Three And Out: Eagles-Seahawks Predictions

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Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas – USA Today

Player I’ll be watching

McManus: Mychal Kendricks

Russell Wilson told Philly reporters this week that teams have used a spy on him ever since he started playing football. Odds are the trend will continue Sunday. Whether Kendricks is the one who draws that particular assignment or not, he’ll be playing a critical role against Seattle.
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Wilson Vs. Kelly, Take 2

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Photo Credit: Cary Edmondson – USA Today

Russell Wilson and Chip Kelly were part of the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played.

Wisconsin and Oregon combined for over 1,100 yards of offense in the Ducks’ narrow 45-38 win back in January of 2012 that gave Kelly his first bowl victory. Wilson had 314 all-purpose yards and accounted for three of the Badgers’ touchdowns (two passing, one running). He had Wisconsin within striking distance late but time ran out on him.

Less than a month later, Wilson sat down with former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah at the Senior Bowl and promised big things for the franchise if they took a chance on him.

“At the end of the interview, you always ask for players’ numbers so you can get in touch with them — he asked for my number. And then I would get text messages from him periodically saying, ‘If the Eagles draft me, I will lead the Eagles to championships.’ You know he would send me these text messages,” Jeremiah said back in September.

“So leading up, even the day of the draft, the first day of the draft: ‘If the Eagles draft me I will lead them to championships.’ He was sending me these text messages. Well, we really liked him, and I thought there was a very real chance he was going to end up being a Philadelphia Eagle there. And then of course, Seattle ends up taking him.”

Wilson went 75th overall to the Seahawks, and has helped Seattle to a 32-12 record and a Super Bowl title since taking over. The Eagles drafted Nick Foles 13 picks later and set off on their own course, which included bringing Kelly on board as head coach the following year.

This coming Sunday, coach and quarterback will square off once again in a game that has significant playoff implications for their respective teams. Read more »

Russell Wilson Texted the Eagles During the Draft

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When Russell Wilson finished his interview with then-Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah at the Senior Bowl in 2012, he asked for Jeremiah’s phone number.

“At the end of the interview, you always ask for the player’s number so you can get in touch with them,” Jeremiah recounted during his Move the Sticks podcast on NFL.com. “He asked for my number, and then I would get text messages from him periodically saying, ‘If the Eagles draft me, I will lead the Eagles to championships.’ He would send me these text messages.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Leftovers From Davis

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis met with reporters Sunday. Below are three things that stood out.

1. We’ve written plenty in this space about the high number of snaps guys like DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin played last year. Part of that had to do with the defense’s inability to get off the field. Part of it had to do with the team’s lack of depth at certain spots. Part of it had to do with pace and style of the offense.

But going forward, Davis wants to get those guys off the field a little bit more.

“It’s something we are very concerned about,” he said. “We don’t want any of them to play all the snaps. It’s too many snaps for any one defensive player. We know we had way too many. It benefits both us and the player and DeMeco or Mychal [Kendricks] that we get a rotation in there, too. We’ll get that rotation all the time through different packages and with the addition like you touched on of some new players. It will give us a little bit more flexibility. Read more »