Here is some weekend reading to get you ready for today’s Eagles-Packers game.
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During the days leading up to the Eagles-Texans game, Brent Celek spent part of his film-watching sessions focusing in on J.J. Watt.
For some tight ends, that might seem unusual. For Celek, it was not.
“When you watch him on film, he lined up at every single position,” Celek said. “So I knew there was gonna be times where I was gonna line up against him, and then it happened.”
Since Chip Kelly took over, the 29-year-old tight end has entered a new stage in his career. The days of catching 70+ balls (like Celek did back in 2009) are over. Instead, he spends more than 50 percent of his snaps as a run blocker. And on Sunday, that meant occasionally getting matched up against Watt. Read more »
Here’s a player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles’ offense after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Rams.
Nick Foles - He’s not playing well. Foles is missing throws, making questionable decisions and looks jittery in the pocket. Overall, he went 24-for-37 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Foles turned the ball over a second time on a fumble while scrambling. Read more »
In the final 18 minutes of Sunday’s win over the Rams, the Eagles’ defense gave up touchdown drives of 79, 62 and 75 yards.
Billy Davis’ unit was a complete mess. The only thing saving this performance from total meltdown status was a stop late in the fourth quarter that ensured a 34-28 victory.
Yet, when Chip Kelly stepped up to the podium for his post-game press conference, he pointed the finger at the guys on the other side of the ball. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of national media predictions for Sunday’s Eagles-Rams game.
When asked to assess the play of Riley Cooper through four games, Chip Kelly noted that statistically Cooper is ahead of where he was at this point last season. And that’s pretty much true. Cooper has 15 catches on 26 targets for 125 yards with no touchdowns. Last year at the quarter mark, Cooper had eight catches on 18 targets for 93 yards and a score.
The 27-year-old went on to have a breakout season, finishing with 47 grabs for 835 yards and eight TDs. In theory, this campaign could follow a similar trajectory. But there’s certainly no guarantee that it will. And the fact that this slow start is a notch above last year’s slow start doesn’t erase this fact: Cooper’s performance to date hasn’t been good enough, and he knows it. Read more »
A frustrated Josh Huff told reporters yesterday that he has been ready to play for the last week-and-a-half. Not so, says Chip Kelly.
“He wasn’t ready to go physically or mentally last week. He knew that. We talked to him on Friday, told him what his status was and that he wasn’t going to be active on Sunday,” he said. “Last week was his first full week practicing, and then didn’t actually practice all through Wednesday, took a shot and was out for a couple plays. We have to make sure that he is 100 percent healthy physically and mentally to go play.” Read more »
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David Molk seemed somewhat surprised to see a group of reporters waiting by his locker Tuesday afternoon.
“Molk! Molk! Molk!” chanted DeMeco Ryans, sporting a giant smile a couple stalls down.
“C’mon ‘Mec,” said the Eagles center. “Partner interview. I need some veteran help.”
The scene served as a good reminder of the twists and turns of an NFL season. A year ago, Molk was helping out his high school team, after having been cut by the San Diego Chargers. As recently as July, it looked like he would be battling for one of the team’s final roster spots.
But now, with Jason Kelce sidelined, Molk is a starter. On Sunday, that meant making the calls and setting the protections for an offense that was shut out against the San Francisco 49ers. Read more »
The numbers aren’t pretty for Nick Foles.
He walked off the field Sunday having completed just 21 of his 43 pass attempts (49 percent) for 195 yards with a pair of interceptions. His 42.3 quarterback rating against the Niners is his worst under Chip Kelly — even lower than the one that accompanied his disastrous outing against Dallas last October.
Through four games, his 57.8 completion percentage ranks 29th in the NFL and his 81.7 QB rating 25th. It’s pretty plain to see that, outside of the Washington game, the 25-year-old hasn’t been firing on all cylinders. As the San Francisco game showed us, there are multiple reasons for that.
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