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Eagles News: Nelson Agholor has been a surprising disappointment

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/26/15.

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Eagles need more production from rookie wideout Nelson Agholor - Daily News
That wasn't the case in April when the Eagles took wide receiver Nelson Agholor with the 15th pick in the first round. Except for Amari Cooper, who went fourth to the Oakland Raiders, Agholor was considered the most NFL-ready wideout in the draft by most NFL personnel people. Not necessarily the one with the biggest ceiling, but the one most capable of stepping in as a rookie and making a significant contribution. But 14 games into his rookie season, the 6-foot, 198-pound wideout from Southern California hasn't exactly taken the NFL by storm. Despite playing more snaps - 557 - than all but one of the Eagles' wide receivers (Jordan Matthews has played 799), Agholor has only 19 receptions for 225 yards and one touchdown. His lone visit to the end zone was a 53-yarder from Sam Bradford in the Eagles' 23-20 win over Buffalo two weeks ago.

Five matchups to watch Saturday between the Eagles and Redskins - PhillyVoice
The Eagles will very likely be without Byron Maxwell, who has yet to practice this week. While Maxwell has been disappointing this season, the Eagles are unquestionably better with him than without him. Maxwell's likely absence will have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the secondary. It will require the Eagles to have extra defensive backs on the field against the Redskins' "11 personnel" (3 WRs, 1 TE), which means significant minutes for some combination of the following guys -- EJ Biggers, Jaylen Watkins, Chris Maragos, and Ed Reynolds.

All-22: Lessons From the First Washington Game - Birds 24/7
Eric Rowe is still kicking himself over a minor mistake he made 12 weeks ago. It was just the second NFL game he had appeared in on defense, and the first time he played more than 15 defensive snaps. With just 26 seconds left in the Week 4 matchup, Kirk Cousins connected with Pierre Garçon to give Washington the 23-20 victory over Philadelphia. Nolan Carroll was the defensive back covering Garçon, but Rowe wasn’t far away. “I have better technique now, but I could’ve had a lot better eyes," Rowe said. "My eyes were all over the place, especially that last play where Pierre Garçon scored in the red zone. I could’ve jumped it earlier."

Eagles-Redskins scouting report: New-look rematch - CSN Philly
The Eagles moved the ball pretty well last Sunday night in the 40-17 loss to the Cardinals. It was a familiar sight, though, seeing Chip Kelly's offense pile up yards but not points because of turnovers. There were a lot of bad signs to come out of that Cardinals game, but keep in mind the Eagles totaled 424 yards against an Arizona defense that allows 329.6 per game. And Sam Bradford threw for 361 yards, which is 118 more than the Cards allow per game. Bradford looked as sharp as he has all season early in that game. He said Wednesday it's just been a matter of feeling comfortable with his knee and in Kelly's system. Now, he says, he knows his receivers and the plays better and can anticipate throws a second earlier. Bradford does seem now to be making the proper reads on early downs, which is keeping the offense more on schedule. Of course, the running game pretty much disappeared for the Eagles in Week 15 and so the offensive output didn't look or feel as complete.

5 things for Eagles to worry about vs. Washington Redskins -
Running on Empty: The Redskins rank 28th in the league in run defense and allow an average of 4.9 yards per carry. So why is this a worry? Because the Eagles running game has not been good for the past six games. Since they ran for 172 yards against the Cowboys, the Eagles have averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry just once and that came in the blowout loss to Tampa Bay where the yards were garbage yards. If the Eagles can't run at least adequately Saturday night, they are going to have a hard time winning.

A suitable endgame for Murray, Eagles - DelawareOnline
If the Eagles release Murray after the season, it will cost them $13 million against their salary cap for next season. The Eagles certainly don’t want to get stuck with that kind of a cap hit, and keeping Murray for one more season until his cap hit diminishes significantly doesn’t seem like an option anymore, either. So Murray and the Eagles will need to renegotiate the contract to make Murray at least somewhat desirable in a trade. And there should be suitors. Sure, Murray is having an awful season, but teams will look at what he did in 2014 and take a chance that he could at least get 1,000 yards rushing in a system where he’s an every-down back. f the Eagles and Murray can find a way to renegotiate his salary for next season from $8 million down into the $4-5 million range, then the Eagles might be able to get something in return for him. Keep in mind that these salary renegotiations are not necessarily pay cuts. It’s just spreading out the guaranteed money over more years to lower the salary cap hit.

Silva's Week 16 Matchups - Yahoo!
I am continually surprised by Philadelphia's lofty team totals; offensively, the Eagles have scored 23 points or fewer in six straight weeks. ... Sam Bradford has recorded fantasy finishes of QB23, QB23, and QB16 since returning from shoulder and brain injuries. The Eagles' offense has become tough to watch, while Bradford's decision making and accuracy come and go on a play-to-play basis. Still, this week's matchup is favorable against a Redskins pass defense that ranks 20th in Football Outsiders' DVOA with a 19:6 TD-to-INT ratio allowed over its last nine games. Quietly, Bradford turned in top-two quarterback stats when these teams met in Week 4. Albeit not a trustworthy option, Bradford is worth a look as a desperation streamer. The Redskins have allowed 30.5 points per game on the road this season, compared to 18.6 at home.

And Now, With Season On The Line ... -
A week of waiting is behind us, with the game squarely in focus. And the first topic of conversation is the defense and the plan to take red-hot quarterback Kirk Cousins off his game ...

A Washington D-lineman is going to wear Star Wars cleats vs. the Eagles - SB Nation
Some people get dressed up to go see Star Wars, others get dressed up in Star Wars-themed cleats to play football in the NFL. Ricky Jean-Francois, defensive end for Washington, is in the latter of those two groups. He plans to wear these incredible cleats with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren on them when his team plays the Eagles on Saturday night.

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