Here’s a roundup of what the national and local media are saying about the Eagles this week.
After a four-week suspension, starting right tackle Lane Johnson returned to the NovaCare Complex Monday morning.
“I saw Lane briefly this morning. He’s gotta meet with the training staff and get cleared physically,” said Chip Kelly at his day-after press conference.
“We haven’t seen him for a month. He told me he was at API in Dallas working out and there were some other players there. He looked good. It’s just the unknown. Where’s he at? How does he process things? How quickly does he get back into the swing of things? Where is he from a health standpoint?”
Johnson was officially activated from the reserve/suspended list Monday afternoon. To make room, the Eagles released offensive lineman Kevin Graf.
Talking with people around Johnson, there is confidence that the 24-year-old will be ready to play Sunday against the Rams. He apparently trained twice a day at the facility in Dallas and is said to be in very good shape.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Surrounded by a group of reporters at his locker, the usually talkative LeSean McCoy appeared to be a man without much to say on Sunday evening.
He first spoke about being embarrassed that the offense accounted for zero points in the Eagles’ 26-21 loss to the 49ers. But then the line of questioning became a bit more specific, focusing on the struggles of the rushing attack.
“I’m not talking about running the football,” McCoy said. “I don’t even want to talk about that. Any other questions?”
There were other questions, but in some form or another, many of them involved the fact that the Eagles had just managed 22 total yards on the ground on 12 carries (1.8 YPC). Of that, McCoy was responsible for 17 yards on 1o carries (1.7 YPC). Read more »
SANTA CLARA, CA.. — LeSean McCoy had 17 yards on 10 carries. The running game managed 22 yards in all. Nick Foles (21-of-43, 195 yards, 2 INTs) completed less than 50 percent of his balls and finished with a 42.3 quarterback rating. The offense — this Chip Kelly offense — got shut out. The head coach wasn’t shy about naming the root of the problem immediately following the Eagles’ 26-21 loss to the Niners.
“We got whupped up front,” he said. Read more »
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — With 6:35 left in the game, all of a sudden things started to click.
Down 26-21, the Eagles needed to drive 91 yards to take the lead and escape Levi’s Stadium with a fourth straight victory. They were able to pick up 90 of those yards, but faced with two opportunities from the 1 yard line, the Eagles were unable to close the deal.
“We just didn’t execute,” said Nick Foles. “It’s as simple as that. I’m not going to try to break it down or anything. We just didn’t execute the play. In that situation, I have to give the guys an opportunity to make a play, and I didn’t do that. We’ll work toward it so in those situations we have to capitalize and get the ball in the end zone.”
Foles targeted Brent Celek with his first pass, but there wasn’t much there, and the result was an incompletion.
On the second play, Foles rolled to his right and looked for Jeremy Maclin, but he sailed the throw, and the 49ers’ offense got the ball back. Read more »
SAN FRANCISCO — As we count down to kickoff, here are three Eagles leftovers to chew on.
1. Nose tackle Bennie Logan is quietly playing really well and has been a key to the Birds’ sound run defense.
Logan leads all Eagles defensive linemen in tackles (18), according to stats tracked by the coaches. NFL.com stats have Logan down for 16 tackles, which ranks third among all defensive linemen.
I asked Logan what the key has been to improving on his performance from a year ago.
“Being able to read and see offensive linemen, their stance, what they’re trying to get to and keeping our linebacker free,” he said. “Make sure ‘Meco [DeMeco Ryans] stays healthy. That’s my biggest thing. If I never get any more tackles, my biggest thing is making sure ‘Meco stays healthy throughout the whole season. He just puts us in situation to be successful. As long as he stays healthy, our defense will stay strong and remain strong. So that’s my main thing. Make sure he’s taken care of when I’m in the game and don’t let the offensive linemen get up on him.” Read more »
Some links to pass along as we inch closer to Eagles-Niners.
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Here’s a roundup of national media predictions for Sunday’s Eagles-49ers game.
“I would cut all that chit-chatter out!” he hollers to the defensive back he just beat, without so much as a glance in the man’s direction. “Let’s go!”
I’m on the sidelines of an empty football stadium at Pierce College in suburban Los Angeles, on a cloudless Tuesday morning in August. All across the country, NFL teams are midway through their training camps, and the start of the season is just weeks away. Here, the handful of athletes who work out twice a week are mostly in their 20s, with pedigrees from big-time schools like USC and stints in the pros. They’re staying in shape, hoping for the football equivalent of a winning Powerball ticket — a call inviting them back to the big show. Then there’s that receiver who looks so familiar. The long, chiseled frame, factory-built for highlight reels. The trash talk. It’s Terrell Owens.
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Whenever asked about Nick Foles‘ toughness, Chip Kelly always points back to the beating Foles used to take when Oregon and Arizona faced off.
“I think you’ve got to respect Nick. I’ve said it all along. I saw him do it in college. We hit the heck out of him when we were at Oregon and he played at Arizona,” said Kelly, “and he just kept getting up and throwing and standing in there.”
In the three games where Kelly’s Ducks met Foles’ Wildcats, Foles was sacked eight times. And that only begins to tell the story.
“He got hit a lot. I hit him quite a bit,” said Casey Matthews. “I actually hurt my neck I tried to hit him so hard. He was facing away and I hit him and I felt my neck crunch. He got up from it. The ball went down, he got up, no big deal. But it kind of kills your morale a little bit. That’s just Nick, though. He’s going to try and stay in the game no matter what.”
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