Making Sense of the Eagles’ Inactives

NFL: Washington Redskins at Houston Texans

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Redskins: QB Matt Barkley, WR Josh Huff, S Earl Wolff, OL Matt Tobin, OL Kevin Graf, LB Mychal Kendricks and DL Taylor Hart.

DeSean Jackson, who suffered a shoulder injury last week, is active for Washington. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Redskins Predictions

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Player I’ll be watching

McManus: Emmanuel Acho. 

Chip Kelly says that both Acho and Casey Matthews have been splitting reps at inside linebacker in Mychal Kendricks‘ absence, but the thought here is that Acho will get the starting nod and the bulk of the playing time.

Before injuring his calf late in the third quarter against Indianapolis, Kendricks was playing at an elite level. He had a team-high 13 tackles against Jacksonville and has 20 tackles, a sack and three hurries in all. Billy Davis sent Kendricks after the quarterback 24 times in the first two games. He is the highest-rated pass-rusher among all inside linebackers in the early going, according to Pro Football Focus. Along with Fletcher Cox, Kendricks has arguably been the biggest difference-maker on defense so far.

He will not play Sunday and if we’re talking about a Grade 2 strain here, could be out 2-3 weeks. The defense will not be the same without him. There’s really no getting around that. Davis doesn’t need Acho (or Matthews) to be a standout, but can’t afford for him to be a liability. Alfred Morris is currently the league’s fourth-leading rusher and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Backup running backs Roy Helu and Silas Redd are both averaging over five yards per carry. It would be nice if Acho could get after quarterback Kirk Cousins on occasion, but the Eagles will be satisfied if he helps to keep the run game and short-to-intermediate pass game in check.

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Kendricks Will Not Play Against Redskins

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here is the injury report for Sunday’s game against the Redskins:

OUT

LB Mychal Kendricks (calf)

DOUBTFUL

WR Josh Huff (shoulder)

QUESTIONABLE

T Matt Tobin (ankle), S Earl Wolff (knee)

PROBABLE

CB Nolan Carroll (elbow), DE Fletcher Cox (back), TE Zach Ertz (knee), G Todd Herremans (hamstring), S Malcolm Jenkins (shoulder), WR Brad Smith (groin), CB Jaylen Watkins (hamstring), CB Cary Williams (hamstring) Read more »

All-22: McCoy’s 3rd-And-15 Run

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Chip Kelly admitted afterwards that the call wasn’t part of some grand plan. He was, in fact, deciding to be somewhat conservative and play to the game situation.

The Eagles were down 20-13 in the third quarter against the Colts and facing a 3rd-and-15 from the Indianapolis 31. That’s when Kelly decided to go to old reliable: an inside zone run.

“I was actually thinking if we could get into field goal range,” he said. “They were doing a great job when you get into real long yardage situations… they are going to rush three, they are going to drop everybody in coverage. There are not a lot of holes in there to fit a ball in, so I said, ‘Screw it. Let’s run it and get out of it.’ ”

That was the thought process, but 21 yards later, LeSean McCoy had a first down. Darren Sproles would score from 19 yards out three plays later to tie the game. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Three Eagles Leftovers

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

From the design of Chip Kelly’s offense to Darren Sproles’ workload to Billy Davis’ A-gap pressures, here are three Eagles leftovers from this week.

1. Based on how his Oregon teams operated, Kelly was asked if there’s something about the design of his offense that lends itself to running backs and tight ends playing bigger roles than wide receivers in the passing game.

“We are equal opportunity distributors,” Kelly said. “How do you want to defend us? Doesn’t matter. If there’s a matchup we can exploit, we’ll exploit it. But… we don’t have a set number that this needs to go here, this needs to go here. A lot of times, it’s different guys, different games. And one game it’s one guy, another game, it’s another guy.

“So it’s not by design, to answer your question, that we are trying to go one way or another way.” Read more »

Inside Voices: How the Eagles Landed Sproles

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Sproles found out about his impending release from the Saints via Twitter.

Three seasons. Over 5,500 yards. Twenty-one touchdowns. No heads up.

“They didn’t call me and tell me nothing,” said Sproles following Thursday’s practice. “I just felt that it was disrespectful, you know what I’m saying? Y’all could have told me first.”

Instead he learned of his fate on social media and quickly contacted his agent. Word was spreading throughout the league as well. Read more »

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