Eagles Wake-Up Call: Final 53-Man Roster Projection

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have until 4 p.m. Saturday to trim their roster from 75 to 53. Here’s my second and final attempt to project what the the initial 53-man will look like.

Quarterbacks (3): Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow.

Matt Barkley is expected to start on Thursday, and has been the first man in over Tebow in each of the exhibition games. Does he have the edge? Or is he being showcased? It’s hard to ignore all the trade buzz that has surrounded Barkley over the last several months. Maybe they get something for him, maybe they don’t, but the fact that the Eagles appear to be exploring trade avenues suggests that they’re comfortable with Tebow being their third QB. Tuesday evening, Ian Rapoport wrote that it seems Tebow “has a very good chance to make the Eagles.” We’ll say that he does.

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Chip: Matt Barkley Will Start Against Jets

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Matt Barkley will get the start Thursday against the Jets, Chip Kelly confirmed. He’ll be first up as he and Tim Tebow square off one last time for the rights to the third quarterback job.

“Our opinions aren’t formed,” said Kelly, when asked how much weight this game carries in the evaluation of the two quarterbacks. “It’s one more time for a game opportunity. Especially with the quarterback position, practice is different just because they’re wearing red jerseys and they’re not hit. I think when you get them out there in a game it’s another opportunity to get a legitimate evaluation of them. There is a lot of weight in it.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Remaining Roster Battles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Roster trimming is underway. The Eagles released 12 players – including G.J. Kinne and Kevin Graf — on Sunday, leaving the count at 78 (or 76 if you factor in pending injury designations for JaCorey Shepherd and Emmanuel Acho). That number needs to be at 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday and 53 by Saturday afternoon.

“I think we have more depth, so I believe we’ll cut some players that will make other rosters.  I’m hoping,” said Chip Kelly prior to Saturday’s game. “But it is going to be difficult and we’ll have to sit down long and hard after this Packer game and ‑‑ when it’s difficult to get to 75, I think from a coaching standpoint that’s a good thing, but there is still a human factor that gets involved with cutting somebody, and that part is not a lot of fun.”

There are some tough decisions ahead in the coming days. Let’s take a position-by-position look at potential roster battles heading into Thursday’s preseason finale against the Jets. Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles held their second joint practice with the Ravens Thursday. Here’s what we saw:

12:10 -- Let’s dive right into the action. One-on-ones are underway. The Eagles’ defensive backs are going up against the Ravens receivers on the far right field. Walter Thurmond gets things off to a positive note for the hosts with an interception on a ball intended for Michael Campanaro. Kamar Aiken scores a point for the visitors, beating Byron Maxwell on an in-route. Steve Smith Sr. schools Marc Anthony with a pretty move inside that leaves the young DB in the dust. Smith makes the easy catch, and adds an exclamation point by tossing the ball high up in the air behind his back.

Malcolm Jenkins gets the Eagles back on track with quality coverage on Tom Nelson. Josh captured the play. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly On Injuries, QB Competition And WR Depth

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Spirits are high at the NovaCare Complex where the Eagles are resuming practice after their preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Here is a quick rundown of what Chip Kelly had to say about the game and a few key injuries during his press conference.

  • Kiko Alonso will be back at practice today after missing the last two weeks with a concussion. Kelly said he doesn’t expect Alonso to be a full participant today, but he will gradually get back in the swing of things over the course of this week.

“I think mentally, he’s good, but he has been out for two weeks,” Kelly said. “So he’ll go through agilities, individual drills and maybe a little seven on seven, I don’t know if they’ll put him in during team [drills], but he should be good to go by the end of the week.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: 53-Man Roster Projection

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

With a dozen training camp practices and the first preseason game in the books, now seems like a good time to roll out my first 53-man roster projection of the year. Josh is welcome to challenge me with one of his own, but given my past dominance in this arena, his efforts will likely be futile.

Quarterbacks (3): Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley.

Barkley entered as the No. 3 quarterback and performed well enough against the Colts to hold onto that position — for now. If it’s about choosing someone who can execute the tempo offense with the most precision should Sam Bradford  and Mark Sanchez be unavailable, Barkley will be the choice. But it’s hard to ignore all the trade chatter around the USC product since word of Tebow-to-Philly first surfaced, and you wonder if Kelly is intrigued by how he might be able to use Tebow on game days. Curious to see how this one plays out. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Tebow Vs. Barkley

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After the Eagles’ victory yesterday against the Colts, a reporter asked Chip Kelly if there’s a particular set of skills he’s looking for in his third-string quarterback.

“No,” Kelly said, before the reporter could finish the question. “They have to be able to do it all.”

Tim Tebow clearly outperformed Matt Barkley on the ground as he rushed the ball four times for 15 yards and a touchdown. But who had the better game through the air? Read more »

Kelly: Not Concerned About Parkey

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

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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