What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here’s a look at what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports writes that Chip Kelly‘s decision to acquire Sam Bradford was influenced in part by Nick Saban.

When with the Miami Dolphins in 2006, Nick Saban had the opportunity to sign Drew Brees as an unrestricted free agent. Saban passed because team doctors felt Brees couldn’t mount a successful comeback from the shoulder surgery he underwent the previous season.

Brees continues to prove Miami’s medical staff wrong each year while forging a Hall of Fame career with New Orleans. As for Saban, he retreated to the University of Alabama after a 6-10 campaign with the Dolphins.

Kelly strongly believes Bradford can enjoy similar success to Brees by rebounding from the knee injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of the last two seasons in St. Louis.

“The impact Drew had on the Saints was really what we studied,” said Kelly, who traded 2014 starting quarterback Nick Foles to the Rams last March as part of a package for Bradford. “What would this league be like if Nick Saban had Drew Brees? Would Nick have ever gone back to Alabama?”

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Fantasy Focus: Draft Day Decisions

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As the red clock ticks down and gets closer and closer to zero, analysis paralysis kicks in. It’s not real life—you know that—but it has real life implications. You’ve been a dedicated fan for so long, yet here lies another apparent test of your allegiance.

Questions abound, and you don’t know the answer to even one of them. Should I draft the guy on my favorite team? I think he’s better, but aren’t I biased? Now I’m not sure if he’s better, but wouldn’t a real fan pick him?

The struggle is real in fantasy football, and I’m here to help you. After reviewing ESPN’s fantasy assessments of several Eagles—ESPN was picked because of their enormous popularity—I’ll let you know if ESPN is underrating the player, overrating the player or is spot on. All numbers in the player charts are ESPN’s 2015 projections. Read more »

Four Downs: Tim Tebow’s Debut

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles beat the Colts, 36-10, in their preseason opener. Here’s what I noted.

MOST TELLING STAT: 60%

Although the Eagles’ defense played without four key defenders, most of their starters played every snap in the Colts’ first two drives. After allowing 16 yards on the first series, Philadelphia gave up a 68-yard drive in the second series. Why? The Colts’ third-down conversion rate was 60%.

The Eagles gave up an average of 2.5 yards on both first and second down in the first two drives, but allowed 8.6 yards per play on third down. A big reason for the starting defense’s success on early downs was Bennie Logan. The nose tackle helped force Andrew Luck out of the pocket on the first snap and tackled the Colts’ running back for no gain on second down. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Agholor Flips Into Different Mode

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The smile that he flashed so regularly during his first few weeks as an Eagle hasn’t surfaced much of late — at least during business hours. Nelson Agholor‘s demeanor has changed. He’s more serious now, and as he walks off the field and stops to talk with reporters in front of the NovaCare entrance, you get the feeling that he is not altogether happy with himself.

“I wish I was making less mental errors,” he said, adding that his focus needs to improve. There have been a few miscues along the way — like when he dropped a perfectly-placed pass from Tim Tebow Wednesday — but he’s also had his share of standout moments and highlight-reel catches. Overall, the rookie has shown well during training camp to date.

Currently, it’s the imperfections that he appears focused on. Read more »

Peter King Q&A: “Chip Kelly Will Admit That Is An Issue”

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Peter King has been to 16 different training camps so far this offseason. T-Mac and I have been to one. So the MMQB Editor-in-Chief is one of the best people to compare the Eagles to other teams across the league. He visited NovaCare today and we asked him about their playoff chances, the team’s biggest question marks and more.

What did you think about Sam Bradford today?

“What I thought was really interesting about Bradford is that he’s not playing with a brace. I asked him about it and he goes, ‘Hey, I got hurt with a brace on it so why should I use the brace? It didn’t help me stay healthy so I’m not going to use the brace anymore.’ I thought Bradford was efficient. I was impressed mechanically with Tim Tebow; he looked different, he looked smoother. Sanchez had a beautiful deep throw today; Barkley looked good too. It’s all going to come down to how they play in the preseason games, but it looks like they could have an interesting choice at quarterback.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Center Of the Offense

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Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy (USA TODAY Sports).

Jason Kelce isn’t sure you understand. Yes, you know about the quarterback’s audibles before plays, but he’s not confident you realize the importance of the center’s pre-snap calls.

“I don’t know if the fans know, but it’s a really big part of my job,” Kelce said. “Mentally, if you’re on top of your game, the physical stuff is a lot easier.”

He explains he doesn’t want to give any secrets away, but he does reveal what he looks for in a defense before he snaps the ball. First, he reads the way the defense is aligned. Then, he reads how the defenders are spaced relative to the Eagles’ formation and play call.

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Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what we saw during Wednesday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex.

11:47 –  A couple notes at the top. DeMeco Ryans has the day off. He’s out here in shorts and a jersey. Still no sign of Kiko Alonso. DeMarco Murray, Mychal Kendricks and Zach Ertz work with the trainers during a portion of the individual drills. Of those three, only Kendricks sits out the team portion of practice. Middle linebacker is a loaded position, but it’s going to be thin today.

11:50 — Cody Parkey is off target on a few of his field goal tries, including one that knuckles well low and left. Tucker seems concerned. Not Jimmy Kempski, though. The lover of all things special teams is standing directly behind the end zone, eating Rita’s Water Ice with a giant smile on his face as the Parkey tries sail over his head. Pretty sure he’s in his heaven.

12:00 – This is a fun tackling drill where the players dive and attack the dummy alligator-style. Notice Earl Wolff goes back to the mat after his turn to pick something up. What could he have dropped? Mouthpiece? Car keys? Also, I like how Najee Goode slams the dummy down for good measure towards the end. Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what we saw during Tuesday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex.

11:52 – Gone are the days when the Eagles were hard up for a return man. Today’s session opens with punt return drills and there is a full stable of quality options back there, led by Darren Sproles and Nelson Agholor. (Jordan Matthews is out there, too, though I’m not sure Chip Kelly will want to go down that road when the bullets are live.) On kick return, the group includes Agholor, Ryan Mathews and Josh Huff. It looks like Kelly has some pretty serious firepower on special teams, which as we know is no accident. Read more »

Bradford “All For” the Pope Blessing His Knee

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

More than 3,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Pope Francis to bless Sam Bradford‘s knees when he visits Philadelphia. After today’s practice, Bradford was told about it and offered his support.

“If I got to meet the Pope, I think that’d be pretty cool,” he said. “If he wanted to bless my knees, then all I’m for it.” Read more »

Running Diary: Eagle Practice Observations

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what we saw during Friday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex.

11:36 – Let’s start with who’s here. DeMarco Murray’s back, but he did not participate fully as he recovers from an illness.

Kiko Alonso (concussion) was out for the second day in a row. Mychal Kendricks was on the field, but not in pads and did not participate. No reason was given by the team. And the same can be said for Zach Ertz. Read more »

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