Eagles All-22 Wake-Up Call: O-Line Inconsistency

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The offensive line was rolling. They paved the way for a rushing attack that gained more than 150 yards in four straight weeks — the first time the Eagles did so since 1992 — and provided sound pass protection.

Before Sunday, the Dolphins ranked second-to-last in run defense (allowing 142 yards per game), leading many people to believe the Eagles would dominate the ground game.

However, the opposite happened on Sunday, and Philadelphia averaged just 2.3 yards per carry in their 20-19 loss. Miami recorded four sacks, nine tackles-for-loss and 10 quarterback hits. Sam Bradford constantly took shots from the Dolphins’ defensive line, and he eventually suffered both a concussion and an injured left shoulder in the third quarter.

“We’re frustrated,” Jason Kelce said. “I think we let a game get away from us, and I think everybody knows that. Offensively, we had so many opportunities, and let every single one of them slip through our fingers, it seems like. But I think everyone else knows that we can improve, and if we can eliminate these self-inflicting things, we can still be a dynamic offense.” Read more »

All-22: The Offensive Line’s Transformation

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles’ offensive line couldn’t have played much worse against the Cowboys in Week 2. They gave up so much penetration that the team totaled just seven rushing yards, averaging 0.4 yards per carry. If not for Sam Bradford’s 9-yard scramble, they would’ve finished in the negative.

Down two starters (Jason Peters and Andrew Gardner) heading into their rematch against Dallas Sunday night, the offensive line appeared poised for another poor performance.

What followed surprised many, however, as they paved the way for a dominant performance on the ground. The Eagles rushed for 172 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry, and won largely because of how well they ran the ball. Read more »

Lane Johnson Expecting To Play Left Tackle

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The contingency plan is now clear.

If Jason Peters is not able to suit up this weekend, Lane Johnson will take his place at left tackle and Dennis Kelly will be inserted into the right tackle spot.

The Eagles have gone with that alignment this week as Peters continues to sit out with a back injury. The closer we get to Sunday, the more likely it seems that the line could be operating without its future Hall-of-Famer.

“It’s kind of up in the air, just kind of play it by ear and see how he feels,” said Johnson. “As of right now, I’m expecting to play left.”
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All-22: Behind the Offensive Line’s Bad Start

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jason Kelce was extremely frustrated after the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins Sunday, calling the offensive line “a disgrace.” When he met with reporters Tuesday after practice, he didn’t back off his comments at all.

“I still think that through the first four weeks, we have been a disgrace,” Kelce said. “We haven’t been able to run the ball. Especially with the backs that we have, we should have rushing yards. We don’t give the offensive coaches and head coach the confidence to call run plays, because we’re not consistent.”

Despite spending more than $50 million in the offseason on DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, the Eagles rank 30th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (70) and 31st in yards per carry (3.1). Although they appeared to take a big step forward in the box score Sunday by reaching nearly five yards a rush, that mark dips below 3.5 when eliminating Murray’s 30-yard run. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Matt Tobin Time

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles’ run game was just getting going. Although they only averaged 3.2 yards per carry against the Jets, it was a season-high and they totaled 123 rushing yards, nearly double what they combined for in their first two games.

Then, starting right guard Andrew Gardner injured his foot in the first half against New York.

“It does suck because I was getting comfortable next to Gardner,” right tackle Lane Johnson said. “Me and Andrew were starting to jell pretty good.” Read more »

Injury Notes: Replacing Andrew Gardner

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

With Andrew Gardner out for the season with a foot injury, the Eagles must go to the reserves for answers at right guard. Pat Shurmur said that both Matt Tobin and Dennis Kelly would work in there, with Tobin getting the first crack at it today.

“Dennis is a bigger guy. Tobin’s got good quickness,” said Shurmur when asked to compare the two. “He does a good job of getting to the second level. Dennis is maybe just a little firmer at the line of scrimmage, but they’re both very good guards.” Read more »

Making Sense of the Eagles Inactives

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Although his status has been unclear since injuring his groin, Zach Ertz is active for the Eagles tonight. However, it’s still unknown how much the tight end will play, if at all. Given the depth and talent the Eagles have at the position, it’s possible he won’t play much.

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Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.

Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.

Here’s what we saw during Eagles OTAs on Monday.

12:25 – A shoutout to Andy Reid off the top today. We’ll start with injuries. DeMeco RyansMarcus Smith IIEarl Wolff and Julian Vandervelde are working off to the side. Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles are not here. The Eagles did not provide any reasons why. The OTAs are voluntary.

12:30 – I hate to keep providing video of the defensive linemen, but they are the guys who have been practicing closest to us. Here, they’re working on their pass-rush and their hands with Jerry Azzinaro. Read more »

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