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The Eagles will not have LB Mychael Kendricks or CB Bradley Fletcher against Washington this week.  Kendricks hurt a knee in last week's win at Green Bay.  Fletcher will miss his 2nd straight game with a pectoral strain.  The defense is also missing rookie S Earl Wolff, who was ruled out earlier this week.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman told a radio audience Monday that S Earl Wolff will likely miss more than 1 game with his Week 10 knee injury.  LB Mychal Kendricks escaped an ACL tear, though, and isn't expected to be out as long.  The team doesn't yet know whether he or LT Jason Peters will miss Washington's visit this Sunday.  IDP owners should plan as though Kendricks will be out.  Missing Peters certainly wouldn't help the offense, but we don't see that forcing a significant downgrade for QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy or any of the receivers.

The Eagles have lost LB Mychal Kendricks and S Earl Wolff for the rest of Sunday's clash with the Packers.  Both players suffered 1st-half knee injuries and will not return.  We'll check on their statuses heading into Week 11.  Kendricks has scored like an IDP starter in recent weeks after a slow start to the season.

Eagles S Patrick Chung is inactive against the Giants today.  Rookie S Earl Wolff will start again in his place and carries significant upside against the erratic Eli Manning.

The Eagles selected Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson with the 4th overall pick.  There might not be a better fit in the entire draft.  The Eagles have a major need at OT, with Jason Peters coming off a twice-torn Achilles and an aging Todd Herremans better off at OG.  Johnson might just be the most athletic OT to ever enter the league.  The 6'6, 303-pounder ran a ridiculous 4.72 40-yard dash at the Combine.  His 34-inch vertical matched Bengals WR A.J. Green's mark.  Johnson is tailor-made for HC Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense.  We love the pick for Philly's skill-position players.

It appears we'll get our 1st regular-season look at Chip Kelly's offense on the year's 1st Monday night.  Washington DE Adam Carriker tweeted today that his team will open its season against Kelly's Eagles on Monday Night Football.  Philly players have told reporters repeatedly this week about just how fast Kelly's offense will be.  Consider us excited about its potential for boosting fantasy football scores.

The Eagles gave 1st-team reps to all 3 QBs at voluntary minicamp on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.  Most assume Michael Vick will start in 2013, but new HC Chip Kelly says Nick Foles and Dennis Dixon will also compete for the job.  We still look to Vick as the favorite -- and likeliest to produced worthwhile fantasy football stats.  But Philly doesn't have so much invested in Vick that it'll choose him over a more qualified option.  We also expect a rookie to join the party via the NFL draft.  Let the competition begin.

Philadelphia Eagles HC Chip Kelly said he expects LT Jason Peters to return with others on April 1.  Peters twice ruptured an Achilles' tendon last season, but Kelly said he has no reason to believe the tackle won't be ready.  April 1 is the first day that coaches can work with players.  A healthy return by Peters would obviously provide a big boost to the Philly offense.  He's among the best tackles in the league but did miss at least 1 game in 5 straight seasons before his lost 2012.

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The Eagles signed 3 free agents on defense Thursday: OLB Connor Barwin, S Kenny Phillips and CB Cary Williams. Barwin got the biggest contract and looks like an immediate starter in the Eagles' new 3-4 defense. His arrival suggests that DE/OLB Trent Cole might not be as central to the plans as the new coaching staff has indicated. Phillips is a definite starter when healthy. He has struggled with injuries at various points in recent seasons. But he's a terrific coverage player when healthy. His arrival carries the added benefit of hurting the Giants' secondary. Williams is an unspectacular cover man but has some big-play knack. He defensed 35 passes over 2 years as a starter in Baltimore and picked 4 last year. He'll be in the mix for a starting job along with fellow newcomer Bradley Fletcher. Phillips looks like the best fantasy bet among the trio added Thursday.

After taking their sweet time to look around, the Eagles have chosen Billy Davis to coordinate their defense. In breaking that news, CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher also states unequivocally that the team will run a 3-4 base. The Davis hire seems curious. Despite coaching in the league since 1992, Davis has proved an abject failure in 2 previous stints as coordinator. Under HC Mike Nolan, his Niners unit finished 30th in points allowed and 32nd in yards in 2005, then 32nd and 26th the following year. He was fired in favor of Greg Manusky after that, and the rankings improved. As Cardinals DC in 2009 and 2010, Davis watched his D go from 14th in points and 20th in yards the 1st season to 30th and 29th in his 2nd year. Then he was booted in favor of 1st-time DC Ray Horton. Guess the optimistic view is that Davis can only get better. A switch from 4-3 to 3-4, however, figures to hurt the fantasy outlooks of DEs Trent Cole and Brandon Graham. In typical tackle-heavy IDP leagues, each will be hard pressed to make an impact at LB. On the bright side, perhaps Mychal Kendricks can shift inside and boost his numbers in year 2.

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