Kicker Options For the Eagles

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
It’s possible that the Eagles’ kicker for the 2014 season is not currently on their roster. They are obviously not totally sold on Alex Henery, who has missed from 47 and 31 yards this preseason. Cody Parkey was acquired from the Colts for running back David Fluellen on Wednesday and will get a brief tryout for the job. If the team isn’t satisfied with either option, they’ll look to the outside for help.

Where could they turn?

With a little help from ESPN’s Adam Caplan, we put together a list of possible options:
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Rule Emphasis Affects Man Coverage, Benefits Eagles

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Billy Davis felt like words alone couldn’t get his message across, so he reached over and grabbed the sleeve of a reporter’s shirt with his thumb and index finger.

“They’re throwing everything. They’re not playing. That one that got us off the field… [Tom] Brady to Curtis Marsh, the 3rd-and-3. I swear, it was that,” he said, barely yanking on the sleeve. “But it was that. He did it. So the flag was our’s. But it was only that. It wasn’t the pull where it moved his body. It was a feeler cloth deal. Can’t complain because we did it, but…”

Defensive coaches at the NovaCare Complex are walking a fine line. They don’t want to make excuses when asked about the new emphasis on illegal contact downfield. But they want to be honest in explaining that the job of defenders in coverage just got a whole lot more difficult.

What’s perhaps more fascinating, though, when it comes to the Eagles is how the emphasis affects the other side of the ball. Read more »

Notes: The Plan At Kicker (For Now)

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The Eagles have a week to settle on a direction at the kicker position.

The plan, Chip Kelly said, is pretty straightforward: They’ll watch Alex Henery and rookie Cody Parkey kick during practice and Thursday night against the Jets (assuming opportunities present themselves) and will “figure it out after that.”

That’s not a whole lot of time to evaluate. How can you feel comfortable choosing a guy based off such a small sample size?

“You don’t,” said Kelly. Read more »

Graham, Curry State Their Case

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Heading into Thursday’s game, Billy Davis was asked if it is frustrating that two of his top pass-rushers — Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry —  are not natural scheme fits and therefor must see a limited amount of snaps.

“I don’t think anybody’s a full‑time player.  When you’re talking d‑line to me, I don’t view full‑time and part‑time players.  There are different two‑gap schemes and gap-penetrate schemes where we’re rushing, they all fit.  Those pass rushers fit,” he said.  “It’s just different sections of the scheme that we use.  I’m very impressed.  Those are two good pass rushers you’re talking about.”

There has been plenty of talk about how long Curry and Graham will remain in Philadelphia considering that they are both edge 4-3 rushers playing unnatural positions in a 3-4. Curry is undersized to be a pure two-gapping defensive end, and Graham isn’t fluid enough in space to be the type of versatile outside linebacker that this system craves.

What they can do is rush the passer, maybe better than anyone else on the team right now. Read more »

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‘Papa Bair’ Making His Case For Roster Spot

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It was easy last year for Brandon Bair to go unnoticed.

He signed on to the Eagles’ practice squad in September, reuniting with his college coaches Chip Kelly and Jerry Azzinaro. Bair was one of the players capable of going about his business in the locker room without being bothered.

Even last night after the team’s win over the Steelers, a couple reporters spotted him packing up his stuff and asked each other: “That’s Brandon Bair, right?”

But there’s a sense that things are about to change for the 29-year-old, given how well he has played this preseason. Against Pittsburgh, he was credited with a pair of batted passes and continued to be active against the run. Kelly consistently preaches that the Eagles’ defensive linemen are not just responsible for eating up blocks. He expects them to shed blocks and get to the ball-carrier. That’s something Bair has done consistently all preseason long. Read more »

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