Eagles Fantasy News

LeSean McCoy's teammates feel he's the same running back

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:42pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

The Eagles running game is become such a sensitive subject that LeSean McCoy stormed off the podium this past week when someone asked if he was the same player he used to be.

"Am I the same player? That's for you to figure out," McCoy said before leaving the podium. "That's crazy. Am I the same player? Yeah, I'm the same player.''

That assessment isn't showing up in the box score, but it was backed up by center Jason Kelce on Friday.

"I think LeSean is the same running back as he was last year," Kelce said on 94WIP. "I don’t think he’s changed one bit."

As to why McCoy's average per carry has dropped from 5.1 to 3.7, Kelce said the blame falls on the offensive line.

“Every running back is going to miss a few [holes],” Kelce said. “LeSean isn’t missing anymore [holes] than he did last year...I think the biggest thing is that we haven’t given him the amount of opportunities and the holes that he was given last year."

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy has been hounded by local media as to whether or not he's lost a step after a down season from 2013. He's also none-to-pleased to answer the question. Those who follow the team, for the most part, don't think McCoy has lost anything. The general feeling teams are trying to take away McCoy and make the Eagles beat them with the pass, something Nick Foles has struggled to do this season and Mark Sanchez wasn't great last week against Green Bay. Owners keep waiting for McCoy to bust out but that may not happen if defenses continue to play McCoy the way they apparently have.

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Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone, out) has been ruled out for Week 12. Mark Sanchez will continue to guide the Eagles’ offense with Foles sidelined. Sanchez has the second highest YPA (8.54) of all quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. Aaron Rodgers leads the way with 8.78 YPA.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Titans WR Justin Hunter (knee, questionable) took full practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. Hunter’s return to full participation is a strong indicator that he’ll be fine for a great matchup against the Eagles.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Matthews now has 15-285-4 in 11 quarters with Mark Sanchez. That works out to 5.5-104-1.5 over a normal, four-quarter game.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. He’s on track to play. The Eagles have been surprisingly good against tight ends, though Walker is a solid start whenever he’s active.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 12. Mark Sanchez will continue to guide the Eagles’ offense with Foles sidelined. Sanchez has the second highest YPA (8.54) of all quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. Aaron Rodgers leads the way with 8.78 YPA.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Titans WR Justin Hunter (knee) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Hunter’s return to full participation is a strong indicator that he’ll be fine for a great matchup against the Eagles.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Matthews now has 15-285-4 in 11 quarters with Mark Sanchez. That works out to 5.5-104-1.5 over a normal, four-quarter game.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. He’s on track to play. The Eagles have been surprisingly good against tight ends, though Walker is a solid start whenever he’s active.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 12. Mark Sanchez will continue to guide the Eagles’ offense with Foles sidelined. Sanchez has the second highest YPA (8.54) of all quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. Aaron Rodgers leads the way with 8.78 YPA.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Titans WR Justin Hunter (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Hunter wasn’t limited against the Steelers, so for now we’ll assume he’ll be out there against the Eagles. If he’s out, Nate Washington will be a Sneaky Start in a great matchup.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Matthews now has 15-285-4 in 11 quarters with Mark Sanchez. That works out to 5.5-104-1.5 over a normal, four-quarter game.

Kelly: Brent Celek is playing better than Zach Ertz

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:09pm

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On Wednesday, head coach Chip Kelly was asked why TE Zach Ertz isn't seeing the same time he was when the season started.

"Brent Celek is doing a hell of a job," Kelly said. "It would be an injustice to tell Brent he has to sit because we want to put someone else in the game."

"He is an outstanding blocker," Kelly said of Celek. "He might be the best blocking tight end in the league. He is a sure handed receiver. You saw against Carolina he had over 100 yards receiving...It doesn't have to do with Zach, it has to do with how well Brent is playing."

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz has played 35 percent or fewer snaps in two of the last three weeks. He's the #15 TE on a per game basis, behind Heath Miller, Owen Daniels and Coby Fleener. This hasn't turned out to be the breakout season that most were expecting.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:35am

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Something still is wrong with the Eagles' running game, 2 weeks into the return of Evan Mathis from an MCL injury and 3 weeks since Jason Kelce returned from abdominal surgery.

LeSean McCoy gained 155 yards on 25 carries when the Eagles won at Green Bay last November. Sunday, he slogged to 88 on 23. Same defense, except Clay Matthews had two healthy hands this time and was playing inside most of the time Sunday. Same offensive line, except for Matt Tobin replacing Todd Herremans.

"It was just a combination," HC Chip Kelly said yesterday, asked what he saw hindering the run game when he reviewed film of Sunday's 53-20 loss to the Packers, who came in ranked 30th in the NFL against the run. "There were times where it was blocked up pretty good and we hit a couple in there, and then there were some other times where we're just slipping off of blocks. We're not sustaining blocks or hitting it the right way."

Fantasy Impact:

Asked what McCoy can do better, Kelly said he couldn't specify one thing, but did think McCoy was patient, something that hasn't always been the case with the RB this season. Darren Sproles is averaging 6.8 yards per carry in very limited work behind the same line, but Kelly spoke enigmatically of "the rotation" and asserted that "LeSean is our guy." Asked why Sproles gets so few touches, Kelly said: "Yeah, I just don't think we're running the ball well overall." McCoy continues to get his 20-plus carries and while the yards have been OK as of late, he has just one TD in his last five games and just two overall. Sproles has just been getting a handful of touches since seeing double-digit touches very early in the season.

Nick Foles cleared to work out

Monday, November 17, 2014, 1:50pm

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Reports or suggestions that Eagles quarterback Nick Foles missing the remainder of the season due to a broken clavicle might have been premature.

One day after Foles was seen warming up and throwing with the practice squad on the field in Green Bay prior to Sunday's 53-20 Packers victory, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly announced that the quarterback has been cleared to resume working out.

"He can work out now, but it comes down to 'does the bone heal,'" Kelly said Monday. "That's the biggest question. He'll get a re-check at some point in time. They said it's usually three or four weeks before he takes another X-ray. He has not had that done yet.

"Until they get an X-Ray done, he'll continue to work out. Try to stay in shape. He did some running at the hotel in the fitness center early in the morning. He'll continue to do those things to make sure when he does get cleared that the bone is healed, it isn't 'Oh, now we have to take a couple weeks to get in shape.'"

"He's been cleared to workout," Kelly clarified. "But it isn't anything in terms of contact."

Fantasy Impact:

Foles elected not to have surgery when he suffered the injury two weeks ago against the Houston Texans thus leaving the door open to a return this season. Whether or not the clavicle bone has healed by the time Foles' follow up X-Ray takes place appears to be the lone hurdle standing between him and a return to action this season. When that follow up occurs though, remains to be seen. Sanchez has put up solid fantasy numbers in his two games, but it's been a lot of same in terms of turnovers, missed opportunities and leaving plays on the field.