Notes: Agholor, Alonso Expect To Play

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles are in pretty good shape health-wise heading into their pivotal Week 9 matchup against the Cowboys.

Nelson Agholor said he was able to do everything at practice Tuesday and that the “game plan” is for him to play in Dallas Sunday night. The rookie receiver missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain.

“It felt good. Great to get out there and try to move around a bit,” he said.

Kiko Alonso is also hopeful that he’ll be in the lineup. The linebacker injured his knee during the first Cowboys game back in Week 2 and hasn’t played since. He now says his knee “feels really good” and is hopeful he won’t “miss a beat.” Read more »

All-22: Eagles Failing To Capitalize On Turnovers

DeMarco Murray. (USA Today Sports)

DeMarco Murray. (USA Today Sports)

After the Atlanta game, amid all of the ups and down the Eagles have encountered in this rollercoaster ride of a season, there has been one constant: the defense has put them in a position to win games.

According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles rank first in the NFL in turnovers forced per drive, at 21.8 percent. That was evident against the Panthers, as they intercepted Cam Newton three times, even though he only threw four picks in the previous five games.

“Our defense did a good job of creating turnovers for us but we have to turn those in to seven [points] and not three,” Chip Kelly said. “We talk about response after turnovers and we end of up kicking two field goals.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Eagles Blow Opportunities

Josh Huff drops a potential touchdown. (USA Today Sports)

Josh Huff drops a potential touchdown catch. (USA Today Sports)

It’s unclear who said it, but the sentiment was probably widely held in the locker room.

“Catch the f-cking football!” one Eagle reportedly yelled after last night’s loss. The Eagles dropped six to eight passes — it depends on how you count them — but the takeaway is the same: it’s tough to expect Sam Bradford to win games when you don’t give him much help.

“Our defense plays lights out every single week,” Jordan Matthews said. “You can’t tell me we don’t have a championship defense. You can’t tell me we don’t have a championship quarterback.” Read more »

All-22: Improvements In the Run Game

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

The Eagles have a losing record, are winless against NFC East opponents and haven’t been able to play well in all four quarters of a game through five weeks.

However, beating the Saints Sunday put the Eagles on a path to potentially turn the season around.

“Everybody knew this was a very important game,” Jason Kelce said. “1-4 is drastically different from 2-3, especially with where the division is. I don’t want to say it was a must-win, but it kind of was.” Read more »

All-22: Behind the Offensive Line’s Bad Start

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jason Kelce was extremely frustrated after the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins Sunday, calling the offensive line “a disgrace.” When he met with reporters Tuesday after practice, he didn’t back off his comments at all.

“I still think that through the first four weeks, we have been a disgrace,” Kelce said. “We haven’t been able to run the ball. Especially with the backs that we have, we should have rushing yards. We don’t give the offensive coaches and head coach the confidence to call run plays, because we’re not consistent.”

Despite spending more than $50 million in the offseason on DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, the Eagles rank 30th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (70) and 31st in yards per carry (3.1). Although they appeared to take a big step forward in the box score Sunday by reaching nearly five yards a rush, that mark dips below 3.5 when eliminating Murray’s 30-yard run. Read more »

Fantasy Focus: Eagles Week 4 Projections

Will the Pope bless the Eagles for a second week in a row? (Photo by: Jeff Fusco.)

Will the Pope bless the Eagles a second week in a row? (Photo by: Jeff Fusco.)

Malcolm Jenkins wants to apologize to you.

DeAngelo Williams was terrible [Sunday],” he said. “I lost my fantasy game, by the way, because of him. I guess I’m not the one that should be giving fantasy advice.”

Although we’ll give the Eagles safety another chance this week, we decided to listen to him and talked to rookie defensive back Denzel Rice. According to Jenkins, Rice is undefeated in the secondary’s fantasy league and has the best team “by far.” Both of their sleepers picks for this week are at the bottom.

As always, the projections for the Eagles are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (DeMarco Murray, for example, is projected to run for 0.5 touchdowns). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on. Read more »

Fantasy Focus: Eagles Week 3 Projections

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You, probably. Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

I know what you’re thinking.

He’s seriously doing a fantasy column this week?! After that awful performance Sunday? These guys don’t even deserve to play for the Eagles, let alone my fantasy team!

While the Eagles’ offense didn’t exactly impress against the Cowboys, there are, surprisingly, a couple of guys worth starting against the Jets (plus a couple of guys worth adding). As always, all projections are from ESPN and all decimals are rounded (DeMarco Murray, for example, is projected to run for 0.5 touchdowns). I’ll tell you what ESPN says about each Eagle and whether they’re overrated, underrated or spot on.

We’re also trying out a new section this week, in which Malcolm Jenkins gives his sleeper pick on a different team. Jenkins, the self-proclaimed fantasy expert on the Eagles, has started out 2-0 in the Eagles’ defensive backs’ league. Read more »

Eagles-Cowboys, The Day After

Photo courtesy of USA Today

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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