Chip: Matt Barkley Will Start Against Jets

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Matt Barkley will get the start Thursday against the Jets, Chip Kelly confirmed. He’ll be first up as he and Tim Tebow square off one last time for the rights to the third quarterback job.

“Our opinions aren’t formed,” said Kelly, when asked how much weight this game carries in the evaluation of the two quarterbacks. “It’s one more time for a game opportunity. Especially with the quarterback position, practice is different just because they’re wearing red jerseys and they’re not hit. I think when you get them out there in a game it’s another opportunity to get a legitimate evaluation of them. There is a lot of weight in it.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Tebow’s Two-Point Attempts

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When debating whether the Eagles should keep Matt Barkley or Tim Tebow, the pro-Tebow crowd often points to how Chip Kelly could use him in goal-line or short-yardage situations. Well, Tebow was put in for just that reason—twice—against the Packers Saturday for two-point conversions.

How did he do? Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Remaining Roster Battles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Roster trimming is underway. The Eagles released 12 players – including G.J. Kinne and Kevin Graf — on Sunday, leaving the count at 78 (or 76 if you factor in pending injury designations for JaCorey Shepherd and Emmanuel Acho). That number needs to be at 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday and 53 by Saturday afternoon.

“I think we have more depth, so I believe we’ll cut some players that will make other rosters.  I’m hoping,” said Chip Kelly prior to Saturday’s game. “But it is going to be difficult and we’ll have to sit down long and hard after this Packer game and ‑‑ when it’s difficult to get to 75, I think from a coaching standpoint that’s a good thing, but there is still a human factor that gets involved with cutting somebody, and that part is not a lot of fun.”

There are some tough decisions ahead in the coming days. Let’s take a position-by-position look at potential roster battles heading into Thursday’s preseason finale against the Jets. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly On Injuries, QB Competition And WR Depth

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Spirits are high at the NovaCare Complex where the Eagles are resuming practice after their preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Here is a quick rundown of what Chip Kelly had to say about the game and a few key injuries during his press conference.

  • Kiko Alonso will be back at practice today after missing the last two weeks with a concussion. Kelly said he doesn’t expect Alonso to be a full participant today, but he will gradually get back in the swing of things over the course of this week.

“I think mentally, he’s good, but he has been out for two weeks,” Kelly said. “So he’ll go through agilities, individual drills and maybe a little seven on seven, I don’t know if they’ll put him in during team [drills], but he should be good to go by the end of the week.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: 53-Man Roster Projection

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

With a dozen training camp practices and the first preseason game in the books, now seems like a good time to roll out my first 53-man roster projection of the year. Josh is welcome to challenge me with one of his own, but given my past dominance in this arena, his efforts will likely be futile.

Quarterbacks (3): Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley.

Barkley entered as the No. 3 quarterback and performed well enough against the Colts to hold onto that position — for now. If it’s about choosing someone who can execute the tempo offense with the most precision should Sam Bradford  and Mark Sanchez be unavailable, Barkley will be the choice. But it’s hard to ignore all the trade chatter around the USC product since word of Tebow-to-Philly first surfaced, and you wonder if Kelly is intrigued by how he might be able to use Tebow on game days. Curious to see how this one plays out. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Tebow Vs. Barkley

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After the Eagles’ victory yesterday against the Colts, a reporter asked Chip Kelly if there’s a particular set of skills he’s looking for in his third-string quarterback.

“No,” Kelly said, before the reporter could finish the question. “They have to be able to do it all.”

Tim Tebow clearly outperformed Matt Barkley on the ground as he rushed the ball four times for 15 yards and a touchdown. But who had the better game through the air? Read more »

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