Eagles Wake-Up Call
Each morning during training camp, we’ll be bringing you the Eagles wake-up call with links and notes from Lehigh.
Let’s start today with some housekeeping.
Many of you have asked about an RSS feed. We’ve got one: Just click right here.
A Facebook page will be up and running soon too. And when it is, we’ll let you know about it.
And finally, some have asked whether we’ll be doing in-game chats during the season. We’re still working out the details, but yes, there will absolutely be some sort of chat once the games begin.
It’s been a great start for us, and thanks to everyone for reading. If you have any issues/questions/feedback, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The plan is to constantly tweak the site to match your needs.
WHAT YOU MISSED
It bothered DeSean Jackson to have to watch the Giants win the Super Bowl last year.
The POTUS (I’ve always wanted to type that) wants Michael Vick to slide. Barack Obama asked Nnamdi Asomugha to relay the message earlier this offseason.
Tim caught up with LeSean McCoy, who says he’s ready to be more of a leader and make 2012 better than 2011.
Jim Washburn said Brandon Graham has been “beat down” and needs no extra motivation.
Andy Reid chimed in on the tight end situation and explained what new punter Mat McBriar brings to the table.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
The Patriots released veteran running back Joseph Addai. What does that have to do with the Eagles? The Birds were interested in Addai earlier this offseason, per Adam Schefter.
Addai, 29, played in 12 games for the Colts last year, but averaged only 3.7 yards per carry. His longest run in 118 attempts was just 16 yards. He’s obviously run behind a Howard Mudd line in the past, but according to ESPNBoston.com, Addai failed his physical with the Patriots.
The Eagles need to make sure they’re comfortable with their backup running back situation, although the possibility of adding Addai depends in part on how they feel about Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk. Something to keep an eye on in the next few days at least.
Meanwhile, Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings:
Was last year just a temporary step back? Or was it a season that exposed some problems — including an inconsistent Mike Vick?
For the record, Prisco’s got the Giants at No. 1.
Over on IgglesBlitz.com, Sam Lynch does us all a favor and breaks down which Eagles are practice-squad eligible.
SI.com’s Don Banks has 10 league-wide questions. He asks: Can the Eagles flip the script from last year and focus on winning without hype?
Talk about your “dream” scenarios. Wouldn’t an all-business, no-drama approach be a welcomed breath of fresh air in Philly after last season’s high-profile train wreck? The talent to win and win big is still on hand, but so much depends upon how this team comes together and deals with whatever adversity awaits. Last year’s club came apart early and often, with glaring holes exposed, sloppy play and a lack of cohesion.
COMING UP TODAY
The veterans are at Lehigh and will run through a short practice (closed to fans) at 3 p.m. Tim and I will have it covered. We’ll also continue our position-by-position breakdowns and sprinkle in some other nuggets throughout the course of the day.
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