The Eagles placed Andrew Gardner on injured reserve after he left the Jets game early with a foot injury Sunday. Gardner earned the starting right guard spot in training camp after the departures of Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans.
After the Eagles selected Jordan Hicks with the 84th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Chip Kelly noted that they probably spent more time around Hicks than any other player during the pre-draft process.
Was that coincidence? Intentional? And what did he learn that convinced him to pull the trigger? Read more »
The Eagles placed kicker Cody Parkey on injured reserve because of a groin injury and signed Caleb Sturgis to replace him.
The news was first reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
According to Chip Kelly, Parkey hurt himself during pregame against the Jets. The kicker previously hurt his groin during the preseason, but Kelly said today that Parkey didn’t re-aggravate his groin and classified it as a “new injury in his leg.”
Chip Kelly addressed the media this afternoon after the Eagles’ first win of the season yesterday. Here are some highlights. Read more »
Here’s our weekly look at what’s going on around the NFC East after an interesting Week 3. Read more »
According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, the Eagles are trying out kickers after Cody Parkey aggravated his groin injury against the Jets Sunday.
The kickers the Eagles will try out include Nick Novak, Caleb Sturgis and Billy Cundiff, per Ian Rapoport.
And could there be a return of Murderleg?
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Calls for Chip Kelly to shake things up were coming from both outside and within.
After a pair of brutal rushing performances against Atlanta and Dallas in which the Eagles mustered a combined 70 yards on the ground (2.1 average), further attention was given to the theory that Kelly’s offense had become too predictable. Some players did not exactly go out of their way to shoot that notion down.
“Yeah, I think so,” said Lane Johnson following the Dallas loss, when asked if he believed the Cowboys had a feel for their tendencies. “I think moving forward we have to mix it up a little bit, create some more variety of plays and try to get some confusion for the defense.”
While far from dominant, the run game found some success against a formidable Jets defense Sunday at MetLife Stadium — particularly in the first half. Ryan Mathews went for over 100 yards and the Eagles finished with 123 rush yards overall, nearly doubling their output from the first two weeks. Kelly said afterwards that they “went back to basics” this week to get things going, but that’s not the whole story. There weren’t any wholesale changes, but Kelly got more creative with his looks and made some tweaks that helped breathe a little life into the ground game.
“To me, there are a lot of similar plays and what-not but formation-wise we changed it up quite a bit more,” Jason Kelce acknowledged, “and that presents a different look to a defense and changes up some of their roles and responsibilities.” Read more »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — DeMeco Ryans noticed it as soon as the week started. Despite the secondary’s up-and-down play in the first two games of the season, the inside linebacker was excited about what he saw.
“The difference from last week to this week? The focus and intensity in practice,” Ryans said. “There was a lot more energy, they were locked in and they studied hard this week.”
That mentality translated to the field yesterday as the Eagles won the turnover battle—and the game—for the first time this year. They intercepted three passes and forced one fumble, even though the Jets tallied just two giveaways in their first two games. Read more »
It wasn’t pretty, Chip Kelly explained, but the Eagles still picked up their first win of the season against the Jets.
“I thought it was gritty,” Kelly said. “We knew going in that this was going to be one of this kind of, to use a boxing analogy, two guys are going to stand in the middle of the ring and start swinging at each other, and that’s what happened.” Read more »