7-30-14: The Philadelphia Eagles have liked the progress they’ve seen from second-round rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Matthews was sprinkled in with the first team offense in training camp and could have a shot at competing for Riley Cooper’s starting role opposite of Jeremy Maclin. Cooper remains the superior blocker with experience in the offense, though, which will likely keep the rook glued to the slot in three wide receiver sets. The competition is only good news for a Philly passing offense that will work to replace the departed DeSean Jackson. The Eagles got even more good news recently, as All Pro offensive guard Evan Mathis has opted not to hold out for a new contract. The 32-year old was seeking a new deal but after the Eagles called his bluff, he apparently realized sucking it up was the best route.
7-15-14: The Philadelphia Eagles will have to do without second-year right tackle Lane Johnson for the first four games of 2014, as he’s been suspended for using performance enhancing drugs. Recently signed Allen Barbre figures to take over on the right side until Johnson can return. The high-flying Philly offense remains in great shape despite letting go of DeSean Jackson earlier in the summer, as Jeremy Maclin claims he feels faster than ever and rookie Jordan Matthews is said to be the “best wide receiver on the team” during OTAs. Things are looking up for a strong Eagles offense that went 10-6 and reached the playoffs a year ago.
6-5-14: Jeremy Maclin survived a minor scare in practice when he appeared to tweak his knee, but is expected to be fine and won’t miss any time. The tweak was especially scary considering Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL. The tweak was minor and to his non-surgically repaired knee, however. Maclin is slated to replace the departed DeSean Jackson in Philly’s offense. In other news, newly added versatile threat Darren Sproles is looking at 6-8 touches per game in the Eagles offense, which is being called a “drag race” by practice observers.
5-19-14: Chip Kelly turned the Philadelphia Eagles back into winners in just one season, so naturally people won’t be purchasing Eagles tickets with an eye on a step backward in 2014. For Philly to keep things going in a positive direction, though, they needed some key pieces in the 2014 NFL Draft. Here’s who they got:
Round 1. Pick 26 Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
Round 2. Pick 10 Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Round 3. Pick 22 Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
Round 4. Pick 01 Jaylen Watkins, DB, Florida
Round 5. Pick 01 Taylor Hart, DT, Oregon
Round 5. Pick 22 Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
Round 7. Pick 09 Beau Allen, DL, Wisconsin
Philly saw the draft’s best two safeties get drafted, so rather than reaching for a safety they traded back and landed a potential stud pass rusher for their 3-4 scheme. Marcus Smith was still a reach, but he does offer good size and athleticism for the rush linebacker position.
DeSean Jackson was let go this offseason, so naturally the Iggles knew they needed to add a high level talent at wide receiver at some point in this year’s draft. They didn’t waste much time, plucking Vanderbilt stud Jordan Matthews off the board. Matthews had a great size and speed combo, while Oregon’s Josh Huff was also added to help round out Philly’s receiving corps.
The Eagles went on to get a solid steal in Jaylen Watkins, who can play corner in the slot or even help out at safety. That type of versatility is exactly what an evolving Eagles defenses needed, while they landed more solid depth at safety and on the defensive line, as well.
5-9-14: The Philadelphia Eagles knew they needed to add some help to their lethargic defense, but few could have seen their first round pick coming. Chip Kelly and co. ultimately selected versatile Louisville pass rusher Marcus Smith, who will be utilized as an outside linebacker in Philly’s 3-4 scheme. While Smith is an exciting pass rusher who projects as a perfect schematic fit, it’s worth wondering if he wouldn’t have been available in round two. It’s a solid start for a team that needed defense, but it might go down as a slight reach.
4-28-14: Chip Kelly has done a fantastic job with the Eagles over the past year, as they won the NFC East and reached the playoffs in 2013 and seem to be shedding dead weight through the offseason. Losing DeSean Jackson probably was a good morale move, but it also leaves a hole at wide receiver. That could prompt Philly to spend their first round on a wide receiver, with guys like Marqise Lee or Brandin Cooks fitting their up-tempo system perfectly. The Iggles arguably have more work to do on the defensive side of the football, though, as they could really use a stud safety and some extra help in the pass rushing department. Calvin Pryor is a hard-hitting safety that could help change their defense, while an edge rusher like Kony Ealy would be a quality add to get the draft rolling, as well.
4-18-14: The Philadelphia Eagles get year two of the Chip Kelly regime started off against the Chicago Bears in week one of preseason play, setting up a potentially exciting battle between Nick Foles and Jay Cutler. The starters are expected to play much more beyond week one, however, making Philly’s week two trip to New England arguably the game to watch on the Eagles preseason schedule. Foles and co. will try to go toe to toe with Tom Brady, while the Eagles should get a better understanding of where their defense is at. The Eagles should get even more time on the field come week three, when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. With three challenging preseason matchups in the bag, Philly will likely rest most of it’s starters in week four, as they cap the preseason with a home date with the New York Jets.
4-7-14: Philadelphia has been extremely active this offseason, retaining free agent wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, while cutting ties with “bad apple” DeSean Jackson. One of the bigger moves Philly made was a sneaky trade with the New Orleans Saints for explosive offensive weapon Darren Sproles, while the Eagles also nabbed former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins on the open market. Philadelphia beefed up their corner depth by signing former Dolphins defensive back Nolan Carroll, as well. While it was a very successful offseason, the loss of DeSean Jackson (who signed with the divisional rival Redskins), could be the most talked about transaction until the new season starts.
The Eagles and rookie head coach Chip Kelly were a surprise playoff team in 2013, but after proving to everyone that his offense can succeed at the NFL level, Kelly and his Eagles are out to create even more chaos in 2014. Only continuity and progress can ensure that, and Philly got the ball rolling in both departments right away in free agency, locking up wide receiver Riley Cooper to a long-term deal, while also keeping the explosive Jeremy Maclin on a one-year “prove it” deal. Maclin will try to return from a knee injury that robbed him of his 2013 season and is an extreme value buy on the open market for the Eagles. Philly’s quality moves weren’t restricted to just offense, though, as they added depth to their secondary by landing Malcolm Jenkins and Nolan Carroll, as well as re-signing safety Nate Allen. Perhaps the most interesting addition, however, was third down and return specialist Darren Sproles, who the Eagles landed in a trade with the New Orleans Saints.
1-7-14: Nick Foles continued his solid play into the playoffs this past weekend, but his 195 passing yards and two touchdowns wouldn’t be enough in a tough 26-24 home loss to the New Orleans Saints. LeSean McCoy added 77 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but it wasn’t the offense that let the Eagles down in the wild card round of the playoffs. Despite playing a solid game and picking off Drew Brees twice, the Philly defense couldn’t get a stop when it mattered the most. Brees drove the Saints right down the field and Shayne Graham knocked in a 32-yarder for the win as time expired.
It was a tough way to end a stellar year for rookie head coach Chip Kelly, but the Eagles have nothing to be ashamed of. They finished 10-6 and secured the NFC East division title, while likely discovering their franchise quarterback for the future.
12-31-13: Nick Foles continued his stellar season, throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles topped the Dallas Cowboys on the road, 24-22. Philly locked up the NFC East with the win, as the offense controlled the tempo for most of the game and the defense picked off Kyle Orton in the final minute to seal the deal.
12-24-13: With a winner-take-all season finale set up in week 17, the Eagles didn’t really need to win in week 16 for a shot at their division and the playoffs. They didn’t get the memo. LeSean McCoy shredded the Chicago Bears for 133 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and Nick Foles tossed two more scores as Philly was flawless en route to a huge 54-11 thrashing at home.
12-17-13: Nick Foles stayed hot with three touchdown passes and over 400 yards in week 15, but it wasn’t enough to get Philly their ninth win of 2013, as they fell to the Vikings in Minnesota, 48-30. Matt Cassel was unstoppable, as he tossed two touchdowns and ran for another in a near-flawless effort to help the Vikes upend the Eagles.
12-10-13: Extremely bad weather and an inability to be unpredictable forced Nick Foles to throw his first interception of the 2013 season, and also helped dig the Eagles into a 14-0 hole. Philly wisely leaned on their running game from that point on however, as LeSean McCoy piled on over 200 rushing yards to lead the Eagles to a 34-20 win over the visiting Detroit Lions.
Nick Foles had a would-be interception called back due to a penalty and the second-year quarterback made no other mistakes en route to starting 2013 with a flawless 19:0 touchdown to interception ratio. His stellar play did more than just provide cute stats, though, as he helped the Eagles to a 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Philly.
11-19-13: Nick Foles didn’t throw a touchdown in week 11 but he did find the end-zone on the ground, as the Eagles pounded the rock against the Redskins and held on for a 24-16 win at home. Running back LeSean McCoy added two more rushing scores as the Eagles continued to look good on offense, while the win earned them sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
11-12-13: The Nick Foles phenomena continued in week 10, as Foles tossed three impressive touchdowns to help Philly top the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers on the road, 27-13. Foles’ latest three scores pushed him to a remarkable 16:0 touchdown to interception ratio, while helping the Eagles to get to 5-5 and force a first place tie with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.
11-5-13: The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t just grab their fourth win of the 2013 season in week nine; they made history. Quarterback Nick Foles, starting in place of injured quarterback Michael Vick, became just the seventh passer in league history to notch seven passing scores in a game. Foles connected with wide receiver Riley Cooper on three of his scores and was flawless throughout, as the Eagles mopped the floor with the Raiders in Oakland, 49-20.
10-30-13: The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t survive a Michael Vick injury against the New York Giants the second time around, as Vick’s hamstring forced him out of the game and Nick Foles (concussion) wasn’t around to rescue the Eagles. Rookie quarterback Matt Barkley was thrust into action but he couldn’t save the day, as Philly scored zero offensive points in a crushing home loss to send them to 3-5 at the mid-way points of the season.
10-21-13: Nick Foles and Matt Barkley combined for zero touchdowns and three interceptions in rough 17-3 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys in week seven, prompting Eagles fans to hope more than ever that injured quarterback Michael Vick would return to full health. As bad as Philly was through the air on offense, they remained in this game thanks to a surprisingly effective defense, which picked off Tony Romo twice and registered two sacks. The Eagles simply couldn’t get anything going on offense, however, as star running back LeSean McCoy was even grounded in this one, rushing for just 55 yards on 18 carries.
10-15-13: The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t miss Michael Vick in the second half of a week five win, and they surely didn’t miss him in week six. Perhaps we have a quarterback controversy on our hands in Philly. Perhaps, indeed. Nick Foles did his best to make a mess under center for the Eagles in week six, as he accounted for four touchdowns and helped the Eagles to a 31-20 victory and a win for the second straight week. Philly’s offense hummed all day, both through the air and on the ground, giving way to speculation that Goles can not just effectively run Chip Kelly’s offense - but he might be able to do it better than Vick.
10-8-13: The Philadelphia Eagles waged war with a desperate New York Giants team on the road in week five and emerged with a 36-21 win. Michael Vick struggled with consistency through the air in this one, but was more than effective on the ground with 79 rushing yards on seven runs. He turned up lame with a pulled hamstring on his final run, however, and ended up hitting the sidelines early, with backup Nick Foles taking over. Foles went on to throw for two touchdowns and nearly 200 yards in just a half of action. However, the real story here was Philly’s normally cakewalk defense, which picked off Eli Manning three times and held the G-Men scoreless over the final 18 minutes.
10-1-13: The would-be potent Philadelphia Eagles offense didn’t show up for the long-term in their week four battle with the Denver Broncos, as an early 13-14 deficit got out of hand. Michael Vick proved to be ineffective throughout, as he took three sacks and completed just over 51% of his passes in an embarrassing 52-20 road loss. Backup running back Chris Polk ironically kept the Eagles in this one early with one of Philly’s two touchdowns on the day, but Vick’s ineffectiveness and Philly’s inability to stop the hot Peyton Manning doomed the Eagles, who dropped to 1-3 on the year. backup quarterback Nick Foles entered the game late to add a scoring strike to reserve receiver Jeff Maehl to help prevent the Eagles from going scoreless in the second half.
9-19-13: The Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers combined for one of the more exciting week two matchups, but Philly would fall short in the end losing 33-30 on a late-game field goad by Nick Novak. Michael Vick was equally impressive in the losing effort for the Eagles, as he threw for a career high 428 yards, while totaling three touchdowns. Both teams enter week three at 1-1 on the season. Next week, the Eagles look to rebound when they host former head coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
Philly, on the other hand, moved at too fast of a pace early and often, and kept the Washington defense tired and guessing. The Eagles played it conservative in the second half, however, and what was likely going to be a huge blowout turned into a respectable 33-20 win for the Eagles. Michael Vick, who looked very good in the preseason continued to thrive in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense, completing 15 of 25 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Next week the Eagles will host the Chargers.
9-5-13: The Eagles have made their final roster moves heading into the regular season: OG Danny Watkins, QB Dennis Dixon. Other names: LB Everette Brown, NT Antonio Dixon, DE Dave King, QB G.J. Kinne, OL Matt Kopa, CB Trevard Lindley (waived/injured), WR Ifeyani Momah, WR Will Murphy, OL Dallas Reynolds, LB Adrian Robinson, OT Matt Tennant, S David Sims, OT Michael Bamiro, WR Russell Shepard, TE Clay Harbor, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Travis Long, LB Chris McCoy, WR Greg Salas. DE Joe Kruger was moved to injured reserve.
8-22-13: Despite naming Michael Vick as their starting QB, it's been reported that the Eagles do not intend to trade Nick Foles. Instead, Foles will be the backup with rookie Matt Barkley as the third string QB.
8-20-13: Adam Schefter is reporting on
Twitter that Eagles head coach, Chip Kelly has named Michael Vick the team's starting quarter back for the 2013 season.
8-16-13: Michael Vick had another good outing, completing 9 of 10 passes for 105 yards with a pick as the Eagles defeated the Panthers 14-9. Nick Foles and Matt Barkley were also very solid. Foles completed 6 of 8 passes for 53 yards, while Barkley completed 8 of 14 for 72 yards in the second half. LeSean McCoy carried the ball a team-leading 8 times for 47 yards and a TD. Jason Avant caught 4 ball to lead the team with 42 receiving yards. Next week the Eagles travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars.
8-15-13: After playing well in a scrimmage against the New England Patriots, Michael Vick may have the edge over Nick Foles to get the starting QB spot. Vick also seems to really enjoy new head coach Chip Kelly's uptempo style.
8-11-13: Despite falling 31-22 to the Patriots in their opening preseason game, the Eagles got some good performances from their QBs. Michael Vick was 4 of 5 for 94 yards and a TD. Rookie Matt Barkley was 11 of 22 for 103 yards and a TD.
Rookie running back Matthew Tucker carried the ball ten times for 33 yards.
They host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.
7-10-13: Michael Vick might still be under center come 2013, but a lot has changed in Philadelphia. Rookie head coach Chip Kelly brings a run-first mentality, which bodes very well due to two explosive running backs in LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown being on the roster. Philly’s real challenge in 2013 will be figuring out if Vick is the answer at quarterback, and if their defense can improve via a transition to a 3-4 scheme, however.
6-12-13:New head coach Chip Kelly comes in for long-time coach Andy Reid (who was let go), and with him comes what is expected to be a high-octane offense. It remains to be seen if it’s Michael Vick, Nick Foles or a brand new quarterback that runs Kelly’s offense, but one thing fans can probably bank on is an exciting brand of football and a competitive team overall.
Eagles 2013 Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 4: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Round 2, Pick 3: Zach Ertz, TE Stanford
Round 3, Pick 5: Bennie Logan, DT, Louisiana State
Round 4, Pick 1 (from Jacksonville): Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California
Round 5, Pick 3: Earl Wolff, SS, N.C. State
Round 7, Pick 6 (from Cleveland): Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
Round 7, Pick 12 (from Tampa Bay): Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Round 7, Pick 33 (Compensatory Selection): David King, DE, Oklahoma
1/3/13: The Eagles miserable season continued, as they lost 11 out of their last 12 games, including an embrassing 42-7 thrashing at the hands of the division rival Giants.
12-4-12: Things seem to keep getting worse for the Philadelphia Eagles. At 3-9, the once self-proclaimed ‘Dream Team’ is out of playoff contention while also trying to break in a new Quarterback. The best hope for meaningful games this season will be in role of spoiler as the Eagles play both the Giants and Redskins as two of their four remaining games. The eagles have lost eight in a row and things do not look to be getting any better. With RB LeSean McCoy out with a concussion and WR DeSean Jackson out for the year, it’s hard to imagine when this team might win again.