The usage numbers for LeSean McCoy from the 2013 season are eye-popping.
The Eagles’ running back played 873 snaps, second-most among all ball-carriers behind only Chicago’s Matt Forte. McCoy’s 314 carries were tops in the NFL, as were his 366 touches.
Yet there were no real signs that the heavy workload slowed him down in the short-term. McCoy carried the Eagles down the stretch, piling up 519 yards and averaging 6.3 YPC in the team’s final four regular season games. In fourth quarters, he led the NFL with 441 yards and averaged 6.0 YPC (fifth-best), according to STATS, Inc. Read more »
Until Saturday morning, no Eagles player had spoken out publicly in defense of their former teammate DeSean Jackson.
But that changed when LeSean McCoy addressed reporters while taking a break from his football camp at Camden Catholic High School.
“It’s a surprise for sure,” McCoy said when asked for his reaction. “I think anybody that tells you that they’re happy about it, I don’t know how honest that would be. It was a surprise. You heard so much, you didn’t really know. Not playing with him this year is gonna definitely be different. And playing against him is really gonna be different. I just imagine all the times we used to… knowing defensive teams are gonna try to defend us and different things like that, and now we’ve gotta defend against him, so it’s gonna be a little different. Read more »
There’s one Chip Kelly quote about wide receivers that we’re probably going to keep coming back to in the next month or so.
“There’s certain guys in our league that have both and that’s why they’re elite,” Kelly said at the owners meetings. “They have the size element of it, they also have the speed element of it. There’s a lot of different ways to do it.”
Kelly was talking about wide receivers’ ability to beat man coverage. His point was there are different ways to accomplish that task – size and speed. Possessing both traits makes for an ideal prospect.
Which brings us to some interesting buzz courtesy of Tony Pauline of Draft Insider. Pauline writes that Texas A&M’s Mike Evans is considered a consensus top-10 pick. That means the Eagles have no chance of landing him, right?
Well, not exactly. Read more »
If draft boards were formulated solely off measurables, Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief would be a no-brainer first-round pick.
At 6-2, 221, the early entry ran a 4.40 at the combine, third-fastest among wide receivers. His leaping ability is off-the-charts too: Read more »
When you look at the roster, outside linebacker is the position that screams at you.
The Eagles have needs in several areas. They are thin at wide receiver after releasing DeSean Jackson. The hunt for an effective safety duo is ongoing. It’s essential that they build depth at cornerback, inside linebacker and along the offensive front. But outside linebacker is the spot that requires the most immediate attention. Read more »
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I believe Brandon Graham is the most likely candidate to get dealt. The Eagles recognize that he is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end and are open to moving him if the right offer comes along.
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Chip Kelly continued his Pro Day tour this week with a visit to State College.
And the main attraction once again was a wide receiver: Allen Robinson. Read more »
Chip Kelly has had a busy offseason.
From the Senior Bowl in January to the combine in February to the owners meetings in March, the Eagles’ head coach is racking up the frequent flyer miles. And we haven’t even mentioned all of the Pro Days:
On Saturday, though, Kelly took a break from draft prep and came through with a nice gesture to the members of Navy’s football squad. Read more »
The Eagles unveiled their preseason schedule on Wednesday:
Week 1: at Chicago
Week 2: at New England
Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh
Week 4: vs. New York Jets
The exact dates and times will be announced at a later date. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »