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Eagles News: Eric Rowe is on track to get more playing time

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Forgotten Eagles players hoping to make bigger impacts down the stretch - Morning Call
According to Rowe, that's what's happening this week as he's being given first-team repetitions in practices (that are closed to the media) as an outside corner in the dime (six defensive backs) package. A day earlier, defensive coordinator Billy Davis hinted that more would be expected of Rowe in the second half of the season. "Eric is making steady progress," he said. "Eric will get more and more playing time as we go forward. He's doing well in practice. He continues to grow and learn the scheme. I think we're bringing him along at the right pace. "In the second half of the season, I think you'll see him play more and more."

For Eagles, tempo = No Darren Sproles - PhillyVoice
The reason why Sproles isn't getting much playing time is, in my opinion, because of the tempo the Eagles run. When the Eagles get their fast-paced "attack" going, they often do not substitute, forcing the defense to keep their personnel on the field. That's "Tempo 101."

Coming Together - Iggles Blitz
Sanchez did have one advantage last year. The offense seemed to be clicking. He took over and the offense continued to click, at first. As the competition got better, things became erratic. This year the offense has been erratic all year. The hope is that Sanchez will somehow get the group to play more consistently. Sanchez will need help. He needs the guys around him to quit dropping passes and having dumb penalties. Maybe the change at QB will be the spark the other players need to get going and come alive. Sometimes a QB change, whether a coach’s decision or through injury, can give a team some life. Soon enough, we’ll find out if that’s the case with the Eagles.

Eagle Eye: Why Winston Is Impressive -
I was a fan of Winston entering the NFL Draft because he exhibited a lot of traits at Florida State that you look for in a starting quarterback. The arm strength was never an issue, but his ability to stand in the pocket and deliver the football under pressure was very impressive. He threw with rare anticipation for a college quarterback and was able to make tight-window throws because of it. Winston was also what Cosell likes to refer to as a "turn it loose" quarterback. He wasn’t afraid to pull the trigger on a throw down the field, and consistently allowed his receivers to go and make a play for him. These are traits I saw over two years during his time in Tallahassee, and they’ve carried over to Tampa Bay.

Eagles rookie Nelson Agholor looks to improve - Daily News
NELSON AGHOLOR said Thursday he is healthier this week than last. The Eagles' first-round rookie wideout returned from a three-game high-ankle sprain absence Sunday against Miami, but he caught only three passes, on four targets, for 32 yards. The Eagles' offense could desperately use the playmaking skills Agholor showed in the preseason, but hasn't been able to display much since. His best game was Oct. 4 at Washington, where he caught three passes for 64 yards, before suffering the ankle injury the next week against New Orleans. "Obviously, there'll be some type of step down," Agholor said, when asked whether he felt rusty last week. "But I thought the training staff here and the coaching staff did a lot to prepare me."

All-22: Twists And Turns In the Passing Game - Birds 24/7
Prior to the Eagles game Sunday against the Dolphins, many expected them to use a run-heavy offense and exploit the NFL’s second-to-worst run defense. But then they averaged just 2.3 yards per carry against Miami, so it wasn’t surprising they threw the ball 48 times compared to 36 rushes. However, even before their struggles against Miami on the ground, they relied on the pass to move the ball down the field, throwing for nearly 400 yards (although -39 sack yards hurt their total number of passing yards). They utilized their tight ends in particular as Brent Celek accumulated 134 receiving yards, his highest total since 2012 and the third-most of his career, while Zach Ertz added seven catches for 68 receiving yards.

Kenjon Barner hoping this is week he finally gets on field - CSN Philly
After an electrifying preseason, Kenjon Barner has nothing to show for the first nine weeks of the regular season. Barner, who returned two punts for touchdowns to go with 72 receiving yards, 55 rushing yards and another touchdown in the preseason, has touched the ball once so far in the regular season — a 10-yard kickoff return against the Jets. “It’s definitely not the easiest thing,” he said after practice Thursday. “I’ve had my moments where I’ve been disappointed, pissed, annoyed, frustrated. I’d be lying if I say I didn’t.”

Philadelphia teams haven't won a home game in November - FTW
Just like the Philadelphia Eagles had in mind when they brought in Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia 76ers planned when they started dumping games to procure high draft picks what feels like five years agp, Philly’s sports teams are rolling in November, with a combined 0-10 mark in home games this month. The Philadelphia Flyers are 0-3 this month, having had a five-game road stand that frankly didn’t go much better (1-4). In those three home losses, the Flyers have lost by a combined score of 12-4. The Sixers are the worst at 0-6, which goes nicely with the team’s 0-6 road record too. That’s 0-12 for the season in case you’re as bad at math as the Sixers are at basketball. I mean, shoot, is Chip Kelly playing GM for the Flyers and 76ers too?

Best and worst third down offensive players this season - PFF
No quarterback, then, frustrates his fans more on third down than Alex Smith, who throws short of the markers on more than 60 percent of his third downs, 10 percent more than any other quarterback in the league. Even when you factor in how often he is setting up third-and-long or -extra-long situations, that is staggeringly conservative. In third-and-short or -intermediate (7 or fewer yards to go) situations, Smith is still conservative in the extreme, targeting 52.7 percent of his passes short of the markers. (Only three other quarterbacks are above 40 percent, let alone 50 percent.) No other quarterback puts more of the onus to convert on his receivers than Smith.

One bad loss for an NFL team doesn't really matter - SB Nation
Several playoff hopefuls are coming off their worst losses of the season. So what?

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