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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

Eagles OLB Trent Cole is likely entering his final season with the team.

The Eagles drafted Marcus Smith to be Cole's heir apparent, and Cole's base salary doubles from $5 million this year to $10 million next year. Although Cole is still playing solid football -- he had eight sacks in the second half of last season alone -- there's little chance he'd return at next year's scheduled rate short of a major contract restructuring. Cole turns 32 years old this October.
Jul 17 - 10:00 AM

Jeremy Maclin (ACL surgery) says that in some ways, he now feels faster.

Maclin participated fully in the entire offseason program, making a strong return from his July 2013 tear. "In some ways I feel more fresh, more physically strong," he said. "I just think you put so much hard work into your rehab process that that's kind of what happens. You get that leg back. You build that leg back stronger." With DeSean Jackson now a Redskin, Maclin is Nick Foles' "Z" receiver and No. 1 wideout. He's playing on a one-year "prove it" deal.
Jul 14 - 10:46 AM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher believes Eagles RB Chris Polk could average "between six and eight touches per game."

It's hard to imagine with Darren Sproles added to Philly's backfield. That said, Polk is now the Eagles' primary backup to LeSean McCoy with Bryce Brown gone to Buffalo. While he will not carry much re-draft value on his own, Polk is the handcuff to target for McCoy owners.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 7 - 9:34 AM

Eagles OLB Connor Barwin will be more involved as a pass rusher this season.

The only Eagle with experience as a 3-4 outside 'backer, Barwin was asked to play the versatile "Jack" role in the Philadelphia defense last season, a role that saw him drop into coverage on a whopping 42 percent of his snaps. Conversely, Trent Cole only dropped into coverage 22 percent of his defensive snaps as he filled the more aggressive "Predator" role. With Cole now more comfortable playing linebacker and versatile rookie Marcus Smith on the roster, Barwin should be given more freedom to get after the quarterback this season.
Jul 7 - 9:25 AM

Eagles G/T Allen Barbre will likely take over at right tackle during Lane Johnson's suspension.

Signed to a three-year extension earlier in the offseason, Barbre is clearly the Eagles' top reserve lineman and should get the first crack at replacing Johnson. Barbre is not as athletic as Johnson, but he still possesses the plus quickness and athleticism coach Chip Kelly requires from his offensive linemen. Barbre played 89 offensive snaps at left and right tackle last season.
Jul 5 - 12:02 PM

The Philadelphia Daily News wouldn't be shocked if LG Evan Mathis is a no-show when training camp opens.

It's a surprising take considering Mathis was present for both voluntary and mandatory workouts this offseason. It sounds like reporter Paul Domowitch is basing his skepticism on the history of agent Drew Rosenhaus. Mathis did ask for a new contract before the draft, but has little leverage as a 33-year-old player in the third year of a five-year, $25 million deal.
Jul 2 - 11:47 AM

Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith practiced with the third-stringers throughout offseason practices.

Smith is expected to climb the depth chart quickly at camp, settling in as a second-stringer and situational pass-rusher. With former first-rounder Brandon Graham also backing up starters Connor Barwin and Trent Cole, the Eagles have a nice rotation here. They figure to improve on last year's 37 sacks, which ranked 20th in the NFL.
Jul 2 - 9:55 AM


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