What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Sam Bradford and John DeFilippo. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford and John DeFilippo. (Jeff Fusco)

Here are some of the top Eagles-related stories so far this week:

Former Eagle and current Jaguars safety Earl Wolff describes the night he survived an armed robbery and kidnapping back in February for the MMQB.

My captors are panicking. I hear them conspiring, wondering if my friend has called the cops. They rush me back into the vehicle and secure zip ties around my ankles and my arms, which are tied behind my back. They put an itchy hat over my face. Now we’re driving and driving, and I have no idea where we are or what time it is. At some point, two other men get into the vehicle and five of us are crammed into the backseat. I am exhausted. I try to keep my faith. I try to think of my mom. I am numb, but she is all I have left. Read more »

Eagles Waive Safety Earl Wolff

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have waived/injured safety Earl Wolff, according to sources.

Wolff has been dealing with right knee issues since first sustaining the injury back in 2013.  He had microfracture surgery to address the problem in November and was a participant for much of the summer. But the pain resurfaced last week, forcing him to sit out the exhibition opener against the Colts.

“He says he can’t run with his knee,” Chip Kelly said Tuesday.

The 25-year-old recently visited Dr. James Andrews. One source suggested he had surgery, though that has not been confirmed to this point. [Update: Wolff tweeted that he had surgery Thursday.]

The Eagles declined comment. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: 53-Man Roster Projection

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

With a dozen training camp practices and the first preseason game in the books, now seems like a good time to roll out my first 53-man roster projection of the year. Josh is welcome to challenge me with one of his own, but given my past dominance in this arena, his efforts will likely be futile.

Quarterbacks (3): Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley.

Barkley entered as the No. 3 quarterback and performed well enough against the Colts to hold onto that position — for now. If it’s about choosing someone who can execute the tempo offense with the most precision should Sam Bradford  and Mark Sanchez be unavailable, Barkley will be the choice. But it’s hard to ignore all the trade chatter around the USC product since word of Tebow-to-Philly first surfaced, and you wonder if Kelly is intrigued by how he might be able to use Tebow on game days. Curious to see how this one plays out. Read more »

Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s preseason opener against the Colts: QB Sam Bradford, S Jerome Couplin, S Earl Wolff, LB Kiko Alonso, LB DeMeco Ryans, TE Zach Ertz and LB Mychal Kendricks.

We already knew Bradford, Couplin, Alonso and Ertz would sit, and Kendricks has been sidelined in practice since a mid-week collision in 7-on-7. Ryans missed multiple practices this week and has been in the league for a decade, so there’s no need for him to play. Wolff was also sidelined for Thursday’s practice.

Andrew Gardner, who has gotten the most reps with the ones in training camp, will start at right guard. Brad Jones and Emmanuel Acho will start at the two inside linebacker positions. DeMarco Murray, who has practiced a limited amount during camp, is active.

Photos: Eagles Training Camp, 8/13

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here is a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

KC Joyner of ESPN lists DeMarco Murray as one of his impact additions of the 2015 offseason:

Chip Kelly is a run-first coach anywhere on the field and doubly so when it comes to plays at or inside the 10-yard line. During his six seasons of calling plays at Oregon, the Ducks led the nation in rushing touchdown percentage on plays that started at or inside the 10-yard line (44.7 percent).

This has not been the case with the Eagles. Philadelphia’s 3.7 rushes per touchdown ratio is tied for 16th over the past two seasons.

That number should improve dramatically with the addition of Murray to the backfield. Over the past two years, Murray has tied for second in rushes per touchdown (2.7) at or inside the 10-yard line by converting 19 of his 52 carries into scores.

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Eagles 53-Man Roster Projection

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Let’s get the usual disclaimers out of the way:

  • It’s only June, and the Eagles haven’t even practiced in pads yet.
  • There will be more roster moves made between now and September.
  • Players unfortunately will get injured.

Having said all that, providing an early 53-man roster projection allows us to at least get a handle on what camp battles should be taken seriously come August.

It’s also just a fun exercise for the sleepy days of late June. And we’re pro-fun here at Birds 24/7. So here you go: Read more »

Earl Wolff, Chip Kelly And the Knee

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Earl Wolff still experiences pain in his right knee. He said it only hits when he makes certain movements and it’s “nothing crazy,” but it’s there and serves as a signal that he is not all the way back.

The third-year safety out of N.C. State acknowledged that he expected to be full-go by this point. Still, Wolff says he has been making big strides lately and feels quite confident that he’ll be back to his old self by training camp.

“At the end of the day, man, my thing is all about being healthy, come back being 100 percent for the first time in a long time,” said Wolff, who participated in individual drills for the first time Tuesday. “Dr. [James] Andrews said sometimes it takes six months, sometimes it takes eight months, you never know. He said the main thing is make sure I’m taking care of myself, make sure I’m doing the things he gave me. He basically gave me a protocol. I’ve been doing everything I can do, just going through that right now.”
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Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

Here’s what we saw during today’s session.

12:23 – We’ve mentioned on multiple occasions how Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz quarterbacks certain drills during practice. Chip Kelly was asked about that today.

“Every person in this building that can contribute is out there contributing,” Kelly said. “You’ll see guys that are in the video room catching passes. You’ve got guys out there with referee shirts spotting the ball for us. So anybody that can help us and make us better in practice can do it, and I’ve seen Ed throw. Ed can throw. He actually throws a couple times when we’ve been out on Pro Days or college visits, and it helps Cory [Undlin] coach. Instead of Cory being the guy that throws the ball in those drills, he’s got someone like Ed that can throw it.”

12:39 – I was asked recently to compare Sam Bradford’s arm strength to a number of different quarterbacks. Based on what I saw of him on film in St. Louis and what I’ve seen in practice, here’s how I would rank it (assuming full health): Read more »

Chip: ‘No Progress’ With Wolff

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Earl Wolff had what he described as “mini-microfracture” surgery on his right knee back in November in hopes that he could finally put the issue in the rear-view mirror. Shortly after the procedure, he told reporters that he expected to be back to full speed by late April or early May.

It’s now June, and Wolff has spent the majority of the spring workouts on the sideline.

Asked about Wolff’s progress as he works his way back from surgery, Kelly told reporters prior to practice: “Earl has done nothing except stretch, so we haven’t seen…there is no progress right now.”

Is it just a pain threshold thing?

“He’s been cleared from Dr. Andrews a couple weeks ago, but it’s what he can tolerate.” Read more »

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