5 random Eagles notes: RB ball security, the DL, DJax in Hawaii, a podcast, and BEEFTANK
Before you head into the weekend, here are 5 random Eagles notes for your Friday afternoon reading.
1) Eagles running backs did a great job of securing the football in 2013
Did you know that Nick Foles only threw 2 INTs this season?!? Oh, you did? OK. Well did you know that Eagles running backs only fumbled once this year?
In 2012, Eagles running backs fumbled the ball 8 times on 334 carries. The opposing defense recovered 6 of them.
In 2013, Eagles running backs, as noted above, fumbled the ball just once on 400 carries.
In other words, Eagles running backs fumbled once every 42 carries in 2012, and once every 400 carries in 2013.
Eagles running back coach Duce Staley did a great job of making that a point of emphasis during training camp. The following is a WR drill that the Eagles used during camp, but it was also applied in other ways by Staley with the running backs to teach ball security.
Duce doesn't know how to spell "chrysanthemum," but he can teach ball security.
2) The Eagles' defensive line was built very quickly
Last year, on February 25th, the Eagles cut Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson. After doing so, with the perception that Vinny Curry would move from 4-3 DE to 3-4 OLB, here's what the Eagles' depth chart looked like along the DL:
It doesn't get much much thinner than that. This offseason, the Eagles could potentially look to add a big-bodied run stuffer and continue to add talent at DE, but the defensive line as a whole is in far better shape.
3) DeSean Jackson will be headed to the Pro Bowl
Jackson will replace the Texans' Andre Johnson. He should have been voted in to begin with, but better late than never. At the time the Pro Bowl rosters were announced, Jackson was 8th in the NFL in receiving yards, tied for 9th among WRs in TDs, 4th in yards per catch among WRs with at least 60 catches, and 2nd in receptions of 20+ yards.
Jackson will join LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles, and Evan Mathis in Hawaii. Jason Peters also originally made the Pro Bowl roster, but opted not to go.
For reasons beyond my comprehension, 42.2% of Eagles fans don't think Jackson should be an Eagle in 2014.
Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz and I reviewed the Eagles' biggest needs heading into the offseason. Apologies in advance for my nasally, stuffed-up voice.
5) In case you want to giggle uncontrollably...
Jon Bois of SB Nation has done a series all year called Breaking Madden, which I only recently discovered. If you've ever played Madden (the video game) and you have any semblance of a sense of humor, I highly recommend checking it out.
Bois' latest Breaking Madden episode follows Clarence BEEFTANK's path to self. I would provide a teaser of what it's all about, but anything I write to describe it is just going to sound dumb. And really, maybe that is the best way to describe it. It's genius in its stupidity.