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Coach Chip Kelly said Mark Sanchez, not Matt Barkley, will start Week 17's meaningless finale against the Giants.

With Sanchez's one-year contract set to expire, there's been a lot of talk in Philadelphia that Barkley should start Sunday so the Eagles can see what they have. Kelly doesn't want to hear it. It's both an indictment of Barkley and affirmation that Kelly is going to play this game to win -- not evaluate. The Eagles have lost three straight games under Sanchez, getting eliminated from the playoffs while Week 1 starter Nick Foles (collarbone) continues to rehab. Foles' rookie deal is up after the 2015 season.
Dec 22 - 8:23 AM

Riley Cooper caught five passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's Week 16 loss to Washington.

Cooper scored on a three-yard fade in the second quarter, and later beat Redskins CB E.J. Biggers for a 16-yard touchdown. He was targeted seven times by Mark Sanchez. Cooper will take a 53/540/3 line into the regular season finale against the Giants.
Dec 20 - 9:53 PM

Darren Sproles had four carries for 24 yards in Saturday's Week 16 loss to the Redskins.

He added six catches for 43 yards. It's the most yards in the last seven games for Sproles, who finished behind only Zach Ertz with nine targets. Sproles won't be more than a boom-or-bust FLEX option for Week 17.
Dec 20 - 9:42 PM

Jeremy Maclin caught four passes for 62 yards in Saturday's Week 16 loss to the Redskins.

Maclin was mostly a non-factor, finishing with just six targets. He hasn't had more than four catches in a game since Week 13 and has seen his production decline with Mark Sanchez. Maclin will be more of low-end WR2 for Week 17 against the Giants.
Dec 20 - 9:39 PM

Jordan Matthews had three catches for 58 yards in Saturday's Week 16 loss to the Redskins.

Matthews was held in check outside of a 26-yard third down catch in the second quarter. He lost targets to Zach Ertz in the short pass game, with Riley Cooper vulturing both of the Eagles' touchdowns in the red-zone. Matthews has taken a step back while playing through his knee injury the last two games. He'll be a WR3 option against the Giants in Week 17.
Dec 20 - 9:29 PM

Zach Ertz secured 15-of-18 targets for 115 yards in Saturday's Week 16 loss to Washington.

The 15 catches are a franchise record, while the 18 targets were by far his most of the season. Unfortunately, Ertz only had one red-zone look. It's an overdue breakout from Ertz, who had been playing limited snaps behind Brent Celek. Ertz will be back on the TE1 radar in Week 17 against a Giants defense that struggles with tight ends.
Dec 20 - 9:10 PM

LeSean McCoy had 22 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's Week 16 loss to Washington.

He added three catches for 28 yards. McCoy was used in red-zone situations despite losing work to Chris Polk last week, scoring on an 11-yard touchdown. He had 50 yards on his first nine touches, but fell out of the gameplan in the second half. McCoy will be a top-10 running back play against the Giants in Week 17.
Dec 20 - 8:27 PM

Mark Sanchez completed 37-of-50 passes for 374 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Saturday's Week 16 loss to the Redskins.

Sanchez also fumbled on the opening series and took three sacks. Despite the stat line, Sanchez checked down to Zach Ertz and Riley Cooper for most of the game, targeting them 25 times. Sanchez's late fourth-quarter interception set up a game-winning field for Washington and all but ends the Eagles postseason chances. The Eagles now need a Dallas loss to stay alive in the playoffs.
Dec 20 - 8:10 PM

Jordan Matthews (knee) is active for Saturday's Week 16 game against Washington.

Matthews didn't miss any practice due to his knee injury. He's a strong bounce back candidate against the Redskins' secondary after being held without a catch last week. The Eagles inactives are QB Nick Foles, S Jerome Couplin, LB Trent Cole, OL Julian Vandervelde, WR Jeff Maehl, OL Dennis Kelly, and DE Taylor Hart.
Dec 20 - 3:18 PM

With Eagles OLB Trent Cole sidelined by a hand injury, rookie Marcus Smith has moved back to outside linebacker at Eagles' practice.

The 2014 first-round pick moved to inside 'backer after a rash of injuries in the middle of the season, but he will finish his rookie campaign at his more natural outside position. Brandon Graham will slide into Cole's starting position while Smith has a chance to contribute as a rotational pass rusher. Smith has two quarterback hurries across 74 defensive snaps this season.
Source: CSN Philly
Dec 20 - 12:49 PM

LeSean McCoy's role in the Eagles' red-zone offense has declined in the last eight games.

McCoy opened the season as the primary back in the red zone. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, he was on the field for 77 percent of the red-zone plays through the first six games of the season and saw 74 percent of the running back touches. Those numbers have decreased to 65 percent and 64 percent respectively, and should continue to fall as Chris Polk continues to convert goal-line chances. With Polk vulturing touchdowns and Darren Sproles vulturing pass-game work, McCoy is more of an RB2 Week 16 against a stingy Washington rush defense.
Dec 20 - 9:31 AM

Impending free agent OLB Brandon Graham hinted he'd like to return to a 4-3 defense.

"A 4-3 end - pass rushing is what you do," Graham said. "I think a 4-3 end, it's better because you're always going that way. You're never backing up." It took Graham a bit to make the switch to 3-4 outside linebacker, but he's flourished there in 2014. Still, he feels more comfortable in a 4-3 scheme. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, some compare Graham to Vikings DE Everson Griffen, who inked a five-year, $42.5 million deal with Minnesota last offseason.
Dec 19 - 9:22 AM

LeSean McCoy admitted that Chris Polk is taking over as the Eagles' primary goal-line back.

Polk played three snaps in Week 15, turning two of them into short touchdowns. A third goal-line carry went to Darren Sproles. "Polk's obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they've been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game. ... "There's just some plays on 3rd-and-1 type of situations where I probably wouldn't have gotten it, where I see him kind of hit a guy, drag a guy and get in there," McCoy candidly conceded. It's not out of the question that Shady gets some goal-line chances in the flow of the Eagles' hurry-up scheme, but Polk is a drain on touchdown projections. We already know McCoy was struggling to churn up yards and has lost significant pass-game work to Sproles.
Source: CSN Philly
Dec 18 - 12:04 PM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole has undergone left hand surgery and is out for Saturday's game against the Redskins.

Cole's status for Week 17 is unknown. It's a hit to the Eagles' depth on the edge, but replacement Brandon Graham is actually an upgrade. Cole, owed $10M in 2015, is likely in his final days as an Eagle.
Dec 18 - 9:47 AM

According to CSN Philly's Reuben Frank, Chris Polk received the first running back rep at Eagles practice on Wednesday, ahead of LeSean McCoy.

McCoy laughed off the running back order following the practice, and Frank concedes it's "impossible to tell" if it actually meant anything. McCoy was reportedly "on the sideline while Polk worked with the first unit." Reporters were only able to view two practice reps before the session was closed to media. "We rotate all the time," McCoy said Wednesday afternoon. "(RBs coach) Duce (Staley) pulled me out. (Darren) Sproles wasn't in either." The Eagles are preparing to play the Redskins on Saturday evening. When Philly and Washington played earlier this year, McCoy managed 22 yards on 19 carries.
Source: CSN Philly
Dec 17 - 10:20 PM

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