Injury Notes: Alonso, Kendricks Return To Practice

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Kiko Alonso (knee) and Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) returned to practice for the first time in weeks Wednesday. Kendricks was listed as a full participant while Alonso was limited.

“Probably not,” said Alonso if there was a chance he’d play against the Panthers, adding that the Dallas game after the bye is a realistic return date “for sure”.

Billy Davis didn’t sound confident that either player would be available for Sunday night’s game against Carolina. Read more »

Chip Kelly Impressed With ‘Outstanding’ Defense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Giants scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game Monday night, driving 80 yards in eight plays and shredding the Eagles’ defense with little resistance.

From that point until the end of the game, New York picked up just 167 yards of offense, some of which came in the waning moments of what had turned into a blowout win for the Eagles.

Chip Kelly said after the game that he was impressed and pleased with what he saw from his defense, which has allowed just 24 points in back-to-back games against New Orleans and New York.

“I thought they were outstanding, especially after that first drive where they just come right down the field, went 80 yards and it’s 7-0 right off the bat,” Kelly said. “[The Giants] kind of neutralized the crowd, kind of hushed everybody up. I think they had 160 yards of offense after that on our defense.” Read more »

Instant Observations: Eagles-Giants

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Courtesy of USA Today

Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 27-7 win over the Giants from the Linc, which puts them in first place in the NFC East:

* Billy Davis‘ defense stole the show, coming up with three takeaways, four sacks and big play after big play to shut down what had been an effective Giants attack coming in. They dominated despite playing opposite an Eagles offense that turned the ball over four times.

*Sam Bradford was responsible for three of those turnovers. He ended 24-of-38 for 280 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions (61.3 rating). Threw a bad interception midway through the second, sailing a pass well high of Zach Ertz and into the chest of Jayron Hosley, and added two more in the second half — including one in the end zone that again was intended for Ertz. Bradford now has nine interception on the young season, second only to Peyton Manning (12).

*Fortunately for the Eagles, the ‘D’ was up for the challenge.

Nolan Carroll returned an Eli Manning offering 17 yards to put the Eagles out in front early in the second quarter. Carroll was originally on Rueben Randle but switched off him to pick up Manning’s intended target, Dwayne Harris. Carroll read the play and jumped a quick pass to the left sideline. Read more »

Jordan Hicks Getting A Taste Of Being In Charge

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Jordan Hicks leads all Eagles inside linebackers in snaps played through five games. How’s that for a stat that no one predicted heading into the season?

With Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks sidelined and DeMeco Ryans perhaps not back to his old self quite yet, Billy Davis has often called on Hicks to be the lone linebacker on the field on passing downs. That means that the responsibility of relaying the play call and getting the defense set sometimes falls to the first-year player out of Texas. Read more »

All-22: Washington’s Game-Winning Drive

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Bill Davis wasn’t angry, but as he talked to reporters Tuesday before practice, he did want to clarify that his defense didn’t give up Washington’s game-winning touchdown drive because they were tired.

“I honestly don’t see it that way,” he said. “In talking with the players, we are in great shape. There was nobody talking about being gassed. It’s not an excuse that we’re going to rely on, even though the question isn’t about an excuse. I really believe, guys, that we are in great shape.”

The Eagles were on the field for more than 41 minutes, or nearly 70 percent of the game. Even using Chip Kelly’s preferred method of analyzing number of plays and not time of possession, the Redskins dominated the ball (79 vs. 51).

But if you ask Davis, his three starters — Brandon Bair, Mychal Kendricks and Byron Maxwell — leaving the game with injuries was far more important. Read more »

Eagle Eye: Jordan Reed Is Breaking Out

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

The third-most prolific tight end in the National Football League isn’t a member of the old guard like Antonio Gates or Jimmy Graham, nor a well-known up-and-comer like Zach Ertz or Tyler Eifert.

Instead, it’s Washington’s Jordan Reed who ranks third in the league in receiving yards by a tight end after three weeks, piling up 19 catches for 241 yards and a touchdown. He’s just three yards behind Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce for second place.

Reed is on pace for an astounding 101 catches, 1,285 yards and five touchdowns if he keeps up the frankly unsustainable pace with which he’s picking apart defenses.
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Defense Fuels First Win

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.DeMeco Ryans noticed it as soon as the week started. Despite the secondary’s up-and-down play in the first two games of the season, the inside linebacker was excited about what he saw.

“The difference from last week to this week? The focus and intensity in practice,” Ryans said. “There was a lot more energy, they were locked in and they studied hard this week.”

That mentality translated to the field yesterday as the Eagles won the turnover battle—and the game—for the first time this year. They intercepted three passes and forced one fumble, even though the Jets tallied just two giveaways in their first two games. Read more »

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