Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Three Keys For Carroll

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Nolan Carroll has been hyped up by coaches and teammates alike ever since training opened up back in April. Billy Davis says he’s had “one of the best offseasons I’ve ever been around.” Carroll has been winning all the Chip-Kelly designed competitions, took a stranglehold of the starting job opposite Byron Maxwell from the jump and, if you believe those who are around him on a daily basis, is poised for a bust-out campaign.

So what’s happened? How did Carroll go from a guy who couldn’t unseat Bradley Fletcher to the talk of the Eagles’ locker room? Read more »

Bradford: ‘I Plan To Play’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was asked five different ways about his plan for Sam Bradford this weekend, and he deftly ducked each question. At one point, he cited the weather as a factor in determining if/how long Bradford plays.

“You never know, there could be a monsoon!” he joked on his way off the practice field Thursday.

There are some showers in the Green Bay forecast Saturday, but barring that monsoon, it sounds like the QB is suiting up. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly On Sam Bradford, Mychal Kendricks

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Chip Kelly addressed the media prior to Thursday’s practice. Before we get into it, a big thank you to Josh for crushing it over the last few days in my absence. Per your suggestions, I’ll consider treating him to a Del Frisco’s steak to show my appreciation. (On second thought, I have another mouth to feed now, so hopefully he’ll settle for a Shake Shack burger.)

Also, Tucker’s last day was Saturday. He did a tremendous job for us. Big things ahead for the T-Man, and we wish him well. Adam Hermann will be jumping in with both feet on Monday.

Now onto the press conference highlights: Read more »

Eagles Waive Safety Earl Wolff

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have waived/injured safety Earl Wolff, according to sources.

Wolff has been dealing with right knee issues since first sustaining the injury back in 2013.  He had microfracture surgery to address the problem in November and was a participant for much of the summer. But the pain resurfaced last week, forcing him to sit out the exhibition opener against the Colts.

“He says he can’t run with his knee,” Chip Kelly said Tuesday.

The 25-year-old recently visited Dr. James Andrews. One source suggested he had surgery, though that has not been confirmed to this point. [Update: Wolff tweeted that he had surgery Thursday.]

The Eagles declined comment. Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles held their second joint practice with the Ravens Thursday. Here’s what we saw:

12:10 -- Let’s dive right into the action. One-on-ones are underway. The Eagles’ defensive backs are going up against the Ravens receivers on the far right field. Walter Thurmond gets things off to a positive note for the hosts with an interception on a ball intended for Michael Campanaro. Kamar Aiken scores a point for the visitors, beating Byron Maxwell on an in-route. Steve Smith Sr. schools Marc Anthony with a pretty move inside that leaves the young DB in the dust. Smith makes the easy catch, and adds an exclamation point by tossing the ball high up in the air behind his back.

Malcolm Jenkins gets the Eagles back on track with quality coverage on Tom Nelson. Josh captured the play. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what the national and local media are saying about the Eagles after their first joint practice with the Ravens.

Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun gives us a look at the joint sessions from a Ravens’ perspective.

Eagles defense loud: Perhaps because there just aren’t many vocal characters on the Ravens offense, they were drowned out by the Eagles defense early in practice. They whooped it up after every big play and taunted Ravens running back Justin Forsett after stuffing him in the backfield.

Steve Smith Sr. a peacemaker? Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. made no qualms about not being fond of these joint practices, and intervened after Eagles outside linebacker Brandon Graham tackled fullback Kyle Juszczyk in the flat. Smith used colorful language to let Graham know what would happen if he kept tackling. I think Graham got the message. Juszczyk said afterward it meant a lot that everyone had his back in that situation. Smith said “nobody punks my Juice but me.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Harbaugh Says the More Things Change…

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

This brief commingling of his current and former life is giving John Harbaugh an opportunity to retrace the steps that led him from young special teams coach to seasoned steward of a perennial contender.

There were stories that he shared following Wednesday’s practice that shone a light on an era gone by.

“I can remember the Vet — I remember sitting in this office right here and seeing the Vet come crashing down, right? And then like in slow motion video seeing the cats and rats come running with the dust behind them. (Makes exploding noise.)

“When we first got here, Ray Rhodes — the head coach’s office was in the lowest spot in the building. So when the rains came or it flooded in the building during baseball season, everything filed into the head coach’s office. So I’m walking in one morning and I’m just looking at these cats and they’re huge and they’re hunched over and they’re like (scans media tent with bug eyes)…those eyes just watching you walk past. I’m like, ‘Coach, what’s with the cats?’ He goes, ‘You want cats, or you want rats?’ We’ll take the cats.” Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles and Ravens held a joint practice at the NovaCare today. Here’s what we saw.

11:50 – The Ravens customarily practice for three hours (compared to the Eagles’ two-hour sessions) so they’re getting a little extra work in before the Eagles take the field. Still, it’s a short day for Baltimore compared to its normal routine.

“Man, this is like apple juice,” said Steve Smith Sr. “It’s great.”

Otherwise, Smith is not pleased about being in Philadelphia.

“No,” he said, when asked if he likes these joint practices. “I’d rather be at home. Today is my wife’s birthday. I’m not at home, I’m over here doing this bullsh***, and I’m missing my wife’s birthday. I’d rather be at home singing happy birthday to my wife. Instead I’m out here getting questions to assess a rookie corner.”

That rookie corner is Eric Rowe. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: 53-Man Roster Projection

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

With a dozen training camp practices and the first preseason game in the books, now seems like a good time to roll out my first 53-man roster projection of the year. Josh is welcome to challenge me with one of his own, but given my past dominance in this arena, his efforts will likely be futile.

Quarterbacks (3): Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley.

Barkley entered as the No. 3 quarterback and performed well enough against the Colts to hold onto that position — for now. If it’s about choosing someone who can execute the tempo offense with the most precision should Sam Bradford  and Mark Sanchez be unavailable, Barkley will be the choice. But it’s hard to ignore all the trade chatter around the USC product since word of Tebow-to-Philly first surfaced, and you wonder if Kelly is intrigued by how he might be able to use Tebow on game days. Curious to see how this one plays out. Read more »

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