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 NFL.com 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 »

Eagles Releasing Todd Herremans

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles will release veteran guard Todd Herremans today, a source confirmed to Tim McManus.

ESPN’s Adam Caplan was first with the report.

Herremans started 124 games since the team drafted him in the fourth round of the 2005 draft out of Saginaw Valley State. He lined up all across the offensive line, played through pain and was by all accounts well-liked by teammates. Read more »

Eagles Offseason Outlook: Offensive Line

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. We have covered the quarterbacks, wide receiversrunning backs and tight ends so far. Now it’s onto the offensive line.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

All five original starters from last season – Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson - remain under contract.

Peters turned 33 last month. He might not be the player he was four years ago, but there are no concerns about him manning the left tackle spot. Mathis was unhappy with his contract going into 2014, but he showed up and played well. I was particularly impressed with the way he missed seven games due to a knee injury, but returned and performed at a high level down the stretch. It’s worth noting, though, that Mathis is 33. Read more »

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