Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles: Read more »
Mark Sanchez sat at his locker after practice Monday afternoon and addressed rumors that the Rams could be interested in acquiring his services.
“I’m not gonna deal with hypotheticals,” he said. “I’m an Eagle. I love being an Eagle. That’s really all I’m gonna say about it.
“People can’t wait [for the season to start] so they start circulating all these trade rumors and all that stuff. That’s just the way it goes. Like I said, I’ve seen just about everything. …I don’t know where all this stuff comes from.” Read more »
By just about any statistical measure, the Eagles’ pass defense has plenty of room for improvement.
Football Outsiders had the Birds ranked 25th overall against the pass last year. Despite a focus on limiting big plays, Billy Davis’ unit was burned for 62 completions of 20+ yards, fourth-most in the NFL.
Any time the pass defense struggles, coaches point to two specific areas: pass-rush and coverage. The latter should see an improvement with Malcolm Jenkins filling in for Patrick Chung. The addition of cornerback Nolan Carroll II could help as well.
But the team did very little to bolster the pass-rush. The only significant addition up front was Marcus Smith II. And based on what we’ve seen in the preseason, Smith is unlikely to provide much pass-rush as a rookie. Combine that with the fact that illegal contact downfield is a point of emphasis for officials, and Davis thinks sending extra pressure might be his best chance for improvement. Read more »
Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Eagles’ offense performed against the Steelers, after having re-watched the first three quarters of Thursday night’s game: Read more »
When Mark Sanchez’s night was through Friday, tight end Zach Ertz approached the quarterback and congratulated him on going 12-for-12.
“I said, ‘No, man, I went 11-for-12.’ He said, ‘Yeah, but that [interception] didn’t hit the ground,’ ” said Sanchez with a grin. “You have to have a sense of humor about it.”
No matter how you slice it, Sanchez has completed passes at a high rate in his limited time in an Eagles uniform. The six-year vet is 18-for-22 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and an interception over the first two preseason games. That’s a completion rate of 82 percent. Read more »
Towards the end of today’s session with the media, Chip Kelly was asked about the future of quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez has gone 18-for-22 for 196 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the first two preseason games. How would the Eagles weigh potentially trading him against keeping Sanchez on the roster as the backup?
“Good question, cause Mark has played well,” Kelly said. “But we haven’t had anybody call or ask us anything. So that’s not something we’re talking about because you’re just spending time on things that could happen, should happen… I don’t know. Read more »
The rookie caught nine balls on as many targets and was far and away the game’s leading receiver with 105 yard in the Eagles’ 42-35 loss to the Patriots.
“He got the jitters out. He got the butterflies out,” said Mark Sanchez. “This is not an easy game to jump in and have an impact like that. He went through that last week in Chicago, got used to the hotel, the bus, the airport. All that stuff. There are a million things that are different from college — the speed of the game, and all that. But this week he looked great. Trusted his technique, trusted his coaching, played really well.” Read more »
If memory serves, I have outdueled the venerable Sheil Kapadia each of the last two years in this exercise. I think we can all agree that the chances of a three-peat are high.
If you want to see his roster projection (and why would you?), click here. If you prefer a more accurate read, continue on.
Teams must trim their rosters to 75 on August 26th, then down to 53 on August 30. Here’s how I see it playing out heading into the team’s second exhibition game:
Here’s a position-by-position breakdown of what we saw out of the Eagles’ offense Friday night, after having re-watched the first three quarters. Read more »