October 23, 2013 |
The Eagles signed linebacker Emmanuel Acho off the New York Giants practice squad on Monday and released cornerback Shaun Prater. Acho spent the offseason, training camp, and preseason with the Eagles. He was released at the end the preseason when the team claimed Prater off waivers. The linebacker then signed with the Giants practice squad. The Eagles host New York on Sunday. "We're looking for another linebacker-type body," general manager Howie Roseman said. "He was productive on special teams in the preseason.
October 23, 2013 |
Over the last two months, an Eagles quarterback situation that was once as defined as the lines on a legal pad has become as vague as fingerpaint. Michael Vick was the starter. Of this, Chip Kelly was certain. Then Vick injured his hamstring, and Nick Foles suffered a concussion Sunday, and Matt Barkley fluttered three interceptions in Foles' stead against the Cowboys. So here the Eagles are, at 3-4, with a winnable game coming up next week against the Giants, and Kelly either couldn't or wouldn't reveal Monday who would start at quarterback.
October 22, 2013 |
In a drastic departure, the Eagles defense had to answer questions about picking up the offense after yet another downer at Lincoln Financial Field. While it wasn't enough to stop their inexplicable home skid, or from preventing Dallas from taking over first place in the NFC East, the Eagles defense held its own during Sunday's 17-3 loss to the visiting Cowboys. The Eagles (3-4) have now lost a franchise-record nine consecutive home games, but this one was more the fault of the offense, whose lone score was set up by the defense.
October 20, 2013 |
Six games is enough to declare that Chip Kelly has done a better job of getting DeSean Jackson involved in the Eagles passing game than his predecessor. Jeremy Maclin's absence could have something to do with the increased opportunities, but it could also be argued that having another receiver of comparable skill would have further opened things up for Jackson. In 71 games over his first five seasons, Jackson was targeted on 19.5 percent of Eagles pass attempts and caught 17.9 percent of completed throws.
October 19, 2013 |
For the first time this year, the Eagles will play a team on Sunday that is neither undefeated nor winless when the game begins. That's a weird anomaly here in the seventh week of the NFL season and maybe nothing more, but the constant in the schedule has been that whether the opponent has been perfect or perfectly awful, the Eagles defense hasn't been very good at limiting that offense. In the last two weeks, as the Eagles recorded relatively easy wins over the Giants and Buccaneers, the defense has been praised for making progress.
October 18, 2013 |
The Eagles have starting cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher switch sides during practice. They do this in case defensive coordinator Bill Davis wants to have one of them follow an opposing wide receiver around the field during a game. That has not been Davis' preferred style this season. He has kept the starting cornerbacks on designated sides - Williams on the right, Fletcher on the left - and that's expected to continue when the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
October 15, 2013 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Great is the goal. Good enough has been the reality the last couple of weeks. Better is what will be needed in the next game. "We want to be an elite defense, and we're heading in that direction," Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Sunday after his department made a genuine contribution to a 31-20 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What the Eagles defense did Sunday in the searing heat at Raymond James Stadium was easily overlooked because Nick Foles poured gasoline on the quarterback-controversy fire by lighting up a respectable Tampa Bay defense for more yards and points than the Bucs had surrendered against either Tom Brady and New England or Drew Brees and New Orleans earlier this season.
October 14, 2013 |
After five weeks of the season, we know how the Eagles defense is viewed from the outside. It gives up a lot of yards (ranked 31st in the league) and a lot of points (ranked 30th in the league) and it is still trying to transition to a whole new scheme with some players who are not perfect fits for a 3-4 alignment and some who are barely good enough to be starting in any scheme. That's from the outside. What we don't know is how the defense is really viewed from the inside. What does the coaching staff think of the defense and its capabilities?
October 3, 2013 |
It might not sound like a lot to you, but after four games this season, Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews has been on the field for 29 meaningful defensive snaps. It might not even sound like a lot to Matthews yet, but he'll take them. The 2011 fourth-round pick who was tried and discarded on both the inside and the outside as Juan Castillo's defense fell apart is getting a tentative rebirth now that the coaching staff that drafted him has left town. There isn't much good to say about the defense at the moment, particularly after the pasting it absorbed against Peyton Manning in Denver.
September 27, 2013 |
LAST YEAR, the NFL set an agenda to bring high-tech apps to stadiums on game day, in part to lure back sports lovers who've been enjoying a more interactive rooting experience at home, watching on TV with a "second screen" tablet or phone on their laps. This season, the Philadelphia Eagles are leading the pack with a new, free Wi-Fi service at Lincoln Financial Field, complementing an enhanced version of the Eagles official mobile app, now boasting live, in-stadium game features.