After Sunday’s win against the Rams, Chip Kelly discussed the process of feeling out opposing defenses early in games.
“Just try to loosen them up,” Kelly said. “A lot of times as we play teams, it’s figuring how they decide to defend us. They were in a big man scheme, different than some of the other teams we face. Trying to get a feel for what they are going to do from a defensive standpoint.
“They have done a good job of playing zone and man. Just what are they going to choose to play us in, and they chose to play us in a lot more man today than we had seen. Even any of the other games we had played, I think Jacksonville and San Francisco played us in a ton of zone. These guys, their choice was to play us in man. Just have to do a better job with some of our man beaters. We had some guys there, but we have to do a better job. We knew what we were getting. We just have to execute.”
For the second week in a row, the offense looked shaky, managing two touchdown drives while turning the ball over three times. Read more »
Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Rams.
Nick Foles - He’s not playing well. Foles is missing throws, making questionable decisions and looks jittery in the pocket. Overall, he went 24-for-37 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Foles turned the ball over a second time on a fumble while scrambling. Read more »
David Molk seemed somewhat surprised to see a group of reporters waiting by his locker Tuesday afternoon.
“Molk! Molk! Molk!” chanted DeMeco Ryans, sporting a giant smile a couple stalls down.
“C’mon ‘Mec,” said the Eagles center. “Partner interview. I need some veteran help.”
The scene served as a good reminder of the twists and turns of an NFL season. A year ago, Molk was helping out his high school team, after having been cut by the San Diego Chargers. As recently as July, it looked like he would be battling for one of the team’s final roster spots.
But now, with Jason Kelce sidelined, Molk is a starter. On Sunday, that meant making the calls and setting the protections for an offense that was shut out against the San Francisco 49ers. Read more »
Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of what we saw from the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched.
Nick Foles – He followed up a tremendous performance in Week 3 with another uneven outing in Week 4. Foles went 21-for-43 for 195 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He again took some big hits, but when Foles had opportunities to hit on plays downfield, he didn’t capitalize. The Eagles managed just one completion of 20+ yards all game long.
It looked like the gameplan early was to go with the quick game. Foles completed his first pass to Jeremy Maclin and then went right back to him and misfired. Later on the drive, he overthrew Brent Celek on a corner route that could have resulted in a 25+ yard play. He then overthrew Zach Ertz on the same route to the other side of the field, although it looked like Ertz might have been held on the play. Chip Kelly referred to four overthrows. The third was to Maclin on a deep post in the second. FOX analyst Troy Aikman mentioned that Foles could have probably maneuvered in the pocket before delivering. Foles’ fourth overthrow was to Riley Cooper on another deep post. Read more »
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The Eagles showed off a different starting offensive line today during the portion of practice open to the media.
They had Jason Peters (LT), Matt Tobin (LG), David Molk (C), Dennis Kelly (RG) and Todd Herremans (RT) with the first team. That’s different players at four of the five positions when compared to who started on Sunday against Washington. Read more »
Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks left Monday night’s game against the Colts in the second half with what he called a calf strain.
But Kendricks was not practicing during the portion of today’s session open to the media.
“He’s day to day,” said Billy Davis. “I’ve got a plan for either [way], and obviously without him practicing today, we’ll see where that is. We’ll have the other guys get the reps. Toward the end of the week, we’ll have a better feel.” Read more »
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Here is the injury report for Monday’s game in Indianapolis: Read more »
Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s 1 p.m. game against the Jaguars: QB Matt Barkley, WR Josh Huff, RB Chris Polk, CB Jaylen Watkins, OL Matt Tobin, OL Dennis Kelly and DL Taylor Hart. Read more »
The Jaguars will be without wide receiver Cecil Shorts for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. He has been downgraded to out because of a hamstring injury.
Shorts had 66 catches for 777 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games for the Jags lasts season. More from PFT:
With Shorts out, the Jaguars will count on three rookies (Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns) and second-year proMike Brown at receiver. Denard Robinson is also listed at wide receiver on the roster, but he’s currently the club’s top reserve tailback. The Jaguars also have wide receivers Kerry Taylor and Tony Washington on the practice squad.
The rest of their injury report can be found here.
For the Eagles, Josh Huff (shoulder) and Matt Tobin (ankle) have been ruled out. Chris Polk (hamstring) and Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) are questionable. Riley Cooper (ankle) and Brad Smith (groin) are probable.
The Eagles are 10 1/2 point favorites.
As we count down to the start of the regular season, Tim and Sheil try to answer some of the big questions facing the Eagles. On Sunday, they discussed life without DeSean Jackson. Yesterday, they predicted what’s next for Nick Foles. Today, a look at the offensive line, which faces an early challenge as Lane Johnson serves his four-game suspension. Read more »