The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to face the Washington Redskins in a Week 6 matchup at FedEx Field. The Birds are trying to pick up their first division win of the 2016 NFL season and advance to 4-1. We’ll periodically update this thread throughout the game with highlights, drive summaries, score updates, and more. Feel free to jump in the comments below. Read more »
As the Eagles prepare to face DeSean Jackson and the Washington Redskins this weekend, one can’t help but look beyond this year and notice the former Philadelphia wide receiver is a free agent after this season. In a Wednesday conference call, Jackson did not rule out the possibility of returning to the Eagles. Read more »
DeSean Jackson is offended, Eli Manning is confident and Fletcher Cox stands alone. Some quick links for you this afternoon: Read more »
After staying quiet when Chip Kelly was initially fired by the Eagles, DeSean Jackson opened up a bit to The MMQB’s Robert Klemko about the fate of his former head coach.
“I’m a firm believer that bad karma comes back on you,” Jackson said. “When you ruin a team like that, you do things to peoples’ families, you release people, you trade people, you get rid of good players who build something with the community, with the fans, with the kids—to have a guy come in and change up the team like that, I just believe in karma.
“I don’t have any bad words to say about him as far as what he feels he needs on his roster. But the guys that were on that roster created something special, from Jeremy Maclin to LeSean McCoy to Trent Cole to Todd Herremans and myself and Brandon Boykin; it goes on and on and on. When we were there we were a brotherhood. So for everyone to go their separate ways and to see how it all ended up, it’s a very sad thing.” Read more »
It’s been quite the few days. We’ve been covering Chip Kelly‘s release around the clock, but it’s always good to get other perspectives. Here’s a sampling of what local and national writers are saying about the Eagles.
DeSean Jackson bounced into Washington’s locker room, minutes after beating the Eagles, 38-24, with a gray ball cap resting atop his short, auburn dreadlocks, and a grin spread across his face. His teammates were shimmying and preening for a wall of television cameras and smartphones to Future’s “Stick Talk” blasting from speakers nearby, basking in their newfound division-champion glory.
He didn’t jump in front of the cameras; instead, Jackson bounced over to give handshakes to a few teammates, rapping along to the song, before he was ushered to the podium after Jay Gruden finished talking to reporters.
Jackson didn’t talk very much heading into this matchup, slightly out-of-character for the outspoken former Eagle.
The focus paid off with a win.
Eric Rowe is still kicking himself over a minor mistake he made 12 weeks ago. It was just the second NFL game he had appeared in on defense, and the first time he played more than 15 defensive snaps.
With just 26 seconds left in the Week 4 matchup, Kirk Cousins connected with Pierre Garçon to give Washington the 23-20 victory over Philadelphia. Nolan Carroll was the defensive back covering Garçon, but Rowe wasn’t far away.
“I have better technique now, but I could’ve had a lot better eyes,” Rowe said. “My eyes were all over the place, especially that last play where Pierre Garçon scored in the red zone. I could’ve jumped it earlier.
“I should’ve kept them on the receiver instead of in the backfield. When you look in the backfield and your total focus isn’t on the receiver, you’ll be late in reacting.” Read more »
Jaylen Watkins made his debut in Billy Davis’ defense in the Eagles’ Week 17 matchup with the Giants last season, when the team finished its campaign with the same one-two divisional punch it faces this year.
Watkins stepped in for benched cornerback Bradley Fletcher and performed adequately, if inefficiently. He recorded three tackles and a pass defensed, but Odell Beckham Jr. and Reuben Randle racked up a combined 18 catches and 243 yards, including Beckham’s 63-yard touchdown catch.
But Watkins, who spent the entirety of 2014 on the Eagles’ active roster, said Tuesday his time with the team last season, however limited and unproductive, played a big role in his ability to step into the lineup and contribute against the Cardinals.