Eagles Wake-Up Call: On Matt Barkley’s Future

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Today’s question comes from Mike in the Northeast:

Sheil,

What have you heard about Matt Barkley?

What does he not do well that makes him a complete afterthought and constant cut rumor?

The only time Chip has said anything publicly, he gave him the highest praise after his rookie season, saying he did everything they asked him to do. Have you seen or heard anything concrete?

I would think with his pedigree and former top-10 pick status before his senior year injury that he would at the least be a viable candidate to compete vs. Sanchez for the #2 job.

Anything?

This is one of those “actions speak louder than words” situations, Mike. Read more »

Depth Chart Projection: Eagles Offense

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles begin OTAs a week from today at the NovaCare Complex, so now seems like a good time to take a look at their depth chart.

We’ll do the offense today and the defense tomorrow. Before the big unveil, a few notes:

  • This is a beginning depth chart, not necessarily what I expect it to look like in early September.
  • Having said that, for the purpose of this exercise, we’ll assume that every player is healthy and in attendance.
  • Below the actual depth chart are position-by-position breakdowns. More than anything, this is meant to provide an overall look at where the roster stands, but there’s no harm in guessing where things might be headed in the coming months.

Without further ado… Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here is what the national media have to say about the Eagles this week.

Dan Hanzus of NFL.com named Nelson Agholor as a prime candidate to be the top rookie receiver in 2015:

This is all about location, location, location. Guys like Amari Cooper and Kevin White might end up having better careers, but USC wideout Nelson Agholor has the best chance to make an immediate splash. A polished route-runner with serious YAC ability, Agholor is a perfect fit for a Chip Kelly offense that’s thin at wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin defected for Kansas City in free agency. Agholor’s pro-ready tools should allow him to see the field quickly, and Kelly’s high-volume approach will put Agholor in a great position to dwarf the production of some of his first-round contemporaries. Jordan Matthews dropped a 67/872/8 as a rookie in Philly’s scheme last year. Agholor can be even better.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reaction To Tebow

Tim Tebow. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY

Tim Tebow. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY

It was almost as if the Eagles had been quiet for a little bit too long.

Last night, Chip Kelly’s squad stole some more national headlines when news broke from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that the team is planning on signing Tim Tebow today.

I already offered some thoughts. Maybe he wins the No. 3 job from Matt Barkley. Maybe he’ll be used as a runner in specific packages. Maybe he’ll be off the team in September. Who knows? But the idea that he’s going to somehow resurrect his career here as a quarterback seems awfully far-fetched.

At any rate, here’s a sampling of Tebow reaction, with some notes mixed in. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Analyzing Chip

Troy Taormina / USA TODAY Sports

Troy Taormina / USA TODAY Sports

Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend.

Marcus Hayes of the Daily News caught up with Joe Banner:

That’s why he loves how Kelly is destroying what Banner built. To Banner, growth occurs best through constant, remorseless change.

“Chip has the confidence that he and his coaching staff can prepare the replacement player to play,” Banner said. “How many times have we seen a coach start Player X, when most people believe Player Y is better, but Player X has the experience; then, Player X gets hurt, and Player Y finally gets to play, and is clearly better? It happens all the time.

“I’ve been preaching this for years.”

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Eagles Offseason Outlook: Quarterback

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

Nick Foles and Matt Barkley are under contract, while Mark Sanchez is scheduled to become a free agent.

Foles has become a polarizing figure around these parts. Critics will point out that he completed just 59.8 percent of his passes (26th), averaged 6.96 YPA (26th) and had 10 interceptions to go along with four fumbles in eight games. He was 19th in Football Outsiders’ DYAR metric that ranks quarterbacks.

Supporters will argue that he was playing with a banged-up offensive line, didn’t have the benefit of a quality run game and has already shown in 2013 that he can play at a high level. Read more »

Inside Voices: How The Training Is Different

Chip Kelly
Under Chip Kelly, the Eagles have quickly become known as an organization on the cutting edge when it comes to the training and maintenance of their athletes.

One veteran after the next last year said that their bodies had never felt better. Soft tissue injuries were down. Stamina was up.

What sets them apart?

To help get a better understanding, we called on some newcomers to explain what differentiates Kelly’s operation from others they have been a part of at their previous stops. Read more »

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