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October 5, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordan Matthews has spent only 16 months in the NFL, so he's still trying to develop a veteran's intuition. Matthews trusts those who possess it, though, which is why the second-year wide receiver was encouraged by Darren Sproles' assessment of the Eagles' passing game during a conversation last week. "We're on the cusp," Sproles told Matthews. Matthews shared the quote as if it was an edict from a fortune teller. He should hope so. Entering Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, the Eagles' wide receivers have 35 receptions for 353 yards and one touchdown.
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October 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NFL is monitoring the weather in the Mid-Atlantic region and has been in contact with the Eagles and Washington Redskins about scheduling contingencies for their game Sunday in Landover, Md. Hurricane Joaquin has the potential to be a significant storm in the region. The Washington Post first reported that the league is looking into contingencies. "We have had discussions with the NFL as they are monitoring the weather for this week in Washington," an Eagles spokesman said.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
NELSON AGHOLOR has gotten some heat for minimal production through the first three games. He has just four catches, no touchdowns and he's getting dropped like a Sam Bradford pass by panicky fantasy owners. Lots of variables, of course, go into completing passes in football. The offensive line has to protect, the quarterback has to be accurate, the receiver has to present a target and actually catch the ball. Football 101. But in fantasyland, where we watched Agholor look like a mini-Julio Jones at times in the preseason, numbers talk and everything else walks.
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October 2, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES got some unexpected good injury news yesterday, when Dr. James Andrews poked his arthroscope into Kiko Alonso's left knee and found less damage than an MRI exam after the Dallas game had indicated, an NFL source said. The source said tearing of Alonso's 2014 left ACL repair was minimal and the ligament remained tight, so Andrews injected some stem cells to try to promote healing and instructed Alonso to begin rehab. The NFL Network said Alonso, an inside linebacker, might heal well enough to play in about a month - which would coincide nicely with the Eagles' Nov. 1 bye. After their Oct. 25 game at Carolina, the Eagles next play Nov. 8 at Dallas.
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September 19, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nelson Agholor played the second-highest number of snaps among the Eagles' six receivers Monday in the loss to the Falcons and yet the rookie was targeted only two times and had one catch for 5 yards. Chip Kelly did not fault Agholor. The Eagles coach pointed out that receivers often can't control the number of passes thrown their way. Getting open certainly increases those chances, and the coach's film revealed that Agholor was open on a number of plays. Sam Bradford just went to other receivers.
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September 18, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
IT IS ONLY Week 2 in the NFL and already there is much cud to chew about the more notable wheelings and dealings of this offseason. Nick Foles placed an amazingly accurate deep pass between Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas to set up his new team for a comeback overtime victory. Sam Bradford threw a couple of costly picks, one his fault, one not, to sabotage his new team's come-from-behind try. He was also hit hard several times, inspiring a postgame ankle X-ray. That reworked Eagles offensive line that was supposed to protect him better than it did Foles and create all the space DeMarco Murray would need?
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September 17, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Byron Maxwell had taken his 6-foot-1, 207-pound body and curled it into a ball at the bottom of his locker in the Georgia Dome, scooping up the rest of his personal items to pack after a performance that was hard to watch and harder to forget. Eleven times in his debut with the Eagles, in their 26-24 loss to the Falcons on Monday, Maxwell had an opportunity to defend a pass from quarterback Matt Ryan, according to the scouting and statistical firm Pro Football Focus. Ten times, Ryan completed the pass - for 179 yards and a touchdown, for a robust 149.1 passer rating and an irresistible collaboration with Julio Jones, Atlanta's dynamic wide receiver.
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September 16, 2015 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here's a look at players worthy for your consideration to add to your team, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup. Catch 'em while you can Chris Johnson, RB, Cardinals. Johnson is expected to play a lead role in Arizona's backfield while Andre Ellington recovers from his knee injury. Rookie David Johnson, who scored on a 55-yard catch and run, will also be in the mix. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos. The Broncos looked ragged against the Ravens even before C.J. Anderson left with a sprained toe. Hillman ran hard and surely has earned additional playing time.
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September 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The enduring images from the Eagles' losses last season were mostly of wide receivers running free beyond an Eagles defensive back. Whether it was Dez Bryant or DeSean Jackson, Jordy Nelson, or John Brown, the Eagles fell victim to the big play too often. They allowed 72 passing plays of 20-plus yards last season and 18 plays of 40-plus yards. Both were the highest totals in the NFL. An offseason commitment to remedy the problem resulted in a new-look defensive backfield. "We addressed the secondary, from a players standpoint and a coaches standpoint," said safety Malcolm Jenkins, the lone returning starter.
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September 12, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In two short years, Chip Kelly has remade the Eagles offense, but the most significant turnover has occurred at the wide receiver position. Not even the changes at quarterback can compare because Kelly wasn't saddled with a large contract or a difficult free agency decision. But there aren't many coaches or general managers or whatever you want to call Kelly nowadays - Lord Commander? - who would have parted with Pro Bowl receivers in successive years, especially game-breakers such as DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who are capable of stretching a defense.
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