Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Zach Ertz and Marcus Smith are inactive for today’s preseason game against the Ravens.

That means Sam Bradford, Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks, who were all inactive last week, may play tonight. DeMarco Murray was active in the preseason opener but did not play. Andrew Gardner, who has gotten the most reps with the ones in training camp, will start at right guard once again. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Marcus Smith Smith Out 2-3 Weeks

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Marcus Smith told reporters that he will be out for two-to-three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during Thursday’s practice.

“It’s not as bad as I thought it was,” he said. “Three weeks [out] is probably the most.”

There’s a chance, then, that Smith will miss the remainder of the preseason, but he’ll try to get ready for the finale against the Jets and is confident that he’ll be ready for the regular-season opener in Atlanta.

“I don’t think it sets me back at all,” he said. “I just think it’s something unfortunate that happened. I’m going to just rest and get the proper recovery protocol and just do what I gotta do to get back.”

Smith suffered a hamstring injury that forced him to leave practice early and receive an MRI.

“He really was taking some steps and coming on, but now he has had a setback,” added Billy Davis. That’s all it is, a setback. We don’t know how long the setback is, but we’ll know once we get some more information.”

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Marcus Smith Suffers Hamstring Injury

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Marcus Smith left practice early today after suffering a right hamstring injury during a special teams drill. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday.

Smith was on the Eagles kick coverage team when he engaged with a blocker and remained down on the ground after the play was over. Trainers attended to Smith who ended up limping off the field, favoring his right leg. After being looked at on the sideline, Smith gingerly walked over to a nearby golf cart and rode it inside. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Here’s a roundup of what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles:

Peter King of MMQB.com paid Chip Kelly a visit and asked him about the negative perceptions he’s dealt with this offseason:

Then [Kelly] quoted two people. He said Phil Jackson once said that if you want to be liked, don’t get into coaching. “Then there’s the Mike Schmidt quote,” Kelly said.

Which one?

“He said, ‘Philadelphia is the only town where you can experience the thrill of victory, then the agony of reading about it the next day,’” Kelly said. “It’s part of the territory, and rightly so. These people [media people] are awesome. It’s an unbelievably competitive market. New York has two teams so they gotta go to the Giants and the Jets. Here, there’s one team.”

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Kelly: Not Concerned About Parkey

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Cody Parkey had a shaky outing Sunday against the Colts. The second-year kicker misfired wide-right on a 34-yard field goal, and also failed to convert on an extra point attempt. Chip Kelly did not sound concerned when addressing the media afterwards.

“No, we are not,” said Kelly, when asked if he was planning on bringing in competition at kicker. “I mean, he was an All‑Pro Bowl kicker last year. In his first exhibition game, he missed an extra point and a field goal. He’s hit three from 40, too. I wouldn’t push the panic button right now.

“I mean, let’s not go crazy now. He’s a pretty good kicker. Hey, he’s a Pro Bowler. I’ve seen Pro Bowlers miss kicks. I’ve seen Adam [Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri] ‑‑ Adam is a Hall of Fame kicker — I’ve seen him miss kicks before, too. Let’s not hit the panic button on Cody right now.  We are in the first preseason game.”

Added Parkey: “I think everybody is human, everyone misses a kick here or there. It’s obviously pretty embarrassing to go out there and miss two in the first game. It sucks for me to do it, and I’m just going to go out there next week and do better.”

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Marcus Smith, Ed Reynolds ‘Show Up’ In Win

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Chip Kelly used the same turn of phrase when asked separately about Ed Reynolds and Marcus Smith in his post-game press conference.

“He showed up today,” Kelly said about both his first and fifth-rounds picks from last year.

Both players are starting to show signs of life after quiet starts to their respective careers in Philadelphia. Read more »

Photos: Eagles Training Camp, 8/13



Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what we saw during Tuesday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex.

11:52 – Gone are the days when the Eagles were hard up for a return man. Today’s session opens with punt return drills and there is a full stable of quality options back there, led by Darren Sproles and Nelson Agholor. (Jordan Matthews is out there, too, though I’m not sure Chip Kelly will want to go down that road when the bullets are live.) On kick return, the group includes Agholor, Ryan Mathews and Josh Huff. It looks like Kelly has some pretty serious firepower on special teams, which as we know is no accident. Read more »

Long Injury Puts Spotlight Back On Marcus Smith

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Travis Long stepped the wrong way during a non-contact punt return drill Monday, and just like that, his season was over.

Like last summer, the undrafted free agent out of Washington State was lost to a torn ACL — the third of his career. Long was drawing praise from his teammates and coaches prior to the injury, and seemed firmly in the mix for that No. 3 outside linebacker role behind Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham.

The Eagles are looking to bring in another OLB, Chip Kelly said, and Brandon Hepburn and Brad Jones will take reps on the outside with Long no longer in the mix. But much of the weight — at least at the moment — falls on Marcus Smith.

Smith stopped to talk with reporters following Tuesday’s practice at Lincoln Financial Field. There are a couple things that you notice when you get up close to last year’s first-round pick. Read more »

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