Will the Pope bless the Eagles a second week in a row? (Photo by: Jeff Fusco.)
Malcolm Jenkins wants to apologize to you.
“DeAngelo Williams was terrible [Sunday],” he said. “I lost my fantasy game, by the way, because of him. I guess I’m not the one that should be giving fantasy advice.”
Although we’ll give the Eagles safety another chance this week, we decided to listen to him and talked to rookie defensive back Denzel Rice. According to Jenkins, Rice is undefeated in the secondary’s fantasy league and has the best team “by far.” Both of their sleepers picks for this week are at the bottom.
As always, the projections for the Eagles are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (DeMarco Murray, for example, is projected to run for 0.5 touchdowns). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on. Read more »
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The Eagles scored three times, gave up two touchdowns, forced four turnovers and tallied one giveaway in their 24-17 win over the Jets. Here’s how it all happened. Read more »
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After the Eagles selected Jordan Hicks with the 84th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Chip Kelly noted that they probably spent more time around Hicks than any other player during the pre-draft process.
Was that coincidence? Intentional? And what did he learn that convinced him to pull the trigger? Read more »
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Calls for Chip Kelly to shake things up were coming from both outside and within.
After a pair of brutal rushing performances against Atlanta and Dallas in which the Eagles mustered a combined 70 yards on the ground (2.1 average), further attention was given to the theory that Kelly’s offense had become too predictable. Some players did not exactly go out of their way to shoot that notion down.
“Yeah, I think so,” said Lane Johnson following the Dallas loss, when asked if he believed the Cowboys had a feel for their tendencies. “I think moving forward we have to mix it up a little bit, create some more variety of plays and try to get some confusion for the defense.”
While far from dominant, the run game found some success against a formidable Jets defense Sunday at MetLife Stadium — particularly in the first half. Ryan Mathews went for over 100 yards and the Eagles finished with 123 rush yards overall, nearly doubling their output from the first two weeks. Kelly said afterwards that they “went back to basics” this week to get things going, but that’s not the whole story. There weren’t any wholesale changes, but Kelly got more creative with his looks and made some tweaks that helped breathe a little life into the ground game.
“To me, there are a lot of similar plays and what-not but formation-wise we changed it up quite a bit more,” Jason Kelce acknowledged, “and that presents a different look to a defense and changes up some of their roles and responsibilities.” Read more »
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ much-needed 24-17 Week 3 win over the Jets:
*A key fourth-quarter interception by rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks helped seal the win. The Jets had whittled the Eagles’ lead down to 10 and had a chance for more midway through the fourth after Ryan Mathews coughed up the ball on a first-down run. With New York set up at the Eagles’ 30-yard line, Brandon Bair got a paw on a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass and Hicks came up with the pick to thwart the drive. Hicks racked up 10 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in his first NFL start. Not bad. Read more »
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I know what you’re thinking.
He’s seriously doing a fantasy column this week?! After that awful performance Sunday? These guys don’t even deserve to play for the Eagles, let alone my fantasy team!
While the Eagles’ offense didn’t exactly impress against the Cowboys, there are, surprisingly, a couple of guys worth starting against the Jets (plus a couple of guys worth adding). As always, all projections are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (DeMarco Murray, for example, is projected to run for 0.5 touchdowns). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on.
We’re also trying out a new section this week, in which Malcolm Jenkins gives his sleeper pick on a different team. Jenkins, the self-proclaimed fantasy expert on the Eagles, has started out 2-0 in the Eagles’ defensive backs’ league. Read more »
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I’m pretty sure Darren Sproles reads this column.
After leaving him out of last week’s fantasy projections, the Eagles’ third running back combined for more than 125 yards through the air and on the ground in Monday night’s loss. Coincidence? I doubt it.
But will Sproles put up good fantasy numbers this week too? Let’s shift gears and forecast how valuable several Eagles will be in your lineup on Sunday. As usual, all projections are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (Jordan Matthews, for example, is projected to catch 0.5 touchdown passes). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on.
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Eagles fans and fantasy owners alike are eager to know how the playing time between DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles will be divvied up. The truth is, that answer does not yet exist.
The man responsible for handling the rotation is Duce Staley. In a clear sign of trust, Chip Kelly defers to his running backs coach to decide who is in and for how long during the course of a game. Staley explained his approach to that responsibility.
“I just go in with an open head and make sure I don’t get caught up in the last game,” he explained. “I try to get a good feeling of what’s going on out there and then I go from there. I think there’s too much put into it when you start sitting down and writing out a plan. You get in trouble that way.”
So it’s all by feel?
“That’s it.” Read more »
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Two days after GQ published comments from LeSean McCoy saying he doesn’t view DeMarco Murray as one of the best running backs in the NFL, Murray responded to the former Eagle.
“At some point, you have to move on with your life and career,” Murray said today after practice. “It’s funny.” Read more »
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With the preseason finale on tap and the regular season opener around the corner, we know you guys have plenty of questions. You can always email us or comment on our Facebook page, but follow us on Twitter so you know when we’re looking for submissions for the next reader mailbag.
Outside of injury and depth concerns, the biggest question mark to me is still the secondary. Byron Maxwell has looked good, Nolan Carroll has made impressive plays and Walter Thurmond has apparently morphed into a ball hawk, but I need to see this all in the regular season against good competition.
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