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Redskins mailbag: On Kirk Cousins’s ticking clock and Jay Gruden’s coaching - Washington Post
I’m expecting an overhaul of the receiving corps this offseason. I can’t see them bringing DeSean Jackson back to the tune of 9.25 million next season. He’s not reliable enough. Explosive, yes. But he’s not very versatile or dependable. Cutting him would save $8 million against the cap.
Film breakdown: How the Eagles defense outsmarted Eli Manning - PhillyVoice
In the second quarter of the Eagles-Giants game last Monday night, Eli Manning made what looked like a terrible throw to the outside that was picked off by Nolan Carroll and returned for a touchdown. Carroll's play made the score 14-7, and the Eagles never looked back. However, it was less of a dumb throw by Manning, and more of a great play call from Billy Davis, executed to perfection by the Eagles defense. Let's just show the play first.
Eagles' Jordan Matthews working to improve drops - NJ.com
Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews isn't an idiot. "I'm a wide receiver," Matthews said at his locker Wednesday. "I'm supposed to catch the ball." Something that sounds so simple, but for Matthews, has been anything but the past few weeks. Matthews enters this Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers with four dropped passes, most on the Eagles and second most among receivers in the NFL. Like most players, Matthews tries not to listen to outside criticism, but he knows how fans must feel through the first six weeks.
Sam Bradford's interceptions don't signify doom for Eagles - Daily News
Please don't mistake this for an argument that the Eagles' only concern with Bradford should be deciding how many zeros to tack on to the total value of his next contract. That is another issue for another day. There is a reason the Eagles did not make an aggressive offer on an extension before the season, and everything we've seen through six games suggests it was a prudent decision. But the questions of Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now can have different answers, and, while Bradford has a long way to go to show he should remain with the Eagles for years to come, you will struggle to build an argument that he shouldn't be there now.
Billy D and The D - Iggles Blitz
I love watching the Bill Davis press conferences. Davis is a coach’s coach. He isn’t a defensive genius like Buddy Ryan, Bud Carson or Jim Johnson. They won’t be writing books about his defensive ideas and how they changed the game of football. Davis knows who and what he is. He’s comfortable enough to focus on doing what’s best for the team. That means running the scheme the head coach wants and tailoring it to the players he has. Compare that to a guy like Rob Ryan. He is constantly trying to outsmart opponents by being as complex as possible. That’s great on paper, but his players fail to execute the schemes on a regular basis because there is just too much going on. Ryan worked for Bill Belichick, who does the same things. The difference is that Belichick is a freak and a great teacher. Ryan isn’t.
Eagles Key Plays: How They Happened - Birds 24/7
Jenkins made a great play, but give Jordan Hicks some credit for maintaining inside leverage against his blocker so the running back couldn't cut to the middle the field. As for Jenkins, this forced fumble was the result of his mentality of not just bringing the opponent down, but going after the ball whenever possible.
Eagle Eye: A Fun Defense To Watch - PE.com
The Eagles' offense got running back DeMarco Murray rolling on Monday night against the Giants, but I was just as excited (if not more) by the defensive performance in prime time. After surrendering points on the opening possession, they blanked an offense that had been operating at a high level throughout the course of the season. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans got things going on an interception in Eagles territory when he read a stick route by tight end Larry Donnell, then took the football away from him at the catch point. That was without question a huge turning point, and the defense rallied afterwards. On the very next drive, the Giants again moved the ball across the 50-yard line, but after a third-down stop they faced fourth-and-1. The Giants decided to go for it, and called a running play behind fullback Nikita Whitlock. It was THIS play that made me feel like it was the Eagles’ game to lose.
Najee Goode 'happy as hell' to be back helping Eagles at ILB - CSN Philly
It’s almost like he never left. Najee Goode, out of work when the regular season began, out on the street and unsure about his NFL future, found himself not only on the field Monday night when the Eagles faced the Giants but also playing critical snaps at inside linebacker after DeMeco Ryans pulled his hamstring in the second quarter. At that point, the Eagles were down three inside linebackers: Kiko Alonso, who hasn’t played since Week 2 because of a knee injury; Mychal Kendricks, who’s played only 11 snaps since Week 2 because of a hamstring injury; and Ryans.
The NFL's rookie receivers can't hold a candle to last year's class - SB Nation
After a dazzling rookie class last year, this year's group of first-year pass catchers just isn't living up to the hype.
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