August 28, 2015 |
GREAT SLOT receivers usually have a great quarterback throwing the ball to them. "Most of the teams that have success in there usually are teams that have a quarterback that is extremely accurate," Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews said. "Well-focused guys like Peyton Manning. His slots usually do well. Tom Brady. His slots always do well. "You've been able to see what Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb have been able to do. You see what Drew Brees has been able to do with Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks.
August 27, 2015 |
In the fabulous Eagles roster game of what-happens-next, let's consider a player who doesn't show up for voluntary predraft workouts, is coming to the end of his economical rookie contract, and, truth be told, doesn't really fit the prototype height and weight for the position he plays under Chip Kelly. Minus skipping the workouts, that could describe Brandon Boykin, who had served admirably as the slot cornerback, and what happened next was that Boykin was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a conditional fifth-round draft pick.
August 20, 2015 |
Josh Huff wrote down his individual goals for the season on a piece of paper. The Eagles wide receiver rattled them off: He wants to have no more than 10 drops in 16 games. He wants to catch every catchable pass. And he wants to finish the season with at least 50 catches for 800 yards and six touchdowns. Those aren't modest goals considering Huff's output in his rookie season. He caught eight passes for 98 yards and no touchdowns and dropped four of 17 targeted throws in 2014.
August 17, 2015
Right guard competition The Eagles have four of their five offensive line starters settled. Right guard remains an open competition. Andrew Gardner, Matthew Tobin, John Moffitt, and Julian Vandervelde are all in the running for the spot. Gardner took the first-team snaps during practice on Saturday and has taken the most of any player this summer. He started eight games for the Eagles last season, including six at right guard. The 29-year-old is a steady veteran who knows the offense.
August 14, 2015 |
THE ENTIRE vibe changed when Ricky and the Rev showed up for training camp. In the early days of the 22-year run of the Jeffrey Lurie Era, those two skilled players legitimized the Eagles as a viable NFL team: Ricky Watters and Irving Fyrar. Watters' "For who, for what?" legacy clouds the magnificence of his three-year stretch as the Eagles' premier player. The bizarre nature of Fryar's life post-Eagles - his unretirement from football; the church he founded; his recent conviction on mortgage fraud charges - clouds the fact that he was the Eagles' only Pro Bowl receiver for an 11-year span.
August 13, 2015 |
THERE ARE a lot of things that are tough to judge from practice. Here's one that isn't: Jordan Matthews and Sam Bradford have developed some serious chemistry over the first week-and-a-half of Eagles training camp, and everybody at the NovaCare Complex will testify. Nolan Carroll: "He's hungry, man. " Byron Maxwell: "He definitely looks like he's gotten bigger. " Bradford: "I think that guy catches more footballs than anybody I've ever seen. " If you can purchase stock in Matthews, the Eagles' second-year receiver, do it before the start of the regular season.
August 12, 2015 |
Quick: Where will Reggie Bush be taking handoffs this season? Whose uniform is Brandon Marshall now wearing? Which city's fans will Percy Harvin disappoint this year? Once again, before we can get serious about another year of fantasy draft prep, we must pause to examine the NFL's shifted landscape. Heck, I've been tracking all the offseason moves on the Fantasy Fools blog since February, and I'm a lifelong Dolphins fan; but until I started writing this week's column, I had forgotten that my hometown team had acquired once-and-hopefully future fantasy stud Jordan Cameron to upgrade the tight end position.
August 10, 2015 |
There once was a time when NFL teams didn't expect their rookie wide receivers, even the ones drafted high, to make an immediate impact. The demands of the position, along with the disparity between pro and college defenses, often made it difficult for receivers to transition in one year. But last season, three rookies surpassed 1,000 yards receiving. Another finished 18 yards shy of the mark, and the Eagles' Jordan Matthews, despite an incremental increase in playing time as the season progressed, accounted for 872 yards through the air. It may end up that the 2014 draft class of receivers, arguably the best ever, altered the expectations for the position.
August 7, 2015 |
Almost every Eagle had trickled inside the NovaCare Complex on Monday afternoon, but Jordan Matthews wasn't one of them. The second-year wide receiver had stayed behind to work with tight end Zach Ertz, the two jogging routes behind large tackling dummies to practice catching passes in traffic. Then they moved to the JUGS machine, and Matthews stabbed balls out of the air before tossing them into a gray bin to his right. It was only the second day of his second professional training camp, but Matthews stayed late to polish the one skill he sees as a common thread between the NFL's best receivers.
July 31, 2015 |
IT WOULD BE so great to know what Chip Kelly was really thinking on Jan. 17, 2013, the day he was introduced as the 21st coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Did Kelly know then that to fully implement his vision, he would need a different type of running back than LeSean McCoy, a different type of quarterback than Nick Foles or Michael Vick, a different type of receiver than DeSean Jackson, and a totally revised secondary? Did he envision that the nexus of contract, age and salary cap issues would mean he would shed Trent Cole, Jeremy Maclin, Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis, among others, by the time he opened his third training camp, for which workouts begin on Sunday?