Inside Voices: How The Training Is Different

Chip Kelly
Under Chip Kelly, the Eagles have quickly become known as an organization on the cutting edge when it comes to the training and maintenance of their athletes.

One veteran after the next last year said that their bodies had never felt better. Soft tissue injuries were down. Stamina was up.

What sets them apart?

To help get a better understanding, we called on some newcomers to explain what differentiates Kelly’s operation from others they have been a part of at their previous stops. Read more »

Chip: Johnson Not Impacted By New Proposal

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Player reps could vote on  a new drug proposal Friday that, if passed, would lead to the reinstatement of certain players currently suspended as a result of a failed drug test.

Is Lane Johnson one of the players that would be impacted by the new agreement?

“From what I understand, no,” said Chip Kelly. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Luck-Ertz Reunion

 

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Zach Ertz admits that it was a bit of a “narrow-sighted view.”

The Orange, California native was drawn in by the  L.A. lights and the recruiting capabilities of Rick Neuheisel coming out of high school, and had his sights set on UCLA. His mother had other ideas. Read more »

McCoy On Tips, Sproles And O-line

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The much-publicized 20-cent tip that LeSean McCoy recently left at a burger joint was a topic of conversation Thursday as the running back took his weekly trip to the podium.

McCoy didn’t seem to have any regrets and didn’t walk away with any big life lessons on how a celebrity should comport himself. Rather, he contended he was treated rudely by staff members and tipped accordingly.

“The 20-cent tip was more just kind of a statement. You can’t just disrespect somebody and [expect] them to tip you. I don’t care who the person is. That’s why I left my card, so they could see my name. Simple as that,” said McCoy. 

Charlie Sheen has offered to pay the waiter that received the bad tip $1,000. Asked about that, McCoy jabbed, “That’s cool. I’m happy he’s finally doing something positive.” Read more »

Eagles Bring In Replay Man

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Chip Kelly
has brought in a replay man.

The Eagles recently added former ACC senior replay official and Northeast Philadelphia resident Frank Kosman to the staff, according to a league source.

Among other duties, Kosman will apparently be responsible for helping Kelly decide whether to throw the challenge flag on Sundays. That job previously fell to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Read more »

Cary Williams: Rice ‘Deserves Another Chance’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Cary Williams played with Ray Rice for four season in Baltimore. Spent time with him this offseason. Knows his wife, Janay. He says Rice’s actions inside that Atlantic City casino elevator back in February were “contrary to what the guy is as a person,” and believes he should be offered a second chance.

“Obviously Ray made a mistake. I know Ray as a person, I know Janay as a person. That’s not their characteristics. They don’t act like that. It’s a situation where two people made a mistake, and one person was physical in a situation and he regrets that,” said Williams. “I know he regrets it because I spent time with him this offseason and I know who he is as a man and a husband and as a teammate.

“I played with him for about four years and he never showed me that side. He’s been a great dad, a great teammate and I guess a great boyfriend at the time.

“We all make mistakes. We’re not perfect. That’s a situation that is sad. It hurts my heart that he has to go through that because I know he is regretting the situation and I know he is a changed man and if he could he would take those days back or that moment back.” Read more »

Notes: The New-Look Offensive Line

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Pat Shurmur didn’t want to reveal who would be starting at left guard and right tackle this week in place of the injured Evan Mathis and Allen Barbre, but the early portion of practice Wednesday seemed to paint the picture.

Dennis Kelly was working at left guard with the first unit and Andrew Gardner was at right tackle.

“I think we’re better here than in most places I’ve been because we get so many reps in practice, in our training sessions, that the guys that are going to fill in — just like the guys that did on Sunday — have a better opportunity to do so,” said Shurmur. “Everybody deals with it. It’s rare when you have to put two new guys in a game, we’ve all dealt with having to put in one, but the guys that went in did a great job and I think it’s a function of our culture and our practice that they were able to do it so well.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Jaws On Foles’ Struggles

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Ron Jaworski had some interesting things to say about Nick Foles‘ struggles in the opener against the Jaguars.

Like most of us, he saw a quarterback on Sunday that didn’t seem to be processing information quickly and who was holding onto the ball too long.

But Jaws believes there was more to the story; that part of the problem was that Jacksonville had a bead on what the Eagles were doing on offense. Read more »

Goode To IR; Mathis To Short-Term IR

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles announced a series of moves Tuesday.

They placed  Allen Barbre (ankle) and Najee Goode (torn pectoral muscle) on Injured Reserve and placed Evan Mathis (medial collateral ligament) on Injured Reserve Designated For Return. Mathis is eligible to practice with the team in six weeks and to return to play in eight weeks.The team also signed Emmanuel Acho and Kevin Graf from the practice squad and made the signing of guard/tackle Wade Smith official.

Originally claimed off waivers in 2013, Goode was the primary backup at inside linebacker behind Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans. Acho and Casey Matthews are the backups at the moment, though there was a report that the team was taking a look at some linebackers this week.

Acho (6-2, 240) appeared in six games for Philadelphia in 2013 after being selected from the New York Giants practice squad prior to Week 8. The 23-year-old was re-signed to the practice squad in August. Graf (6-6, 309) was signed to the Eagles practice squad after spending training with the team. He started 39 games at right tackle at USC and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior in 2013.

Eagles Sign OL Wade Smith

Wade Smith
The Eagles have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Wade Smith, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. 

Smith (6-4, 295) has started 98 games since being drafted in the third round of the 2003 draft. He started 64 straight games at left guard for the Houston Texans from 2010 to 2013, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. Read more »

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