Description: Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Zach Ertz is "one of the best route-runners I've ever seen."
Insight: Fellow tight end Brent Celek remains the starter, but Chip Kelly used two-tight end sets 20 percent more often in the last eight games of 2013 than in the first eight games and should continue to use more this season. Celek has also developed into a great blocking tight end, so at the position, Ertz should see a majority of the targets. He is a low-end TE1 that can provide some excellent value and upside in a late round.
Description: Eagles fans and a lot of fantasy owners were sweating when running back LeSean McCoy left Thursday's game with a thumb injury, but X-rays were negative.
Insight: Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane says there are no fractures or torn ligaments. This an example of why its best to draft just before the season begins. Now that he appears fine and has two weeks to heal, he should still be a high first-round selection.
Description: Newly-acquired running back Kenjon Barner could mean trouble for Eagles backup Chris Polk.
Insight: Polk has been sidelined by a torn hamstring. He ran well when given a chance last year (11 carries for 98 yards and 3 TDs), but his roster spot could be up for grabs with Chip Kelly having brought in Barner, who played for Kelly at Oregon.
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy missed practice Sunday with what he called "a small version of turf toe," but he practiced Monday, according to csnphilly.com
Insight: McCoy said he hurt the big toe on his left foot during a joint practice against the Patriots last week. He said he had an MRI and X-rays and is "fine." It shouldn't be a problem for McCoy, last year's leader in yards from scrimmage with 2,146, come Week 1.
Description: Eagles DB Cary Williams was injured (hamstring) on his 77-yard interception return in the first half of Friday night's game.
Insight: Williams should be ready for the start of the regular season, but don't expect him next Thursday against Pittsburgh. The Eagles have given up 625 net passing yards in two preseason games and can ill-afford any injuries in the defensive backfield.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews rebounded from a poor showing in the first preseason game (three drops) with nine catches for 104 yards on nine targets.
Insight: Coach Chip Kelly attributed Matthews' struggles in the opener to first-game jitters, and it appears he was right. With Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Josh Huff all banged up, Matthews is getting key reps with the first-team offense. He could have a larger role than expected early in the season and is a candidate to break out later in the year.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Josh Huff left Friday's preseason game with a shoulder injury and won't return, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Huff is Philadelphia's fourth receiver so this wouldn't be a big deal for fantasy purposes if everyone was healthy. But Jeremy Maclin (hamstring, knee) and Riley Cooper (foot) are both ailing and sat out Friday.
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin left Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury.
Insight: Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL and has dealt with nagging injuries his entire career, but he's expected to serve as the No. 1 passing target in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense and has WR2 upside IF he can play 16 games. He's only done that once in five seasons.
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin has been beating Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis in one-on-ones during the teams' joint practices this week. SOURCE: Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL and has dealt with nagging injuries his entire career, but he's expected to serve as the No. 1 passing target in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense and has WR2 upside if he can play 16 games.
Description: Eagles receiver Riley Cooper (foot) returned to practice Sunday.
Insight: Cooper missed Friday's preseason opener with a foot injury. He had 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but he also saw a lot of single coverage with DeSean Jackson on the other side of the field. Jackson was cut in the offseason and Cooper could take a step back if his yards-per-catch average drops from 17.8. He's unlikely to catch more than 50 passes.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews dropped two passes and had just 14 yards on four catches in the preseason opener.
Insight: Coach Chip Kelly said Matthews may have had some first-game jitters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "He was inconsistent," Kelly said. "There was a ball on the sideline he could have caught. I don't know if he was pressing, but there were some inconsistencies there. Sometimes it's the first time for guys in the bright lights so they can have a chance to play that out of their system and calm down." Matthews has received consistent praise during training camp, but his performance Friday is a reminder that he's still a rookie in an offense that is both run-heavy and has a lot of receiving weapons.
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw two interceptions and went 6-of-9 for 44 yards in Friday's preseason opener.
Insight: Foles threw that many picks on 317 throws last season. The Eagles have been trying to get Foles to get rid of the ball more quickly than last season to avoid sacks and he reportedly hasn't looked great in training camp yet. He'll also have to overcome the loss of DeSean Jackson this season, so he comes with some risk at his sixth-round ADP, but Chip Kelly's offense gives him top-five upside.
Description: Sheil Kapadia of Philadelphia Magazine says that Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is going to be the team's most utilized receiver in the red zone this season.
Insight: The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder had five TDs in the last nine games (including playoffs) as a rookie. The Eagles have plenty of options for Nick Foles to throw the ball to and a run-heavy offense, so Ertz' fantasy value will be touchdown-dependent.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews has been dominating the second-team defense and played with the starters Tuesday, according to Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Matthews reportedly looked like the best receiver on the team during spring practices and has continued to impress. With Riley Cooper (foot) and Jeremy Maclin (day off) sitting this practice out, Matthews got to play with the ones. By the end off the season he could overtake one of the two expected opening day starters.
Description: Eagles running back Darren Sproles has been working with the wide receivers as well as the running backs, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.
Insight: Just goes to show what Chip Kelly is thinking about. Sproles will do more than lineup in the backfield and could have solid receiving numbers. He should be able to produce fantasy-worthy statistics in PPR leagues.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews has been dominating the second-team defense, and beat reporter Sheil Kapadia thinks he's ready for a test against the first team.
Insight: Matthews reportedly looked like the best receiver on the team during spring practices and has continued to impress during camp. He may surpass Jeremy Maclin as the team's No. 1 receiver even if Maclin stays healthy.
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews, the No. 42 overall pick in the 2014 draft, is reportedly shining at OTAs.
Insight: Jimmy Kempski of the Philadelphia Inquirer said Matthews has "looked like the best receiver on the team" and added that "it hasn't been close." His colleague Jeff McLane said Matthews has yet to drop a pass. This will be an interesting situation to watch, as the Eagles had one of the best offenses in the NFL last season and released No. 1 wideout DeSean Jackson in March. Matthews will be competing with Jeremy Maclin, who is coming off an ACL tear, and Riley Cooper, who may have hit his ceiling with 835 yards and eight touchdowns last year, for targets.
Description: The Eagles traded up to 42nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft to select Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews.
Insight: Eagles coach Chip Kelly needed a receiver after the team cut DeSean Jackson, and he wanted one with good size. Matthews is 6-foot-3 and had huge hands and set SEC all-time records with 262 catches and 3,759 yards. He should be a factor as a rookie, but we expect Jeremy Maclin to be Nick Foles' No. 1 target.
Description: Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson told his teammates Tuesday that he would be back with the Eagles in 2014. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: This came after Jackson and coach Chip Kelly apparently talked for the first time since the end of the last season. We're not sure what to make of this news, but if the two can get along, it makes no sense to trade or cut the talented wide receiver.
Description: Philadelphia is considering releasing wide receiver DeSean Jackson as a result of his refusal to restructure his current contract. SOURCE: Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
Insight: It seems as though Jackson has played his final game as an Eagle. Philadelphia's preference would obviously be to trade him but if teams are unwilling to take on his huge cap figure ($10.5 million in 2014), cutting him will be their only option. The Jets, Panthers, Patriots, 49ers and Seahawks are among the teams interested in Jackson.
Description: Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson now appears to be fully "in play" on the trade market, though most of the interested teams would likely end up hurting his fantasy value.
Insight: Jackson's big contract ($10.6 million in 2014) is the problem for most of the teams. His best landing spot, other than staying with the Eagles would be New England. If he ends up in Oakland or with the Jets ... lookout below. He caught 82 balls for 1,332 yards and nine TDs in Chip Kelly's spread offense last season.
Description: Numerous teams are said to have inquired about Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson.
Insight: Some of these rumored teams would be a disaster for Jackson's fantasy owners (read Jets, Oakland) and some would be middle of the road (49ers, Carolina), but if he ended up with the New England Patriots he'd likely increase in fantasy value.
Description: If the Eagles are willing to give up DeSean Jackson for only a third-round pick, the Patriots will certainly be interested. SOURCE: John Beattie, NESN
Insight: As great as Jackson would look in Patriots blue and silver, the move would put New England over the salary cap. An easy solution would be to grant Vince Wilfork his release, which he asked for about a week ago. Jackson (82 catches, 1,332 yards, 9 TD last season) would give Tom Brady the deep threat he's been missing since Randy Moss left in 2010.
Description: Eagles running back Darren Sproles had his contract extended two years through 2016, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Sproles, who will be 31 in June, is apparently not just a one-year experiment. In the innovative Chip Kelly offense, he will be a tough matchup for the opposition to cover and still keep an eye on LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson.
Description: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tweeted that he wants to play with Michael Vick.
Insight: Vick was benched in favor of Nick Foles last season but he'd still be an improvement over Christian Ponder, the only Vikings quarterback currently under contract. Our own NFL editor John McMullen recently ranked Vick 28th on his list of the top-50 free agents.
Description: As expected, the Eagles have released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant.
Insight: There were just too many mouths to feed in Philadelphia's crowded offense. Avant (38 catches, 447 yards, 2 TD in 2013) will earn a roster spot somewhere this offseason, though we doubt he'll have any fantasy value.
Description: Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski hears the Eagles could be open to trading Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Insight: That does seem like a possibility now that Philadelphia has gone out of its way to re-sign Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. Obviously, Nick Foles would take a major fantasy hit without his best receiving weapon. We'll have to see how this one plays out.
Description: Jeremy Maclin will stay with the Eagles after agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million deal. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Maclin missed all of 2013 after tearing his ACL, but he should be fine for the start of next season. With Riley Cooper also coming back, the 25-year-old is unlikely to match the 122 targets he saw in 2012.
Description: The Eagles signed Riley Cooper to a five-year, $25 million contract Thursday. The contract includes $10 million in guaranteed money. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Cooper had some off-the-field issues last offseason after being filmed using a racial slur at a concert, but the team decided to keep him and he ended up with 47 catches, 835 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 742 yards and seven scores on 39 catches in 11 games after Nick Foles made his first start. However, his fantasy value may take a hit if the team re-signs Jeremy Maclin, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
Description: According to Geoff Mosher of csnphilly.com, a league source says Riley Cooper will sign a four-year deal with the Eagles Thursday. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier today that the deal was close.
Insight: Cooper had some off-the-field issues last offseason after being filmed using a racial slur at a concert, but the team decided to keep him and he ended up with 47 catches, 835 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 742 yards and seven scores on 39 catches in 11 games after Nick Foles made his first start.
Description: The Eagles and starting left tackle Jason Peters have agreed to a four-year contract extension. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The new deal is worth $41.3 million. Peters would have been a free agent after the 2014 campaign but now he's under contract until 2018. The 32-year-old has been to six Pro Bowls in his last seven seasons.
Description: According to Brandon Lee of SB Nation, the Eagles are likely to release wide receiver Jason Avant before his $1 million roster bonus kicks in on March 15th.
Insight: Even with Jeremy Maclin sidelined, all Avant could muster last season was 38 catches for 447 receiving yards. At age 30, Avant has already peaked. Cutting him loose would free up almost $4 million in cap space.
Description: Eagles safety Earl Wolff re-injured a knee against Chicago and missed the regular season finale against Dallas. He's questionable for the playoff game against New Orleans
Insight: The Eagles need every available defensive back to play against Drew Brees and his talented wide receiving of Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem and tight end Jimmy Graham.
Description: Eagles safety Earl Wolff re-injured a knee in Sunday night's game with Chicago and could miss the regular season finale against Dallas.
Insight: The Cowboys have an excellent receiving corps with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Terrance Williams and tight end Jason Witten so any weakness in the secondary is a problem even with Kyle Orton at quarterback.
Description: Shady McCoy went off for 162 yards (133 rushing, 29 receiving) and two touchdowns Sunday in a win against Chicago.
Insight: McCoy continues to be outstanding for the NFC East-leading Eagles. Sunday marked the former Pitt Panther's third multi-touchdown game of the season. It was also his sixth 100-yard rushing performance. Unless Jamaal Charles has a monster Week 17, McCoy is going to win his first rushing title (he leads Charles 1,476 yards to 1,287).
Description: Philadelphia corner Brandon Boykin is not practicing Tuesday and still has to pass his concussion protocol.
Insight: Boykin has been one of the Eagles best defenders. Facing a matchup against the Bears and their two very talented receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the Eagles will need every cornerback they have.
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles continued to put up huge fantasy numbers in Week 15 at Minnesota.
Insight: Foles managed to generate 19 fantasy points despite playing in a blizzard last week and he had a field day in the Metrodome Sunday. Foles threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns with one pick and rushed for 41 yards.
Description: LeSean McCoy set an Eagles record with 217 rushing yards Sunday in a 34-20 win over Detroit.
Insight: Roughly two thirds of his yardage came in the fourth quarter (148 yards). McCoy leads the NFL in rushing (1,305 yards on 261 carries) and is just four yards away from tying his career-high. He's a top-five fantasy running back.
Description: Philadelphia QB Nick Foles shredded the Cardinals for 237 yards and three touchdowns Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Foles threw his first interception of the season but it was overturned by a defensive holding penalty. He now has 19 touchdowns without an interception this season and has proven to be a top-10 fantasy QB heading into Week 14 against the Lions.
Description: According to Reuben Frank of csnphilly.com, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Nick Foles will be the team's starting quarterback the rest of the season.
Insight: Kelly said Foles won't have to look over his shoulder if he has a bad game now that Michael Vick is healthy. Foles has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,554 yards, 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions this season. However, he has a brutal matchup in Week 13 against Arizona.
Description: Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy is officially questionable to return to Sunday's game with a right hamstring injury, according to philadelphiaeagles.com.
Insight: McCoy picked up 37 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and also caught a 49-yard pass on a wheel route against the Redskins. However, he tweaked his hamstring in the second quarter and had to go to the locker room. The Eagles have a 17-0 lead, so they may not want to force the issue with McCoy.
Description: Philadelphia QB Michael Vick says he's still about a week or two away from returning. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL.com
Insight: Vick was inactive Sunday because of a hamstring injury. With Nick Foles playing some of the best football of his career right now (14 TD, 0 INT), there's no guarantee that Vick will win back the starting job once he's healthy enough to return.
Description: Eagles receiver Riley Cooper corralled five passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns Sunday at Oakland.
Insight: In Nick Foles' three starts this season, Cooper has 347 yards and four touchdowns on 15 catches. In Michael Vick's six starts, he has 10 catches for 106 yards and one touchdown. After throwing seven touchdown passes Sunday, Foles is likely to hold onto Philadelphia's starting job the rest of the season, so Cooper could turn into a decent fantasy option in deeper leagues.
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles tied the NFL record with seven passing touchdowns Sunday against the Raiders. He also completed 22-of-28 passes for 406 yards.
Insight: This one came out of nowhere. Foles missed Week 8 with a concussion after looking extremely skittish in Week 7, so he likely wasn't started by many fantasy owners in a hostile environment at Oakland. Foles likely will hold onto the Eagles starting job for the rest of the season after this performance.
Description: Eagles coach Chip Kelly says that Nick Foles will start at quarterback Sunday against the Raiders.
Insight: Foles, who missed last week's game because of a concussion, is filling in for the injured Mike Vick (hamstring). He could be a nice bye week fill-in for owners of Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford and Colin Kaepernick.
Description: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick left Sunday's game against the Giants in the second quarter after aggravating his hamstring injury and coach Chip Kelly said on Monday that he didn't think he would be ready for Week 9.
Insight: Vick, who obviously wasn't 100 percent before re-injuring the hamstring, was ineffective in the time that he was on the field going just 6-for-9 for 31 yards and an interception. If Nick Foles isn't ready for return, then it would be wise to stay far away from all Eagles' players.
Description: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (hamstring) took all the first-team reps in practice Tuesday and will start against New York.
Insight: Vick won't be 100 percent, but the Giants pass rush isn't as good as it has been in past seasons. I can play if I'm 80 [percent]." With six teams on a bye this week, Vick is a top-10 fantasy quarterback this week.
Description: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (hamstring) took all the first-team reps in practice Tuesday, according to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: There were reports that Matt Barkley took the reps, but Barkley said Vick took them. Vick said he's "optimistic" about playing in Week 8. "I've got a good chance. I can play if I'm 80 [percent]." With six teams on a bye this week, Vick is a top-10 fantasy quarterback against the Giants.
Description: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick could be back in Week 8, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
Insight: Vick missed his second straight game Sunday against Dallas due to a hamstring injury. Nick Foles played well in Week 6 but was awful Sunday and ended up leaving with a head injury. We should see Vick back as soon as he is healthy enough to play.
Description: Philadelphia backup quarterback Nick Foles is taking reps with the first team on Tuesday, according to Eagles beat reporter Geoff Mosher.
Insight: Although the team hasn't named a starter for Week 7 versus Dallas their early week actions indicate that Foles will get the nod. Things could still change later in the week if Vick shows he's 100 percent healthy.
Description: According to NBC's Pro Football Talk, Michael Vick's hamstring injury may cost him the next two games.
Insight: Vick won't play Sunday at Tampa Bay and there's a chance he may be out for Week 7's game against the Cowboys as well. Vick hasn't played a full 16-game slate since 2006 so you knew an injury was coming sooner or later. Nick Foles will lead the offense in his absence.
Description: Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson easily dominated the Giants for seven catches, 132 yards and a touchdown Sunday afternoon.
Insight: It didn't matter who was playing quarterback for the Eagles on Sunday, Jackson was getting open and getting the football. He now has 525 yards and three scores on 28 catches through five games, but will have to deal with Darrelle Revis in Week 6 at Tampa Bay.
Description: Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Michael Vick (hamstring) Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: Vick suffered a right hamstring injury in the first half. Foles was actually more effective through the air, completing 16-of-25 compared to 6-of-14 for Vick. The Eagles play next week at Tampa Bay, where Foles picked up his lone career victory with 381 yards and three touchdowns last season. However, he's not a recommended play next week if he has to start; Tampa Bay upgraded it's pass defense with the acquisitions of Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson this offseason.
Description: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is questionable to return to Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: Nick Foles came into the game in the second quarter and remained in the game after the half, so it doesn't look like Vick will be returning. Foles has played better anyway, completing 9-of-11 for 90 yards compared to 6-of-14 for 105 yards from Vick.
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (right ankle sprain) was practicing on Wednesday.
Insight: McCoy should be ready to go when the Eagles face the explosive Denver Broncos. He had fans and fantasy owners holding their breath with what looked to be a serious leg injury against Kansas City last Thursday, but returned to the game and performed well. Start him as always.
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said he has a right ankle sprain, but wasn't limping after he returned to the action in the third quarter.
Insight: McCoy had fans and fantasy owners holding their breath with what looked to be a serious leg injury, but returned to the game and performed well totaling 158 yards (92 yards after the injury) and a score on 20 carries.
Description: Eagles halfback LeSean McCoy suffered a right leg injury in the second quarter of Thursday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: He was able to walk off the field on his own power, which is always an encouraging sign. NFL Network's sideline reporter Alex Flanagan saw McCoy throw down his helmet, so obviously he's very frustrated. We should have an update on McCoy's condition shortly.
Description: Eagles defensive back Bradley Fletcher, who suffered a concussion on Monday night in Week 1 and missed the game with San Diego, is cleared for this weekend and was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Insight: The return of Fletcher can only help a defense that yielded 419 and three touchdowns to Philip Rivers.
Description: Carolina safety Quintin Mikell was seen leaving the locker room on Sunday with a protective boot on his right foot.
Insight: Mikell was one of three Panthers defensive backs to come out of the Week 2 contest injured. Charles Godfrey (Achilles) may be done for the season while D.J. Moore played through a left knee sprain.
Description: Two weeks into the Chip Kelly era, Eagles QB Michael Vick looks like an elite fantasy option.
Insight: Vick threw for 428 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-37 passing and rushed for 23 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Chargers. Vick has six total touchdowns and zero picks over the first two games. He's a must-start in all leagues right now but it would be wise to shop him around before he gets injured.
Description: Eagles defensive back Bradley Fletcher, who suffered a concussion on Monday night, is inactive for Week 2 against San Diego.
Insight: This injury will result in nickel back Brandon Boykin seeing a lot of playing time. The Eagles gave up 329 yards passing to a rusty Robert Griffin III in Week 1 and face philip Rivers who tossed four touchdowns last week.
Description: Bad news for LeSean McCoy owners - even the running back thinks he shouldn't get 32 touches in a game. "I think we can do a better job rotating because it's a long season. I don't think I need to have the ball 31, 32 times in a game for us to be a successful offense," McCoy told phillymag.com.
Insight: McCoy shredded the Redskins for 184 yards on the ground Monday in a season-opening win at Fed Ex Field, but the 32 touches have to be near the top limit of his workload. Expect coach Chip Kelly to give backup Bryce Brown addition work in Week 2.
Description: Michael Vick led the Eagles with 203 passing yards and two touchdowns Monday against the Redskins.
Insight: It's worth mentioning that Vick (nine rushes for 54 yards and one touchdown) did almost all of his damage in the first half and was mostly kept in check after half time. Still, fantasy owners have to be encouraged by how comfortable he looked in Chip Kelly's new offense. The Eagles are back home next week to take on the Chargers.
Description: Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy shredded the Redskins for 184 yards on the ground Monday in a season-opening win at Fed Ex Field.
Insight: What a performance. Clearly Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense suits McCoy perfectly. McCoy should be in for a big rebound year after a relatively disappointing 2012 campaign (840 yards, two touchdowns).