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Philadelphia Eagles Trade 2015 Conditional 7th Round Pick for RB Kenjon Barner

August 19th, 2014 at 10:16 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced a trade that acquires Carolina Panthers running back Kenjon Barner for a 2015 conditional seventh-round draft pick. Barner has ties to Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly from his days at Oregon. Now, he is a member of the Eagles.

Barner was drafted in the sixth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon where he played for Kelly. During his rookie season with the Panthers, Barner appeared in eight games, but only carried the ball six times all season. At Oregon, the 5-9, 195 pound Barner rushed for 939 yards as a junior and 1,767 yards as a senior. He amassed 50 career rushing touchdowns in his college career and is known for his speed and big play ability. He will compete for a position as a returner as well as the third running back spot.

The Eagles have had a number of injury issues at the running back position which may have been the catalyst for the trade. Coming into training camp, the Eagles had hoped Chris Polk would come out and take the third running back spot behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. However, he has missed two weeks with a hamstring issue that has included both preseason games.

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Philadelphia Eagles Should Return Key Players from Injury for Third Preseason Game

August 19th, 2014 at 7:47 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles received some good news on the injury front as wide receiver Riley Cooper and cornerback Nolan Carroll are back at practice. Both players have not seen any preseason action due to injury, but will have a chance to play in the regular season dress rehearsal Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carroll came to the Eagles as a free agent this offseason from the Miami Dolphins where he started 22 games at cornerback the past two seasons. He was showing very well in training camp before a groin injury has kept him out of action including the first two preseason games. Because of his strong showing in practice, Carroll was working toward being an instrumental part of the Philadelphia secondary. Now, he is back at practice and trying to pick up where he left off.

“Nolan's done everything in the last couple of days, and that is another guy we're monitoring,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. “Just trying to put a plan together tomorrow afternoon of how many reps we need to get him, because he needs to get some reps because he hasn't played in the first two preseason games. He's been really, really good up until he had the groin. He's responded well in the last two days and we'll see how it goes today and tomorrow. But we need to get him in the game. How many specific plays, we haven't really dialed that one in yet.”

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Takeaways from the Philadelphia Eagles Preseason Week 2 Loss to New England Patriots

August 16th, 2014 at 1:57 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles dropped their second preseason game to the New England Patriots in a 42-35 shootout. After the two teams practiced against each other earlier in the week, the game was a penalty fest and sloppy at times. Despite those issues, there were plenty of positives and negatives to take away for the Eagles performance.

Quarterback Nick Foles bounced back in a strong way from his sub-par outing against the Chicago Bears in the preseason opener, where he tossed two interceptions in three series. Against New England, Foles was in rhythm, completing 8-10 for 81 yards and a touchdown strike to tight end Zach Ertz. He was far more careful with his decision making and showed command of the offense. Mark Sanchez relieved Foles and continued his solid preseason play. Despite one ill-advised interception, Sanchez completed 11-12 for 117 yards and two touchdowns. He is showing tremendous improvement, but has to stay away from those bad decisions.

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Philadelphia Eagles Preseason Week Two Against New England Patriots: Players to Watch

August 15th, 2014 at 1:10 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles play their second preseason game tonight against the New England Patriots. The two team practiced together this week in joint sessions and now see each other on the field. Here are the players to watch for the Eagles.

Quarterbacks

Nick Foles got off to a rocky start in the preseason opener, throwing two interceptions in three series. The Eagles are looking for him to bounce back and re-establish his 2013 regular season form. Both of the interceptions Foles threw were the result of pressure. He will have to show he can handle that pressure with poise and make better decisions.

Wide Receivers

The Eagles have a plethora of wide receivers who have the ability to make an impact in 2014. Rookies Josh Huff and Jordan Matthews are players to watch against New England. Matthews was targeted seven times in the preseason opener, catching four passes for 14 yards. He showed solid hands, but needs to be more explosive. Huff made a huge impact on special teams last week with a 102 yard kickoff return. Now he must show more playmaking ability as a wideout. Ifeani Momah is another receiver who has made strides in training camp, impressing the coaching staff. He is a huge target a 6-7, 240 pounds.

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Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy Becoming a Better Receiver with Help from Darren Sproles

August 13th, 2014 at 6:18 PM
By Nick Gill

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has stated on several occasions the benefit of having Darren Sproles as part of the organization. In the short time the two running backs have been working together, Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly is already seeing the progress.

“He can do a better job as a receiver coming out of the backfield,” Kelly said of McCoy. “I think the addition of Darren [Sproles] has helped him from that standpoint. He has a guy to learn from and he's a better route runner right now.”

McCoy finished the 2013 season with 52 receptions for 539 yards and two scores. Sproles has made a living as a pass catching running back, hauling in more than 70 passes the past three seasons. The combination of both, especially with McCoy improving as a receiver, offers the Eagles limitless possibilities in 2014.

McCoy has set lofty individual goals for the upcoming season, which includes rushing for 2,000 yards. Last season, he led the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards, so that is not out of the question. As far as Kelly is concerned he isn't worried about anyone's stats.

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