NFC East Roundup: Cassel Can’t Help Cowboys

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While the Eagles sat idle, a pair of NFC East rivals lost close games in their Week 8 matchups. Here’s a quick spin around the division before Week 9 begins.

After a fifth straight loss, writes the Dallas Morning-News’s Bob Sturm, Jason Garrett and the Cowboys have dealt with Tony Romo‘s injury in the worst way possible.

When Tony Romo was injured back on September 20, the initial thought in every reasonable thinking Cowboys fans’ mind was simply that the season is likely over. The one thing you simply cannot do in the NFL is to lose your starting QB for 2 months. The math doesn’t work out. It can’t be done.

But, then, the dust settles, and you start to try to figure out a way to break the code. The reasons are obvious. This is not a video game that you simply hit “reset” and start over. No, if you are going to start over in the NFL, it takes a year off everyone’s contract and career and it requires 12 months of waiting. Nobody has time for that. Read more »

Eagles-Washington Injury Report

NFL: Washington Redskins at Houston Texans

Despite working on contingency plans this week to account for Hurricane Joaquin, the NFL announced that it does expect the game to be played at 1 p.m. Sunday at FedEx Field. Here’s a look at how the teams are coming in from a health perspective:



LB Kiko Alonso (knee), DE Taylor Hart (shoulder), DE Cedric Thornton (hand)


LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), S Chris Maragos (quadricep), RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring), T Jason Peters (quadricep)


TE Trey Burton (shoulder), WR Riley Cooper (knee), WR Josh Huff (hamstring)

Earlier in the week, Chip Kelly sounded optimistic that Peters and Maragos would be available for this one. Murray was a full participant Thursday and Friday after being limited on Wednesday. He missed last week’s game against the Jets with a hamstring strain.


Jay Gruden did not sound optimistic earlier in the week about DeSean Jackson‘s chances, and it turns out the receiver will in fact miss the matchup with his former team because of a lingering hamstring. DeAngelo Hall and linebacker Perry Riley are out as well. 

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Redskins Scouting Report

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With a new defensive coordinator and DeSean Jackson likely out of the lineup, Washington will look different than the last time Philadelphia saw them. With that in mind, we asked several Eagles about what to expect from their NFC East rival on Sunday. Read more »

Notes: Chip And the Offensive Line

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

In the oft-referenced presentation Chip Kelly gave at the NIKE coaches clinic back in 2009, the  head coach declared: “The five offensive linemen are the key to your football team.”

Considering how much he values the run game and offense overall, it’s unlikely that he left that philosophy behind at Oregon. And yet his actions have done little to back that philosophy up since arriving in Philadelphia.

The Eagles did use the No. 4 overall pick on Lane Johnson during Kelly’s first year with the team. However, they have made 20 draft selections since then spanning three years, and not one has been an o-lineman. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: How Sunday Affects the Eagles

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Like many of you, I spent most of my Sunday watching NFL games. Although the Eagles don’t kick off their season until tonight, the other three NFC East teams were in action.

Let’s take a look at how the rest of the division fared in their opening games. Read more »

Afternoon Links: Why the Parting Shots?

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears

DeSean Jackson cried foul over the way he was shown the exit in Philly. LeSean McCoy and Tra Thomas brought up race. Cary Williams took aim at the team’s conditioning practices and said the Eagles were outcoached down the stretch last season. Even Trent Cole fired off a tweet exclaiming “No respect!” after being released.

The latest comments from Jackson claiming that he was the victim of a smear campaign in Philly led to the following debate topic on NFL Network: Why do former Eagles continue to take shots at Chip Kelly?

“I think it has in large part to do with, when you are a professional athlete, you are a man,” said Jamie Dukes, who was an offensive lineman in the league for 10 seasons. “And  Chip Kelly I think has made the mistake that we’ve seen Nick Saban make, Greg Schiano — who I really like but I think he made the mistake and admitted to it…This college thing. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Here is what the national media are saying about Chip Kelly’s squad this week.

DeSean Jackson’s new reality show premiered on BET and apparently he is still upset about the way the Eagles cut him:

“When I was released by the Eagles, I feel they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn’t true. It was a slap in the face, coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL,” Jackson said on the show.

He then told his friends, “The Eagles tried to blow me up. That’s cold how they did it.”

To which one unnamed friend said, “Like they tried to persecute you from where you come from, bro.”

Jackson agreed.

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NFC East Roundup: Wide Receiver Drama

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Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that Dez Bryant is unhappy with his contract situation, but Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones says that both sides are far away from coming to terms for a long-term deal:

“It’s been well-documented that both [Larry] Fitzgerald and Megatron both got their deals based on their rookie contracts because they were high draft picks and the franchise tag dictated that,” Jones continued. “But since then all receivers, the top ones, have pretty much been paid in the $11.5-12.5 million range, and there’s a big disparity there. Read more »

NFC East Roundup: Giants Suitors For Mathis?

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles made headlines Thursday when they released Evan Mathis. Could he remain in the division? A look at what is being said around the NFC East.

The Giants as listed as one of four possible suitors by Around the NFL.

Nick Powell of writes of the Giants’ potential interest:

Mathis, even at age 33, is a two-time Pro Bowl guard coming off a season in which he was the second-highest rated guard in the entire league, according to Pro Football Focus, with a robust +25.8 rating and a run blocking score of +17.3.

So it stands to reason that the Giants could use a player of Mathis’ ilk on their offensive line, which, despite plenty of tinkering over the last two seasons, is far from settled. The Giants have four offensive linemen who figure to start: Justin Pugh and first round pick Ereck Flowers at right and left tackle, Weston Richburg at center, and Geoff Schwartz at one of the guard spots.

Rich Tandler of CSN Washington explores the possibility of the Redskins signing Mathis:

A year ago, Eagles coach Chip Kelly decided to let go of DeSean Jackson, who was one of the best wide receivers in the league. Kelly said that letting Jackson go was a football decision, although clearly financial and other factors played into it. The Redskins moved quickly to sign Jackson, who clearly relished the chance to play against the Eagles twice a year. Read more »

NFC East Roundup: Bryant Reports; DeSean Skips

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Andrew Weber / USA Today

OTAs opened up this week around the NFL. Here are the headlines concerning the rest of the division:

Unlike Evan Mathis, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant reported to the Cowboys OTAs. But he remains unhappy with his contract situation, writes David Moore:

Dez Bryant’s surprise appearance at organized team activities Thursday should not be taken as a sign that progress is being made in negotiations.

Sources said the Pro Bowl receiver went through individual drills but did nothing during the team portion of practice. One source stressed that Bryant’s appearance has nothing to do with any sort of movement in negotiations. He simply wanted to practice with teammates, show his commitment to staying in shape and get some work in with quarterback Tony Romo. Read more »

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