Foles, Eagles Add Back Shoulder Fade To Arsenal

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During a team period earlier this week, Jeremy Maclin found himself lined up one-on-one against cornerback Bradley Fletcher.

Maclin got an outside release and headed straight up the sideline, but at about 15 yards downfield, he slammed on the brakes, turned around, flashed his hands late and caught a Nick Foles pass that was already there waiting for him.

It’s the back shoulder fade – a weapon Foles, Chip Kelly and the Eagles are looking to add to their arsenal as they prepare for 2014. Read more »

McCoy Sheds Weight, Feels Quicker

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Pat Shurmur was asked a question about Matt Barkley, but his answer included a nugget on LeSean McCoy.

“The two guys that looked the most different when they got here [for training camp] were LeSean and Matt,” Shurmur said. “They got themselves ready to go.”

McCoy, 26, is coming off a career year in which he totaled 1,607 yards on the ground and averaged 5.1 YPC. He led the NFL in touches, rushing yards and yards from scrimmage.

But entering his second year in Chip Kelly’s offense, McCoy has made some changes.

“I felt last year, even the year I did have, it was based on just the guys up front really blocking well, going off of just God-given talent,” he said. “I feel like at a lighter [weight] I’m just so much more effective. I look at all my old film and see how much quicker I was. I was 210, 209. I mean, there’s a big difference. And I’m feeling like that again. I’ve always made plays, even last year I made a lot of plays, but just you know your body. You know yourself. I wanted to be a little bit more bulkier last year. Sometimes it’s like a mental thing, which it doesn’t matter.” Read more »

Lurie On Foles, Kelly And Roseman

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The message from Jeffrey Lurie was clear Wednesday afternoon: He likes the direction his franchise is headed, but he’s not ready to make any grand proclamations.

Speaking to reporters on the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex, Lurie touched on a variety of topics like Chip Kelly’s second year, Howie Roseman’s role with the organization and Nick Foles’ promise.

“He spent the whole year with our players, with the organization, with the NFL, and he’s a guy that’s always thinking, always asking why, analyzing,” Lurie said when asked how Kelly has evolved. “It’s more information for him to be better himself. And it’s a lot easier when you’re in your second year of any situation where everyone has expectations of the way you’re gonna operate – the players, his staff, everyone… in terms of you’re not installing nearly as much. You’re able to just execute. So on both ends, I think he has much more information, and he’ll use that to the best of his ability because he’s smart. And everyone around him will understand better exactly what he was trying to accomplish.” Read more »

All-22: Snag, Tempo And the Eagles

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During the early part of every Eagles practice, the robotic voice that emanates from the speakers at the NovaCare Complex announces a period called RVA, or routes versus air.

Five quarterbacks in red jerseys stand side by side in the middle of the field. Wide receivers, tight ends and running backs set up in one of five lines – three to one side, two to the other. The balls are snapped simultaneously, the receivers run their routes, and the passes are delivered without any defenders.

During one of the reps, the No. 1 receiver (closest to the sideline) takes off on a slant, but turns around at about 5 yards and faces the quarterback. The No. 2 receiver runs a corner route – upfield and then angling towards the sideline. And the No. 3 man (closest to the formation) shuffles towards the sideline near the line of scrimmage, keeping his eyes on the QB the entire time.

It’s a common passing concept called the snag – one that is utilized by teams across the league on a weekly basis.

To break down how the Eagles use it, when it works and when it doesn’t, we called on our old friend Coach Flinn, who explains this stuff as well as anyone out there. Read more »

McNabb On Foles: Be Ready For the Boos

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Donovan McNabb thinks the Eagles will repeat as NFC East champs, but he believes expectations for Nick Foles might be a tad high going into 2014.

“I’m just a little worried if he can do it for a full season,” McNabb said during a roundtable discussion on Fox Sports 1. “I’m just worried about that aspect, not so much of his health, but can you be consistent like what we saw last year? We’ve seen so many quarterbacks give us one  year of greatness, and then all of a sudden they can’t live up to the expectations. I’m not saying he can’t do that in that offense, but I think expectations are a little bit too high for Nick Foles. Read more »

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