All-22: New Wrinkle Sparks Eagles Run Game

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Through the first five games, it seemed everyone had a different reason for why the Eagles’ run game was struggling.

Most pointed to the injuries on the offensive line. Some suggested LeSean McCoy was injured or had lost a step. And others simply figured it was out how defenses were playing the Eagles.

But there was another factor at play, one that the coaching staff could control. During the Week 4 loss to the 49ers, there were indications that San Francisco knew some of what was coming. Against St. Louis, to a lesser extent, there were similar sentiments.

“They knew what plays were coming,” said Lane Johnson after the win over the Rams.

“I just think defenses have more knowledge of what’s coming. Last year everything was so new, and I think they’ve kind of seen a lot of what we do, so just moving forward, we’ll probably throw in a few more wrinkles.”

Chip Kelly would not be offended by Johnson’s comments. The Eagles’ offense is based on running a series of foundation plays effectively, dressing them up differently and moving at a fast pace. The problem at times this season has been that defenses have game-planned well against those foundation plays. Because of injuries up front and inconsistent quarterback play, the offense has not run as smoothly.

But against the Giants, a team that limited McCoy to 94 yards on 35 carries in two meetings last year with an inside stunt, Kelly broke out some wrinkles that helped jump-start the run game and the offense as a whole. Read more »

Sproles Has MCL Sprain

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

The Eagles will not be without Darren Sproles for long.

“He’s got an MCL sprain,” said Chip Kelly. “We’ll see how long it’s going to be. Could be a week or two. Could be back after…we have a week off, so he’ll get treatment and we’ll assess him when we get back next Tuesday.” Read more »

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Rams

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Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Rams.

QUARTERBACK

Nick Foles - He’s not playing well. Foles is missing throws, making questionable decisions and looks jittery in the pocket. Overall, he went 24-for-37 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Foles turned the ball over a second time on a fumble while scrambling. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Rams, the Day After

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

In the final 18 minutes of Sunday’s win over the Rams, the Eagles’ defense gave up touchdown drives of 79, 62 and 75 yards.

Billy Davis’ unit was a complete mess. The only thing saving this performance from total meltdown status was a stop late in the fourth quarter that ensured a 34-28 victory.

Yet, when Chip Kelly stepped up to the podium for his post-game press conference, he pointed the finger at the guys on the other side of the ball. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Rams Predictions

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Jason Peters

It’s been an eventful year for the 32-year-old left tackle. Aside from the skirmish against Washington, Peters is the only Eagles offensive lineman to start all four games in the same spot, and he’s been solid overall. But last week, he and Matt Tobin had a couple communication issues that resulted in big hits on Nick Foles.

If those same issues resurface this week, the results could be disastrous. That’s because Peters will be matched up against Robert Quinn. The 24-year-old is an under-the-radar superstar. He had 19 sacks a year ago, and multiple Eagles defenders this week called Quinn the best pass-rusher in the league. Read more »

Can Lane Johnson Have an Instant Impact?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When the Eagles kicked off their season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Lane Johnson was supposed to be on the field at the Linc, setting up in his stance next to Todd Herremans.

Instead, the second-year player was sitting in his buddy’s living room in Mesquite, Tex., watching on television.

“I just watched and tried to see what plays they were running,” Johnson said. “Just tried to mentally stay in touch with what the plays were.”

Johnson was suspended for the first four games of the season for testing positive for PEDs. During that stretch, he was not allowed to have any contact with the coaches, couldn’t practice and couldn’t enter the team’s facility. So Johnson headed to Frisco, Tex. to train at Athletes Performance Institute. Read more »

Johnson Back With Ones; Maclin Sits

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

His first day back at practice, and Lane Johnson is already running with the ones.

Johnson returned from his four-game suspension on Monday and joined his teammates on the practice field early Tuesday afternoon. During the portion open to the media, Johnson was at right tackle with the first team. The unit looked like this (from left to right): Jason Peters, Matt Tobin, David Molk, Todd Herremans, Johnson. That’s an improvement from Sunday assuming Johnson, who is said to have come back in very good shape, can re-acclimate quickly.
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