Mathis On His Decision To Report

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles

Evan Mathis knew that holding out was his only real leverage play, and that his leverage grew when Lane Johnson failed his drug test. But he just couldn’t bring himself to do it.

“It was easy for me to sit there and think about it a month ago but when it was getting down closer to the wire, it was not something I could see myself doing really. For multiple reasons. When I was in elementary school and I got sick and I missed a day of school I felt bad because I was behind, and this is not the kind of stuff you want to get behind on,” said Mathis as the team reported to NovaCare for training camp Friday.

“I try to look at it my point of view, try to look at it from their point of view. I didn’t want to have a negative impact on the team. I didn’t want to send the wrong message to the players, coaches, fans. I look at what I’m doing as doing the right thing in the situation.” Read more »

Foles Responds To Bissinger Piece

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Nick Foles read Buzz Bissinger’s piece for Philly Mag. Some of it, anyway. The rest he picked up in bits and pieces through Twitter and word of mouth.

Addressing the media on the front lawn of the NovaCare Complex as the team reported for training camp Friday, he was asked about Bissinger’s assertion that he needed an infusion of strut in his demeanor and must step fully into the spotlight in order to become the quarterback this team needs him to be.

“I don’t agree with it,” said Foles, “because I think a quarterback and a leader, it’s not necessarily what you do in the limelight — obviously handling yourself in the appropriate manner is very important for the organization and for your teammates — but I always believed that you need to be who you are. If you’re a guy who loves to be at everything and do that and you can be a great player and a great leader as well, that’s awesome because that’s naturally what you’re great at, that’s naturally what you want to do. Read more »

After Much Thought, Mathis To Report

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Evan Mathis was contemplating a holdout.

He is not happy with his current deal and was considering not showing for the start of training camp as recently as this week. Ultimately, though, the All-Pro left guard decided that continuing to do the right thing for the team was the best course of action. He arrived at the NovaCare on Thursday and told Birds 24/7 that he will officially report with the rest of his teammates Friday. Read more »

Eagles Confirm Lane Johnson Suspension

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

Lane Johnson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season, the Eagles confirmed Wednesday.

Johnson is eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, September 29 following the team’s September 28 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

 “In April while training, I mistakenly and foolishly put a prescribed medication in my body to help with a medical issue. I mistakenly failed to clear it with Eagles trainers and check the NFL list of banned substances. I am extremely sorry for this mistake and I will learn from it and be smarter in the future.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Mr. Lurie, Howie Roseman, Coach Kelly and his staff, my teammates and our amazing Philadelphia Eagles fans. This will be very hard on me to not be battling with my teammates for four games – but I will be ready and better than ever when I return.”

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Report: Keelan Johnson Arrested

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eagles safety Keelan Johnson was arrested early Friday morning for his involvement in a bar fight in Tempe, Arizona, and charged with assaulting a police officer, passively resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. according to Arizona TV station KTAR.

“We are disappointed to learn of the arrest of Keelan Johnson this past weekend in Arizona,” said the Eagles through a statement. “We are still trying to learn all of the facts that led to his arrest. At this point, it’s a pending legal matter and therefore, we will have no further comment.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Kelly’s Outside Influences

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

An author and public speaker by the name of Simon Sinek appeared at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia earlier this offseason to discuss concepts from his new book, Leaders Eat Last, “which explores how great leaders build confident teams by putting the needs of others first.” The main focus was the chemicals in our brain that influence our behavior and impact leadership capabilities.

Chip Kelly was among those in the audience.

One interesting thing about Kelly’s approach to his job is how frequently he looks outside his realm in hopes of gleaning something useful that he can pull in. Read more »

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