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3 Eagles in Pro Bowl + 3 Alternates

Mark Saltveit - December 23, 2015

Three Philadelphia Eagles were named to the Pro Bowl Tuesday: DE Fletcher Cox (finally!), Darren Sproles (as a punt returner), and in a surprise, LT Jason Peters.

Naming Peters is kind of a habit at this point. He has been selected every year since 2008, except for 2012 when he didn’t play at all due to a ruptured achilles tendon. 2015 has not been his strongest year, but he earned the admiration of his fellow players by holding together a very shaky offensive line through force of will, despite his age (34 in a month) and a series of painful injuries.

The number of Pro Bowlers on the Eagles (three) matches the total on Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Undefeated Carolina leads the league with 10, while the other elite teams — New England, Seattle and Arizona — have seven each.

Three Eagles were named as alternates, according to Bleacher Report: center Jason Kelce, safety Malcolm Jenkins, and special teamer Chris Maragos. The team has not confirmed this as of late Tuesday night. Punter Donnie Jones and OLB Connor Barwin were flat out snubbed.

Jeff Skversky of ABC-6 Sports tweeted an interesting list of Eagles Chip Kelly has cut.

Skversky quote on ex-Eagle pro bowlers

The thing is, Shady is the only one on that list selected this year, which kind of undercuts Skversky’s point. (And he was a somewhat controversial pick himself, as the league’s 9th best running back by yardage.) In general, the players Chip got rid of made sense; Todd Herremans, Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher are all out of the league. It’s the players he chose to replace them that have been a problem.

Meanwhile, one of the most discussed snubs was former Eagle Kurt Coleman, who is having a miracle year with seven interceptions and a touchdown already in 2015. (He had a total of 10 interceptions in his first five NFL years, none of them in 2013 when he played for Chip.) Here’s an argument no one could have predicted a year ago:

Eagles: Jason Peters Injured

Mark Saltveit - October 26, 2015

Pretty much the worst thing that could have happened to the Eagles did today, as Jason Peters went out with a non-contact injury in the first quarter. Players from both sides stood around or took a knee as he was carted off, a sign of the respect he holds.

It looked like an achilles heel blowout or maybe a calf injury on the replay. but the team later announced it was a “lower back” injury and that he was headed for X-rays.

The offensive line had just started to stabilize in the last two wins after a terrible start in games one through four.

After Peters’ departure, Matt Tobin replaced him at left tackle. He played very well until the final drive, when Jared Allen beat him for two sacks and hit Bradford’s arm on a third play. But the bench was already very thin before Peters’ injury, and this is a major setback going forward.

UPDATE:

After the game, the tentative word is not as bad as it first looked.

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UPDATE 2: Peters said after the game that he had back spasms and promised to be back on November 8th for the Cowboys game.

Eagles – Skins: 6 Surprises

Mark Saltveit - October 4, 2015

1. The offensive line actually got worse. And then it got better

This OL has been hanging by a thread all season, and then Andrew Gardner got injured. Surprisingly, he turned out to be a key part of this year’s line, and it got worse in his absence. Then Jason Peters reinjured his quad and left the game midway through the first half. In the second, Lane Johnson hurt his left knee on a PAT try, and was pounding the turf in pain but came back in at the next opportunity.

Jimmy Kempski has been warning everyone who would listen that the Eagles have a dangerously thin bench on the offensive line. I’ll admit, I was annoyed by his relentlessness on the issue but I take it all back. He was absolutely right and the Eagles are paying the price.

And yet, in the second half, the line had a miracle recovery, even with Peters and Gardner out. Somehow, despite three sacks and approximately eleventy billion QB hits in the first half, the remnant line found a way to give Bradford plenty of time to develop long plays.

2. Sam Bradford went deep

Fans have been yelling at the Eagles to have Sam go deep all year. It has been tough with teams running coverages to take away the bomb and a shaky OL (which to be fair gave Bradford plenty of clean pockets in the first three games). So in the second half today, with the line ripped apart by injuries and the offense in tatters, Sam Bradford started throwing long.

The surprise is, it worked! First Agholor’s one-handed grab for 45 yards. Then a miss to Matthews (still exciting) and the 62-yard TD bomb to Riley Cooper of all people (just to add a little humiliation for the Skins DBs. The bombs kept dropping, hit or miss; Matthews for 31 yards, incomplete to Ertz, 10 yard touchdown to Celek (the other forgotten receiver), a 39-yarder to Miles Austin for another TD!

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The Run Game Has No Easy Answers

Mark Saltveit - September 21, 2015

The Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys is a tough one to digest. And as much as some people want to crow “I told you so!” about Chip Kelly’s decision to release Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis, the problems with the running game are not nearly that simple. It wasn’t just the guards. Some of the most reliable blockers on the team — Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Brent Celek — had rough games, too.

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DeMarco Murray and Jason Peters Crack Top-5 Madden Rankings

Jim Adair - July 28, 2015

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In last year’s Madden, the Eagles boasted the best rating in the NFC East, the second-rated running back and top rated tackle. This year, Madden gives the Eagles the third-rated running back and the top-rated tackle.

DeMarco Murray’s 94 overall ties him for third with Jamaal Charles, and he and Le’Veon Bell jumped up into the top-five from outside the ranks last year. Last year’s second-rated back, LeSean McCoy (97), falls out of the top-five. And what of the tackle? Same, dude:

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Jason Peters’ 96 overall is up three points from last year, keeping him in the number one tackle spot (and number three overall offensive lineman). Additionally, Evan Mathis notches a 95-overall, even as he isn’t on a roster. So far, EA Sports has also revealed the top ten rookies, and top five tight ends, wide receivers, quarterbacks, and middle linebackers. No Eagles made those lists. And also, they just had to get in that dig on Bradford didn’t they? Can’t wait to see his injury rating.

Riley Cooper was the Worst Starting Receiver in Football This Season

Jim Adair - December 30, 2014

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone who watched Eagles games with their eyes this year knows Riley Cooper didn’t have the best year. Hell, anyone within earshot of the game and their dad yelling “Why’d they give that idiot all of that money” knows Riley Cooper didn’t have a great year. But did he have the worst year? Let’s look at his numbers this year against his numbers last year:

  • 2013: 47 catches on 84 targets (3 drops) for 835 yards (17.8 per catch) and 8 touchdowns. 246 yards after the catch.
  • 2014: 55 catches on 94 targets (3 drops) for 577 yards (10.5 per catch) and 3 touchdowns. 157 yards after the catch.

That’s a decrease in production with an increase of playing time (and targets). That’s not the way production is supposed to go. But once again, was it the worst? Well, yes.

According to Pro Football Focus’ rankings, Riley Cooper was the worst starting wide receiver in football this year. Based on grades and scores given to each player after each game, Riley Cooper’s final grade was -12.7, good enough for worst, just in front of Reggie Wayne’s -10.8. Somehow, not one member of the Eagles secondary made the worst list.

But on the positive side, three of the Eagles’ offensive lineman made the league’s best list, with Jason Peters (37.7), Evan Mathis (23.8) and Lane Johnson (15.8) topping their respective positions. So basically, that means they held off the defense as long as they could (and were some of the best at doing it) so their quarterback could heave the ball towards the league’s worst starting receiver. That’s a pretty apt summary of this season.

Jason Peters Had No Idea Nick Foles Was Out

Jim Adair - November 3, 2014

Yesterday, the Eagles lost Nick Foles to what is likely to be a broken clavicle early in the game and Mark Sanchez replaced him. Jason Peters did not notice:

“Actually I didn’t even know Foles was out. [We] threw that bomb to Maclin and I turned around to congratulate him and it was Sanchez. I didn’t even know the guy was out until then so I started looking for him but he had gone in for x-rays.”

One major side effect of a strict no-huddle offense? Your o-line has no idea who the quarterback is.

Troy Vincent Says Chris Baker’s Hit Was Legal, No Ban or Fine Coming

Jim Adair - September 24, 2014

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Former Philadelphia Eagle and current league stooge (technically NFL executive vice president of football operations) Troy Vincent has announced that no fine or suspension will be coming for Chris Baker’s cheap-shot hit in Nick Foles. Vincent said Baker “didn’t do anything illegal,” and shouldn’t have even been flagged on the play. He continued:

“People can say it’s a cheap shot and you can talk about whether it might fall under unsportsmanlike conduct, but when you know the rule and you look at the play, he didn’t hit him in the head. He didn’t hit him in the neck. We looked at it. I looked at it very closely. He’s not going to be fined for that.”

However, Baker and Jason Peters will undoubtedly face fines for their roles in the brawl that ensued after the hit. I’m sure Peters is more than happy to pay whatever the amount may be.