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

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles-OTA

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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Eagles Wake-Up Call: An Answer For DeSean

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
As we’ve seen over the years, DeSean Jackson is quite comfortable playing the role of antagonist. So it is no surprise that he egged on both Eagles defenders and fans alike after each big play he made Sunday.

And there were a couple of them — none bigger than the 81-yard touchdown catch and run late in the third quarter that knotted the game at 27-27.  Using that world-class speed, he flew past Cary Williams into daylight and snared a pretty pass from Kirk Cousins in stride. At the end of the play, a taunt in the direction of Nate Allen, a mocking flap of the arms and a defiant kick of the air to cap his touchdown celebration.

“I’m glad I wasn’t the one trying to tackle him because as a defender, one, you’re already mad you gave up a score,” said Malcolm Jenkins. “But the entire environment and situation and context in which he celebrated is obviously a little smack in the face. But he had a great game, he’s a good player. That’s all you can say.” Read more »

Making Sense of the Eagles’ Inactives

NFL: Washington Redskins at Houston Texans

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Redskins: QB Matt Barkley, WR Josh Huff, S Earl Wolff, OL Matt Tobin, OL Kevin Graf, LB Mychal Kendricks and DL Taylor Hart.

DeSean Jackson, who suffered a shoulder injury last week, is active for Washington. Read more »

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