Inside Voices: Sanchez To Matthews Once Again

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

Jordan Matthews described meeting Mark Sanchez for the first time as his “Welcome to the NFL moment.”

“When I saw him I was like, ‘That’s Mark Sanchez.’ It was kind of weird to me,” he said. “But he came right up to me and was like, ‘Hey, what’s up Jordan?’ Cool as the other side of the pillow. It helped my transition a lot because it was like, OK, these guys aren’t that different from me.”

Paired together on the second team this summer, the two became fast friends on the field. Sanchez targeted Matthews so often it became a running joke among some members of the media:

“Guess who?”

Without looking, you knew it was Sanchez to Matthews.

“We’re both extremely competitive guys and it was the situation coming into camp and OTAs that the way the reps were set we were going to be in there a lot with each other, so we both made it a point to go out there and work hard,” said Matthews. “He noticed something in me so he gave me a lot of opportunities and I knew, OK, I’m coming in here and I have a quarterback that trusts me and I have to make the most of the opportunities.”

Not surprisingly, Sanchez’s first touchdown pass in an Eagles’ uniform went to No. 81. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Texans, the Day After

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

HOUSTON - Jason Kelce decided it was his turn to play DJ.

His linemate, Jason Peters, generally is in charge of the music in the locker room after games. But with Peters in the shower, Kelce took a peek at the playlist, found some 80s rock, blasted it and returned to his stall two spots down.

The Eagles’ center had reason to be in a celebratory mood. He suffered a sports hernia injury in Week 3, had surgery, rehabbed and returned ahead of schedule Sunday against the Texans. Kelce was part of an effort that got the Eagles back to their offensive roots: tempo and the run game.

Running backs LeSean McCoy (23 for 117), Chris Polk (8 for 50) and Darren Sproles (3 for 17) combined for 184 yards on 34 carries (5.4 YPC). The run game lifted the Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Texans. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: DeMeco’s Return

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

DeMeco Ryans learned that he was being traded from Houston to Philadelphia over supper.

“I talked to the general manager [Rick Smith]. We sat down and ate dinner,” Ryans remembered. “He told me what we were doing, sending me to Philly, and I was like, ‘Hey, cool.’ And he was like, ‘I didn’t expect you to accept it this way.’ I said, ‘Hey, man, I’m fine. I’m going to Philly, it’s a good team. ‘ I was excited about coming here. If I’m going to leave Houston, I’m happy to be going to a really good team.”

His teammates weren’t as accepting. Read more »

Kelce Gearing Up For Return

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The transition from David Molk back to Jason Kelce is underway.

Kelce received first-team reps at practice Tuesday. And while there are some hurdles he needs to clear between now and Sunday, the goal is to get Kelce ready to play against the Texans.

“From where we’re going and where we’re heading this week, it looks like he’s going to try and be back,” said Molk. Read more »

Injury Updates: Good News For Kelce?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When the Eagles’ first-team offensive line set up at Tuesday’s practice, Jason Kelce took his usual spot at center.

Later, when the centers lined up with the quarterbacks, Kelce snapped to starter Nick Foles.

That’s a change from last week and could be a sign that Kelce’s aiming to return Sunday against the Houston Texans. As for the rest of the line, Jason Peters and Lane Johnson took their usual spots at left and right tackles. Right guard Todd Herremans suffered an elbow/arm injury against the Cardinals, but he was out there as well. Read more »

Chip: ‘We’re Not Looking Into Safeties’

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Hours before Nate Allen was beat by John Brown for a game-changing 75-yard touchdown, a report surfaced that the Eagles are looking to upgrade their safety position prior to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Chip Kelly addressed those whispers during his day-after press conference.

“No, I don’t know where that report came from,” said Kelly. “A lot of times the people that float that are the people that want their safety picked up. I may look into that but we’re not actively looking to upgrade. Read more »

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