RB, WR, TE Review: How the Eagles Used Celek

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek.Here’s a player-by-player review of how the Eagles running backs, wide receivers and tight ends performed Sunday against the Steelers.

LeSean McCoy – Numbers don’t come close to telling the whole story. McCoy had 16 carries for 53 yards (3.3 YPC) and four catches for 27 yards. Those stats don’t jump off the page, but he was outstanding. McCoy picked up 8 on a 2nd-and-1 run in the first and had a nice carry around the left edge for 6 yards. He came up huge on the fourth-quarter scoring drive. On the Eagles’ first fourth-and-one, it looked like he had nowhere to go, but McCoy picked up a first down with a great second effort. If he doesn’t make that play, the Steelers’ offense takes over at the Eagles’ 30 with 13:05, up 13-7. McCoy later converted a second fourth-and-one on the drive. He also had made safety Ryan Mundy look silly with a 6-yard run in the fourth. Great design and execution on the touchdown catch in the third. McCoy let Jason Worllds rush Michael Vick unblocked, but turned around quickly, caught the ball in the flat, put a great move on Larry Foote and got in the end zone. As a blocker, McCoy had ups and downs. He was asked to pick up Lawrence Timmons (a tough assignment) and got blown up in the first as Michael Vick threw the ball away.  McCoy whiffed on his block on the QB draw to Vick that lost 1 yard in the second. LaMarr Woodley squeezed past him and Danny Watkins in the first, hitting Vick as he completed a 12-yard strike to Jason Avant. He did a great job taking James Harrison out on the Vick pass to DeSean Jackson that picked up 25 yards in the second. Overall, a really strong performance.

Bryce Brown – He only played four snaps and battled a shoulder injury. Brown had a nice 4-yard run on 2nd-and-1 in the second. He did a poor job in blitz pickup against Timmons on a deep attempt to Jeremy Maclin in the second.

Dion Lewis – He was active for the first time all season and played three snaps (no touches). Tough to say for sure, but it looked like Lewis was late picking up Brett Kiesel as he forced Vick out of the pocket on a third-down incompletion in the third. Later, Lewis blocked no one as Timmons came untouched through the A-Gap and hit Vick on a fourth-quarter throw.

Stanley Havili – He once again was on the field more, playing 37 percent of the snaps. And Havili performed well. Just one touch – a nice 5-yard run in the first. But Havili delivered a good lead block on McCoy’s 8-yard run. And he had the linebacker pushed back in the end zone on Vick’s QB draw down near the goal line.

DeSean Jackson – Official stats have him down for eight targets, but if you remove the balls that should be considered throw-aways, that number is really six. Jackson finished with four catches for 58 yards. He picked up yards after the catch on a shallow crossing route that gained 25. And Jackson got open for a 24-yard completion on 3rd-and-10 during the final drive. I have to see the All-22, but it looked like he might have had a step deep on the early bomb that went Maclin’s way. Pass interference definitely could have been called on the bomb to Jackson in the second that fell incomplete. I really thought he had the first down on the Eagles’ 17-play drive. Reid challenged it, but the original call was upheld, costing the team a timeout it could have used later. Overall, solid game. He still does not have a drop this season.

Jeremy Maclin – He was the Eagles’ most-targeted receiver with nine balls thrown his way. Maclin finished with five catches for 39 yards, but keep in mind he also drew a 31-yard pass interference penalty in the first. He had a 10-yard grab in the red zone in the first, but couldn’t stay in bounds or he would have had a touchdown. Vick fumbled on the very next play.

Jason Avant – Finished with three catches for 34 yards. Nice 12-yard grab on 3rd-and-10 on the first drive. Nice job blocking on the McCoy 15-yard touchdown in the third. Good, tough catch over the middle for 12 yards on the 17-play drive. Interesting blocking assignment in the fourth: He and Celek double-teamed Worllds on the 24-yard completion to Jackson.

Damaris Johnson – He played four snaps but was not targeted.

Brent Celek – I was surprised he wasn’t a bigger factor in the passing game. Celek finished with three catches for 9 yards on four targets, including the 2-yard touchdown in the fourth. Part of the problem was that he stayed in to block about 34.3 percent of the time on pass plays, according to Pro Football Focus. Previously, that number was 28.1 percent (in the first four games). As a blocker, I thought Celek was outstanding. Good job on McCoy’s 8-yard run in the first. Great job in protection one-on-one vs. James Harrison on the 10-yard completion to Maclin in the red zone in the first. Great job on Harrison on McCoy’s 6-yard run in the first. And good block on McCoy’s 6-yard run in the fourth.

Clay Harbor – He played 22 snaps (39 percent) and caught the only ball thrown his way – an inside screen that picked up 8 yards, setting up the Eagles’ second touchdown. As a blocker, nice job one-on-one in pass protection against Harrison on an early bomb attempt to Maclin. And good block on McCoy’s 10-yard run in the first. Harbor was called for a false start in the first.

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Eagles Snap Counts: Havili Earns More Playing Time

Here’s a look at snap counts for the Eagles during their Week 5 loss against the Steelers. We’ll go position-by-position.

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
LeSean McCoy4681%
Stanley Havili2137%
Bryce Brown47%
Dion Lewis35%

For the first time all season, the Eagles activated Dion Lewis, but the second-year back only played three snaps and did not have a touch. He may not have seen the field at all, but Bryce Brown suffered a shoulder injury during the game. Brown had one carry for 4 yards.

Meanwhile, Stanley Havili continues to see the field more. He performed well against the Giants, playing about 38.9 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. And against the Steelers, he played about 37 percent. Expect Havili to have a role going forward.

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
Jeremy Maclin5393%
DeSean Jackson4986%
Jason Avant2951%
Damaris Johnson47%
Brent Celek5495%
Clay Harbor2239%

Riley Cooper was a bit of a surprise inactive after the Eagles listed him as probable on the injury report. However, this was not a game where the Eagles used many 4-WR sets. With an increased emphasis on pass protection, I’m not sure we’re going to see those 4-WR sets much the rest of the season. Damaris Johnson only played four snaps.

Clay Harbor, meanwhile, played 39 percent of the snaps, his highest percentage since Week 2. The Eagles only played Harbor for 11 snaps against Arizona, but clearly thought he’d be more useful against Pittsburgh.

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
Trent Cole5170%
Jason Babin5170%
Fletcher Cox4562%
Cullen Jenkins4156%
Derek Landri3142%
Cedric Thornton2940%
Darryl Tapp2332%
Brandon Graham1926%
Phillip Hunt68%

On the defensive side of the ball, it’s clear that Fletcher Cox is a backup in name only. He consistently plays more snaps than Cullen Jenkins and Derek Landri, who line up at defensive tackle with the first team.  Trent Cole and Jason Babin played a lot of snaps. Brandon Graham and Phillip Hunt continue to rotate behind Babin. This time around, Graham played 19 snaps; Hunt just six.

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
DeMeco Ryans7096%
Mychal Kendricks7096%
Jamar Chaney3649%
Casey Matthews34%

DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks came off the field for just three snaps each. Jamar Chaney got the start at WILL for an injured Akeem Jordan and played 49 percent of the snaps. Casey Matthews filled in for Kendricks, who left briefly with an injury. Matthews stayed on the field in nickel too, playing three snaps overall.

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
Nnamdi Asomugha73100%
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie73100%
Brandon Boykin3548%
Brandon Hughes11%
Nate Allen73100%
Kurt Coleman73100%

No surprises in the secondary. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nnamdi Asomugha, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman all played every snap. Brandon Boykin was on the field in nickel 48 percent of the time.

During training camp, it looked like Curtis Marsh might have more of a role on this defense, but he’s played just two snaps all season.

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All-22: Getting Shady Loose

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.The locker stalls of LeSean McCoy and Stanley Havili are right next to each other at Lincoln Financial Field. Following the win over the Giants Sunday night, one reporter mentioned Havili’s name. McCoy, within earshot, said, “He was awesome.” To which Havili replied, “Shady the Giant killer!”

There was plenty of praise to go around after a dominant second half on the ground. Here is a look at the back-to-back big gainers early in the third quarter that provided the spark. As you’ll see, Havili was in fact awesome.

The first is a 34-yard burst down the right side. The Eagles line up in the I-formation, with Brent Celek off of Todd Herremans‘ right shoulder. The Giants look to be in a base 4-3, though linebacker Michael Boley (in the blue box) has crept down to the line of scrimmage, right where the run is supposed to go.

Celek actually has double-duty on this play. He will chip Justin Tuck, lined up right in front of him, before handing him off to Herremans. He will then move to the second level to take care of Chase Blackburn, No. 93

The transfer of Tuck to Herremans is successful, and Celek is positioned perfectly to seal Blackburn off. As you can see in the shot above, all that’s left is for Havili to neutralize Boley. He does, forcing him to the outside to create a lane for McCoy to zip through. The overhead shot shows a wall of green built by the Eagles’ offensive line and Celek. McCoy properly goes inside his fullback’s block and is off to the races.

If it works, why not go back to it? On the very next play, the Eagles line up in the same formation and McCoy breaks off a 22-yarder down the right sideline that sets up a first-and-goal. (The run game would be denied three straight times on the goal line. In hindsight, some of the Eagles believe McCoy was gassed after these two runs and should have been taken out.)

The Giants are still in a 4-3 but Boley is not snug to the line here.

With Tuck lined up way outside, Celek doesn’t need to worry about the chip and heads right for Boley. Herremans will handle Tuck, so Havili is free to move upfield to try and wipe out a member of the secondary.

What happens next is very well orchestrated.

You can see that Celek has Boley locked up, Herremans is engaged with Tuck and Havili is looking upfield for someone to block. Danny Watkins does a nice job here on Rocky Bernard (No. 95). And look at Dallas Reynolds. As he moves to his right, he recognizes that Blackburn is unaccounted for and shifts to pick him up. That was key to making this a long run. So is this next block by Havili on Prince Amukumara.

That leaves one defender to beat in order to break loose, and that’s almost never a problem for McCoy.

This has been their most successful running play to date. McCoy has racked up 160 yards on 24 carries (6.7 average) when running to the right sideline. There is plenty of reason to believe they will continue to try their luck again in Pittsburgh. And they will continue to deploy Havili. McCoy, in fact, said on Friday that he believes Havili should get Pro Bowl consideration.

“Ah, he’s just talking. You know Shady,” said Havili. “I have a lot of room for improvement.”

 

 

 

All-22: What We Saw From the Eagles’ Offense

Before we get started, thanks to everyone for the kind words in the comments, through e-mail and via Twitter. It’s been an amazing few days for the Kapadia family.

Also, a HUGE thank you is in order for T-Mac, who’s been flying solo and killing it with his Eagles-Giants coverage all week. Tim’s got a five-month old at home. Now I get to rack his brain about important topics, like how to get off diaper duty.

While I still am taking a couple days to get back into the swing of things, I did get a chance to take a look at the All-22 of Sunday night’s game. Here’s what I saw out of the offense.

Play 1: Last week, we talked a lot about how the Eagles’ game-plan against the Cardinals focused on downfield passes that required extended pass protection. Against the Giants? Adjustments. Take this second-quarter play, for example. Giants linebacker Michael Boley comes unblocked on a blitz.


Against Arizona, often in these situations, wide receivers would have their backs to the quarterback, making their way downfield, and Michael Vick would have to escape the pocket. Here, he finds Damaris Johnson, who is wide open.


Initially a 6-yard completion, but the rookie wide receiver makes a move towards the sideline, and suddenly the Eagles have a 17-yard gain. Good read, good throw by Vick. Good move after the catch by Johnson. And good design by Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg.

Play 2: I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say DeSean Jackson is playing some of the best football of his career. Think the Giants were worried about him getting deep? Take a look at the attention he draws on this first-quarter play (right of the screen).


Not one, not two, but three Giants defenders are around Jackson deep downfield. That leaves three Eagles open on one side of the field. However, Demetress Bell got beaten badly by Jason Pierre-Paul on the play, and Vick had to scramble to the other side for 3 yards. But just another example of how Jackson can open things up for his teammates.

Play 3: A lot to like about the Jackson touchdown in the second quarter. First of all, the overall concept is one that can work for this team on a weekly basis. The Giants send seven defenders after Vick. But the Eagles keep eight players in to block.


Only Jackson and Jeremy Maclin go out into pass routes. They were going up against three Giants defenders in the secondary. Stevie Brown (No. 27) has to hang out near the line of scrimmage in case Stanley Havili or Brent Celek goes out into a route. Overall, good protection. Below, check out where Jackson is when Vick releases the ball.


The safety is over the top to help, but the far side of the field is wide open, so he can’t cheat over early. Jackson runs a terrific route, making the cornerback look silly, and heads to the left corner of the end zone. Also, an excellent throw by Vick. He gets rid of the ball before Jackson is actually open. Great execution all around.

Play 4: A lot of talk about Maclin only having one catch (on three targets) for 7 yards. Reid offered his thoughts yesterday, but the game tape shows there were at least a few occasions where Maclin was open, but didn’t get the ball. Take a look at this 3rd-and-11 play early in the second quarter.


Maclin is open at the top of your screen (red box), with the corner back-pedaling. But Vick chooses to go to Jackson on the other side of the field. Not a terrible decision. He had some space too, but Vick’s throw was a little off-target because he had an unblocked blitzer hitting him as he threw.

Play 5: Another chance with Maclin. Here, Vick scrambles to his right, but look at who’s streaking down the sideline behind the defense, open for a potential touchdown.


These frames are from when Vick is just about to cross the line of scrimmage. Not an easy throw on the move, but then again, not a high-risk throw either, considering how much open space Maclin is working with. From another angle:


You can see Maclin’s got his hand up, calling for the ball. The Eagles ended up with the game-winning field goal on the drive, so maybe I’m nit-picking.

Play 6: Vick’s taken plenty of heat for holding onto the ball too long in the past. But there is also sometimes a downside to getting rid of it quickly. On this fourth-quarter play, Maclin gets open deep. But Vick has pressure from both defensive ends, steps up and takes a safe throw to Havili for 7 yards.


Let me be clear. Vick did nothing wrong here. It was first down in a tight game, the offense picked up 7, and he didn’t get hit. That’s a win. However, as you can see, Maclin’s route takes him to the sideline. Yes, there was safety help, but Vick would have definitely had a window to hit on a big play (maybe even a touchdown) had he been able to buy time, or had the protection been better.

As for Maclin, Eagles fans (and fantasy owners!) should not be worried. Had three different plays gone a little bit differently, we’d be talking about what a great game he had. He’ll get plenty of looks going forward, and even though he was coming off an injury, Maclin got open on several occasions in this one.

Play 7: A perfect example of how play-action can work in the third quarter. On the Eagles’ opening drive of the second half, they ran the ball down the Giants’ throats. LeSean McCoy had runs of 34 and 22 yards, respectively. On the next drive, the Eagles ran play-action on 2nd-and-10.

After the play-fake, two linebackers and a safety rush towards the line of scrimmage, leaving all kinds of open space for Celek. Vick makes one of his easiest throws of the day for a 27-yard completion.

Play 8: You really have to feel for back-side defenders who play against McCoy. Take a look at this fourth-quarter run.


McCoy’s going straight ahead, right? Look at that huge running lane. No back in his right mind would cut outside Jason Pierre-Paul in this situation.


The man sees things. McCoy has made a habit of making backside defensive ends look silly by reversing field or making one extra cut-back. Sometimes on these plays, he gambles and loses yardage. But often times, he picks up huge chunks – 13 yards in this case.

Play 9: For as good as McCoy was, am I crazy to say there were probably some plays he left on the field? For instance, this 4-yard run from the Giants’ 8 on the Eagles’ final drive looked like it was headed for the end zone.


McCoy is basically one-on-one with cornerback Prince Amukamara. That’s a matchup the Eagles will take every time. But Amukamara does a nice job slowing McCoy down and gets some help to stop him short of the end zone.

And finally, some other things I noticed:

* One bright spot here is that the offensive line did not play particularly well, yet the Eagles didn’t get greedy and put together a game-plan that made sense. In other words, they can win a lot of games with this formula the rest of the way.

* I thought Bell was very up-and-down. I’m not ready to say he’s clearly a better a option than a healthy King Dunlap. Also thought Todd Herremans was way too inconsistent Sunday night, particularly in the first half.

* Vick really played a good game. So far on the season, two pretty good games (throw Baltimore in there) and two poor ones (Cleveland and Arizona).

* The question at Lehigh was whether Havili could be an effective lead blocker in the run game. The answer Sunday night appeared to be yes. Good job on McCoy’s 34-yard run, and great effort on his 22-yard run. Probably not a bad idea to get him in the mix a little bit more.

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RB, WR, TE Review: Examining McCoy’s Role

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.Here is a player-by-player look at how the Eagles running backs, wide receivers and tight ends performed against the Cardinals, after having re-watched the game. Click here for other game reviews.

LeSean McCoy – Let’s start with the gameplan. Consider the following:

* In Week 2, the Cardinals’ defense allowed one touchdown drive against Tom Brady and the Patriots. And that came late in the fourth quarter.

* The Eagles were starting a left tackle in Demetress Bell, whom they didn’t think was good enough to dress two weeks ago.

* They had a center in Dallas Reynolds who was making his first NFL start after spending three seasons on the practice squad.

* They were without Jeremy Maclin at wide receiver.

Throw in that Michael Vick had six interceptions and three fumbles in the first three games, along with the fact that the Cardinals had a shut-down corner in Patrick Peterson, and it’s virtually impossible to figure out why Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg decided the gameplan would focus on big plays downfield.

McCoy had just four first-half carries for 15 yards. Overall, he finished with 13 for 70, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Those are encouraging numbers, considering the Eagles have lost Jason Peters and Jason Kelce, two of their key cogs in the run game. The Eagles tried to get the ball downfield off play-action passes, something the Patriots had success with the week before. But in this one, Cardinals defenders weren’t fooled at all, and Vick would often have guys in his face as soon as he turned around on those slow-developing plays.

McCoy also had three catches for 8 yards. The Eagles have gotten nothing from their screen game.

And he had ups and downs as a blocker. On pass plays, McCoy was asked to stay in and block 56.8 percent of the time, per Pro Football Focus. In the first two games, that number was just 25.6 percent. Vick clearly expected him to block Kerry Rhodes on the fumble at the end of the first half.

Bryce Brown – With Dion Lewis once again inactive, it’s clear that Brown is this team’s backup running back. And he had his best showing Sunday, carrying four times for 28 yards, including a nice 17-yard pickup, his longest of the season. Brown was targeted twice, dropping one and making an 8-yard grab on the other. I’m not sure why he was on the field at the end of the half on second down near the goal line. Clearly, the Eagles were going to ask their back to block in that situation. McCoy, Chris Polk and Stanley Havili all have a leg up on Brown in that aspect. Overall, he played 10 snaps.

Stanley Havili – He played 12 snaps. No touches for Havili, but he had a solid lead block on McCoy’s 7-yard run in the second.

Brent Celek – He finished with two catches for 36 yards on six targets. Celek picked up yards after the catch on the 34-yard grab in the first. He got laid out by Rhodes on a deep ball over the middle in the second. As I explained in yesterday’s post, Celek had some issues in pass protection that led to Vick getting hit. Overall, he was asked to block more than usual. On pass plays, Celek stayed in 36.8 percent of the time, compared to 25.8 percent the first two weeks. Good block by Celek on Brown’s 17-yard run in the third. Only Calvin Johnson (9) has more catches of 20+ yards than Celek (7).

Clay Harbor – I have a difficult time figuring out why he played fewer snaps Sunday than the first two games. Considering the questions on the Eagles’ offensive line and the likelihood of the Cardinals blitzing, I figured Harbor would be used quite a bit to help keep Vick clean. But I was wrong. He only played 11 snaps. Harbor couldn’t finish his trap block on Sam Acho on Brown’s 3-yard run in the first. He was not targeted. I’ll have to take a look at the All-22 tomorrow, but it sure looked like Harbor was open in the end zone on second down before the game-changing fumble at the end of the first half.

DeSean Jackson – He finished with three catches for 43 yards on 10 targets. The Eagles wanted to get him the ball deep in the first half, but were unsuccessful. Jackson’s longest reception was 16 yards. The offense has had success all season long having him run intermediate routes outside the numbers. If defenses are going to play their safeties deep, I think the Eagles need to take advantage of these more. T-Mac wrote about a couple specific plays yesterday – one where Jackson complained to the ref and another where he got stopped short of a touchdown at the 1. My take? Maybe I’m nuts, but I really feel like he could have caught the deep ball had he finished his route and not complained to the official. If he comes down with that, it has a chance to be a 94-yard touchdown. I have no problem with the other play. Jackson is small, and he’s had two concussions. I don’t think he would have dragged Rhodes into the end zone. I’m fine with him getting down and protecting himself on catches over the middle. Jackson has not had a drop in three games.

Damaris Johnson – Up-and-down game. He obviously had the costly fumble on the punt return, setting up a Cardinals touchdown. He’s been unimpressive on special teams. Johnson had some good moments as a receiver, specifically on the crossing pattern where he spun away from a defender and picked up 26 yards. Overall, Johnson finished with five catches for 84 yards on 11 targets. Also, great hustle on the Vick fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Johnson sprinted downfield and nearly drew a block in the back penalty before James Sanders scored.

Jason Avant – The Eagles used three receivers or more all game long. Avant, Johnson and Jackson all played at least 88 percent of the snaps. Again, I’m surprised they didn’t use more two tight-end sets in this one. Avant had three catches for 38 yards on four targets. He made a nice 13-yard grab with a defender all over him in the second. And another nice 17-yard grab in the third.

Mardy Gilyard – He played six snaps as the fourth receiver. No targets.

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RB, WR, TE Review: Inside Celek’s Big Day

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek.Here’s a review of the Eagles’ running backs, wide receivers and tight ends after having re-watched Sunday’s win against the Ravens. Click here for the offensive line review.

LeSean McCoyMarty Mornhinweg called a great game. The Eagles had 16 passes and 19 runs in the first half. They finished with 38 called passes and 34 called runs. McCoy’s numbers were not eye-popping: 25 carries for 81 yards (3.2 YPC). But it looked like he made the most of his opportunities against a tough Ravens defense. We’ve discussed the loss of Jason Peters. But Jason Kelce is a key to this team’s rushing attack. Losing him definitely hurt. McCoy fumbled for the second time in as many games. That has to stop. He only fumbled once on 273 carries last season. McCoy had a nice 7-yard run in the second and produced a great individual effort, making people miss with a 20-yard gain later in the quarter. He also had a good 11-yard run in the fourth. As a blocker, McCoy had ups and downs. He did just enough in blitz pickup to give Vick time to find Brent Celek for 23 yards on the first play from scrimmage. He completely missed on his chip in the third, allowing Dannell Ellerbee to sack Vick. In the fourth, he had a couple of tremendous blocks. One on the safety and another on Ray Lewis, allowing Vick to take off for 8 yards. McCoy had two catches for 8 yards. He dropped a third-down pass from Vick. McCoy played 86 percent of the offensive snaps, the exact same number as last season.

Bryce Brown – Brown has talent, but looks like a guy who hasn’t played much football the past three seasons. He was on the field for eight snaps and had three carries for 7 yards. From this perspective, the botched exchange that resulted in a fumble was on Brown. As a blocker, he missed a blitz pickup, but Vick stepped up and hit Celek.

Stanley Havili – He played 21 percent of the snaps, more than last week. Havili had two carries for 1 yard. He had a nice lead block on McCoy’s 4th-and-1 carry in the red zone in the first. In protection, Havili was OK in blitz pickup on third down in the fourth. He initially slowed down the linebacker off the edge, but then allowed a hit on Vick.

DeSean Jackson – Don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say he’s playing some of the best football of his career. Consider this: Vick threw to Jackson eight times. Seven of those were completions for 114 yards. Jackson is not just running go-routes. He had a nice 17-yard grab on a Vick sprint-out in the first. He had a 10-yard catch on 3rd-and-4 in the second. He got open on an 8-yard out on 3rd-and-6 in the third. He held on for a 49-yard bomb with Ed Reed closing in the fourth. And he had a 14-yard catch to get the final drive started. If you watch the replay, check out the reaction of the defensive players after Jackson caught the 49-yarder. They were going nuts on the sideline. Jackson only came off the field for eight snaps. I’m guessing he opened things up for Celek too. I’ll take a look at that when the All-22 is released Wednesday.

Jeremy Maclin – He toughed it out and started before suffering a hip contusion while blocking for Celek in the third. Maclin was only targeted once, but it was a big one, as he came up with a 23-yard touchdown catch. In a matter of one or two seconds, Maclin made the decision to get down so that his knees would be in bounds. The Eagles might want to give him next week off so that he can heal up. We’ll see as the week goes on though.

Jason Avant – He had two balls thrown his way and caught both of them. Avant’s great hands were on display as he snatched a 16-yard pass from Vick in the first. He also made a nice 17-yard grab in the fourth.

Damaris Johnson – He played 22 snaps. Johnson lined up in the backfield and looked good, picking up 6 yards and a first down on a run around the left end in the first. He only had one ball thrown his way, but it was a 13-yard gain where he beat 2011 first-round pick Jimmy Smith.

Mardy Gilyard – He was active, but played special teams only.

Brent Celek – Guess which tight end led the NFL in yards after the catch last season. Rob Gronkowski? Nope. Jimmy Graham? Try again. It was Celek. And that ability was on display once again Sunday. Celek had a career game with eight catches for 157 yards. And by my count, 67 of those yards were after the catch. The first defender is rarely able to bring him down, and Celek has been a weapon in the Eagles’ passing game since the sixth game of the 2011 season. Great effort on a 19-yard catch and run on 3rd-and-20 in the first. Later, he almost had his helmet knocked off by Bernard Pollard, but held on to the ball as the crowd went nuts. In general, I’m anti-hurdle, but Celek’s leap over Ed Reed worked perfectly. And his teammates loved it. If you watch the replay, check out their reaction on the sideline. Celek stood up and took the blame for Vick’s second interception. He’s the kind of teammate who would do that regardless, but if you watch the replay, Celek had Lewis on his left, so Vick had to throw it high to the other side. The ball bounced off of Celek’s hand and was picked off by Reed. Celek had a lot of good moments as a blocker, mixed in with a couple miscues. Let’s start with the good. Nice job in protection on Vick’s 10-yard completion to Jackson. Nice block on McCoy’s 7-yard run. Good job on McCoy’s 9-yard run in the third. And again on McCoy’s 5-yard run. Celek did a good job on McCoy’s 6-yard run as well. On the flip side, he missed his block on a Havili run that went for no gain. There was confusion in the third as safety James Ihedigbo went right past him and dropped McCoy for a 2-yard loss. Overall, outstanding game for Celek.

Clay Harbor – He played a lot (36 snaps, 45 percent). Harbor had one catch – a 19-yard grab on the final drive. He held up well as a blocker too. Specifically, Harbor did a good job on McCoy’s 5-yard run in the third.

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Eagles Snap Counts: Forget About the LB Rotation

Here’s a look at snap counts for the Eagles during their Week 2 win over the Ravens. We’ll go position-by-position.

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
LeSean McCoy6986%
Bryce Brown810%
Stanley Havili1721%

Why these are so useful: During the game, I would have bet that the Eagles spelled LeSean McCoy quite a bit. It sure seemed that way, especially early. But really, he played the same percentage of snaps as always. Last year, McCoy was on the field for 86.1 percent of the snaps. Against the Ravens? Also 86 percent. When he came out, Bryce Brown replaced him, but Brown only played eight snaps. He had three carries for 7 yards and fumbled one exchange from Michael Vick.

Meanwhile, fullback Stanley Havili played 21 percent of the snaps. That’s slightly more than he played last week (19 percent) and more than Owen Schmitt played last year (15.8 percent).

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
DeSean Jackson7290%
Jason Avant5670%
Jeremy Maclin4354%
Damaris Johnson2228%
Brent Celek7695%
Clay Harbor3645%

DeSean Jackson rarely came off the field, playing 72 snaps or 90 percent of the game. Jackson had seven catches for 114 yards. Vick only threw incomplete once when throwing in Jackson’s direction. Maclin, meanwhile, battled the hip pointer and played 54 percent of the snaps. He had just one catch, but it was a big one – the 23-yard touchdown in the third. Jason Avant filled in, playing 70 percent of the snaps. And Damaris Johnson played 22 snaps, or 28 percent of the game. That was an increase from last week (14 percent). He had one catch for 13 yards.

Brent Celek took some big hits, but they didn’t faze him, as the tight end played 76 snaps (95 percent). He was Vick’s go-to target, catching eight balls for 157 yards. The Eagles played with two tight ends quite a bit as Clay Harbor was on the field for 36 snaps (45 percent). Taking away Week 17 of the 2010 season when the Eagles sat their starters, this was the second-highest percentage of snaps for Harbor in his career. He had one catch on two targets for 19 yards.

On the offensive line, center Dallas Reynolds played 37 snaps (46 percent) after coming in for Jason Kelce. Demetress Bell played 35 snaps (44 percent) filling in for King Dunlap.

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
Trent Cole4869%
Jason Babin4463%
Fletcher Cox5173%
Derek Landri3753%
Cullen Jenkins3246%
Cedric Thornton2231%
Darryl Tapp2231%
Phillip Hunt1521%
Brandon Graham913%

Fletcher Cox played more snaps than any other defensive lineman, although I believe Cullen Jenkins got banged-up in the second half, leaving the Eagles a bit thin at DT. Cox finished with five tackles, including one for loss. Cole and Babin (69 percent and 63 percent, respectively) played defensive end with the first group. As I’ll probably point out every week, while Juan Castillo says the team has eight starters, some defensive linemen will play more than others. Brandon Graham played nine snaps after playing just four in Week 1. To his credit, he looked very active when he got a chance. Phillip Hunt saw just six more snaps than Graham.

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
DeMeco Ryans70100%
Mychal Kendricks70100%
Akeem Jordan3753%

Did someone say three-down linebackers? Forget about the rotation – for now. DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks are playing too well. Neither came off the field Sunday against the Ravens – at all. They both played all 70 snaps. Akeem Jordan, meanwhile, played 37 snaps (53 percent). The Eagles were in their base defense much more than Week 1 when Jordan played 32 percent of the snaps.

 
Overall Snaps
Snap %
Nnamdi Asomugha70100%
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie6491%
Brandon Boykin3347%
Brandon Hughes69%
Nate Allen70100%
Kurt Coleman70100%

Nnamdi Asomugha, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman all played the entire game. I remember giving McManus a nudge when Rodgers-Cromartie came off the field. I’m not sure what the reason was, but Brandon Hughes replaced him on six snaps. Brandon Boykin came up big on the final drive. He played 33 snaps (47 percent), down from 63 percent in Week 1, as the Ravens used fewer three-receiver sets.

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All-22: What We Learned About the Eagles’ Offense

Here are observations on the Eagles’ offense after having looked at the All-22 coaches’ tape.

If you missed the take on the defense, click here.

Play 1: Let’s start with the good for a change, shall we? Michael Vick’s best throw of the game was the 46-yard completion to Jeremy Maclin down the left sideline near the end of the first quarter. Perhaps what was most encouraging was that Maclin wasn’t really open when Vick threw the ball.

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin

As you can see, when Vick decides to target Maclin, the cornerback has a step on him. But Maclin and DeSean Jackson are talented receivers, capable of winning one-on-one against most of the league’s defensive backs. The great quarterbacks trust their receivers and let them make plays. That’s what Vick did here.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

We sometimes take for granted the skill level, speed and timing of these players. Look at where Maclin is when he finally ends up catching the ball. He’s more than 25 yards away from where he was when Vick first let go of the ball. But the pass landed right in his hands, even though the cornerback was just a step behind and the safety was closing. Just a great pass and great execution from quarterback and receiver.

Play 2: Ok, now we get to the interceptions. Bad things happen when Vick throws across his body. But on the first pick, he probably could have completed the pass had he looked for McCoy.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

As you can see, McCoy had no defenders around him. Even if Vick is off-target, it’s just an incompletion. But he thought he could get the ball to Brent Celek, who was at the 39-yard-line. The result, of course, was an interception. The discouraging thing here is that Vick made pretty much the same play two more times later in the game, even though neither of those throws resulted in a turnover.

Play 3: A lot of people made the point that on Vick’s third-quarter interception, he was late with the football. The All-22 would seem to back that up.

Philadelphia Eagles TE Clay Harbor.

Harbor makes his break at the Browns’ 46. It looks like there’s a window there for Vick to get him the ball. The circled player at the Eagles’ 49 is Browns linebacker L.J. Fort. As you can see, he’s in no position to pick the pass off when Harbor first makes his cut. But Vick held onto the ball, Fort made his read, closed and came away with the interception.

Play 4: LeSean McCoy fumbled just once all of last season. But he was stripped on his first carry of 2012. McCoy makes highlight-reel plays all the time by reversing field and never giving up on plays. But it sure looked like he had a big running lane had he followed fullback Stanley Havili on this one.

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.

Jason Kelce did a good job on the defensive tackle, and King Dunlap had the defensive end blocked. Havili was in position to help Dunlap if necessary. There was no one else to block. It looked like McCoy had a lot of running room through the initial hole.

As I mentioned in the previous post, this is of course easy for me to say, watching the game in slow motion four days later. Players are expected to make split-second reads and decisions. McCoy went on to have a great game, carrying 20 times for 110 yards.

Plays 5: When the Eagles gave Jackson a contract extension this offseason, there was a lot of talk about his production, and specifically, whether he did things that don’t show up in the box score. A couple plays from Week 1 would suggest that’s absolutely the case.

The first is a 3rd-and-15 play. Jackson lines up in the slot, which he did 10.4 percent of the time last year, according to Pro Football Focus. He made a subtle move outside after going about 10 yards in his route, and then continued downfield. Jackson never got open, but look at all the attention he attracts from Browns defenders.

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson

When Vick finally decides to take off (the line of scrimmage was the Eagles’ 21), the middle of the field is wide open. Jeremy Maclin (bottom of the screen) ran a deep out. And so did Jason Avant (top of the screen). The arrow points to Jackson, who has two defenders in front of him. The Browns also have two defensive backs behind him. There’s not a single defender inside the numbers within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage.

Of course, NFL players can make up ground quickly, and Vick ended up just picking up the first down with a 16-yard run.

Play 6: One more where Jackson didn’t have a catch, but had an impact. It was the 18-yard touchdown to Maclin at the end of the first half.

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson.

Interesting concept here. The Eagles kept eight players in to block. Maclin lined up out wide to the right of the formation, and Jackson was in the slot. Vick delivered a little pump fake in Jackson’s direction (middle of the field, at the 15-yard-line). That got the safety (circled) to bite, and you can see all the attention Jackson attracted, with three defenders around him. Maclin made his move, and Vick delivered a bullet to him in the back of the end zone for the score. Consider this: The Eagles had two receivers going up against seven Browns defenders in coverage, and they were still able to make a play.

EXTRA POINTS

* There seems to be a debate about who’s to blame for all the hits Vick takes: The quarterback? The offensive line? Or the coaches? I’m not sure why we have to pick just one. Vick played a bad game. He was late with throws. He left the pocket at times when he didn’t have to. And he made bad decisions. We’ve already discussed how the coaching staff and the game-planning had something to do with that.

But let’s not allow the offensive line to get off the hook. There were specific plays where Vick stood in the pocket, delivered the ball on time and took big hits because of poor protection.

One was an 18-yard strike to Jackson. The throw had to be perfect, and it was. Browns cornerback Joe Haden was all over the wide receiver. Vick took a hit on the play, but he did not hold onto the ball too long. He delivered on time. The problem? Bryce Brown missed his block, and Todd Herremans left his man to help the running back.

Later, Vick hit Jackson for a 35-yard completion. Again, Vick was on time with his throw. He let go of the ball as soon as Jackson was coming out of his break. The Eagles even kept seven guys in to block, and the Browns only rushed five. Jason Kelce and Danny Watkins initially double-teamed defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, but Watkins left to help Brent Celek. Kelce left too. Rubin, arguably the Browns’ best defensive lineman, literally had no one blocking him as he rushed up the middle and nailed Vick. That’s not on the quarterback.

* Havili looked good as a lead blocker when given the opportunity.

* In some eyes, this will count for nothing, but others will appreciate it. Vick’s effort to chase down Haden and make the tackle after the interception that bounced off Maclin’s hand was unbelievable. Had Vick not hustled and made the play, Haden would have had just one man to beat and could have very easily scored. The Browns ended up settling for a field goal on the drive. Again, tackling opposing cornerbacks after interceptions is not high on the list of things you look for out of your quarterback. But there’s a reason Vick’s teammates like playing with him.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Look At the 2011 Draft Class

General consensus seems to be that you should wait at least three years before evaluating a draft class.

But considering the Eagles released their 2011 second-round pick, Jaiquawn Jarrett, yesterday, now seems like a good time to at least assess how each of the team’s 11 picks is doing.

Danny Watkins (1st round, 23rd overall): It took him awhile to get on the field as a rookie. The Eagles started journeyman Kyle DeVan over Watkins for four games last season. When he did get on the field, Watkins produced mixed results and probably had more struggles in pass protection than any of the four other linemen. The offseason was supposed to really help him, but Watkins had issues in the opener. It was only one game, but the expectation is for him to at least develop into a reliable, above-average starter in 2012.

Jaiquawn Jarrett (2nd round, 54th overall): As I mentioned yesterday, most draft analysts thought Jarrett was a good prospect coming out of Temple. Last year, at one point, the Eagles thought Jarrad Page was a better option at safety. Jarrett didn’t get onto the field until the starters ahead of him went down with injuries. This offseason, the coaches never publicly voiced that Jarrett was showing great improvement. At no point was he in contention for a starting job, and Jarrett had a terrible first preseason game, filling in for Nate Allen. Think about this: The team has decided that David Sims – someone whom the Browns were ready to release, and someone who has never played an NFL snap – is a better option right now than Jarrett, who has been working with Eagles coaches for the past 14 months. In other words, if they saw any signs that Jarrett was getting it, they would have kept him. Instead, he is gone.

Curtis Marsh (3rd round, 90th overall): He’s largely an unknown, but the potential appears to be there with Marsh. When healthy, he’ll be the team’s primary backup at left and right cornerback. Marsh had a strong preseason, and if either Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t back with the team in 2013, he’ll get a chance to start. If both guys are back, Marsh will continue to get a chance to be the first backup.

Casey Matthews (4th round, 116th overall): Given that the Eagles didn’t feel like Watkins or Jarrett were ready to start last season, I’m not sure why they decided Matthews would be just fine as the team’s middle linebacker. We all know how that experiment turned out. On the flip side, Matthews kept working, and by the end of the season, he was flashing his potential in sub packages. He’s battled injuries this summer and was only used on special teams in Week 1, but Matthews could see a more prominent role at some point in 2012.

Alex Henery (4th round, 120th overall): Not sure exactly what to make of Henery at this point. Let’s just see how this season shakes out.

Dion Lewis (5th round, 149th overall): Didn’t get much of a chance to play as a rookie. And now when he gets healthy, he’ll have to hold off Bryce Brown as LeSean McCoy’s backup. Chris Polk is on the roster too. Lewis had a good summer and looked like he could be a playmaker in the screen game. If the coaches are serious about getting McCoy some rest this season, Lewis will get a shot to prove himself.

Julian Vandervelde (5th round, 161st overall): He had a poor preseason, was let go and landed on the Bucs’ practice squad. The Eagles are thin at guard/center, and it says something that they went with perennial practice-squad guy Dallas Reynolds over Vandervelde. Reynolds’ comfort level at center clearly gave him the edge to be Jason Kelce’s backup.

Jason Kelce (6th round, 191st overall): Right now, you’d have to say he’s the best of this class. Kelce started from Week 1 last year and showed steady improvement as a rookie. He’s been given more responsibility in terms of pre-snap calls this season and was excellent as a run blocker against the Browns. He still needs to improve, but has flashed potential. The expectation is for Kelce to be the team’s center for years to come.

Brian Rolle (6th round, 193rd overall): He played WILL as a rookie, and while Rolle made mistakes and missed tackles, he also looked like a playmaker. But a couple weeks ago, he lost the starting job to Akeem Jordan and was a special-teams player in Week 1. Chances are the Eagles will shuffle up the linebacker situation at some point in the coming weeks and months, so look for Rolle to get another chance for playing time.

Greg Lloyd (7th round, 237th overall): He was dealt to the Colts during training camp.

Stanley Havili (7th round, 240th overall): He’s probably the sleeper of the group. Havili spent 2011 on the practice squad, but had a strong summer and won the fullback job. The question with Havili has been whether he can hold up as a lead blocker, but he looked pretty good in that aspect Sunday. His ceiling is definitely higher now than it was a month ago.

WHAT YOU MISSED

As I mentioned above, the Eagles let Jarrett go and signed wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. T-Mac’s got details.

Back when Jarrett was drafted, most analysts thought he was a good prospect.

I knocked out a series of game reviews. The first focused on how the Eagles used Nnamdi Asomugha and the defensive backs. The second detailed strong outings from DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. And the third was about the defensive line, which was led by Jason Babin. For all the Eagles game reviews from Week 1, click here.

And finally, in case you missed the debut of Birds 24/7 Radio on 97.5 The Fanatic, it’s available for download on iTunes.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

The Ravens took care of the Bengals Monday night. Some interesting notes on their performance from Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun:

The Ravens went no-huddle on 21 of 58 snaps, an indicator it’s no passing fancy. They were in the shotgun 15 times. Tight end Dennis Pitta, who had a career-high 73 receiving yards, was on the field for 44 plays while Ed Dickson played 39 snaps. Often in double-tight-end formations and three-wide-receiver looks. Left guard Ramon Harewood and rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele never left the field and held up solidly in starting debuts.

The no-huddle note is of particular interest, considering how the Eagles like to rotate defensive linemen in and out of the game.

Good job by DeSean Jackson spending 9/11 at Fort Dix and donating $50,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. CSNPhilly.com has video detailing Jackson’s off day.

Tommy Lawlor’s detailed game review over on IgglesBlitz.com is always worth a read. On Michael Vick:

My biggest issue with him is that he made poor decisions and/or played slow. Guys would come open, Vick would see them, and then he’d throw the ball. By that time, defenders would either have the player covered or would be on the way. If this was 2009, I’d understand. Vick started 25 games over the last 2 years. He is a veteran QB. You must anticipate plays and throw the ball when the player is about to be open or is just coming open. You cannot wait until he is wide open and then throw. That’s too late.

And finally, Tim wrote yesterday about Vick being mic’d up Sunday. The footage he mentioned is now on YouTube so I embedded it below.

COMING UP

The Eagles are back at Novacare to get ready for Sunday’s home opener against the Ravens. Andy Reid meets with the media, and we’ll also hear from players. By the way, the Eagles are 3-point favorites in this matchup. The game will be broadcast on CBS at 1 p.m. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf have the call.

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RB, WR, TE Game Review: McCoy Shines Once Again

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.Earlier, I posted the game review of the Eagles offensive line.

Here’s what I saw from the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Browns.

I’ll post a lengthier piece on Michael Vick later this week after watching the All-22 tape. And defensive game reviews will come on Tuesday.

LeSean McCoy – Where would the Eagles be without him? McCoy played 81 of 95 snaps and carried 20 times for 110 yards even though he didn’t have Jason Peters blocking for him. He added six catches for 26 yards, although the offense wasn’t very productive in the screen game. McCoy had plenty left in the fourth quarter, rushing eight times for 55  yards (6.9 YPC) in the final 15 minutes. The numbers could have been even better. McCoy had multiple runs and a 24-yard catch called back because of penalties. He was good in short yardage, delivering great effort to pick up a first on 3rd-and-1 in the third. And he came through as a blocker. McCoy picked up the blitz on Vick’s 4-yard completion to Jeremy Maclin in the second. He did so again on Vick’s 28-yard completion to Brent Celek . The only negative for McCoy was the first-quarter fumble. He’s always carried the ball away from his body, but since McCoy only had one fumble on 273 carries last year, no one complained.

 Tremendous overall game.

Stanley Havili – He played 18 snaps and had a couple really good moments. No offensive touches or targets for Havili, but he threw a nice lead block on McCoy’s 4-yard run in the first. And again on 4th-and-1 on the final drive. Remember, that was the biggest question with him this preseason. He looked capable in Week 1.

Bryce Brown – He played just eight snaps and had two carries for 3 yards. I’m not quite sure why the Eagles gave him the ball instead of McCoy with the game on the line before the Clay Harbor touchdown, but Andy Reid defended the call today, saying the team has scored on that play in the past. Brown missed his blitz pickup against the linebacker and gave up a hit on Vick in the first. Still looks very shaky to me in that aspect. Likely the reason he didn’t play more.

Chris Polk –  He was active, but did not get any snaps on offense.
DeSean Jackson – I thought he really played a solid game. Jackson made several tough catches that he would not have made last year. Nice grab for 15 yards on a high throw from Vick in the first. Nice job of going up and getting the football for an 18-yard gain vs. cornerback Joe Haden in the first. Jackson broke a Haden tackle for a 35-yard gain. And on the final drive, he made a nice 9-yard grab on a high throw from Vick, with Haden on his back. He even made sure Haden didn’t intercept Vick in the end zone on the final drive. Overall, four catches for 77 yards on six targets against a tough corner.

Jeremy Maclin – Strange game for Maclin. He led the Eagles with seven catches for 96 yards, but needed 14 targets to rack up those numbers. The two catches – a 46-yarder and an 18-yarder – at the end of the first half were big. On the touchdown, the Eagles actually kept eight guys in to block. Maclin and Jackson were the only two receivers in pass routes, going up against seven Browns defenders. Obviously a breakdown in the Cleveland ‘D’ that allowed Maclin to get open. He drew a couple flags – one on a pick and the other for holding. Maclin also had a ball bounce off his hand on the Haden interception. Not a good throw, but he had a shot at it. We’ll see if the hip injury keeps him out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Impressive that he was able to get through the whole game with the injury.



Jason Avant – Relatively quiet game for the veteran, who suffered a wrist contusion at some point. He had four catches on five targets for 27 yards, including a nice one-handed grab in the first. Avant is the Eagles’ best blocking wide receiver and did an outstanding job on McCoy’s 22-yard run in the second.

Damaris Johnson – He played 13 snaps, although that number could jump in Week 2 if Maclin or Avant can’t go on Sunday. Johnson played in 4-WR sets and also spelled Maclin when he left the game. He converted a third down on his only grab for 10 yards and was targeted twice.



Brent Celek – He’s never missed an NFL game and came off the field for just six snaps in this one. Celek finished with four catches for 65 yards on eight targets. His 17-yard catch and run on the final drive set up the game-winning touchdown. Celek earlier had a 28-yard catch. Remember, he had 14 catches of 20+ yards last year, just one fewer than Jackson and Maclin. Celek had one issue as a blocker, letting a defensive lineman get between him and Herremans as Vick was sacked. But he had good blocks on McCoy runs of 7 and 13 yards in the fourth. Overall, a good game. I’ll take a look later this week to see how often he was asked to stay in as a blocker.

Clay Harbor – He was targeted just 19 times all of last season, but had six balls thrown his way on Sunday alone. Harbor finished with three catches for 16 yards, including the game-winning touchdown, which Vick fit into a tight window. As a blocker, Harbor did a good job on the bootleg in the first, keeping the defensive end away from Vick, who found Jackson for 15 yards. He blocked D’Qwell Jackson on McCoy’s 9-yard run in the second. And Harbor gave a nice effort on McCoy’s 4th-and-1 conversion on the final drive. The one miscue I saw was when Harbor lined up as a fullback and was asked to block a defensive end off play-action. He missed, and Vick was forced to leave the pocket and throw the ball away.

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