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Leading up to training camp on August 2, we’ll have a position-by-position preview of the Eagles’ roster. We’ve covered the running backs, wide receivers and offensive line so far. Today, we’ll take a look at the tight ends.
The pressing question: How will the playing time between Brent Celek and Zach Ertz be divided?
The passing of the torch many predicted for last season never really came to fruition. Celek was on the field for 827 of the offensive snaps, or 69 percent of the time, compared to 603 snaps (50 percent) for Ertz. It really does come back to blocking. Ertz was called on as a run-blocker 161 times last season, per Pro Football Focus, to Celek’s count of 443. Read more »
The Eagles begin OTAs a week from today at the NovaCare Complex, so now seems like a good time to take a look at their depth chart.
We’ll do the offense today and the defense tomorrow. Before the big unveil, a few notes:
- This is a beginning depth chart, not necessarily what I expect it to look like in early September.
- Having said that, for the purpose of this exercise, we’ll assume that every player is healthy and in attendance.
- Below the actual depth chart are position-by-position breakdowns. More than anything, this is meant to provide an overall look at where the roster stands, but there’s no harm in guessing where things might be headed in the coming months.
Without further ado… Read more »
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Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. We have covered the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs so far. Now it’s onto the tight ends.
STATE OF THE ROSTER
All four of the tight ends from last year’s squad – Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey and Trey Burton - are under contract.
Having said that, we could still see some turnover at this position.
Celek played 69 percent of the snaps last year and finished with 32 catches for 340 yards and a touchdown. Celek was very good as a run blocker, and it’s no secret that Chip Kelly thinks the world of him.
Ertz is one of the best receiving options on the team, having finished with 58 grabs for 702 yards. The feeling here is that he was underutilized (50 percent of the snaps) in 2014.
Casey played just 14 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, but was a big special-teams contributor with 13 tackles, second to only Chris Maragos. Read more »
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Here’s a player-by-player review of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys.
Mark Sanchez – In a game where the Eagles needed to maximize their opportunities on offense, Sanchez failed to capitalize and made too many mistakes. Although, to be fair, he was far from the only problem.
Overall, Sanchez went 17-for-28 for 252 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Per Pro Football Focus, he was 12-for-13 on throws under 10 yards. On attempts 10 yards or more from the line of scrimmage, Sanchez was 5-for-13. He did not complete a single pass that traveled 20 yards or more from the line of scrimmage and attempted just two. Read more »
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Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ offense against the Seahawks after having re-watched the game.
Mark Sanchez – He obviously struggled throughout. Sanchez became the second QB this season to attempt at least 20 passes and total fewer than 100 yards in a game. The other was Andy Dalton. Overall, Sanchez went 10-for-20 for 96 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The thing about facing a defense as good as Seattle’s is there are not going to be a lot of chances to make plays in the passing game. You have to make the most of your opportunities. And Sanchez did not do that.
On the first play, he stepped up, targeted Jeremy Maclin and was nearly intercepted by Richard Sherman. Sanchez threw short of the sticks to Jordan Matthews for a 6-yard gain on 3rd-and-10 on the first drive. Good decision to pull the ball and fire to Maclin for the 1-yard TD. Good throw on boot-action to his left, finding Matthews for a 17-yard gain in the first. Bad-looking deep ball intended for Cooper on the post against what I believe was Cover 3. He threw short of the sticks incomplete to Matthews on 3rd-and-9 in the second. Sanchez has had trouble on screens to the slot. He fired one high to Maclin in the second, which threw off the rhythm of the play on an incompletion. Read more »
Here’s a player-by-player review of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched their win over the Cowboys. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland put out a list of 10 possible future destinations for Robert Griffin III. He has the Eagles at No. 3: Read more »
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Here’s a player-by-player review of what we saw from the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Titans.
Mark Sanchez – There was some good and some bad with Sanchez. He completed 30 of 43 passes for 307 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Sanchez has generally gotten the ball out quickly and done a good job of climbing the pocket when he feels edge pressure. He takes fewer shots downfield than Nick Foles. Per Pro Football Focus, 12.9 percent of Sanchez’s attempts have traveled 20+ yards downfield (15th). With Foles, the number was 18.9 percent (second). Twenty-four of Sanchez’s 30 completions Sunday were within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Read more »
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Zach Ertz said that he was taking the lack of playing time personally earlier in the year. He was extremely hard on himself and was allowing his frustrations to impact him on and off the field. If he had a negative play he would carry it over to the next, and admitted that his attitude wasn’t necessarily as good as it should have been.
Ertz credits his tight end coaches, Ted Williams and Justin Peelle, for helping to adjust his mindset.
“They kind of sat me down and said, ‘Hey, you’re doing a great job. Don’t be so hard on yourself.’ I have two great tight end coaches in Justin and Ted and two other great tight ends in our room in Brent [Celek] and James [Casey], so I’ve learned a lot from them.
“It was a big maturation process for myself, kind of a stubborn 23-year old to a mature 23-year old, 24-year old now.” Read more »
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Here’s a player-by-player look at what we saw from the Eagles’ offense Sunday, after having watched the All-22 copy.
Mark Sanchez – The final line reads 26-for-44 for 346 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Sanchez actually played pretty well in the first half, but he was a mess down the stretch.
Early on, he stepped up and hit Riley Cooper for 11 yards. Sanchez did a good job of resetting his feet off a play-fake in the first and finding Jeremy Maclin for 20 yards downfield. On the first sack, Sanchez got hit helmet-to-helmet. He may have injured his hand on the play. On tape, you can see Matt Tobin tries to help him up, but Sanchez is reluctant to put pressure on his hand. Later on third down, Sanchez had Jordan Matthews wide open, but he was looking for Darren Sproles against a linebacker. The Eagles botched their protection, and he took a sack. Good throw in a tight window to Matthews over the middle for a first down in the first. Excellent throw on the swing pass to LeSean McCoy in the second, hitting him in stride for an 18-yard gain. On the first red zone trip, he might have had Brent Clek for a TD, but Clay Matthews didn’t bite on the play-fake and sacked him. Good ball to Matthews on a corner route on third down in the first, but the rookie dropped it. Great job stepping up and delivering to Matthews for 40 yards at the end of the first half. Still not sure why the Eagles didn’t call timeout after that play. Read more »