September 1, 2015 |
GREEN BAY - Understatement is kind of a Chip Kelly thing, and the guys who end up being Chip's guys - a group that certainly would seem to include Sam Bradford - quickly adopt that mode, if they didn't come preprogrammed with it. But Bradford, who waited so long to unfurl what he unfurled Saturday night at Lambeau Field, couldn't fully contain himself, after completing 10 of 10 passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns in three series of...
August 28, 2015 |
JASON PETERS said quarterback Sam Bradford thanked him yesterday for Peters' strong comments condemning the Terrell Suggs hit on Bradford's twice-repaired left knee, in Saturday's Eagles preseason victory over the Ravens. The NFL decided the hit was legal and that Suggs shouldn't have been penalized. The Eagles have noted that previously, the standard seemed to be that a quarterback not carrying out a fake could not be hit. Now the standard seems to be that he is fair game for a period of time after handing off, trying to run a fake or not. Regardless, Peters and the Eagles aren't going to tolerate blatant attempts to injure their QB, and they don't seem to think they'll encounter a lot of them.
August 25, 2015 |
THE MOST significant moment of the Eagles' season so far occurred late Saturday night, when Sam Bradford strode through the short corridor from the locker room and bounded into the Lincoln Financial Field interview room, following a 40-17 preseason victory over Baltimore. Bradford had taken two big hits in his 12-play, 14-snap debut as the team's starting quarterback, including one that drew a 15-yard, low-blow roughing penalty on the Ravens' Terrell Suggs. Yet Bradford emerged unscathed, and maybe more important, unflustered.
August 24, 2015 |
Sam Bradford wanted to take a hit Saturday night. The Eagles quarterback never could have imagined the first one he withstood. On the sixth snap of Bradford's only drive in the Eagles' 40-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens, Bradford handed the ball to Darren Sproles. After the handoff, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs lunged into the left knee of an unsuspecting Bradford. It was the same knee that required two surgeries and is the biggest variable in the Eagles season. "You would have to ask him, but I think that's what he was trying to do," Bradford said.
August 23, 2015 |
THE COMPETITION for the third outside linebacker position got a little more interesting yesterday, as defensive coordinator Bill Davis told reporters that Marcus Smith, who left Thursday's practice with a hamstring injury, will be out for tonight's preseason game with the Baltimore Ravens. Smith, the Eagles first-round draft pick in 2014, wore a black sleeve on his right leg during yesterday's practice, which he did not participate in. He told reporters he will be out for "two to three weeks.
August 14, 2015 |
JASON PETERS showed up for Eagles training camp with a new body and a renewed determination to prove that, at 33, he still is one of the two or three best left tackles in football. The seven-time Pro Bowler weighs 320 pounds, which is the lightest he's been since making the switch from tight end to offensive tackle in his second NFL season. That's about 25 pounds below what he played at last season. "Three forty-five is what I've always played at," Peters said. "Since my first year starting at offensive line.
August 3, 2015 |
There are three doors, and the Eagles will walk through one of them this season. You don't need Monty Hall to tell you that not all doors are created equal, but that is the nature of a boom-or-bust season so reliant on things that are still uncertain. Chip Kelly remade a large portion of the roster after deciding the 2014 team "wasn't close" to good enough to compete for a championship. In doing so, he removed almost all of the last vestiges of Good King Andy (and Howie Roseman, to some extent)
July 31, 2015 |
THE EAGLES are looking at breaking in 11 new members among their regular starting 22 from a year ago. Some of the positions were expected to turn over, such as right guard and the cornerbacks. Others, like quarterback and running back, are the wondrous byproducts hatched in Chip Kelly's offseason laboratory. (Cue the evil scientist's ghoulish laughter.) Here then is a look at Dr. Chip's experiments heading into his third training camp as Eagles coach, and first with him in sole control of the roster: Offense Quarterback Gone: Nick Foles, traded to the Rams.
June 16, 2015 |
Jason Peters watched the NFC divisional playoff game with his family in Texas. He was not happy to be watching it because he felt the Eagles were good enough to be playing in the game at Green Bay. The veteran offensive tackle was still not over the fact that his team had let a 9-3 start dissolve into a disastrous ending that included three straight losses to Seattle, Dallas, and Washington. "I felt like if we had made the playoffs we could have contended for the ring," Peters said last week after a long and hot Eagles workout.
June 12, 2015 |
The questions on the Eagles' offensive line were not supposed to include the starters on the left side, where tackle Jason Peters and guard Evan Mathis are both Pro Bowl players. But Mathis has not reported for the Eagles' offseason program and Peters is proceeding as if Allen Barbre - not Mathis - will play next to him this season. "It's Al right now and that's who we're rolling with," Peters said. "Right now, if we had to play, Al would be the starter. " Mathis, who is unhappy with his contract, would be subject to a fine if he misses the mandatory minicamp next week.