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Eagles News: Eric Rowe is showing some real potential

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/11/15.

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Eric Rowe's first career start was excellent - PhillyVoice
On Sunday last week, a big part of the Patriots' game plan seemingly was to attack Eric Rowe, only Rowe didn't cooperate. After watching the tape, by my count, Brady targeted Rowe 13 times. He was 4 of 13 for 37 yards, 0 TDs, and an almost interception. That would be a passer rating of 40.2.  Three of those four completions on Rowe were dinky little five-yard sideline routes that Rowe cleaned up with immediate tackles after the completions. The only real shot down the field completed on Rowe was 20 yard comeback in which Brady had all day to throw. More impressively, it seemed like whenever Rowe gave up any kind of separation at all, the ball came him way. In other words, on the plays where Rowe was not targeted, he was on his assignment like glue.

All-22: How Billy Davis Confused Tom Brady - Birds 24/7
Although Brady completed 29 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns, his passer rating was just 71.4. The quarterback connected on only 52 percent of his passes, and he threw two interceptions — including a pick-six — either near or in the end zone. Prior to Sunday, the Eagles had never intercepted Brady or held him below a passer rating of 90. His completion percentage was also the third-lowest in his career with 40 or more attempts, and he had thrown only four interceptions all season.

Eagles' Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham won't give it a rest - Daily News
CONNOR BARWIN has played 811 of 919 defensive snaps this season, which is the most of any 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. The Eagles' other outside 'backer, Brandon Graham, is in uncharted territory, having already played a career-high 651 snaps in the first 12 games in his first full year as a starter. "Every time I try to take them out, they both get at me," Bill McGovern, the team's outside linebackers coach, said Thursday. "That's the kind of competitors they are. They want to be on the field all the time. And you don't see a drop in their play from the start of the game to the end of the game." To be honest, McGovern doesn't try very hard to take Barwin and Graham out because, well, he doesn't have a whole lot of other options. There is Marcus Smith, and then there is Marcus Smith, and then there is Marcus Smith.

RB Drama - Iggles Blitz
Murray’s future is cloudy. First, we need to see how he does the rest of this year. Does Chip Kelly go back to feeding him the ball? Does Chip spread it among the 4 RBs? Cutting Murray doesn’t make financial sense in the offseason, but it is possible things will become so awkward that Chip does that anyway. There is also the possibility of a trade. We also have to accept the fact Chip can bring Murray back. Chip will know his player better. Murray will know the team and scheme better. If the OL can be improved, Murray could have a bounce-back year with the Eagles. The next month will tell us a lot about his future.

With or without McCoy, DeMarco Murray was an unnecessary risk - The 700 Level
The warning signs were all there. The Curse of 370. Declining production even last season as a heavy workload began to take its toll. The Eagles ignored the red flags and signed DeMarco Murray anyway, shelling out $21 million guaranteed to 27-year-old running back who touched the ball nearly 500 times including playoffs in 2014. They did so even though, historically, ball-carriers are seldom the same after taking that kind of punishment. They did so despite the fact that Murray's yards per carry fell every month last season, from 5.4 in September to 4.0 in December. They did so when data indicates running backs begin to decline at age 28. The Eagles signed Murray, and there was absolutely no need to even at the time.

3 key matchups and more for Eagles vs. Buffalo Bills -
Bills' RB LeSean McCoy vs. Eagles' Run Defense: McCoy, as he often did with the Eagles, is getting better as the season progresses. Over the past five games he's averaging 97.6 rushing yards; after averaging just over 60 in his first five games. The Eagles haven't faced a lot of great backs this year, and two — Carolina's Jon Stewart (125 yards) and Tampa Bay's Doug Martin (235) gashed them. McCoy will be the best the face all season.

The Last Word: Cox's Humble Beginnings -
They mean a lot. I want to thank all of my teammates for voting for me. They didn’t have to do that. They know the stuff I’ve been through and they’ve been very supportive and I appreciate that. I voted for somebody else. I didn’t think I would get this award. These guys are the guys I got to battle with, so to know they voted for me, it means so much. I found out on my way to practice and, I’m telling you Dave, I think it kind of messed up my day a little bit. Everybody kept asking me why I was so quiet during the day and I just couldn’t talk about it. It’s special. I’m emotional about it.

A very candid look at the NFL playoff picture - SB Nation
This week on the Family Hour ... Stephen White, Danny Kelly and RVB get to the bottom of which teams are going to make it to the playoffs, which ones will have home-field advantage, and who will win the awful NFC East. We also talk about the refs.

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