TAKING STOCK OF EAGLES: OPENER A WEEK FROM TONIGHT!

By Barbara Harrison

We are only a week away from the Eagles’ Monday Night Football kick-off of their 2015 season in Atlanta, so let;s take stock of thwt Supreme Leader Chip Kelly has wrought.

Gone are the guys who didn’t fit or want to get with the program — LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Trent Cole, Evan Mathis and Nick Foles. Now in place are folks like DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Sam Bradford (above with Darren Sproles) and rookie receiver Nelson Algholor.

There’s a lot of risk for this group, especially with Murray, Mathews and Bradford. While Murray was healthy for a full season last year, it was the first time in his career in which that happened. That he carried the ball 393 times is concerning as well, as that will test a back’s durability.

Bradford is the other potential hiccup in Kelly’s offense. The former Rams No. 1 overall pick in 2011, he hasn’t played since 2013, and has just finished recovering from back-to-back ACL surgeries. His durability is enough of a concern that the Eagles fan base is trying to get the Pope to bless Bradford’s knees.

Even if that’s tongue in cheek, there is certainly a grain of truth there.

Mind you, Kelly seems to feel as if anyone can step in and quarterback his team. Mark Sanchez looked better than he had before when he took over for Foles last season, and Kelly likely feels that if Bradford gets hurt again, he has his bases covered (though there’s no plan C now that a certain high-profile third-stringer has been cut). I’m not sure he still feels that way after Sanchez looked mediocre in the first preseason game, but we’ll see.

At least in that game the secondary looked solid. The overall unit worried some, but aside from the slot corner and who will end up as the third safety on the roster, they did all right.

At the end of the day, the defense isn’t the real concern though. It’s the offense and the potential to see most of its key pieces on a trainer’s table — or worse, in a surgical theater — that might keep fans up at night.

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