Three-And-Out: Eagles-Giants Predictions

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Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Nick Foles

Sometimes, it’s OK to go with the most obvious guy.

Foles is clearly working through some things right now. He’s turned it over four times (three interceptions, one fumble) in the last two games. He has morphed into one of the worst deep ball throwers in the NFL (2-for-16 on passes of 20+ yards the last two weeks), and he looks jittery in the pocket. Read more »

Inside Voices: Training Versus Practice

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

There is a saying that floats around the NovaCare Complex, one that many of the players can recite on the spot:

You don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. 

“When the game is on the line, it’s the fourth quarter in a rivalry game in prime time, you’re not all of a sudden going to rise to the occasion,” Malcolm Jenkins explained, “you are going to sink to what you’ve trained and prepared for. Obviously we’ve done a good job of training in those situations because we’ve showed up pretty well.”

The term “training” has replaced “practice” in this team’s lexicon. It’s subtle, but significant. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Hurdle For Ertz

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Zach Ertz has been putting in plenty of overtime the past two weeks in the name of getting his blocking game right.

Leading up to the Rams game, he stayed after practice every day to work on his technique with Jason Peters following a rough outing against San Francisco. This week, Ertz and his position coaches lingered on the NovaCare fields long after the training sessions had come to a close.

“I want to block. I want to be a good blocker,” said the second-year tight end. “I want to show the coaches that they can trust me to put me in there and get it done.”

Entering last Sunday, Ertz had played 64 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps and held a slight edge (185 to 179) over Brent Celek in downs played. Against St. Louis, it was a different story. Ertz received just 29 snaps compared to Celek’s 58. James Casey, who was averaging eight plays per game prior to Sunday, saw his number jump to 25. The reason for the change seems pretty straightforward: Read more »

Ryans: ‘We’ll See How It Goes’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

DeMeco Ryans donned a helmet for the first time at practice this week, but said he likely won’t know until Sunday whether he’ll be able to play after suffering a groin strain against the Rams.

“When Sunday gets here, we’ll see how it feels,” he said. “If I can go, if I’m effective, feel like I can help my team, I’ll be out there. If I’m not, then I won’t be.”

On the Eagles’ official injury report, he was listed as limited.

“Just trying to get back to it, just trying to get back into where I can go full swing,” Ryans said. “Certain movements don’t feel too good. When I’m effective, I’ll be out there.” Read more »

All-22: The State Of the Eagles’ Offense

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After Sunday’s win against the Rams, Chip Kelly discussed the process of feeling out opposing defenses early in games.

“Just try to loosen them up,” Kelly said. “A lot of times as we play teams, it’s figuring how they decide to defend us. They were in a big man scheme, different than some of the other teams we face. Trying to get a feel for what they are going to do from a defensive standpoint.

“They have done a good job of playing zone and man. Just what are they going to choose to play us in, and they chose to play us in a lot more man today than we had seen. Even any of the other games we had played, I think Jacksonville and San Francisco played us in a ton of zone. These guys, their choice was to play us in man. Just have to do a better job with some of our man beaters. We had some guys there, but we have to do a better job. We knew what we were getting. We just have to execute.”

For the second week in a row, the offense looked shaky, managing two touchdown drives while turning the ball over three times. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Chip On Developing Rookies

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles drafted seven players back in May, and through five games, only two have been weekly contributors: Jordan Matthews and Beau Allen.

First-rounder Marcus Smith II has played a total of 34 snaps, and those have come at a new position (inside linebacker). Third-rounder Josh Huff had been bothered by a shoulder injury and finally saw some action against the Rams. Jaylen Watkins has yet to play a snap, and Taylor Hart has yet to be active. Ed Reynolds, meanwhile, is on the practice squad.

Matthews is playing 58.2 percent of the snaps and has 19 catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Allen has played 18 percent of the snaps and flashed a few times in the past couple of weeks.

On Wednesday, Chip Kelly was asked about the rookies and made it clear that he’s not planning on using game action to develop them. They’ll get on the field when they’re ready. Read more »

McCoy On Being Pulled: ‘I Wasn’t Pissed About It’

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Photo Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Three days after the Eagles notched their fourth victory of the season, some in the city are still wondering why LeSean McCoy was on the sideline when the offense was trying to ice the game against the Rams.

Today, the Birds’ starting running back tried to set the record straight.

“What happened was after the game, they asked me do I take myself out when Darren [Sproles] comes in the game, yeah,” McCoy said. “The majority of the times, I take myself, I’m tired, I come out. Sproles can take over and do his thing, and we’re confident in him to do that. But the last drive, [running backs coach] Duce [Staley] pulled me out.” Read more »

All-22: Dissecting the Eagles’ Defensive Breakdowns

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Knowing that he was about to field several questions about the defense’s near-meltdown against the St. Louis Rams, Billy Davis went for the humor route as he walked up to the podium Tuesday afternoon.

“You guys rather have [special teams coach Dave] Fipp?” he joked. “I can bring Fipp up. He deserves it.”

The first nine possessions against the Rams resulted in one touchdown, five punts and three turnovers. However, the Eagles allowed three touchdown drives of 60+ yards in the final 18 minutes and needed a late stop to hang on to a 34-28 lead.

Davis fields questions about his starting cornerbacks on a weekly basis. On Tuesday, he offered a passionate defense of Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. He also provided context for some of the team’s late-game breakdowns. Read more »

Kendricks, Ryans Sit Out

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans both sat out of Wednesday’s practice.

Kendricks got some hopes up by exchanging his hat for a helmet yesterday but he only did some light work on the side, Chip Kelly said. Today he was back in a baseball cap and did not even participate in the stretching portion of practice. He seems like a long shot to play Sunday at this point.

There is a little more optimism when it comes to Ryans, who injured his groin against the Rams.

“If there is one guy that I wouldn’t count out of anything, it would be DeMeco, but we’ll see how he progresses during the week” said Kelly. “The one thing about DeMeco, he’s extremely honest with you. He’ll tell you if he can go or can’t go, that’s exactly what he told the trainers on Sunday. We’ll see where he is. It sounds like he is progressing. We’re hopeful for that but we’ll see what happens over these next couple days of training.”

Kelly said no decision has been made on who would wear the headset if Ryans can’t go, and didn’t seemed too concerned about it.

“It’s really not that big of a deal for us on the defensive side of the ball,” he said.

There is no denying, though, that Ryans is the on-field conductor for this Eagles defense. His presence is pretty critical to the overall operation. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho are the next men in if Ryans and Kendricks can’t go.

Chris Polk (hamstring) sat out for the second straight day.

Brad Smith (groin) is listed as out for Sunday night’s game. Connor Barwin (knee), Brandon Boykin (hamstring), Trey Burton (achilles), Nolan Carroll (hamstring), Josh Huff (shoulder) and Matt Tobin (ankle) were all full participants. 

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