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Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin Thriving in Return from ACL Injury

October 29th, 2014 at 1:57 PM
By Nick Gill

One of the most pleasant surprises the Philadelphia Eagles have received this season is the play of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. It is not that Maclin is short on talent, but he is returning from an ACL tear in his knee. Maclin missed all of last season with the injury, but is back thriving in 2014.

“Yeah, he's the Ed Block Courage Award winner, and certainly coming back from injury is hard enough, and playing a skill position like he plays is even harder,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. “I think he's done a tremendous job. He's really battled through it. We obviously work with him on a day-to-day basis, and there are some struggles when you come back physically and then mentally, emotionally, as you're trying to get yourself back. We're hopeful that we see performances much like he had Sunday as we go forward.”

Maclin has been able to show very little effect from the significant knee injury. He is as explosive and agile as any point in his career. The Eagles have reaped the dividends with Maclin leading the team with 39 receptions for 632 yards and six touchdowns. His performance last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals vaulted him into the Eagles' history books with 12 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns. His 12 catches was the fourth most in team history and his two touchdowns ties him for eighth all-time with 32.

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Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly not Putting Much Weight into Trade Rumors

October 28th, 2014 at 1:31 PM
By Nick Gill

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is not putting much weight into reports and rumors that the team could potentially be active at the NFL's trade deadline, which ends today at 4 p.m. eastern time. Kelly squashed the rumblings reported by Pro Football Talk that suggested the Eagles are in the market for a safety.

“No, I'm not looking into the report and no, we're not looking into safeties,” Kelly said. “If someone calls us and says they want to give us their safety, then we would take a safety. I mean, I think the whole trade deadline in the National Football League, and I said it this morning, is a little bit overblown. I think there was one trade in the entire league last year, and we traded Sop [DT Isaac Sopoaga] to the Patriots and swapped draft picks.”

The idea of the Eagles wanting an upgrade at safety gained some traction because of the poor play of Nate Allen in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Allen blew the coverage which allowed wide receiver John Brown to beat the defense and score the 75-yard game winning touchdown. However, the Eagles seem content to continue with Allen.

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Blown Coverage Costs Philadelphia Eagles in 24-20 Loss to Arizona Cardinals

October 27th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Nick Gill

It all came down to one play for the Philadelphia Eagles' defense. The team had a three point lead with 1:33 left on the clock. The Arizona Cardinals were facing a third down and five from their own 25 yard line. Quarterback Carson Palmer took the snap, stepped up in the pocket, and delivered a strike to wide receiver John Brown, who got behind the defense for a 75-yard game winning touchdown.

“They got behind the defense,” Eagles' defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. “They’re never deep enough if they get behind the defense. They can’t be behind the defense and they did. They’re all attached. The rush is attached as well as the coverage, the underneath coverage, the deep coverage. The Philadelphia Eagle defense got beat on that last play.”

There were mistakes by the Eagles before the Cardinals' winning touchdown, too. Specifically, quarterback Nick Foles threw two interceptions which took points off the board. The first came when he underthrew wide receiver Josh Huff in the endzone and was picked off by Antonio Cromartie. The Eagles were in field goal range at the Arizona 25 yard line. Foles' next interception came at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Arizona cashed in on the turnover with a game tying field goal.

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Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles and C Jason Kelce Inactive for Arizona Cardinals Game

October 26th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Nick Gill

Despite returning to practice after the bye week, Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles and center Jason Kelce are inactive for the game against the Arizona Cardinals. Both Sproles and Kelce were able to practice this week in a limited fashion, but neither made enough progress to play Sunday.

Sproles sprained his MCL against the New York Giants, which is the reason he is a no go today. The Eagles running game will rely on LeSean McCoy to carry the load against the Cardinals' number one ranked run defense. McCoy is coming off his best game of the season, a game in which he rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries. In Sproles' absence, running back Chris Polk will back-up McCoy. Polk was dealing with a hamstring injury, but is active for the game.

Kelce was a long shot to play after surgery for a sports hernia a little more than a month ago. The Eagles will continue to use David Molk as the starting center. Molk has started for Kelce since the injury and will continue in that role against the Cardinals.

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Philadelphia Eagles Will Look to Continue Rushing Success Against Stout Arizona Cardinals Defense

October 22nd, 2014 at 1:41 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles have not run the football as well as they would have liked to this season. That changed against the New York Giants, when Philly put together their best rushing game of the year, racking up 203 yards on the ground. Now, the Eagles have had the bye week to rest and are set for the challenge of continuing that run game success against a very solid Arizona Cardinals run defense.

"I just think, again, it's the personnel they have," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of the Cardinals defense. "Obviously, Todd [defensive coordinator Todd Bowles] does a great job with their scheme, and I think their scheme is somewhat unique in terms of getting in and out of fronts. They run a lot of different looks on the defensive side of the ball, so they can confuse you a little bit, but also they've got some really, really good football players on the defensive side of the ball."

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