Notes: Ohio State Copying Kelly, Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

We’ll host a live chat for tonight’s game. Until then, here are some links to keep you occupied.

Good Jordan Matthews breakdown here from Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report:

– Matthews had a productive night versus the Patriots in Week 2 (nine receptions, 104 yards) as he worked inside of the numbers (No. 2/No. 3 alignment) running the short-to-intermediate route tree while executing the bubble screen off the Eagles’ packaged reads.

– He looked strong and fluid after the catch. The rookie receiver displayed soft hands with the ability to accelerate and create angles in the open field. Plus, he wasn’t shy about dropping his pad level on contact versus defensive backs. A physical player at the receiver position.’s Pete Thamel on how Urban Meyer and Ohio State are being influenced by Chip Kelly:

Miller’s absence thrusts redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett into the spotlight and highlights head coach Urban Meyer’s fascination with Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offense. Suddenly Ohio State’s identity shifts from Miller’s celebrity to the program’s ability to compensate for his absence.

The answer to replacing Miller’s production — 24 touchdowns passing and 12 touchdowns rushing — could lie in a phrase heard often around Buckeye camp this summer: “We want to be the Philadelphia Eagles of college football.” That’s meant everything from music blaring in practice, just like Kelly did in Eugene when he coached at Oregon, to players getting their urine tested every day to see if hydration levels are high enough. A brave Ohio State assistant strength coach, Anthony Schlegel, dressed up in a faux “nuclear suit” to collect urine Wednesday morning.

Jason Kelce comes in at No. 67 on’s list of the top 100 offensive players:

Kelce and the Eagles offensive line helped create holes for a running game that averaged an NFL-best 3.6 yards before contact per rush last season.

Editor’s note: That is a mind-boggling stat.

Trent Cole is No. 76 on the list of defensive players:

With eight more sacks last season, Cole moved into second place on the Eagles all-time sack list with 79, trailing only Reggie White (124). Last season, the Eagles recorded a sack on 6 percent of pass attempts with Cole on the field compared with 3 percent of snaps with Cole on the bench.

Andy Benoit of The MMQB thinks the Eagles will have no issues replacing DeSean Jackson:

Among the many perks of having a great scheme is you don’t have to put up with a problem child, even one capable of posting 1,332 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. When Chip Kelly released DeSean Jackson, he didn’t “send a message” to his team. He simply shrugged and turned his back on a guy who wasn’t always fully invested in the greater cause.

Kelly knew he could easily find a replacement for Jackson. True, the 27-year-old’s tremendous speed and quickness fit the scheme. But the scheme doesn’t need players with an abundance of these traits, it needs players that simply have them. Kelly’s play designs can take care of the rest.

Mike Sando of has a list out of the top 50 breakout candidates. Zach Ertz comes in at No. 14:

Ertz graded out much better than Eifert in Pro Football Focus grading for 2013, even though their receiving numbers were pretty similar. Some in the league feel as though Foles can be a top-tier quarterback, and if that is the case, Ertz will be among the beneficiaries. The team will need to replace some of the production that left the roster when DeSean Jackson was released, and Ertz may pick up some of that slack.

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  • Michael West

    Ertz gonna do the damn thing this year, safe bet to invest in one of his jerseys? Last jersey I had was TO and that worked out well (for at least 1 year…)

    • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

      Ertz is my next purchase I believe.

    • Roasty

      Been on the fence between Kendricks and Ertz. The problem with Ertz is I can only find midnight green Game edition jerseys of his. For the new Nike Jerseys, I think it is well worth the extra $50 to get the Limited jerseys

    • Dpick

      I’d give it till November to see if Jordan Matthews becomes the workhorse receiver we hope he is and go from there…if not, an Ertz jersey for Xmas will be nice to have going into the playoffs.

      • Michael West

        That’s a good point. I think it’s something that you can get a Marcus smith jersey and a Matthews jersey through the pro shop now, but not an ertz Jersey. I guess they always sell the big draft picks online/at the pro shop? I don’t have many jerseys (soooo much money) so i’m not too versed on it.

        I just don’t want to get burned and Ertz turns into a bust, doesn’t seem that way thought…

        Let’s hope that Matthews does turn into that workhorse we think he can be AND Ertz is a monster so we have a tough decision to make come Christmas time

        • MagatBrackendale

          Merchandise $ale$ are always of great interest to the league, so there might be a quota of some kind dictating how many rookie jerseys from this year as opposed to last year.

        • dnabrice

          Ertz will not be a bust. Too great a player.

    • shady25

      Yeah I’m on the fence. Would be nice if we had a defensive play maker jersey I could buy. Ertz, Matthews or a different color McCoy for me. You can never go wrong with that #20 baby!

    • The only jersey I want says “Dorenbos” on the back.

    • irvin792

      I love my throwback Cunningham jersey

  • Andy

    Hmmm…He does have soft hands.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    Ummm, Andy Benoit’s article makes Dave Spadaro seem like Token.

    • dnabrice

      That was awesome!

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      I assumed this was hyperbole. It is not. I mean

      GM Howie Roseman has given Davis plenty of resources to keep generating pressure.

      wow. Loved it though. Nice propaganda piece. Good times. Sounds like 16-0 regular season will be a bit of an underachievement.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        that was one over the top fluff piece.

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    Damnit Chip. He needs to be helping out Penn State, not Ohio ‘We ain’t come to play skool’ State!

  • Kleptolia

    Man, the Eagles will have a tough matchup when they play Ohio State this year. What a game that will be!

  • ION Eagles

    “Kelce and the Eagles offensive line helped create holes for a running
    game that averaged an NFL-best 3.6 yards before contact per rush last

    Wow – that is almost double Chip’s 2-yards-from-the-line-2-yards-from-the-back mantra!

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    Jason Philips is working out with ‘Allas. haha, love to see him cover shady or sproles.

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Hate saying it but that can’t be good for his knee… Being in ‘Allas or covering those two.

  • Token

    So what should we look for tonight?

    Carrol is playing right? Id like to see the kicker get in there and maybe Barner will get some plays later. Id like to see the defense show some signs of life. The offense I just want to see some nice drives against a D thats usually aggressive. Dont really know what the Steelers talent pool is like right now. I dont wanna see Foles do the flip flop thing. By that I mean have one bad week – good week – bad week etc… We gotta get past that point by now. Hes gotta get some consistency going. This is their season warm up tonight. O, and under 40 flags would be a plus.

    • Kevin.Rosenberger

      Things I’m looking for/at:

      Foles consistency
      Defense showing some life and aggression against a mediocre offensive line
      Barner with returns and maybe some late carries
      Carol finally seeing the field
      Test the safeties of Pittsburgh
      The kicker

      Other than that the Steelers have a LB In Shazier that was all over the place last week. I hope we can keep him away from the ball.

      I live in Pittsburgh so this will be interesting as always.

      • Token

        Didnt think about KR. With Huff out I wonder if Barner gets thrown right in there. Id like to see them give the new kicker all of the KOs tonight.

        • Kevin.Rosenberger

          I think they will have him KR at least twice. We shall see.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Top 10 things I’m looking for tonight:
      1) Stay healthy
      2) Smith II
      3) Stay healthy
      4) Jordan Matthews
      5) Stay healthy
      6) backup running backs
      7) Stay healthy
      8) Allen and Wolff
      9) Stay healthy
      10) No injuries

      • Kevin.Rosenberger

        I don’t want to see Allen anymore.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          right! this guy gets it!!!

  • Joe Thomas

    I hate Ohio State

    • Rambler

      It doesn’t like you either.