August 28, 2013 |
In his career, Chip Kelly already has experienced everything that comes along with coaching a football team, with one notable exception. There aren't many cutdown days in college. "We have none," Kelly said. That part of the NFL game is new to him. These aren't recruits who stay on scholarship even if they can't stay on the field. These are professionals who sometimes have to be told that their livelihood won't be continuing here. "There's only a certain number of guys who are going to make it. You start with 90 and end up with 53. How that comes about is difficult," Kelly said.
August 27, 2013 |
JACKSONVILLE - In a league where standout safeties are scarce, you just don't get a guy of Kenny Phillips' stature on a 1-year deal with nothing guaranteed. So from the moment the Eagles announced the signing of the former Giants first-round draft pick, there was ample reason for skepticism. He was available because the Giants decided Phillips was never going to be healthy again, and yesterday the Eagles seemed to adopt the same view, making Phillips the headline name in a group of 12 players released as the Birds whittled to 76. If Phillips' fate wasn't sealed going into Saturday's preseason game at Jacksonville, it was when he warmed up and then decided his balky quad muscle wouldn't allow him to play.
July 31, 2013 |
The Eagles lost their second player to a season-ending injury in three days when linebacker Jason Phillips tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Monday's practice. It was the same injury that Jeremy Maclin suffered two days earlier. The Eagles made an immediate roster move, placing Phillips on injured reserve and signing undrafted rookie linebacker Travis Long. Phillips, 27, signed with the Eagles during the offseason to bolster the special teams. He was hurt during special-teams drills.
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 25, 2013 |
Part Eight of an online-only series. Here is a look at the inside linebackers on the Eagles roster: Projected first team DeMeco Ryans (6-foot-1, 247 pounds), 28 years old, 8th season; Mychal Kendricks (6-0, 240), 22, 2nd season When the Eagles acquired Ryans in March 2012, one of their stated reasons for his decline in production in his final season with the Houston Texans was the team's move to a 3-4 defense. The Eagles felt Ryans was a natural 4-3 linebacker.
April 12, 2013 |
The Eagles sent running back Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday for linebacker Emmanuel Acho. Though they had hoped to get a late draft pick for Lewis, the Eagles acquired a young linebacker for a player who probably would have been released. With LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, and a healthy Chris Polk at running back, coach Chip Kelly deemed Lewis expendable. Acho, a 2012 sixth-round draft pick out of Texas, spent last season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He suffered a meniscus (cartilage)
January 26, 2013 |
The news of Mike Kafka's signing a futures contract with the New England Patriots on Thursday makes this a good time to revisit the Eagles' 2010 draft class - and specifically the fourth round. That's when Kafka went. He was one of four fourth-round picks for the Eagles. A fourth-round pick in the NFL has value - but not significant value. There's rougly a 10 percent chance of finding a starter in that round. Of course, based on those odds, the Eagles had a realistic statistical chance of finding a starter in that round.
December 21, 2012 |
Recent history: The Redskins defeated the Eagles, 31-6, on Nov. 18 in Landover, Md. The Redskins lead the series, 80-70-5. QUARTERBACK Eagles: In his first start against the Redskins 5 weeks ago, Nick Foles struggled against the blitz, completing just 8 of 18 passes and throwing two interceptions when they sent five or more rushers. Since then, he has done a good job of moving and sliding in the pocket and has thrown just one pick. Redskins: Robert Griffin III is nursing a knee injury that kept him out of last week's game.
December 11, 2012 |
TAMPA - Two significant defensive lineup changes for the Eagles Sunday, neither of them having anything to do with the wide-nine, but both seemingly for the better: Rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks, the strongside starter all year, went to the weakside. Jamar Chaney, who hadn't started since the Pittsburgh game Oct. 7, took over the strongside spot. Then, with Kurt Coleman left home because of a sternum bruise, special-teams ace Colt Anderson got his first safety start since 2010.
December 10, 2012 |
Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' win against the Buccaneers. Click here to enter your grades. We will publish the results in Tuesday's Daily News. RUSHING OFFENSE: Bryce Brown, who had rushed for 347 yards and four touchdowns against Carolina and Dallas, found the going a lot tougher against the Bucs, who came into the game ranked first in the league against the run. Brown gained just 6 yards on 12 carries. Just four of his carries gained more than 1 yard.