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Eagles OC Pat Shurmur said Zach Ertz "made the biggest improvement" among his tight ends.

Tight ends that are going to be great typically make a giant Year 2 leap, and Ertz is on that path. By getting stronger as a blocker and more comfortable in the scheme, he's expected to play more snaps as the Eagles replace the combined 120 receptions made by DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant last season. We've seen nothing to suggest the offseason buzz Ertz earned as a breakout player was unwarranted, and he's an excellent back-end TE1 with upside.
Aug 1 - 9:17 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer says Nick Foles has been good, but not great so far at camp.

Foles was certainly great when he got his chance last season, leading the NFL in YPA and passer rating while ranking sixth among quarterbacks in fantasy points per game. Concerns for an encore include a natural regression off an absurd 27:2 TD-to-INT rate, the loss of DeSean Jackson and a full offseason for defensive coordinators to study the Chip Kelly scheme. Foles' current ADP is currently in the sixth round, ahead of Robert Griffin III, Jay Cutler, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Tony Romo among others.
Aug 1 - 8:53 AM

The Eagles are working third-round pick Josh Huff at both slot and outside receiver in training camp.

Also likely to contribute on special teams, Huff's versatility could earn him a game-day jersey behind Philly's top-three wideouts. "He’s settled in and is doing extremely well," said OC Pat Shurmur. "He’s very good against bump and run. He’s a strong, physical body. Almost looks like a running back because he’s a powerful type guy." Huff is worth rostering in deeper Dynasty leagues.
Jul 31 - 5:17 PM

Eagles OC Pat Shurmur says making contested catches is one of second-round pick Jordan Matthews' strengths.

If Shurmur's diagnosis of Matthews' skill set is correct -- and his Vandy tape suggests it is -- Matthews could be a red-zone playmaker right away. "He’s young and he’s got courage," Shurmur observed. "So he can run around and catch the ball with people around him. Lastly, when he catches the ball, he sets his hair on fire and runs. If we didn’t have fences around here, he’d run into the street. He’s one of the best finishers we have." Matthews is an interesting re-draft-league WR4.
Jul 31 - 5:13 PM

LeSean McCoy reported to camp 5-7 pounds lighter.

McCoy revealed he did so by cutting out junk food, specifically late-night Doritos. Shady said he feels "much more explosive," and "wanted to do it for (Chip Kelly's) offense." Standing in at 5-foot-11, McCoy still tips the scales at over 200 pounds. He's fantasy's No. 1 overall player this season.
Jul 31 - 3:00 PM

Second-round pick Jordan Matthews is still running with the second-team offense at Eagles camp.

Brad Smith is working as Philly's first-team slot receiver, presumably out of veteran deference. Matthews figures to pass Smith in short order. Per beat writer Jeff McLane, Matthews "has made all the catches so far" in camp, and particularly "shined" on Wednesday. Matthews' ADP is the late-11th round.
Jul 30 - 11:11 PM

Coach Chip Kelly recently stated in a radio interview that the Eagles don't have a single receiver on their roster under 190 pounds.

They actually have two -- Damaris Johnson and Jeff Maehl -- but neither is expected to make the Eagles' 53. Hailed as a sleeper in some fantasy circles before last year, 175-pound Johnson managed two catches for 14 yards in 13 games. Kelly has emphasized increasing his team's size at wide receiver.
Jul 29 - 12:01 AM

Coach Chip Kelly said Jeremy Maclin (ACL) looks "fantastic" so far.

Maclin is one year removed from his ACL tear and penned in as the No. 1 wideout for Nick Foles. He's cutting, planting and bursting without issue. Maclin will be playing the DeSean Jackson "Z" role, a spot that led to D-Jax posting career outlier numbers in his first year under Chip Kelly.
Jul 28 - 10:06 AM

Eagles running backs are racking up an "absurd" number of receptions early in camp.

Last year, Darren Sproles was fourth among running backs with 71 catches and LeSean McCoy was 12th with 52. Both backs dominate one-on-one matchups with linebackers, so it's a no-brainer for Chip Kelly to scheme to them. McCoy's three-down plus goal-line role along with his pass-game chops in a dynamic offense make him our No. 1 overall fantasy player.

CSN Philly envisions Allen Barbre pushing Todd Herremans for the Eagles' starting right guard job.

Barbre will open the season at right tackle while Lane Johnson serves a four-game suspension for a PED violation. But after signing Barbre to a three-year extension earlier in the offseason, the Eagles plan on using him more. He's a plus athlete who can play both guard and tackle. Herremans is 31 and has a $4.2 million cap number. He struggled as a pass protector last season.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 27 - 11:08 AM

Mark Sanchez opened Eagles camp as the No. 2 quarterback.

Sanchez is "competing" with Matt Barkley for the No. 2 role, but he is a heavy favorite to open the season as the backup. Neither quarterback will threaten Nick Foles' starting spot.
Jul 26 - 12:45 PM

Eagles LG Evan Mathis is not holding out.

Mathis created a stir around draft time when he asked for a raise on the five-year, $25 million deal he signed in 2012. The Eagles responded by allowing the All-Pro to seek a trade. That's all water under the bridge now, as 32-year-old Mathis attended the offseason program and has now reported to training camp. He'll be a major cog in one of the game's best offensive lines.
Jul 24 - 8:56 AM

Eagles S Keelan Johnson was arrested early Friday morning in Tempe, Ariz. and charged with assaulting a police officer.

Johnson was reportedly involved in a bar fight around 2 AM. One of the people he was with allegedly got into a fight, and Johnson was "shouting over the officers." He was asked to step back multiple times before Johnson allegedly shoved an officer. Johnson appeared in two games for the Eagles as an UDFA last season, making one tackle. He'll likely be informed of his release shortly.
Jul 21 - 6:22 PM

According to ESPN Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan, second-round pick Jordan Matthews "had people ... comparing his physique to Terrell Owens" during OTAs, and "could be a star in the future."

Sheridan mentions Matthews as a key component as Philly works to replace DeSean Jackson's 82 receptions and nine receiving scores. The 2014 Eagles could trot out four-wide sets with Matthews and Zach Ertz inside the numbers, and Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper outside. Matthews is likely to see regular single coverage and create mismatches over the middle of the field at 6-foot-3, 212 with 4.46 speed. He's squarely on the fantasy sleeper radar.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 12:08 PM

Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia does not expect the Eagles to lighten LeSean McCoy's workload.

Last year, McCoy led the league in carries (314), touches (366) and was second among running backs in snaps. He was more than capable of handling it, showing no signs of wearing down and rarely taking big hits. McCoy just turned 26 years old last week and remains the obvious focal point of Chip Kelly's run-first scheme. He's our pick at No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts.
Jul 17 - 10:55 AM


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