After missing his first game as an Eagle, DeMarco Murray is active today against the Redskins. Thad Lewis, Chris Maragos, Kiko Alonso, Julian Vandervelde, Cedric Thornton, Marcus Smith and Taylor Hart are all inactive. Read more »
Mark Schlereth joined Joe DeCamara and Adam Caplan on 97.5 the Fanatic on Friday to talk Week 4 football, and he held no punches when discussing what he despises about the way Chip Kelly is utilizing his offensive linemen this season.
“People talk about, ‘Oh, revolutionizing the offense under Chip Kelly, he’s going to change the game,'” Schlereth said. “You don’t change the game if you don’t block people on the line of scrimmage, and that’s been the biggest issue for them.”
Schlereth said he watched the Eagles’ win over the Jets in Week 3, and realized that Kelly’s offense only has one snap count because Kelly wants to run more plays in a shorter period of time. Read more »
The Eagles head to Washington for Week 4. Here’s how an assortment of media think the game will unfold.
Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks believes the Eagles come away with a 26-18 win this Sunday.
Many might forget that it was Philadelphia’s 27–24 loss at Washington in Week 16 last December that snuffed out the last of the Eagles’ once-robust playoff hopes. Chip Kelly’s team hasn’t lost track of that detail, however, and I think Philly is about to put together its most complete performance of the season and earn a division road win. Eagles QB Sam Bradford could really use a strong showing, because even in victory last week against the Jets he looked inaccurate and out of rhythm, missing some very makeable throws.
The third-most prolific tight end in the National Football League isn’t a member of the old guard like Antonio Gates or Jimmy Graham, nor a well-known up-and-comer like Zach Ertz or Tyler Eifert.
Instead, it’s Washington’s Jordan Reed who ranks third in the league in receiving yards by a tight end after three weeks, piling up 19 catches for 241 yards and a touchdown. He’s just three yards behind Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce for second place.
Reed is on pace for an astounding 101 catches, 1,285 yards and five touchdowns if he keeps up the frankly unsustainable pace with which he’s picking apart defenses.
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After their first win of the season, the Eagles will try to make it two in a row against Washington Sunday. Tim and Josh discuss who to keep an eye on, who will win and more. Read more »
Cory Undlin threw down the gauntlet the moment he arrived in town.
“We’re looking for non-impostors,” he said, “meaning guys that get up and line up in press, and then the ball gets snapped, and then they open the gate, and then they just let the guy run down the field. We don’t want that. So my job is to get them to believe in themselves and believe in the technique. If they get lined up on any guy, I don’t care what guy it is, the starter or their fourth wideout, that they’re gonna play with the technique we’re trying to demand out of them.”
His new pupils raved about the improvements in their game right from the jump this spring. Malcolm Jenkins called Undlin the most important pickup of the offseason. Declared in early June the defensive backfield was already better than it had been at any point last season. Led by Byron Maxwell, the revamped secondary looked poised to take a big stride forward.
Then came the opener against Atlanta. Read more »
The NFL announced that they expect the Eagles-Redskins game to happen as scheduled on Sunday at 1 p.m. Read the full statement below. Read more »
Despite working on contingency plans this week to account for Hurricane Joaquin, the NFL announced that it does expect the game to be played at 1 p.m. Sunday at FedEx Field. Here’s a look at how the teams are coming in from a health perspective:
LB Kiko Alonso (knee), DE Taylor Hart (shoulder), DE Cedric Thornton (hand)
LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), S Chris Maragos (quadricep), RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring), T Jason Peters (quadricep)
TE Trey Burton (shoulder), WR Riley Cooper (knee), WR Josh Huff (hamstring)
Earlier in the week, Chip Kelly sounded optimistic that Peters and Maragos would be available for this one. Murray was a full participant Thursday and Friday after being limited on Wednesday. He missed last week’s game against the Jets with a hamstring strain.
Jay Gruden did not sound optimistic earlier in the week about DeSean Jackson‘s chances, and it turns out the receiver will in fact miss the matchup with his former team because of a lingering hamstring. DeAngelo Hall and linebacker Perry Riley are out as well.
The Eagles’ philosophy is simple.
“Our whole way of looking at it is not be satisfied with just 10-6, 10-6,” Jeffrey Lurie said in March. “It’s to try and go for it. You got to take risks to do that. It’s worth it to take the risk.”
Perhaps the biggest risk Philadelphia has taken so far in Chip Kelly’s tenure is trading Nick Foles for Sam Bradford. Foles threw for 40 touchdown passes, 12 interceptions and 5,054 yards in 21 games under Kelly. Bradford, meanwhile, had only played in seven games in the previous two seasons at the time the deal was made. Read more »
With a new defensive coordinator and DeSean Jackson likely out of the lineup, Washington will look different than the last time Philadelphia saw them. With that in mind, we asked several Eagles about what to expect from their NFC East rival on Sunday. Read more »