Philadelphia Eagles News
12-28-15: It is now back-to-back seasons without the playoffs for the Philadelphia Eagles under Chip Kelly, who sits at 6-9 heading into Week 17. On a two-game losing streak, the Eagles look to end on a positive note against the New York Giants on the road.
12-22-15: The season is on the line for the Philadelphia Eagles, as they get their third consecutive home game against the Washington Redskins to stay alive in the NFC East division race. If they were to win, the Eagles would finish off the season on the road against the New York Giants.
12-7-15: The most surprising result of Week 13 was the Philadelphia Eagles near-perfect performance against the New England Patriots in their 35-28 win at Gillette Stadium. The Eagles play three of their final four games at home in their quest to climb the NFC East ladder.
11-23-15: The Eagles allowed Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers to tie the single-game rookie touchdown pass record (5) on Sunday as their losing streak extends to two. On short rest, the Eagles will be a part of the Thanksgiving Day football slate with a road game against the Detroit Lions.
11-16-15: The Philadelphia Eagles won three of their last four games but ran into some problems against the Miami Dolphins and lost at home by one point. With an injury to quarterback Sam Bradford, the Eagles will try to stay in the division hunt with another home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
11-9-15: The Philadelphia Eagles have now won three out of their last four with an overtime win on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles return home for back-to-back games at The Linc against the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
10-20-15: The Philadelphia Eagles will be in primetime for the second consecutive week as they travel to Carolina to face the undefeated Panthers on Sunday Night Football. The Eagles are coming off a Monday Night Football victory against the New York Giants, where the Philadelphia defense only allowed seven points on the first drive of the game.
9-29-15: Despite looking dead in the water after an ugly 0-2 start to the season, Chip Kelly’s Eagles showed up ready to play in week three, ending the week with a big 24-17 win over the Jets. Sam Bradford wasn’t perfect, but he was more composed than we’ve seen, as he took just one sack and avoided any turnovers to help Philly get to 1-2. DeMarco Murray sat out with a hamstring injury, but the Eagles found a way to succeed on the ground anyways, as backups Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles combined for over 160 total yards and three touchdowns on the day. Philly’s defense showed up for this one, as well, as they blanked the Jets until 12 seconds were left in the first half and forced Ryan Fitzpatrick into three bad interceptions. The Eagles will look to get back to .500 in week four, when they go head to head with the rival Redskins.
9-22-15: The Eagles took a major step back on offense in week two, as Sam Bradford and co. couldn’t do anything right in a tough 20-10 home loss to the hated Cowboys. Bradford turned the ball over three times as he clearly felt the pressure all day, while he got absolutely no help from DeMarco Murray and Philly’s ground game (just two yards on 13 carries). Head coach Chip Kelly suggested everyone would be evaluated after such a disappointing performance, but expressed confidence in Bradford as the man to get the job done moving forward. The Eagles won’t have much time to fix what ails them, as they turn around in week three to try to take down the New York Jets. The Eagles could even be shorthanded in the tough matchup, as star linebackers Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks both suffered injuries and will likely miss the week three contest.
9-15-15: It took a while for Chip Kelly’s offense to get going, but once it did it was almost impossible to stop. The Eagles fell into an early 20-3 hole in Atlanta on Monday night, but stormed back behind 336 yards from Sam Bradford before falling, 26-24 on the road. Bradford came alive in the second half, as he made up for a lethargic Philly rushing attack and completed 36 of a whopping 52 pass attempts. The Eagles couldn’t get much going on the ground, as DeMarco Murray finished the day with just nine yards on eight carries. Murray ended up helping out as a receiver and found the end-zone twice, but Philadelphia’s inability to run early in the game is arguably the main reason they lost. Philly’s defense got burned quite a bit in the first half, but stepped up late with two interceptions. Kelly and co. will try to get back on track in week two, when they take on the hated Dallas Cowboys.
9-8-15: The Eagles made their final cuts last week and Tim Tebow wasn’t among them. Head coach Chip Kelly admitted Tebow had “made progress”, but at this point just “wasn’t good enough” to stick with the team as the third quarterback. Before Tebow was cut, the Eagles also passed on fellow backup passer Matt Barkley, who they sent to the Arizona Cardinals for a late-round draft pick. Philly later added free agent Stephen Morris off waivers to fill out their quarterback depth chart. The Eagles appear ready for a massive Monday Night Football showdown with the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome to start the year, but they may have to take the trip without tight end Zach Ertz. Once thought to have a prominent role in the passing game in 2015, Ertz is already unsure of his week one status due to a groin issue, and could be out longer if the injury persists. The same will hopefully not be the case with stud offensive lineman Lane Johnson, who suffered a knee injury during preseason play but still maintains hope to suit up on MNF.
9-1-15: Now that’s more like it. After shaking the rust off in his preseason debut last week, Sam Bradford and the Eagles’ first team offense went off in a huge 39-26 win over the Green Bay Packers. Bradford looked like the real deal in a strong first half, where he put up 121 yards and three passing scores without missing on any of 10 pass attempts. It’s clear that Bradford is a fit for Chip Kelly’s system, which should have Philly fans quite optimistic going into the 2015 regular season. Running back DeMarco Murray also looked strong in limited duty, as he took six carries for 28 rushing yards. With everything set on the offensive side of the ball, Philly turned to defense to lock up talented linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks and the Eagles seemed ready to part ways with trade rumors swirling earlier this summer, but the two sides agreed to a four-year contract extension instead. Kendricks and the other starters will likely sit out of the Eagles’ preseason finale, where they’ll take on the New York Jets on Thursday.
8-25-15: Sam Bradford got a rude welcoming in his first game back from a torn ACL, but gathered himself and managed to dust some of the rust off with three completions in five pass attempts. Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley helped generate most of Philadelphia’s offense from there, as the Eagles won big over the Ravens in their second preseason game, 40-17. Kenjon Barner was arguably the star of the day for the Eagles, as he made a huge impact for the second preseason game in a row. Barner was active as a rusher and receiver, but sprung a big punt return for his second return score of the preseason. Head coach Chip Kelly suggested after the game that the former Oregon product may have proven his worth in just the first two games. The same may not be able to be said of Tim Tebow, who regressed after a decent opener. Tebow rushed for 31 yards but missed a receiver wide open in the end-zone and finished with just 13 yards passing. Tebow has two more games to prove he belongs on the final roster, and he and the rest of the Eagles will get their next test on Saturday night against the Green Bay Packers.
8-18-15: Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray were both held out of Philly’s preseason opener, where they smashed the Indianapolis Colts, 36-10. Mark Sanchez started the game and didn’t look good despite a touchdown. The score was largely the work of impressive rookie receiver Nelson Agholor, who will likely start right away in 2015. Backup quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow did their best to win the third string job from there, as Barkley racked up 192 passing yards and looked to win their first battle. Tebow held his own, though, as he led the Eagles to a score on his first drive and later scored himself on a seven-yard run. Running back Kenjon Barner may have been the star of the day, believe it or not, as he put up 29 rushing yards and a score, as well as an entertaining 92-yard punt return. Philly will gear up for week two on Saturday night, when they host the Baltimore Ravens for their second preseason game.
8-12-15: Just days after trading away slot corner Brandon Boykin, the Philadelphia Eagles are dealing with the aftermath of losing defensive back JaCorey Shepherd to a torn ACL. The rookie cornerback was slated to take over for the departed Boykin (now with the Steelers), but now Philly may have to hold an open competition for that role (or sign a free agent). While the Eagles took a hit at corner, they’ve been all systems go under center. Per reports, quarterback Sam Bradford hasn’t missed a single rep during camp and looks like he’s ready to start over in 2015. The Eagles won’t just be changing things at quarterback on offense this year, as they also have new plans for the shifty Darren Sproles. In addition to being used at running back and on returns, the Eagles reportedly plan to utilize him as a wide receiver out of the slot, as well.
8-5-15: Quarterback rules the airwaves in Philly, as talk has emerged of the team wanting to sign passer Sam Bradford to a contract extension. The Eagles don’t seem eager to hand Bradford a mega deal that extends far into the future, but it does sound as if the franchise would prefer not to enter the season with their starting quarterback being a sitting duck. Tim Tebow has also dominated the rumors, as several teammates have publicly supported him as a strong candidate to make the final roster. That would involve beating out current #3 quarterback Matt Barkley, but if Tebow does win a job, the immediate question will be what his exact role will be. The Eagles apparently didn’t have a role for tiny slot corner Brandon Boykin anymore, so they traded the defensive back to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth round draft pick. Boykin’s deal was set to expire after 2015 and if he plays over 60% of the snaps in Pittsburgh, the compensation ups to a fourth rounder.
7-28-15: A lot hinges on the health of quarterback Sam Bradford when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015. Head coach Chip Kelly apparently thought about that in great detail, however, as he revealed that analytics suggest Bradford has just a 12% chance of going down with a third torn ACL. That percentage is hopefully only lower in actuality, but either way, the Eagles expect their new starting quarterback to be ready to hit the ground running when training camp opens for both rookies and veterans on August 1st. Philly made some minor roster moves recently, as they took a gamble on offensive guard John Moffitt and parted ways with running back Matthew Tucker. Moffitt has the potential to be a huge pick up if his mind is right, while Tucker was let go after suffering a torn quad.
7-22-15: It’s been a crazy offseason for Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, but fans finally get to start to see some of the fruits of Kelly’s labor when training camp hits on August first. Sam Bradford (knee) will likely be brought along slowly, as he looks to win the starting quarterback job over Mark Sanchez. Tim Tebow will likely be the talk of the town despite not really being in the race, and how exactly he’s used in scrimmages could be a hot topic. DeMarco Murray will also be watched closely, as he takes over for the departed LeSean McCoy as Philly’s lead rusher. Rookie wide receiver Nelson Agholor will also be a big name to monitor, as he tries to carve out a starting role in the passing game. Defense may be the biggest problem for the Eagles, but if Kiko Alonso returns to full health (and previous form), the Eagles could have a nasty linebacking corps on their hands. A healthy Demeco Ryans (Achilles) will be part of that group, although he could still be limited when camp opens. Outside linebacker Marcus Smith has a shot at contributing at a high level in 2015, but may have to earn his stripes once camp starts.
5-4-15: No one really knew what Chip Kelly had up his sleeve. In the end, it didn’t involve landing Marcus Mariota, despite length reports that Kelly and the Eagles tried with all of their might. While not landing Mariota was a tad deflating, the Philadelphia Eagles still emerged from the 2015 NFL Draft with an impressive group of players that could make an immediate impact. Their first round pick stands out the most, as USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor could end up being the perfect replacement for the departed Jeremy Maclin. Kelly and co. added some other solid pieces, as well, with Utah’s Eric Rowe being a nice sleeper at cornerback and Jordan Hicks being an interesting pass rushing presence out of Texas. The Eagles already laid much of the groundwork for 2015 when they traded for Kiko Alonso and signed DeMarco Murray. Now the rest may fall on what they get out of Sam Bradford and this draft class. For a complete list of this year’s draft class, read on:
Round One - Pick 20: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
Round Two - Pick 47: Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
Round Three - Pick 84: Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas
Round Six - Pick 191: JaCorey Sheperd, CB, Kansas
Round Six - Pick 196: Randall Evans, CB, Kansas State
Round Seven - Pick 237: Brian Mihalik, DE, Boston College
4-9-15: Chip Kelly has been extremely active throughout the Philadelphia Eagles’ offseason, as he swung a trade with the Rams that netted quarterback Sam Bradford for Nick Foles. Some still think Kelly has another move involving Bradford up his sleeve (trade up for Marcus Mariota), while a recent Tim Tebow workout also raised some eyebrows. That’s nothing compared to what Kelly has done overall, as he also worked to land stud running back DeMarco Murray and even brought in Ryan Mathews as insurance. The Eagles didn’t stop there, as they held onto pass rusher Brandon Graham and also brought in linebacker Brad Jones and cornerback Walter Thurmond III to assist the improvement on defense. Kelly clearly has a vision in mind, and while it’s not known to everyone else, it’s been fun to watch unfold to this point.
3-9-15: Chip Kelly isn’t shy about his system or what his vision of the perfect Eagles team looks like. After barely missing out on the playoffs in 2014, Kelly seems to be placing the stepping stones to a jump back into the playoff mix after a mammoth-sized trade that sent running back LeSean McCoy packing for linebacker Kiko Alonso. With the Eagles looking at Frank Gore in free agency, it’s possible Kelly knows something we don’t: that he needed Alonso a whole lot more than he needed McCoy. Kelly’s emphasis on defensive improvement continued with a splash signing of ex-Seahawks corner Byron Maxwell, who hypothetically dramatically improves Philly’s shaky secondary. The final question should come under center, where the Eagles could stand pat with Nick Foles or swing a trade to move up to select Kelly’s former Oregon pupil, Marcus Mariota.
12-29-14: Both the Eagles and Giants scored in all four quarters on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Mark Sanchez completed 23 of his 36 passing attempts for 292 yards and two touchdowns, as the Eagles won, 34-26. Jordan Matthews caught eight passes for 105 yards and a score. The Philadelphia defense blocked a punt for a touchdown in the third quarter.
12-23-14: Before Saturday, Chip Kelly had his Eagles playing very well on the road against the rest of the NFC East. However, the Washington Redskins upset Philadelphia at FedEx Field and with the Dallas Cowboys’ win on Sunday, the Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs. On the bright side, Zach Ertz caught 15 passes for 115 yards, both of which were career highs.
12-17-14: After allowing the Dallas Cowboys to score the first 21 points of Sunday’s game in Philadelphia, the Eagles fought back to score 24 consecutive points. However, Philadelphia could not hold onto the slim lead, as Tony Romo and Dez Bryant led the Cowboys to the 38-27 victory over the Eagles.
12-9-14: Although the Eagles took a 7-0 lead on the visiting Seattle Seahawks early on Sunday,
Mark Sanchez and company could not muster much yardage the rest of the game, as the Seahawks won, 24-14. The Eagles only had nine first downs, as Sanchez completed just 10 of his 20 passing attempts for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
12-3-14: The Eagles took over sole possession of first place in the NFC East with their 33-10 blowout of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Mark Sanchez dominated the first half as he threw for more than 200 yards and scored two touchdowns. LeSean McCoy rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
11-26-14: Mark Sanchez, LeSean McCoy and the Eagles dispatched the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in Philadelphia as they extended their home winning streak to 10 games. The Eagles started the game on a great note, as Josh Huff took the opening kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown. Sanchez and McCoy each scored a touchdown as well.
11-19-14: Philadelphia did not look so good in Week 11, as Mark Sanchez and company dropped the contest, 53-20. The loss snapped the Eagles’ two-game winning streak. However, the Eagles are still 7-3 on the season, and they will next take on the Tennessee Titans, who played on Monday night this past week.
11-12-14: Mark Sanchez is showing Chip Kelly that he can be the man to start under center when the playoffs begin. Sanchez threw for more than 300 yards to go along with two touchdown throws. In addition, Darren Sproles scored twice in the contest. Although LeSean McCoy got into the end zone, he was inefficient as he rushed 12 times for only 19 yards.
11-5-14: Sunday was not a good day for Nick Foles, as he suffered a fractured clavicle and is outfor six to eight weeks. However, the Eagles’ offense still looked strong without him in the 31-21 victory over the Houston Texans. Mark Sanchez replaced him at quarterback and threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
10-30-14: Nick Foles threw for 411 yards and two touchdowns, but the Arizona Cardinals made the big plays on Sunday. They intercepted him twice and scored multiple touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the Eagles’ 24-20 loss. On the bright side, Jeremy Maclin had 12 receptions, 187 yards and two touchdowns.
10-21-14: After enjoying some great success at home, the Eagles headed into their bye ready for a more difficult schedule. They begin a new phase of their season with three of their next four games on the road, and the Eagles’ only loss this season came on the road. They fell to the San Francisco 49ers, and it was their last game away from home.
10-14-14: The Eagles entered the bye week on a very good note, as they shut out the visiting New York Giants, 27-0. LeSean McCoy rushed for a season-high 149 rushing yards as Philadelphia pushed its perfect home record to 4-0. Unfortunately, Darren Sproles suffered a sprained MCL and could be out for a couple weeks.
10-8-14: The Eagles bounced back from their first loss of the season by extending their home winning streak with a 34-28 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Once again, Philadelphia’s defense and special teams scored touchdowns. However, with LeSean McCoy still struggling, the Eagles’ offense stalled and allowed the Rams to make a comeback.
10-1-14: Early Sunday morning, the Eagles were awakened by a fire alarm being pulled in their San Francisco hotel. The 49ers defense capitalized on a sleepy Philadelphia offense, as the Eagles were held scoreless in the second half. Interestingly, the Eagles’ only points in their first loss of the season came on special teams and on defense.
9-25-14: The Eagles pushed their undefeated record to 3-0 with another scoring performance of at least 30 points. Nick Foles has put up more than 300 yards in all three weeks thus far, and he has accumulated the most passing yards in the league this season. In Week 3’s 37-34 victory over the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia put up its season-best in points.
9-17-14: Monday Night Football was a success for the Eagles in Indianapolis. Cody Parkey made a 36-yard field goal as time expired to give Philadelphia the 30-27 victory, completing the team’s comeback from being down 14 points in the third quarter. Darren Sproles busted through the Colts’ defense for a career-high 152 receiving yards, and he scored a rushing touchdown as well.
9-10-14: It was not looking good early for the Eagles, but they came on strong in the second half. After not scoring in the first half and trailing by 17 points, Philadelphia destroyed the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half to win the game. Unfortunately, right tackle Allen Barbre has a high-ankle sprain and is done for the season.
9-4-14: The Eagles are heavy favorites in Week 1 as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not only is Nick Foles better than any of the Jaguars quarterbacks, but it also seems that Chip Kelly’s offensive system has made Mark Sanchez the second-best quarterback in this game. Sanchez looks revitalized after a strong preseason.
8-26-14: It was good to see Mark Sanchez look strong on Thursday in the Eagles’ 31-21 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, reigning NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy left the game with a thumb injury. The X-rays on his right thumb were negative, but he was diagnosed with a sprained thumb. Earlier this week, the Eagles traded running back David Fluellen to the Indianapolis Colts for kicker Cody Parkey.
8-20-14: After the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots, it was nice to see Cary Williams apologize to Bill Belichick for his comments about the Patriots being cheaters, especially after intercepting Tom Brady and running 77 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles, who lost to the Patriots by a touchdown, were missing Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
8-14-14: Jeremy Maclin was dealing with minor leg soreness, but he played through it on Friday night in Chicago for the Eagles’ preseason opener. He caught the only pass that was thrown to him and gained 15 yards. Cary Williams and the rest of the Eagles now turn their attention to New England. He has recently called the Patriots “cheaters,” so it will be interesting to see what happens in their joint practices this week and in their game on Friday at Gillette Stadium.
8-5-14: The Eagles take on the Bears in Chicago on Friday in their preseason opener, and we hope to see receiver Jeremy Maclin play in that game. Just when he was getting his timing back, he left seven-on-seven drills with an injury on Monday. However, after missing the entire 2013 season due to an ACL tear, he expects to be back very soon.
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.