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 »

Sanchez Back At Controls Of ‘Fast-Break’ Offense

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

The Eagles offense under Mark Sanchez might best be described as frenetic: fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way.

That was certainly the feel on Sunday against the Dolphins. The tempo appeared to pick up noticeably when Sanchez entered the game for the injured Sam Bradford as the Eagles moved down the field in bursts. It also felt wobbly and went off the rails at precisely the wrong time, neglecting to brake entering the turn.

Sanchez’s career has fallen along those lines. The former No. 5 overall pick out of USC has reached some respectable heights in this league and shown the ability to move an offense and make plays, but has had trouble reining it in when necessary and has been unable to keep the turnovers off him as a result. He’s averaged 16 interceptions per year (81 total) in five seasons, including 11 in nine games last season with the Eagles and a critical one Sunday against Miami. Read more »

Eagle Eye: Jarvis Landry And Miami’s Motion Offense

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

On Friday, May 9, Chip Kelly and the Eagles sat with the No. 42 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and a bevy of options at their fingertips in one of the deepest wide receiver drafts in league history.

The Eagles selected Jordan Matthews out of Vanderbilt, and 24 games into his career, Matthews has had one of the best starts to a career of any wideout in franchise history. He had his share of struggles over the first half of the season, but the pick still appears to be a good one by just about any measure.

But there’s always the parallel universe game to be played. What if the Eagles had selected, say, Davante Adams, who Green Bay selected 11 picks later? Or maybe Allen Robinson, who went to Jacksonville 19 picks later?

What if the Eagles had selected Jarvis Landry, who the Miami Dolphins took 21 picks after Matthews and enters Sunday’s matchup with the Birds as one of the more dynamic players in the NFL?

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Game-Winning Play

Jordan Matthews. (USA Today Sports)

Jordan Matthews. (USA Today Sports)

After faking the handoff to Ryan Mathews four minutes into overtime Sunday night, Sam Bradford looked at his first read. Josh Huff wasn’t open down the right sideline, so Bradford continued his right-to-left progression and located Jordan Matthews over the middle of the field.

Bradford then connected with Matthews, who ran 41 yards for the touchdown and win over the Cowboys. What wasn’t immediately evident, however, was the contribution of one Eagle who wasn’t even on the field.

Matthews revealed yesterday after practice which teammate that was: Mark Sanchez. That morning, Matthews watched film with the Eagles’ backup quarterback and picked up pointers on how to run his route. Read more »

Eagles-Cowboys, The Day After

USA TODAY Sports

USA TODAY Sports

ARLINGTON, TX — Jordan Matthews had just dropped another pass, and he wasn’t going to let it slide.

It happened in the red zone during Thursday’s training session, per Sam Bradford. The ball got away from the receiver like it had too frequently over the first seven games of the season. Determined to do something about it, Matthews kicked it into overdrive.

“After that drop, I think he took every rep on the offensive side of the ball and then he took every rep on scout team going against the defense. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a starting wide receiver do that,” said Bradford. “It was just…You could see it in his eyes – his hunger to get out there and to fix it and to improve. I think everyone on the team saw the way that he worked. I couldn’t be happier for that guy, the way he played tonight.”

It was a much-need breakthrough performance, for both the receiver and quarterback alike. Read more »

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