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Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanchez completed 7-of-9 passes for 85 yards, while working in two series during Thursday's preseason contest against the Steelers, csnphilly.com reports.
Impact: In three preseason games thus far, Sanchez has looked sharp, completing 25-of-31 passes for 281 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. He's firmly behind Nick Foles on the Eagles' QB depth chart, a role that restricts his current fantasy utility assuming Foles' continued good health. That said, in the event of a Foles injury down the road, Sanchez would be a worthy in-season pickup, if given the chance to helm coach Chip Kelly's offense.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While McCoy acknowledged that his right thumb was sore following Thursday's game against the Steelers, the running back suggested that he will "be all right," csnphilly.com reports.
Impact: X-rays on McCoy's thumb Thursday came back negative and prior to sustaining the injury, he carried four times for 24 yards, while adding two catches for 26 yards, with a TD. More importantly, the report suggests that he didn't seem hampered by the toe issue that kept him out of practice this past Sunday. We'll track McCoy's status in the coming days, though in the team's fourth preseason game, next Thursday against the Jets, look for him to sit in any case, along with some of the Eagles' other key players.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: McCoy left the game with a right thumb injury after a 22-yard TD catch gave Philadelphia a 7-0 lead.
Impact: X-rays on McCoy's thumb were negative, but he didn't return. McCoy showed no effects of a toe injury that forced him to miss one practice earlier in the week.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After sitting out the previous preseason game, Tucker ran for 42 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's exhibition contest against the Steelers.
Impact: With Tucker opening the third quarter, the usage indicates that he has an edge on Henry Josey and Kenjon Barner for what will likely be one roster spot. The No. 4 spot on the depth chart typically carries minimal fantasy appeal, but Chris Polk (hamstring) has yet to play this preseason, and Darren Sproles doesn't figure to take a ton of handoffs. Should LeSean McCoy suffer an injury more serious than Thursday's sprained thumb, one of Tucker/Barner/Josey could have a role in the offense.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barner gained 32 yards on seven carries in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impact: Barner played just fine, but so did his competition, Matthew Tucker (10-46-2) and Henry Josey (4-48). With LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk (hamstring) holding down the top three spots on the depth chart, Barner is one of three players competing for what will likely be one roster spot.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Celek caught two passes for 41 yards on three targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impact: While Zach Ertz has the much higher ceiling in fantasy terms, Celek has shown this preseason that he's still a viable threat in the passing game, in addition to being an excellent blocker. After going without a reception during his brief appearance in the preseason opener, Celek has hauled in four-of-six targets for 86 yards over the last two exhibition games. Both he and Ertz have been major parts of the offense.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ertz caught two passes for 24 yards on two targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impact: Ertz and Brent Celek were both active in the offense, which should be a preview of things to come. Celek is locked in as the starting tight end, and he figures to approach his snap count from last season, when he was on the field for 76 percent of the Eagles' offensive plays. There's still plenty of room for Ertz to make an impact, as the Eagles will likely make heavy use of two-tight end formations, with the talented 2013 second-rounder often in the slot or out wide. All the press around Ertz has been positive, and he's caught eight-of-nine targets for 110 yards through three preseason games.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Matthews caught two passes for 16 yards on three targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impact: After the Eagles surprisingly used players such as Ifeanyi Momah and Jeff Maehl ahead of Matthews at the beginning of the preseason, Thursday's contest provided a better idea as to what we can expect once the games count. Matthews worked as the third wideout with the first-team offense, and he'll likely have that same role to open the season. Though he may be just one injury away from an every-down role in a prolific offense, Matthews will likely find targets hard to come by as the No. 3 receiver. The Eagles, while lacking in depth at wideout, have plenty of other options in the passing game.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cooper caught three passes for 25 yards on five targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impact: Cooper dropped what should have been a touchdown, but he more importantly proved that his foot is fine. He and Jeremy Maclin are locked in as the starting duo in an offense with questionable depth at wide receiver. However, Nick Foles still has plenty of other options in the passing game, thanks to running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles and tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maclin (hamstring) caught six passes for 43 yards on eight targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impact: Maclin was responsible for perhaps the most unusual moment of the night, as he went down with a non-contact injury, but then returned to the field shortly thereafter. He was holding the leg in which he tore an ACL last season, yet showed no signs of being any worse for the wear. Locked in as a starter across from Riley Cooper, Maclin is a decent bet to lead the Eagles' receiving corps in catches and targets, though Nick Foles' attention will likely be spread around. The hamstring that recently bothered Maclin seems fine, and he'll likely sit out the final preseason game.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sproles had six carries for 33 yards and a touchdown and one reception for four yards on four targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impact: Sproles surprisingly got most of his touches via hand-off this preseason, but he'll likely be more of a receiving threat once the games count. While the Eagles haven't elaborated on how they plan to use Sproles, it's hard to imagine that he'd take too big a bite out of LeSean McCoy's carries. However, should McCoy suffer an injury more serious than Thursday night's sprained thumb, Sproles might have a much bigger role in the running game. For now, the diminutive running back can still be expected to do most of his damage through the air.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foles completed 19-of-29 passes for 179 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Impact: The interception came on a screen pass after Darren Sproles tripped on one of his own linemen. While far from his best performance, Foles has looked much better in the last two games following a poor outing to open the preseason. The Eagles dealt with some bumps and bruises over the last month, but the offense figures to head into Week 1 close to full strength, barring any practice injuries over the next two-plus weeks. With the exception of suspended right tackle Lane Johnson, the only player in danger of missing Week 1 is backup running back Chris Polk (hamstring), who doesn't figure to see much work while LeSean McCoy (thumb) is healthy.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benn will not return to Thursday's exhibition game due to a head injury, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: It's unclear exactly when Benn sustained the injury, but any time the words "head injury" are tossed around, the player's status for the following week is immediately clouded. Look for the Eagles to update his status later in the week.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Updating a previous report, X-rays on McCoy's right thumb came back negative, and he has been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: McCoy won't return to Thursday night's game as a precaution, but he looks to have avoided any serious injuries. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit the final preseason game as well, but his Week 1 availability currently doesn't appear to be in question.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCoy underwent an X-ray on his right thumb, and his return to Thursday's game is currently unknown, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: McCoy had already recorded one touchdown on a Nick Foles screen pass, and carried the ball four times for 24 yards prior to exiting. Not much is know regarding his status at this point, but the team will likely update his condition following the game.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCoy (toe) is not among the players expected to sit out Thursday's game against the Steelers, the Eagles' official site reports.
Impact: It remains to be seen how much action McCoy -- who has been dealing with a toe injury that coach Chip Kelly has downplayed -- is in line to see Thursday, though the running back did indicate Monday that he feels as though he could use some game reps at this stage of the preseason.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Eagles have acquired Parkey in a trade with the Colts for David Fluellen, the team's official site reports.
Impact: The addition of Parkey now gives the Eagles three kickers, with returnee Alex Henery on hand, along with fellow rookie Carey Spear. While it would surprise us to see Henery lose his job, the Eagles are evidently keeping their options open at the kicking position for now.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Chip Kelly has downplayed the left toe injury that kept McCoy out of practice Sunday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: McCoy's quick return to the practice field supports the notion that the running back's toe ailment -- described by McCoy as "a small version of turf toe," is not viewed as a major issue. For his part, when asked about McCoy's status on Tuesday, Kelly replied, "He practiced full yesterday. He's fine. It's not as big an issue as anybody's made it out to be." That said, it remains to be seen if McCoy will see much, if any, action in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers, though the running does seem anxious to suit up for that contest, noting Monday, "I need the reps."
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ryans isn't expected to play much in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Ryans' veteran presence is crucial in the middle of a young Eagles' defense, so the 30-year-old's presence in a relatively meaningless exhibition is far less important than preserving his health. While Ryans should still feature with Philadelphia's first-team defense on Thursday, he probably won't play as much as most of his teammates. Furthermore, once Ryans is withdrawn, the Eagles will have an opportunity to evaluate candidates to provide depth behind their defensive signal-caller this season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polk (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's preseason game versus the Steelers, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Polk hasn't practiced in more than three weeks since suffering a Grade 2 partial tear of his hamstring. That time will cost him a third preseason game Thursday, although Polk expects to return to practice next week. Whenever he does take the field next, Polk will face fresh competition at running back, as the Eagles traded for ex-Panther Kenjon Barner on Tuesday.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired running back Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2015.
Impact: Last year, Barner was drafted in the sixth round by the Panthers. The 25-year-old Barner played in eight regular-season games and one playoff game with the Panthers. The Oregon product played for Chip Kelly in college so fantasy owners may want to take advantage and pick him up cheaply.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barner was traded to the Eagles on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional 2015 seventh-round draft pick.
Impact: After a rookie season marred by foot and ankle injuries, a healthy Barner failed to make an impact for the Panthers in the preseason, mustering eight yards on eight carries. A reunion with Eagles head man Chip Kelly, his college coach at Oregon, could be exactly what Barner needs to revitalize his stalled career and take advantage of his ability as a playmaker in space out of the backfield or as a returner.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Phillips, one of the first players signed by the Philadelphia Eagles under coach Chip Kelly, was released Tuesday before he played in a regular-season game for the team.
Impact: Phillips signed a two-year, $1.46 million contract as a free agent in 2013 with the Eagles, but tore the ACL in his right knee the first week of training camp in 2013 and spent the season on injured reserve. He came back healthy this year, but was released two days before the team's third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Eagles are evaluating potential competitors for Henery's kicking job, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: A serious threat to Henery's job has not emerged, but it appears the team is not totally satisfied with how he has kicked during training camp and wants to either provide some motivation or look at other players altogether. Though he is not a lock for the job at the moment, Henery is still the favorite to open the season as the Eagles' kicker.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Huff (shoulder) could be sidelined for quite some time, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Huff suffered an AC shoulder sprain while returning a kickoff in Friday's preseason game. After initially being expected to miss at least one week, Huff could land on the Eagles' short-term injured reserve if his condition hasn't improved enough by final roster cuts. While it's certainly too early to tell what Huff's fate will ultimately be, it sounds like the rookie third-rounder will at least miss the remainder of preseason action.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCoy, who returned to the field Monday, missed practice Sunday with what he referred to as "a small version of turf toe," CSN Philly reports. "[Sunday] it was really, really hurting pretty bad," he noted. "It felt a little better [Monday], so I went for it."
Impact: The report notes that McCoy injured the big toe on his left foot during last week's joint practices with the Patriots. Moreover, the running back added that he had an MRI and X-rays on the toe, and that the injury isn't "severe or serious." At this stage, McCoy plans to play Thursday against the Steelers, suggesting that he won't need many reps in the Eagles' key preseason tuneup. While this sounds like an issue that the running back can play through, the obvious hope is that McCoy avoids the sort of setback that could turn this into something that nags him once the regular season gets going.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maclin (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, CSN Philly reports.
Impact: Maclin's practice participation Monday was characterized as limited by the Star-Ledger. Meanwhile, Riley Cooper (foot) also practiced Monday, with the report suggesting that the Eagles' starting wideout duo is expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCoy, who missed Sunday's practice for an unspecified reason, returned to the field Monday, CSN Philly reports.
Impact: When asked why McCoy didn't practice Sunday, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur didn't provide much in the way of details, noting that the issue that kept the running back out was "nothing serious to [his] knowledge. Every once in a while, guys miss practice." In any case, there's evidently nothing in play here that would impact McCoy's value as the season approaches.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCoy (unspecified reason) did not practice Sunday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: McCoy wasn't mentioned when coach Chip Kelly discussed the Eagles' injured players prior to Sunday's practice, so it's possible that the running back is getting a maintenance day. McCoy recorded 19 rushing yards on six carries, while appearing in three series, during Friday's preseason game against the Patriots.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cooper (foot) was a full participant in Sunday's practice for the first time in over two weeks, NJ.com reports.
Impact: Cooper has missed the preseason thus far due to a foot injury and although he's been able to practice more recently, Sunday marked the first occasion Cooper was full-go. The wideout will aim to make his exhibition debut Thursday against the Steelers, as the Eagles' No. 2 receiver opposite Jeremy Maclin (hamstring).
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maclin (hamstring) will not practice Sunday, but is expected to be a full participant during Monday's session, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Maclin tweaked his hamstring during practice last week, which caused him to miss Friday's preseason game against the Bears. However, had it been the regular season, Maclin reportedly would have been healthy enough to play. As such, his injury isn't cause for much concern and he'll return to action Monday. With Riley Cooper (foot) also back practicing, the Eagles will finally have their top wideout tandem available come Monday.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Huff, who underwent X-rays on his injured shoulder, which returned negative, is expected to miss at least one week, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Huff injured his shoulder during Friday's preseason game, but with a negative result from X-rays, the rookie appears to have avoided a more serious setback. Nonetheless, it's unclear when Huff will be able to return to action for the Eagles. The third-rounder had a 102-yard kickoff return touchdown during Philadelphia's first preseason game and his familiarity with coach Chip Kelly, for whom he played in college at Oregon, figures to help his adjustment to the NFL.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tucker and David Fluellen did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, NFL.com's Albert Breer reports.
Impact: The two running backs, both rookie UDFAs, are presumably dealing with undisclosed injuries. Fellow UDFA Henry Josey made the most of his opportunity Friday night, and the three are likely competing for one roster spot. Two weeks ago, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said that Tucker was "firmly entrenched" as the Eagles' fourth running back, ahead of Fluellen and Josey. It's also possible that the Eagles will only keep three running backs, even though Darren Sproles is primarily used in the passing game.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Josey gained 56 yards on eight carries and 27 yards on one reception in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots.
Impact: After registering just one touch in the Eagles' first preseason game, Josey had a huge second half Friday night. His lone reception was a beautiful catch-and-run for a 27-yard touchdown, and he had a bunch of nice gains on the ground. Alas, the undrafted free agent is still likely just fighting for one of the final spots on the roster, as his big night came with fellow running backs Chris Polk (hamstring), Matthew Tucker (undisclosed) and David Fluellen (undisclosed) sidelined.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Matthews caught all nine of his targets for 104 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots.
Impact: Even with Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) and Riley Cooper (foot) sidelined, Matthews was oddly brought off the bench behind roster-bubble players Arrelious Benn, Ifeanyi Momah and Brad Smith. Still, with the obvious exceptions of Maclin and Cooper, Matthews is the wide receiver to target in Philly. It's seemingly only a matter of time before Matthews gets first-team reps, and he largely worked out of the slot with the starters during Friday's game, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Williams has left Friday's game with a hamstring injury.
Impact: Williams picked off superstar Tom Brady for a 77-yard TD before getting hurt. He had taunted the Patriots' organization all week by calling them a bunch of cheaters. The extent of the injury is not clear.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith, Afeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn started Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.
Impact: With Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) and Riley Cooper (foot) out, the Eagles opted not to start either of their promising rookie wideouts, Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff (shoulder). Though Smith's versatility will help his chances of making the final roster, he doesn't figure to do much in the passing game this season. The same goes for Afeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn, although someone will have to step up if all the injuries lingers. Despite starting, Smith did not register a target in Friday's game.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benn started Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.
Impact: The starting designation doesn't mean much in this case, as Benn is likely just hoping to win a spot on the final roster. With Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) and Riley Cooper (foot) sidelined, the Eagles have opted not to start rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff (shoulder), instead going with guys like Benn, Brad Smith and Ifeanyi Momah, all of whom are long shots to emerge as fantasy options this season. Benn caught a pass for six yards on his only target in Friday's game.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Huff left Friday's preseason game with a shoulder injury and will not return, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: With Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) and Riley Cooper (foot) sidelined, Ifeanyi Momah, Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith started at wide receiver, while Huff and Jordan Matthews also saw some work in the first half. Regardless of the starting designations, Huff and Matthews should still have a shot to compete for targets behind Maclin and Cooper this season. As for Huff's injury, it's unclear whether the issue is serious, but it isn't a particularly good sign that he was ruled out for the game, given that he likely would have played in the second half.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polk (hamstring) won't play Friday against the Patriots.
Impact: With Polk, Matthew Tucker and David Fluellen out Friday, look for rookie Henry Josey to see his share of reps working behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cooper (foot) is among the Eagles in line to be held out Friday against the Patriots, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Cooper, who is bouncing back from a foot injury, has resumed practicing, with his absence from Friday's contest presumably precautionary in nature.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maclin (hamstring) is among the Eagles in line to not play Friday night against the Patriots, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Maclin, who did not participate in Thursday morning's walkthrough, is thus far downplaying his hamstring issue. Meanwhile, fellow starting wideout Riley Cooper is also slated to sit out Friday's contest.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polk (hamstring) did not participate in Thursday's morning walkthrough, csnphilly.com reports.
Impact: The same applies to fellow running backs Matthew Tucker and David Fluellen, with the trio unlikely to play in Friday's preseason contest against the Patriots. Assuming that's the case, Henry Josey figures to be in line for added reps (behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles) on Friday.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Cooper (foot) was present for the start of Thursday's practice, csnphilly.com indicates that he isn't likely to play Friday against the Patriots.
Impact: Though Cooper, who missed last week's preseason opener against the Bears, has resumed practicing, the report notes that the wideout has been limited in most drills during the week, which supports the notion that the Eagles may play it safe with him on Friday.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maclin (hamstring) did not participate in Thursday morning's walkthrough, csnphilly.com reports.
Impact: Maclin, who tweaked his left hamstring during Wednesday's practice, is thus unlikely to play in Friday night's contest against the Patriots. Meanwhile, Maclin, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, downplayed his most recent injury, indicating after Wednesday's practice that "it shouldn't be a big deal." For now, we'll consider the wideout day-to-day.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: It's still unclear how the Eagles plan to use Sproles in 2014, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: Sproles' brief, likely meaningless showing in Philadelphia's preseason opener saw him run three times for 11 yards on seven plays, and he wasn't targeted in the passing game. The general expectation is that the Eagles will utilize Sproles in a somewhat opposite way during the real games, using him more as a pass-catching target than a traditional running back, but Chip Kelly is neither conventional nor transparent with his plans. No matter whether he serves as LeSean McCoy's true backup at running back or as a unique off-the-bench receiving option, the Eagles figure to make Sproles a noteworthy part of the offense one way or another. The fact that they traded for him and gave him a two-year extension implies they plan to get good mileage out of him. In the meantime, it's at least safe to say that Sproles is still a much more reliable investment in PPR leagues.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maclin left Wednesday's practice early and later said he slightly tweaked his left hamstring while making a touchdown catch, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Maclin exited Wednesday's session as a precaution and still hopes to play in Friday's second preseason game, although he's unsure if he'll be able to do so. Projected to be Philadelphia's No. 1 wideout this season, Maclin may err on the side of caution considering he's coming off an ACL tear last summer. Fortunately, Maclin doesn't consider the hamstring tweak to be serious, so even if he sits out Friday's game, he should be back in action fairly soon.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vandervelde will likely miss the start of the regular season, after recently undergoing back surgery, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Vandervelde's back has bothered him since late last season and kept him sidelined for most of training camp thus far. While specifics on his surgery haven't been made available, Vandervelde is thought to have undergone a procedure to repair a damaged disk. With him out, David Molk is expected to be promoted to the Eagles' back-up center position.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cooper (foot) returned to practice on Sunday, csnphilly.com reports.
Impact: Cooper missed Friday's preseason opener against the Bears, with his return to the field Sunday suggesting that he has a shot to suit up for the Eagles' Aug. 16 tilt against the Patriots, barring any setbacks.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Celek was targeted once in Friday's preseason opener against the Bears.
Impact: Zach Ertz caught four passes for 60 yards, but nearly all of that damage came with the second-team offense. Celek, who strictly played with the first-team and is locked in as a starter, is unlikely to match Ertz's production in the passing game this season. Look for the Eagles to use more "two-tight end" sets, although Ertz will often be lined up in the slot or out wide, rather than tight to the formation. Celek's fantasy value and targets may be headed in the wrong direction, but he's still a strong blocker and capable receiver, a skill set that makes him highly valuable to the Eagles.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foles had a rough night in Friday's preseason opener against the Bears, completing six-of-nine passes for 44 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Impact: It only took Foles nine preseason pass attempts to match his interception total from the 2013 regular season. We'll choose to look at that as a good thing, although it'll be a bit concerning if he looks this bad in the next two games, given that he only has three-quarters of a season of strong play under his belt. Foles has everything in place to succeed without DeSean Jackson this season, as Jeremy Maclin is back, Darren Sproles has been acquired, and Zach Ertz is no longer a rookie. Just as important as the targets Foles will throw to, the Eagles still have Chip Kelly, an excellent offensive line, and of course, LeSean McCoy.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCoy gained eight yards on one reception and was stuffed for no gain on his only carry in Friday's preseason opener against the Bears.
Impact: McCoy made a token appearance, and then gave way to Darren Sproles, who also didn't stay in the game for long. "Shady" should once again benefit from good coaching, an up-tempo offense and a strong line, but his involvement in the passing game is headed in the wrong direction. His 52 receptions last season, while an impressive number for most running backs, were actually two fewer than he had in just 12 games the previous year. With Sproles now in town, McCoy is unlikely to notice a bounce back in targets or receptions, and a decrease may even be coming. He's also unlikely to match last season's 10.4 yards per catch, though if any running back could hit that mark in consecutive seasons, it would be McCoy (or Jamaal Charles). Of course, this is all kind of nitpicking, as McCoy is an incredibly talented runner with excellent team context who handles most of the goal-line work and is more than capable as a receiver.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polk (hamstring) did not play in Friday's preseason opener against the Bears.
Impact: Polk is No. 3 on the depth chart behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, which essentially puts the third-year player one injury away from a significant workload, as Sproles had more receptions than carries in his final two seasons with the Saints. Matthew Tucker, who is firmly entrenched at No. 4 on the depth chart according to head coach Chip Kelly, carried eight times for 40 yards and two touchdowns while working with the second-team offense in Friday's game. The strong outing doesn't make Tucker a threat to Polk's standing, but it could be something to keep an eye on, particularly if Polk's seemingly-minor hamstring issue lingers.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Momah started Friday's preseason opener against the Bears, CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher reports.
Impact: Momah, listed at 6-7, 239 pounds, got the starting nod in place of Riley Cooper (foot), who is expected to return before the regular season. Momah caught two passes for 15 yards on three targets, working exclusively with the starting offense. While he has apparently been drawing first-team reps in practice recently, Momah is likely still be on the roster bubble. He had an underwhelming career at Boston College from 2007 to 2011, and failed to make the Eagles' roster out of training camp last season. If you're looking for a Philadelphia receiver besides Cooper or Jeremy Maclin, the best bet is still second-round rookie Jordan Matthews, who struggled mightily in Friday's preseason game.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maclin (leg) started Friday's preseason opener against the Bears, CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher reports.
Impact: Maclin caught one pass for 15 yards on a lone target. He's locked in as a starter and appears to be Philadelphia's most dangerous wide receiver. The minor leg soreness he experienced earlier this week can be considered a non-issue.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Matthews had a poor debut in Friday's preseason opener, dropping a trio of catchable passes, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Even with Riley Cooper (foot) held out, Matthews wasn't targeted until midway through the second quarter. However, we wouldn't read too much into that part of the performance, as the Eagles started 6-7 Ifeanyi Momah, who is believed to be on the roster bubble. More important is the fact that Matthews recorded just four receptions for 14 yards on seven targets, with the other three passes falling incomplete due to his drops. The rookie out of Vanderbilt is looking to lock down the No. 3 wide receiver role behind Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, and this wasn't the start he was hoping for. However, that role may not be all that lucrative, as the Eagles seemingly want to rely on two-tight end formations with Brent Celek and Zach Ertz.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ertz caught four passes for 60 yards on five targets in Friday's preseason opener against the Bears, as the Eagles made heavy use of two-tight end sets, according to Matt Lombardo of 975 The Fanatic.
Impact: Though he saw a good number of snaps with the first-team offense, Ertz piled up three of his catches and 58 of his 60 yards in the second quarter while working with the backups. It was still an impressive performance, and the Eagles figure to use plenty of two-tight end formations during the regular season, not only because of Ertz's talent, but also due to their questionable depth at wide receiver. Ertz will likely spend a lot of time either in the slot or out wide, as he should have every opportunity to become one of Nick Foles' favorite targets.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barner gained eight yards on eight carries in Friday's preseason opener against the Bills.
Impact: With Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and DeAngelo Williams (coach's decision) sidelined, Barner was the first-team halfback, though Mike Tolbert took the first two carries. In addition to doing nothing with his carries, Barner failed to haul in either of his two targets, and gained zero yards on a pair of punt returns. Not that he was a threat to Williams or Stewart anyway, but Barner did himself no favors Friday night. Should Stewart or Williams miss time this season, the Panthers will still have Tolbert to gobble up some carries and third-down work.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cooper (foot) will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Bears.
Impact: Cooper shed his walking boot Wednesday but, as expected, won't participate in the Eagles' first preseason game Friday. He will likely work his way back into practice in the next couple weeks and will work towards playing in at least a couple of the preseason games in preparation for the start of the regular season.