Wake-Up Call: Eagles Blow Opportunities

Josh Huff drops a potential touchdown. (USA Today Sports)

Josh Huff drops a potential touchdown catch. (USA Today Sports)

It’s unclear who said it, but the sentiment was probably widely held in the locker room.

“Catch the f-cking football!” one Eagle reportedly yelled after last night’s loss. The Eagles dropped six to eight passes — it depends on how you count them — but the takeaway is the same: it’s tough to expect Sam Bradford to win games when you don’t give him much help.

“Our defense plays lights out every single week,” Jordan Matthews said. “You can’t tell me we don’t have a championship defense. You can’t tell me we don’t have a championship quarterback.” Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Panthers Predictions

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Cam Newton. (USA Today Sports)


McManus: Sam Bradford.

Sorry to be so obvious, but I’d be lying if I said my focus was going to be anywhere else.

Given the evidence presented over the first six weeks, the Eagles appear to be equipped with one of the best defenses in football. The front seven is rock solid, reinforcements could be on the way in the form of Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso, and the back end appears to be steadily improving as the familiarity grows. They might just be good enough to make something of this season.

But they’re going to need the cooperation of their quarterback. The defense ranks second in the league with 16 takeaways. Problem is, the team is just plus-two in the giveaway/takeaway department thanks to 14 turnovers on offense. Bradford has been charged with 10 of those — nine by interception with one fumble lost.

Chip Kelly said that one of the reasons he was interested in Bradford was because of the way he took care of the football. (He had 59 TDs to 38 INTs in St. Louis). So far, Kelly is not getting what he signed up for. The QB needs to snap out of it, and quick, because multiple turnovers on the road against Carolina will probably result in an ‘L’. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LANDOVER, MD — The Eagles’ offense has taken the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde routine to almost epic proportions. In each of their first four games, they struggled to earn a first down in one half, while scoring most, if not all, of their points in the other.

“I wish I knew how to explain it because then we would get it fixed,” Sam Bradford said. “It’s almost like we are two completely different offenses, and once we get it going we are pretty good. But for some reason, there are times we just struggle to get it going.”

Philadelphia’s 23-20 loss yesterday to Washington was no different. After recording just four first downs in the first half, the Eagles scored three touchdowns in the second half. Bradford finally completed his first pass of more than 20 yards this season, and did so three more times for good measure.

He threw three touchdown tosses — including a 62-yarder to Riley Cooper and a 39-yarder to Miles Austin — and finished with a 122.6 passer rating.

“You guys act like we don’t want to throw the ball downfield,” Bradford said, “but I think we saw something we could take advantage [of] this week and we called a couple of plays trying to get those posts.” Read more »

Fantasy Focus: Eagles Week 4 Projections

Will the Pope bless the Eagles for a second week in a row? (Photo by: Jeff Fusco.)

Will the Pope bless the Eagles a second week in a row? (Photo by: Jeff Fusco.)

Malcolm Jenkins wants to apologize to you.

DeAngelo Williams was terrible [Sunday],” he said. “I lost my fantasy game, by the way, because of him. I guess I’m not the one that should be giving fantasy advice.”

Although we’ll give the Eagles safety another chance this week, we decided to listen to him and talked to rookie defensive back Denzel Rice. According to Jenkins, Rice is undefeated in the secondary’s fantasy league and has the best team “by far.” Both of their sleepers picks for this week are at the bottom.

As always, the projections for the Eagles are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (DeMarco Murray, for example, is projected to run for 0.5 touchdowns). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Evaluating Agholor

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Asked about Nelson Agholor‘s slow start, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur pointed to the early portion of Jordan Matthews‘ rookie campaign to help explain why it’s premature to be overly concerned.

“I think there’s a lot of similarities to his game if you compare it to Jordan Matthews a year ago,” he said. “You know, he was kind of grinding it out and we were all asking questions, ‘When is it going to happen? When is it going to happen?’ And boom, he had a game where he had a good bunch of production.”

To Shurmur’s point, Matthews was held to three catches on eight targets in his first two games. The breakout occurred in Week 3 against Washington — this week’s opponent. Matthews had eight catches for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns to kickstart what proved to be a very productive rookie year.

“I think Nelson can do even better than me,” said Matthews. Read more »

Fantasy Focus: Eagles Week 3 Projections

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You, probably. Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

I know what you’re thinking.

He’s seriously doing a fantasy column this week?! After that awful performance Sunday? These guys don’t even deserve to play for the Eagles, let alone my fantasy team!

While the Eagles’ offense didn’t exactly impress against the Cowboys, there are, surprisingly, a couple of guys worth starting against the Jets (plus a couple of guys worth adding). As always, all projections are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (DeMarco Murray, for example, is projected to run for 0.5 touchdowns). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on.

We’re also trying out a new section this week, in which Malcolm Jenkins gives his sleeper pick on a different team. Jenkins, the self-proclaimed fantasy expert on the Eagles, has started out 2-0 in the Eagles’ defensive backs’ league. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: So Far, Receivers Part Of the Problem

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Add wide receiver play to the long list of reasons why the Eagles offense has sputtered and stalled over the first two weeks of the season.

Most of the attention has deservedly gone to the offensive front, the anemic run game and the quarterback play of Sam Bradford. So much has gone wrong along and behind the line of scrimmage, it’s hard to even get to the point where the eyes shift downfield. But there have been a handful of moments within the mess when plays have run clean from snap to delivery. Too often those moments have been wasted because of lack of execution on the receiving end. Read more »

Fantasy Focus: Eagles Week 2 Projections

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

I’m pretty sure Darren Sproles reads this column.

After leaving him out of last week’s fantasy projections, the Eagles’ third running back combined for more than 125 yards through the air and on the ground in Monday night’s loss. Coincidence? I doubt it.

But will Sproles put up good fantasy numbers this week too? Let’s shift gears and forecast how valuable several Eagles will be in your lineup on Sunday. As usual, all projections are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (Jordan Matthews, for example, is projected to catch 0.5 touchdown passes). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on.

Read more »

Players Poll: Which Eagle Is Ready To Break Out?

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As is our annual tradition heading into the season, we went around the Eagles’ locker room this week and presented  players with a simple question: Which of your teammates has impressed you this summer and is primed for a big/breakout year?

We got 23 (usable) responses in all. Take a look:  Read more »

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