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Will Marcus Smith Make the Final Roster?

September 2nd, 2015 at 4:19 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Marcus Smith was thought to have had needed a strong training camp in order to make the Philadelphia Eagles' final roster.

To put it lightly, the Eagles' first round pick from a year ago, had a disappointing rookie season. One in which he did not record a single tackle and was limited to being on the field for only 65 defensive snaps.

Smith had a promising first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was around the ball on almost every play, he got into the back field on a few plays, and even showed that he has the ability to cover the tight end in pass protection.

Then he got hurt in joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens. He has not practiced since.

Chip Kelly told reporters at the beginning of camp that he evaluates players based on what they do during practice and in games. For example, he let Earl Wolff go earlier in camp because Wolff's knee was not letting him get on the practice field. Even though the team has some depth issues at safety.

So what will he do with Smith?

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The Philadelphia Eagles Waive Running Back Kevin Monangai

September 1st, 2015 at 3:53 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles' roster is now down to 75 after waiving Kevin Monangai, according to Jeff McLane. All NFL teams have to cut their rosters down to 75 players before Tuesday's 4pm deadline.

Monangai was signed before training camp as an undrafted free agent and never really had a chance to make the Eagles' final roster. The team is deep at the running back position with DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles. The emergance of Kenjon Barner as a punt returner all but sealed Monangai's, and possibly other running backs, fate.

He appeared in all three preseason games for the Eagles. He ran for 126 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown.

Monangai played collegiately at Villanova, where he appeared in 45 games for the Wildcats. He racked up 3,167 yards on 618 carries and scoring 29 touchdowns on the ground during his four year career at 'Nova.

The team also officially announced the waiving of linebacker Emmanuel Acho. Rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd was also officially placed on the injured reserve list.

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Kiko Alonso Thinks He Will Play Thursday Night

September 1st, 2015 at 2:05 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Kiko Alonso says he thinks he will finally make his Philadelphia Eagles' debut on Thursday night. Alonso has been held out of all the preseason games so far while he recovers from a torn ACL and knee tendonitis.

Assuming that Alonso actually plays on Thursday –he said he was going to play against the Green Bay Packers as well– is a littler surprising, but makes sense. He is with a new team and has not played football in over a year. It will be a good chance for him to get back out there and hit someone who is not wearing an Eagles helmet.

Alonso is figured to be starting alongside Mychal Kendricks as the middle linebackers with DeMeco Ryans rotating in. He may not be ready to start against the Atlanta Falcons, but he will eventually be inserted into the starting line-up as the season progresses.

He also confirmed to reporters on Thursday that the tendonitis that held him out of action last Saturday is in his surgically repaired knee. That seems somewhat concerning because it seems like there is an on-going issue in one of his knees.

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Chip Kelly Says You Shouldn’t Read into Matt Barkley Starting on Thursday

September 1st, 2015 at 1:33 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Matt Barkley broke the news to reporters on Monday that he would be starting Thursday's game over Tim Tebow. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly confirmed Barkley's statement on Tuesday, but also said that does not mean Barkley is ahead of Tebow in the quarterback competition.

Kelly has said several times during training camp that neither quarterback is ahead of the other, regardless of playing time in the preseason games and practice reps.

In each preseason game so far, Barkley has played ahead of Tebow. He has also played better than Tebow as a quarterback.

According to Kelly, that does not matter. What matters on Thursday is the quality of plays each quarterback makes. Even though Kelly told reporters he has yet to make a decision on who will be getting what snaps, it is safe to assume that the two competing quarterbacks will each get a half.

For Barkley, the biggest thing he needs to focus on is not turning the ball over. He has thrown one interception in the preseason, Tebow has not. Barkley also has to show that he can lead the team into the end zone consistently.

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Matt Barkley Says He Will Start Against the New York Jets on Thursday

August 31st, 2015 at 3:50 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Matt Barkley told reporters on Monday that he will start the preseason finale on Thursday at MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets. It will be Barkley's first start in an NFL game.

Barkley and Tim Tebow have been competing for the third quarterback spot during training camp, and will likely split half the game on Thursday. Barkley has played before Tebow in each preseason game and has taken more reps than Tebow during the practices.

Not only is this going to be Barkley's first start, it is going to be the last chance for him to separate himself from Tebow. He will have to lead the offense on multiple scoring drives without turning the ball over if he wants to make the Eagles' final roster. Barkley has shown that he is a better passer than Tebow, but Tebow has a different skill set that make many think he will win the competition and be used as a short yardage and two-point specialist.

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