Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews. (Jeff Fusco)
Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first two installments, we covered the quarterbacks and running backs. Now, it’s on to the wide receivers.
STATE OF THE ROSTER
Pick a statistic, and it probably reflects how uninspiring this unit was last season. Only one receiver finished in the top-140 in the NFL in yards (Jordan Matthews), and only one receiver finished in the top-150 in catches (Matthews again). Read more »
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There are many sides to a locker room story.
For every sharp-tongued Lane Johnson criticism about the former head coach, there are other, more loyal players whose blood gets to boiling when such stones are cast.
Ask one Eagle about the man at the helm for the past few years, and you’ll hear that he’s impossible to talk to. Question another, and they’ll insist that the open-door policy was real and that, when used, Kelly was eager to try and troubleshoot.
“Whether he’s meeting with Mr. Lurie or he’s in an offensive meeting, if you came up there and said you wanted to talk to him, he drops everything and he says, ‘What’s the deal? What do you want to fix? What’s going on?’ And everyone knows that,” said Riley Cooper. “So in that regard, I think he was very approachable.” Read more »
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It was the longest play of Zach Ertz‘s young career and in his mind, the biggest.
The game was knotted at 20-20 with five minutes remaining, and the Eagles were facing a 3rd-and-3 from their own 41 when Ertz pulled off the big catch-and-run down the left sideline that set up the eventual game-deciding Caleb Sturgis field goal. Read more »
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Chip Kelly‘s run at Oregon got off to a dismal start.
Not only did the Ducks fall in the opener to Boise State, but a national audience looked on as LeGarrette Blount dropped Bronco defensive end Byron Hout with a sucker-punch moments after the game ended, prompting Kelly to suspend the standout back for the better part of the season.
In the days that followed, Kelly received a number of emails from disgruntled fans, including an Oregon alum who made the trip from Portland to Boise and attached an invoice for $439, believing Kelly should cover his travel costs for putting such a bad product on the field. Kelly cut him a check.
It wasn’t all negative feedback, though. Read more »
With Nolan Carroll on injured reserve because of a broken ankle, Eric Rowe will get an opportunity to show what he can do.
“I think it’s time for him to go out there and see what we have,” said Billy Davis of the rookie. “He played 14 snaps matched up on [Calvin Johnson] last week, they caught four on him. And I think Eric grew a little bit.
“I do believe in Eric and I do think we’ll grow him and I think as a young guy he’ll get more and more confidence and we’ll get more and more confidence in him.” Read more »
Mark Sanchez. (Jeff Fusco)
It felt like the aftermath of the Dallas game all over again. Lavonte David, who had just intercepted Mark Sanchez twice on Sunday, explained that his pick-six was a result of the Eagles predictability problem.
“It was just play recognition,” David told NJ Advance Media in the Buccaneers locker room. “I knew exactly what they wanted to do. It’s the same thing they were doing all game. I knew that on the drive before they were hitting us a lot with screen passes. So, knowing that, all I needed to do was read and react.
“When I saw the alignment coming out … [Darren] Sproles came out earlier and the alignment came out after. I was able to get a beat on the ball and was able to jump the route.” Read more »
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Josh Huff took his first target 39 yards to the house in the Eagles’ 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
The second-year wideout didn’t see another target for the rest of the game, however, and he only played 14 snaps the rest of the way.
Much was made of Huff being limited in the 24 subsequent hours after the game ended, but when asked about it Monday, Huff did his best to downplay the significance.
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For the second straight day, Sam Bradford (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (concussion) were held out of practice at the NovaCare Complex.
According to Chip Kelly, Bradford and Mathews have yet to clear concussion protocol, which means they haven’t been able to practice or lift weights this week. While Bradford continues to take in practice from the sidelines, we have not seen Mathews to this point.
Kelly also said that Jason Peters (back) would be unavailable at practice Thursday, but the left tackle took part in individual drills, and Lane Johnson was lining up at right tackle.
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The Eagles scored twice, allowed two touchdowns and turned the ball over once in their 20-19 loss to the Dolphins. Here’s how it all happened. Read more »