The Departed: Checking In On Former Eagles

Nick Foles. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

As the Chiefs and Rams faced off in the final week of the preseason, Andy Reid and Jeremy Maclin were both asked about St. Louis quarterback Nick Foles, whom Reid coached and Maclin caught passes from during their careers in Philadelphia.

ESPN’s Nick Wagoner writes that the two had nothing but positive things to say about the former Eagles quarterback, who was jettisoned to the Rams this spring in exchange for Sam Bradford.

“You are asking one of Nick Foles’ biggest fans,” Reid said. “He is smart, he has good accuracy, and he is a big body. A big strong guy, and he is young. He is going nowhere but up here. He is surrounded by good coaches and good skill players. I think he will do fine. He has to get back into this system. And it is just a matter of time.” Read more »

Herremans: Mathis ‘Brought It Upon Himself’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Todd Herremans joined 97.5 The Fanatic Friday and weighed in on the Eagles’ decision to release Evan Mathis.

“I think it’s very unfortunate how it all went down,” he said. “I think it’s tough not to add any offensive linemen and then get rid of both of your starting guards in one offseason. But Chip’s got a plan — nobody knows what it is (chuckles) — but he’s got a plan and he’s putting it into action.

“I think it’s kind of unfortunate for Evan. I think he kind of brought it upon himself, though, by not showing up. We expect them to stick to the contract that they offer us, that they sign us to, and they expect us to do the same. If you’re going to violate some of the things that are expected out of you then you have to be able to deal with what comes next.”
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Bradford And the Zone Read

Daniel Shirey | USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Shirey | USA TODAY Sports

Today’s question comes from reader Andrew, via e-mail:

I have been waiting for an article discussing Sam Bradford and running the read option. It seems like the guy is already a risk to get hurt just staying in the pocket. Do we really want this guy running the read option 5-7 times a game? I already envision Sam tearing an ACL running to the sideline a la Mcnabb in 2006. Talk me off the ledge Sheil.

I imagine that when he’s surrounded by his peers, Chip Kelly speaks rather eloquently about the intricacies of the zone read and why it works/doesn’t work in certain situations. But with reporters, he’s usually not very forthcoming on this topic, Andrew.

Just last week at the owners meetings, Kelly was asked about the zone read.

“We don’t run as much zone read as you think we run,” Kelly said. “Probably less than two times a game.”

Can it be an effective tool at the NFL level?

“It depends on your personnel,” Kelly said. “I think the Seattle Seahawks run it outstanding. And it’s a real difficult play in terms of how they run it. But I think we’re maybe less than one a game in terms of running zone read plays. It’s not a big part of what we do.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: What Players Think Of Chip’s Moves

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

A bunch of Todd Herremans’ former teammates joined him Thursday night at Vie for his foundation’s third annual Hoops For Help fundraiser.

Herremans signed with the Colts after the Eagles released him, but he said he plans on eventually settling down in Philadelphia and will continue to be active in the community here.

Joining him were several former Eagles who now have new homes, like Trent ColeJeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. Current Eagles Jason KelceConnor Barwin and Beau Allen were also in attendance, along with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Earlier this week in Phoenix, Chip Kelly and Jeffrey Lurie did their best to explain the team’s offseason moves. But what do the players – both current and former – think? And do they believe Chip knows what he’s doing?

We asked them. Here’s what they had to say. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Thoughts On A Busy Offseason

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes from David via Twitter:

David’s tweet came right after the Byron Maxwell and Frank Gore signings and before Jeremy Maclin left for Kansas City and Mark Sanchez re-upped, so we’ll have to round back and see if his mood shifted at all as the day went on.

Here’s what the Eagles have done so far: Read more »

Herremans Visiting With Colts

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Todd Herremans is visiting with the Colts today, per a league source.

If he signs, he would be reunited with former Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson, who is now the Colts’ general manager.

The 32-year-old guard was released by the Eagles last Thursday. During an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic, Herremans indicated that he and team had difference of opinion in terms of his worth. He has full intentions of playing this season, though, and is sure to draw interest from other teams outside of Indianapolis.

Herremans’ 2014 season was cut short because of a torn biceps, but he expects to be good to go for OTAs.

In other former Eagles news, Cary Williams has reportedly drawn interest from the Seahawks, Titans and Jets, and Trent Cole has met with the Bucs. 

Eagles Weekend Reading: A New CB To Consider

Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend.

Daniel Jeremiah of has the Eagles taking UConn cornerback Byron Jones at No. 20:

Jones put on a show in Indy, but he’s much more than a workout warrior. He was a four-year starter at UConn with toughness and smarts. That fits the Chip Kelly profile.

Jeremiah has Marcus Mariota dropping all the way down to the Rams at No. 10. Read more »

Free Agent Options At Guard

Mike Iupati. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Mike Iupati. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

The Eagles have a hole to fill at right guard after deciding to part ways with respected veteran Todd Herremans.

While it’s possible someone in-house (Matt Tobin, Allen Barbre, etc.) steps up, there is no clear-cut answer on the roster. It seems likely, then, that Chip Kelly will be hunting for options both in free agency and the draft. First up is free agency, which opens March 10.

Here is a look at the top-five available guards, according to Rotoworld: Read more »

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