DeMarco Murray: ‘I Just Do What I’m Told’

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

DeMarco Murray did not have much of an answer for why he did not participate in team drills Sunday.

There is no injury, he said, and he was hoping to do more on the opening day of training camp, but the coaching staff decided to hold him back.

“Yeah, you’re always upset when you don’t get the chance to go out there and compete and really take a little pressure off the other guys,” he said. “Obviously as a competitor I wanted to be out there but it just didn’t happen.”

Did he ask for an explanation?

“No,” he said. “I just do what I’m told.” Read more »

Sam Bradford Mans First Team, Says He’s ‘Good To Go’

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Things have changed since we last saw Sam Bradford some six weeks ago.

The cumbersome brace that cased his twice surgically repaired left knee was gone, replaced by a black form-fitting sleeve. He felt restricted by the old contraption and got the thumb’s up from the medical staff to ditch it for training camp. It seemed to make a difference. There was more of a flow to Bradford’s movements Sunday as the 2015 season officially got underway on the sun-soaked NovaCare practice fields.

A healthier-looking Bradford participated in 11-on-11s for the first time. Coming off a pair of ACL tears in under a year, the 27-year-old was limited to 7-on-7 work this spring. But Chip Kelly declared prior to the start of Sunday’s session that Bradford was “cleared to go, full-go” and that’s about what we saw. The players were not in pads today but Bradford was a full participant.

“It was good to get back out there. Obviously it’s been a long time since I’ve been out there part of team drills — almost a year now,” said Bradford. “Just to get out there and be a part of it felt good. Obviously getting adjusted to the speed of it again but I was just happy to get out there and start playing football again.”
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Boykin: Chip ‘Uncomfortable Around Grown Men Of Our Culture.’

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Another former Eagles has taken aim at Chip Kelly.

In a text to CSN’s Derrick Gunn, the recently-traded Brandon Boykin said that Kelly is “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.”

“He can’t relate and that makes him uncomfortable,” Boykin said, via Gunn. “He likes total control of everything, and he don’t like to be uncomfortable. Players excel when you let them naturally be who they are, and in my experience that hasn’t been important to him, but you guys have heard this before me.”

As Boykin referenced, he is not the first player to criticize Kelly on his way out the door. LeSean McCoy said that Kelly was getting rid of “all the good black players” on the team. Earlier in the offseason, Tra Thomas said that there are players who “feel like there is a hint of racism” behind some of Kelly’s decisions.

Cary Williams questioned Kelly’s approach from a conditioning and x’s and o’s perspective, saying that “towards the end of the year, we were exhausted, and we got out-coached the majority of the games.”

Kelly will address the media at 11:20 to kick off training camp.

Eagles Trade Brandon Boykin To Steelers

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

On the eve of the start of training camp, the Eagles dealt cornerback Brandon Boykin to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2016.

Per a league source, that pick can become a fourth-rounder depending on playing time.

Boykin had an odd three-year stint in Philadelphia. Originally a  fourth-round pick by Andy Reid and Howie Roseman in 2012, the Georgia product wasted little time carving out a niche as the team’s nickel cornerback while thriving as a “gunner” on special teams. He had a breakout campaign in 2013, finishing second in the NFL with six interceptions despite being on the field for just 52 percent of the snaps.
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Behind the ‘Legend Of Kiko Alonso’

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Jermel Ladd first noticed the transformation just before the start of their senior year of high school.

He and his best friend, Kiko Alonso, decided to strap on the pads and hit the field for a little one-on-one work prior to the start of fall camp. Alonso was the ball carrier, Ladd the defender, and when they popped, Ladd was overtaken by a force — and a ferociousness — that seemed to appear out of nowhere.

“I did not know that existed in him,” he said.

The rest of his Los Gatos teammates would soon make the painful discovery themselves. Read more »

Eagles Wake Up Call: Agholor Says Bradford’s ‘Moving Great’

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

When the curtain lifts on Sunday, all eyes will be on Sam Bradford and his twice surgically-repaired left knee.

Bradford, wearing a large brace on his leg, did not participate fully this spring. He eased his way into action and  eventually worked his way up to a point where he took part in 7-on-7s, but stepped out during full team drills. The expectation is that he’ll now be full-go.

“If I’m not ready for 11-on-11 by training camp, then I think something has gone terribly wrong,” Bradford said before the Eagles broke for the summer.

There have been few updates in the six weeks since. Nelson Agholor provided a mini one Wednesday while speaking to a few reporters at Brent Celek‘s charity event at South Bowl to benefit seriously ill and physically challenged children throughout the Philadelphia area. Read more »

Eagles Wake Up Call: Tight End Training Camp Preview

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Leading up to training camp on August 2, we’ll have a position-by-position preview of the Eagles’ roster. We’ve covered the running backswide receivers and offensive line so far. Today, we’ll take a look at the tight ends.

The pressing question: How will the playing time between Brent Celek and Zach Ertz be divided?

The passing of the torch many predicted for last season never really came to fruition. Celek was on the field for 827 of the offensive snaps, or 69 percent of the time, compared to 603 snaps (50 percent) for Ertz. It really does come back to blocking. Ertz was called on as a run-blocker 161 times last season, per Pro Football Focus, to Celek’s count of 443. Read more »

With Sam Bradford, Chip Kelly Believes Odds Are In His Favor

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

A risk, maybe, but the way Chip Kelly looks at it, the odds are in his favor.

Before breaking for the summer, the Eagles head coach sat down with reporters for an hour-long roundtable session. As you would imagine, Sam Bradford was a pretty popular topic of conversation.

“We looked at everything, and we knew we weren’t going to pick No. 1 or No. 2. So, and I’ve said it before, if you’re not going to pick one or two, how do you go get a quarterback?” said Kelly, explaining the thought process heading into this offseason. “Peyton Manning switched teams because of an injury. Drew Brees switched teams because of an injury. So we went down that path.”

When it came to Bradford, the Eagles doctors consulted with the St. Louis trainers and the those that performed the surgery. The word they received was that the 27-year-old, coming off the second tear of his left ACL in less than a year’s time, “was fine” and “was progressing.” Further, there was no cartilage issues in the knee. On both occasions, it was just the ACL that was damaged.

The Eagles did their own independent research as well and reached the conclusion that when it comes to ACLs, there is a 10-to-12 percent chance of re-injury.

“So that’s an 88-to-90 percent chance that they’re going to be successful,” said Kelly. Read more »

Eagles Expected To Sign Villanova Running Back

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While it’s not yet official, the Eagles are expected to sign former Villanova running back Kevin Monangai.

The Roseland, New Jersey product took part in the team’s local prospect workout back in April and was brought in for the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Monangai (5-8, 215) rushed for 1,138 yards (5.1 yards/carry) and 12 touchdowns last season for the Wildcats. He saw action in all four years at Villanova and finished his career with over 3,100 rushing yards and 29 scores.

He announced the news on Instagram.

“If someone were to say my path to the NFL has been unorthodox, i think that’d be a pretty big understatement but God truly is good.. all praise and glory to The Most High for putting me in a position to have officially been offered an NFL contract by the Philadelphia Eagles.. time to show out like never before come time for training camp, the work has just begun.. #iFeelBlessed #StayReady”

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