As we count down to the start of the regular season, Tim and Sheil try to answer some of the big questions facing the Eagles. First up, predictions on how the Eagles will fare in their first year without DeSean Jackson. Read more »
For Emmanuel Acho, cut-down day last year was all positive. The Eagles’ linebacker had played well in the preseason and earned a surprise spot on the 53-man roster.
But things change quickly in the NFL, and two days later, Acho got a call from GM Howie Roseman, telling him the team was letting him go in favor of Najee Goode.
Acho made his way to the NovaCare Complex, but it wasn’t just to turn in his playbook. He met separately with Chip Kelly, Billy Davis and linebackers coach Rick Minter. The process wasn’t exclusive to Acho. The Eagles offer the same courtesy to every player who is let go.
“Obviously every guy that’s here that’s part of the 90-man roster, their lifelong dream is to be an NFL football player,” Kelly said. “To be the one to have to tell them that it’s not gonna happen here is difficult, and it’s something that is inevitable. You have to go from 90 to 75 and from 75 to 53. It’s part of the job, but it’s not a fun part of the job. We make sure that every player meets with me, every player meets with his position coach, every player meets with the coordinator on their side of the ball. You try to be as human as you can with it, but it’s always a difficult time when someone’s goal is to play in this league.” Read more »
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It was virtually the same sequence.
Jeremy Maclin accelerated down the right sideline, planted, and got his foot caught in the turf. He crumpled to the ground and immediately grabbed for his right knee.
“It was an awkward fall. Very similar to kind of what I did last year with the knee going straight into the ground like that,” said Maclin. “I really didn’t feel anything. My momentum had stopped because I couldn’t run anymore because my leg was stuck in the ground.
“It brought back flashbacks of how it happened.”
Similar thoughts shot through his teammates’ minds.
“I was on the other side of the field. I was super nervous,” said Riley Cooper. “All the bad stuff was going through my head. I was just, ‘No, not again.’ I just felt so sorry for him. I go, ‘No, this can’t be happening.’
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Starting receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper will be on the field together for the first time this preseason in a game setting.
Cooper makes his preseason debut tonight against the Steelers. He has been sidelined with a foot injury. Maclin (hamstring) did not fully participate in practice this week but will give it a go. It looks like they will be working alongside Jordan Matthews. The rookie has been splitting reps in the slot with Brad Smith, who is out with a groin injury.
Brandon Boykin will not suit up because of a hamstring injury. We saw him out here jogging alongside the injured Chris Polk pregame. He pointed to the back of his right leg on a couple occasions while speaking with a trainer. Cary Williams (hamstring) will also miss the game. Williams sustained the injury on his interception return for a touchdown against the Patriots.
Polk (hamstring), Josh Huff (shoulder), Jake Knott (hamstring) and Julian Vandervelde (back) will miss the game as well.
LeSean McCoy returned to practice after sitting Sunday’s session out with a sore toe.
“My toe, man, my toe was really bothering me during the game. It kinda was real sore a couple days before that,” he said. “Yesterday was really hurting pretty bad. But I got an MRI, some x-rays, and it’s fine. I felt a little better today so I went for it and I actually finished practice.”
Towards the end of today’s session with the media, Chip Kelly was asked about the future of quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez has gone 18-for-22 for 196 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the first two preseason games. How would the Eagles weigh potentially trading him against keeping Sanchez on the roster as the backup?
“Good question, cause Mark has played well,” Kelly said. “But we haven’t had anybody call or ask us anything. So that’s not something we’re talking about because you’re just spending time on things that could happen, should happen… I don’t know. Read more »
FOXBORO, MASS. – Starting receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin are sitting out tonight’s tilt against the Patriots, as expected.
Maclin injured his left hamstring in practice Wednesday and did not take part in Thursday’s light practice with New England. Cooper is still dealing with a foot ailment. He hopes to play next week against the Steelers and is “pretty confident” he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn have been running with the first team in their absence. Read more »
“Oh yeah,” he said. “I’m on Twitter now and then, on Instagram.
“My mom will retweet something or my agent will retweet something. And it will just be like, ‘Zach Ertz, breakout year coming’ or whatever. I read it and it’s good that there are positive things that are being said about me,” he said, “but at the same time if I go out and have a few drops, the last training camp they said I have bad hands, so it goes both ways.”
True enough. This camp there has been little to pick apart about Ertz’s game, though. He has been getting open with regularity and catching about everything that has been thrown his way. That trend continued this week during joint practices with the Patriots. During one period of 7-on-7s Thursday, Mark Sanchez threw a total of five passes. Three of them were touchdowns tosses to Ertz.
“He’s athletic. He’s fast, he’s faster than I thought,” said Patriots linebacker/defensive end Chandler Jones. “I feel like he is more of a skill player than anything. He runs his routes very well. I’ve had the opportunity to cover him during two days of practice and he’s been a handful.” Read more »