Here’s a position-by-position review of how the Eagles’ defense performed against the Patriots, after having re-watched the game. Read more »
The last time we checked in on Nick Foles‘ jersey sales was shortly after his seven-touchdown performance against the Raiders in November.
The page where you can purchase a Foles jersey on the team site saw a 25 percent spike in hits following that showing in Oakland, yet sales hardly went up at all. Fans were looking at it, they were thinking about it, but weren’t quite ready to take the plunge.
Now they’re jumping in. Read more »
Earl Wolff was a full participant Sunday after sitting out team drills the previous two sessions with a sore knee. Wolff strongly hinted afterwards that it was the same right knee that sidelined him down the stretch last season.
“It was a little sore but it feels a whole lot better. I might be on a little bit of treatment. I’m feeling good, though,” said Wolff.
The second-year safety is confident that this won’t be a lingering issue.
There was some cloudiness last season when it came to Wolff’s hyperextended knee and whether he and the training staff were on the same page. There were rumblings late in the season that Wolff had been given the green light for a return but decided to hold himself out.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say it was that. It might have been something similar to that,” Wolff said back in early January. “And it wasn’t that I didn’t want to play, I just felt like if I would have went out there, I wouldn’t have been able to play my game.”
Chip Kelly sounded like he was expecting Wolff to practice in full on Friday when he last addressed the media, but that turned out not to be the case. Prior to Sunday’s practice, Kelly phrased it this way:
Riley Cooper was wearing a boot on his right foot when spotted outside of the NovaCare Complex Friday.
“He’s got a foot injury. It’s just a preventative thing,” said Chip Kelly. “He should be back in a couple days.”
Cooper has been sidelined since Monday with the foot ailment.
Kelly sounds optimistic that this is a short-term deal, but it does make you think about the receiver depth on this team. Kelly was asked how he feels about his reserves. Read more »
At one point during 7-on-7s Wednesday, Marcus Smith found himself one-on-on with Jordan Matthews.
Smith stayed with the wideout well down field and was in decent position as the pass sailed to the corner of the end zone, but Matthews elevated and snagged the ball out of the air. Touchdown.
Or was it? Read more »
For much of the spring and summer, Nate Allen has occupied the starting safety spot opposite Malcolm Jenkins. On Wednesday, though, it was Earl Wolff running with the ones.
“I saw it this morning,” said Wolff, speaking about the depth chart. “I don’t think too much of it. I just went in there, made a couple plays.”
“I thought he did well,” added Jenkins. “As far as communications he was loud, he was on point, he thought before the play. I know they’re going to be continuously rotating — even I was with the twos a couple practices ago — it’s good for him to get that exposure, those reps, and I’m watching the competition just like you guys.” Read more »
Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis met with reporters Sunday. Below are three things that stood out.
1. We’ve written plenty in this space about the high number of snaps guys like DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin played last year. Part of that had to do with the defense’s inability to get off the field. Part of it had to do with the team’s lack of depth at certain spots. Part of it had to do with pace and style of the offense.
But going forward, Davis wants to get those guys off the field a little bit more.
“It’s something we are very concerned about,” he said. “We don’t want any of them to play all the snaps. It’s too many snaps for any one defensive player. We know we had way too many. It benefits both us and the player and DeMeco or Mychal [Kendricks] that we get a rotation in there, too. We’ll get that rotation all the time through different packages and with the addition like you touched on of some new players. It will give us a little bit more flexibility. Read more »