Friday, June 19, 2015
Wholesale speculation is plentiful. Different players taking reps with the first team, some guys making plays and some guys not making plays. Indy drills, Skelly Drills, 7-on-7's and 11-on-11's yielding varying results and glimpses of what might be had. Don't try to figure it out just yet. Lots of new faces and the coaches need to see how they match-up against the top competition just to get started.
We're also still seeing and reading reports on these players while they are in shorts and essentially t-shirts. So, keep it all in perspective.
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 5:32 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The Philadelphia Eagles moved on to their second session of mandatory mini-camp this afternoon. Before hand, Chip Kelly spoke to the media and shared several interesting nuggets of information:
Although the release of Pro-Bowl Guard Evan Mathis appeared to be culturally motivated, today, Kelly confirmed that the prevailing reason was indeed the “money.”
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 3:56 PM
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Vinny Curry had nine sacks for the Eagles in 2014. Imagine what Curry’s sack total would be if he was more than a part-time player.
Curry did not start a single game last season, but still emerged as one of the team’s top pass-rushing threats. If the Eagles coaching staff gets its way, Curry will see more snaps in 2015.
As the team continued its work at mini-camp on Wednesday, Chip Kelly revealed he is giving Curry snaps at outside linebacker, as the coach is looking for more ways to get Curry on the field.
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 3:48 PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Jason Kelce has literally played alongside Evan Mathis more than anyone else in his NFL career. Since Kelce earned a starting job as a rookie, he and Mathis have lined up side-by-side as center and guard. The two became fast friends. And yet, with Mathis no longer on the Eagles, Kelce explained why he expects the Eagles' offensive line to remain stout up front. It starts with the team's preparation.
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 4:11 PM
Monday, June 15, 2015
It came as little surprise to most that Evan Mathis and the Eagles had parted ways. Rumors and facts of serious disagreement between the Eagles front office and Evan Mathis have been well documented for the past two years. This looks to be the end of the drama show in Philadelphia. At least as far as front office drama is concerned.
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 9:14 AM
Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Eagles created a very interesting competition in the secondary. Apparently, the surprise head of class (opposite Byron Maxwell) at Eagles OTAs was Nolan Carroll. Carroll is a player with a lot of upside and he fits the prototype dimensions of a Chip Kelly cornerback at 6'1" - 205 lbs with speed, quickness and agility.
Drafted by the Dolphins in the 5th round of the 2010 draft, Carroll has accumulated 27 starts including one with the Eagles in 2014. He's at the peak stage of his athletic career in terms of age and experience.
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 10:35 PM
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Misfits: There is no better word to describe Brandon Boykin and Vinny Curry in this current Eagles program. They are extremely effective players in their respective roles, but I have to believe they are full-time starters in other systems and programs around the league.
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 8:31 PM
Friday, May 29, 2015
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Two major ingredients to an Eagle revolution on both sides of the ball, Earl Wolff and Sam Bradford, are not having encouraging OTA outings. Both have been limited in practice. That's really no surprise for Bradford, but its disheartening in regards to Wolff--its not giving anyone a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Obviously Bradford is a key cog to our faith in the Eagles offense, but apparently Chip Kelly is announcing things as an open competition. “Everybody’s in competition,” Kelly said, “and the best players play.” That approach is his way and Sanchez is taking it seriously while Bradford has disappointingly been seen limping around the field (limited OK, but limping?)--not good.
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 10:42 AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
As the Eagles prepare for offseason workouts and the roster sizes around the league balloon to 90-player proportions, the Eagles will begin sorting through the fringe veterans from last season and the incoming class of young players.
The offense had a well documented major make-over this offseason--new quarterback, running backs and a change at receiver.
The defense added a salvo of youthful competition--acquired linebackers and defensive backs through trade, free agency and the draft.
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 12:13 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Eagle of the Millennium - Safety - #20 Brian Dawkins: There is little doubt that Brian Dawkins is the All-Millennium Eagle. He's destined for the Hall of Fame and his hard nosed attitude along with defensive leadership embodied Philadelphia football for the better part of the 2000s.
After being drafted in 1996, Dawkins earned nine Pro-Bowl appearances, four time first team All-Pro honors, Playoffs... Super Bowl... Dawkins came one big-game short of a picture perfect NFL playing career. His number '20' was retired in 2012. He's the Eagle Player of the Millennium--Weapon X!
Posted by Leo Pizzini at 11:11 AM