Chip Kelly Not Off of Phillys Radar Just Yet, and Other Interview Updates

Chip Kelly Not Off of Phillys Radar Just Yet, and Other Interview Updates

Reports of Chip Kelly accepting Cleveland’s head coaching
job began leaking in on Friday evening, before another NFL team even had the
chance to meet with him, but those might have been greatly exaggerated. The
spread offense mastermind still plans to meet with the Eagles on Saturday.

Kelly also went on to meet with Buffalo last night.

That being said, the Browns could still be the favorites to
nab the University of Oregon coach. Their meeting was said to last five hours,
and it kind of sounds like the organization made a preliminary offer of sorts. Plus,
following the Fiesta Bowl Kelly remarked he would prefer to reach a decision on
a job quickly – at least for the Eagles’ part in this, their search seems to be
on a more deliberate schedule.

I could see Jeff Lurie being turned off by Chip’s apparent priority
that the process be expedited, or simply not so infatuated with the guy to
cancel upcoming interviews. Guess we’ll have to wait and see, but the end result appears to be inevitable.

Speaking of which, the Eagles requested and received permission on Friday
to meet with two more potential candidates. Bruce Arians, who served
as the Indianapolis Colts’ interim head coach for most of the season, and Gus
Bradley, defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks are free to speak to
the Birds’ brass once their respective teams are eliminated from the

Adam Schefter is also reporting the team will request
from the Cincinnati Bengals for offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
Again, that’s Jay, not Jon – sorry. The Daily News also has Syracuse University's Doug Marrone on the list.

So unless Lurie falls in love with Kelly or Mike McCoy this
weekend, it seems we could be in for another week of this stuff at least – not that
that’s a bad thing. Considering the far-reaching impact this will have on the
franchise for years to come, I prefer the calculated approach of talking to
multiple coaches as opposed to locking in on one.

In other words, I won’t be sad if Chip Kelly forces himself
to Cleveland.

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Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs, who hasn’t yet been active for a game, could be soon.

Treggs said after practice Thursday he got more reps with the first-team offense this week than he has all year.

“Way more,” Treggs said. “I feel like they’re comfortable with me now, where they don’t have to tell me what to do. I know the plays and I know where to be.”

Does that mean Treggs will make his NFL debut against the Vikings Sunday? Not necessarily. But it does mean he’s at least on the Eagles’ radar.

Treggs began his rookie preseason with Chip Kelly and the 49ers but didn’t play during the preseason because of a preexisting knee injury.

When the 49ers released him as part of final cuts, the Eagles claimed him. He was cleared medically last month and has been gradually learning the Eagles’ offense since. He’s been on the 53-man roster all year but inactive for all five games.

Treggs has 4.31 speed and ranked eighth in NCAA Division I last year with 21.2 yards per catch as a senior at Cal.

Treggs potentially could give the Eagles something they’ve lacked all year: a deep threat.

The Eagles have connected on just eight pass plays of 25 yards or more this year, and only five NFL teams have fewer.

Jordan Matthews has four of those, and running back Darren Sproles has two, which leaves just two for the rest of the Eagles’ other wideouts — one for Nelson Agholor, one for Dorial Green-Beckham and none for Josh Huff.

The Eagles have been using Green-Beckham more and more each week — he played a season-high 42 snaps in the loss to the Redskins Sunday.

Agholor has been a disappointment, with just 16 catches for 181 yards this year, no catches over 35 yards and no catches of 20 yards since opening day. In 18 NFL games, the former first-round pick has never had 65 yards in a game.

Treggs said he feels comfortable with both outside spots and the slot and has gotten practice reps at all three spots this week.

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Every injured Eagles player returned on Thursday except for one.

Defensive tackle Bennie Logan (left groin strain) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday and it doesn't seem likely he'll be able to play on Sunday against the Vikings.

If Logan can't play on Sunday, backup Beau Allen will get the start.

"Bennie was playing well [against Washington]," defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Thursday. "He was one of the few guys in this game that was playing well. You know, it will be more reps for guys like Beau [DT Beau Allen], and maybe even a little bit more for a guy like Fletch [DT Fletcher Cox]. We'd like to rotate those guys as much [as we can], but sometimes you're not able to. And then a guy like Destiny [DT Destiny Vaeao], who has been a part-time player and made a couple plays, but also he's given up a couple. He needs to be more consistent. We've also used some defensive ends inside the rush on third down. That helps alleviate a little bit."

While Logan was still out, several other key Eagles returned to practice after missing Wednesday: Jason Kelce (foot), Ron Brooks (calf) and Marcus Smith (groin). Brooks was the only limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Kelce missed Wednesday's practice because he got a cortisone shot on Monday.

Furthermore, several Eagles who were limited on Wednesday -- Jordan Matthews (knee), Allen Barbre (ankle), Mychal Kendricks (ribs) -- were full participants on Thursday.