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Philadelphia Eagles survive heart attack-inducing late comeback by St. Louis Rams

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The Eagles turned a game that should have put the St. Louis Rams away early into a contest that went down to the wire. Once holding a commanding 34-7 lead, the Rams went on a 21-0 run in the second half to come to an uncomfortably close 34-28. All this while St. Louis was led by Austin Davis, a quarterback making only his fourth start.

The cartoon above perfectly illustrates the experience of every single Philadelphia Eagles fan, every game this year, courtesy of Rob Tornoe of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Seriously, though. There has to be an easier way. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles survive heart attack-inducing late comeback by St. Louis Rams’

Philadelphia Eagles’ goal against the Rams: Get LeSean McCoy going

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Time for Shady to get things started.

As the 3-1 Philadelphia Eagles prepare to face-off against the 1 -2 St. Louis Rams this afternoon at the Linc, questions abound. Will the offensive line return to some of its former glory with the return of Lane Johnson from his suspension? And please, oh please: Is this the game when LeSean McCoy will FINALLY turn up and get something going?

Rams quarterback Austin Davis, though inexperienced in the NFL, has completed 72% of his passes in three starts. The Birds defense is ranked just 23rd against the pass in the league, and according to ProFootballFocus, Cary Williams is the most targeted corner in the league since 2011. That said, the Rams are not a team filled with offensive weapons, so if Philadelphia can stand firm and not give up big plays, they should be able to contain whatever the Rams try to get going. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles’ goal against the Rams: Get LeSean McCoy going’

Philadelphia Eagles get needed help at safety with signing of Atogwe

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O.J. Atogwe

The Philadelphia Eagles are close to announcing the signing of free agent safety O.J. Atogwe, who spent 2011 with the NFC East rival Washington Redskins, according to reports.

Atogwe may not be the safety in shining armor that some had hoped for, but he will be an important addition for the Birds who need veteran experience at safety.

The player texted ESPN radio’s Chris Russell to say that he had signed with Philadelphia on Tuesday, Russell stated on Twitter.

The team reached its maximum foster size of 90 on Monday with the claim of DE Monte Taylor. Accordingly, Atogwe’s signing must be accompanied by a corresponding cut to keep its size to 90.

Head coach Andy Reid has said that Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman are his starters at safety. The position was a known area of need that team did not fill during the draft or previously in free agency, though they made other attempts to bring in veteran help with LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, both of whom ended up signing with the Jets.

Backing up Coleman and Allen are Jaiquawn Jarrett, who is entering his second year with the team and will try to challenge Coleman for his starting spot; veteran and special teams player Tom Nelson; and Colt Anderson, currently rehabbing from an ACL injury. The team also signed rookie free agent Philip Thomas at the position out of Syracuse.

Atogwe (5’11, 205) has recorded at least three interceptions each season since 2006. He entered the league in 2005, when he was drafted from Stanford by the Rams, where he spend 6 years.

Atogwe was once regarded as one of the best safeties in the game, with 2007 being his stand out season. That year he notched eight INTs for 125 return yards and one touchdown. He was placed on IR at the end of the 2009 season with a surgery and was released by St. Louis in February of 2011.

Atogwe notched three interceptions in seven starts for the Redskins last year. He played in 13 games total. He struggled with hamstring and toe injuries hamstring and toe injuries last season.

The move is a calculated risk on the part of the Eagles but another smart offseason move. At 31 years of age, Atogwe is no doubt at the tail-end of his career. But if he stays healthy he can provide the Eagles with needed depth at the safety position and maybe, just maybe, give Coleman and Allen a run for their money for a starting job at Lehigh.

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DT Trevor Laws Heads to St. Louis

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Good luck in St. Louis, Trevor

Once he entered into free agency, 27-year old DT Trevor Laws was not expected to return to the Philadelphia Eagles. On Wednesday, he announced via Twitter that he was taking his talents St. Louis, signing a  one-year deal with the Rams.

Laws was the 47th pick overall in the 2008 draft for the Eagles and never  lived up to the expectations a 2nd-round selection implies during his four years in Philadelphia.

During his career with the Eagles, Laws started in 2 games, and played in 55.  In those games he racked up  five sacks, one INT, a fumble recovery and 57 career tackles.

Should the Eagles elect to draft a defensive tackle with their 1st round pick, the team needs to sign a player that can immediately produce and not be another in a long string of duds the team has drafted on defense.

Laws will rejoin 2011 teammate WR Steve Smith, who has also signed with the Rams.

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Redskins’ Trade Up to #2 Ends Talk of RGIII Coming to Philly

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MIke Shanahan and Dan Snyder are sick of sucking. Will their move up in the draft prove to be the move needed to turn the Redskins around? Let's hope not.

The Washington Redskins are sick of being the butt of jokes and are ready to play hardball. They demonstrated this on Friday night in an incredibly bold (read: risky) trade with the St. Louis Rams to secure the #2 spot in this year’s draft, moving up from the  number 6, presumably to get Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.  Stanford’s Andrew Luck is expected to be taken first by the Indianapolis Colts. Continue reading ‘Redskins’ Trade Up to #2 Ends Talk of RGIII Coming to Philly’