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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.
The Eagles major move of the day was to add WR Mardy Gilyard to their roster and cutting last year's 2nd round pick Jaiquwan Jarrett to make room. However, they did complete other minor move release TE Chase Ford from the practice squad and adding another TE, Derek Carrier.
This is from the Eagles.
Carrier (6-4, 238) originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as a rookie free agent following the 2012 draft after playing collegiately at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he set school records with 189 receptions for 3,111 yards and 29 touchdowns. He was released as part of the Raiders final roster cut down. Carrier also played two years of basketball at Beloit, starting 21 games and averaging 8.3 points per game. He attended Edgerton High School in Wisconsin.
According to Bleeding Green Nation, the Eagles made the move primarily because of the injury sustained in the season opener by Jeremy Maclin. While Maclin might be ready for Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, it's not a chance the team can take.
Unfortunately for Jarrett, his time has run out with Philadelphia. The once promising prospect never really panned out and was only active for 12 games to this point in his brief career. In that time, Jarrett amassed only 22 tackles.
The Eagles are alright in regards to depth at safety with four still on the roster. Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen are obviously the starters, with the newly-signed David Sims as the primary backup should either of them go down. S Colt Anderson is on the 53 man roster but has been rehabbing a knee injury, although he is primarily a special teamer.
The Philadelphia Eagles eked out a win despite an ugly four-interception performance by quarterback Michael Vick Sunday, but Eagles coach Andy Reid went out of his way to pin the responsibility for Vick's poor play on anybody but the signal-caller who sat out the majority of the preseason.
Reid began a recent press conference by criticizing himself and his coaching staff:
"Offensively, turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. You just can’t have those and I would say that we didn’t play as disciplined offensively as we needed to all the way around. I know [QB] Michael [Vick] took the blame yesterday [but] it’s not a one man show. That’s not what it is. Everybody had a piece of this pie starting with me and the coaches."
Reid shook off the idea that Vick was unable to recognize defenses after only briefly in one preseason game dating back to 2011.
"Like I said it’s a combination of things. It starts with the plays that are dialed up. It starts with protection and then it comes back to decision making. All three of those things fit into what took place and you’ve got to add the route running in there too. If they’re going to come up and bang you around then you’ve got to work like crazy to get yourself open and do the right thing. Everybody had a piece of that. It’s always going to fall on the quarterback’s shoulders and we have one that takes that responsibility and he takes it to heart. But in reality when you put on the tape everybody’s got to do their job. You play an aggressive defense that’s good against the pass, particularly last year, then you have to come and you’ve got to be ready to roll every snap and you’ve got to be aggressive every snap. We have to do a better job with that."
He then brushed off the idea that Vick was thinking too much:
"I don’t think it’s over-thinking. There were so many good things that he did in the mix there. I mean, he accumulated a ton of yards and so there were some good things. There were just some things; like I said, there were breakdowns, whether it was him, whether it was the o-line, whether it was receivers, running backs not checking through quick enough and getting to their spots, the calls. We’ve all got to look at that and make sure that we get that right."
A major problem was that Vick seemed constantly under pressure. Vick got the ball away in most cases -- he was only sacked twice -- but with dire consequences and lackluster results. He only completed 29 of 56 passes. Although Vick's calling card is his ability to elude tackles on his feet, Reid insisted things needed to get better up front to protect the notoriously fragile QB.
"I’ll tell you, there were some breakdowns in protection and everybody had a little bit of that, whether it was the tight ends in there, o-line, running backs held a piece of that. There were a few where he could have gotten it to a secondary receiver quicker. So, everybody had a little bit of that. We’ve got to tighten that up. You can’t go through and have the quarterback get hit that much."
The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed wide receiver Mardy Gilyard Monday. Gilyard spent training camp with the Eagles and was released during the final roster cuts. He announced the move via his Twitter account.
I'm back in Philly aye!!!! Time to do work!!!!! #Turnup!!!!— Mardy Gilyard (@MardyGilyard) September 10, 2012
Gilyard should add depth to an Eagles wide receiver group which is currently dealing with a rash of injuries. Riley Cooper remains out with a fractured collarbone he suffered during the preseason, while starting receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a hip flexor strain during the Eagles season opening win against the Browns.
Maclin was forced to leave the game for a time against Cleveland, leaving Philadelphia with three healthy wide receivers. Even though Maclin returned to the game, his status going forward is still unknown. Gilyard played in 11 games for the St. Louis Rams during the 2010 season, catching six passes for 63 yards. He played well for the Eagles during the preseason, catching nine passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
For more on the Eagles and their injuries, be sure to check out Bleeding Green Nation.
The Eagles did what they set out to do yesterday in Cleveland, start the season off with a win. But the manner in which they got that win did not leave head coach Andy Reid particularly happy, especially as it relates to the offense.
"Offensively, turnovers, turnovers, turnovers," Reid said. "You just can't have those and I would say that we didn't play as disciplined offensively as we needed to all the way around. I know [QB] Michael [Vick] took the blame yesterday [but] it's not a one man show. That's not what it is. Everybody had a piece of this pie starting with me and the coaches."
Reid said that while the penalties and mistakes were evidence of what they need to fix, the final game winning drive was an example of how things can work once those fixes are in.
"You can't play like that whether it was from play calling, execution, to the penalties there. But the bottom line is that it ended up in the 91 yard drive. That gives you an indication about what you can do offensively if you eliminate the penalties and eliminate the turnovers."
"We've had a number of those games in the past where we weren't able to come back and that we lost," Reid added.
The Eagles offense wasn't exactly impotent yesterday. They moved the ball well, but thanks to the turnovers and penalties, didn't convert enough of that yardage to points.
"You start looking at 456 yards of total offense and then you're not putting it in the end zone," Reid lamented. "That's ridiculous there. You have 12 penalties for 110 yards. That's ridiculous and that's not good football. We just have to make sure we take care of that."
The Eagles turned the ball over a total of 5 times yesterday, a total they likely only got away with because the Browns gave the ball up 4 times themselves.
The Philadelphia Eagles may have pulled out a Week 1 win over the Browns, but they did not do so without suffering a handful of injuries. Perhaps the most notable personnel loss was to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who suffered a hip pointer during the game and now has a hip flexor strain.
Here is the latest from head coach Andy Reid on how Maclin's hip progressed over the night.
"'He's got a little bit of a hip flexor strain in there too. That happened after the hip pointer. As you know with hip pointers those things hurt you a lot more the next couple of days than they do when they actually happen. But he battled through it. You have to give him credit for that. He battled through it and got himself through the game but he's awfully tender today."
Maclin left the field in the second half Sunday, but would later return to the game.
The Eagles are a bit shorthanded at wide receiver and Maclin's status will definitely be something to keep an eye on throughout the week. Reid also said receiver Riley Cooper would not be ready in time for Philadelphia's Week 2 matchup with the Ravens.
For more on the Eagles and their injuries, be sure to check out Bleeding Green Nation.
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.
Time will tell if what we saw today from the Eagles will continue through out the season, and if it does, the Eagles are in trouble. They might not win 8 games like they did last year if Micheal Vick plays this bad and continues to show he might never change. But just like it would be important to not get too high if they would have beaten the Browns 40-7, it's important to not over react when they only beat them 17-16.
Because despite all of the penalties and turnovers, the Eagles showed that this year is different by winning the game.
While the game was far from ideal, Philadelphia can certainly build off of the contest in making preparations for another AFC North team, the Baltimore Ravens.
The Philadelphia Eagles were lucky to get out of Cleveland after Week 1 without any significant injuries.
Andy Reid's team didn't play its best despite winning 17-16 on the road. However, the best news lies on the injury front which seems to be just about spotless.
On one play in the game, Coleman was absolutely flattened by Cleveland running back Trent Richardson who was making his pro debut. The Alabama product caused quite the collision, knocking off Coleman's helmet and leaving him with gashes on his nose and upper lip. The safety also suffered a swollen lower lip from the impact.
According to ESPN.com, Coleman could care less.
"I got caught flat footed and didn't see him coming," Coleman said. "I felt the collision. But I'm OK with it. We got the win."
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.
The Eagles lead the Browns 10-3 after what was a pretty ugly first half from both teams.
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.
The Philadelphia Eagles open their 2012 season on the road against the Cleveland Browns today at 1pm on FOX.
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?
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.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Dion Lewis is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury on the Eagles' injury report. The Eagles will travel to play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium (1 p.m., FOX).
Here is the full list of injuries on the report:
S Colt Anderson (knee)
WR Riley Cooper (collarbone)
RB Dion Lewis (hamstring)
DT Fletcher Cox (knee)
DE Jason Babin (calf)
LB Jamar Chaney (hamstring)
LB Casey Matthews (ankle)
S Nate Allen (hamstring)
T Nate Menkin (shoulder)
My 2012 Philadelphia Eagles Preview, as well as predictions for the rest of the NFL.
Philadelphia didn't live up to high expectations last season, and, as Sports Illustrated's Peter King notes while making his game pick, a 33-16 Eagles' victory, the health of quarterback Michael Vick will once again be a high priority.
"Most important thing for the Eagles this week," King writes. "Keeping Mike Vick upright."
SB Nation's NFL Editor Joel Thorman sees these two teams as having vastly different goals for the season, and thinks Philadelphia will breeze to a 27-7 win:
The Eagles have Super Bowl dreams. The Browns are hoping to hit, I don't know, seven or eight wins?
Across the board, ESPN's panel of 12 experts selected the Eagles, the same for Yahoo! Sports three-man panel of Mike Silver, Jason Cole and Les Carpenter, who all went with Philadelphia to earn the Week 1 victory in Cleveland.
There is injury news to report on a pair of Eagles players heading into this weekend's opener with the Cleveland Browns. Jason Babin looks set to play, while Fletcher Cox is a bit more up in the air. Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo had the following to say when asked about Jason Babin, who participated without limitation today:
I think the thing that is important there is that they are going to rotate anyway. There’s different groups. Like I said there is a first and second down group rotation and then there’s a third down rotation.
When asked about Fletcher Cox Castillo had the following. Cox was limited in practice today, but did participate:
Well, I mean, Fletcher has just gotten better and better and getting more comfortable with our system. Again, Fletcher will end up being in that rotation. We’ll have eight guys rotating and possibly more depending on who suits up. Like I said, we really have three groups. You have a first and second down group that rotates and then you have a third down rush group.
Safety Colt Anderson and wide receiver Riley Cooper are definitely out, and both missed practice again today. Nate Allen, Jamar Chaney, Dion Lewis, Casey Matthews, Nate Menkin, and Cedric Thornton all participated in Thursday's practice without any limitations.
Michael Vick is always an injury concern for fantasy football owners, but Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has no such concerns about his quarterback's health. Reid had the following to say to WIP's Angelo Cataldi:
I don’t really worry about that. I want him to just go play and be himself. And there’s a time and a place where he knows he’s gotta get down or out of bounds, but other than that you go play. That’s what’s made you great, you play a certain way and you go for it. And this game, I think if you asked any player they’re going to tell you they gotta catch a couple breaks here and there with the injury bug. And so hopefully this is his year where he does that.
Vick has been recovering from a rib injury suffered against the New England Patriots in the Eagles' second preseason game, but the team insists that he's still on track to start their opener against the Cleveland Browns. The game can be seen at 1 p.m. ET this Sunday on Fox.
The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to start their season off with a win, as oddsmakers have them favored by more than a touchdown as they start their season off against a young Cleveland team.
The Browns aren't expected to be as bad as they were last season, when they earned the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, especially after the team used that pick and another first-rounder to reconstruct their offense with stud running back Trent Richardson and 28-year-old quarterback Brandon Weeden. That offensive unit will be greatly improved, but a dinged-up Cleveland defense will likely struggle against one of the more potent offensive units in the NFL: Michael Vick is healthy and LeSean McCoy looks to have another elite season at running back, while the Browns are missing at least three defensive starters.
The Eagles opened up as 6.5 point favorites, but have seen their odds improve as they are now favored in most books by either 8.5 or nine points.
Spread: Eagles -9
Odds: Eagles -430, Browns +340
Cooper fractured his collar bone early in Eagles camp and is still working his way back, without him in the lineup the Eagles will only dress four wide receivers. Anderson, who is also a valuable member of the special teams is still rehabbing a knee injury suffered near the end of the 2011 season. Anderson was activated from the PUP list, made the 53-man roster and practiced on Wednesday, but will not dress for the game. Neither player saw any action in the preseason.
Participating fully in practice on Wednesday, but still listed on the injury report were S Nate Allen, DE Jason Babin, LB Jamar Chaney, RB Dion Lewis, LB Casey Matthews, T Nate Menkin, and DT Cedric Thornton. Allen told reporters that his previously injured hamstring is now 100 percent.
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Haden is by far the best cornerback on the team and would undoubtedly be matched up against DeSean Jackson. However, the Browns are confident the suspension won't take effect until after the season opener against the Eagles, according to northcoastnow.com.
"I suspect if we haven’t heard by now, that we’ll have him for the first game," Browns president Mike Holmgren said Tuesday morning in a radio interview on 92.3 The Fan. "But I don’t know for sure."
As pointed out over at Bleeding Green Nation, Haden missing the contest would be devastating for the Browns. In all likelihood, Dmitri Patterson would be going against Jackson in a match-up that would seem to favor Philadelphia.
"We feel like there is a need to win, and win quickly," said Vick.
Vick noted the team's absence from the playoffs last season and first-round knockout after winning the NFC East in 2010, and said he hopes the team doesn't make the same mistakes this time around.
"Now, it’s all about seizing the moment -- getting an opportunity and taking full advantage of it," he said.
Despite having the playoffs on his mind, Vick said he is not looking past Philadelphia's Week 1 matchup with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are dealing with injuries on defense, but the Eagles won't take them lightly.
"They’re doing a lot of different things on defense that they didn’t show in the preseason," Vick said. "They’re a good football team, and we have to make sure we prepare and we study all the looks for when we come out."
Vick and the Eagles begin their 2012-13 season and quest for the playoffs at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday in Cleveland.
Jason Babin returned to practice and is expected to play Sunday against the Browns.
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