All-22: Kendricks, Smith And the Run Defense

Mychal Kendricks. (USA Today Sports)

Mychal Kendricks. (USA Today Sports)

The Panthers ran the ball 33 times against the Eagles Sunday night, which wasn’t surprising as Carolina entered the game first in the NFL with 33 carries per game. What was surprising was their 204 rushing yards on 6.2 yards per carry.

“We knew going in [they’d run so much],” Chip Kelly said Monday. “I know Jonathan [Stewart] really well; I coached him in college. He ran for 1,700 [yards his junior year]. And I said it before, we knew, number one, he’s tough to bring down and number two, he’s a lot faster than I think people give him credit for. He’s a 250-pound back, but he can pick them up and put them down.”

Before Sunday, the Eagles appeared more than capable of stopping the Panthers’ rushing attack. They ranked first in the NFL in rushing touchdowns allowed (1) and second in opponent yards per carry (3.5).

Carolina, on the other hand, didn’t run the ball that well as they ranked around the league average with 4.1 yards per rush. What killed the Eagles, however, was a 43-yard end around and a 36-yard counter. Read more »

Eagles-Panthers, The Day After

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Frustrations are mounting within the Eagles locker room.

Now seven games deep, the we’re-this-close optimism that the new-look Eagles carried with them like a security blanket has all but unraveled, replaced by a level of bewilderment at their inability to put an end to the dysfunction – particularly on offense.

“Mistakes. I don’t know what the reason is. We’ve had mistakes across the board,” said Jason Kelce. “Offensive line…everybody takes turns. I shouldn’t be making mistakes at this point in my career. I should be on top of my stuff, and it’s just, it’s getting old real quick.

“Offensive line, receivers, running backs, quarterbacks. Everybody is taking their turn. Penalties, turnovers, drops, whatever it is throughout the first half of this season, it’s really killed us on offense.”

“It’s like musical chairs,” added Lane Johnson. Read more »

Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Mychal Kendricks. (USA Today Sports)

Mychal Kendricks. (USA Today Sports)

Mychal Kendricks is active tonight for the first time since leaving the Washington game with a hamstring injury. Thad Lewis, Nelson Agholor, Denzel Rice, Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Tanner Hawkinson and Brandon Bair are all inactive. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Injury Updates, Coverage Trends

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso both hit the practice field at the NovaCare Complex for the second consecutive day Thursday.

Chip Kelly said Kendricks had a good practice Wednesday, but his status is still uncertain for Sunday night’s game against Carolina.

“[Kendricks] did good,” Kelly said. “He’ll be back out there again today, and then we’ll see where he is. The thing with Mychal is the consecutive days, so what happens today, and then we still have Friday and Saturday.” Read more »

Injury Notes: Alonso, Kendricks Return To Practice

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Kiko Alonso (knee) and Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) returned to practice for the first time in weeks Wednesday. Kendricks was listed as a full participant while Alonso was limited.

“Probably not,” said Alonso if there was a chance he’d play against the Panthers, adding that the Dallas game after the bye is a realistic return date “for sure”.

Billy Davis didn’t sound confident that either player would be available for Sunday night’s game against Carolina. Read more »

Notes: Bradford Growing Into Leadership Role

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Sam Bradford‘s pregame shower speech has gotten a good deal of attention this week — in large part because of the chosen location, but also because it was the first real piece of evidence made public suggesting that the quarterback is starting to find his footing as a leader on this team.

Speaking to the media for the first time since Sunday, Bradford was asked about the significance of that moment prior to the Saints game.

“It really wasn’t that big of a deal,” Bradford said after practice Thursday. “And to be honest, that was just kind of between us. I don’t need to put that out there. If you weren’t in that locker room or in that shower, you’re probably not going to know what was said in there. But it was just something I felt like kind of the time was right, something needed to be said. Hopefully it got the guys fired up.” Read more »

Injury Notes: The Latest On Kiko Alonso

Kiko Alonso

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

[UPDATE]

The Eagles received good news regarding Kiko Alonso‘s injury, according to Ian Rapoport.

A month puts us at October 30, which is in the middle of the Eagles bye week. They play in Dallas on Sunday Night Football November 8.

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Davis Updates Middle Linebacker Situation

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

It looks like the Eagles could be down two of their top inside linebackers for Sunday’s crucial game against the Jets.

Billy Davis that Kiko Alonso, who is believed to have suffered a partial tear of his left ACL, is still in the evaluation process. “We’re crossing our fingers and hoping everything turns out for the best. We’re unsure about him,” said Davis, “but for this week I don’t expect him to play.”

Mychal Kendricks might not be available either. He sat out Tuesday’s practice along with Alonso as he nurses a hamstring strain.

“There is an outside chance we pick him up this week but it will be hard for him to get back,” said Davis. “But I think he has a shot at doing it.”
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