Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray. (Jeff Fusco)
With Sunday’s game against the Giants meaningless in terms of the 2015 NFL season, we figured it was time to turn our attention to the Eagles’ roster heading into the new year and the offseason, as the team begins looking for its next head coach.
A team’s stable of talent plays quite the role when people like Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman are trying to sell their franchise to prospective head coaches. Let’s talk about how the roster looks on the offensive side of the ball.
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Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)
After reports emerged that Jason Peters took himself out of the Eagles’ game against Washington Saturday night, Chip Kelly said today he doesn’t know whether that’s true.
“It wasn’t relayed to me that way. It’s just relayed Jason’s out. I didn’t get into that,” Kelly said. “We were just told he couldn’t go any longer.”
According to multiple reports, Peters, who injured his elbow during the game, took himself out because he “didn’t want the risk of getting hurt for a team that is not going to the playoffs.” Peters played 56 offensive snaps (69 percent), while Dennis Kelly was on the field for the other 25 plays (31 percent). Read more »
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Here’s a roundup of what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles after their Week 16 loss to Washington.
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Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)
Fletcher Cox has been named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, the NFL announced Tuesday night. The defensive end will be joined by Jason Peters and Darren Sproles for the game on January 31 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
This is Sproles’ second consecutive Pro Bowl as a return specialist and the eighth selection for Peters.
“It feels really great,” Cox said, according to the Eagles website. “I told myself before the season started that I needed to be better than last year. I had to make the whole world know and not just the local people. It all paid off.” Read more »
Jason Peters. (Jeff Fusco)
Jason Peters sat stoically at his stall in the center of a bustling visitors locker room, still in his game pants and wearing a black sweat-soaked t-shirt with big white letters running from one broad shoulder to the other that simply read, “The Bodyguard.”
The upset win over New England was minutes old and the room around him was humming. A pick six and a pair of special teams touchdowns flipped the script on a predicted Patriots route, pumping life back into a season that was just about out of air.
For a moment, the Eagles were dangerously close to letting it all slip away. Tom Brady led a pair of late touchdown drives to slice the lead to seven, reinvigorating a Gillette Stadium crowd that was in full throat as the Eagles stared down a 3rd-and-11 near midfield with 2:49 remaining.
The play got off to a lousy start. Brent Celek, lined up to Peters’ left, was supposed to get a good chip on defensive end Rob Ninkovich before releasing into the flat, but came up with mostly air. That left Ninkovich with what appeared to be a clear path to Sam Bradford for a would-be blindside hit that, at the very least, would have forced a punt. It took Peters’ best effort of the year to salvage the play and keep the drive alive. Read more »
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Veteran Jason Peters called it a sight he had never really seen before.
It’s not uncommon for Jeffrey Lurie to speak with the players pre-game, but it’s usually one-on-one and in the measured, relaxed tone that he seldom strays from. This time was different. In the bowels of Gillette Stadium before his stumbling squad squared off against the juggernaut, he addressed the team in larger groups, and spoke with a passion that unquestionably caught their attention.
“Me and him have a relationship and every game he’s fired up with me,” said Peters. “He kind of expressed himself in front of the whole team today. He was fired up. He was fired up. I’ve never seen him like that in front of everybody.”
“He just told us straight up: you’ve gotta play hard, you’ve gotta play balls to the wall. And it’s a little different coming from the man that’s paying the bills,” added Najee Goode, whose scoop and score off the punt block was one of the signature moments in the game. “You could tell that he had a fire under his ass, and it was under our ass, too.” Read more »
Bennie Logan. (Jeff Fusco)
FOXBOROUGH, MA — Jason Peters and Bennie Logan will be active for the Eagles’ game against the Patriots today, despite being listed as questionable on the injury report. Miles Austin, Ryan Mathews, Thad Lewis, Denzel Rice, Cedric Thornton, Barrett Jones and Tanner Hawkinson will be inactive. Read more »
Ryan Mathews. (Jeff Fusco)
UPDATE: The Eagles added Bennie Logan (knee) to the injury report this morning as questionable for today’s game. The nose tackle was not listed on the team’s practice report at all in the past week and was a full participant on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
According to CSN Philly’s Derrick Gunn, Cedric Thornton (ankle) will not play today. If Thornton or Logan are unavailable for the game, Brandon Bair is likely to be active.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reported that New England’s Danny Amendola (knee) and Jamie Collins (illness) will play.
Here’s the rest of the injury report for the Eagles’ game against the Patriots: Read more »
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DETROIT, MI — Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ brutal 45-14 defeat at the hands of the Lions:
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Here is the injury report for Thursday’s away game against the Lions.
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