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The Philadelphia Eagles Reportedly Release Emmanuel Acho

August 27th, 2015 at 4:41 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

According to several reports, the Philadelphia Eagles have released inside linebacker Emmanuel Acho due to a thumb injury that requires surgery. The team has yet to confirm or deny the reports, but his locker was reportedly empty on Thursday.

Acho was acquired by the Eagles in a 2013 trade that sent Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns. Acho spent time during the previous two seasons on the Eagles' practice squad and was brought up to the active roster early last season.

He appeared in 20 games for the Eagles, starting in two of them. He recorded 22 tackles while playing for the Eagles.

It would have been tough for Acho to make the 53-man roster this year because of the depth at middle linebacker. DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, and Kiko Alonso are all figured to see significant playing time this year. They also drafted Jordan Hicks in the third round this season who will contribute on special teams, and signed Brad Jones who is now learning how to play some outside linebacker for the Eagles. The team is also said to be high on Najee Goode, although he has not had a great preseason.

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Chip Kelly No Longer Worries About Sam Bradford’s Knee

August 27th, 2015 at 1:31 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Sam Bradford's knee was arguably the biggest cause for concern heading into training camp. Now, Chip Kelly says that the Philadelphia Eagles' coaching staff does not worry about Bradford from a physical standpoint.

Kelly was asked on Thursday if being cautious with Bradford in preseason games outweighs wanting to see him play in the offense

"I think he's beyond cautiousness physically," Kelly said. "That's not a factor in terms of what we want to do or what we want to accomplish."

Bradford has been taking the overwhelming majority of first team reps during training camp and has not been held back the way some of the other players have been. But Bradford has only played one series in the Eagles' first two preseason games, and is figured to not play at all in the team's fourth preseason game.

Bradford playing one series was not the goal against the Baltimore Ravens, according to Kelly. The plan was for Bradford to take about a dozen snaps, which is something he has done with the starting quarterback in preseason games since he became the head coach. It just so happened, because of the amount of penalties on the opening drive, all those snaps happened in one series.

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Zach Ertz’ Status for Season Opener Still Unknown

August 26th, 2015 at 4:08 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles could be without Zach Ertz when they open the season against the Atlanta Falcons on September 14th.

Ertz is still recovering from core muscle surgery that took place on August 14th. He has already been ruled out for the rest of the preseason and is slowly starting to come back practice.

"No comment yet," Ertz told a reporter when he was leaving the field on Tuesday. "I should know soon, though."

On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was asked whether or not week one is a realistic goal for Ertz.

"I don't know," Shurmur said. "I'm assuming so. Behind the scenes he's taking care of all his treatment obligations. He's in all the meetings and he's doing everything he can physically.

"He's right there, mentally. Again, he's a guy that's been around here for a while. He knows what he's doing So, it'll just be a matter of him getting out there practicing."

Ertz is figured to play a major role in the Eagles' offense this season. He was thought to have a breakout season last year, but his struggles with blocking forced Chip Kelly to use Brent Celek more.

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The Philadelphia Eagles Extend Mychal Kendricks’ Contract

August 25th, 2015 at 12:15 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles and linebacker Mychal Kendricks agreed to a four year contract extension on Monday. The deal is reportedly worth $29 million over the four years with $16.4 million guaranteed.

Kendricks', who was entering his final year of his rookie contract, name had come up several times over the offseason in trade rumors after the Eagles traded LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Kiko Alonso and re-signed DeMeco Ryans. However, Chip Kelly said at the beginning of training camp that Kendricks was not going anywhere and that you could, "write that down in ink, not pencil."

"We're really excited about Mychal and I think Mychal — like most young guys who get their second contract– It gives you peace of mind," Defensive coordinator Billy Davis said during his Tuesday morning press conference. "Now he has that and now he can really focus on his craft and getting great at it. He's the kind of guy that really will probably flourish because he has a contract now."

Some think that Kendicks, 5-11, 237 pounds, may be a little undersized to play on the inside. The Eagles' coaching staff, however, think he is the prototype inside linebacker.

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NFL and Chip Kelly Don’t See Eye-to-Eye on Suggs’ Hit

August 24th, 2015 at 1:49 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

On Monday morning the NFL's head of officiating, Dean Blandino, was on the NFL Network and said that Terrell Suggs' low hit on Sam Bradford was, "not a foul".

If the quarterback has an option, he's considered a runner until he either clearly doesn't have the football, or he re-establishes himself as a passer. So it's not a foul by rule. It's something we'll make sure that we cover with our game officials because the defensive end coming off the edge, he doesn't know if the quarterback is going to keep it, he doesn't know if he's going to take off and run or drop back and so we treat the quarterback in that instance as a runner until he clearly re-establishes as a passer or until he clearly doesn't have the football.

As Chip Kelly said during his press conference on Monday that the play in question was not a read-option play.

"Not every shotgun run is a zone-read play. We didn't run any zone-reads," Kelly said. "We don't run as much zone-read as everybody thinks we do. [Blandino] said it was a read-option play. It wasn't a read-option play. I know our quarterbacks can be hit on a read-option play, but not every every run we have is a read-option."

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