The Departed: Maclin Shines For Chiefs



A pair of former Eagles playmakers faced off on Sunday when LeSean McCoy and the Bills battled Jeremy Maclin and the Chiefs in a fight for playoff picture relevancy. Maclin and Kansas City prevailed, 30-22, on the back of an impressive outing from the wideout.

Maclin caught nine passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, propelling the Chiefs’ offense, while McCoy had 101 total yards and a receiving TD.

“[Maclin] made the Bills pay for their decision to single-cover him early in the game,” ESPN’s Adam Teicher writes. “He caught a 37-yard pass to set up Kansas City’s first touchdown and scored their second one on a 41-yard catch. He finished with nine catches and a season-high 160 yards.”

Maclin now has 57 catches for 772 yards and three touchdowns this year. He has over 140 receiving yards more than the Eagles’ leading pass-catcher, Jordan Matthews, and has already eclipsed Kansas City’s leading receiver from last year, Dwayne Bowe.

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The Departed: Nick Foles Benched For Week 11

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Nick Foles. (USA Today Sports)

Monday afternoon, the inevitable became the reality. Jeff Fisher benched Nick Foles as the Rams’ starting quarterback in favor of Case Keenum after nine underwhelming games from Foles, the quarterback they traded for this offseason and extended before the regular season began, writes ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.

“We’re going to go ahead and go with [Keenum],” Fisher told reporters Monday, per Wagoner. “This is my decision. Nobody came down the hall and said, ‘This is what we need to do.’ The lack of offensive production is a collective effort and coaching. But we need more production, and it starts with that position.

“I don’t expect Nick to like it,” Fisher continued to tell reporters. “He’s competitive, but he understands, and we’re gonna move forward here. I’m not saying this is week-to-week, but this is what’s best right now for our team as we move forward, from a production standpoint offensively.” Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: On Maclin, Matthews And Bradford

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

Joel Corry touched on the Jeremy Maclin contract during our conversation Wednesday. I think his comments are worth mentioning here.

“Here’s the move that if Chip [Kelly] had more foresight or more experience in how positional markets work: you could have paid Maclin’s Kansas City contract. As the market has escalated since then, that would not be seen as out of line,” Corry opined. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: With Murray, Money Can’t Be Ignored

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Joel Corry says you can thank Ryan Grigson for “screwing up the running back position” for the Eagles.

If the Colts general manager (and former Eagles director of personnel) didn’t ink receiver Andre Johnson to a free-agent deal this offseason, Corry theorizes, perhaps fellow University of Miami product Frank Gore wouldn’t have had a change of heart and backed out of his verbal commitment to Philadelphia.

“And then you have Frank Gore and Ryan Mathews and that financially makes more sense because when you have a $3 million second back you can have $4-5 million first back…where you’re going to be splitting carries,” said Corry, the former agent turned NFL contracts and salary-cap expert for National Football Post and CBS Sports. “When you’ve got Murray, who is an $8 million per year back, that’s a problem.” Read more »

The Departed: Jeremy Maclin Sidelined Sunday

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Jeremy Maclin. (USA Today Sports)

Jeremy Maclin suffered a concussion in the Chiefs’ loss to the Vikings in Week 6, leaving the game in the fourth quarter after hitting his head hard on the turf.

According to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that Maclin had passed the concussion test by Friday of Week 7, but the team held him out as a precautionary measure.

“There’s a lot of layers to this thing, and we felt as a group it was best to hold him,” Burkholder said, according to Kerkhoff. “That’s what we do as a medical staff in the National Football League. We’re charged with protecting these players and along with coach (Andy) Reid, Jeremy and our docs, we made a decision to hold him.” Read more »

The Departed: LeSean McCoy Returns

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images.

When Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was bugged by injuries in late September, early reports suggested he would miss the entire month of October recovering.

But on Sunday, McCoy was in the lineup for the Bills as they faced the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals stayed undefeated with a 34-21 victory, but McCoy had his best game in the blue and red, taking 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.

“McCoy was back to his cut-on-a-dime ways Sunday, leaving Cincinnati defensive linemen gasping for air on multiple runs,” wrote Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News. “He busted loose for 33 yards on his first carry.” Read more »

The Departed: Foles Gets Roughed Up

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After a sturdy first quarter of the season in St. Louis, Nick Foles came crashing back down to Earth when the Rams trekked to Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Foles and the Rams only lost by two touchdowns, but Foles was hit and rushed all afternoon long, and he threw four interceptions, completing just 11 of his 3o pass attempts. He was also sacked thrice, and knocked down nine more times.

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The Departed: Nick Foles, Rams Top Cards


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As the St. Louis Rams handed the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season, former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles led the charge with three touchdown passes.

“In an ideal world of Rams football, this is what it’s supposed to look like,” Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Dispatch wrote after St. Louis’s win. “A defense and special teams unit that create turnovers and give up points grudgingly.

“And don’t forget Foles, who squeezed those three touchdown passes out of just 24 throws en route to a 126.9 passer rating.”

Through four games, Foles and the Rams are 2-2 and one game back in the NFC West. Foles has completed 63 percent of his passes for 815 yards, five touchdowns and one interception, and a 96.5 quarterback rating.

Here’s a recap of how the rest of the Eagles’ offseason departures are faring after Week 4. Read more »

The Departed: Maclin Snaps Chiefs Streak

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

A day after the Eagles saw just one receiver catch a pass in their win over the Jets, former Birds wideout Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 141 yards and a touchdown as the Packers beat the Chiefs, 38-28, Monday night.

It was Maclin’s first score of the season, and the first touchdown caught by a Kansas City receiver since the 2013 regular season.

“[That is] the one positive,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith told reporters after the game. “We don’t have to deal with the receiver talk anymore.”

Through three games, Maclin, Kansas City’s big free agent signing, is on pace for another extremely productive season.

He’s projected to finish the year with 91 catches for 1,333 yards and five touchdowns, which would be six more catches, 18 more yards and five fewer touchdowns than his 2014 season with the Eagles. Read more »

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