December 7, 2015 |
When the Eagles have the ball: The Eagles are expected to get Sam Bradford back at quarterback after he missed the last two games because of a concussion and a separated shoulder. The coaches liked how Bradford played before the injury, and the offense needs him to pick up where he left off to help invigorate a unit that has scored fewer than 20 points in each of the last three games. Bradford will have all of his receivers and tight ends available since Zach Ertz was cleared to return after missing the Lions game with a concussion.
December 4, 2015 |
IT'S THE obvious answer, but Chip Kelly put it perfectly. The Patriots - despite losing Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and now Rob Gronkowski - continue to hum along. They scored 24 points last weekend on the road in the snow against a solid Denver defense without a receiver or a running back reaching 100 yards. How do they manage such efficiency, despite losing all those weapons? "Did they lose Brady?" Kelly asked jokingly. They did not, which is the primary reason New England averages 31.5 points per game.
November 11, 2015 |
I'm starting to understand NFL fans who think that fantasy football has ruined the game they love. Because the daily fantasy sites are ruining fantasy football. In case you've been living in the Amazon for the last several months, these sites - dominated by DraftKings and its evil twin, FanDuel - are spending like a Bush/Clinton PAC to convince you that $5 and your encyclopedic fantasy knowledge can make you an instant millionaire. After all, how hard can it be to pick the best player at each position in any given week, under a not-that-restrictive salary cap?
October 28, 2015 |
Before the kickoff of the 2015 campaign, I posited 10 burning questions that would be answered over the early part of season. Having grown weary of chronicling the injuries to my various starting lineups (farewell, Arian!), I thought this would be a good time to revisit those queries. 1. How soon will LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Todd Gurley, Randall Cobb, Alshon Jeffery, Julian Edelman and other nicked-up stars be ready to go full throttle? The answers varied for each of these players, but until Foster went down Sunday, each was at or near 100 percent and pointed in the right direction.
December 2, 2013 |
When he found out he had been traded to the Eagles, one of the first people Emmanuel Acho reached out to was Nick Foles. He needed a place to crash, and while they had only a casual acquaintance, Acho said he knew enough of Foles to know that (a) the Eagles quarterback would take him in, and (b) living with him wouldn't be difficult. "He's very humble. I feel like that's the first characteristic that comes to mind," Acho, a linebacker, said last week. "Nick is probably my best friend in this locker room.
October 24, 2013 |
EMMANUEL ACHO never gave up his place in Philadelphia, Acho told reporters yesterday; he just packed a suitcase after he got cut at the end of the preseason and was signed to the Giants' practice squad. Acho "had a feeling that I'd be back eventually," he said, following his first practice on the Eagles' 53-man roster, in the wake of the hamstring injury suffered Sunday by linebacker and special-teams core player Jake Knott. It's been a strange journey, and this shapes up as an especially strange week for Acho, as the Eagles prepare to play the Giants.
September 1, 2013 |
Inside Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho's notebook is a list of goals for the training camp and the season. Even though Acho's employment with the Eagles was not guaranteed beyond the preseason, the 22-year-old on the roster bubble planned for a regular season. On Saturday, Acho will find out if he survived the team's first cut to the 53-man roster for the NFL season. Labor Day weekend is an uneasy time around the NFL. The Eagles trimmed their roster from 75 to 62 on Friday, and need to cut nine more players by 6 p.m. on Saturday.
June 24, 2013 |
LANCASTER - LeSean McCoy is sitting out of the Eagles' quarterback debate, declining to weigh in on who should win the starting quarterback spot and when a starter should be named. He's focusing instead on his touches. "That's why they pay Chip Kelly the big bucks, to pick the quarterback," McCoy said. "Whoever he picks, I'm fine with. As long as I get my carries, I don't care who they pick. " McCoy spoke before his second annual charity softball game. It benefits the LeSean McCoy Foundation, which raises funds to battle ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
May 15, 2013 |
The Eagles made another attempt at a low-risk acquisition of a onetime high draft pick by signing former Cowboys running back Felix Jones to a one-year contract Tuesday, adding Jones to a crowded backfield. "I was just really trying to see what's out there," Jones said. "Once I visited the Eagles and I got to know the coaches and figure out the system and how things would be going, I kind of liked it. I felt like it fit me. " Jones, 26, has averaged 4.8 yards per carry during his five-year career.
May 8, 2013 |
The Eagles worked out former Cowboys running back Felix Jones on Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex. A free agent, Jones was a multipurpose back in Dallas. He ran for 2,728 yards on 569 carries (a 4.8-yards average) and caught 127 passes for 1,062 yards in five seasons. He also scored 11 rushing touchdowns, caught three more through the air and averaged 24 yards on kick returns. Jones returned a kick 98 yards for a score against the Eagles when he was a rookie. The Eagles could be in the market for an upgrade at running back.