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Eagles News: Darren Sproles is frustrated he's not getting more playing time

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/19/15.

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Sproles finds lack of opportunities 'frustrating' - Inquirer
Sproles is still playing around the same percentage of snaps, but it's not enough for his liking. Against the Dolphins, for instance, Sproles didn't play an offensive snap until the second quarter. Overall, he played only 17 of 96 snaps, and that number would have been lower had Mathews not left with a concussion. "Things get kind of frustrating. You know what I'm saying?" Sproles said this week. "You're standing on the sidelines. It's kind of frustrating. But what can you do?"

Chip Kelly thinks Eagles' offensive overhaul is 'overblown' - PhillyVoice
Overblown? If anything, it's been underblown. If you look at the opening 53-man roster a year ago and compare it with the 2015 version, by my count the Eagles have five new starters on offense, five new reserves, and an additional two reserves already with the team who have elevated roles. My highly scientific color-coded chart below.

QB Shuffle - Iggles Blitz
Sanchez was up and down against the Dolphins. He looked just like he did last year. There were moments when he was really impressive, but critical mistakes overshadowed the good stuff. Just like last year. To be fair to Sanchez, he hadn’t played since August. Shaking off the rust and getting a full week of practice with the starters can make all the difference in the world. This week should give us a better idea of whether Sanchez has made any progress or is the same guy, only a year older. The thing that stands out when you watch Sanchez is how fast he runs the offense. The Eagles are fast, but things go up a notch when Sanchez is running the offense. He pushes tempo to the max. That is great when it gets the defense on their heels and the Eagles are able to move the ball.

Eagle Eye: Fun Watching These Blitzes -
On Monday, I looked at the Eagles' offense on tape after Sunday’s loss to Miami, so as always we follow that up with a look at the Eagles' defense before transitioning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Overall, I thought that this group had a solid day against a Dolphins offense that doesn’t get enough respect around the country. They’re a tough offense to defend because of all of the things they do with backfield action. This is a scheme based on misdirection and deception, so it was a big discipline game for this unit. I thought they fared well. There weren’t too many X-plays. They were able to pressure Ryan Tannehill although they were unable to force any turnovers. I was surprised to find out a safety doesn’t count as a takeaway for the defense. They had to deal with some short fields as well.

Peter King: Chip Kelly ‘Definitely’ Knows What He’s Doing - CBS Philly
"Nick Foles is a virtual MVP under Chip Kelly," Cowherd said Tuesday on The Herd. "Jason Garret can’t win a game with a backup quarterback. Jeff Fisher gets Nick Foles and ‘I’m gonna bench him.’ "Can we just acknowledged that Chip Kelly, with a series of B-C quarterbacks, wins a lot of games in this league? Nobody in this league can win with a backup. Foles now is a disaster. He was an MVP level candidate with Chip Kelly. Maybe it’s just because I lived in Oregon for so long. Can we acknowledge that Chip Kelly knows what he’s doing?"

In Defense of Chip Kelly - Crossing Broad
Granted, the Eagles throw into the backfield a lot, and that sort of thing does wonders for the ol’ completion percentage. But you can argue that perhaps with the exception of Bradford, Kelly has extracted peak performance from the other three guys– certainly Foles and Sanchez. But that doesn’t change the fact that Chip has yet to work with what any reasonable person would consider a reliable quarterback, let alone a great one. This is precisely why I can’t get over the Marcus Mariota thing. Sure, maybe the Eagles had no chance of moving up and all the talk was just over-exaggerated hype from blowhard self-serving knuckleheads like Sal Paoaoaoaooaoaoaoalonononoaoaononononononotonio. But Mariota, who has been AFC Offensive Player of the Week twice in his first 10 weeks (two of which he missed due to injury, and one of which his team had a bye), represented Chip’s chance to get a franchise quarterback and, even better, his guy.

With Mark Sanchez, opponent has to at least respect zone-read - CSN Philly
The most interesting response Sanchez gave was a non-answer. The only question he dodged was about one of the errant hand-offs he had with DeMarco Murray last Sunday when he stepped in for Bradford. Sanchez was asked if that specific miscommunication was a result of his wanting to keep the ball on a zone-read hand-off and Murray not being used to that since Bradford is never a threat to run. "I think the most important thing is that it's over," Sanchez replied. ... "We're moving on to Tampa." Maybe Sanchez sidestepped that one because he was asked more generally about those miscommunications with Murray a minute earlier and responded, "Just something that we need to rehearse a little bit. It's good that it came up." But it seemed like Sanchez gave the political reply to that zone-read question because there was some truth to it.

Birds Try Out Long Snappers, Dorenbos Feels Pressure - Birds 24/7
After two of Jon Dorenbos’s snaps contributed to a missed field goal and blocked punt Sunday, the Eagles worked out two long snappers to potentially replace him. However, no roster moves have been announced, and Dorenbos said today he still has his job. "Whatever guys they had, they evaluated and then they said, ‘Let’s stick with Jon,'" Dorenbos said. "That’s all I care about, anything else doesn’t matter. I have another chance to come to work today. I’ve been doing this a long time. You take the bad and kind of digest it and say, ‘Hey, what do I think I did wrong?’ And then you forget it, and you let your body go back to doing what it’s been doing for 15 to 20 years. That’s what I’m going to do.

Chip Kelly explains what drew Eagles to backup quarterback Thad Lewis -
Lewis signed with the Eagles as a free agent following Week 2 of this season after previously working under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur when Shurmur was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2012.  "I think when you looked at Thad, we worked him out a couple of times." Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said prior to Wednesday's practice. "We were really impressed with his arm-strength. He's got a very, very strong arm. The ball comes off his hand extremely fast. He has a quick release. Throws a very tight spiral."

Eagles Subreddit Supports the Healthy Food Drive
Join our effort to help raise healthy food for others in need this holiday season. 1 in 4 people in Philadelphia are at risk for hunger. Food pantries offer invaluable support in Philadelphia, but often, the food they provide is high in calories and low in nutritional value. This can contribute to diet-related health issues, like diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. To end this cycle, the Eagles are partnering with the Coalition Against Hunger and Greener Partners to tackle hunger the healthy way! All of the food collected through this healthy online food drive is high quality with high nutritional value and will be donated to local food pantries through the Coalition's Green Light Pantry program.

NFL veterans are having some of their best seasons well past their prime - SB Nation
Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Charles Woodson and Benjamin Watson are just some of the veterans defying expectations at their age.

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