This Time Around, Momah Has A Shot

 

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

James Brady was around for the first Ifeanyi Momah transformation.

The two have been friends since they were teenagers. They went to different high schools in Long Island but the quarterback and receiver regularly trained together. As kids with little cash and big goals, they used to jump from gym to gym around the neighborhood, taking advantage of the free introductory memberships until it was time to find the next deal.

When they weren’t playing on the same night Brady would go and check out Momah’s games, and remembers the gigantic jump he took once he injected some swagger into that large frame.

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Open Practice To Be Held At Franklin Field

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

This year’s Eagles training camp will feature an open practice at Franklin Field.

The team announced their camp schedule Wednesday. All players will report on July 25. There will be three open practices in all. Two will be held on Monday, July 28 and Sunday, August 3 at Lincoln Financial Field. The third will take place on Sunday, August 10 at Franklin Field, which was the home of the Eagles from 1958-70.

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Why Size At Corner Matters To Eagles

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Chip Kelly led with size when extolling the virtues of free-agent acquisition Nolan Carroll last week.

“We had him targeted very early as a guy we wanted to bring into this organization,” the head coach said. “I think he’s got the requisite length that we are looking for at the corner spot, especially as an outside corner.”

Another blow dealt to those hoping Brandon Boykin will be given a starting role this season.

The argument for moving Boykin outside is pretty straightforward: The 23-year-old finished second in the league with six interceptions last year while playing only half the time. Why not give the playmaker more opportunity to make plays?

There is merit to that line of thinking. But the Eagles are looking at it another way. Big picture, they see a league that is getting flooded with giants at the wide receiver position, and are trying to properly arm themselves so they at least have  a fighting chance against them.

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Wake-Up Call: Villanueva An ‘Intriguing Prospect’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Safe to say Alejandro Villanueva has had his plate full since signing with the Eagles as a rookie free agent back in early May.

For starters, he hadn’t played the sport since 2009. The U.S. Army Ranger was on active duty for the past four years, which included three tours in Afghanistan. When he did play last it was at wide receiver and before that, offensive tackle. He has been not only reacquainting himself with football but is learning a new position — defensive end — and doing so on the game’s highest level. If that’s not enough, Villanueva still has Army requirements that need to be fulfilled.

“I’ve been kind of partially amazed that he could do what he’s done,” said Chip Kelly. Read more »

On the Allen/Jenkins Dynamic

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly cracked wise as a reporter began asking whether Nate Allen and Malcolm Jenkins play a physical enough brand of ball to be an effective safety duo.

“They’ve been knocking the [stuffing] out of people in OTAs, so be ready for that,” Kelly quipped.

Joking aside, the two safeties currently atop the depth chart aren’t exactly known for laying the lumber. Philosophically, how important is it to have an enforcer in the back end in the head coach’s view? Read more »

Chip: It’s Not Yabba-Dabba-Do Time

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was in a playful, stone-busting mood as he met with reporters for the final time this week.

It’s getaway day for the players. Minicamps come to a close today, and they’ll have 35 days off before having to report back for training camp. Don’t expect Kelly to be peeling out of the parking lot, though, when the day comes to a close.

“I’ll go home and see my family and spend some time with them but I don’t look at this as I need a break from what we’ve just done. This is our life’s choice and we enjoy it, he said. “This isn’t ike Fred Flinstone with the ‘Yabba-Dabba-Do’ and we’re trying to get out of work, you know what I mean? It’s another day and we’ll finish up with some things before we get some time off. But I think anybody that’s in our situation that coaches isn’t like, ‘I can’t wait to get out of there.’ Most are like, ‘I can’t wait to get back in there.’”

Kelly revealed a couple logistical items as it pertains to training camp. The players will report on July 25. And the team will hold joint practices with the Patriots in New England prior to their preseason game on August 15. Read more »

Notes: McCoy On Message Received

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy took the podium this afternoon after another hot minicamp practice at the NovaCare Complex. [He went with sweatpants for Wednesday's session; said it was a mental thing.]

McCoy told Albert Breer of NFL.com recently that the release of DeSean Jackson sent a message to the team. He was asked to elaborate.

“I don’t know what you took out of that, but for myself, what I took out of that is no matter how good a player is, it’s a team and if you can’t buy in, anything is possible,” he said.

“I’m not sure about the rest of the team, the concept they took out of that, I’m just speaking for myself. A player like that, who has done so much for this franchise — even in the year Chip was here, the stuff he did — so some players on some teams may think, well, he’s producing on the field, that’s the only thing that matters.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Cox In Year 3

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Not long after the Eagles moved up to select Fletcher Cox with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jim Washburn declared: “When God made [Cox], he made him to play in this system right here.”

That system was a Wide-9 4-3, in which an interior defensive lineman’s objective was to “rush, crush and close,” in the words of former offensive line coach turned defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.

We seem far removed from that era in a way, but in reality it was half of Cox’s NFL experience to date. After being trained for a full year to attack, attack, attack, Cox jumped to a role in a two-gap 3-4 scheme that required a shift in mind-set and technique.

“He was transitioning from a 4‑3 to a 3‑4 defense so I think his production towards the end of the year was most like everybody else on our defense. It was a little bit better towards the end of the year than it was the beginning of the year,” said Chip Kelly.

“But he’s big, physical and can run for a big guy.  Very difficult to block in one‑on‑one situations, try to create some one‑on‑one situations for him but I think he’s really starting to get acclimated to what we are doing on the defensive line and obviously like everybody, I think year two will be better than year one for him.”

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