Leftovers From DeSean, Peters And Graham

Here are three leftovers from last week’s media availabilities.

1. DeSean Jackson was asked whether Chip Kelly’s tempo suits the Eagles’ current personnel.

“The up-tempo, getting up, getting on the ball fast is able to keep the defense off-guard,” Jackson said. “Any time I think you have an up-tempo offense that’s coming back to the line of scrimmage so fast, so fast, just doing all types of plays to really keep them off-guard is really an addition to this offense and [fits] the playing style [of] some similar guys that we already have here.”

This is one of those opinions that is easy to express during the first week of the offseason training program and will need to be re-visited down the road. But offensive players seem to enjoy playing in Kelly’s system. One reason? More plays means more touches for the skill-position players.

I’m anxious to see how Kelly plans on distributing snaps. Jackson has been used to rarely coming off the field. Last year, he played at least 90 percent of the snaps in seven of the 10 games he was healthy for.

2. A reporter asked Brandon Graham about sports science coordinator Shaun Huls.

“I heard about him just from a couple players that were here and were telling me, ‘Just get ready to run and just get ready to move fast because this guy, he’s very serious,’ ” Graham said. “And when I first saw him, he wasn’t saying too much. He was just real quiet, but when he gets in the weight room, he’s a different guy.”

The main difference Eagles players are seeing so far is in the weight room. By all accounts, the tempo is being felt there too, with less rest in between sets and constant movement.

“Everybody didn’t think we were going to run as hard, but we did,” Graham said. “You should be in shape when you get here. It felt good to get good work in. The lift was a little faster, less rest.”

3. We saw a different Jason Peters last week. The Eagles’ veteran left tackle has long been known as a man of few words, but he sounded confident and motivated when speaking to reporters for the first time since injuring (and then re-injuring) his Achilles’ last offseason.

Peters turned 31 in January. He’s been in the league since 2004, but has never won a playoff game.

“Haven’t had one. Don’t know what it feels like. Can’t wait to feel it,” Peters said. “So that’s what I’m going to work towards this year.”

It’s dangerous to read too much into a 10-minute interview, but Todd Herremans indicated previously that Peters really missed being on the field last year.

“I talked to Jason,  he’s just as excited as I am — probably more so,” Herremans said. “He is cleared and said he is ready to rock. Sitting out from football for a whole year kind of makes you realize how much you miss it, and I know he is itching to get back.”

Peters even at 80 or 85 percent of what he used to be would go a long way in helping this offensive line rebound.

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  • GGeagle21

    If you guys havent WATCHED the Peters interview, I suggest doing so…His Demeanor and confidence is very exciting…He seems to have that “I know something that you dont know” Demeanor about him, and I wouldnt be surprised to see him be the beast we remembered him to be, this year…Every injury, and every body is different. Go watch the Peters interview, and then tell me that you would bet against him….SHady is going to be soo happy to see him back. Bryce doesnt have any clue whats in store for him, with Peters leading the way! Just the fact that we can count on chip to run the ball is so darn exciting.,…Its been over 14 friggin years since an opposing defense bit on a play action pass. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER! You will have to respect the run game when yuo play against the Philadelphia Eagles, and thats a beautiful thing! A credible play action threat is an added element that Desean and Maclin havent had the luxury to play with…The run game will make guarding those two even more difficult. Man, I cant wait til Training Camp aka, THE NICK FOLES SHOW!!! lol

    • Mr. Wu

      Where is the Peters interview up at?

      • GGeagle21

        I’m sure you can find it on the Eagles page at CSN Philly…or google “Eagle Multimedia”…and that will take you to all the recent interviews of pEters, Demeco, Desean, Foles, and Cossell talking about draft prospects…..the multimedia link on PhiladelphiaEagles.com always has great, current interviews in its entirety, while CENPhilly will just provide a clip of the interview….hope this helped

      • bdizzle

        • GGeagle21

          There’s BIG SEXY, Da BAWSS HOG! Lol..I love our Oine when it’s healthyyy.
          The Mean, Nasty, SOB Kyle Long is just perfect to play between the smooth TODDfather and The Mountain Man/Thug Kelce!!!!

        • Mr. Wu

          thanks for the link

        • http://www.facebook.com/tumblin.natonya NaTonya Tumblin

          Awesome interview J!!! Stay motivated and keep doing what you’re doing. You’re in my prayers T.

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      Haha i agreed with everything you said til that last part. This team is going to be so rejuvenated and so is Mike. This is the year we see Peters AND Vick come back into prime form

      • GGeagle21

        Hahaha I was just taking a jab, at the Foles haters…I don’t know that he will beat Vick, but it wouldn’t surprise me

      • Septhinox

        Because what we’ve seen of Michael Vick for the past decade was a lie.

        • GGeagle21

          Nick Foles, the ONLY QB to beat chip kelly’s ducks TWICE!!!

    • Richard Colton

      Yeah. I’m excited to see what he gives us this year. That thing he knows that we don’t know? He’s going to break JPP in half.

      • GGeagle21

        AMEN to that!

    • Domenick D’Aurizio

      where can i find the Peters interview?

      • GGeagle21

        Scroll down…lol

  • G

    Great Read

    • GGeagle21

      thanks……………hahahahaha joking!

  • Warhound

    Modern surgery, over a year to rehab, a coachable guy who listens to his trainer: his chances of being the same guy are very high.

    • Richard Colton

      Glass half empty: 31 years old. Didn’t play a snap in 2012. Brand new offensive line coach.

      I hope you’re right, but it’s no guarantee we get the same guy. Still, Peters at 85% is the best LT in the NFC East.

      • GGeagle21

        Of course I have no tangable evidence to support this, but me personally, I worry much more about the possibility of re-injuring himself than I worry about the quality of play that he will give us…
        Just draft Brennan Williams, and he can back up both Herremans and Peters..
        I want to see Herremans stay at RT…The only way I want to see Todd move back to guard, is if Dennis Kelly improves so much that he cant be kept off the field.
        I would draft Long in rd2, Brennan in the 4th, TE in the 5th(grab 2 undrafted Free agent Centers, or take one in the 7th)…and go defense the rest of the way….If Brennan Williams hadnt gotten hurt, he would probably be the 4th best tackle prospect in this class. I think the world of his ability

        • UKEagle99

          I’m not advocating that we draft for need but there are too many holes/depth issues on D to leave just the 1st & 3rd out of our first 5 picks.

          • GGeagle21

            my european brother in green….If it were up to me, I would seriously, just draft Barrett Jones who can back up every single position, in like the 3rd, and go defense with the rest of our picks…heck, if it were up to me, I would secure our Oline depth in FA(wait til next year for the infusion of young Oline talent) and draft a TE and ALL DEFENSE!…also keep in mind, that I dont think there is any chance where we only pick 5 times in the first 5 rounds. Howie will make moves, whether its trading away current players to ge extra picks or by trading back….Keep in mind that trading back from number 4 isnt the only way to get extra draft picks…you could see them get an extra 3rd by trading back in rd 2, grabing an extra 4th by trading back in rd 3, etc etc….I really dont believe that we will only draft 5 players in the first 5 rounds…Howie likes to mauever too much, and there is too much midround talent this yea. If we are only getting 5 new players before round 7, then I would only be willing to give 1 to the offense if it were up to me. The defense needs atleast 4 NEW BALLERS, if chip wants new toys on offense than Howie better get creative and get some extra picks

          • UKEagle99

            “my european brother in green” Lol, I like that :-)

            I hear what you are saying. To be honest I always look forward to the draft but this year that goes double. I don’t think anyone knows what the Eagles will do due to the fact there are so many unknowns to people on the outside and I’m sure Coach Kelly likes it that way. What they do and who they draft will give more insight.

            I agree with you, I can see them moving about the board if they see value. I think Coach Kelly covets some different measurables to the norm so they may be able to trade back and still get “their” guy.

          • GGeagle21

            Such an exciting year in terms of draft…Not only do we pick so high, but the strength in the draft this year is the mid round depth, so It really made me want to learn about many more prospects than previous years..Im literally going stir crazy waiting for this draft…Im counting on this site to help me kill the next 18days as fast as possible. So much potential, so many possibilities in this draft class….just a fun time! Lucky as fans we get those 3 days of pre draft mini camp for the teams that have new coaches..Info will be released those 3 days, so it will help pass the time. Im hoping that the eagles end up picking 8 times in the first 5 rounds

      • Warhound

        Yeah, everyone’s different. I recovered fully from an ACL tear at age 37 and afterwards I continued to fight competitively at a very high level until age 47 but the wear and tear, while bad, wasn’t nearly as bad as being an NFL lineman. Luck (DNA) certainly plays a big part.

  • cliff henny

    not to be glass half empty on Peters, but the guy is due 10m, and has to be on the roster to get it, and no cap hit if cut (eaglescap.com). i’d be saying everything is fine too, he knows team and especially fans missed him. putting all the pressure on FO if he just isnt the same. wont take long to find out how healthy he is with kelly’s practices. i dont pray often, but most lately are ‘please jesus, let Peters come back 100%’.

    • GGeagle21

      Im sorry, but if Peters wasnt healthy, I doubt you would have seen him risk it by running Hurdles of all things at practice last week…You make a fair point, but at the same time, because of what you mentioned, I think we would have atleast tried to restructure his deal if the team was that worried about making his return. I would have also expected them to aggresively pursue insurance in Free Agency….I think it will be answered on draft day…If we take an OT in the 1st or 2nd round, than I think they are worried about the way they are coming back from injury…If They are confident in JP and Todds bodies, than we will see them take a Guard early(which is a much bigger need if in fact everyone is back healthy and ready to rock, or should I say, BLOCK! yes Pun was intended lol

    • hillbillybirdsfan

      I’ll be praying along with you. Peters has been the best player on the whole team since he came over from Buffalo. It was beyond huge to lose him last year.

  • Tom

    Speaking of Jackson, vote Miracle 2
    http://www.nfl.com/bracketology