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Ranging from Darren Sproles’ role to Nick Foles’ future, here are three Eagles numbers that matter.
4.3 – The number of rushing attempts per game Sproles has averaged in the past three seasons. Back in March, we took an All-22 look at what Sproles brings to the table. The conclusion was that he would have a far greater impact as a receiver than as a ball-carrier.
But Chip Kelly seems to have an issue with that assertion. Last week, a reporter started off a question to Kelly by pointing out that the team essentially was bringing on four new receivers (Jeremy Maclin, Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff and Sproles) from a year ago. The head coach interrupted.
“Sproles is not a receiver,” he said. Read more »
This time, LeSean McCoy said it like he meant it.
Last we checked in on the McCoy-Adrian Peterson back-and-forth over who’s the best in the business, Peterson suggested that if No. 25 was going to proclaim himself the league’s top back, he should do so with more authority.
“He didn’t really mean it,” Peterson said during an interview with Fox Sports Radio. “If you watched his response, [he didn't mean it]…It was funny because when Stephen A. [Smith] asked him the question, he kind of hesitated, and he didn’t believe it when he said it,” Peterson said. “I tell the youngsters, ‘Say it with your chest, like you mean it!’”
“I don’t know him that well. I don’t know if he was joking or what,” McCoy said on Monday when Peterson’s comments were brought up. “I don’t know how to take that. I play the game and it speaks for itself.”
The conversation shifted to another topic, but McCoy wasn’t quite ready to let it go. Read more »
LeSean McCoy blew through ESPN’s Bristol, Connecticut campus Monday. By the time his media tour was done, he had predicted an Eagles Super Bowl, talked up Johnny Manziel and declared himself the best back in the game. The NFL world can thank him for a few drops of rain in a relatively dry week. Read more »
Some links to pass along. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.
Twenty years have passed since Jeffrey Lurie took over as owner of the Eagles. Zach Berman of the Inquirer talked to the owner about, among other things, not capturing a Super Bowl championship to date. Read more »
LeSean McCoy got the Buffalo backfield stirring a bit by suggesting Bryce Brown would be the Bills starter come opening day.
As the Buffalo backs fight it out this summer, the new-look Eagles grouping has some sorting out of its own to do — at least as far as sharing the load is concerned. Read more »
From Nick Foles’ sack rate to Brandon Boykin’s tackling, here are three Eagles numbers that matter. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
The usage numbers for LeSean McCoy from the 2013 season are eye-popping.
The Eagles’ running back played 873 snaps, second-most among all ball-carriers behind only Chicago’s Matt Forte. McCoy’s 314 carries were tops in the NFL, as were his 366 touches.
Yet there were no real signs that the heavy workload slowed him down in the short-term. McCoy carried the Eagles down the stretch, piling up 519 yards and averaging 6.3 YPC in the team’s final four regular season games. In fourth quarters, he led the NFL with 441 yards and averaged 6.0 YPC (fifth-best), according to STATS, Inc. Read more »
Until Saturday morning, no Eagles player had spoken out publicly in defense of their former teammate DeSean Jackson.
But that changed when LeSean McCoy addressed reporters while taking a break from his football camp at Camden Catholic High School.
“It’s a surprise for sure,” McCoy said when asked for his reaction. “I think anybody that tells you that they’re happy about it, I don’t know how honest that would be. It was a surprise. You heard so much, you didn’t really know. Not playing with him this year is gonna definitely be different. And playing against him is really gonna be different. I just imagine all the times we used to… knowing defensive teams are gonna try to defend us and different things like that, and now we’ve gotta defend against him, so it’s gonna be a little different. Read more »
DeSean Jackson is portrayed as a “blatantly insubordinate,” me-first character that needed to be removed from the equation in a recent story by Joseph Santoloquito for CBS Philly.
The report cites sources “close to and around the team, including current and former players, as well as additional sources within the Eagles.” There are several quotes that paint the former Eagles receiver in a negative light, but zero come with a name attached. Read more »