Chip: ‘We’re Not Looking Into Safeties’

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Hours before Nate Allen was beat by John Brown for a game-changing 75-yard touchdown, a report surfaced that the Eagles are looking to upgrade their safety position prior to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Chip Kelly addressed those whispers during his day-after press conference.

“No, I don’t know where that report came from,” said Kelly. “A lot of times the people that float that are the people that want their safety picked up. I may look into that but we’re not actively looking to upgrade. Read more »

Kendricks, Sproles Limited Again

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks and Darren Sproles were listed as limited participants for the second straight day Thursday.

Kendricks once again lined up alongside DeMeco Ryans during individual drills, but sat out for a spell and stood alongside a trainer with his helmet off before rejoining the action.

“He won’t play this week,” said one of the defensive players. Others weren’t as sure.

Kendricks has not addressed the media this week.

Jason Kelce (hernia) and Evan Mathis (knee) were also limited. DeMeco Ryans (groin),  Jaylen Watkins (wrist) and Chris Polk (hamstring) practiced in full.

There have been no indications that Matthew Tucker will be called up from the practice squad. One teammate we talked to expects Sproles to be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, Polk will be the primary backup and Trey Burton will be the emergency back as he was against the Giants.

Mathis Returns; Sproles, Kendricks Limited

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Evan Mathis showed off the large brace caging his left knee at his locker stall Wednesday afternoon. He gave the black contraption a smack and lifted his leg this way and that to demonstrate that he had good range of motion. The All-Pro guard had just wrapped up his first practice since suffering an MCL injury in the opener against Jacksonville, and was clearly pleased with how it went.

“It felt great. I was really looking forward to getting back out there and was trying to go into it with the mindset like I wasn’t hurt and not try to favor anything, and it held up as good as it could hold up,” he said. “I didn’t feel any instability, I didn’t feel any weakness. Counting this week I have three full weeks of practice before I have to play so I think that’s going to be ample time to get back to right where I need to be.” Read more »

Kendricks Runs With Ones; Sproles Practices

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles are getting closer to full strength.

The pads were on as the team gathered inside the bubble at the NovaCare Complex Wednesday. Mychal Kendricks, Darren Sproles, Jason Kelce and Evan Mathis were all suited up and took part in individual drills during the portion of training open to the media.

Kendricks was paired with DeMeco Ryans during linebacker drills, a positive sign as he preps to play for the first time since suffering a calf strain Week 2 against the Colts.

Sproles was moving pretty well. He did some running and cutting at about half-speed and ran routes. Other than a little flexing of his left leg in-between plays, he seemed OK.

Mathis practiced for the first time since injuring his MCL against the Jaguars in the opener. He is not eligible to play until November 10 against Carolina. This week, Mathis suggested  Kelce could be ready for the Houston game next Sunday. While Kelce is not ready to commit to that, he got some work in for the second straight day.

The only player who sat out Wednesday was Brad Smith (abdomen).

Sproles, Kendricks, Kelce Suit Up For Practice

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was asked to provide a health update at the start of his press conference Tuesday.

“They’re all back,” he said.

Well, almost. Darren Sproles (MCL), Mychal Kendricks (calf) and Jason Kelce (sports hernia) were all in uniform and participated in warm-ups at the start of practice. Chris Polk (hamstring) was out there as well. Evan Mathis has been cleared for a return but by rule is not able to practice until tomorrow. Brad Smith (abdomen) was the only player sidelined because of injury. Read more »

Eagles Pass-Rusher Rankings

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One of the most pleasant surprises for the Eagles through the first six games has been their ability to consistently generate a pass-rush.

In the last three games specifically, the defense did an excellent job of keeping Eli Manning, Austin Davis and Colin Kaepernick uncomfortable in the pocket.

And the way they’ve done it has been impressive. The Eagles don’t have a premiere pass-rusher whom offenses have to game-plan for every week. Instead, Billy Davis has done a good job with his calls, sometimes dialing up pressure and other times using the illusion of pressure to create one-on-one matchups.

Below is a look at how individual Eagles have performed. Read more »

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