Agholor, Bradham Address Media

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Nelson Agholor said that for a few days, he was in shock.

He called the early moments after discovering that he was being accused by an exotic dancer of sexual assault back in June “tough”, and acknowledged there were times when he thought his career might be in jeopardy.

“To be honest with you, there were points where I thought an opportunity that was given to me to play for this organization, to have the life I have, could have been taken from me,” said Agholor on Thursday, “so it allows you to kind of be more grateful and have a good perspective on life.” Read more »

For Now, No Disclipline For ‘Humbled’ Bradham

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson and the Eagles have decided to allow Nigel Bradham to take part in training camp despite being arrested for an alleged assault of a hotel employee in Miami.

“Until we get further information from the authorities in South Florida…I just felt like don’t punish him from being here and just let him practice, let him report, let him go through physicals, conditioning test, all that, and we’ll see what happens in a few days,” said Pederson following Wednesday’s practice.

Pederson said he had a “great” talk with Bradham Tuesday night and said the linebacker is “humbled” by the situation. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Mills Stands Out

Jalen Mills. (USA Today Sports)

Jalen Mills. (USA Today Sports)

Yes, Jim Schwartz has noticed the lime green hair.

“He told me yesterday, he said, ‘Uh, hey Mills, did you put some highlighter juice in your hair or something?’ I just laughed and kind of walked off,” said Jalen Mills, who dyed the top of his head green in celebration of his first Eagles training camp. “I didn’t even want to start that conversation with him.”

The guess here is Schwartz will be OK with just about any look so long as Mills continues to flash the way he has. The seventh-round pick out of LSU has been perhaps the biggest standout among the group of rookies and selected vets practicing here before the rest of the squad suits up Thursday.
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Now Clear On Headset Rules, Pederson ‘Leaning’ Towards New Game Plan

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Now that he has a firmer grasp of the situation, Doug Pederson is leaning towards changing course when it comes to game-day communication.

Back in June, Pederson told a group of reporters that the plan was to deliver the play call to offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who would then relay it to the quarterback. The reason for the circuitous route, Pederson explained at the time, is because head coaches are limited to two channels on their headset, and he wanted to be tuned into the offensive and defensive coaches.

A report by Jeff McLane of the Inquirer, though, cited two former head coaches who said “that head coaches can have all three channels, and in fact, most do.”

Pederson acknowledged in a one-on-one with Birds 24/7 Tuesday that he misspoke.

“That was a misunderstanding on my part. I didn’t have all the information at the time, and I just misunderstood what the rule was, or is,” he said. “But I can have the third one, which is nice.”

With that knowledge in hand, Pederson is considering straying from the original game plan. Read more »

‘Hiccups’ Leave Eric Rowe Playing Catch-Up

Eric Rowe. (Jeff Fusco)

Eric Rowe. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson did not mention Eric Rowe‘s name when asked about the competition for the starting cornerback spot opposite Leodis McKelvin. 

“I think there’s great depth there. I think with the addition of Jalen Mills brings some good competition there. You’ve got Ron Brooks sitting over there. Nolan’s [Nolan Carroll] coming off the injury, I expect him to fully compete at that spot. It’s going to be a position that we continue to look at, continue to evaluate throughout camp and it’s exciting to have so many guys at one position that you can really evaluate and make those roster moves,” he said.

What about Rowe? Read more »

Pederson Backs Bradford, Leaves Wiggle Room For Wentz

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

The rumbling storms didn’t help his cause any, but Doug Pederson wasn’t getting any sleep last night anyway.

Today was his first day of training camp as a head coach, and he likened himself to a little kid. “Just love being around the guys, being out on the grass and playing some ball,” he said.

The practice itself wasn’t overly stimulating. With most of the vets set to report on Wednesday afternoon, this was a chance for the quarterbacks, rookies and a handful of veterans to get some on-field learning in before the action picks up. (The first full-team session is Thursday, and the pads go on Saturday.) It did give us an opportunity to see Carson Wentz spin the ball again, and yep, he still looks the part. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Where the Weight Lies

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Today’s question comes from reader Jeff:

Are the Birds as bad as everyone thinks? Or was Chip putting guys in bad positions that are not part of their skill set?

Seems like a good one to tackle as the Eagles open training camp today.

The Chip Kelly effect on the 2015 team has been underplayed a bit when discussing this year’s outlook. You can argue the three main reasons for Kelly’s downfall in his final season were 1) a vanilla offense that lacked answers once the league caught up to it; 2) a tempo-at-all-costs approach that routinely stressed his own defense and 3) an inability to adjust his leadership style to meet the needs of the pro athlete.

All three issues are expected to disappear under Doug Pederson. Read more »

Eagles Sign QB Bethel-Thompson

USA TODAY Sports

USA TODAY Sports

Happy training camp eve.

The Eagles signed three players to bring their roster to the max number of 90: quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, linebacker Don Cherry and safety Nick Perry.

 Bethel-Thompson was first signed by the Eagles last February before being released in May 17. The 28-year-old has also been with the Niners, Dolphins, Vikings and Patriots.

Cherry is a Villanova product. He posted 331 career tackles, 46 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks en route to All-CAA honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Perry was on Baltimore’s practice squad last season. The Alabama product had 80 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defensed as a senior in 2014.

Rookies and selected vets practice Monday at 8:30 to kick off camp. We’ll have it all covered for you.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Stoutland On State Of the Offensive Line

Brandon Brooks. (Jeff Fusco)

Brandon Brooks. (Jeff Fusco)

Jeff Stoutland gives each of his linemen areas to work on during the break between OTAs and training camp. By the sounds of it, when Brandon Brooks came looking for his assignment, the o-line coach didn’t have a whole lot to choose from.

“I told him, ‘Boy I’ll tell you what, after evaluating your film in free agency’…I said, ‘some of the things I thought maybe there was some issues with, that’s your strength.’ The use of his hands in protection are unbelievable; getting into the second level and blocking linebackers, he’s been extremely productive doing that,” said Stoutland for a podcast on the team’s website. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Pederson And the Chain Of Command

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

There was a moment this spring when the coordinators strayed a bit off message.

Nothing earth-shattering, and it was twisted a turn or two to produce greater theatre, but the lack of uniformity was noteworthy nonetheless.

The line of questioning was related to Carson Wentz‘s status. Having dealt with a relatively similar situation with then-rookie Matthew Stafford back in his Detroit days, Jim Schwartz said the key to bringing along a young quarterback is to not “predetermine the results of the race” and let the quarterback competition play out on the field. Frank Reich, when asked if Sam Bradford was the clear No. 1, said that’s “probably not the right impression” while speaking to the importance of competition. Neither comment fell totally in line with Pederson, who has stated plainly since taking the job that Bradford is the designated No.1. Even so, he did not feel compelled to a speak to Schwartz or Reich about their remarks after the fact. Read more »

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