August 9, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mardy Gilyard (19) and teammates wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) and long snapper Jon Dorenbos (46) watch replay on his 44-yard touchdown catch during the 3rd quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Eagles defeated the Steelers, 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Eagles Sign Mardy Gilyard, Cut Temple's Jaiquawn Jarrett

With only 3 healthy WRs, the Eagles have reached out to Mardy Gilyard, who played well for them in preseason

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Eagles Cut Jaiquawn Jarrett: Why It's Okay to Admi

The Eagles made something of a surprising move in releasing Jaiquawn Jarrett yesterday. Hopefully the decision is reflective of a more critical (and extensive) self-evaluation process taking place within the walls of the NovaCare Complex.


Eagles Vs Browns Review: It Doesn't Feel Like 1-0, But It Is 1-0

Wasn't that fun? The Eagles started the 2012 season with a stinker of a game against the hapless Cleveland Browns. Despite a comedy of errors, they managed to dig deep and pull out the victory to emerge from Week 1 at 1-0.


Eagles Vs Browns Score: Philly Salvages 17-16 Win On A Sloppy Afternoon

Michael Vick’s worst start as an Eagle just may have ended with his best drive. Vick threw a career high 4 INTs on the day and fumbled twice (neither lost), but got himself together to lead the Eagles on a 5 minute, 80 yards drive that ended with a go ahead TD to Clay Harbor with than 2 minutes left.

The Browns would fall short on their own comeback attempt when rookie Brandon Weeden threw his 4th pick of the day to ice the game for the Eagles.

While the Eagles did salvage the win, it was an afternoon that won’t leave many Eagles fans feeling really good. The offense turned the ball over 5 total times today and the team combined for 110 yards of penalties.

As sloppy as the offense was, however, the Eagles defense was a revelation. They picked off rookie QB Brandon Weeden 4 times and limited rookie Trent Richardson, the 3rd overall pick in the draft, to just 2.1 yards per carry. Despite being stuck with terrible field position all day thanks the turnovers, the Eagles defense did not allow the Browns into the end zone. Cleveland’s lone TD came on a pick 6.

The tone was set by the new man in the middle, DeMeco Ryans, who led the team with 5 tackles and seemed to be in the middle of every play. The veteran had some fans worried with a lackluster preseason, but he clearly was saving his best for when the games counted.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Kurt Coleman both had two picks a piece for an Eagles defense that really did not have a weak link.

The Eagles return home next week to face the Ravens, a team that won’t be nearly as forgiving to the Eagles mistakes as the Browns were today.


Eagles Vs Browns Inactives: Dion Lewis, Demetress Bell Out For Philly

The Eagles and Browns open up their 2012 seasons today at 1pm at Browns Stadium in Cleveland.

The Eagles inactives are Riley Cooper, David Sims, Dion Lewis, Colt Anderson, Vinny Curry, Demetress Bell. Cooper & Anderson have been out all week, Dion Lewis was questionable so his absence is no a shock. Rookie Vinny Curry is just caught up in a numbers game at defensive end, where the Eagles have 5 players active. Demetress Bell is the one surprise. He was signed in the offseason as the starter to replace the injured Jason Peters… But he was passed by King Dunlap in preseason and now he’s inactive. Actually, Nate Menkin, who the Eagles signed from the Texans after final cuts, is active. So it’s quite a drop for Bell.

For the Browns, there are no real surprises. QB Thad Lewis , WR Jordan Norwood, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, CB Trevin Wade, FS Usama Young, OT Oniel Cousins, LB James-Michael Johnson.

For more on the Eagles, please be sure to check out our blog Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly for all the latest news and updates. For Browns news, head over to Dawgs By Nature.


Eagles Vs. Browns 2012: Game Preview, Kickoff Time, TV Schedule And More

The Philadelphia Eagles open their 2012 season on the road against the Cleveland Browns today at 1pm on FOX.


The Philadelphia Eagles Expect Improved Run Defense In 2012

The Eagles played poor run defense in 2011. They focused on improving it during the offseason, but didn't expect to be without Mike Patterson and Antonio Dixon. Is there any cause for concern? Can the team stop the run?


Eagles Vs Browns Preview: Birds Should Look To LeSean McCoy Early & Often

The Eagles will open their 2012 campaign on the road in the Cleveland tomorrow at 1pm. Philadelphia comes in as heavy 9 point favorites against the Browns, who finished last year 4-12.

These two teams have some of the youngest rosters in the NFL, but the difference is that the Browns’ youth will be starting. Cleveland could be starting as many as 5 rookies on Sunday, 2 on defense and 3 on offense.

The Eagles will have their sights set on the rookie combo of QB Brandon Weeden and RT Mitchell Schwartz. In their preseason matchup, the Eagles sacked Weeden 3 times, forced 2 fumbles and limited him to just 9 of 20 passing. Oh and that was the Eagles’ 2nd string defense. Weeden will have the combo of Nnamdi Asomugha & Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to deal with this time, while Schwartz will have to contend with one of the NFL’s top 5 pass rushers last season in Jason Babin.

The Browns were expected to lean heavily on rookie RB Trent Richardson, but after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this summer missing the entire preseason and most of training camp. He is reportedly going to play tomorrow, but it would stand to reason that he’ll be limited.

With no real opportunity to see Richardson play, Andy Reid said the Eagles went back to look at his college film.

“I know [defensive coordinator] Juan [Castillo] has gone back and looked at the college stuff and made sure that he’s got a good feel on what they did there,,” Andy said. “It’s a little different scheme, but he’s taken a peek at it. He’s a good football player and we know that and so we’ve got to be ready for him. He’s very tough and quick and strong and everything. He’s a good running back.”

On offense, there was a clear way to attack the Browns last season. They held up very well against the pass limiting opponents to just 184.9 yards per game, 2nd best in the NFL. However, there were awful against the run giving up over 147 yards per game, the 3rd worst in the NFL.

And so far, its hard to say whether the Browns’ run defense will be any better. DT John Hughes, a 3rd round rookie who many saw as even a reach there, will be starting. Fourth round pick James-Michael Johnson was slated to start at SAM, but an oblique injury is likely to keep him out, which will likely make way for UDFA L.J. Fort to start on opening day.

Fort is actually the third string at SAM behind Johnson and veteran Scott Fujita, who despite having his bounty suspension lifted is not expected to play due to a leg injury. The Browns will actually only dress 2 LBs that have ever taken an NFL snap.

So if there was ever a week to feed LeSean McCoy and work in Bryce Brown… Its this one.


2012 Philadelphia Eagles: Time to Create a New Ide

My 2012 Philadelphia Eagles Preview, as well as predictions for the rest of the NFL.


Philadelphia Eagles Relying On Young Talent

The Eagles made some interesting moves on cutdown day. One theme was relying on young talent as backups at some key positions. Is this wise for a Super Bowl team?

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