Here is the Eagles’ injury report for Sunday’s game against Arizona:
Out: S Earl Wolff (knee)
Probable: S Colt Anderson (ankle), CB Bradley Fletcher (pectoral), LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), LB Jake Knott (hamstring).
As you can see, the Eagles exit the bye in pretty good shape. Read more »
We went through the offense yesterday. Here’s a position-by-position look at where the Eagles’ defense stands going into the final five games.
The guys up front have been the key to the defensive improvement. Cedric Thornton leads all the team’s linemen with 58 tackles and has looked like a natural in the two-gap scheme since Week 1. He’s versatile, powerful and has been perhaps the Eagles’ most consistent defensive player all season long.
Fletcher Cox has really come on and has 13 tackles the past two weeks. He has three sacks and leads the team with 19 hurries; no other player has more than eight. Bennie Logan has been a huge upgrade over Isaac Sopoaga at nose tackle. He’s got 15 tackles in the last three games. That’s just three fewer than Sopoaga had in the first eight games.
Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers and Damion Square round out the rotation. Curry has been the team’s most productive pass-rusher and is tied for the team lead with four sacks. Read more »
If you missed the game review of the offense, click here. Now, onto 10 observations of the Eagles’ defense after having re-watched the game.
1. The Eagles’ defense shut out the Redskins for three-plus quarters, but let’s start in the fourth where things got a little dicey. Trent Cole was trailing Darrel Young in coverage, and Patrick Chung was closing in from his deep safety spot down the left sideline. Robert Griffin III escaped pressure and lofted one to Young. Cole went flying at him, and Chung did the same from the opposite direction. They both whiffed and collided into one another as Young got free for the 62-yard score. Then on the 2-point conversion, the Redskins set up with a bunch formation to the right, and Chung completely lost track of Nick Williams.
2. Roc Carmichael had a rough fourth quarter. But his coverage wasn’t bad on the 41-yard TD to Aldrick Robinson. Griffin underthrew the ball, and Robinson made a great adjustment. I asked Carmichael last week when he’s taught to turn and find the football. He said he watches the receiver’s eyes and hands. Obviously he could have done a better job on that play. Carmichael also gave up completions of 19, 9, 28 and 7 in the fourth quarter. The most concerning of those was the 28-yarder. The Eagles had the Redskins with a 3rd-and-25, but they were able to extend their drive with a completion to Santana Moss. Carmichael might have been expecting more safety help, but the safeties are going to play particularly deep in that spot, focused on keeping everything in front of them. Read more »
Player I’ll be watching
McManus: Patrick Chung
Early in the season, it almost felt like it didn’t matter who was lining up at safety. Whether it was Nate Allen, Patrick Chung, Earl Wolff, Kurt Coleman or Sheil Kapadia, all seemed to instill an equal amount of confidence — which is to say very little. Wolff, as the coaches routinely reminded us, was making his share of mistakes out there. Credit to the rookie for developing to the point where his absence is felt in the secondary.
With Wolff nursing a knee injury, the Eagles are back to their original pairing of Allen and Chung. Allen is playing really well right now, which is a pleasant surprise. Chung has been in and out of the lineup with a lingering shoulder injury. He says he is feeling much better and the coaching staff didn’t sound too concerned about it. Chung and Allen will be tested by a Redskins team that can beat you in the run game as well as over the top with play action. Read more »
Here is the Eagles’ injury report for Sunday’s game against Washington:
Out: LB Jake Knott (hamstring), S Earl Wolff (knee)
Questionable: CB Bradley Fletcher (pectoral), LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), T Jason Peters (quadricep, pectoral), QB Michael Vick (hamstring)
Probable: TE Brent Celek (hip), S Patrick Chung (shoulder), WR Riley Cooper (knee), DE Cedric Thornton (knee).
Plenty of injury concerns for the Eagles. Read more »
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Packers: QB Michael Vick, CB Bradley Fletcher, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Jake Knott, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly and WR B.J. Cunningham.
The big one there is Fletcher, who suffered a pectoral injury last week. With him sidelined, Brandon Boykin is likely to start on the outside. But the key will be what the Eagles do in nickel. Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Oakland Raiders: QB Michael Vick, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Jake Knott, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly and WR B.J. Cunningham.
The Eagles’ roster is at 52 so they only have six inactives today.
Vick is inactive for the second time in three weeks. He tried playing last week against the Giants, but re-injured his hamstring. Matt Barkley will back up Nick Foles. James Casey is the emergency QB. Read more »
DeSean Jackson is dealing with an ankle injury and was a limited participant at practice for the second straight day.
“Yeah, he hurt his ankle,” said Chip Kelly prior to Thursday’s session. “We’ll see what he can do and what the effects are, but he just rolled it or tweaked it or whatever, but he’s going today.”
Michael Vick (hamstring), Donnie Jones (left foot) and Casey Matthews (hip) were also limited. Vick will not play this week.
Damaris Johnson missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury but was listed as a full participant today. Jake Knott (hamstring) was the only player unable to practice Thursday.
Patrick Chung (shoulder), Jon Dorenbos (groin), Nick Foles (concussion), Jason Peters (shoulder, finger), Chris Polk (shoulder) and Cedric Thornton (knee) were all full-go. Read more »
Nick Foles is the man out front as preparation for Dallas begins.
Michael Vick was on the field at the start of practice Tuesday but is still nursing a hamstring injury. Pat Shurmur suggested that Foles will be taking the first-team reps to start the week. What he said next was interesting.
“I can probably answer some of the [questions] that are going to come along here. Coach Kelly will address those issues about who the quarterback is when both of them are healthy. At this point we’ll go with Nick, and when Mike’s healthy we’ll have that discussion.”
That is different then saying, “when Mike’s healthy he’s our guy.” There is a discussion to be had, apparently. Read more »
If you missed the first game review on the Eagles’ offense, click here.
Now onto the defense. Read more »