WR Cecil Shorts Ruled Out Vs. Eagles

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The Jaguars will be without wide receiver Cecil Shorts for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.  He has been downgraded to out because of a hamstring injury.

Shorts had 66 catches for 777 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games for the Jags lasts season. More from PFT:

With Shorts out, the Jaguars will count on three rookies (Marqise LeeAllen RobinsonAllen Hurns) and second-year proMike Brown at receiver. Denard Robinson is also listed at wide receiver on the roster, but he’s currently the club’s top reserve tailback. The Jaguars also have wide receivers Kerry Taylor and Tony Washington on the practice squad.

The rest of their injury report can be found here. 

For the Eagles, Josh Huff (shoulder) and Matt Tobin (ankle) have been ruled out. Chris Polk (hamstring) and Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) are questionable. Riley Cooper (ankle) and Brad Smith (groin) are probable.

 The Eagles are 10 1/2 point favorites.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Getting Cut By Chip

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

For Emmanuel Acho, cut-down day last year was all positive. The Eagles’ linebacker had played well in the preseason and earned a surprise spot on the 53-man roster.

But things change quickly in the NFL, and two days later, Acho got a call from GM Howie Roseman, telling him the team was letting him go in favor of Najee Goode.

Acho made his way to the NovaCare Complex, but it wasn’t just to turn in his playbook. He met separately with Chip Kelly, Billy Davis and linebackers coach Rick Minter. The process wasn’t exclusive to Acho. The Eagles offer the same courtesy to every player who is let go.

“Obviously every guy that’s here that’s part of the 90-man roster, their lifelong dream is to be an NFL football player,” Kelly said. “To be the one to have to tell them that it’s not gonna happen here is difficult, and it’s something that is inevitable. You have to go from 90 to 75 and from 75 to 53. It’s part of the job, but it’s not a fun part of the job. We make sure that every player meets with me, every player meets with his position coach, every player meets with the coordinator on their side of the ball. You try to be as human as you can with it, but it’s always a difficult time when someone’s goal is to play in this league.” Read more »

Rule Emphasis Affects Man Coverage, Benefits Eagles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Billy Davis felt like words alone couldn’t get his message across, so he reached over and grabbed the sleeve of a reporter’s shirt with his thumb and index finger.

“They’re throwing everything. They’re not playing. That one that got us off the field… [Tom] Brady to Curtis Marsh, the 3rd-and-3. I swear, it was that,” he said, barely yanking on the sleeve. “But it was that. He did it. So the flag was our’s. But it was only that. It wasn’t the pull where it moved his body. It was a feeler cloth deal. Can’t complain because we did it, but…”

Defensive coaches at the NovaCare Complex are walking a fine line. They don’t want to make excuses when asked about the new emphasis on illegal contact downfield. But they want to be honest in explaining that the job of defenders in coverage just got a whole lot more difficult.

What’s perhaps more fascinating, though, when it comes to the Eagles is how the emphasis affects the other side of the ball. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: The Maclin Scare

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It was virtually the same sequence.

Jeremy Maclin accelerated down the right sideline, planted, and got his foot caught in the turf. He crumpled to the ground and immediately grabbed for his right knee.

“It was an awkward fall. Very similar to kind of what I did last year with the knee going straight into the ground like that,” said Maclin. “I really didn’t feel anything. My momentum had stopped because I couldn’t run anymore because my leg was stuck in the ground.

“It brought back flashbacks of how it happened.”

Similar thoughts shot through his teammates’ minds.

“I was on the other side of the field. I was super nervous,” said Riley Cooper. “All the bad stuff was going through my head. I was just, ‘No, not again.’ I just felt so sorry for him. I go, ‘No, this can’t be happening.’
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Cooper, Maclin To Play; Boykin Sits

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Starting receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper will be on the field together for the first time this preseason in a game setting.

Cooper makes his preseason debut tonight against the Steelers. He has been sidelined with a foot injury. Maclin (hamstring) did not fully participate in practice this week but will give it a go. It looks like they will be working alongside Jordan Matthews. The rookie has been splitting reps in the slot with Brad Smith, who is out with a groin injury.

Brandon Boykin will not suit up because of a hamstring injury. We saw him out here jogging alongside the injured Chris Polk pregame. He pointed to the back of his right leg on a couple occasions while speaking with a trainer. Cary Williams (hamstring) will also miss the game. Williams sustained the injury on his interception return for a touchdown against the Patriots.

Polk (hamstring), Josh Huff (shoulder), Jake Knott (hamstring) and Julian Vandervelde (back) will miss the game as well.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: What We’re Watching

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles take on the Steelers tonight at 7:30 at the Linc. Here’s what we’ll be keeping an eye on:

WR situation – Riley Cooper is scheduled to see his first preseason action. The Eagles will likely ease him in, but we’ll get a sense of how Cooper’s holding up after suffering a foot injury earlier in training camp. Jeremy Maclins (hamstring) status for tonight is unknown.

And then there’s Jordan Matthews. He had nine catches vs. the Patriots, but only one came against New England’s starters. With Brad Smith likely sidelined, Matthews should get a chance to go with the first team. We’ve said all along that he’ll be the first-team slot receiver once the real games begin. He can solidify that standing with a good showing vs. Pittsburgh. Read more »

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