Eagles-Cowboys, The Day After

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

“F—ing embarrassing.”

That was Lane Johnson‘s opening statement as a pair of reporters approached his locker stall following the Eagles’ 20-10 loss to the Cowboys Sunday afternoon.

Some time had passed since the clock hit zero on arguably the worst offensive performance of the Chip Kelly era. Most players had completed their interviews, showered and left the scene of the crime by that point. But Johnson lingered, still not fully out of his battle gear as he welcomed wave after wave of media inquiries into what went wrong.

“I don’t even know what just happened, to be honest,” he said as one of the first questions lapped ashore. From there he began putting it together piece-by piece.
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Making Sense of the Eagles Inactives

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Although his status has been unclear since injuring his groin, Zach Ertz is active for the Eagles tonight. However, it’s still unknown how much the tight end will play, if at all. Given the depth and talent the Eagles have at the position, it’s possible he won’t play much.

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Players Poll: Which Eagle Is Ready To Break Out?

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As is our annual tradition heading into the season, we went around the Eagles’ locker room this week and presented  players with a simple question: Which of your teammates has impressed you this summer and is primed for a big/breakout year?

We got 23 (usable) responses in all. Take a look:  Read more »

Eagles Notes: All 63 ‘Cleared To Go’ In Practice

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

The Eagles’ first practice in preparation for a 2015 regular season game began with a clean slate. Chip Kelly told reporters Wednesday that all 63 players, including Zach Ertz and Marcus Smith — both of whom missed significant time with injuries — were “cleared to go” in practice.

Kelly was non-commital on the status of both Ertz and Smith for the team’s Week 1 matchup with Atlanta on Monday, saying the players will be monitored and the coaches will “see how [they] handle it.”
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Expectations For Ertz

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

One day after undergoing surgery to address a rather significant groin injury, Zach Ertz walked a mile and got in a yoga session. The intensity has steadily ratcheted up from there. Since going under the knife on August 14, the third-year tight end has been pushing hard to get back on the field. That work has paid off, as there is optimism that he will return to practice this week.

Whether he plays against the Falcons is less of a sure bet. Read more »

Fantasy Focus: Draft Day Decisions

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

As the red clock ticks down and gets closer and closer to zero, analysis paralysis kicks in. It’s not real life—you know that—but it has real life implications. You’ve been a dedicated fan for so long, yet here lies another apparent test of your allegiance.

Questions abound, and you don’t know the answer to even one of them. Should I draft the guy on my favorite team? I think he’s better, but aren’t I biased? Now I’m not sure if he’s better, but wouldn’t a real fan pick him?

The struggle is real in fantasy football, and I’m here to help you. After reviewing ESPN’s fantasy assessments of several Eagles—ESPN was picked because of their enormous popularity—I’ll let you know if ESPN is underrating the player, overrating the player or is spot on. All numbers in the player charts are ESPN’s 2015 projections. Read more »

Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Zach Ertz and Marcus Smith are inactive for today’s preseason game against the Ravens.

That means Sam Bradford, Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks, who were all inactive last week, may play tonight. DeMarco Murray was active in the preseason opener but did not play. Andrew Gardner, who has gotten the most reps with the ones in training camp, will start at right guard once again. Read more »

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