Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Here’s what we saw during today’s session.

11:25 – Before practice starts, Chip Kelly holds his press conference in the tent outside. As he’s speaking, music starts blaring from the speakers. Kelly mockingly waves for someone to turn it up so he can end his session with reporters. And here I thought he enjoyed chatting with us?




11:30 - The team is stretching on the far side of the field so there's not much action. It's times like this when you can reflect on the important things in life - like socks. I recently purchased socks from Target that were billed as no-show, as in they don't show above your sneaker. But as I look down towards my feet today, I see that the socks are very much showing. I push them down under the tongue of my sneaker, but they just come back up. I thought 15 bucks for a 10-pair was a sweet deal, but these are show socks. C'mon man!

11:35 - Punter Donnie Jones almost made a one-handed catch. Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com nearly passed out. That bromance is alive and well.

11:39 - Video time. Here are the tight ends blocking:

As friend of the blog Noah Becker pointed out yesterday, distracting viewers with my finger in the bottom left of the screen has become my trademark. But I decided to do it the "right" way today.

11:41 - And here are the offensive linemen. Others have noticed this contraption before, but I just saw it for the first time today:

Offensive linemen fire off the ball to the second level, while coach Jeff Stoutland yells "low to high!" over and over again. Unless someone else has a better name, we'll refer to this new contraption as the "cage" for now.

Update: As a couple commenters have pointed out, the cage is actually called the "chute" so I guess we have to go with that.

12:03 - A lot of special teams work. Alex Henery and Carey Spear both take turns on field goals. I wasn't at a good angle to see which attempts went in, so I'll let Kempski tell the story:

In the Murderleg vs Noodleleg competition, Alex Henery went 5/5 on FGs, while Murderleg went 4/5. Field goal distances varied from around 35-50 yards out. (I went behind the goal post to see if their kicks were good, which made it difficult to see the distance). Henery was also far better on kickoffs. Murderleg booted one kickoff out of bounds (bad penalty), and didn't have as much distance as Noodleleg.

12:13 - Foles looks sharp during 7-on-7s, completing a deep out to Arrelious Benn in front of Cary Williams and then connecting with Zach Ertz in front of Earl Wolff. Mark Sanchez, meanwhile, loves him some Jordan Matthews. He goes to the rookie wide receiver on four consecutive passes with the second team.

I'm not sure we'll know much about Jeremy Maclin until he gets into game action, but he's certainly been sure-handed. I can only remember one drop in the practices we've watched.

Foles delivers the ball of the day. He fakes a handoff and rolls to his right. On the run, he delivers a beauty to Maclin down the right sideline. Williams has good coverage, but the throw is perfect.

12:20 - The person relaying hand signals from the sideline has come up with some new material this year. For one of the signals, he puts his hands down like he's picking up a bucket, then drinks from a (fake cup) with his left hand while extending his right arm.

I know that previous paragraph sounds completely made up, but I swear it's true.

12:35 - It's hard not to zone out during some of the special-teams drills, so let's just go with an interesting nugget here: Foles said yesterday that he sometimes loses between 4 and 5 pounds during a practice session.

12:43 - More 7-on-7 drills. Foles finds Brent Celek for a touchdown, and the veteran tight end spikes the ball. Celek played really well last year, but the poor guy couldn't do his signature first-down signal because the Eagles always wanted to hurry up and spot the ball.

Foles later hits Darren Sproles for a score, and Barkley connects with Matthews.

12:54 - Sanchez finds James Casey for a score. His celebration of choice? Casey flexes, but holds the ball straight-up in his hand so it looks like a really, really big biceps.

1:10 - One more team drill to close out practice. Foles keeps the ball on a zone read and is "tackled" by Connor Barwin. He then hits Brad Smith for a big gain on a crosser, but the defense "stops" Chris Polk on third down and gets off the field.

Against Sanchez, the defense brings a big blitz and he throws the ball away. Brandon Boykin breaks up a pass near the sideline, and a dumpoff to Henry Josey is short of the sticks.

1:16 - Another Eagles practice in the books. The sessions are closed until next week when we get three more. After those, it's a month-long wait until training camp.

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  • Tom Christiansen

    I believe the ‘cage’ is a lineman blocking chute.

  • Jack Bauer

    The “cage” is actually called a chute

  • Scott J

    They should make the no-show socks in skin colors so when they ride up you won’t notice them. The colors can range from pasty-white to mocha-java.

    If anyone makes millions off my idea, I want a cut!

    • Killer44

      haha. I’ll get the pasty white ones.

  • anon

    Sherm wants the whole legion of boom on the Madden cover. I was going to make quip about how he took all the $$ he could so SEA can barely sign people…but that’s pretty cool honesty. Wonder if Foles will bring the o-line next year.

    • NickS1

      While the accolades are cool, kinda hope he doesn’t get it. The curse is real.

      • IAteLunchToday

        It’s WAS real. Now it’s been broken. Even Barry Sanders has said he had a very wonderful year this last year.

  • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

    I really don’t wanna hear any more of this “murderleg” nonsense of the kid can’t nail a touchback. I’ll settle on “Kid Spear” till then

  • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

    I really don’t wanna hear any more of this “murderleg” nonsense if the kid can’t nail a touchback. I’ll settle on “Kid Spear” till then

    • usmcnole

      Muderleg

      • paul from nc

        His rap sheet will say Jaywalking rather than Murder

      • myeaglescantwin

        HODOR

  • Reasonableeaglefan

    Didn’t have as much distance on kickoffs, eh? Time to turn in your playbook, do kickers get playbooks, either way, thanks for the nickname. Good luck selling insurance Mr Leg.

    • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

      Name the movie, and answer the question for extra credit……”Do the apprentices get glocks?”

      • DirtyWaters

        Life Aquatic. They share one.

        • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

          Name and avatar were enough, but now you’re my new favorite poster.

  • Reasonableeaglefan

    Not that surprising a guy Foles’ size loses 4-5 lbs during a hot practice. It’s more concerning for a guy like Logan, who gained 9lbs after being asked to bulk up this offseason. I wonder how much he will keep on after TC?

    • OldDocRoss

      Different things. Foles is talking about basically losing weight through loss of water mass (read: sweating). Logan, presumably, has put on a few pounds of muscle mass which you don’t lose through a few hours’ exercise.

      In simple terms, if Logan flitted between 315 and 305 last year depending on how mucb he’d exercised and what time of day you weighed him at, this year he’d be between 324 and 314.

      • Reasonableeaglefan

        I fully understand Foles was talking about water weight. My point was about how much these guys can have their weight fluctuate, especially when you consider the size of these guys. The Logan propaganda reports he went from 309 to 318, a roughly 3% gain. Now when you consider he was coming from his in-season weight, when full weight training sessions are relatively scarce, to the offseason when he has nothing to do but eat, sleep, and lift, it doesn’t seem that impressive. TC Will definitely whittle some of these guys down and I’d bet a ham sandwich, he doesn’t play this year a full 9lbs heavier this year, so what are we talking, a 1-2% bigger NT? I just think the Logan bulk story is overblown.

  • NickS1

    Bout time we released “Murderleg”. The gimmick was fun while it lasted, but my God, Henery has to be laughing at this sideshow. And we all thought Henery WAS the sideshow.

  • Guest

    Even though it’s only OTAs, I love hearing this from Kempski. Sheil, Tim … have an opinion on this?

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    • Linda Johnson

      They should make the no-show socks in skin colors so when they ride up you won’t notice them.

  • Brandon

    God I love when Chip messes with the media guys. Hilarious.

  • Kleptolia

    Question for Sheil (if he happens to be reading):
    I know Huff has been running with the threes. Is he playing in just one spot on the field or is he playing at multiple spots?

    I know Chip wants Matthews to learn just one spot, for the time being, same with Smith on the defensive side.

    Huff already knows the offense, though. I brought up on BGN the fact that he might be actually higher on the depth chart than we think (not that a depth chart exists at this point in the non-season) but most people either disagreed or said “what?”.

  • Addicted2MAmula

    They still asking Chip the same questions as last year. OTAs is just like last year. Get as many reps. They get equal reps

  • dc

    “Murderleg” more like “Chickenleg” amiright?

  • Ed

    In high school we called the cage “the bell ringer”. If you came off the ball too high you would hit your head, hence “low to high”. Also hence Danny watkins getting manhandled with regularity.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    Noodleleg haha!!

    • aub32

      You laugh but right now he’s leading the race to be the kicker again for next season.

  • myeaglescantwin

    Whats with all the celebrations in practice??

    “we talkin bowt prakdis yo.”

    I guess if that’s the intensity they are bringing to OTA’s i can’t be mad

  • CitizenCraig

    I was worried Murderleg didn’t have the leg for kickoffs bummer

  • Ben

    12:20 – The person relaying hand signals from the
    sideline has come up with some new material this year. For one of the
    signals, he puts his hands down like he’s picking up a bucket, then
    drinks from a (fake cup) with his left hand while extending his right
    arm.

    I know that previous paragraph sounds completely made up, but I swear it’s true.

    Are you sure he wasn’t just asking if anyone was thirsty?