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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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 »

Davis Updates Middle Linebacker Situation

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

It looks like the Eagles could be down two of their top inside linebackers for Sunday’s crucial game against the Jets.

Billy Davis that Kiko Alonso, who is believed to have suffered a partial tear of his left ACL, is still in the evaluation process. “We’re crossing our fingers and hoping everything turns out for the best. We’re unsure about him,” said Davis, “but for this week I don’t expect him to play.”

Mychal Kendricks might not be available either. He sat out Tuesday’s practice along with Alonso as he nurses a hamstring strain.

“There is an outside chance we pick him up this week but it will be hard for him to get back,” said Davis. “But I think he has a shot at doing it.”
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Eagle Eye: Defending Jason Witten

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After a dozen years in the NFL, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has established himself as one of the premier tight ends in the history of the league.

Witten ranks second in receptions (951) and receiving yards (10,562) by tight ends, trailing only the legendary Tony Gonzalez in each category.

This Sunday, with Dez Bryant out for the foreseeable future, Witten will likely be featured even more prominently in Dallas’s passing attack.
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Afternoon Roundup: Super Bowl Predictions

Chip Kelly

Opinions about the Eagles’ chances this season are all over the place.  ESPN has them ninth in their power rankings. Pro Football Talk has them all the way down at 14. Other outlets slot them anywhere in-between.

And then there is Adam Schefter and Joe Banner, who have the Eagles at the very top.

“They are the team that I anointed. They are my Super Bowl pick in the NFC,” said Schefter during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. “I don’t mean to make Philadelphia get their hopes up because predictions are usually the surest way to look silly. But I believe they’re good enough to have that kind of season. I really do.
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Notes: Alonso, Huff Plan To Play In Finale

Kiko Alonso.

Kiko Alonso.

Kiko Alonso told reporters that the tendinitis Chip Kelly referenced is in fact in his surgically-repaired left knee. He added that it is common coming off an ACL injury, and that he expects to play in the preseason finale on Thursday against the Jets.

If he does in fact suit up, it will be Alonso’s first action of the preseason. The 25-year-old linebacker was held out after sustaining concussion early in camp, and was a late scratch last week against the Packers because his leg was bothering him.

With Alonso, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans all limited at some point this offseason, the group has yet to take the field together in a game. Ryans, though, says he is not concerned.
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Bradford: ‘I Plan To Play’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was asked five different ways about his plan for Sam Bradford this weekend, and he deftly ducked each question. At one point, he cited the weather as a factor in determining if/how long Bradford plays.

“You never know, there could be a monsoon!” he joked on his way off the practice field Thursday.

There are some showers in the Green Bay forecast Saturday, but barring that monsoon, it sounds like the QB is suiting up. Read more »

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