The Departed: Nick Foles, Rams Top Cards


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As the St. Louis Rams handed the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season, former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles led the charge with three touchdown passes.

“In an ideal world of Rams football, this is what it’s supposed to look like,” Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Dispatch wrote after St. Louis’s win. “A defense and special teams unit that create turnovers and give up points grudgingly.

“And don’t forget Foles, who squeezed those three touchdown passes out of just 24 throws en route to a 126.9 passer rating.”

Through four games, Foles and the Rams are 2-2 and one game back in the NFC West. Foles has completed 63 percent of his passes for 815 yards, five touchdowns and one interception, and a 96.5 quarterback rating.

Here’s a recap of how the rest of the Eagles’ offseason departures are faring after Week 4. Read more »

The Departed: Maclin Snaps Chiefs Streak

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

A day after the Eagles saw just one receiver catch a pass in their win over the Jets, former Birds wideout Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 141 yards and a touchdown as the Packers beat the Chiefs, 38-28, Monday night.

It was Maclin’s first score of the season, and the first touchdown caught by a Kansas City receiver since the 2013 regular season.

“[That is] the one positive,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith told reporters after the game. “We don’t have to deal with the receiver talk anymore.”

Through three games, Maclin, Kansas City’s big free agent signing, is on pace for another extremely productive season.

He’s projected to finish the year with 91 catches for 1,333 yards and five touchdowns, which would be six more catches, 18 more yards and five fewer touchdowns than his 2014 season with the Eagles. Read more »

The Departed: Checking In On Former Eagles

Nick Foles. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

As the Chiefs and Rams faced off in the final week of the preseason, Andy Reid and Jeremy Maclin were both asked about St. Louis quarterback Nick Foles, whom Reid coached and Maclin caught passes from during their careers in Philadelphia.

ESPN’s Nick Wagoner writes that the two had nothing but positive things to say about the former Eagles quarterback, who was jettisoned to the Rams this spring in exchange for Sam Bradford.

“You are asking one of Nick Foles’ biggest fans,” Reid said. “He is smart, he has good accuracy, and he is a big body. A big strong guy, and he is young. He is going nowhere but up here. He is surrounded by good coaches and good skill players. I think he will do fine. He has to get back into this system. And it is just a matter of time.” Read more »

Eagles Notes: Replacing JaCorey Shepherd

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JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

A day after an MRI revealed JaCorey Shepherd tore the ACL in his right knee, Chip Kelly discussed the impact of the rookie cornerback’s injury.

“First and foremost, you just feel so bad for him because he’s worked so hard and invested so much into this. [He’s] a great young man. It was a tough time talking to him yesterday,” Kelly said. “We talked to him about using this as a rookie year so next year won’t be a rookie year. He’ll learn everything he needs to learn from a mental standpoint and he’ll start to rehab as soon as possible.”

Kelly said E.J. Biggers, Eric Rowe, and Jaylen Watkins will rotate at the nickel spot. The Eagles also announced they signed cornerback Marc Anthony after Kelly’s morning press conference. Anthony, who attended the University of California, was drafted in the seventh round in 2013 by the Baltimore Ravens. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly And the ‘SIW’

Eagles Cornerback Brandon Boykin facing the field

Chip Kelly calls them self-inflicted wounds, or SIWs. It refers to preventable actions (turnovers, penalties, drops, etc.) that make it more difficult to achieve your objective.

That was the term that came to mind Sunday afternoon while pondering the state of the nickel position/secondary after JaCorey Shepherd went down. An MRI today will reveal the severity of the right knee injury. According to Les Bowen, they are checking to see if the rookie out of Kansas tore his ACL. We’ll wait to see just how long the Eagles will be without Shepherd’s services. At the very least, this is a scare that forces you to examine the depth. At worst, the news that is coming down will put that depth to the test. Read more »

Bill Davis Gives His Thoughts On The Boykin Trade

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis kicked off today’s practice with a press conference and once again, focus was shifted to Brandon Boykin. Davis spoke at length about the thinking behind the deal, Boykin’s potential replacements and gave his thoughts on the idea Chip Kelly is hard to be around.

  • Davis claimed the team wasn’t planning on trading Boykin, but once the Steelers offer increased and he gauged the players behind Boykin on the depth chart, it became easier to pull the trigger.

“You never want to lose anyone, and I’m a Boykin fan,” Davis said. “I’ve always liked Brandon and he did a great job in the nickel for us, he was a pleasure to be around. I worked a coached a lot with the nickels the last few years so I got to know him even better than some of the other positions. But with the competition and the depth we have, when someone comes asking for a trade and you feel comfortable with the options you have if that particular player leaves, it was a close enough gap that we felt it was a good move for both [Boykin], us and the Steelers.”

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Sanchez: ‘Stop Asking the Players About It’

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

It seems like former Eagles have a knack for making headlines on their way out the door.

After Brandon Boykin was traded last night, he made a few comments to Comcast Sportsnet regarding Chip Kelly, claiming Kelly was “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.”

Boykin is not the first player to criticize Kelly, and some Eagles like Mark Sanchez are tired of answering the same old questions.

“[During stretching today], guys were like, ‘Sanchez, ain’t you Mexican? And [Sam] Bradford aren’t you Native American?'” Sanchez said. “And Kiko [Alonso] is Colombian. We’ve got black guys, white guys, Polynesian guys. Come on, that’s crazy, it’s not even worth talking about. Stop asking the players about it, it’s getting old.” Read more »

Kelly: Surprised By Boykin’s Comments

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas CowboysLast night, Chip Kelly traded Brandon Boykin to the Steelers for a conditional fifth-round pick. This morning, Boykin claimed Kelly was “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.” Kelly responded to Boykin’s comments during today’s press conference and also touched on a few other hot topics. Here’s a quick rundown.

  • Kelly stated he didn’t understand why the topic of him treating players unfairly keeps coming up, stating, “I don’t know, talking to [Boykin] last night, he was stunned, he was disappointed. I think he really liked it here. He was very close with his teammates.

“It did, it really [surprised me]. When he left here last night, he shook my hand and gave me a hug, he didn’t say anything.

“You know, he did everything we asked him to do here, we never had an issue with him, he was a great teammate, very well-liked.” Read more »

Boykin: Chip ‘Uncomfortable Around Grown Men Of Our Culture.’

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Another former Eagles has taken aim at Chip Kelly.

In a text to CSN’s Derrick Gunn, the recently-traded Brandon Boykin said that Kelly is “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.”

“He can’t relate and that makes him uncomfortable,” Boykin said, via Gunn. “He likes total control of everything, and he don’t like to be uncomfortable. Players excel when you let them naturally be who they are, and in my experience that hasn’t been important to him, but you guys have heard this before me.”

As Boykin referenced, he is not the first player to criticize Kelly on his way out the door. LeSean McCoy said that Kelly was getting rid of “all the good black players” on the team. Earlier in the offseason, Tra Thomas said that there are players who “feel like there is a hint of racism” behind some of Kelly’s decisions.

Cary Williams questioned Kelly’s approach from a conditioning and x’s and o’s perspective, saying that “towards the end of the year, we were exhausted, and we got out-coached the majority of the games.”

Kelly will address the media at 11:20 to kick off training camp.

Eagles Trade Brandon Boykin To Steelers

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

On the eve of the start of training camp, the Eagles dealt cornerback Brandon Boykin to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2016.

Per a league source, that pick can become a fourth-rounder depending on playing time.

Boykin had an odd three-year stint in Philadelphia. Originally a  fourth-round pick by Andy Reid and Howie Roseman in 2012, the Georgia product wasted little time carving out a niche as the team’s nickel cornerback while thriving as a “gunner” on special teams. He had a breakout campaign in 2013, finishing second in the NFL with six interceptions despite being on the field for just 52 percent of the snaps.
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