Player News - Eagles

Date: Team: Pos:

A poll of 22 Eagles reporters listed DE Fletcher Cox as the player most likely to have a breakout year.

Cox isn’t exactly a breakout candidate after earning second-team All-Pro honors in 2014. He should improve on last year’s mediocre sack total, but is more disruptive against the run. Sam Bradford (4), Jordan Matthews (3), Nelson Agholor (1), and Zach Ertz (1) also received votes.
Aug 28 - 5:49 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Miles Austin "hasn't stood out enough" in Eagles camp.

The 10th-year veteran is no higher than fourth on the depth chart, and could begin the year as low as fifth or sixth. Austin could be an early-season inactive if coach Chip Kelly doesn't see a role for him on special teams. Austin still has fine hands, but has lost a step or three since his prime. He should remain well off the re-draft radar this season. Austin's $2.5 million salary ($1 million guaranteed) will probably ensure his place on the 53-man roster.
Aug 27 - 10:47 PM

Eagles waived/injured ILB Emmanuel Acho (thumb surgery).

The special teamer/reserve linebacker should clear waivers and revert to injured reserve. It's possible he'll eventually be cut loose with an injury settlement.
Aug 27 - 1:55 PM

DeMarco Murray said he does not expect to rotate series with Ryan Mathews.

"I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it." Murray started the second preseason game, but Mathews scored a touchdown on the first drive after subbing in for Murray. Murray scored a touchdown on the next possession. Murray will not see close to his workload from last season, but he should see enough touches to remain an RB1.
Source: CSN Philly
Aug 27 - 1:10 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer said the "expectation" is rookie Nelson Agholor will be the "second-most productive receiver on the team."

The most productive will be Jordan Matthews, around whom observers of the team believe the passing offense will be built. Though he is not officially starting yet, Agholor has a higher ceiling than Riley Cooper and Josh Huff. He should pass both on the depth chart soon enough, and he is a good bet to finish the year with the second-most targets on the team.
Aug 27 - 8:46 AM

Eagles OC Pat Shurmur declined to say if TE Zach Ertz (groin surgery) will be ready for Week 1.

"I don't know," Shurmur said when asked if the opener was still a realistic target. "I'm assuming so. Behind the scenes he's taking care of his obligations. It'll be a matter of him getting back out there practicing." Ertz hasn’t practiced since August 14. He has 19 days to get cleared, putting his status in doubt. Brent Celek projects to open the season as the Eagles starting tight end.
Source: CSN Philly
Aug 26 - 6:48 PM

Eagles DC Bill Davis said ILB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') may not be 100 percent for Week 1.

Ryans admitted in early August he was not quite 100%, and he will be just 10 months removed from tearing his Achilles' when the regular season begins. Achilles' tears are always difficult to come back from, and the 31-year-old Ryans may never get back to his pre-injury form. Ryans' struggles to recover could explain why the Eagles extended Mychal Kendricks on Monday.
Aug 25 - 11:52 AM

Eagles signed ILB Mychal Kendricks to a four-year, $29 million contract extension through 2019.

It includes $16 million guaranteed. From being the center of trade chatter during the spring to signing a long-term deal, Kendricks will be in Philadelphia the next five seasons. He's one of the few survivors of the Andy Reid era. Kendricks is a Chip Kelly player, as he's fast enough to play sideline-to-sideline in the run game and cover opposing tight ends and running backs. Once DeMeco Ryans' time is up, it'll be Kendricks and Kiko Alonso on the inside for the Eagles.
Aug 24 - 7:43 PM

Eagles coach Chip Kelly said RB Kenjon Barner is "making a huge case" for a roster spot.

Barner already has two punt return touchdowns this preseason and has added 57 yards on 12 offensive touches. With DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles ahead of him on the depth chart, Barner will need the Eagles to keep four running backs to nab a roster spot. Philadelphia only kept three last season.
Aug 24 - 8:59 AM

Jordan Matthews caught 2-of-2 targets for 20 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.

Matthews was only in the game for a few series, but seemed to get open at will. The breakout candidate now has four catches for 64 yards through two exhibition games. He has WR1 upside for 2015.
Aug 22 - 9:54 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed three times for 19 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.

DeMarco Murray got the start, but it was Mathews who capped the Eagles' opening drive with a 14-yard score. Murray out-touched Mathews 6-3 before both players came out following Philly's second series. Mathews is ticketed for a real role in the Eagles' offense, but he'll be a boom-or-bust FLEX option to begin the year. He has five carries for 37 yards through two exhibition tilts.
Aug 22 - 9:51 PM

Making his preseason debut, DeMarco Murray rushed five times for 17 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's game against the Ravens.

He added a 14-yard reception. Murray got the start, but Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles both got work on the Eagles' lengthy opening drive. Murray and Mathews rotated for Philly's first two series before heading to the showers. Murray is going to be the chairman of Philadelphia's committee, but the Eagles seem committed to getting Mathews real work on a weekly basis.
Aug 22 - 9:47 PM

Nelson Agholor caught 4-of-5 targets for 49 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.

Agholor's fifth target was a drop. Spending time with both the first- and second-team offense, Agholor flashed his exceptional quicks every time he touched the ball. Simply better than Josh Huff and Riley Cooper, Agholor should ascend to first-team status by Week 1. He has eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown through two exhibition tilts.
Aug 22 - 9:35 PM

Sam Bradford played one series in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens, completing 3-of-5 passes for 35 yards.

It was an eventful series, with Bradford getting lit up twice in 11 plays. He took a low blow on a read option, drawing a roughing the passer penalty (a call that isn't supposed to be made). Both of Bradford's incompletions sailed high. It was only one series, but Bradford appeared in command of the offense. Hopefully he'll play closer to one half in next week's regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 22 - 7:44 PM

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports Eagles No. 3 QB Matt Barkley remains on the trade block.

Per Russini, the Eagles will try to "showcase" Barkley in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens. Barkley dialed up 192 yards in Philly's exhibition opener, but teams know what he is at this point. We doubt anything he does in preseason games is really going to affect his "trade value."
Aug 22 - 6:33 PM


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