Injuries Hit Eagles’ Offensive Line


An already struggling offensive line is now dealing with a rash of injuries.

Tackles Jason Peters (quad) and Lane Johnson (knee, ankle) were both sidelined as preparations for the Saints began Tuesday. Joining them on the sideline was Allen Barbre, who played the entire game against Washington but apparently got banged up as well.

This unit is already down Andrew Gardner for the season and cannot afford any more losses; that’s especially true when it comes to their tackles. Johnson is dealing with an MCL and ankle sprain but could be available this weekend. Peters has left each of the team’s games at some point this season and was only able to play six snaps against Washington.

Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), Byron Maxwell (quad) and Brandon Bair (groin) all sat out as well. Billy Davis sounded confident about having Maxwell, Cedric Thornton (hand) and Taylor Hart (shoulder) this week. He does not think Bair will be available, and labeled Kendricks as day-to-to-day.

The Departed: Nick Foles, Rams Top Cards


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As the St. Louis Rams handed the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season, former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles led the charge with three touchdown passes.

“In an ideal world of Rams football, this is what it’s supposed to look like,” Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Dispatch wrote after St. Louis’s win. “A defense and special teams unit that create turnovers and give up points grudgingly.

“And don’t forget Foles, who squeezed those three touchdown passes out of just 24 throws en route to a 126.9 passer rating.”

Through four games, Foles and the Rams are 2-2 and one game back in the NFC West. Foles has completed 63 percent of his passes for 815 yards, five touchdowns and one interception, and a 96.5 quarterback rating.

Here’s a recap of how the rest of the Eagles’ offseason departures are faring after Week 4. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Chip And the Execution Theory

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles were 3-1 and everybody was happy.

The year was 2012 — Andy Reid’s last as steward of this franchise. With questions swirling about the head coach’s future, the Eagles pulled out narrow wins in three of their first four thanks to some late-game theatrics, capped by an Alex Henery field goal (and a Lawrence Tynes miss) that lifted the Eagles to a 19-17 win over the Giants on the night they retired Brian Dawkins’ number. They were turning the ball over at an alarming rate and injuries were starting to mount, but the record was the record and the record was good.

And then the wheels came off.

Working with an increasingly-depleted offensive line and a collection of players that just didn’t mesh, Reid’s club proceeded to drop eight straight and 11 of its next 12 games. The flaws were deep-rooted and shattered the illusion before long.

This example isn’t cited to compare the 2015 Eagles directly to the ’12 version — I believe the current team to be in significantly better shape overall – but to shine a different light on Kelly’s day-after press conference comments regarding the current state of affairs. Read more »

Eagles-Washington, The Day After

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

LANDOVER, MD — The league website came out with a nifty little #NextGen stat this week in respect to distance travelled on the football field. Malcolm Jenkins and Walter Thurmond ranked No. 1 and No. 2 among safeties in distance covered per game, the study found, while Nolan Carroll was third out of all the cornerbacks.

A reporter stumbled while searching for positives to be taken from this stat. (All three are playing well, after all.) Does it speak to  hustle? The ability to track and cover a lot of space?

“It could be a positive. It could also mean that we’re on the field a lot,” said Thurmond earlier this week with a laugh. “I mean, that’s what it comes down to, the most distance traveled, so you’re talking about time on the field from a defensive standpoint.”

Thurmond, Jenkins and crew likely added to their lead on Sunday in Washington. The Eagles’ defense faced 79 plays and was on the field for over 41 minutes — 5:39 of which was accrued in the final, defining moments of the game as Washington marched 15 plays and 90 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LANDOVER, MD — The Eagles’ offense has taken the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde routine to almost epic proportions. In each of their first four games, they struggled to earn a first down in one half, while scoring most, if not all, of their points in the other.

“I wish I knew how to explain it because then we would get it fixed,” Sam Bradford said. “It’s almost like we are two completely different offenses, and once we get it going we are pretty good. But for some reason, there are times we just struggle to get it going.”

Philadelphia’s 23-20 loss yesterday to Washington was no different. After recording just four first downs in the first half, the Eagles scored three touchdowns in the second half. Bradford finally completed his first pass of more than 20 yards this season, and did so three more times for good measure.

He threw three touchdown tosses — including a 62-yarder to Riley Cooper and a 39-yarder to Miles Austin — and finished with a 122.6 passer rating.

“You guys act like we don’t want to throw the ball downfield,” Bradford said, “but I think we saw something we could take advantage [of] this week and we called a couple of plays trying to get those posts.” Read more »

Chip Kelly: ‘We Can’t Delay the Season’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly didn’t sound concerned after the Eagles’ 23-20 loss to Washington on Sunday, but he did attribute his team’s struggles to execution, specifically mentioning dropped passes.

“They play with great effort, but I don’t think we are executing,” he said. “We had a couple of key drops in the fourth quarter. We get those drops, [it] changes the game.

“We’ve got to make plays. We can’t delay the season. We’re not making plays right now.” Read more »

Murray: I’m Not Getting Enough Touches

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LANDOVER, MD — DeMarco Murray ran the ball eight times for 36 yards and was targeted through the air twice in the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins. But when the running back was asked after the game if he’s getting enough touches, he said he isn’t.

“No, I’m not,” Murray said. “I don’t think I am, but it’s just how the plays have been called.” Read more »

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