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Brent Celek caught one pass for a one-yard touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win

It was Celek's first touchdown of the season. Relegated to a strict blocking role, he finishes his fifth NFL season with just 32-340-1. Celek will still likely be back at his $4.725 million salary because he's a valuable on-field piece outside the box score.
Dec 28 - 7:39 PM

Josh Huff caught one pass for six yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

An Oregon product taken in the third-round by former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Huff was a bit contributor for the Eagles as a rookie. He caught eight passes for 98 yards, lost a fumble and returned 13 kickoffs. Even if Huff is given a chance to compete for the No. 3 job in 2015, he's unlikely to make a big impact.
Dec 28 - 7:34 PM

Riley Cooper caught two passes for 37 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

Just a blocker in this Chip Kelly offense, bad things happened all year when the ball went Cooper's way. So even though he signed a "five-year" contract last offseason, it was structured in a way the Eagles can get out cheaply. They are a decent bet to do just that, letting Jordan Matthews spread his wings as an outside receiver in two-wide sets. Cooper's 55-577-3 line is brutal for an every-down player in a Kelly offense, but it doesn't even say how bad he is.
Dec 28 - 7:30 PM

Jeremy Maclin caught three passes for 49 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

Coming off a 2013 ACL tear, the NFL market asked Jeremy Maclin to "prove it." So he signed a one-year deal with the Eagles and did just that. Maclin came out on fire with Nick Foles at the helm, recording eight of his 10 touchdowns and three of his four 100-yard days in the first eight games. His production tailed off with Mark Sanchez falling in love with Jordan Matthews, but that's no matter. Maclin, clearly healthy, is a borderline No. 1 wideout in the NFL and the Eagles will likely pay him as such this spring.
Dec 28 - 7:24 PM

Zach Ertz caught four passes for 56 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

One of our favorite preseason breakout candidates at tight end, Ertz was not utilized in a fantasy friendly fashion. Chip Kelly treated him as a complementary piece instead of a featured player, limiting snaps to certain packages and not getting red-zone looks. We still saw major ability in the supremely athletic Ertz, who had a 15-catch game in Week 15 and finishes with 58-702-3. His 2015 offseason progress in the scheme will be well worth watching as he heads into his third NFL season.
Dec 28 - 7:18 PM

Jordan Matthews caught eight passes for 105 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

Possibly working with impending free agent Mark Sanchez for the last time, Matthews celebrated the occasion with a team-high 10 targets. It caps an eye-opening campaign for a 6-foot-3 rookie that exclusively played out of the slot. Matthews finishes with 67 catches for 872 yards and eight touchdowns, showing far more chemistry with Sanchez than likely 2015 starter Nick Foles. That's not a big concern though, as Mathews could very well take over on the outside for Riley Cooper in two-wide sets and he'll have the whole offseason to work with Foles. Matthews, clearly a plus player in one of the league's best offenses, has major 2015 upside.
Dec 28 - 7:13 PM

Darren Sproles rushed one time for five yards and caught three passes for 23 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

Sproles was effective in his first year as an Eagle, averaging 5.77 YPC with a career-high six rushing touchdowns and catching 40 passes for 387 yards. But much to the frustration of fans, Chip Kelly never had any intention of giving Sproles volume. The gadget back averaged just 6.4 touches per game and that number certainly won't rise in 2015 as he turns 32 years old in June.
Dec 28 - 7:08 PM

Chris Polk rushed seven times for 38 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

Polk once again stole goal-line work from LeSean McCoy, punching in a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter. The Eagles didn't hide the fact that the talented, 222-pounder is now their preferred option in short-yardage situations. So even though Polk's third NFL season finishes with just 46 carries for 172 yards and three touchdowns, his fantasy value is greater than that looking ahead. Polk, a restricted free agent, will get goal-line scores and is an excellent handcuff to McCoy in 2015.
Dec 28 - 7:01 PM

LeSean McCoy rushed 17 times for 99 yards and caught one pass for 15 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

It seemed like McCoy couldn't flop in 2014, one year after winning the NFL's rushing title. He's just 26 years old, had an elite offensive line and an elite run-based Chip Kelly offense. But something was off with McCoy all year, as his YPC sunk to 4.22 on 312 carries and he scored a total of just five touchdowns. The Eagles noticed it too, stripping McCoy of goal-line work in favor of Chris Polk and using Darren Sproles in most of their screen play packages. Owed $9.75M in 2015 base salary, McCoy admitted Sunday that he may need to restructure his contract.
Dec 28 - 6:47 PM

Mark Sanchez completed 23-of-36 passes for 292 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 17 win at the Giants.

Sanchez took over as the Eagles' starter following Nick Foles' season-ending Week 9 injury. At the time, the Eagles were 6-2. It was an ideal situation for Sanchez to earn a huge payday in free agency this spring, operating Chip Kelly's quarterback-friendly scheme for a playoff-bound team. But turnovers really plagued Sanchez, who went 4-4 as a starter and threw 11 interceptions against 14 touchdowns. The tape showed that he's a notch below NFL starter caliber. Sanchez will certainly attract interest from quarterback-starved teams, but the Eagles will likely be content to roll with Foles in 2015 while bringing in other long-term options for Kelly.
Dec 28 - 6:40 PM

Eagles declared LCB Bradley Fletcher inactive for Sunday's Week 17 finale against the Giants.

Fletcher was listed on the injury report with a hip injury, but this is more of a healthy scratch ahead of a matchup with Odell Beckham. Fletcher, who is headed for free agency, has been among the worst corners in the league all year and a weekly target for savvy fantasy football owners. The bigger question is how bad replacement Nolan Carroll must be in practice if he's not replacing Fletcher until Week 17. Don't downgrade ODB at all. The rest of the Eagles inactives: QB Nick Foles, S Jerome Couplin, OL Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl and DE Taylor Hart.
Dec 28 - 11:34 AM

Eagles LCB Bradley Fletcher (hip) has been listed as questionable for Week 17 against the Giants despite getting in a full practice Friday.

Fletcher has practiced every day this week, but it is possible the Eagles hold him out of the meaningless season finale to rest his bruised ego. Fletcher has been getting burnt regularly the past two weeks, giving up three touchdowns to Dez Bryant Week 15 and two long pass plays to DeSean Jackson last week. With Nolan Carroll next up on the Eagles' depth chart, Fletcher missing would actually be a downgrade for Odell Beckham.
Dec 27 - 9:40 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer expects the Eagles to release RCB Cary Williams in the offseason.

With one year left on his contract, Williams' salary and cap hits jump to $6.5 million and $8.1 million, respectively. Both Williams and LCB Bradley Fletcher were getting routinely torched on the outside early in the season, but Williams has since steadied his game while Fletcher continues to drown. Williams just turned 30 this week. We wouldn't write him off returning in 2015. Fletcher is as good as gone. The Eagles need to find a corner and a safety in the spring.
Dec 26 - 9:54 AM

Speaking Wednesday, coach Chip Kelly declined to give Nick Foles a full endorsement.

Kelly said he'll go through a long evaluation process on all his players, including Foles. He's not going to name him his starter even though Foles is 14-4 over his last 18 starts under Kelly. That's because he was shaky this season, turning the ball over 13 times in just over seven games and completing 59.8 percent of his passes. The problem for the Eagles is that they're unlikely to find serious competition for Foles unless they mortgage their future to move up in the draft for Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston. Foles, heading into the final year of his rookie contract, is the heavy favorite to open 2015 as the Eagles' starting quarterback.
Dec 25 - 9:45 AM

Impending free agent WR Jeremy Maclin has made it clear he wants to remain in Philadelphia.

"This is the place that drafted me, and I want to end my career here," Maclin said. "(When) the time’s right, it’ll get done. I know both sides have made it clear that we both want to be here." Playing on a one-year, $5.5 million deal, Maclin has been one of the league's best receivers this season, catching 82 passes for 1,269 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Eagles can ill afford to let him walk after shipping out DeSean Jackson last offseason.
Dec 23 - 3:24 PM


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