DeSean: Eagles Are ‘Very Naive’

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

DeSean Jackson broke into a skip as the clock hit zero. He hopped from the sideline towards the end zone, where the mass of bodies had started to scatter after Mark Sanchez’s desperation heave hit the turf. Yapping and jumping and yapping and jumping. From skip to sprint as he found Jeremy Maclin walking onto the field. Some words and a hug for Maclin and the over to Darren Sproles, then Cary Williams and Nate Allen, then over the assistant coaches before dancing through the tunnel and out of sight.

At his locker, he spotted a Philadelphia reporter and asked, “Whatcha doin’ here? I bet you they’re over there crying. You should go back over there with them.”

The team that unceremoniously dumped him this offseason just had their playoff hopes all but crushed by the team that scooped him up, and Jackson was lapping every ounce of the moment up. He played a big part in Washington’s 27-24 upset win, hauling in four catches for 126 yards, including a pair of big strikes that went for over 50 yards with Bradley Fletcher in coverage.

Asked if he was surprised that the Eagles left him one-on-one with Fletcher, Jackson said with a laugh: “Not at all. Last year, when I had been there the last couple years, that’s how they play. They’re very naive and they play how they play. They could care less who is out there or who is at wide receiver, they’re going to play their defense the way they play it,” he said. Read more »

Maclin: No Bad Blood With DeSean

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Jeremy Maclin stood at the podium after practice Tuesday afternoon and wanted to set the record straight on a couple different topics.

One was his relationship with DeSean Jackson. The two never seemed especially close when they played together, but Jackson told the Inquirer over the weekend that he’s happy for Maclin and the success he’s had.

“We’ve spoken a few times this year,” Maclin said. “I don’t know how people perceive that relationship between him and I. We’re cool. No hard feelings either way. At the end of the day, he’s in Washington now and we’re here.”

Asked to describe the nature of their relationship, Maclin said: “We were teammates. We were cool. I don’t really know what people think, that there was ever any type of bad blood or anything. We’re both competitive guys and both guys who are very capable of being talented guys in this league. When you have two guys of that caliber on one team, I think people look for things to try to pick at and try to pull you guys apart, but it’s not always like that.”

In reference to offseason speculation that Maclin wouldn’t have re-signed had Jackson still been here, he said: “Was I quoted in that report? [No]. OK then.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Avant On WR Change-Up

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Jason Avant saw the wide receiver overhaul coming.

He downplayed the drama surrounding the offseason moves, saying Chip Kelly and DeSean Jackson had a good working relationship and that his own comments about “butting heads” with Kelly were overblown. In his mind, the reconfiguration had more to do with dollars and cents and resource allocation.

“You have an emerging [Jeremy] Maclin, you have a receiver draft that is high on talent that year and then you just paid Riley Cooper, so you kind of put the pieces together. Me and DeSean or me and Mac, we knew two of us would be gone,” he said. “We didn’t know which one it would be but you kind of [understand] situations over the years.

“I saw my role and what they had me doing and it just didn’t make sense for them financially to keep me to do some of the things I was doing. That’s no slight at Chip or anyone, it’s just a good business decision. Man, if I was in the business decision I would have looked at it and said: Look, to catch bubbles and to block, we can get a rookie to do that for a lesser price. That’s just a smart move by Howie Roseman and Chip.” Read more »

What’s Up With Nick Foles?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The numbers aren’t pretty for Nick Foles. 

He walked off the field Sunday having completed just 21 of his 43 pass attempts (49 percent) for 195 yards with a pair of interceptions. His 42.3 quarterback rating against the Niners is his worst under Chip Kelly — even lower than the one that accompanied his disastrous outing against Dallas last October.

Through four games, his 57.8 completion percentage ranks 29th in the NFL and his 81.7 QB rating 25th. It’s pretty plain to see that, outside of the Washington game, the 25-year-old hasn’t been firing on all cylinders. As the San Francisco game showed us, there are multiple reasons for that.
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Cary Williams Needs to Follow DeSean Jackson Out of Town

Photo| Jeff Fusco.

Photo | Jeff Fusco.

After watching last Sunday’s win over the Redskins with four missing offensive linemen, a halfback who hasn’t done diddly and a quarterback bruised like a late summer peach, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Eagles may never lose.

They are a 6  1/2 point underdog this week at San Francisco, but he way the Birds pull out fourth-quarter victories, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they upset the 49ers. And even if they do lose, at the very worst they’d likely head into their week 7 bye with a sterling 5-1 record, which would put them right into a legitimate conversation of, dare I say, the Super Bowl?

Yet, something troubles me these crisp autumn days, and his name is Cary Williams.

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