Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz, and Chase Daniel. (Jeff Fusco)
Monday in San Diego started with a “firecracker, Fourth of July freedom workout” which included hill sprints and an intense weight-room session prior to the guys taking a break for a team-bonding barbecue.
“It was a knock-down, drag-out, tough, tough workout,” said renowned trainer Todd Durkin, who is hosting the Eagles’ week-long get together at Fitness Quest 10. “They earned their protein shakes and burgers that day.”
A few Durkin devotees like Zach Ertz, Darren Sproles and Chase Daniel have been at the facility for a good bulk of the offseason. The rest of the group — which includes Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, Chris Givens, Rueben Randle, Josh Huff, T.J. Graham, Paul Turner, Xavier Rush, and Cayleb Jones — made the trip to take part in the player get-together in front of training camp.
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Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)
DeSean Jackson is offended, Eli Manning is confident and Fletcher Cox stands alone. Some quick links for you this afternoon: Read more »
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We started the series off by looking at the linebacking corps. Let’s move onto the defensive front: Read more »
Jordan Hicks. (Jeff Fusco)
Between now and training camp, we’ll examine some of the key positions for the Eagles. Let’s start by looking at the linebacking corps:
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UPDATE: Looks like the Lions finally made the move:
And the reason for the delay is now out:
Jim Schwartz could use some additional help at linebacker and has a good history with Stephen Tulloch, who by all accounts was to be released by the Lions this offseason. It made some sense, then, that the Eagles might take a look once the veteran hit the market.
One problem: the veteran still hasn’t hit the market. The exact reason why remains a bit of a mystery.
“There’s no good reason why they haven’t cut him yet. They still plan to,” said Lions beat writer for the Detroit Free Press, Dave Birkett. “I don’t know what the holdup is. It’s certainly not contractual. He’s not entitled to pay them back any money.
“I’ve made the same connection that I’m sure a lot of people have that Tulloch to the Eagles would seem like a good fit. The Lions and Eagles play this year, maybe they are trying to wait that out as long as possible…but it would make sense to me that he goes back to Schwartz and takes a vet-minimum type deal to play over there for a year or two.” Read more »
Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)
Some numbers of note related to the 2016 Eagles:
1.6 — Average number of interceptions per season for Leodis McKelvin.
McKelvin stood out this spring, establishing himself as the No. 1 corner heading into training camp. The 30-year-old has 64 career passes defensed to his name but hasn’t come away with a ton of picks in his career, totaling 13 over eight seasons.
It’s a similar story for his fellow defensive backs. Nolan Carroll has seven interceptions over six years (1.17 avg); Rodney McLeod has five interceptions over four seasons (1.25 avg.); Malcolm Jenkins has 11 in 7 (1.57); and Ron Brooks has zero career picks over his four-year career to date. Among what you might consider the main players vying for starting spots in the defensive backfield — Jenkins, McLeod, McKelvin, Carroll, Brooks and Eric Rowe — zero registered more than two interceptions last season. (For reference, 47 players across the league had three-plus in 2015). Not the most prolific group when it comes to turnovers, in other words. Read more »
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Not sure how we let the rookie win last year. Josh not only bested me but every other beat out there in his Eagles 53-man projection for 2015. As Mr. Miyagi once said, beginner luck. Guess I have to start taking this thing a bit more seriously, so let’s get the training going a little early this season. Here’s my first stab at it. If you’re so inclined, Paunil put his projection out last week. Read more »
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A conversation about Howie Roseman’s power took a left turn. Speaking to reporters at the owners meetings back in March, Jeffrey Lurie used a question about Roseman’s rank to touch on a subject that must have been top of mind — RFID and the surge of Next Gen stats that are altering the NFL landscape.
“When you’re talking about the NFL today and football operations, it’s really a very fast moving field if you understand where we’re at,” said Lurie in one of the grand hallways of the Boca Raton Resort. “We’re not where we were when I bought the team 20 years ago or where the league was 10 years ago. I would say if there’s two positions that have to process information and data quickly and completely, it’s quarterback and it’s head of football operations.
“Just as an example, in May, we’re going to be bombarded finally with the data from RFID. That’s going to revolutionize the sport in the long run.” Read more »
Jim Schwartz. (USA Today)
Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan didn’t always see eye-to-eye during their time together in Chicago, but on the day of Ryan’s passing, Ditka let it be known just how vital his old defensive coordinator was to that ’85 championship team.
“There’s no way the Bears win a world championship without Buddy Ryan,” he told 97.5 the Fanatic. “I’d like to say, ‘Wow, I had a lot to [do with it].’ Listen, we had the best defense in football. And if you’re a head coach and you can’t figure out how to make your offense work if you’ve got the best defense in football, then you’re nuts. I finally figured that out.”
There’s a lesson to be pulled from that statement, about identifying your greatest strength and tailoring your approach to cater to it. Read more »
Philadelphia and the NFL lost one of the game’s most colorful and impactful characters today, as Buddy Ryan passed at the age of 85.
Here are some moments that were influenced by that gigantic personality: Read more »