Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy returns to practice

August, 18, 2014
LeSean McCoy returned to practice Monday, one day after sitting out with a toe injury.

While Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly failed to mention McCoy’s injury on Sunday when he addressed other player injuries, McCoy on Monday said he injured his left big toe last week while practicing against the New England Patriots. McCoy had six carries in the Eagles' preseason game against the Patriots on Friday night, but he said on Monday his toe was hurting so badly on Sunday that he could not practice.

McCoy said he had an MRI exam on the toe and that there was no significant damage. He likened the injury to a mild case of turf toe.

Nevertheless, McCoy said he likely would play Thursday night when the Eagles have their first home preseason game against Pittsburgh. That game will probably be it for McCoy in the preseason.

On Sunday, McCoy walked off the field and refused to answer reporters’ queries about why he didn’t practice. On Monday, he admitted to being upset he could not participate.

“I wouldn’t say (I was) frustrated,” McCoy said. “Any time I’m not capable of going out there and practicing, missing a day of work, that’s not something to be happy about, unless it’s a day off. Missing a day of work can be frustrating. Someone is out here getting better and I’m not.”

McCoy said he was able to participate in all facets of practice Monday, from individual drills to 11-on-11 team drills.

“I need the work anyway,” McCoy said.

McCoy led the NFL in rushing last season with 1,607 yards.

LeSean McCoy says Eagles 'look good'

July, 13, 2014
LeSean McCoy hosted a charity basketball game Saturday at Neumann University that benefited his foundation, The Shades of Greatness.

McCoy noted that among those who played were Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters and rapper Nelly.

Naturally, McCoy was asked about the state of the Eagles heading into the 2014 season.

“I think we have a good team,” McCoy told “I'm kind of curious to how it will be, moving around a little bit, getting different players, losing different players. I want to see how we are as a team. We look good. The defense looks really good.”

Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl standout, was released by the Eagles in the offseason.

“The relationship that we built and the relationship we have, that's never going to change regardless of what teams we play for,” Jackson told “There's still a mutual respect and we still have a good friendship, so regardless of anything, that's my bro.”

LeSean McCoy earns high rank, high praise

July, 11, 2014
LeSean McCoy clearly has the utmost respect from his peers.

That was evident when the NFL Network released its top 100 players of 2014 and the Philadelphia Eagles running back came in at No. 5.

That was also evident when other players around the league were asked about McCoy.

A number of comments are available on and also cited on

Here’s a sampling:

"His vision, his moves … he’s a nightmare,” Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “I remember personally, playing against the Eagles, he jumped in the hole, he saw me in the hole, he stiff-armed me, jumped back out of the hole and ran for 10 yards. ... The first guy is always going to miss, the second guy is going to miss him, and possibly a third guy is going to miss, so all 11 guys have to run to the football. Sometimes all 11 guys miss. ... He's like a Barry Sanders. He’s all of that in one.”

“I haven't seen anyone pull moves like that since Barry [Sanders],” Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “That’s a high thing to say. Now I’m not saying he’s up there, but I’ll say he’s got some moves. He’ll leave you in the dirt.”

“When we play the Eagles it’s all about contain, contain, contain, contain,” Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich said. “Set the edges, and keep that dude in the middle. And the problem for us is, we’re trying to defend it, and they run the read option. And we don’t know if it was supposed to be a give, or if he was supposed to go right or supposed to go left, so as a defense we try to look at blocking schemes and say, ‘Yo, this is the play.’ But when you have LeSean McCoy in the backfield, you don’t know what the play is and you don’t know how to study it. That makes him a very dangerous weapon.”

Eagles' biggest key to success

July, 10, 2014
The elephant in the room when discussing the Philadelphia Eagles' prospects for the next few years is named Nick Foles. If Foles continues to be the quarterback who threw 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions last season, who led the NFL in passer rating in 2013, then the Eagles should be in fine shape for the foreseeable future.

But I don’t think that’s really the question we should be asking. To me, the Eagles’ chances for continued success under Chip Kelly depend largely on the coach himself.

Remember, Foles went 1-5 as a starter under Andy Reid in 2012. He certainly benefited from that experience, but the single most important reason for his big 2013 season was Kelly’s offensive strategy. Foles performed at an elite level while LeSean McCoy led the NFL in rushing. That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens as a result of good coaching that finds ways to get the most of the players available.

As long as that is Kelly’s approach, the Eagles have a chance to contend for the next few seasons. And there is no reason to believe Kelly will change his approach.

Consider the worst-case scenario regarding Foles. If he regresses significantly in 2014, the Eagles are under no obligation to sign him to a long-term contract. They would be free to see if Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley can excel in Kelly’s system. If the answer is no, they could draft a quarterback in 2015 -- Marcus Mariota, anyone? -- and let Kelly work with him.

If Foles is able to replicate his success, or even build on it, then the Eagles will be fine. So it’s easy to conclude Foles is the key. But in truth, the No. 1 determining factor for this franchise in 2015, 2016, 2017 and beyond is Kelly.

Past Eagles RBs impressed by McCoy

July, 7, 2014
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was presented with the John Wanamaker Athletic Award last week.

It was a fitting tribute for the leading rusher in the NFL last season.

Whether McCoy winds up being the most prolific running back in franchise history remains to be seen.

For now, former Eagles standout running backs are in awe of McCoy’s talent.

“He's (McCoy) unique in the way he makes people miss and the way he has that great vision,” Brian Westbrook told in this story. “I think he's great. I love watching him play. He has great passion and he works hard and he loves the game.”

Duce Staley helped the Eagles win a lot of games in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He’s still helping as the team’s running backs coach.

And he’s highly impressed with McCoy.

“What you have in LeSean is someone who has a lot of natural ability, to begin with,” Staley told “He has also worked extremely hard through the years to improve in every aspect of his game. He's gotten stronger. He's smarter. He'll take 3-4 yards instead of trying to break a big one every time. He's much more patient and he allows the blocks to set up and allow the play to develop.

“LeSean comes to work every day and that's a big part of it. You have to be consistent at this level. You have to produce every day, and he does that.”

LeSean McCoy: This is Nick Foles' time

July, 4, 2014
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy discussed the reported four-game suspension of offensive lineman Lane Johnson before accepting the John Wanamaker Athletic Award this week.

Here are some leftovers from McCoy, as told to the Allentown Morning Call:

On quarterback Nick Foles: "He’s at that peak where people know him like, 'Man, this Foles, is he that good?' because you see the stats, you see the numbers. I think this is the year he blows them out like, 'Yeah, I’m Nick Foles. I’m Philadelphia’s quarterback. I’m the guy.' And this is the year he blows it away."

On whether he’s the league’s best running back: "I don’t want to keep saying it over and over. Now it’s time to prove it. I’ve said how I felt, I’ve said what my numbers show. Now it’s time to prove it. ... At the end of the year, we’ll be at the same point again, and I’ll be saying the same thing. I’m tired of really talking about it. Ali said it a lot, but he didn’t say it all the time."
PHILADELPHIA -- It has been a decade since the Philadelphia Eagles went to the Super Bowl. There are no players left on the roster who lost to the New England Patriots in Jacksonville.

Todd Herremans was a fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft, so he just missed the best years of the Andy Reid era. His rookie year, Herremans watched the team get torn apart by the words and deeds of wide receiver Terrell Owens. Since then, Herremans has quietly played guard while all kinds of distractions and controversy swirled.

That brings us to 2014, as quiet an offseason as anything in recent memory. Aside from the release of another Pro Bowl wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, there has been scarcely a hint of controversy to distract this Eagles team.

“This is what it’s supposed to be like,” Herremans, 31, said. “This is what I imagined it was supposed to be like. This is fun. Obviously, there was a lot more drama (in years past). The team was pretty good before I got here.”

Herremans and linebacker Trent Cole, who was a fifth-round pick in that 2005 draft, have been with the team the longest. They saw Reid’s stewardship of the team go sour.

“I think a coach stays in a place for so long, things get a little stale,” Herremans said. “The system gets a little stale. They kind of get away from doing what they did to have the success that they had.”

It was fair to wonder whether Herremans would fit into the go-go new approach of Chip Kelly, but he started all 16 games at left guard in 2013. Indeed, all five offensive linemen started every game, which helps explain how LeSean McCoy led the NFL in rushing and Nick Foles led the league in passer rating.

Herremans said it’s “very realistic” to believe the line can repeat the success it had last season. “I know it only happened one other time since I’ve been here,” he said. “The way we take care of our bodies, we were very limited in guys being in the training room. I don’t think that was a coincidence.”

Kelly’s all-encompassing approach is the reason, and Herremans thinks it will pay dividends going forward.

“(Kelly) talks more about deliberately practicing -- coming out here with a purpose to get better, not just coming out and going through the motions because you’re in the NFL and you have to practice,” Herremans said. I think a lot of guys have bought into that. There’s a lot of backup to it. There’s a lot of things he shows you. Do this, and it affects you that way. He doesn’t just repeat the same clichés over and over again.”

Reid’s approach worked very well for the Eagles for years. Herremans experienced that. Now he is embracing the Kelly approach.

“We’ve got a locker room full of guys and an office full of coaches who all want the same thing, and are doing whatever each individual has to do to get there,” Herremans said.

And none of them are nicknamed T.O.

Sproles sparks possibilities for offense

June, 19, 2014
It's easy to point to what the Philadelphia Eagles lost in the offseason -- three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

It's also easy to forget what the Eagles gained on offense -- running back Darren Sproles.

Along with LeSean McCoy, this duo could wind up being one of the most dominant in the NFL this season.

"You know, first thing that sticks out is just how well he [Sproles] trains," Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters Wednesday during the three-day mandatory minicamp. "He's one of the guys that you point out to the younger guys on film as that is what it's supposed to look like. That's the effort and that's what we're looking for on a daily basis from him, very, very intelligent football player. He's got a great knowledge of the game and I think he's really shared that with Duce [Staley] and myself kind of how he sees things and has helped out some of the younger running backs at that position. Besides Darren, we are pretty young. LeSean is the next oldest guy at 25 and the rest of them are younger than he is. Been a great mentor to the younger guys and has really showed how they want them to perform out on the field."

Sproles led the league with 2,696 all-purpose yards in 2011, but his rushing, receiving and return total numbers have decreased in the following two seasons. He joined a team which doesn't need him to put up those kinds of numbers.

Quarterback Nick Foles had one more yard rushing (221) than Sproles did (220) last season. But Sproles can contribute in many ways, though, between rushing, catching passes and special teams.

Training camp is still more than a month away, but it's natural to wonder exactly how Sproles will fit into the high-powered offense.

"I've said that since Day 1: We are just trying to get reps and get plays and we are not game-planning anybody," Kelly said. "That's the fortunate thing for us is let's see how much work we can get done, get everybody on film and then when we start to get into the season we'll start to see how we can deploy our personnel in appropriate manners to win games."
PHILADELPHIA – DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy joined the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of consecutive drafts. Jackson arrived in 2008, McCoy in 2009.

Jackson, the undersized wide receiver from Cal, and McCoy, the running back from Pitt, earned Pro Bowl appearances during the final, declining years of Andy Reid's tenure. Then they returned to Honolulu after putting up big numbers in their first season under new coach Chip Kelly.

Within a few months, Jackson was gone, unceremoniously released. It's no wonder that move gave McCoy plenty to think about.

"For myself, I took out of that, no matter how good a player is, it's a team," McCoy said Wednesday. "If you can't buy in, anything is possible. I'm not sure what the rest of the team took out of that. I was speaking for myself."

McCoy told the NFL Network last week that Jackson's release sent a message to the rest of the team.

"A player like that, who's done so much for this franchise -- even the year Chip was here, the stuff he did -- some players may think, 'Well, he produced on the field. That's the only thing that matters,' " McCoy said. "But it's small things I take out of everything, and that's what I took out of that."

Not that McCoy saw a need to change very much. If Jackson's behavior or attitude indicated he wasn't buying in to Kelly's approach, McCoy has been a model citizen.

"I like to do things the right way, anyway," McCoy said. "I don't think it changed too much. But it's the small things that you think about, that you think nobody cares about, when in reality, they do. Take care of the small details, do your work and have fun doing it."

McCoy led the NFL in rushing in Kelly's first season. The Eagles have added some offensive weapons, including running back Darren Sproles and wide receivers Jordan Mathews and Josh Huff. There is a chance McCoy won't amass the kind of rushing yards he did in 2013.

"I never think about that," McCoy said. "I'm productive. I look to make plays and be productive. I look forward to those things. I think Coach Kelly knows the type of guy I am, the player I want to be. If it does change, I know whatever role I get, I can be productive in it.

"The most important thing is the value you bring to the offense. I feel like my value is high. I'll do whatever it takes to be productive. If it's running more, catching less, or catching more and running less, whatever that role may be, I know what type of player I am."

With another typical season, McCoy would break Wilbert Montgomery's franchise record of 6,538 rushing yards. McCoy is 1,065 yards behind Montgomery.

"Nothing's a given," McCoy said. "That's another goal to put on my list of things to get done. The guys up front will block the way they did the last two years, and this offense will get it done."
PHILADELPHIA -- We didn't really get many answers from the Philadelphia Eagles' recently concluded organized team activities. Going into next week's mandatory minicamp, though, we know enough to ask somewhat better questions.

Matt Barkley or Mark Sanchez? We know Nick Foles will be the No. 1 quarterback, a major development compared to last year's training camp. But the signing of Sanchez to a one-year deal raised as many questions as it answered.

Sanchez has started 62 NFL games and gone to two AFC title games. He is the most accomplished quarterback in camp, and he's only 27. That makes him unlikely to be content to be the long-term backup for Foles. If Foles fails his acid-test season, Sanchez could be the next man up.

And then there's Barkley, who got into a few games as a rookie. His shoulder is healthy now, and he should get an opportunity to outplay Sanchez for the No. 2 spot. Barkley has the confidence to endure another season as the No. 3 QB, but is that really the ideal situation?

How will the wide receivers line up? At present, Riley Cooper is the only one of last year's top three receivers to be in the mix. If Cooper and Jeremy Maclin wind up on the outside, either rookie Jordan Matthews or veteran Brad Smith could become the slot receiver. Or if Matthews has a great summer, Cooper could move to the slot. He has the size for it.

It will be interesting, too, to see how Chip Kelly uses rookie Josh Huff, the third-round pick from Oregon. The Eagles may not have a receiver with the speed or the Pro Bowl appearances of DeSean Jackson, but they certainly have some talent at the position.

How will Kelly use his other offensive weapons? Zach Ertz is going to be on the field. Does that mean Brent Celek, who helped LeSean McCoy lead the NFL in rushing, won't be? Will Kelly use Ertz, rather than a wide receiver, in the slot more often? And what about running back Darren Sproles? What will his role look like?

Earl Wolff or Nate Allen? Malcolm Jenkins will start at one safety spot. Will the Eagles stick with Allen or give Wolff a chance to take a step forward? Allen probably has reached his ceiling. Wolff still has some potential to become a better player. The answer will determine whether the secondary has a chance to be markedly better this season.

What can Marcus Smith do? The first-round pick from Louisville was backing up Connor Barwin in OTAs, but that has more to do with logistics than logic. It is expected Smith will contend for Trent Cole's right outside linebacker job.

The Eagles will be fine with Cole playing a lot this season, as long as Smith develops into a replacement by 2015. But getting some production from Smith in 2014, whether it's from the right or the left side, would be good for everyone.

Alex Henery or Murderleg? Yes, the Eagles signed a rookie free-agent kicker, Carey Spear, with the awesome nickname "Murderleg." No, he's not likely to replace the incumbent.

So let's finish with an answer: Henery. All he needs is a nickname.
PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Maclin got up. The moment of hushed concern passed, and everything shifted back to normal in the Philadelphia Eagles' world. The wide receiver walked off the field as practice ended, reporting his knee was fine.

In that moment, though, much was revealed about the state of this team as it begins Chip Kelly's second season as head coach.

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Matt Rourke/AP PhotoThe Eagles' offense will depend on more players than just wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in 2014.
The immediate reaction: that another injury to Maclin could be devastating because of his perceived status as the replacement for DeSean Jackson in Kelly's scheme. But in reality, that is not the case and it never was. The Eagles will try to replace Jackson's production with Darren Sproles, with draft picks Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, with second-year tight end Zach Ertz, with Arrelious Benn and, yes, with Maclin.

The Eagles won 10 games and the NFC East title last year without Maclin, who tore an ACL during training camp last summer. The former first-round pick has been a solid starter during his tenure here, but he has not had the kind of impact Jackson had. That's why, when the Eagles released Jackson in March, it was fair to worry that they were expecting too much from Maclin. Not only has he not been the big-play guy Jackson was, but Maclin would now be playing on two surgically reconstructed knees.

But here's the other twist. Any attempt to project Maclin's production based on his performance under Andy Reid is a waste of time. Kelly's scheme turned Riley Cooper, a former fifth-round pick, into a valuable asset and favorite target of quarterback Nick Foles. It will be fascinating to see what Kelly can do with Maclin.

"I was really excited about how he would fit into what we do because of what he can do," Kelly said of Maclin. "And then to lose him that early in camp was disappointing. You got a taste of him. But having him out there full speed, running out there right now, he's doing a really good job."

Maclin has good speed, but not Jackson's speed. So one issue is whether Maclin or someone else can provide enough of a deep threat to create space for LeSean McCoy to run the ball and for the other receivers to work underneath the coverage. The addition of Sproles by trade and of Matthews and Huff in the draft should help there.

But even McCoy wonders. He led the NFL in rushing last season. But McCoy said this week that he would have to see how the offense functions now before he could assess the impact of Jackson's departure.

The suspicion is that Kelly has all of this worked out in his busy mind. It is clear the coach made the decision to release Jackson. He wouldn't have done so without a sound plan for his offense to remain effective. And that is the objective. It isn't about replacing exactly what Jackson did, it's about building a balanced, varied attack with the players who are here.

All of those players stopped suddenly when Maclin went down at the end of Monday's practice. But that's because they were concerned for a teammate who is coming off a serious knee injury. They were not concerned about the fate of their offense. That is in too many hands this season.
PHILADELPHIA -- LeSean McCoy wasn't sure what Adrian Peterson meant about speaking with his chest. That doesn't mean the Philadelphia Eagles' running back is shy about pounding his a little bit.

McCoy, who beat the Minnesota Vikings' star for the NFL rushing title last season, believes himself the most complete back in the league. That led to a media back-and-forth with Peterson last month, which started when McCoy told ESPN he was the NFL's best back.

"I don't know how people may take that," McCoy said after Monday's practice session. "It was a question I was just being honest about. I can't worry about how other people think about it. That's why we work every day. That's why I try to perfect my game. So that if people want to prove me wrong, they can."

Peterson said on the radio McCoy was just kidding, and said he advises young players to speak up when they're serious.

"It was funny because ... he kind of hesitated, and he didn't believe it when he said it," Peterson said. "I tell the youngsters, 'Say it with your chest, like you mean it!'"

McCoy found that response confusing.

"I don't know him that well," McCoy said. "I don't know if he's joking or what. I play the game. It speaks for itself. I don't know what that meant. I don't know if that was joking. He was saying a lot. I don't know what that meant."

At a time when the running back position seems to be evolving -- with more emphasis on catching passes and blocking than running the ball -- the Eagles were committed to running it under first-year head coach Chip Kelly in 2013. And that was a huge change from the pass-first, pass-second philosophy of former coach Andy Reid.

"Coach Kelly, he just wants to win," McCoy said. "If it's running the ball a million times or passing it, he's going to do it. He doesn't have that pass, pass, pass or run, run, run thing. Whatever's working, that's what he's going to do."

When McCoy finished the season finale in Dallas with a firm grasp of the NFL rushing title, he donned a boxing-style championship belt to celebrate. He is not reluctant to show his confidence. But it is the other parts of his game -- blocking, running routes -- that he feels give him the edge over Peterson or anyone else.

"You look at the tape," McCoy said. "As a back, I do everything -- running, blocking, as a third-down back in and out. There's nothing that I can't do. The last three years, I don't feel there's a back who's more productive."

He couldn't resist throwing another shot Peterson's way.

"Ask my man in Minnesota," McCoy said. "Check the numbers. Especially the last two years, to be sure. Check those numbers."

McCoy: Eagles moving on from Jackson

May, 19, 2014
LeSean McCoy has turned into one of the most vocal leaders on the Philadelphia Eagles.

McCoy on Monday spoke on a number of topics via telephone interview during a break in a media tour of the EA Sports video game "Madden NFL '15," where he has reached the quarterfinal round against Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Last season, McCoy rushed 314 times for 1,607 yards and nine touchdowns. He carried the Eagles for long stretches and helped them finish 10-6 with an NFC East title and a playoff berth. The Eagles lost 26-24 to the New Orleans Saints but the first season under coach Chip Kelly had to be considered highly successful.

“I didn’t know what to expect when coach came in, but you could see right away that he wanted to win and he was going to work very hard to get there,” McCoy said. “Chip and (general manager) Howie (Roseman) have made a lot of tough decisions, some really tough, but they’re doing what they think will bring the team success and win a championship. We’re all on board with what they’re doing and we’re behind them all the way.”

Still, McCoy is asked virtually every day about the decision to release three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

“It’s always the first question I get asked and the organization made a decision to move on,” McCoy said. “The move was made and he’s moved on with the Redskins and we've moved on. It’s in the past and we move forward as a group with the Eagles.”

McCoy's clearly the best running back on the team. And arguably the best in the NFL. Just ask him.

“I think I’m the best. I like to judge it from the last three years where I think I’ve been the most productive back in the league. I think I am if you look at it from the point of running, catching passes, blocking. There are other great backs who maybe have fallen off a little bit over the past three, four years, but they’re still great backs. I believe I’m the best right now.”

Elsewhere on the Eagles, McCoy likes the direction the team is heading.

“I think we’re jelling at the right time,” he said. “We’re coming together as a group and we all have the same goals. There’s no ego on this team. There’s No I. It’s all team here and it shows with how we work together. I’m very confident in this group moving forward to the season. I’m excited about the team.”

What must happen for the Eagles to make a deep run in the playoffs?

“We have to stay healthy,” McCoy said. “It’s all about health. That’s the biggest key. We have the players to win and the coaches have the blueprint for how to be successful. The hard work starts now and we’re excited to get started and see where this team can go.”

McCoy also plans on winning “Madden NFL 15.”

“It’s fun, and I think so,” McCoy said, laughing. “Andrew Luck is a good player. This is gonna be a good matchup.”

McCoy was also asked for his Super Bowl XLIX prediction. See his answer below.

Bryce Brown trade thins crowded backfield

May, 14, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- During the NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles traded running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills.

In return for Brown, the Eagles will receive a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that can become a 2016 third-round pick, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Bills and Eagles also swapped 2014 seventh-round selections as part of the deal.

The 22-year-old Brown rushed for 878 yards and six touchdowns over two seasons with the Eagles. He had problems with ball security in his rookie season, losing three of his four fumbles, but rebounded with no fumbles in his second season.

While the Eagles were stockpiling their roster with seven draft picks, coach Chip Kelly took some time to discuss the decision to trade Brown.

“Yeah, I talked to Bryce a little while ago,” Kelly said. “I'm really happy for him. It's an opportunity to go somewhere. They had been on him for a while. We probably fielded a lot of offers from them in terms of what they wanted, because we knew what they wanted and how much they wanted Bryce. It's just we kind of had a log jam so to speak at running back. You obviously have the best back in the league in LeSean (McCoy), and you add Darren Sproles who I think ... I don't even know the numbers what we gave up, but we'd be picking Darren Sproles right now basically. That was the trade we made, because we took them in the fifth. We traded a fifth to get him. Really excited about Chris Polk and how he's come along.

“Chris is an outstanding special teams player for us,” Kelly added. “But you go back to the Detroit game and the long run he hit for us in that game. I really think Chris is a 100 percent healthy, and is vying for time there. We really like (Matthew) Tucker. I think he's another guy as we continue to develop [who] was on the practice squad. Got him to the active. Came to camp. He's probably in the best shape of any of the backs right now and is really pushing for it. So we felt like if that can get us something as we go forward, we felt it was a positive move [to trade Brown].”

Foles: Plenty of offense without Jackson

May, 1, 2014
Nick Foles prefers to focus on which players will be performing along with him.

Foles misses wide receiver DeSean Jackson, but he's also not a member of the Philadelphia Eagles anymore.

"We'll have guys step up," the Eagles quarterback told "We have Mac (Jeremy Maclin) back, which is exciting. We'll see what happens in the draft coming up and we also have guys coming in that they've got to step in and make plays. DeSean is a great receiver. He's very talented. He's unique in how he's so fast and can get open and things like that. He's a hard guy to replace, but we'll have someone step in and do a great job in their own way."

Even without Jackson's 82 receptions, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, Foles expects the offense to keep on churning in 2014.

"It's just not going to be No. 10. It's going to be someone else stepping in," Foles said. "We're going to be doing our offense, doing what we do. I expect the same plays we made last year, I expect to run those plays again. Obviously, defenses will be able to study that and come out with a plan, but I expect my receivers to make plays when they're out there."

Riley Cooper and Maclin are the leading returning wide receivers and All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy is also back to guide the offense.

"Coop had a great year and then they couldn't double DeSean," Foles said. "And then if they want to double both guys, well then you got LeSean McCoy running the ball and if I keep it as well we'll get some yards."