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Busy morning. Let’s get to the latest:
The Eagles will give restricted free agent Chris Polk a low tender, per NJ.com, which would put his salary at approximately $1.5 million for 2015. Teams that want to snatch a low tendered free agent away from their current employer must give up a draft pick equal to where that player was drafted. Polk, though, was an undrafted free agent, so no compensation in this case is required.
The Eagles could have ensured that he’d remain with the team by offering a higher tender, but that would have cost more money. This tells us that they are interested in having Polk back but at their price, and are probably willing to let him walk if another team comes in and sweetens the pot. They do have the right of first refusal should they want to match an incoming offer.
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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 and wide receivers so far. Now it’s onto the running backs.
STATE OF THE ROSTER
With this group, the offseason focus is on LeSean McCoy’s contract. The 26-year-old tailback carries a cap hit of $11.95M in 2015, according to Over The Cap. Only Adrian Peterson has a higher number among running backs.
The Eagles will have to decide what to do with McCoy: have him play 2015 on his current deal, ask him to restructure his contract or part ways with him. I think the third option is ridiculous, but more on that in the next section. Read more »
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Here are three Eagles leftovers to get to:
1. LeSean McCoy was one of the few Eagles who spoke up in support of DeSean Jackson after the team released Jackson during the offseason. And earlier this week, he unveiled a pretty hilarious impression of the speedy wide receiver.
We never got to see what a Chip Kelly offense would look like with McCoy, Jackson and Jeremy Maclin all on the field at the same time. Maclin tore his ACL in the summer of 2013, and Jackson was gone by the time this season rolled around.
McCoy was asked about the prospects of Jackson and Maclin teaming up in Kelly’s offense.
“Just a lot of big plays, a lot of space, a lot of yards,” he said. “That’s what I would think. But you never know.” Read more »
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Here’s the injury report for Sunday night’s game at the Linc: Read more »
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Here are five things to know about the Eagles’ Week 10 opponent, the Carolina Panthers.
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HOUSTON - Jason Kelce decided it was his turn to play DJ.
His linemate, Jason Peters, generally is in charge of the music in the locker room after games. But with Peters in the shower, Kelce took a peek at the playlist, found some 80s rock, blasted it and returned to his stall two spots down.
The Eagles’ center had reason to be in a celebratory mood. He suffered a sports hernia injury in Week 3, had surgery, rehabbed and returned ahead of schedule Sunday against the Texans. Kelce was part of an effort that got the Eagles back to their offensive roots: tempo and the run game.
Running backs LeSean McCoy (23 for 117), Chris Polk (8 for 50) and Darren Sproles (3 for 17) combined for 184 yards on 34 carries (5.4 YPC). The run game lifted the Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Texans. Read more »
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Here are five things to know about the Eagles’ Week 9 opponent, the Houston Texans.
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The Eagles’ running back situation behind LeSean McCoy is a bit unsettled as preparations begin for Arizona.
Darren Sproles suffered an MCL sprain against the Giants before the bye. Chip Kelly suggested he could be out a week or two. Some feel that is an optimistic timeline. Either way, there needs to be a contingency plan if Sproles can’t suit up against the Cardinals, as expected.
Chris Polk plans on practicing in some capacity this week with the hope of playing Sunday. The third-year back hurt his hamstring against the Rams and was forced to sit the Giants game out. With Sproles and Polk sidelined, tight end Trey Burton got some carries late against the Giants when McCoy needed a breather.
The question facing the Eagles is this: Do they stand pat and hope Polk’s hamstring holds up, or do they make a move for insurance purposes? Read more »
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DeMeco Ryans donned a helmet for the first time at practice this week, but said he likely won’t know until Sunday whether he’ll be able to play after suffering a groin strain against the Rams.
“When Sunday gets here, we’ll see how it feels,” he said. “If I can go, if I’m effective, feel like I can help my team, I’ll be out there. If I’m not, then I won’t be.”
On the Eagles’ official injury report, he was listed as limited.
“Just trying to get back to it, just trying to get back into where I can go full swing,” Ryans said. “Certain movements don’t feel too good. When I’m effective, I’ll be out there.” Read more »
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It seemed like a positive sign for the Eagles Tuesday when Mychal Kendricks exchanged his baseball cap for a helmet and took part in the portion of practice open to the media.
But afterwards, DeMeco Ryans poured a bit of cold water on the possibility that Kendricks might return against the Giants. Read more »