Cox Playing Key Role In Eagles Pass-Rush

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eight different Eagles have notched a sack this season, yet the column next to Fletcher Cox’s name shows a goose egg.

Looking at numbers alone, it’d be easy to draw the conclusion that Cox is not doing much to affect opposing quarterbacks. But that assertion couldn’t be farther from the truth.

“We joke with him that he’s just as unlucky as anybody right now,” said Connor Barwin, who leads the Eagles with six sacks. “He wins consistently probably more than anybody in the pass-rushing group up front. But pass-rushing and sacks is such an opportunistic stat. He’s hit the quarterback a bunch, but the ball’s just gotten off or he’s been there first. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Cardinals Predictions

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Jeremy Maclin

When Chip Kelly spoke during the offseason about the importance of Eagles wide receivers beating man coverage, he specifically brought up Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.

In last year’s meeting, Eagles wide receivers combined for seven catches and 104 yards against the Cardinals. They still won that game, but the offense averaged 4.2 yards per play. Nick Foles was sacked five times, and the Eagles were 5-for-16 on third down.

Kelly opted in the offseason to let DeSean Jackson go in favor of re-signing Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. Maclin leads the team with 27 catches for 445 yards, but he’s been targeted 60 times. He’s tied for the second-worst catch rate among wide receivers with 40 targets or more. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Can Tempo Slow Cardinals Blitz?

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots

On most weeks, the Eagles feel like they have a weapon to combat their opponents’ blitzes: tempo.

The pace the Birds use on offense can deter opposing coordinators from trying to get to their more complex schemes. According to Chip Kelly, that was one of the reasons the Eagles faced so much man coverage in 2013.

But Todd Bowles and the Arizona Cardinals appear to be the exception. Read more »

Kendricks, Sproles Limited Again

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks and Darren Sproles were listed as limited participants for the second straight day Thursday.

Kendricks once again lined up alongside DeMeco Ryans during individual drills, but sat out for a spell and stood alongside a trainer with his helmet off before rejoining the action.

“He won’t play this week,” said one of the defensive players. Others weren’t as sure.

Kendricks has not addressed the media this week.

Jason Kelce (hernia) and Evan Mathis (knee) were also limited. DeMeco Ryans (groin),  Jaylen Watkins (wrist) and Chris Polk (hamstring) practiced in full.

There have been no indications that Matthew Tucker will be called up from the practice squad. One teammate we talked to expects Sproles to be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, Polk will be the primary backup and Trey Burton will be the emergency back as he was against the Giants.

‘Someone Shooting a Shotgun Right Next To My Ear’

NFL: Buffalo Bills-Training Camp

On Opening Day of 2010, Kevin Kolb got the start for the Eagles against the Green Bay Packers.

It was supposed to be the start of a new era. With Donovan McNabb traded to Washington, Kolb, who had waited his turn, finally got a chance to take over. But he never even got to finish the game.

Kolb was hit by Clay Matthews and suffered a concussion. During his absence, Michael Vick took over and kept the starting job. Kolb was eventually traded to the Arizona Cardinals and finished out his career with the Buffalo Bills.

In a piece for The MMQB published today, Kolb wrote about recently being stuck in Cabo San Lucas during a hurricane. But he also described the concussion symptoms he lives with on a daily basis: Read more »

All-22: McCoy On Run-Game Changes

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

In the Eagles’ last game against the Giants, LeSean McCoy had by far his best performance of the season, rushing 22 times for 149 yards (6.8 YPC).

In the previous three games combined, he had totaled 120 yards on 53 attempts (2.3 YPC). But on Wednesday, the Eagles’ running back insisted that the Week 6 performance did not affect his confidence one way or another.

“It was obviously a good game and we ran the ball well,” McCoy said. “But I still feel the same way I did before this year or after this year. I feel like we have a good team here. I think we can run the ball well. We have the guys up front to do it and guys in the backfield to also do it. It was a great game, we gashed ‘em. But I always felt the same way before the game, from the 20-yard games to the 150 or 149. It doesn’t make a difference.”

What did make a difference were the wrinkles added by Chip Kelly and the coaching staff. Read more »

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