Thursday, February 11, 2016

Couple series for starters in Chicago, Chip says

Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he expects to play his offensive and defensive starters 10-to-15 snaps in Friday's preseason opener in Chicago. Riley Cooper won't play, Jeremy Maclin's status is unclear.

Couple series for starters in Chicago, Chip says

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly (left) and general manager Howie Roseman (right). (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly (left) and general manager Howie Roseman (right). (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Chip Kelly said Wednesday he would like to get his starters a couple of decent series in Friday's preseason opener at the Chicago Bears, ideally 10 to 15 snaps. Kelly said wideout Riley Cooper, though he is out of the walking boot, will not play. Kelly wasn't sure about the other starting outside wide receiver, Jeremy Maclin, who sat out two days of practice this week with what Maclin said was minor leg soreness.

Corner Nolan Carroll will not play as he deals with either a groin or hamstring issue, Kelly said. Carroll was listed as the No. 1 kick returner on the Eagles' depth chart released this week. Kelly was dismissive of questions about those rankings, though he noted that Carroll gets upfield quickly.

"You gotta send one out," Kelly said. "I don't care. I think Derek (Boyko, the team spokesman) did it ... I said a long time ago, it's written in sand, it's written in water, it can be written in anything. That depth chart means absolutely nothing. The only reason we make one is because they tell us to make one."

Asked if he is reluctant to put on tape how he wants to use Darren Sproles, Kelly said: "No, I think everybody's seen him used. You've seen him be a running back, you've seen him be a returner, you've seen him be a receiver. He's not going to be an offensive lineman ... I don't think anybody's going to look at our preseason tape and say, 'they're hiding him! They're not using him to do this.' Darren, like everybody else, needs reps in our offense."

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Does this include using LeSean McCoy and Sproles in the same set?

"It's not like that's going to be a surprise, like, 'Oh my God! They're in the game at the same time!' " Kelly said. "When people go to play us, they realize we can put those guys on the field at the same time. I don't think we're going to catch anybody off-guard the first time we put 'em out there, and nobody covers Darren Sproles, and we go, 'we really fooled 'em this time!' I don't think that's gonna happen."

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