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Zach Ertz caught two passes for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

Ertz saw just three targets as the Eagles attacked the Redskins' weak corners -- especially after DeAngelo Hall (heel) left. He did have a chance at two big plays late when the Eagles split him wide in 1-on-1 coverage against LB Keenan Robinson, but one long pass drew a pass interference and the other was overthrown. Ertz is going to have days like this in the Eagles' spread-the-wealth pass game, but he remains an ascending player and red-zone threat. He'll be a fine TE1 for Week 4 against the 49ers.
Sep 21 - 5:20 PM

Nick Foles completed 28-of-42 passes for 325 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

Foles took some really big hits in this one, including a cheap shot from Redskins DT Chris Baker following what was initially ruled an interception. The hit incited a brawl. But Foles showed his toughness, playing his best game of the season in terms of both reads and accuracy. He now has a streak of three straight 300-yard games riding into a Week 4 matchup at San Francisco. This Chip Kelly scheme will keep Foles locked as a strong QB1 all year.
Sep 21 - 5:13 PM

Riley Cooper caught four passes for 34 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

On a day the Eagles scored 37 points and Nick Foles threw for 325 yards, Cooper was quiet once again. Meanwhile, rookie Jordan Matthews dominated out of the slot for eight catches and two touchdowns. Cooper, who now has a total of 71 yards through three games, is just a role-playing blocker. Drop him.
Sep 21 - 5:10 PM

Jordan Matthews caught eight passes for 59 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

The second-round rookie's breakout performance was highlighted by two red-zone touchdowns in which he simply beat LB Perry Riley up the seam. He also showed incredibly strong hands on a sideline catch. Matthews is a fine WR4 kind of fantasy player, but realize this game was against a really bad Redskins pass defense and expect inconsistency going forward in the Eagles' spread the wealth scheme. Matthews had just three catches for 54 yards and no TDs in the first two weeks, and isn't playing in two-wide sets yet (Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin are).
Sep 21 - 5:05 PM

Darren Sproles rushed two times for 20 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

In the most obvious letdown/regression spot of the week, Sproles was not a factor. He touched the ball just five times even though the Eagles ran 68 plays, falling way behind an ineffective LeSean McCoy (20 carries, 22 yards). This is the problem with Sproles as a fantasy player -- he's not a volume player, so he's dependent on big plays. Hopefully you sold high already.
Sep 21 - 5:01 PM

LeSean McCoy rushed 20 times for 22 yards and caught one pass for zero yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

McCoy left briefly early on to be checked for a concussion, but that wasn't the issue here. An Eagles offensive line that was the best in the league last year is currently operating at a bottom-five level thanks to injuries and suspensions. They had no prayer against a speedy Redskins front that we need to start taking very seriously against the run. The only shred of good news is that McCoy rushed 20 times compared to two for Darren Sproles, squashing any silly RBBC concerns. McCoy is a good bet to bounce back despite a tough matchup at San Francisco in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 4:54 PM

Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 154 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

Maclin owners felt sick after he had an early 80-yard touchdown wiped out by a silly block in the back by Jason Kelce. But he dominated after that, making some really tough catches and continuing to show zero ill-effects from last season's ACL tear. Maclin now has a touchdown in three straight games and has been targeted at least 10 times in each of them. He'll be a strong WR2 against the 49ers in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 4:45 PM

Eagles C Jason Kelce left Sunday's Week 3 game against the Redskins in the third quarter with an abdominal injury and is done for the day.

Kelce appeared to pull his abdominal, and walked gingerly to the locker room. It's another huge concern for a battered Eagles offensive line that has already lost Evan Mathis and Allen Barbre to injury. They're not playing ay anywhere near the dominant level they were at in 2013.
Sep 21 - 2:54 PM

LeSean McCoy has been cleared to return to Sunday's game against the Redskins.

It's a pleasant surprise after McCoy appeared very dazed due to a helmet-to-helmet hit from Redskins CB David Amerson. McCoy had two carries for 10 yards and no catches when he went to the locker room.
Sep 21 - 1:57 PM

LeSean McCoy left Sunday's Week 3 game against the Redskins after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter.

On McCoy's second carry of the day, he bounded forward for nine yards but took a brutal shot to the head from Redskins CB David Amerson. He looked extremely dazed as trainers came out to check on him. Chris Polk and Darren Sproles are the backups as McCoy goes to the locker room to get checked for a concussion.
Sep 21 - 1:40 PM

Eagles first-round LB Marcus Smith is active for Sunday's Week 3 game against the Redskins.

Smith played zero defensive snaps in Week 1 and was inactive in Week 2. But with ILB Mychal Kendricks (calf) inactive, Smith is up for depth. Unfortunately, inside is not where he wins. The rest of the Eagles inactives: QB Matt Barkley, S Earl Wolff, T Kevin Graf, G Matt Tobin, DE Taylor Hart and WR Josh Huff.
Sep 21 - 11:45 AM

The Philly Inquirer suggests Riley Cooper's role in the Eagles' offense has been diminished this season by the addition of Darren Sproles and ascension of second-year TE Zach Ertz.

And it doesn't help that Cooper has played very poorly. He has just 37 yards on 11 targets and dropped a touchdown in last Monday night's win over the Colts. Cooper basically admitted he's a role player in Chip Kelly's offense. "Those are the type of people he wants in here," Cooper said of Kelly. "He doesn't want ... me complaining about, 'I'm not getting this many catches.' I just want to win games." Cooper is a WR4/5 in fantasy leagues.
Sep 19 - 11:12 PM

Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks (calf) is out for Sunday's Week 3 game against the Redskins.

It's a massive injury to an already shaky Eagles defense. Not only is Kendricks a rising star, but his backups (Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho) are disasters. Bump up Alf Morris and Niles Paul.
Sep 19 - 9:53 PM

Zach Ertz (knee) is listed as probable for Week 3.

Ertz didn't miss any practice time despite being added to the injury report Thursday. Start him as you normally would.
Sep 19 - 7:01 PM

Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith has been getting reps at inside linebacker at practice this week.

The expectation is that he'll get hit first defensive snaps of his career at the spot vacated by ILB Mychal Kendricks (calf). Kendricks isn't going to play against the Redskins, and backups Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho can't cover backs or tight ends. Smith can, and he's expected to see some run in sub-packages.
Sep 19 - 10:29 AM


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