Philadelphia Eagles

Ready, steady, roll…Eagles ready to fly with revamped roster…

Finally back from three days in the Land of Honnah Lee, I’m going to have to read back on all the comments here from over the weekend to appreciate the reaction of smart phans to the new wrinkles in the Eagles’ roster heading into Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season.
Of course G.M. Howie Roseman is still scouring the waiver wires around the league, so I can’t write “Final 53-man roster” with any degree of certainty. But as of the Monday afternoon of the week leading into the game with Jacksonville on September 7, here is (for the record) the current Eagles roster:
94 Allen, Beau DT 6-2 333 22 R Wisconsin
29 Allen, Nate S 6-1 210 26 5 South Florida
93 Bair, Brandon DE 6-6 290 29 2 Oregon
76 Barbre, Allen T 6-4 310 30 7 Missouri Southern State
2 Barkley, Matt QB 6-2 227 23 2 USC
98 Barwin, Connor LB 6-4 264 27 6 Cincinnati
22 Boykin, Brandon CB 5-10 185 24 3 Georgia
56 Braman, Bryan LB 6-5 241 27 4 West Texas A&M
47 Burton, Trey TE 6-3 235 22 …

In year two, Chip Kelly managing Super Bowl expectations

The Philadelphia Eagles have become the media darlings for getting to the Super Bowl this year and coach Chip Kelly now has to manage those expectations.

Kelly’s good friend, Bill Belichick said after winning his second Super Bowl that the hardest thing was to not let the ‘noise’ from outside affect the team’s functions.

Kelly has the daunting task of managing expectations from within the club and outside as well.

“I look at them as a team with real potential,” NBC’s Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth said, via

“I’m watching Seattle and I’m going, ‘Oh, my gosh, where’s the flaw on this team right now?’ But if I had to pick a team to contend with them, I like Philadelphia.”

“We look at our schedule and I don’t think we see anybody on our schedule that we don’t think we can beat,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “We look at our division and . . . we have the talent and the skill to win it. Those th

Philadelphia Eagles Preseason Wrap: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Coming off a season that saw the Eagles win the NFC East and host a playoff game, this is a season where the team could be better than last season. MUCH BETTER.Nick Foles is coming off a magical season. LeSean McCoy is poised to be the best running back in the NFL. The defense is fast and we all know speed kills. Darren Sproles was added when the team let DeSean Jackson go to Washington. This is a solid team and a force in 2014. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Eagles heading into the 2014 season.THE GOOD: THE OFFENSE IS REALLY GOODThe Eagles did what they had to do to make this team a cohesive unit. That meant letting go of former leading receiver DeSean Jackson. In this case, it was more of addition by subtraction. The offense was already good. The quarterback position is solid. Nick Foles had a season most quarterbacks dream of having. He took over for an injuries Mike Vick and the offense got better. His stats were better than Dan Marino in his first season with Mi…

Jaguars sign released Eagles running back ahead of Week 1 matchup

Cutting any NFL player always implies a certain risk: to even get to this point they have to be world class athletes, and nothing motivates world class athletes like being underappreciated or told they’re not good enough to make the cut.
This week the Philadelphia Eagles made a controversial decision to keep running back Chris Polk on the final 53 man roster even after he saw no preseason action and players like Matthew Tucker and Kenjon Barner performed very well in August. But the tailback that shined most in Polk’s absence was Henry Josey in my mind.
Sad to report that RB Henry Josey has been released. There’s no doubt a team will pick him up.
— DIE-HARD Eagles Fans (@Eaglesfans9) August 29, 2014

In three games this August Josey ran for 225 yards on 34 touches, which comes out to over 6.6 yards per carry. Josey did find the end zone once on a big run, but it was called back for a penalty on the other side of the field.
Even though Josey was eventua…

Ten players named to Philadelphia Eagles practice squad

On Sunday we reported that the Philadelphia Eagles shaved their roster down to 53 players in anticipation of the beginning of the regular season. Next up for NFL teams is deciding who will play on their practice squads. Here’s a primer on practice squad rules, per The Daily Norseman:

Practice squad players are just that. . .guys that practice with the team. They don’t play in any games and don’t count against the 53-man roster.
Players that are on the practice squad get paid weekly and can be dropped at any time during the season. The minimum salary for a practice squad player is $6,300/week, but teams can pay more (and usually will if they think that another team is considering poaching one of their players).
Practice squad players can be signed by any other team at any other time, provided that they’re signed directly to a team’s 53-man roster. A team can’t sign a player from another team’s practice squad simply to put them on their practice squad. If a player is released from a …

Analyzing the Philadelphia Eagles Final 53 Man Roster and Practice Squad

The Philadelphia Eagles 53 man roster and 10 man practice squad is finally set. They didn’t make any changed once they finished their final cuts on Saturday, which is a little surprising, but they did take about two days to finalize their practice squad. They did reportedly shop Matt Barkley and Damaris Johnson, but it’s […]
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National confidence level in Philadelphia Eagles holds steady heading into regular season

It’s finally here. No more training camp practices. No scrimmages. No more meaningless exhibitions. Now, it’s actually for real; the NFL regular season is upon us!
During the next 17 weeks, 32 teams will vie for 12 playoff spots, all in the hopes of being the last team standing at the end. For some, this is a realistic possibility; for others, it’s nothing but a pipe dream.
What franchise fall into each category? This week’s Gut Reactions help provide an answer.
Heading into the 2014 season, to see where each team stands, including “confidence level” showing how the editors of cover32 feel about every franchise at the moment, CLICK HERE.
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Four observations on the Philadelphia Eagles final roster

The Philadelphia Eagles trimmed their roster down to the mandatory 53 players on Saturday, and there are number of implications to note about the moves they made. Let’s get right to it.
1. The Eagles are depending heavily on the health of LeSean McCoy. 
By only carrying three running backs in McCoy, Darren Sproles, and the currently injured Chris Polk, the Eagles better hope that Shady stays healthy. McCoy has never seriously injured himself at the NFL level, besides a minor concussion in 2012 when the Eagles’ season was already down the drain (knock on wood–you all have full permission to crush me if he gets hurt this year). He did suffer a serious compound fracture in his right ankle during his senior year of high school that nearly ended his career. And who could forget the hamstring scare McCoy gave everyone in the second game against the Washington Redskins last year? Having said that, it’s certainly still reasonable to expect him to continue to stay healthy.
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Philadelphia Eagles GM defends choice to keep Chris Polk on roster

In my opinion the most perplexing move for the Philadelphia Eagles this week came when they decided to keep running back Chris Polk on the final 53 man roster, even after he did not play a single snap this preseason and several other backs made quite an impression.
Matthew Tucker scored four touchdowns in August and that only earned him a spot on the team’s practice squad.
Henry Josey looked like a baby Adrian Peterson at times, but he couldn’t find a home in Philly and eventually was signed by the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
Newly added Kenjon Barner was not too shabby in his limited preseason action either, but he could only rise as high as the injured reserve list.
@Equipment_Guru RB Chris Polk –
— Sean Eltringham (@seaneham73) August 31, 2014

So, why did the Eagles decide to go with Polk when there were a number of other options who proved that they deserved a spot on the team? Eagles GM Howie Roseman told CSN Philly over the weekend that it’s all ab…

Eagles announce eight to their practice squad

The Eagles did not waste too much time to sign their practice squad guys. The team was able to keep Mattgew Tucker who led the NFL in preseason with four touchdowns. OL Josh Andrews T Kevin Graf DT Wade Keliikipi S Ed Reynolds LB Emmanuel Acho WR Will Murphy WR Quron Pratt RB Matthew Tucker.
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Roseman explains cutting Henery, rolling with Parkey

The Eagles lost their only playoff game last year by two points. Their kicker, maligned by the public but generally accurate throughout his career, missed a 47-yarder in the loss.

As Andy Reid once famously said, you can do the math.

But as they enter Year 2 under Chip Kelly and have expectations of going beyond the first round — way, way beyond — it’s significant to note that their new kicker has never, ever, not once attempted an NFL field goal outside of a meaningless preseason game.

Kelly clearly sought to upgrade from Alex Henery, a once-promising fourth-round pick who never fulfilled his potential although also never fell flat on his face. So staunchly did Kelly feel that Henery couldn’t do the job that he handed it over to Cody Parkey, a rookie from Auburn who nailed a pair of pressure-packed kicks from 53 and 54 yards Thursday night against the Jets in his Eagles debut.

It seems fair to call Kelly’s cutting of Henery a seismic leap of faith that the big leg Parkey show…

A look at the Philadelphia Eagles final 53 man roster

Yesterday the Philadelphia Eagles made their final cuts and trimmed their roster down to 53 players in anticipation of the start of the regular season. Now we know exactly who will be suiting up in black and midnight green next Sunday.
Here are all the players who made the cut:
Quarterbacks: Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley
Running backs: LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Chris Polk
Wide receivers: Josh Huff, Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews, Jeremy Maclin, Brad Smith, Jeff Maehl
Tight ends: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, James Casey
Offensive line: Matt Tobin, Andrew Gardner, Dennis Kelly, Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Evan Mathis, Todd Herremans, Jason Kelce, David Molk
Defensive line: Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry, Cedric Thornton, Beau Allen, Bennie Logan, Brandon Bair, Taylor Hart
Linebackers: Casey Matthews, Najee Good, Brandon Graham, Bryan Braman, Trent Cole, DeMeco Ryans, Marcus Smith, Mychal Kendricks, Connor Barwin
Cornerbacks: Brandon Boykin, Bradley Fle…

Alex Henery, Damaris Johnson among players cut as Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster set

Alex Henery’s misses cost him his roster spot on the Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles disclosed their “cut day” moves hours ahead of the NFL’s 4 pm deadline on Saturday, and the names of the players waived by the team held little surprise, though the biggest news was the ousting of struggling kicker Alex Henery.
The following players were waived:
LB Emmanuel Acho
OL Josh Andrews
RB Kenjon Barner (waived/injured)
CB Roc Carmichael
T Kevin Graf
K Alex Henery
WR Damaris Johnson
S Keelan Johnson
RB Henry Josey
LB Josh Kaddu
DT Wade Keliikipi
QB G.J. Kinne
CB Curtis Marsh
WR Ifeanyi Momah
WR Will Murphy
WR Quron Pratt
S Ed Reynolds
DT Damion Square
RB Matthew Tucker
Lane Johnson will begin his 4-game suspension, so he is not included on the team’s 53-man roster until that time is served.
WR Arrelious Benn and  LB Travis Long (ACL tear in left knee) were placed on Injured Reserve.
The headliner of the cuts is the fact that Henery is now replaced by Cody Parkey, brought in from the Colts to …

Report: Eagles open to trading for Matt Barkley and anyone else for the right price

According to Jimmy Kempski of,  the Eagles are open to trading Matt Barkley and any other player for the right price.
Hearing from multiple sources that Eagles are open to trading Matt Barkley, & not just in that “open to trading anyone for right offer” way.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 30, 2014

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Report: Eagles Open To Trading QB Matt Barkley

Jimmy Kempski, citing multiple sources, is reporting that the Eagles are open to trading backup QB Matt Barkley and “not just in that “open to trading anyone for right offer” way.”
The Eagles used a fourth-round pick on Barkley last year after he wound up going much later than some draft experts expected him to. Since entering the NFL, Barkley hasn’t done much to convince skeptics that they were wrong.
Barkley, 23, still has three years remaining on his four-year, $2.739 million contract. He’ll make a base salary of $500,000 for the upcoming season to go along with $592,500 in 2015 and another $685,000 in 2016.
Last year, Barkley appeared in three games and completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 300 yards and four interceptions.
It’s doubtful the Eagles would receive much more than a late-round draft pick in return for Barkley.