Mathis, Barbre Leave With Injury

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles offensive line sustained two injuries in the first half against Jacksonville.

Evan Mathis had to be assisted off the field with a left leg injury in the second quarter. On the same drive, Allen Barbre hobbled off with a right ankle injury. Barbre is the starting right tackle while Lane Johnson serves his four-game suspension.

Mathis, an All-Pro guard in 2013, got hurt when LeSean McCoy was tackled into the back of his leg. He was unable to put any weight on it as he left the field with trainers on either side of him. He is out for the game. Barbre’s return is questionable.

Matt Tobin (ankle) was an inactive for this game. Andrew Gardner replaced Mathis at left guard but was quickly forced over to right tackle when Barbre left. David Molk, the only other reserve lineman active, filled in at left guard.

In other injury news, Najee Goode (pec) is questionable to return. Bennie Logan hurt his ankle early but is playing through it.

Eagles Add Pistol To Toolbox For 2014


Chip Kelly believes his job is to provide players with answers.

If he hasn’t armed them with solutions to their on-field problems, he has come up short as a coach.

Last year, there were many answers as the Eagles had one of the top offenses in the league, setting franchise records in points, yards and a number of other categories. There were occasions, though, where opposing defensive coordinators stymied the Birds’ attack.

So the offseason has been about adding layers to the offense. The foundation remains the same: spread ‘em out and run the ball until the opponent forces you to do something else. But there will be new wrinkles added in 2014. Some might be obvious in four days when the Eagles host the Jaguars. We might not see others until November or later, depending on the rhythm of the season.

Either way, it seems likely that one of the wrinkles revealed itself in the preseason: the pistol. Read more »

Foles, First-Team Offense Struggle

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
CHICAGO — Not a great start for Nick Foles and company.

The first-team offense played three series in the preseason opener against the Bears. Two ended in Foles interceptions and the third a Donnie Jones punt. Not the end of the world, but certainly not what Chip Kelly was hoping for out of his starters.

Foles finished 6-of-9 for 44 yards and a pair of picks. Read more »

Mathis On His Decision To Report

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles

Evan Mathis knew that holding out was his only real leverage play, and that his leverage grew when Lane Johnson failed his drug test. But he just couldn’t bring himself to do it.

“It was easy for me to sit there and think about it a month ago but when it was getting down closer to the wire, it was not something I could see myself doing really. For multiple reasons. When I was in elementary school and I got sick and I missed a day of school I felt bad because I was behind, and this is not the kind of stuff you want to get behind on,” said Mathis as the team reported to NovaCare for training camp Friday.

“I try to look at it my point of view, try to look at it from their point of view. I didn’t want to have a negative impact on the team. I didn’t want to send the wrong message to the players, coaches, fans. I look at what I’m doing as doing the right thing in the situation.” Read more »

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