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Chip Kelly looking for more production from Marcus Smith

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The Eagles drafted linebacker Marcus Smith in the first round of May’s draft in hopes of boosting a pass rush that registered an underwhelming 37 sacks last season.

They’ve given Smith a lot of time on the field during the first two preseason games, he played 73 of 81 defensive snaps against the Patriots last Friday, but they’ve yet to see him get home on one of his rushes. Coach Chip Kelly said he saw “bright spots” from Smith against New England, but that there were also moments when he looked “overwhelmed” and that the team needs to get more out of him in general.

“Marcus got a real extended look,” Kelly said, via the Philadelphia Daily News. “He’s got a burst. He’s got some speed coming off the edge. But if you’re going to play that many plays, we’re going to need more production out of you. He’s still working at it. He still has a lot of things to improve at.”

There’s going to be a learning curve for any rookie, but there’s a bit more pressure on Smith because the Eagles didn’t do much else to boost their pass rush this offseason. While they like what they’ve seen from linebacker Travis Long, chances are that Trent Cole and Connor Barwin are going to have to produce more than they did last season if Smith doesn’t turn the corner quickly.

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19 Responses to “Chip Kelly looking for more production from Marcus Smith”
  1. mp4philly says: Aug 18, 2014 9:57 AM

    Not his fault you drafted him too high. That’s what happens when you get cute in the draft.

  2. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 18, 2014 10:02 AM


  3. duncanthecat says: Aug 18, 2014 10:05 AM

    Chip drafted himself a project.

  4. cobrala2 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:06 AM

    Brandon Graham 2.0, I swear. Not good.

  5. Youknowimright says: Aug 18, 2014 10:10 AM

    I think if you give him some of lane johnson’s “smoothies”, he will be fine.

  6. floratiotime says: Aug 18, 2014 10:12 AM

    He’s an awesome talent that will respond perfectly to the best coach and team in the history of the NFL. 25 sacks and the Pro Bowl.

  7. footballfanmiles says: Aug 18, 2014 10:17 AM

    As an eagles fan, I don’t understand why there are daily chip kelly articles, where’s the daily Ron Rivera, joe philbin, john fox quotes. Ridiculous!!

  8. msc4realeagles says: Aug 18, 2014 10:19 AM

    Brandon Graham 2.0. We should have taken best safety available and called it a round one. I hope I’m wrong, but he has situational pass rusher written all over him. How is it that the Steelers hit linebacker gold every couple years and we can’t figure out from an organizational standpoint how to draft a linebacker that can play in this league?

    A tad frustrating, but at least our offense is sick. Just like last year, we’re going to have to win shoot-out style. Fun to watch, unless of course you like watching good defense which doesn’t really exist anymore in todays NFC East. The days of Reggie White, Darrell Green, Pepper Johnson, Darren Woodson, etc are loooooong gone.

  9. jbell33139 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:22 AM

    To these eyes, the kid doesnt have the killer instinct.

    Look at college game tape – All those times he gets in the backfield…he doesnt wreck guys. I’ve seldom seen a guy get such a burst/leg up and when he gets these blindside hits or hits where he’s bringing all the momentum, he hits too high and/or gets stood straight up. He seldom, if ever just wrecks guys. Not a very good look.

    I havent seen any of his snaps in the pre-season, but that’s what I saw in all the footage after he was drafted.

    That’s what you get for drafting a converted QB.

  10. mrlaloosh says: Aug 18, 2014 10:23 AM

    Biggest bust from this years draft.

  11. gnorules says: Aug 18, 2014 10:34 AM

    Holy crap people!! Give the guy a chance to actually get his feet wet and get used to the speed of the NFL game. He’s played one and a half pre-season games. No one said that he was expected to be the best OLB in the league after a game and a half. And the rookies that are doing AMAZING in the pre-season are gonna look a lot more pedestrian when they play against the 1’s starting in 3 weeks.

  12. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Aug 18, 2014 10:46 AM

    As a fan of the Steelers, who run the 3-4, I can tell you that it is folly yo expect a converted DE to make much of an impact his first year. The 3-4 is simply night and day from the 4-3 in terms of responsibilities, technique, etc. This is on Chip, not Marcus. The guy needs some time to adjust. You should have known that.

  13. TheDPR says: Aug 18, 2014 10:48 AM

    Looks like another year of keeping track of the stat that Eagles fans know as The Mamula.
    (that’s an *almost* sack for those not familiar)

  14. therealtrenches says: Aug 18, 2014 11:19 AM

    TheDPR stole my thunder! We even call near misses Mamula’s in my dart league. Can you say Marcus Mamula?

  15. kahunanc says: Aug 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    Kelly loves the spotlight. After all he was not introduced to the big stage until 50. Why ? Who knows. After all he does everything faster and better than anyone else. And he has many championships to show for his genius. Doesn’t he ?

  16. statsdolie says: Aug 18, 2014 1:37 PM

    He was a Olb for Louisville not a defensive end so there is no conversion needed.

  17. greymares says: Aug 18, 2014 3:02 PM

    I. Can’t believe there’s this many talent evaluators not employed in the N.F.L.

  18. oldbyrd says: Aug 19, 2014 11:12 AM

    This is a crime. He hasn’t even earned average status yet. To Greymares. Don’t have to be a talent evaluator to see mediocrity.

  19. jebronjames says: Aug 19, 2014 12:43 PM

    meanwhile dennard is having a great camp, lets hope chipper fixes his draft issues

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