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The first three installments of Gruden’s QB Camp debuted Tuesday night on ESPN2 featuring Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty.
There’s always a degree of awkwardness to these proceedings and that certainly applied to Jon Gruden‘s interactions with Mariota, who stayed true to his reserved, low-key personality and offered little in response to Gruden’s probing questions. At one point, Gruden asked him, “You don’t like being in the spotlight, do you?” to which Mariota responded, “No way.”
“Well,” said Gruden, “you better get used to it.”
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LeSean McCoy believes he burns a little too bright for Chip Kelly‘s liking.
Speaking with the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane at the start of the Bills’ offseason training program, McCoy offered his take on why he is starting anew in Buffalo rather than returning to Philadelphia for a seventh season.
“I don’t think he likes or respects the stars. I’m being honest,” he said. “I think he likes the fact that it’s ‘Chip Kelly and the Eagles.’
“It was ‘DeSean Jackson – a high-flying, take-off-the-top-of-the-defense receiver.’ Or ‘the quick, elusive LeSean McCoy.’ I don’t think [Kelly] likes that.” Read more »
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The offense has been completely re-shaped in Chip Kelly‘s two-plus years at the controls.
Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are out (though the intent was to hold onto Maclin). Guys like Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Matthews and Miles Austin were shipped in this offseason, adding to a growing stable of players that have been personally approved by Kelly.
What separates “Kelly guys” from those that he has chosen to move on from? What is the method driving these moves? We asked the opinion of Josh Huff, who has been inside Kelly’s operation both at the college and pro levels and has an idea for what the head coach values.
“Coach Kelly, he is a very decisive guy. He knows what he wants and when he knows he wants something, he will go after it,” said Huff. “He doesn’t care if you’re a five-time Pro Bowler or an All-Pro guy, if you don’t fit his [vision] he’s going to replace you, and that’s been evident for the past two seasons. He hasn’t shied from any opportunity to become better, he hasn’t shied away from any criticism from the outsiders — and quite frankly, he doesn’t really care about the outsiders. He cares about what he thinks. And what he thinks is that if he gets the players that he wants and gets the players that buy into his philosophy, those are the guys he is going to run with and those are the guys he can trust to go to battle with.”
Huff offered his insight into some of the key decisions from over the last two years. Read more »
Today’s question comes from reader Steve:
With Ryans being extended, do you see something happening in a trade to move up with Kendricks or do you think they stay at 20?
Mychal Kendricks appeared on the NFL Network Thursday night alongside his brother, Eric, and was asked how the addition of Kiko Alonso impacts the Eagles’ linebacker room.
“I can tell you how it affects the linebacker room: it puts better players in one room,” he said. “We’re stacked now. What does it mean for me? I’m not too sure. But I know that I will just do what got me here. That’s all I can do is just do everything that is asked of me and play my butt off. The better players, the more players in the room, the better. Seriously.” Read more »
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The Eagles are doing a good amount of homework on Cody Fajardo.
The former Nevada quarterback has had one private workout to this point, he said, and that was with Eagles QB coach Ryan Day.
“I felt that he was pretty interested,” Fajardo said in a phone conversation with Birds 24/7. Read more »
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The Eagles brought UCLA defensive end/outside linebacker prospect Owa Odighizuwa in for a visit Tuesday, according to a league source.
Odighizuwa (6-3, 267) posted six sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss and five passes defensed last season and was named Second Team All Pac 12. NFL Draft Scout projects that he will be taken in the first or second round. Read more »
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There were times when the frustration brought Josh Huff to tears.
It started with the shoulder injury he sustained in mid-August during an exhibition game against the Patriots that lingered well into the regular season. He was behind and he was pressing and he admittedly developed a bit of a bad attitude. All the violent pedaling got him next to nowhere because the bike chain refused to catch.
“There were actually times in practice when I would cry because I know the type of plays I can make, I know the type of teammate I can be but it just wasn’t there,” he said during a phone conversation with Birds 24/7. Read more »
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The Eagles have signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Austin turns 31 in June. He appeared in 12 games with the Cleveland Browns last season and finished with 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns. He was placed on injured reserve in December because of a kidney injury.
Prior to joining the Browns in 2014, Austin spent the previous seven seasons as a member of the Cowboys’ receiving corps. His best campaign came in 2009 when he racked up 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 scores. Hamstring injuries kept him out of the lineup for parts of the 2011 and ’13 seasons. He was released by Dallas in March of ’14 in a cost-cutting move.
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The Eagles signed linebacker DeMeco Ryans to a one-year contract extension Monday, the team announced. His deal now runs through the 2016 season.
Ryans, who was entering the final year of his deal, carried a $6.9 million cap hit this season prior to the restructure. It looks like that number will go down in the reworked deal.
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Overall, Rodney Harrison said that he is pretty excited about what Chip Kelly and the Eagles are doing this offseason. He thinks dealing LeSean McCoy and replacing him with DeMarco Murray was the right call. He suggested that Kelly’s decision to allocate more resources to the defensive side of the ball is a sign of growth out of the head coach.
When it comes to the quarterback swap, though, Harrison sounded skeptical at best.
“Really the only move that kind of caught me off guard was the Nick Foles [trade],” the former Patriot safety and NBC analyst told 97.5 The Fanatic. “I really like Nick Foles. I thought he could be similar to Joe Flacco. I really felt like this kid had an opportunity to be special, especially in that offense.” Read more »