Eagles Roster Analysis: Offense

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Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray. (Jeff Fusco)

With Sunday’s game against the Giants meaningless in terms of the 2015 NFL season, we figured it was time to turn our attention to the Eagles’ roster heading into the new year and the offseason, as the team begins looking for its next head coach.

A team’s stable of talent plays quite the role when people like Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman are trying to sell their franchise to prospective head coaches. Let’s talk about how the roster looks on the offensive side of the ball.

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Jenkins: ‘Lane [Johnson] Reads Too Many Articles’

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)

After Lane Johnson said yesterday that the tension between Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman trickled down to the locker room, Malcolm Jenkins fired back today.

“I think Lane reads too many articles,” Jenkins said. “For whatever anybody in the front office has going on, it should never bother anybody in the locker room. That’s not something that we ever saw or dealt with, so if he felt it, that’s probably because he’s reading too many of those articles.”

Jenkins also talked extensively about whether Kelly was “unapproachable,” which Johnson said was how some players may have felt. Read more »

Johnson: ‘Tension Upstairs’ Led To Kelly’s Firing

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Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson was asleep when his head coach was fired.

He woke up from a nap to a text message from a teammate, telling him Chip Kelly had been let go on Tuesday evening. His first reaction was to Google it, to make sure his teammate was telling the truth.

Of course, he was. Kelly is out after just under three years as head coach of the Eagles, and Johnson spoke to reporters at length about what he believed went wrong during Kelly’s tenure, including a potential communication gulf between Kelly and his players.

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Eagles-Cardinals, The Day After

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Billy Davis counted five from his perch up in the coaches box.

He didn’t point them out one by one, but the replay shows it all. There was Walter Thurmond at the point of attack; Jaylen Watkins and Malcolm Jenkins simultaneously bouncing off the ball-carrier a few yards upfield; Ed Reynolds along the sideline; and the final line of defense, E.J. Biggers, getting hit with a stiff arm before falling off the rookie and out of bounds.

“It was awful,” said Davis of the mishaps along the way during David Johnson‘s 47-yard touchdown scamper.
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Eagles-Patriots, The Day After

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USA TODAY Sports

Veteran Jason Peters called it a sight he had never really seen before.

It’s not uncommon for Jeffrey Lurie to speak with the players pre-game, but it’s usually one-on-one and in the measured, relaxed tone that he seldom strays from. This time was different. In the bowels of Gillette Stadium before his stumbling squad squared off against the juggernaut, he addressed the team in larger groups, and spoke with a passion that unquestionably caught their attention.

“Me and him have a relationship and every game he’s fired up with me,” said Peters. “He kind of expressed himself in front of the whole team today. He was fired up. He was fired up. I’ve never seen him like that in front of everybody.”

“He just told us straight up: you’ve gotta play hard, you’ve gotta play balls to the wall. And it’s a little different coming from the man that’s paying the bills,” added Najee Goode, whose scoop and score off the punt block was one of the signature moments in the game. “You could tell that he had a fire under his ass, and it was under our ass, too.” Read more »

All-22: How Lane Johnson Projects At Left Tackle

Lane Johnson. (USA Today Sports)

Lane Johnson. (USA Today Sports)

After allowing 90 points in five days, the focus on the Eagles understandably shifted to the defense. Despite an outstanding start to the season, Billy Davis’ unit now ranks 20th in the NFL in points per drive.

However, the increased scrutiny of the defense has taken attention away from an equally problematic unit: the offensive line. In the last three weeks, the Eagles have allowed 13 sacks and 27 quarterback hits. They’ve also averaged just 3.2 yards per carry.

“Obviously, we’ve played really, really poorly the last few weeks,” Jason Kelce said. Read more »

‘As Far As I Know, It’s Mark’

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Straight answers were a little hard to come by in respect to the quarterback situation Tuesday.

Pat Shurmur said that he really didn’t know who would start against the Lions —  stating that it came down to health — and that he was sure Chip Kelly would provide reporters with an update when available. That drew laughs from some members of the assembled media, who won’t meet with Kelly again this week and probably wouldn’t be given the answer even if they did.

Lane Johnson,  a de facto team spokesman of sorts, offered a bit more. Read more »

Johnson: Eagles Don’t Have Home Field Advantage

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

Lane Johnson. (Jeff Fusco)

During the Eagles’ 45-17 loss against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Lane Johnson heard the boos and criticisms from fans at The Linc. When asked about it today after practice, he said fans don’t give the Eagles much of a home field advantage.

“If we get down by any significant amount of points or we don’t make any first downs, we’re going to get booed,” Johnson told Birds 24/7. “That’s just kind of how it is. It’s not really home field advantage playing here anymore. Really, that’s the truth. Cats here, they really don’t care.” Read more »

Notes: Josh Huff Talks Snaps, Bradford Cleared

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

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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