The Departed: Foles Gets Roughed Up

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

After a sturdy first quarter of the season in St. Louis, Nick Foles came crashing back down to Earth when the Rams trekked to Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Foles and the Rams only lost by two touchdowns, but Foles was hit and rushed all afternoon long, and he threw four interceptions, completing just 11 of his 3o pass attempts. He was also sacked thrice, and knocked down nine more times.

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The Departed: Nick Foles, Rams Top Cards


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As the St. Louis Rams handed the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season, former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles led the charge with three touchdown passes.

“In an ideal world of Rams football, this is what it’s supposed to look like,” Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Dispatch wrote after St. Louis’s win. “A defense and special teams unit that create turnovers and give up points grudgingly.

“And don’t forget Foles, who squeezed those three touchdown passes out of just 24 throws en route to a 126.9 passer rating.”

Through four games, Foles and the Rams are 2-2 and one game back in the NFC West. Foles has completed 63 percent of his passes for 815 yards, five touchdowns and one interception, and a 96.5 quarterback rating.

Here’s a recap of how the rest of the Eagles’ offseason departures are faring after Week 4. Read more »

The Departed: Maclin Snaps Chiefs Streak

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

A day after the Eagles saw just one receiver catch a pass in their win over the Jets, former Birds wideout Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 141 yards and a touchdown as the Packers beat the Chiefs, 38-28, Monday night.

It was Maclin’s first score of the season, and the first touchdown caught by a Kansas City receiver since the 2013 regular season.

“[That is] the one positive,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith told reporters after the game. “We don’t have to deal with the receiver talk anymore.”

Through three games, Maclin, Kansas City’s big free agent signing, is on pace for another extremely productive season.

He’s projected to finish the year with 91 catches for 1,333 yards and five touchdowns, which would be six more catches, 18 more yards and five fewer touchdowns than his 2014 season with the Eagles. Read more »

The Departed: Mathis, Herremans Struggling Early

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

While the Eagles’ offensive line has struggled with technique issues and execution through the first two weeks of the regular season, another former player is having similar troubles out west.

The Broncos have pulled out two dramatic wins to start the year, but the offensive line in front of an aging Peyton Manning, including former Eagle Evan Mathis, has been less than stellar, the Denver Post’s Troy Renck writes.

“The addition of Evan Mathis, an all-pro performer, was supposed to stabilize the group,” Renck writes. “The Ravens and Chiefs are stout up front, but the Broncos shouldn’t have this many mistakes and missed blocks.” Read more »

The Departed: Checking In On Former Eagles

Nick Foles. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

As the Chiefs and Rams faced off in the final week of the preseason, Andy Reid and Jeremy Maclin were both asked about St. Louis quarterback Nick Foles, whom Reid coached and Maclin caught passes from during their careers in Philadelphia.

ESPN’s Nick Wagoner writes that the two had nothing but positive things to say about the former Eagles quarterback, who was jettisoned to the Rams this spring in exchange for Sam Bradford.

“You are asking one of Nick Foles’ biggest fans,” Reid said. “He is smart, he has good accuracy, and he is a big body. A big strong guy, and he is young. He is going nowhere but up here. He is surrounded by good coaches and good skill players. I think he will do fine. He has to get back into this system. And it is just a matter of time.” Read more »

Eagles Notes: ‘Kiko’s Fine’

Kiko AlonsoYesterday, Chip Kelly said he wasn’t worried about Kiko Alonso’s concussion because the linebacker does not have a history of head injuries. Bill Davis echoed the head coaches sentiment this morning during his press conference and also talked about the team’s depth at linebacker.

  • Alonso is still working through the concussion protocol, but Davis said linebacker injuries are fairly common during training camp.

“I don’t think I’ve been through a training camp as a linebackers coach where the inside ‘backer [group] doesn’t get thin at some point,” Davis explained. “I don’t know what it is about training camps, but when that happens, it’s nice to have the depth we have.”

As for Alonso’s recovery, Davis downplayed the severity of the injury.

“Kiko’s fine, it was just one of those things,” said Davis. “I’ve been coaching linebackers my whole career and its just part of that position, when it just sneaks up on you nowadays, we have a great protocol, so it’s not an issue, Kiko’s doing great, he won’t miss a beat.”

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Eagles Notes: Kelly’s Injury Updates

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Chip Kelly kicked off today’s practice with an update on the Eagles that are currently injured. Here’s a rundown of what he had to say about them and his reaction to a former Eagle getting a new deal.

  • Kelly said that linebacker Kiko Alonso suffered his concussion on Tuesday when the team held open practice at the Linc. He doesn’t have a timetable for his return, but the coach noted that Alonso is still working through the concussion protocol with the Eagles training staff. As for the potential for a re-occurrence, Kelly said he isn’t worried.

“No he didn’t,” Kelly said when asked if Alonso had any previous concussions. “I think this is his first, I don’t think he had any in Buffalo.

“He hasn’t had a history of [concussion problems], so we’re not worried about it right now.”

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Was Nick Foles A Bad Fit For Philly?

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The topic of whether Nick Foles had the right temperament to play in Philadelphia was introduced by The Inquirer‘s Jeff McLane Wednesday during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. 

“Nick, I think, wasn’t very comfortable in that role [of a franchise quarterback], especially in Philadelphia,” he said. “I think there probably wasn’t as much written about that [as there should’ve been] and I’ve kind of learned a few things since Nick has been gone, that it had really gotten to him, some of the criticism that was happening here in Philadelphia based on his play last season and I don’t think Bradford is the type of guy where he lets that type of stuff get to him.”

Louis Riddick, who was a part of the Eagles’ front office when Foles was drafted, joined the morning show Thursday and was asked for his take.

“My experience with Nick is that he was very even-keel, very mellow, very much so not affected by a lot of outside things, but more…I’ve talked with people directly that were with him every day and coached him, and he was the kind of guy who behind the scenes didn’t necessarily like being criticized, didn’t necessarily like maybe being coached hard, being gotten on in the way that some quarterbacks and some players can take,” he said. “So is it surprising that maybe he would fit in a little bit better in a town like St. Louis where, not necessarily that they don’t have high expectations, but it’s not the same kind of scrutiny he’ll face here in Philadelphia? Yeah, that doesn’t shock me. That doesn’t shock me that he would feel more comfortable there.

“You’ve gotta be different, man. You’ve gotta be different in a good way in order to thrive here.” Read more »

The Latest Sam Bradford Buzz

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

No Eagles player is under more pressure in 2015 than Sam Bradford. Coming off a pair of seasons cut short by ACL tears and playing out the final year of his rookie deal, the 27-year-old veteran out of Oklahoma is expected to lead Chip Kelly’s squad back to the postseason. Here is the latest regarding the QB.

Eliot Shorr-Parks of reports that Bradford will be ready to go at the start of training camp:

According to a person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity, Bradford is “looking great”, has been in the rehab room close to every day this summer, and should be ready to go when training camp opens. Read more »

Mailbag: Bradford/Foles, Carroll And the Rookies

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

I’m pinch-blogging for T-Mac on the mailbag this week. Let’s get right to the questions.

The simple answer is upside. Regular readers know that I was never a huge Nick Foles guy. I like his size and toughness, but it always felt like he had limitations. Of course, the same can be said about a lot of quarterbacks.

Sam Bradford has a better arm, could be a better decision-maker (his 2.2 INT rate is third-best among active QBs who have thrown at least 1,500 passes) and matches Foles in the intangible categories (toughness, leadership, character, etc.). Clearly, Chip Kelly felt like what he can get out of Bradford at 100 percent will be better than what he got out of Foles. Read more »

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