The Eagles have their final day of practice today before heading to Dallas. The game is only two days away and the entire team wants nothing more than to redeem itself from the first meeting with the Cowboys this season. Until the two go head to head again, take a look at some of the other views for November 6 ...
Agholor Looks To Break Out
Returning from his ankle injury, wide receiver Nelson Agholor is looking for a breakout performance against the Cowboys this weekend. Zach Berman of The Inquirer wrote of Agholor's adjustments in his opening performances.
According to head coach Chip Kelly, he felt the rookie was beginning to come into his own prior to the injury. The Eagles will be looking for the receiver to step up in his return, which is exactly what Agholor wants to do in Dallas.
"All I know is I need to capitalize on all my opportunities - no matter how many it is, I need to capitalize on every single one," Agholor said. "You can't really be frustrated. You just need to be real with yourself. Any time I look at the film and I look at the opportunity here or there where I may have missed the ball or didn't create the separation I would have liked to, I just think, 'You've got to take advantage of it.' Because those might not come."
No Regrets For Murray
Despite the fact that DeMarco Murray started the season a little slower than expected, he has no regrets leaving his former team for Philadelphia. As Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com explained, the running back isn't focused on returning to Dallas for the first time since his departure. The only thing on his mind is coming away with an Eagles win.
"That is their team. They have done a good job and I don't have any regrets. There [are] no regrets on my part and no regrets on their part," Murray said. "I respect those guys. Great organization, spent a lot of time there, but I'm here now."* *
For the second consecutive day, left tackle Jason Peters did not practice with the team on Thursday. His status for Sunday is currently up in the air, which means the Eagles are preparing for the possibility they will be without him.
As Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz.com wrote, his absence would result in shuffling on the offensive line. If Peters is unable to go, Lane Johnson will shift to left tackle and Dennis Kelly will come in to play right tackle, keeping the interior of the line intact.
"I feel like maybe leaving the middle three there and letting Tobin be comfortable at RG, and Lane is a good athlete and he can move back over to the other side, I think that kind of allows everybody to have a little more comfort for certain people," said Allen Barbre.
Whether or not this backup plan will be utilized remains uncertain. It will all depend on Peters' health.
Takeaways, Takeaways, Takeaways
The Eagles lead the league in takeaways through eight weeks of play with 19 in total. It's been an emphasis for the team this year, something on their minds each and every day.
As explained by Tim McManus of Birds 24/7, defensive backs coach Cory Undlin even created a points system to emphasize competition among the players. Any time a defensive back gets a swipe at the football, he gets a point.
"We've been punching at the football every single chance we get at practice," Malcolm Jenkins said. "We're keeping track of it and those who aren't doing it we're calling it out, and we're also kind of highlighting those who are doing it.
"We keep track of everything. Everybody has a competitive edge to them and wants to be on the top of that list...It just builds the habit of every time you get to the point of attack, you're going for that football or you're at least conscious about trying to get the football, and it's been helping us a lot, obviously."