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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Eagles Notes: Pat Shurmur On Bradford’s Debut

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Pat Shurmur spoke to the media this morning before practice about Sam Bradford, Nelson Agholor and others on the Eagles’ offense. Here are some highlights of what he said, including a note about who sat out at training camp today. Read more »

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 »

All-22: Dissecting the Eagles’ Offensive Issues

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David Molk seemed somewhat surprised to see a group of reporters waiting by his locker Tuesday afternoon.

“Molk! Molk! Molk!” chanted DeMeco Ryans, sporting a giant smile a couple stalls down.

“C’mon ‘Mec,” said the Eagles center. “Partner interview. I need some veteran help.”

The scene served as a good reminder of the twists and turns of an NFL season. A year ago, Molk was helping out his high school team, after having been cut by the San Diego Chargers. As recently as July, it looked like he would be battling for one of the team’s final roster spots.

But now, with Jason Kelce sidelined, Molk is a starter. On Sunday, that meant making the calls and setting the protections for an offense that was shut out against the San Francisco 49ers. Read more »

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. 49ers

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Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched.

QUARTERBACK

Nick Foles – He followed up a tremendous performance in Week 3 with another uneven outing in Week 4. Foles went 21-for-43 for 195 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He again took some big hits, but when Foles had opportunities to hit on plays downfield, he didn’t capitalize. The Eagles managed just one completion of 20+ yards all game long.

It looked like the gameplan early was to go with the quick game. Foles completed his first pass to Jeremy Maclin and then went right back to him and misfired. Later on the drive, he overthrew Brent Celek on a corner route that could have resulted in a 25+ yard play. He then overthrew Zach Ertz on the same route to the other side of the field, although it looked like Ertz might have been held on the play. Chip Kelly referred to four overthrows. The third was to Maclin on a deep post in the second. FOX analyst Troy Aikman mentioned that Foles could have probably maneuvered in the pocket before delivering. Foles’ fourth overthrow was to Riley Cooper on another deep post. Read more »

All-22: Maclin Gets Loose On Jailbreak Screen

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In Chip Kelly’s first game as an NFL head coach against Jim Haslett and Washington last season, he used a look in the second quarter that we would see pretty much on a weekly basis throughout the year.

It featured stacked receivers to both sides and a single back. Read more »

Eagles Reshuffle Offensive Line

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles showed off a different starting offensive line today during the portion of practice open to the media.

They had Jason Peters (LT), Matt Tobin (LG), David Molk (C), Dennis Kelly (RG) and Todd Herremans (RT) with the first team. That’s different players at four of the five positions when compared to who started on Sunday against Washington. Read more »

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