After being listed as questionable for today’s game against the Jets, DeMarco Murray and Josh Huff are both inactive for the Eagles. Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendricks, Cedric Thornton, Taylor Hart and Thad Lewis are also inactive. Read more »
After a disappointing start to the season, the Eagles try to turn it around against the New York Jets on Sunday. Tim and Josh discuss who to keep an eye on, who will win and more. Read more »
There were times, Josh Huff says, when Dallas’ defense knew what was coming.
“I know a couple of times this past game when I was on the Dallas sideline lined up, I would hear them call out our plays,” he said. “Not saying they were doing any SpyGate or anything like that, just saying with our tendencies that comes about where teams really focus in and hone in on how our tight ends are lined up or how we’re lined up or what the splits are.”
Lane Johnson agrees that the Cowboys had a bead on what the Eagles were trying to do offensively.
“Yeah, I think so,” said Johnson, when asked if he believed Dallas had a feel for their tendencies. “I think moving forward we have to mix it up a little bit, create some more variety of plays and try to get some confusion for the defense.”
There is no singular reason for the offense’s struggles through two weeks. The 0-line has been spotty at best; Sam Bradford has been inconsistent; the wide receivers have several drops and are not gaining separation with any regularity. The list goes on.
According to Chip Kelly, it all boils down to execution. That’s largely true, but there is something else at play here.
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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 »
Kiko Alonso told reporters that the tendinitis Chip Kelly referenced is in fact in his surgically-repaired left knee. He added that it is common coming off an ACL injury, and that he expects to play in the preseason finale on Thursday against the Jets.
If he does in fact suit up, it will be Alonso’s first action of the preseason. The 25-year-old linebacker was held out after sustaining concussion early in camp, and was a late scratch last week against the Packers because his leg was bothering him.
With Alonso, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans all limited at some point this offseason, the group has yet to take the field together in a game. Ryans, though, says he is not concerned.
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Chip Kelly was asked five different ways about his plan for Sam Bradford this weekend, and he deftly ducked each question. At one point, he cited the weather as a factor in determining if/how long Bradford plays.
“You never know, there could be a monsoon!” he joked on his way off the practice field Thursday.
There are some showers in the Green Bay forecast Saturday, but barring that monsoon, it sounds like the QB is suiting up. Read more »
A light practice at the NovaCare today. With the joint practices with the Ravens beginning Wednesday, Chip Kelly had his players in helmets and shorts and kept the session to about an hour. Here’s what we saw. Read more »
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 »
A little over 43,000 fans came out to take in Eagles practice at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday. Here’s what we saw.
12:01 — It’s Military Appreciation Day here at the Linc. Service men and women are lined up in the bowels of the stadium from the Eagles locker room to the tunnel. Chip Kelly stops to greet each of them while making his way out to the field. It’s a perfect scene as the national anthem cascades down on the men and women of uniform and the revved up crowd…until the plane shows up.
Greg Hardy helped fund this stunt. The yellow bird first appears by the north end zone, carrying a banner that reads, “We Still Dem Boyz. #Sackscomin.” The crowd breaks into “Dallas Sucks!” chants and fills the bowl with hearty boos. The football juices are officially flowing. Read more »