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Happy Friday, Eagles fans! The team is just two days away from its game against New England and for all the latest news about the matchup, look no further than the December 4th edition of the Read-Option ...
Rowe Faces Brady's Test As Starting CB - Dave Spadaro
"They're going to throw at him. Eric Rowe knows it. When Tom Brady surveys the field on Sunday, he's going to pay particular attention to the rookie cornerback and he's going to test Rowe over and over and over again.
'Oh yeah, definitely. As smart as Tom Brady is, he's watched the Lions film and I had a couple of nervous reps. I looked pretty bad, technique-wise. I know they're probably going to have something planned,' Rowe said.'He's going to look my way. I'm expecting that, big time.'
Rowe is putting in the effort, trying to bust through the learning curve that every rookie experiences, especially one who plays a position that is so limiting in the NFL and one that, for Rowe, is still so relatively new. A second-round draft pick in the spring, Rowe came to the Eagles after playing safety at Utah for three seasons before switching to cornerback. The Eagles have worked him at both positions in his time here and think that his combination of size and speed and burst translates well to either spot.
He's a cornerback now. And he's a starter with Nolan Carroll out after his season-ending injury suffered in Detroit. Every player says he prepares as if he is starting, but there is a difference: Now that Rowe is in the lineup, he's taking the reps, he's getting the feedback and he's got more on film to watch as he studies his technique. The kid is taking it seriously, and has done so since he became an Eagle. Get to practice early and you'll see Rowe and fellow rookie corner Denzel Rice lining up against each other, shadow boxing, if you will, working on hand placement and footwork as they smooth out the wrinkles of their press-man technique.
'Confidence. Comfort. Taking what you learn from film and making adjustments on the field. More comfortable within the defense,' Rowe said. 'It makes a difference taking all the reps. I think I've made a lot of improvement since I've been here. A lot. But it's not like I'm anywhere close to where I want to be or where I know I'm going to be.'"
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Where Are They Now? FB Jon Ritchie - Jim Gehman
"Ritchie left the game with the respect of his teammates and opponents alike, and proud of what he had accomplished on the field.
'I think that I tried to be the corporate guy,' said Ritchie. 'I did whatever they asked me to do. I tried to be a good teammate. I took pride in doing my job and tried to do it the best I could.'
Although he's now 11 years removed from giving his best on the field, Ritchie, who makes his home in Central Pennsylvania with his wife, Marielle, and their children Joe, Marlowe and Mila, is still involved with the NFL as a television studio analyst.
Appearing Tuesdays through Thursdays on the NBC Sports Network's Fantasy Football Live, Ritchie is also on DirecTV's Fantasy Zone Channel each weekend during the season.
'Initially, I didn't think that talking about football could be a job,' Ritchie said. 'And now, it's great. It's the best of every world (The Fantasy Zone channel), it's awesome. We do eight hours of live TV, no commercials, where we just talk over all the action going on around the league.
'I do (Fantasy Football Live) with John Hansen, the 'Fantasy Guru,' Kay Adams and Dr. Mark Adickes, (an orthopedic surgeon) who played for the Redskins and went to Harvard. We get to do lots of cool medical insight-type segments together.'"
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Jonathan Krause Enjoyed Time With Brady Bunch - Les Bowen, Daily New
"Krause, released by the Patriots at the end of the preseason after spending much of last season on their practice squad, has been employed by the Eagles since joining their practice squad Sept. 22. He moved to the active roster Nov. 24 - curiously, about the same time New England was going through a wide receiver injury crisis and was looking for help. The Pats ended up signing former Eagle Damaris Johnson.
Krause, 5-11, 190, played at Vanderbilt with Jordan Matthews and first signed with the Browns last year before being cut and moving to New England.
'It was nice,' he said, when asked about catching passes from Brady. 'I was blessed to spend time there. I wouldn't say there's a big difference. Our quarterbacks are great.'
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about Krause on a conference call with Philadelphia-area reporters this week.
'Yeah, pretty much everything,' Belichick said, when asked what he liked about Krause. 'We went down and saw (Jordan) Matthews, we saw Krause, and they both were very productive at Vanderbilt. Jonathan has both inside and outside flexibility, can play in the slot, can play on the perimeter, runs well, smart kid, works hard, good hands, very dependable player, a guy that we didn't get 'til about the middle of the year last year.'"
Chip Kelly Updates Eagles Injuries - Jimmy Kempski, PhillyVoice
"Sam Bradford is alive. So he has that going him, which is nice. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly revealed his quarterback's breathing status Thursday.
'He's alive,' Kelly said. 'He's good. He threw yesterday. Did a nice job. Again, I think it's the residual part of it; is he any more sore? We've got another big day of throwing today so we'll see where he is and then kind of figure out what goes on on Friday and Saturday. It's not anything that we're like, 'Wow, that didn't go well.'
'He did a nice job, but again, we need to continue to see him progress and where that is in terms of him being able to sustain that, because that will give you a really good indication of him being able to go into a game and play against – obviously, we are not live in practice, so we are not hitting him and tackling him to the ground. He did a nice job in the last two days but today is another big test for him.'
Kelly also confirmed that Ryan Mathews has still not passed the concussion protocol, and is still not practicing.
'We have less depth there and I think when we have been successful, we have two big, physical backs in there and we are missing a key cog in that right now,' said Kelly. 'We have got to kind of make up without it; although, I thought Kenjon (Barner), when he got in for kind of his first playing time against Detroit, did a nice job.'"