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 »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here’s a look at what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports writes that Chip Kelly‘s decision to acquire Sam Bradford was influenced in part by Nick Saban.

When with the Miami Dolphins in 2006, Nick Saban had the opportunity to sign Drew Brees as an unrestricted free agent. Saban passed because team doctors felt Brees couldn’t mount a successful comeback from the shoulder surgery he underwent the previous season.

Brees continues to prove Miami’s medical staff wrong each year while forging a Hall of Fame career with New Orleans. As for Saban, he retreated to the University of Alabama after a 6-10 campaign with the Dolphins.

Kelly strongly believes Bradford can enjoy similar success to Brees by rebounding from the knee injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of the last two seasons in St. Louis.

“The impact Drew had on the Saints was really what we studied,” said Kelly, who traded 2014 starting quarterback Nick Foles to the Rams last March as part of a package for Bradford. “What would this league be like if Nick Saban had Drew Brees? Would Nick have ever gone back to Alabama?”

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Curry, Jones Work To Solve OLB ‘Question Mark’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After several minutes of ambiguity and non-committal responses, Chip Kelly spoke plainly about one position: outside linebacker. Before yesterday’s practice, he said that the Eagles’ “master plan” is “to make sure we have more depth.”

However, he added shortly thereafter that they have yet to reach that point at outside linebacker.

“We had a great rotation last year,” Kelly said. “But we’re still continuing to try to develop that out there. So that is a question mark for us right now.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Three Keys For Carroll

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Nolan Carroll has been hyped up by coaches and teammates alike ever since training opened up back in April. Billy Davis says he’s had “one of the best offseasons I’ve ever been around.” Carroll has been winning all the Chip-Kelly designed competitions, took a stranglehold of the starting job opposite Byron Maxwell from the jump and, if you believe those who are around him on a daily basis, is poised for a bust-out campaign.

So what’s happened? How did Carroll go from a guy who couldn’t unseat Bradley Fletcher to the talk of the Eagles’ locker room? Read more »

Bradford: ‘I Plan To Play’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was asked five different ways about his plan for Sam Bradford this weekend, and he deftly ducked each question. At one point, he cited the weather as a factor in determining if/how long Bradford plays.

“You never know, there could be a monsoon!” he joked on his way off the practice field Thursday.

There are some showers in the Green Bay forecast Saturday, but barring that monsoon, it sounds like the QB is suiting up. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly On Sam Bradford, Mychal Kendricks

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Chip Kelly addressed the media prior to Thursday’s practice. Before we get into it, a big thank you to Josh for crushing it over the last few days in my absence. Per your suggestions, I’ll consider treating him to a Del Frisco’s steak to show my appreciation. (On second thought, I have another mouth to feed now, so hopefully he’ll settle for a Shake Shack burger.)

Also, Tucker’s last day was Saturday. He did a tremendous job for us. Big things ahead for the T-Man, and we wish him well. Adam Hermann will be jumping in with both feet on Monday.

Now onto the press conference highlights: Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Inside Linebacking

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Before the play even starts, DeMeco Ryans processes a lot of information. The ball—and even his opponents—don’t have to move for Ryans’ mind to be in motion.

That’s why Eagles Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis calls the inside linebacker “the quarterback” of the defense. Like a quarterback, he diagnoses the opposition and reacts before the snap.

“If the team is huddling up, I look to see what personnel is in,” Ryans said. “Once they come out, I assess the formation and where tight ends, backs and receivers are. I check the personnel and then make my calls. I diagnose and eliminate plays of what they can’t run. If we’re deep in the game, I probably picked up tendencies on what they are doing.” Read more »

Fantasy Focus: Draft Day Decisions

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As the red clock ticks down and gets closer and closer to zero, analysis paralysis kicks in. It’s not real life—you know that—but it has real life implications. You’ve been a dedicated fan for so long, yet here lies another apparent test of your allegiance.

Questions abound, and you don’t know the answer to even one of them. Should I draft the guy on my favorite team? I think he’s better, but aren’t I biased? Now I’m not sure if he’s better, but wouldn’t a real fan pick him?

The struggle is real in fantasy football, and I’m here to help you. After reviewing ESPN’s fantasy assessments of several Eagles—ESPN was picked because of their enormous popularity—I’ll let you know if ESPN is underrating the player, overrating the player or is spot on. All numbers in the player charts are ESPN’s 2015 projections. Read more »

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