Vandervelde Undergoes Back Surgery

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery on Thursday, per multiple sources.

While timetables for recovery are difficult to predict, particularly when it comes to back injuries, his rehab time is expected to be similar to Dennis Kelly‘s. Kelly had back surgery to repair an L2 disc last August. He was cleared to participate in all football activities in September and had targeted Week 4 for his return. Kelly did not play last season, though, at least in part because the offensive line remained generally healthy last year.

“He’s going to need a little bit of patience because you do start over. You have to start from square one once you get cleared,” said Kelly. “It was tough going through the season because you’re just trying to get your strength back. I’d like to say [I reached 100 percent health] during the season but more realistically [it was] during the spring.”

Since Vandervelde has already practiced, he is not eligible for the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Read more »

Maclin To Play Vs. Chicago

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

CHICAGO – Jeremy Maclin, who sat out parts of practice this week, will suit up and play tonight in the Eagles’ preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.

This will be Maclin’s first game action since the 2012 season finale. He tore his ACL last July during training camp and was sidelined for the year.

The following Eagles are out: nose tackle Bennie Logan (hamstring), cornerback Nolan Carroll II, wide receiver Riley Cooper (foot), inside linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring), wide receiver Jeff Maehl (ankle), running back Chris Polk (hamstring) and center Julian Vandervelde (back). Read more »

Eagles Depth Chart: Offense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly likes to say that the Eagles only have a seating chart, not a depth chart, this time of year.

Luckily, here at Birds 24/7, we don’t have to abide by the same rules. So now that we’ve seen all of the spring practices and have our eyes on the start of training camp (July 25), here’s our stab at what the offensive depth chart looks like (we’ll do the defense tomorrow). I tried to make this as useful as possible, so there are explanations below. Read more »

Photos: Eagles Mini-Camp

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Increased Role For Polk?

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When Chris Polk got a shot last year, he made the most of it.

Granted, it wasn’t a particularly big shot, but it was something – 11 carries for 98 yards and four grabs for 61. In the December win against the Lions, Polk ran four times for 50 yards and a score. In the regular-season finale against the Cowboys, he had a 34-yard catch.

Overall, Polk played 46 snaps on offense.

The Eagles made changes at the running back position this offseason, dealing Bryce Brown to the Bills and acquiring Darren Sproles from the Saints. But Polk remains, and the third-year back received a pretty nice endorsement from Chip Kelly earlier this week. Read more »

Eagles Depth Chart Analysis: Offense

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Now that the Eagles’ roster sits at 90 players, we can start to take a look ahead at which spots are up for grabs in the spring and summer.

Today, we’ll provide a position-by-position breakdown of the offense. On Tuesday, we’ll check in on the defense. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: The Backfield Minus Bryce

Bryce Brown
LeSean McCoy
got the Buffalo backfield stirring a bit by suggesting Bryce Brown would be the Bills starter come opening day.

As the Buffalo backs fight it out this summer, the new-look Eagles grouping has some sorting out of its own to do — at least as far as sharing the load is concerned. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Fewer Touches For McCoy?


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 »

Offseason Outlook: Eagles Running Backs

Eagles RB Chris Polk on field with football
This week, we’ll offer offseason outlooks for the Eagles, position-by-position. Each day, we’ll answer a pressing question and rank the position on the priority scale. First up was quarterback. Now onto the running backs. 

PRESSING QUESTION: Are Brown and Polk good enough backups?

McManus: Good enough, yes, though the Eagles could use a little more production out of their No. 2.

Bryce Brown was a bit of a disappointment. After a couple dazzling performances his rookie year, the hope was that the former seventh-round pick would develop into a real nice weapon for Chip Kelly in 2013. That never quite happened. You can chalk some of that up to circumstance. LeSean McCoy stayed healthy and, given how productive he was, didn’t come off the field a whole lot. When Brown went off against Carolina and Dallas last season for 178 and 169 yards, respectively, he received 19 carries in one game and 24 the other. He had no more than nine carries in a single game this season. Read more »

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Vikings

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

Here’s a position-by-position review of the Eagles’ offensive performance against the Vikings after having re-watched Sunday’s game.


* Tough game to critique for Nick Foles. He threw for 428 yards, three touchdowns (one INT) and averaged 8.9 YPA. Normally those are phenomenal numbers. And Foles did have some excellent moments. But I came away thinking he could have closed in on 600 yards. Keep in mind this is without the benefit of the All-22 (not released yet). There were a lot of times where he identified open receivers but was off-target with his throws. Read more »

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