Foles, First-Team Offense Struggle

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CHICAGO — Not a great start for Nick Foles and company.

The first-team offense played three series in the preseason opener against the Bears. Two ended in Foles interceptions and the third a Donnie Jones punt. Not the end of the world, but certainly not what Chip Kelly was hoping for out of his starters.

Foles finished 6-of-9 for 44 yards and a pair of picks. Read more »

Maclin To Play Vs. Chicago

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

CHICAGO – Jeremy Maclin, who sat out parts of practice this week, will suit up and play tonight in the Eagles’ preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.

This will be Maclin’s first game action since the 2012 season finale. He tore his ACL last July during training camp and was sidelined for the year.

The following Eagles are out: nose tackle Bennie Logan (hamstring), cornerback Nolan Carroll II, wide receiver Riley Cooper (foot), inside linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring), wide receiver Jeff Maehl (ankle), running back Chris Polk (hamstring) and center Julian Vandervelde (back). Read more »

Chip: Starters To Play 10-15 Snaps

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly plans on having the first team on the field for 10-15 plays Friday night for the Eagles first preseason game in Chicago.

“It really depends offensively and defensively how much success you’re having,” he said. “It could be you get a couple three-and-outs and you have to go back out there but two decent drives we feel like that’s what we’re aiming for right now.”

Kelly said that he is unsure whether Jeremy Maclin (leg soreness) will go. He doesn’t anticipate that Riley Cooper (foot) will play. He would not provide any further details about the injury, only that it is a day-to-day situation. It’s been over a week since Cooper suited up.

Nolan Carroll was sidelined the past two days with what Kelly called a “muscle deal” in either his hamstring or groin. He doesn’t anticipate Carroll playing against the Bears but expects him back within a few days.
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Notes: McCoy Very High On Matthews

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Count LeSean McCoy among those impressed by what Jordan Matthews has shown in training camp to date.

The 2014 receiver draft class was largely considered one of the deepest ever. Six wideouts (Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin and Marqise Lee) were selected ahead of Matthews, but McCoy thinks the Vanderbilt product may very well be the best of the bunch. Read more »

Notes: Foles Working With Thin WR Corps

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jeremy Maclin was locked up with Cary Williams during one-on-one drills. He burst down field at full speed, planted hard, turned in and snatched the ball before going to the ground.

Maclin walked towards the sideline after the play with a bit of a limp. During the special teams drills that followed he stood at the far end of the field, at first with Billy Davis and then by himself, slowly pacing back and forth, head down. He re-joined the group for 7-on-7′s and caught a pass from Nick Foles on the first play but didn’t look quite right and promptly pulled himself out. He was a spectator the rest of the day.
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Camp Notes: Wolff And the Knee

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Earl Wolff was a full participant Sunday after sitting out team drills the previous two sessions with a sore knee. Wolff strongly hinted afterwards that it was the same right knee that sidelined him down the stretch last season.

“It was a little sore but it feels a whole lot better. I might be on a little bit of treatment. I’m feeling good, though,” said Wolff.

The second-year safety is confident that this won’t be a lingering issue.

There was some cloudiness last season when it came to Wolff’s hyperextended knee and whether he and the training staff were on the same page. There were rumblings late in the season that Wolff had been given the green light for a return but decided to hold  himself out.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say it was that. It might have been something similar to that,” Wolff said back in early January. “And it wasn’t that I didn’t want to play, I just felt like if I would have went out there, I wouldn’t have been able to play my game.”

Chip Kelly sounded like he was expecting Wolff to practice in full on Friday when he last addressed the media, but that turned out not to be the case. Prior to Sunday’s practice, Kelly phrased it this way:

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Riley Cooper In Walking Boot

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Riley Cooper was wearing a boot on his right foot when spotted outside of the NovaCare Complex Friday.

“He’s got a foot injury. It’s just a preventative thing,” said Chip Kelly. “He should be back in a couple days.”

Cooper has been sidelined since Monday with the foot ailment.

Kelly sounds optimistic that this is a short-term deal, but it does make you think about the receiver depth on this team. Kelly was asked how he feels about his reserves. Read more »

On Cooper And the DeSean Theory

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

One common theory regarding Riley Cooper is that much of his success in 2013 was made possible because of the attention DeSean Jackson received on the other side. Some are skeptical whether Cooper will be able to post similar numbers this season now that Jackson resides in D.C.

Jeremy Maclin, for one, isn’t buying it.

“I think his production came because he went out there and made plays,” said Maclin, who maintains that the only receiver in this league that draws double teams is Calvin Johnson — and that’s only on the goal line. “Obviously you have a guy on the other side who is pretty good as well but teams aren’t going to get beat by focusing on one person the whole game. That’s not how it works in this league. When people say that it baffles me.”

What can’t be denied is that Cooper — who ended with 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns last year — found himself in a whole bunch of one-on-one situations, which certainly helped his cause. According to second-year tight end Zach Ertz, that’s unlikely to change this year even without Jackson on the team. That’s because the man truly responsible for the single coverage is still on the roster. Read more »

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