Eagles Kick Off OTAs

Chip Kelly
Put away the remote control car and break out the helmets, the Eagles are onto Phase Three.

Teams may conduct 10 days of Organized Team Activities over these final four weeks of the offseason conditioning program. The Eagles begin OTAs today at the NovaCare Complex. The schedule breaks down as follows:

May 27-29




June 2-3

June 5

June 9-12

Only the May 29, June 2, June 9 and June 10 sessions are open to the media. Chip Kelly will speak on Thursday along with a good number of the players.

By the sounds of it, just about the entire team is expected to be in attendance. The one exception is safety Ed Reynolds, who is forced to be away from the team because of the NCAA graduation rules.

Per the  Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are really limited in what they can do with the players during the first five weeks of the offseason conditioning program. During the first two weeks (Phase One), activities are restricted to strength and conditioning and physical rehab, and quarterbacks are allowed to throw to uncovered receivers. For the next three weeks (Phase Two) coaches are permitted on the field and player instruction and drills are allowed, as are "perfect play" drills (offense or defense only, but not offense vs. defense).

During Phase Three, where we are now, there is no live contact but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted, and the players can be asked to wear helmets (no shells). The same rules apply for the mandatory minicamp, which runs from June 17-19.

So, that's where we're at. The 2014 Eagles have started practicing. We'll have it all covered for you.

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  • Joe from Easton

    I’d just like to speak for everyone here and say, F#ck Yea! Football season is coming!

  • EaglefaninAZ

    YES!!

  • Andy124

    Can’t wait to hang on to the blow by blow twitter feeds as intently as a playoff game to see how the quarterback competition is going…

    • cliff henny

      even if there was one, not even the best writer could TMZ-up a Foles v Barkley battle.

      • Andrew Bruno

        How about a USC Barkley-Sanchez battle… that’s a big deal for a 2nd round grade QB and a former first rounder taking the backup job of a high power offense.

        • JosephR2225

          When you put it that way, I’m on the edge of my seat already.

          • cliff henny

            tingling with excitement.

  • Average__Joseph

    Oh how far we have come…

    Just An Average Joseph

    • Max Lightfoot

      I loved how Richie Kotite used “OK,” shortened to “K” at the end of every sentence in his pressers. As in “We’re looking into that, K?”

      I used to call him “Coach K.”

  • jabostick

    Probably a dumb question but, what is it about Reynolds and the NCAA grad rules that don’t apply to the other rookies?

    • Andy124

      Stanford, and a few other schools that use a trimester or quarter system instead of the semester system have graduation at a later date than most other schools. This date occurs after the bulk of the OTA’s, and the NFL rule states that a player can not attend OTAs until after their graduation.

      Note, it is an NFL rule, not an NCAA rule, though the rule appears to benefit the NCAA more than the NFL. I imagine there were some politics involved.

  • cliff henny

    wait, Foles has been in town for 5 weeks and not one word written about him? last year we got vick vs Foles shoved down our throats, was good for some solid infighting (RIP Dutch), but nothing so far on the guy who matters most in ’14. i want 24/7 coverage on Foles, eating stretching lifting arm strength what he’s done since NO game, thoughts on marriage, everything. all this other coverage is nice, but ’14 is all about 1 guy, think Kelly’s got other 50 spots moving in right direction.

    • Andy124

      Well, Berwin says Nick’s got the biggest babymaker on the team, so there’s that. Seriously.

      • cliff henny

        care less about his babymaker, how about his haymaker. wouldnt mind seeing couple mph on his fastball and few more yards on his long throws

        • NickS1

          If that long ball is getting there quicker with less air and WRs aren’t slowing to get it, we’re talking about a significant improvement.

          • Andy124

            I’d love to see his completion % hover around 67% and more yards coming from the short, intermediate passing + YAC. Knock a half second off his average snap to release time while I’m being greedy.

            Another thing I’m hoping goes a bit different this year is Chip’s game management, and overall team execution, with significant second half leads.

          • Joe from Easton

            I don’t think you’re getting greedy. I think that’s what we’ll see sans DJax. Our offense is going to be more like what Chip wants to run and not what Chip chooses to run with the personnel that he’s given; lots of quick throws and YAC has been my call since the DJax release. Chip didn’t run a very vertical offense at Oregon and if you really think about it, it goes against the philosophy as we understand it. He’s all about quick twitch plays and creating space. Waiting 4 seconds for a deep post or fly to clear coverage is not that, but hey if ya got lemons then make some lemonade, right?

            Chip is smart. I think the game management will become much better. In other words, if you’re up by 17 at the half, be up by 31 at the end of the third, not take your foot off of the gas. He learned that no lead is ever safe in the NFL.

          • NickS1

            Well if we’re being greedy I want 70%. But I’m with you, and I tend to think that the shift to more short/intermediate routes is coming, which should ultimately result in reduction of his release time. Yeah, Chip’s got some improvements to make and I’m sure he will. I’d have a hard time believing he isn’t his biggest critic.

          • NickS1

            Forgot to add that the shorter/intermediate throws should lead to a higher completion percetage, too.

        • Joe from Easton

          I saw a metric some time back detailing the speed of throws at the combine (relatively new stat I guess?). In Foles’ class I think the only people who bested him were Kaep and Mallet.

      • NickS1

        “Big Pole Foles,” it is.

        • Andy124

          I supposed it’s more subtle than Big D!ck Nick.

          • Joe from Easton

            Although Big D!ck Nick is great, Big Pole Foles made me laugh out loud.

          • Andy124

            TWSS

          • Joe from Easton

            haha if “she” was saying anything, I’d guess it’d be more like, “Big Pole Foles made me scream out loud”. <—- is this too dirty for this board? Am I going to get a warning?

          • Andy124

            I don’t know. I flagged you, so we’ll see where it goes.

          • Joe from Easton

            You dirty rat!

          • Andy124

            Ok, but say it like Steve Martin in “My Blue Heaven”.

          • NickS1

            Yeah, BPF is a little more safe for work.

          • Maggie

            Especially since there are some who would conclude that it means Foles IS a Big D, rather than having a Big D. And no I do not mean a city in Texas!

          • peteike

            yes but it has zero flow, its terrible. You cant throw in Pole with Foles, doesnt work

          • Warhound

            Now… if embedded in a poem “…Foles, with the biggest of poles…” huh? huh?

          • NickS1

            You have zero flow :)

          • dc

            your mom, on the other hand, has good flow

          • NickS1

            Wait, which hand is the other hand?

      • Richard Colton

        He seriously may want to have that corrected before it affects his career. Studies have shown that more modest junk leads to more effective spirals – just look at the beautiful passes Troy Aikman and Tony Romo throw.

        • cliff henny

          dont think Foles is willing to go to man-gina level though

        • Andy124

          It’s the real reason Nick runs so slow. Weighs him down and gets in the way.

        • IAteLunchToday

          Mentioning junk and spirals together makes me think of ducks…

    • Joe from Easton

      I agree. I’ve been looking for some Foles’ material all off-season. How is he preparing, how many times has he watched the first Dallas game on film, or the Minny game, or the NO playoff game? What are his thoughts on his next step in progressing? Give me some damn Foles coverage!

      • anon

        until we get regular media access it’ll be the same regurgitated quotes. would have been nice if foles was holding private workouts with his guys but at least he’s not getting those johny manziel type news stories.

        excited for may 29, till then i’m laying low.

        • Joe from Easton

          Yea, I’m sure the private workouts will come in time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him organizing that stuff as early as next off-season once he gets a fat contract and can put the guys up in a nice spot for a week of work during their off time.

          • IAteLunchToday

            But he needs to look at it this year like an investment so he can get an even fatter contract!

      • Maggie

        You must have noticed by now that the Eagles mantra is “the smallest amount of anything released to the media, the better. Especially anything related to one player, rather than the team as a whole.” Don’t think this will change until they are forced to allow reporters into the facility.

    • mtn_green

      Foles interview is Thursday. Besides it is 27/2 coverage on Foles.

      • cliff henny

        Thursday? i expect sheil and tim to hire an intern and have him/her root thru Foles trash.

        • Andy124

          Why hire an intern when Geagle is already doing it for free? Or at least, he should be.

          • cliff henny

            dude’s like 6’9 250, think sheil and tim would get someone little less obvious.

          • Andy124

            Did not know that.

    • Wilbert31

      Don’t forget RIP BBaaS as well.

      • Wilbert31

        And #7

        • Andy124

          Eh, some people don’t come around much during the offseason. You know they’ll be here once the games start. Nick can’t put up a 158.3 rating every game. And when he doesn’t we’ll get to hear about from them.

          • Joe from Easton

            His first sub-100 game will bring out the boo birds hard.

          • Andy124

            So it is written, so it shall be.

  • SunShine

    Ahhhhhhhh OTAs….where most make a mountain out of a molehill. I wonder what it shall be this year?

    • cliff henny

      age of o-line

    • Richard Colton

      caseymatthews might make the 53 man roster

      • OldDocRoss

        I’m pre-emptively outraged at the very thought.

      • SunShine

        Lol oh gawd. I’ll take a month long Sconces controversy over that

        • Richard Colton

          sconcegate was hysterical.

  • Eagles1018

    I haven’t seen it, but has Matthews signed yet? I think he’s the only one I haven’t heard about signing yet. Maybe I missed it….

    • Andy124

      I haven’t heard about either of our 1st two picks signing.

      • Andy124

        Clearly, our posts guilted him in to signing.

  • cliff henny

    Sean Lee being helped off field, limping. HAHA, and it happened cause Schefler tweeted it!

    • Joe from Easton

      Their QB on offense and efense (no D in Allas) are both a walking piece of peanut brittle.

      • cliff henny

        sux, having to root against PSU boy. pic is him with both arms around trainers head down. no contact injuries are almost always the worst. wont be shocked if something is blown or torn. if so, that D is going to be so bad, i wouldnt even worry about anything but crushing Romo. cant run enough draws to stay in games way that defense will play

        • Joe from Easton

          Yea I like Lee a lot as a PSU guy, but he wears a different blue and white now. I wouldn’t be sad if he were done for the year. Non-contact “F Me” injuries generally aren’t good. These players know their bodies and damn sure know when it’s something that’s more than a sprain.

          • cliff henny

            guess it’s open practice, Calvin Watkins was doing tweet play by play, said Zack Martin blocked Lee to ground and that’s all she wrote. his twitter stopped, sure everyone is inside trying to get update.
            .
            let’s just get to September, no injuries, no one arrested, no one popped for PEDs and no locker room scuffles

          • Joe from Easton

            We’ll see. He’s the glue that holds that weak D together. If he’s out for something significant they might be better off just giving four points and 6 minutes off of the clock per “possession” to the other team and trying to win playing only offense. I’m sure the NFL would allow Jerry to do something like that.

          • cliff henny

            shoot outs are not going to good for Romo’s back. new OC already came out and said Dallas is going with deeper drops longer routes. it could get ugly quickly in D

      • cliff henny

        oh, even better, cowboy beat writer (calvin waktkins) said he overheard Lee saying “F me” as being helped off.

    • Chris

      It looks like he’s walking OK, so not sure what the injury is.. pulled this from twitter

      http://instagram.com/p/oglgqjGvY7/

      • cliff henny

        noncontact injury and being helped off field, if that’s shady, i’m losing my mind

        • Chris

          Per Calvin Watkins: Zack Martin on a screen pass blocked Sean Lee to the ground and Lee was helped off the field.

          • cliff henny

            no pads, 1st day, sure it was minimal contact. rookie getting overzealous and Lee wasnt prepared, something gave. when player can be heard saying “bleep me”, it’s an issue.

          • anon

            Clearly has ACL written all over it…but i’ll wait until Schefty confirms. Hopefully some other NFCEAST team gets the ACL bug this year.

            Wonder if there were extra knee strength and conditioning drills this offseason.

          • cliff henny

            solid call. not sure why i had achilles in my head, but that’s a cart off injury suppose.
            .
            there’s an issue down there with S&C team, way they have hamstring issues hand over fist. bet Kelly sent Hals on a mission to figure out ACLs, but werent all 3 re-pops?

          • NickS1

            Think it was Phillips’ first (could be wrong) but Maclin and Benn were both re-tears.

    • Septhinox

      That’s not really funny. Romo throwing an INT, Bryant missing a pass or Garrett calling a stupid play, those are funny things, player injuries are not.

      • cliff henny

        sack up, it’s a Cowboy. sorry, wear the Star, hope you blow both knees and achilles while getting concussed…F’EM!

        • Brandon Boykin, LOL

          I hate the cowboys as much as the next football fan. But cheering on injuries is inexcusable. These are men’s lives here.

          None of what I said applies to Tom Brady, though.

          • cliff henny

            Lee got the “haha” because the guy’s more fagile than Vick. He’s got his money, his career, dont feel least bad that him going down amuses me. wouldnt root on for some 7th rounder to get his knee popped

          • Brandon Boykin, LOL

            I hate to start a debate, but NFL players live paycheck to paycheck for 17 weeks. Now their paychecks are probably astronomical compared to ours, but they still have a limited window during which to get paid. Injuries hinder them making that money. I can’t bring myself to laugh at an NFL player losing money due to an injury.

            Once again, none of what I said applies to Tom Brady.

      • peteike

        lighten up francis. Were talking Dallas Cowboys here, did you not live through the Aikmen/Emmitt era

    • botto

      yeah cheering injuries is pretty week really. i hate the cowboys but thats a team not a person.
      you want to beat every team at there strongest with no injuries.

  • cliff henny

    Blogging The Boys‏@BloggingTheBoys 14m

    Per source, #Cowboys owner Jones “looked nauseous” when he talked about the linebacker landscape after Lee’s injury.

    .
    4 day weekend headache wont go away, but this has made my day!

    • A Roy

      Lee Pic

    • Richard Colton

      If Jerruh is desperate for a caucasian linebacker to replace Lee, I’d gladly part with caseymatthews for a conditional 3rd rounder.

    • SunShine

      Good ole JJ. Never ever having a Plan B for anything. Knew all along that Lee is the most injury prone player in the league, but hey, who cares about that.

      • NickS1

        He needed some Plan B when he had Stephen.

  • cliff henny

    Matthews is signed

  • dc

    nick foles has a great arm and a b i g d i c k

  • DoctorRick

    Has Sconces joined the party?