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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

Jordan Matthews (knee) is practicing in full for Week 16 against the Redskins.

Matthews is coming off a goose egg on one target in Week 15. He'd make for an intriguing DFS play after back-to-back down weeks. The Redskins' secondary is brutal.
Dec 17 - 3:14 PM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher reports the Eagles have engaged in contract-extension talks with impending free agent OLB Brandon Graham.

After a couple offseasons of speculation about his future and fit in DC Billy Davis' 3-4, Graham has had a breakout 2014 with six sacks, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 5 outside linebacker. Starting OLB Trent Cole is expected to be released after the season. Graham could slide in opposite Connor Barwin, with 2014 first-round pick Marcus Smith as the No. 3 edge rusher. Graham will probably seek $5 million-plus annually.
Source: CSN Philly
Dec 17 - 10:52 AM

FOX Philadelphia's Howard Eskin reports Nick Foles' collarbone is just 70 percent healed.

Eskin's report has been seconded by FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo. It means there's no way Foles will return before the end of the regular season, and that he'll likely be questionable for a potential Wild Card appearance. The Eagles' hopes of a division championship are pinned to the scattershot arm and decision-making of Mark Sanchez.
Dec 16 - 2:39 PM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole's broken left hand is "braced and taped."

Speaking Tuesday, Cole declined to reveal if he's playing this week, or if he needs surgery. Cole hasn't missed a game since 2011. He has 6.5 sacks through 784 snaps this season.
Dec 16 - 1:48 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer confirms OLB Trent Cole (hand) is not expected to play this week.

The Eagles are hoping that Cole can return in Week 17. Brandon Graham will start in his place against Washington.
Dec 16 - 11:48 AM

Coach Chip Kelly blamed defensive adjustments, not Mark Sanchez, for the decline in Jeremy Maclin's production.

Maclin averaged 5.6 catches, 98.7 yards and 1.0 touchdowns on 10.3 targets in Nick Foles' eight starts. He's at 5.5 catches, 69.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns on 8.0 targets in Sanchez's six starts. "He was running post right by people, and we're not seeing that anymore," Kelly said. "If you watch the tape, the safeties are a lot deeper." That may be the case, but Sanchez's rapport with Jordan Matthews and a tendency to keep the ball between the hashes haven't helped. The good news is that Maclin gets a Redskins secondary that loves to give up big plays Saturday.
Dec 16 - 9:18 AM

Brandon Graham will start at the "Predator" OLB position with Trent Cole (hand) likely to miss Week 16.

It's a big chance for Graham, the No. 13 overall pick in 2010. But it's actually an upgrade for the Eagles on Cole, as Graham has impressed in a rotational role this season. He's sporting six sacks and more than holding his own against the run, grading out as PFF's No. 5 outside linebacker. Bryan Braman would step in as the Eagles' third OLB if Cole sits.
Dec 16 - 8:50 AM

Chris Polk rushed twice for six yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' Week 15 loss to the Cowboys.

Polk and Darren Sproles (3-5-1) both handled scoring-position carries over LeSean McCoy, with the former hammering in TDs from five and one yard(s) out in the second and third quarters. McCoy did get a goal-line carry later in the contest, but couldn't punch it in. There is a chance Polk has overtaken McCoy as the Eagles' goal-line runner. He still carries little standalone fantasy value. McCoy will be an RB1/2 in Week 16 at Washington.
Dec 15 - 7:00 PM

Eagles OLB Trent Cole is uncertain to play for the rest of the season due to a broken hand.

Sometimes defenders can cast up and play through broken hands. Other times, they're forced to shut it down. Cole is likely currently in the process if making his decision. The 32-year-old has 6.5 sacks on the season.
Dec 15 - 3:51 PM

Coach Chip Kelly announced Nick Foles (collarbone) has already been ruled out for Week 16 against the Redskins.

A Week 16 return was always viewed as a best-case scenario for Foles. Mark Sanchez will get at least one more start and will look to take advantage of a suspect Redskins pass defense that has been torched by anyone and everyone in 2014. Matt Barkley isn't an option. Consider Foles week to week at this point.
Dec 15 - 1:06 PM


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