August 30, 2015

Philadelphia Eagles

NFC East

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    JAC @ PHI


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    PHI @ IND


    8:30 pm

  • Week 3

    WAS @ PHI


    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    PHI @ SF


    4:30 pm

  • Week 5

    STL @ PHI


    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    PHI @ WAS


    4:30 pm

  • Week 6

    NYG @ PHI


    8:30 pm

  • Week 7


  • Week 8

    PHI @ ARI


    4:00 pm

  • Week 9

    PHI @ HOU


    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    CAR @ PHI


    8:30 pm

  • Week 11

    PHI @ GB


    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    TEN @ PHI


    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    PHI @ DAL


    4:30 pm

  • Week 14

    SEA @ PHI


    4:30 pm

  • Week 15

    DAL @ PHI


    8:30 pm

  • Week 16

    PHI @ WAS


    4:30 pm

  • Week 17

    PHI @ NYG


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Philadelphia Eagles - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Last year nine teams had three or more fantasy starters in the top 60 and it is likely that it’ll continue to be that way in 2014. This series: Dressed for Success, will look at NFL teams going into 2014 that have assembled the right players to be a treasure trove of fantasy studs. 

2013 was Chip Kelly’s first season as an NFL head coach, replacing long time head coach Andy Reid. From the very first game, the Eagles displayed a remarkably efficient offense that every fantasy owner should still be excited about owning players on the Eagles going into next season. While the Eagles didn’t run the most offensive plays in the NFL, the team tied with the Broncos for first in average yards per play with 6.3 yards per play. In fact, the number of offensive plays run is not a sure indicator of fantasy production; the Bills ran the third most plays in the NFL, but ranked 25th in total fantasy output.

Going into next season, I am really excited for Nick Foles, mildly excited about LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, and cautiously optimistic about Riley Cooper, and Jeremy Maclin.

Nick Foles is the most intriguing sleeper pick for QB, because it’s hard to tell if he is really talented or just a product of Kelly’s system. The Eagles QBs combined for the third highest fantasy totals by QBs by team (Peyton Manning’s Broncos had 496.8; Drew Brees’ Saints had 437.5, and Vick and Foles’ Eagles had 415; the next best was Andy Dalton’s Bengals at 377.1). For fantasy purposes though, this abstract discussion of who created who probably doesn’t matter. If Foles is actually good, you might be getting the next Aaron Rodgers. In his 11 starts, he’s mustered 10 multi-TD games, with three TD runs. If he isn’t that good, you’ll be getting the benefit of him being part of an extremely efficient system, maybe channeling Matthew Stafford when his value was based on throwing the ball a ton. That is of course if Philadelphia doesn’t run him out of town first. (Read this story on how folks in Philly think Sanchez will fare).

The other knock that Foles has against him, following DeSean Jackson’s trade, is the lack of proven receivers on offense. Riley Cooper had a few amazing games in the middle of the season, but failed to break 75 yards after week 10. Jeremy Maclin is coming off an ACL surgery on a knee he previously had surgery on before has never had a 1000 yard season, but has had one double digit TD season. However, with QBs in fantasy football, the talent around you doesn’t have to be phenomenal; think of the NFL adage “some QBs make WRs better.” As long as Maclin and Cooper could stay healthy for most of the season, I expect Foles to resume playing at a high level. And worry not about Desean, we can be sure DeSean will be leaving some dirt at “the Linc” come next season. The skinny of it is probably this: not everyone throws for seven TDs in a game, even if it’s against the Raiders. You want a QB who can at least exploit a bad team.



With the unknown being so uncertain it’s hard to draft Foles early, but fortunately you probably won’t have to. The trend of waiting to draft a QB will probably continue into next season so you can safely pick him up in middle rounds after the PDA trinity of Peyton, Drew, and Aaron and running QBs have gone. Those in leagues that reward for big-plays should further consider bumping up Foles because the Eagles led the league in 20+ yard passes at 80, with the Broncos coming in second at 68.

The running game in Philadelphia is just as intriguing as the passing game. In 2013, LeSean and Bryce Brown combined for second most productive running game in terms of yardage. With Darren Sproles in the mix, its easily imaginable that this offense can produce two fantasy relevant RBs. In this up-tempo offense, it’ll be easy for Sproles to make separation with opposing linebackers, even if he’s lost a step or two with age. Lesean is still going in the first round and he’s a worthwhile RB to get in the first considering the Eagles tied for the second most running TDs in the league last year. Sproles however is going to slip in standard scoring, less so than PPR, but I wouldn’t let him go past 9th round in standard or 8th round in PPR.. He has more potential than whichever handcuff you are tempted to get at that point in the draft.

 I do like Zach Ertz’s potential to be a good TE in 2014. Ertz outgained Celek in yardage and catches during the season, but scored fewer TDs than Celek.  But if 2013 is any indication, I don’t see Ertz breaking into the top 5 of TEs because the targets between him and Celek seem to go back and forth from game to game. There are better TEs to be had unless you’re waiting till the double digit rounds of your draft to be picking a TE.

 You might have ethical dilemmas about drafting Riley Cooper, like when, I out of principle will not draft players who went to USC (in terms of degrees of socially detestable behavior, Riley Cooper’s Chesney induced comments and attending USC, pretty much the same). But really, Cooper does have some upside, not just as a PPR machine, but also in standard. Last season, Cooper flashed some long play-making abilities. In eight games, Cooper had at least one catch for over 20 yards, with four being over 40 yards. He can be a safe pick in either standard or PPR; I’d be comfortable taking a chance on him in the 7th round as a WR3. Believe in second chances; believe in Cooper; don’t let friends go to USC.

Maclin is a prototypical example of health risk versus reward players. If Danny Amendola taught us all anything last year, it’s that we should never be drafting injury prone receivers in the fourth round. Personally, Maclin hasn’t shown enough consistent production to go anywhere before the sixth; coupled with the injury history; I would only be willing to spend a 9th round pick at most to gamble on Maclin.

 The last stat I’ll share is Philadelphia’s turnover difference: +12 turnovers, fourth best in the league. The short and skinny is that teams that get the ball or maintain the ball more, can produce more fantasy stats. The Eagles are looking like a well put together team and can help your fantasy team look pretty... fly. The city of Philadelphia is ready for winners, and what is this about their being a jail in the stadium?




Washington Redskins - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview




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Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love, but you would not know it from the way opposing teams and fans are treated when they visit. The Eagles, and more accurately Philadelphia, and their fans have a rep as being the worst in the country. Whether or not that is true is debatable, but the fans of Philadelphia definitely have a checkered past. So much so in fact, that in 1998 the city of Philadelphia created the Eagles Court, which convened in the basement of the then home of the Eagles Veterans Stadium. The city of Philadelphia and their fans may deny their rep, but being the first city to have a courtroom in one of their stadiums leaves no doubt, so own up to it and be proud.

This history of violence started back in 1949. On August 21st, during a Phillies game, fans began to throw glass bottles onto the field. The fans were upset at call being made by the umpires in the game, and this was their retort. The crowd would not yield, and when they ignored pleas over the loudspeakers the game was forfeited. Umpire Lee Ballanfant was hit in the face with a bottle, and fellow umpire Al Barlick took a tomato to the back of the head. Ah, the days when people brought their own tomatoes to throw.

In the 1960’s, the Phillies first basemen was Dick Allen, who was African-American. The fans of the Phillies did not care for Allen and would routinely boo him. Allen became effected by this would write “letters in the dirt” with his spikes to show the fans his displeasure. The response was that fans would throw garbage, fruit and batteries at Allen. When he played first he would wear his batting helmet at first, and earned him the nickname “Crash”. Remember he played for the Phillies…only in Philadelphia.

One of the most famous incidents happened in 1968. The Eagles were in the midst of a losing season, and had the inside track to the first overall pick in 1969, where O.J. Simpson was waiting. The Eagles began to win games late in the season, and in the final home game there was a halftime ceremony where Santa Claus would come out and wave to the crowd. The crowd was already unruly, and the Santa had left the building. They scrambled and grabbed a fan from the stands, Frank Olivo, who was wearing a makeshift Santa outfit and had him go out. The fans began to boo him, and he was pelted with snowballs. He came back in 2003 to a Sixers game in a Santa suit and was once again booed, welcome back.

At an Eagles game in 1989, referred to as Bounty Bowl II, against the Dallas Cowboys fans once again displayed poor judgment and wasteful behavior. The stadium once again had snow that could not be removed, and instead was packed under the seats. The weather was warming up enough that the snow became perfect for packing and molding into ice balls. Fans began throwing these ice balls at Cowboys players, coaches, the referees, as well as the broadcasters…don’t want to discriminate now do we. Then fans began to pour beer on everyone going through the tunnel. The effect was the team banning beer sales for the final home game, as well as their NFC Wild Card game against the Rams. Ice Balls and wasting beer. There is a history of snowballs and the like, but wasting beer…really?

In 1997 during a Monday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers all hell broke loose. Just before the opening kickoff an all out brawl broke out, in the 500 level of Veterans Stadium, when five drunk fans attacked and thrashed Scott Reader, who suffered a shattered ankle as well as cigar burns. The reason he was assaulted was because his friend happened to be wearing a New York Giants jacket…heaven forbid. Reader recalled what a guard told him after the beating. ``The guard told me that he was sorry he couldn't help me, but there were five of them and only one of him,'' Reader said. This was only the beginning; the worst was yet to come.

The Eagles fell behind 24-6 at halftime, and Mayor Ed Rendell knew trouble could be brewing. He ordered additional security to a problem area in the upper levels where drinking and pot smoking ran rampant at every game. Unfortunately, things would get worse. The fans were no longer paying attention to the game, and there was a lot more action going on in the stands than on the field. The destructive behavior of that night culminated with a fan in upper level 500, Robert Sellers, firing a flare into a mob of fans on the lower 200 level. His response was that he got caught up in the chaos of the crowd. The night also included other mob activities: over 60 different fist fights, pick pocketing, car thefts, and stolen Eagles merchandise…you know classic Philadelphia behavior.

The result of this was the courts of Philadelphia taking action. Seamus McCaffery was a member of the Municipal Court in Philadelphia, and he spearheaded the development of the Eagles Court, with the support of members from the city council. Due to the history of violence at Veterans Stadium the city created an actual court located in the bowels of the stadium. McCaffery presided over this court, which was open for business during Eagles and Phillies home games. Fans would no longer have to wait to receive their punishment.

The fans of Philadelphia have continued to earn their ranking as the worst fans in the game, so by now it should just be something that is worn with a badge of honor or stupidity…what’s the difference. I am actually proud to announce that the Eagles Court is no longer in session at Lincoln Financial Field, as the effect of the court worked so well that it is no longer necessary, for now.

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Miracle at the Meadowlands

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In a play that has been named as the Miracle at the New Meadowlands DeSean Jackson made a play that had never been done before in NFL History, a walk off punt return touchdown but that was only half the story. With under 8 minutes to go in the fourth quarter the Eagles were trailing by 21 points to the rival Giants before they kicked it into overdrive. Eli Manning and the Giants dominated the game early with three touchdown passes before the half and a lead of 24-3 at the break. The Eagles would score in the third and trail 24-10 heading into the final quarter. The Giants would extend their lead to 31-10 with another Eli Manning strike with 8:17 left on the clock.

The rest of the game was all Eagles as Mike Vick would lead three unanswered touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. Vick would throw two touchdown passes and run one in to tie the game at 31 with 76 seconds left on the clock. The Giants would get the ball back with over a minute but their offense would falter and the punt team would be sent out with 14 seconds left and the dangerous DeSean Jackson waiting at the other end.  DeSean would fumble the kick upon first touch then scoop it up and burst through the Giants coverage team and getting a jaw dropping block by Jason Avant that would free Jackson up with a stroll towards, and along the endzone before finally breaking the plane with no time remaining. The win would propel the Eagles into the playoffs at the expense of the Giants and the game would be voted as one of the most memorable of all time.



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Not Practicing

Ryan Mathews was not at practice as expected according to Michael Gehlken via Twitter "Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle)"

Pyro's take: Mike McCoy said there's a "possibility" he returns for Sunday's must-win game against the Chiefs. The Chargers will go with a committee of Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown if Mathews sits out.

12/24/14, 10:34 AM CST by Vaaal-verde

Ertz Goes Off

No secret that Zach Ertz has had a tough season. He was hyped to be a weapon from the tight end spot, in that high-profile offense, but his biggest day came way back in week one, where he had three receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. Tonight though against the Eagles in a losing cause, he had 15 receptions for 115 yards and no touchdowns.

Pyro's take: Even though he may never have 15 receptions in a game again, this is the kind of output most owners expected from him. Hopefully, he cant turn things around next season, and escape the bust label, he sure has the talent to break-out.

12/20/14, 08:54 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

Back at it

DeMarco Murray was back at the individual drills today. Reported by Todd Archer via twitter. "DeMarco Murray going through all of the individual drills"

Pyro's take: Looks good for all-systems go! Expect probably lower than expected numbers for Murray as they are not going to want to further damage that hand. As that is said, he needs to be in your lineup, regardless of the situation.

12/17/14, 12:08 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

May Miss Indy

DeMarco Murray may miss his first game this season, after his hand operation. According to Jimmy Jones, "More Jones on DeMarco Murray: It will be an uphill battle for him to play this week but if he does miss INDY, he'll be ready for WAS" this via Sirius XM NFL twitter.

Pyro's take: From game one, owners have been dreading this day. Murray has always been an injury casualty, but this happens to be the worst time ever, as most leagues are entering their championship week. If you are a DeMarco Murray owner, now would be the time to grab Joseph Randle if he is available on your waiver wire, as the Colts struggle in defending the rush.

12/15/14, 06:11 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

Injured Knee Concern

Ryan Mathews showed the after effects of his injured knee after the win over the Oakland Raiders. Eric Williams, ESPN reporter for the San Diego Chargers stated via twitter "His injured knee heavily wrapped, Ryan Mathews limped out of the locker room. Wore a brace during the game.Interested to see how he recovers"

Pyro's take: Ryan Mathews has stated that he feels great, and in that sense, he could just have the normal bumps and bruises, and taking extra precaution for his knee. Keep hang of all Chargers running backs, just in case this situation is worse than what it appears.

Mathews finished with 70 yards on 16 carries.

11/17/14, 01:22 PM CST by Vaaal-verde


Mark Sanchez believes his skills have improved since being part of the New York Jets organization. "There's a ton of experience in there in those five years and the most important thing is to eliminate the mistakes that happened then," he said Wednesday of his time with the Jets. "And I think coach (Chip) Kelly is going to put me in a good position and it's my job to make the right decisions. I'm thrilled about the opportunity and I'm excited about moving forward with this team."

Pyro's take: He is going to get the start this week, and possibly to the end of the season, depending on the heal rate of Nick Foles collar bone. He makes a great pick-up being in that Chip Kelly offense, just keep in mind he will probably throw as many interceptions as touchdowns.

11/05/14, 08:20 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

Ryan Mathews Practicing

Mike Gehlken beat writer for the San Diego Chargers has stated that "Many Chargers veterans, including Philip Rivers, resting at bye-week practice. Ryan Mathews practicing. Fully expected back after bye."

Pyro's take: Mathews return could be right on time, as Branden Oliver has fallen flat as he only has just 55 yards on his last 26 carries. Mathews will retain the starting role, and Oliver most likely will move to the Danny Woodhead role.

11/05/14, 06:19 PM CST by Vaaal-verde

Getting Closer

Michael Gehlken, beat-writer for the San Diego Chargers has stated via twitter "Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) was a limited participant in practice today. Listed as out vs. Dolphins. Mike McCoy: "He's getting close."

Pyro's take: It looks as though Mathews will return in week 11, due to the Chargers bye-week being in week 10. Should expect Branden Oliver to stay involved once Mathews returns, but likely only as a passing-down back.

Mathews is San Diego's bell-cow and offers upside in non-PPR leagues.

10/31/14, 02:23 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

On His Way

Darren Sproles looks to be on his way back. Les Bowen via twitter has stated, "Sproles said he was full practice participant today, was close Sunday, hopeful this week but won’t know until he gets more full practices."

Pyro's take: Even though its not official, I say he plays. Great news for owners, as he has played solid all season.

10/29/14, 11:37 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde


The Philadelphia Eagles are stating via twitter that Darren Sproles was limited in practice, also among him here are the others. "#Eagles practice report | Limited: C Kelce (hernia), LB Kendricks (calf), RB Sproles (knee), G Mathis (knee)"

Pyro's take: Sproles being limited is not a concern, as of yet, he should still play this Sunday.

10/23/14, 10:37 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde


Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown will be out of the lineup for Thursday game against Denver, according to Michael Gehlken, via his twitter "Ryan Mathews (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion) aren't practicing. Neither expected to play Thursday vs. Broncos."

Pyro's take: Another week of Branden Oliver in the full-time role, and the Chargers welcome that. Keep him in your lineup, especially in PPR leagues.

10/21/14, 11:44 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde


DeMarco Murray broke the consecutive 100 yard game rushing mark, held by Jim Brown, in 1958. ''I love that kid,'' Romo said after the two paired up to produce all four touchdowns in the Cowboys' sixth straight victory, 31-21 over the New York Giants on Sunday. ''He really exemplifies everything you want in a player. He's hard-working. He's humble. He's a team-first guy. He's talented. He's explosive."

On the day Murray ran for 128 yards and landed a late touchdown that came after a replay reversal, which denied Romo his fourth touchdown pass, and Dez Bryant his.

"I think we did it as a group,'' said Murray, the NFL rushing leader with 913 yards. ''It's hard for me to accept this individually."

Murray also ran 28 times, which was the second time this season that he more runs than Romo had passes.

Pyro's take: Right now, DeMarco Murray is best running back in the game. He has outdistanced all backs by a large number in yards, and his carry total is amazing too, especially with all the passing and rbbc going on. Obviously he is your starter and keep him in your lineup.

10/20/14, 12:30 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde


Ryan Mathews in front of his locker was reported to say about him returning soon "I'm hoping," Mathews said. "I'm just taking it one day at a time. When they think it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands."

His rehab from September 14th knee injury, but rushing him back is something the Chargers don't want to do. They have Branden Oliver the "super-rookie" taking care of things just fine. "The coaches do a good job of mixing us in there," Mathews, 27, said. "I'm not worried about anything. Right now, I'm just worried about getting back on the field."

Pyro's take: Mathews is still a week or two away from returning, but when he does, it will be interesting to see how the dynamic will change for Oliver. With Mathews injury history, and the solid play from Oliver, look for Ryan Mathews role to diminish.

10/16/14, 12:23 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Sproles Injured

Darren Sproles injured his MCL on Sunday. According to Mike McCoy he will be out 1-3 weeks. Eagles have a bye next week, so Sproles may miss only the Cardinals game the following week.

Pyro's take: The Eagles escaped a brutal set-back, as Sproles went from out for the season to just a few weeks at most. Be patient and wait it out, he will most likely return after the bye-week.

10/13/14, 01:05 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

DeMarco 400 Carries

One of the biggest concerns, if not the only concern for DeMarco Murray is his health. Murray has a timed expiration every season, which increases with every carry.

Murray as of now has never carried more than 282 times, which was in his senior season at Oklahoma State. With the Dallas Cowboys his max has been 221, this season is on an entire new pace of 396. He had 31 attempts this week against the Texans.

Murray stated about the increased carries and if he can handle it: “If they ask me to, of course,” Murray said. “I feel fine and I take care of myself throughout the week. My body feels good.”

The most carries a player had was Larry Johnson for Kansas City, he had a total of 416 at 27 years old, Murray is 26. “I’ve always been one to take care of my body, doing different things, making sure I’m healthy,” Murray said. “Some things are out of your control, but just try to do some preliminary things, make sure your body is fresh, make sure you’re ready to come to work every day and work hard. I’ve always done that since I was in college, so I’ll continue to do certain things.”

Pyro's take: DeMarco Murray at this point is the best running back in the NFL. He is averaging a touchdown per game, and is becoming more active in the passing game, as he has 11 receptions over the last three games, and caught six on Sunday. Expect this to continue, and ride the wave, and hope it never crashes.

10/06/14, 10:17 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde


Darren Sproles was not nearly as successful against the Redskins as he was against the Colts. Sproles only ran twice for 20 yards and caught three passes for 30. Against Indianapolis he had four attempts for 26 yards and one touchdown, he also had seven receptions for 152 yards.

Sproles still has 313 yards from scrimmage on 31 touches through three games. He will look to get back on track in Week 4 against the 49ers.

Pyro's take: Sproles is going to be a boom or bust player, and making part of an already spread out offense is going to make it even more difficult to get him consistent numbers. The best thing to do is play the match-up, or if LeSean McCoy is out, then the start makes more sense.

Against the 49ers it will be difficult for him to get some good numbers going, especially against their pro-bowl linebackers.

09/23/14, 12:01 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Another Injury for Mathews

The Chargers running back was carted off the field with a right knee injury. The early prognosis is he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament, a source said following a 30-21 win over Seattle. It is unclear how much time he will miss. Coach Mike McCoy said following the game that he'd be further examined.

The degree of an MCL sprain, which by definition is a tear, can range between first, second and third. If an MCL tear alone proves to be the final assessment, Mathews could miss anywhere from minimal time to eight weeks.

Pyro's take: Just another injury in the road of Ryan Mathews. It sounds like he is going to miss 4-6 weeks leaving Donald Brown to pick up most of the slack while Danny Woodhead retains his role in the offense. Donald will be a hot pick up this week, if he wasn't already handcuffed to Mathews in your league. San Diego upcoming rush schedule is also much easier then the first two games they have had so far this season.

09/15/14, 02:10 PM CDT by Stagg Party


Ryan Mathews was carted off the field this afternoon. Mathews was injured while recovering his own fumble, teammate Eddie Royal landing on his extended leg.

Pyro's take: Not much is known at the time, but the Chargers brought in Donald Brown in emergency situations, and this one. If Brown is available, grab the former first rounder for security of Mathews.

09/14/14, 06:10 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Sproles relied on

Darren Sproles was relied on heavily in their opening win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sproles 11 carries were more than he has logged in all but four of his 123 career regular-season games. Chip Kelly went on to say about Darren Sproles "I've said since day one, I don't know why" Sproles did not run often in the past, Kelly said. "I think he's an outstanding running back. He proved it [Sunday] and it's nothing that he has not proved from the first two or three days we saw him in the offseason program . . . He's really, really talented, and you have to find ways to get the football in his hands."

Pyro's take: Darren Sproles had 71 total yards rushing, while one came on a 49 yard jaunt. The important aspect is that Sproles is getting carries, even though that translates into a 2.2 carry average, Sproles is used to get the homerun, and the other stuff can be ignored if he connects. He was also used in the punt and kickoff role.

The most telling evidence is what LeSean McCoy had to say about the smallish Darren Sproles "I didn't know he had that much fight in him," McCoy said. "His role is bigger here. By committee, we are going to do it together. He looked real good. He gives me that extra push that I like. I know that if I come out or it's his package, he can still make big plays. He is elusive and he's very tough."

McCoy mentioning a committee backfield is not something owners want to hear about their star first round pick, but this could easily be the circumstance. One game wont be a large enough sample size to fully understand the impact of Sproles, but it should be enough to send warning signs.

09/10/14, 01:03 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Ertz making his way

Zach Ertz is showing how his talent and skills can fit in nicely with a Chip Kelly offense. At the tail-end of last season, his rookie year, he was used all over the field, causing mismatches with his size and stature. Last season, he struggled with his blocking and the Philadelphia weather caused him to have limited production, but in 2014 all looks changed, and he should see more targets and snaps.

"Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said this week, per the Philadelphia Daily News. "He's one of the best route-runners I've ever seen. He takes a lot of pride in that.

"He has a lot of confidence. He's hard to defeat, because he doesn't take defeat very well. He feels, 'You can't cover me.'"

Pyro's take: Chip Kelly has come out and told reporters that Zach Ertz role is going to expand. Ertz will win the space battle, but is not born with game breaking speed, he is strong at the point of attack, and has sure hands. He has garnered the trust of quarterbacks as 25 of his 36 catches last season triggered first downs, while his size makes him a great red zone target.

Ertz will be drafted in your league, so keep an eye on your tiers and rankings. At this moment his ADP is 107 overall, and climbing.

08/27/14, 12:43 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde


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