Eagles Release G.J. Kinne, 11 Others

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles released 12 players on Saturday:

WR G.J. Kinne
CB Mark Anthony
S Brandon Bishop
OL Mike Coccia
OL Kevin Graf
DE Alfy Hill
WR Mike Johnson
LB Dasman McCullum
WR John Reese
DE Jeremy Towns
TE Justin Tukes
OL Jared Wheeler

The roster now stands at 78 players. It must be trimmed to 75 by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Kinne spent each of the past two seasons on the Eagles’ practice squad. He converted to wide receiver this offseason in an attempt to find a role on the team.

“I’m just a guy who’s thankful to be here and will do whatever they want me to do,” he said.

The 26-year-old was unable to make a big splash this preseason, though, finishing with two catches for four yards on four targets. Kinne is still practice-squad eligible. (For a full list of practice squad candidates, click here.)

Graf is one of the other notable names on this list. The former USC Trojan spent Weeks 2-4 on the team’s active roster last season before being moved to the practice squad.

Four Downs: Bradford And the Red-Zone

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Courtesy of USA Today

MOST TELLING STAT

The Eagles were 5-for-5 in their red zone trips — all of which came in the first half. Sam Bradford finished each of his three drives with touchdown tosses, and Mark Sanchez capitalized on his two red zone opportunities with TD passes to Jeff Maehl and Trey Burton.

“The quarterbacks threw me some really good balls, right on my body, really easy catches,” said Burton, who had two touchdowns on four targets Saturday. “It felt that everything went really well as an offense…Everything was just clicking on all cylinders.”

The Eagles’ quarterbacks were 23rd in red zone quarterback rating last season, per Sporting Charts. The team ranked in the bottom third overall with a touchdown conversion rate of under 50 percent. The rate in Chip Kelly‘s first season (53 percent) was only marginally better. Jeffrey Lurie identified red zone offense as one of the three issues that proved to be the team’s Achilles’ heel last year along with turnovers and big plays allowed on defense. It is a key stat to watch once the season gets underway. The Eagles are 10-for-17 (59 percent) in that department this preseason, and 4-for-4 with Bradford at quarterback. Read more »

Day-After Notes: Crossing Up Coverages

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — You saw it time and time again in the Eagles’ 39-26 win over the Packers: crossing routes. Philadelphia used them on touchdowns, big plays and first downs, and Green Bay seemingly had no answer for them.

“It’s a main-staple in our offense,” said Jeff Maehl, who caught a nine-yard touchdown pass last night. “We have a lot of guys going different ways and since we get so much man coverage, it’s hard when two guys cross with each other to either stay with your guy or pass him off. Coach [Chip] Kelly does a great job of putting us in the right position and giving us a chance to make plays.”

Because of the Eagles’ success with the passing concept, you’d think defenses would switch to zone more often. However, as Sam Bradford noted after the game, the Packers ran a lot of man-to-man coverage.

The reason for that, according to Maehl, actually has nothing to do with the passing game. Read more »

Sam Bradford Perfect Against Packers

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — After his rusty Eagles debut last Saturday, Sam Bradford turned in a perfect performance in Philadelphia’s 39-26 win over the Packers, completing all 10 of his passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns.

“I thought he was really poised out there, had a really good command of what we were doing, [and] really located the football,” Chip Kelly said. “I thought he played really well.”

Bradford led the Eagles to a 38-yard scoring drive on the first series of the game after Raheem Mostert’s 67-yard kick return. He capped it off with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles (video below courtesy of the Eagles). Read more »

Chip: Kiko Alonso Dealing With Nagging Leg Injury

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Following Saturday’s 39-26 win over the Packers, Chip Kelly revealed that Kiko Alonso was held out because of a “little nagging leg injury.”

“Kiko tried to run around. His leg is bothering him a little bit, so he tried to run around a little bit pregame and just didn’t feel 100 percent so we held him out. It’s not his knee, it’s not his ACL,” said Kelly. “I don’t know particularly what it is — tendonitis or something like that — so he should be fine.”
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Open Thread: Eagles vs. Packers

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The dress rehearsal is here, as the Eagles take on the Packers in the third week of the preseason. We’ll pop in with some updates and thoughts from time to time. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.
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NFC East Roundup: RG3 Sitting Out

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

The ongoing saga of Robert Griffin III and his time in our nation’s capital took yet another turn Friday when Washington announced that the team’s franchise quarterback would, after being evaluated by neuropsychologists, be held out one to two weeks to rest. From the team, per ESPN.com’s John Keim:

In a statement released by the team, Kurtzke said, “Per discussion with Neuropsychologists and with Anthony Casolaro M.D., we had anticipated yesterday that the patient would be cleared for full participation in gameplay this weekend; however, upon further scrutiny today of the neuropsychology data, I agree with the neuropsychologist that he should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one-two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.”

It was unclear even Thursday whether Griffin had indeed suffered a concussion. He could not point to which play it might have happened — or if it had occurred on the final play of his night, when a Lions player fell on him.

The announcement is just another unexpected twist in Griffin’s always-intriguing tenure in Washington.

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Weekend Notebook: G.J. Kinne’s Position Change

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After the New York Jets signed G.J. Kinne as an undrafted free agent in 2012, they waived him two months later. Four games into his career as an Omaha Nighthawk later that year, the United Football League ran out of money and the organization folded.

So when the Eagles came to Kinne and talked to him about changing positions before OTAs this season, he didn’t hesitate to answer. Read more »

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