Notes: DeMarco Gets the Look He Likes

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The first thing that jumps out at you about DeMarco Murray‘s 54-yard touchdown Sunday was that it came with Sam Bradford under center.

That’s Murray’s preferred look — and one that he rarely got when Chip Kelly was in charge.

Per Zach Berman, Murray entered the game with just 25 carries from under center versus 156 from the shotgun. That means he got his desired formation just 14 percent of the time. When he did, the results weren’t very good, as he averaged just 2.2 yards per carry with the QB under center compared to 3.7 from shotgun. But the big difference this time around, Murray said, was the emphasis that was put on those running plays in practice leading into the Giants game. Read more »

Eagles Roster Analysis: Offense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

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.

(All contract information is via Spotrac, including the 2016 dead cap numbers.) Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Blame Game

Malcolm Jenkins and Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Malcolm Jenkins and Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Matthews talked extensively after the Eagles’ loss Saturday night about his team’s deficiencies. Drops. Bad blocking. Blown touchdown opportunities.

But, he insisted, Chip Kelly should not be blamed.

“Players play, and we didn’t play well. Coach Kelly can’t go out there and catch passes. He can’t go out there and tuck the ball. He just has to put guys in position to make plays,” Matthews said. “That’s all a coach is supposed to do: put you in positions to be one-on-one or put you in positions to make plays. And when you don’t do that, it’s not coach Kelly’s fault. That’s ours. We’re out there on the field so we got to go make that happen.” Read more »

Sam Bradford: ‘This Is Where I Want To Be’

Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles season hasn’t gone how Sam Bradford envisioned when he joined the team in the offseason, but the quarterback said he still wants to re-sign and be back next year.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve enjoyed being in Philadelphia,” Bradford said after the Eagles’ 38-24 loss against Washington. “I think throughout my career, I’ve learned that learning new offenses every year, it’s just hard to continue to improve. You are always learning. You are learning new verbiage, learning new plays, learning new systems. And I would really like to stay in the same one and have the opportunity to play a second year.”

Bradford has completed 63.7 percent of his passes this season for 3,025 yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’s averaging 6.9 yards per throw and has a passer rating of 83.8.

Against Washington, Bradford set a career high with 380 passing yards and 37 completions. His completion total also tied an Eagles record, set by Mark Sanchez last season at Washington. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘Playoffs Start Now’

Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)

Depending on who you talked to in the Eagles’ locker room yesterday after their loss to the Cardinals, you felt different a emotion radiating from the team.

Jordan Matthews explained how the Eagles beat themselves, while Malcolm Jenkins candidly rejected that premise. Zach Ertz discussed looking ahead, while Connor Barwin compared the Cardinals to other teams the Eagles have played (he said Arizona is better than Carolina or New England).

But most of the players repeated some variation of what Lane Johnson called “a do-or-die situation.” Read more »

Back Issue Hampering Jordan Matthews

Jordan Matthews

Jordan Matthews couldn’t pinpoint exactly when his back began bothering him, but knew the ailment had advanced beyond the normal aches and pains that come with an NFL season late last week.

“It’s one of those things that kind of just like over time, and then just kind of crept up on me,” Matthews explained. “There’s soreness; everybody is hurt. You never think it’s going to be anything like big but then on Saturday I kind of noticed it was really bothering me to the point where I was like, ‘I need to talk to somebody.’  I called the staff and they’ve been really instrumental in helping me out so far. It just hasn’t been feeling that well, that’s all.”

Matthews sat out of Tuesday’s practice and appeared to be in some discomfort as he addressed the media at his locker later that afternoon.

Asked if he’d be able to play the Cardinals if the game was today, he responded: “Well, no. Unfortunately, no. I wouldn’t be able to, probably. That’s why we’ve got a week.”
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Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

For the first time this season, all seven of the Eagles inactives are healthy scratches, meaning no player on the 53-man roster will be unavailable due to injury. Jordan Matthews (back), who was added to the injury report yesterday as questionable, will be active. Read more »

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