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Mark Sanchez Explains Argument With Sproles

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Late in the fourth quarter, Mark Sanchez attempted a bubble screen pass to Darren Sproles, similar to the play that Sproles had turned into a 35-yard touchdown earlier in the game.

Instead of an Eagles touchdown, however, this time Sanchez’s pass resulted in a Tampa Bay touchdown when Lavonte David intercepted the pass and returned it for six points.

After the play, Sanchez and Sproles were spotted arguing as they walked off the field, presumedly about which of the two had made a mistake on the play.

Sanchez explained what happened in his post-game press conference.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Darren Sproles’ Role

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Even before Darren Sproles vented his frustrations about his lack of playing time, Chip Kelly was asked this week about the number of snaps the running back receives. Sproles hasn’t been a large part of the Eagles offense this season, and his production has reflected that.

For the first time since 2010, Sproles only has one offensive touchdown; in each of the past four seasons, he’s had at least four. Sproles’ snap count continued to be scant in the Eagles’ loss on Sunday as he was on the field for just 17 offensive plays, or 18 percent. Read more »

All-22: Eagles Failing To Capitalize On Turnovers

DeMarco Murray. (USA Today Sports)

DeMarco Murray. (USA Today Sports)

After the Atlanta game, amid all of the ups and down the Eagles have encountered in this rollercoaster ride of a season, there has been one constant: the defense has put them in a position to win games.

According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles rank first in the NFL in turnovers forced per drive, at 21.8 percent. That was evident against the Panthers, as they intercepted Cam Newton three times, even though he only threw four picks in the previous five games.

“Our defense did a good job of creating turnovers for us but we have to turn those in to seven [points] and not three,” Chip Kelly said. “We talk about response after turnovers and we end of up kicking two field goals.” Read more »

Fantasy Focus: Eagles Week 4 Projections

Will the Pope bless the Eagles for a second week in a row? (Photo by: Jeff Fusco.)

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 »

Eagles-Jets, The Day After

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

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 »

Instant Observations: Eagles vs. Jets

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

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 »

Fantasy Focus: Eagles Week 3 Projections

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

You, probably. Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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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