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Philadelphia Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins Proving to Be Vital Playmaker on Defense

October 1st, 2014 at 10:37 AM
By Nick Gill

After the revolving door of safeties the Philadelphia Eagles have had in the last few years, Malcolm Jenkins was signed as a free agent this offseason to stabilize the position. He has come in and made a tremendous impact for the Eagles with his playmaking ability.

“We were expecting a lot from him,” defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. “We really liked what we saw on tape. He wasn't everyone's pick but he definitely was our No. 1 guy that we were going after for what he fit and how he fit us, and he's lived up and beyond our expectations.”

Jenkins has three interceptions in four games this season, including an interception in three consecutive games. Last week against the San Francisco 49ers, Jenkins intercepted a pass and returned it all the way back for a 53 yard touchdown.

“On the play, it was one of those coverages that allows us to free up depending on what the offense does,” Jenkins said. “I was able to free up right into the throwing lane. He kind of threw it right to me. Once I caught it and I saw how everything was setting up, I did think I had a chance to go all the way. I didn’t think it was going to take that much moving, but we want to score every time we get the opportunity to on defense. That was a big play for us.”

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Philadelphia Eagles Activate T Lane Johnson from Suspension

September 29th, 2014 at 5:35 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles received a much needed boost along the offensive line when they activated right tackle Lane Johnson from his four game NFL suspension. The 2013 first-round pick will be back with the team and is expected to practice Tuesday. His status for the game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams is still uncertain.

“We haven't seen him for a month,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. “He told me he was at API [Athletes’ Performance Institute] in Dallas working out, and there were some other players there. You know, he looked good, so it's just the unknown. We haven't seen him in four weeks, so where is he at and what's his how does he process things, how quickly does he get back into the swing of things, where is he from a health standpoint?”

If Johnson can go, the Eagles will not waste anytime getting him back in the line-up. They have been decimated by injuries along the offensive line with center Jason Kelce suffering a sports hernia, guard Evan Mathis' knee injury and Johnson's replacement Allen Barbre on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

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Philadelphia Eagles G Matt Tobin Healthy and Ready to Help Injury Depleted Offensive Line

September 26th, 2014 at 12:23 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles have been decimated along the offensive line by injuries. In the opening week of the season they lost two starters in right tackle Allen Barbre and guard Evan Mathis. Then, last week, the Eagles lost center Jason Kelce with a sports hernia injury. With all of those injuries hurting the offensive line, one player getting healthy is set to help. Guard Matt Tobin is listed as probable for the game Sunday and will be a much needed addition.

Tobin injured his ankle in the preseason and has yet to make his regular season debut. He was able to practice in full this week and is now set to see the field for the first time. It could not have come at a better time for the Eagles who are shuffling around the offensive line in an attempt to cover the injuries. Tobin had an impression in the preseason and Eagles head coach Chip Kelly believes he will carry that to the field this week.

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Philadelphia Eagles Chip Kelly on Jason Kelce Injury and Cary Williams’ Comments

September 23rd, 2014 at 1:30 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles have had an eventful couple of days since they defeated the Washington Redskins 37-34 to improve to 3-0 on the 2014 season. During the game, the Eagles lost center Jason Kelce to an abdominal injury, which will cost him significant time. Head coach Chip Kelly also had to answer questions about cornerback Cary Williams comments about practicing hard and its impact of the team's game day performance.

“I'm saying [practicing every day] impacted a lot of people,” Williams said. “A lot of people, but I'm just the only one man enough to get up here and say anything about it, talk to ya'll as a man and discuss and issue that, obviously, in my opinion, is an issue in our starts.”

The Eagles have overcome double digit deficits in each of their three wins this season. Kelly responded to Williams' comments after the two met on Monday.

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Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receivers Have Coming Out Party in Win Against Washington Redskins

September 22nd, 2014 at 1:03 PM
By Nick Gill

Coming into the Philadelphia Eagles week three match-up with the Washington Redskins, there was some concern about the Eagles having problems getting production from their wide receivers. That was put to bed this week as the Philadelphia wide receivers had a coming out party against Washington in a 37-34 win.

Prior to this week, the Eagles the receiving trio of Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and rookie Jordan Matthews had 16 combined receptions in the first two games. The Eagles had opted to use the running backs and tight ends in the passing game, with scattered production from the wide receivers. Against Washington, that trio combined for 20 receptions for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

Maclin had a monster game with eight catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. He had been the most productive in the first two weeks making some big plays, but took it to another level Sunday. He was instrumental the whole game, but thrived in the fourth quarter when Philadelphia needed him most. He made a terrific catch along the sidelines to set up his own 27 yard touchdown to give the Eagles at 34-27 lead.

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