Eagles Release Riley Cooper

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles announced Monday they have released wide receiver Riley Cooper.

Cooper had three years left on the five-year, $22 million contract he signed after the 2013 season. His dead cap hit is $2.4 million, but he was due over $13 million over the next three years.

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‘I Think the Perception Was Not the Reality’

Malcolm Jenkins and

Malcolm Jenkins and

There are many sides to a locker room story.

For every sharp-tongued Lane Johnson criticism about the former head coach, there are other, more loyal players whose blood gets to boiling when such stones are cast.

Ask one Eagle about the man at the helm for the past few years, and you’ll hear that he’s impossible to talk to. Question another, and they’ll insist that the open-door policy was real and that, when used, Kelly was eager to try and troubleshoot.

“Whether he’s meeting with Mr. Lurie or he’s in an offensive meeting, if you came up there and said you wanted to talk to him, he drops everything and he says, ‘What’s the deal? What do you want to fix? What’s going on?’ And everyone knows that,” said Riley Cooper. “So in that regard, I think he was very approachable.” Read more »

Chip Kelly “Proud” Of Eagles After Upset Win

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

After a shocking upset few outside of the NovaCare Complex saw coming, Chip Kelly seemed even-keel.

He told reporters that he understood the gravity of beating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in Foxborough, where they hardly ever lose.

But he also reiterated the way his team played Sunday is how he expects them to play every week because, as he said in recent weeks, he remains steadfast in his belief that the Eagles are a good football team.

“I believe in them, they’re a really good team, and I thought they played together as a group,” Kelly said.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Outside Help Wanted

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Questioned about the lack of production from his outside receivers, Chip Kelly pointed away from his group of wideouts and towards the game plan.

“I don’t believe it’s an obstacle,” he said of their low output, “because I think there’s a lot of things that we’re doing in targeting our inside receivers and our tight ends just because of matchups. We knew going into this game that our tight ends and our inside receivers were going to be huge components in terms of what we’re trying to do. So we’re trying to get the ball to those guys.

“We don’t really care who we get the production from as long as we’re getting production from the entire offense.”

That explanation might hold up if this was a one-week deal. The Eagles did go directly after the middle of Miami’s defense (despite the Dolphins being depleted at cornerback) and it paid dividends, with Brent Celek and Zach Ertz combining for 11 grabs for 202 yards. Given that chosen route of attack, you can rationalize the zero-catch nights out of Riley Cooper and Miles Austin as more or less a product of circumstance if you are so inclined.

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Eagles-Dolphins, The Day After

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Expectations for the  2015 season were largely built on trust.

Trust that Chip Kelly knew what he was doing as a head coach and architect; that the offensive line would hold up despite a big subtraction and no notable additions; that the young receivers would help replace a key veteran; that Sam Bradford would take his game to the next level in this system and avoid injury; and that over time, the new pieces would coalesce to form a contender.

On Sunday, that trust absorbed its biggest hit yet. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Injury Updates, Coverage Trends

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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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LANDOVER, MD — The Eagles’ offense has taken the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde routine to almost epic proportions. In each of their first four games, they struggled to earn a first down in one half, while scoring most, if not all, of their points in the other.

“I wish I knew how to explain it because then we would get it fixed,” Sam Bradford said. “It’s almost like we are two completely different offenses, and once we get it going we are pretty good. But for some reason, there are times we just struggle to get it going.”

Philadelphia’s 23-20 loss yesterday to Washington was no different. After recording just four first downs in the first half, the Eagles scored three touchdowns in the second half. Bradford finally completed his first pass of more than 20 yards this season, and did so three more times for good measure.

He threw three touchdown tosses — including a 62-yarder to Riley Cooper and a 39-yarder to Miles Austin — and finished with a 122.6 passer rating.

“You guys act like we don’t want to throw the ball downfield,” Bradford said, “but I think we saw something we could take advantage [of] this week and we called a couple of plays trying to get those posts.” Read more »

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