Chip Kelly addressed the media this afternoon after the Eagles’ first win of the season yesterday. Here are some highlights. Read more »
The back wall of Marcus Smith‘s locker stall is filled with yellow Post-it notes. They are arranged neatly in rows, maybe eight across by six or seven down, each with an inspirational message on it written in black marker or ink. Read more »
Here’s the injury report for Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys game at the Linc: Read more »
Vinny Curry has been training at outside linebacker full-time for all of two weeks now, so it should probably come as no surprise that his debut at the position Monday night was far from flawless.
“He was a little up‑and‑down there,” said Chip Kelly. “A couple times, he lost containment: once on the quarterback when we had a naked back our way. But I thought the transition for him, never really having played there and just got his feet wet in the preseason, we felt he did a good job. But we have got to get dialed in a little bit some on responsibilities.”
Curry played 21 snaps (or 27 percent on the time) against the Falcons. He was deployed mostly on run downs, he said, to minimize the chances that he would have to drop into coverage.
The four-year vet did line up at OLB here and there during the offseason training program, but that seemed to be more about Billy Davis searching for creative ways to use Curry as a situational pass-rusher. Now he’s smack in the middle of a crash course on the position, trying to grasp the different run fits and various nuances while attempting to play at full speed. Read more »
His nose did not grow nor did lighting strike as DeMarco Murray told reporters that Sunday was just another game for him, but the backdrop carrying the Eagles logo inside the media tent did nearly take him out. Read more »
Although his status has been unclear since injuring his groin, Zach Ertz is active for the Eagles tonight. However, it’s still unknown how much the tight end will play, if at all. Given the depth and talent the Eagles have at the position, it’s possible he won’t play much.
The Eagles’ first practice in preparation for a 2015 regular season game began with a clean slate. Chip Kelly told reporters Wednesday that all 63 players, including Zach Ertz and Marcus Smith — both of whom missed significant time with injuries — were “cleared to go” in practice.
Kelly was non-commital on the status of both Ertz and Smith for the team’s Week 1 matchup with Atlanta on Monday, saying the players will be monitored and the coaches will “see how [they] handle it.”
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Emmanuel Acho, Zach Ertz, JaCorey Shepherd and Marcus Smith will not dress for the Packers game tonight. Read more »