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Jeremy Maclin returned to the practice field Monday after missing last week’s game against the Cardinals with a hip injury.
Maclin’s absence was very much felt in the 27-6 loss in Arizona. Michael Vick, under constant pressure and struggling with his reads, could have used a safety blanket like Maclin on the outside.
It appears the receiving corps is on the mend. Riley Cooper also practiced Wednesday. Cooper, who is recovering from a fractured collarbone, said last week that he was targeting the Giants game for his return.
As Andy Reid stated, King Dunlap (hamstring), Akeem Jordan (hamstring), Jon Dorenbos (ankle) and Colt Anderson (knee) did not suit up Wednesday. One name not mentioned by the coach earlier in the day was Fletcher Cox, who appeared to be just a spectator at practice. Cox missed part of Sunday’s game because of a migraine.
[Update: Cox has since returned.]
Rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox left the game in the first half against the Cardinals because of migraine headache. His return is questionable.
Cox played more snaps than any other defensive lineman against the Ravens, and has been on the field more than any other defensive tackle for Jim Washburn through two games.
The first-round pick has had an immediate impact for the Eagles. He entered the game with seven tackles and a sack on the young season.
Linebacker Akeem Jordan suffered a hamstring injury and will not return.
I had a chance to take a look at the All-22 footage again this week. Today’s post will focus on the Eagles’ defense, and Thursday’s will take a look at the offense.
Here are the plays that stood out.
Here’s a player-by-player review of how the Eagles defensive linemen performed Sunday against the Ravens, after having re-watched the game. Click here to find all of the game reviews.
The NFL gave football geeks everywhere our wish this offseason, announcing it would release All-22 coaches’ film to the public (for a small fee, of course).
Unlike TV footage, the All-22 angles account for every player on the field on any given play.
I took a look at the coaches’ tape and came away with some new observations from Sunday’s Eagles-Browns game. We’ll start with the defense here and post offensive observations next.
Here’s a player-by-player review of how the Eagles defensive linemen performed Sunday against the Browns, after having re-watched the game. Click here to find all of the game reviews.
Unlike a lot of athletes, Fletcher Cox was not afraid to throw his personal goals for the season right out there.
“My goal is to be Defensive Rookie of the Year,” said Cox. “It’s probably every rookie’s goal, but that’s one of the goals I want to set for myself.”
Does he have a sack total in mind?
“Five, six sacks as a rookie, that would be great,” he said.
The 12th overall pick out of Mississippi State will try to chase down those ambitions beginning Sunday in Cleveland.
This afternoon, I posed a simple question to players in the Eagles locker room: Based on what you’ve seen, which teammate do you think is poised to have a really good year?
Selection was based simply on who was available. But it just so happened to be four defensive players and four offensive players. Here are their responses.