty for Nick Foles. 

He walked off the field Sunday having completed just 21 of his 43 pass attempts (49 percent) for 195 yards with a pair of interceptions. His 42.3 quarterback rating against the Niners is his worst under Chip Kelly — even lower than the one that accompanied his disastrous outing against Dallas last October.

Through four games, his 57.8 completion percentage ranks 29th in the NFL and his 81.7 QB rating 25th. It’s pretty plain to see that, outside of the Washington game, the 25-year-old hasn’t been firing on all cylinders. As the San Francisco game showed us, there are multiple reasons for that.
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Johnson Back With Ones; Maclin Sits

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

His first day back at practice, and Lane Johnson is already running with the ones.

Johnson returned from his four-game suspension on Monday and joined his teammates on the practice field early Tuesday afternoon. During the portion open to the media, Johnson was at right tackle with the first team. The unit looked like this (from left to right): Jason Peters, Matt Tobin, David Molk, Todd Herremans, Johnson. That’s an improvement from Sunday assuming Johnson, who is said to have come back in very good shape, can re-acclimate quickly.
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Lane Johnson Back In the Fold

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After a four-week suspension, starting right tackle Lane Johnson returned to the NovaCare Complex Monday morning.

“I saw Lane briefly this morning. He’s gotta meet with the training staff and get cleared physically,” said Chip Kelly at his day-after press conference.

“We haven’t seen him for a month. He told me he was at API in Dallas working out and there were some other players there. He looked good. It’s just the unknown. Where’s he at? How does he process things? How quickly does he get back into  the swing of things? Where is he from a health standpoint?”

Johnson was officially activated from the reserve/suspended list Monday afternoon. To make room, the Eagles released offensive lineman Kevin Graf.

Talking with people around Johnson, there is confidence that the 24-year-old will be ready to play Sunday against the Rams. He apparently trained twice a day at the facility in Dallas and is said to be in very good shape.
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Wake-Up Call: ‘We Got Whupped Up Front’

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers
SANTA CLARA, CA.. — LeSean McCoy
had 17 yards on 10 carries. The running game managed 22 yards in all. Nick Foles (21-of-43, 195 yards, 2 INTs) completed less than 50 percent of his balls and finished with a 42.3 quarterback rating. The offense — this Chip Kelly offense — got shut out. The head coach wasn’t shy about naming the root of the problem immediately following the Eagles’ 26-21 loss to the Niners.

“We got whupped up front,” he said. Read more »

Williams Penalty Huge As Eagles Fall To Niners

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers

SANTA CLARA, CA. – The Eagles’ defense had just come up with a big stand.

The Niners started their third-quarter drive at the Eagle’ 23-yard line after the ball squirted away from Zach Ertz and into the arms of cornerback Perrish Cox. Colin Kaepernick was sacked by Connor Barwin and Casey Matthews on first down, then again on third down by Trent Cole to push San Francisco to the outer fringe of field goal range.

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Boykin Leaves With Hamstring Injury

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

SANTA CLARA, CA. — Brandon Boykin left late in the first quarter with a right hamstring injury. His return is questionable.

Boykin, the gunner in punt situations, was sprinting down the right side of the field and was given a light shove by Dontae Johnson of the 49ers. Something clearly pulled on Boykin, who took a couple awkward strides before going to the ground.

After a quick trip to the trainers table, he left for the locker room.

The Eagles used a three-safety look in Boykin’s absence, with Malcolm Jenkins rotating into the slot.

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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