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Eagles News: Riley Cooper is actually making big plays

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Believe it or not, Riley Cooper proving to be a big-play threat - CSN Philly
People don’t even believe the stats when they see them. "That can't be right." Guess what. It is. Since the start of 2013, when Chip Kelly became head coach of the Eagles, only eight NFL players have more touchdown catches of at least 30 yards than Riley Cooper. Cooper has more long touchdowns during that 2½-year span than Calvin Johnson. More than Julio Jones. More than Torrey Smith, Michael Floyd and Jimmy Graham. Maybe it’s time to reassess your feelings about Riley Cooper. Because on an offense with very few people who've been consistent so far this season, he's really emerged as a consistent big-play threat.

Continuity on defense is beginning to pay off for the Eagles - PhillyVoice
This offseason, the Eagles' offense went through a significant overhaul when Chip Kelly tried to replace two starting guards on their offensive line, traded for a new quarterback, replaced their running back, and drafted a new starter at wide receiver. Unquestionably, in my opinion, their struggles this season can at least partially be attributed to a lack of continuity. Conversely, the Eagles' front seven on defense has been playing together for years. Here are the defense's current front seven starters, and how many games they have under their belts in defensive coordinator Billy Davis' system.

Assessing Sam - Iggles Blitz
At his best, Bradford looks good. There are plays when he stands tall in the pocket and throws the ball with confidence. He’s been running more in recent weeks and I think he looks good on the move. The coaches have moved him around on passing plays. Bradford looks comfortable out of the pocket and has shown the ability to throw on the move. There are other times when Bradford is less impressive. He doesn’t step into his throws very often and some passes will come up short. He bounced one to an open receiver in the Giants game. Sometimes Bradford looks awkward in the pocket. No QB likes pressure, but some handle it better than others. When things go bad, Bradford doesn’t show much confidence.

Eagles-Giants, The Day After - Birds 24/7
"The sideline was going crazy," said Ryans. "It was definitely a momentum shift and something that we needed as a team. I was elated that I was able to be the guy to make that play for the team. You have to have the will to come down with it." "That might have been the key point," added Kelly. "On that second drive when they were moving again on us, and all of the sudden DeMeco comes up with that interception. That was a wild play. DeMeco kind of turned everything for us on that play." The Eagles went on to tie the game on the ensuing possession and the defense applied the clamps from there, allowing zero points and just 141 yards of offense the rest of the way.

Murray, Eagles' run-blocking looking better - Inquirer
DeMarco Murray
answered questions after the first 100-yard rushing performance of his Eagles career as if his previous four games of struggle and his subtle questioning of the offense had never existed. "I think I always felt comfortable," Murray said after he ran for 109 yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown in the Eagles' 27-7 win over the New York Giants on Monday night. A short memory is beneficial for a running back. If Murray had harped on a three-game start in which he managed just 1.6 yards per carry, it's unlikely he could have ever turned the corner as he increasingly has over the last two weeks.

Are Eagles turnovers all Sam Bradford's fault? -
Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has thrown nine interceptions in six games, and on some of his passes, you look twice and try to guess who the intended receiver was. Is Bradford, who has also shown signs of why the Eagles traded quarterback Nick Foles and a second-round pick for him, that bad? Is it all his fault? Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur don't think so.

Believing In Bradford's Progress At QB -
The numbers don't add up, and that's one reason Sam Bradford is confident that the mistakes he's making now are "correctable errors." He has thrown 9 interceptions in 228 pass attempts in 2015 (3.9 interceptions percentage), an INT percentage far above the 2.4 percent he compiled in his 49 games as a member of the St. Louis Rams. So maybe there are certain parts of Bradford's opening six games that are an anomaly. Like the interceptions, for example. And some inconsistency in his mechanics -- both head coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur have pointed to Bradford's footwork as a reason he's made some throws he would like to have back -- although it's probably fair to say that missing all but seven games in 2013 and 2014 is legitimate reason for that.

The Eagles are winning, but not how you thought they would - SB Nation
It was supposed to be the Eagles' offense leading the way this season, but six weeks in, the defensive line is carrying Chip Kelly's team to the top of the NFC East standings.

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