Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three Kelly Leftovers

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly spoke to reporters on Tuesday. Here are three items that stood out to us.

1. We have written a lot in this space about Kelly’s favorites. Guys like Brent Celek, DeMeco Ryans, Cedric Thornton and Jason Kelce,whom he will often go out of his way to praise.


Even though he hasn't played a game yet with the Eagles, it sure sounds like Darren Sproles is making his way onto that list.

Asked what he's learned about Sproles, Kelly said: "I don't think I learned anything. We knew he was a really, really talented player, and when he got here, he showed that right from the jump. We heard from the coaches that coached him what an intelligent football player he is and learned that from the first day he was in this building and how sharp he is and how dedicated he is.

"I talked to Norv Turner, and he remarked to me when I saw him at one of the pro days, he said, ‘You'll have to slow him down because he only knows one speed.’ And that's the same thing you see. Darren practices and trains at one speed. It's awesome. He fits in with the culture that we want in terms of preparation, but it's everything we wanted when we got him here."

Sproles has been practicing as the second-team running back. We should get a better idea of how exactly the Eagles plan to use him this summer during training camp.

2. The weak spot on the Eagles' offensive line in terms of pass protection last year was the right side - and specifically, Lane Johnson and Todd Herremans. Both players were better at the end of the year than the beginning. And Kelly offered an interesting take when asked about Johnson's progression.

"He's different," Kelly said. "Obviously he's not a first-year player and he's not relying on Todd Herremans to make the call for him. Similar to Mychal Kendricks, I think sometimes Mychal leaned on DeMeco [Ryans] and didn't make the decisions himself. Last year a lot, Lane made decisions with Todd Herremans, and Todd just told [him] what to do and executed. Now Lane knows what to do, and he's communicating a little bit better with those guys."

As we wrote about earlier this offseason, Johnson has the tools to be an excellent player. If he can make the second-year leap, the offensive line will be in great shape.

3. The Inquirer's Jeff McLane had an interesting report about Kendricks making more of the calls this year. But Kelly indicated that's no big deal.

"No, he did that one day so far because DeMeco wasn't here," Kelly said. "He mimics what DeMeco says, but if you listened to the call, DeMeco is making the call. Mychal is just getting comfortable. If for some reason DeMeco is not here, gets an injury, rolls an ankle, he's sick, Mychal can step in.

"That's just part of everybody getting outside of their comfort zone and expanding their role. Instead of waiting for someone to tell him what we are going to call, he's going to make the call himself, not a big deal."

By all accounts, the Eagles have no plans of reducing Ryans' role. But it certainly can't hurt for Kendricks to learn some of those responsibilities.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Our running diary of Eagles practice observations from Tuesday's session.

Kelly says Mark Sanchez is not ahead of Matt Barkley on the depth chart.

Undrafted free agent Trey Burton is hoping to snag a roster spot with his versatility, writes Intern Josh.

"There's no dollar sign on me when I'm throwing the ball," says Nick Foles.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Paul Domowitch of the Daily News catches up with Celek:

"I thought last year that I blocked really, really well," said Celek, 29. "But after watching more of the film [after the season], there are a lot of places I can improve.

"I think I can get better at finishing and doing certain things. But overall, it definitely was my best year blocking. But, like I said, I think I can get a lot better. I think I can be one of the best blocking tight ends in the league."

The Inquirer's Zach Berman talks to Trent Cole:

"You can't feel old," Cole said. "Your body is going to tell you when it's time to quit. But that's not the case right now. Everybody wants to know. They can call me old, but I could care less, because my actions speak louder. Tell them, if you don't know, go watch the film. Because the footage don't lie."

COMING UP

No open practice, but still plenty to get to.

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  • Formidable

    Non sequitur comment for today.

    What does Carey Spear and Sean Taylor have in common? You guessed it, Murderleg.

    • Joe L

      Aside from being in poor taste, it’s not even that good of a joke man. Work on it and come back.

      • Formidable

        Some of you guys take things waaay too seriously. Was just reading about the Taylor convictions on PFT and came here afterwards. Requesting that someone get banned for a bad joke. Seriously??? Get over yourself and man up.

        • Joe L

          Well, I didn’t request you get banned for life. Not sure where you got that from. But I was saying the joke wasn’t even funny, regardless of being offensive or not.

          • jabostick

            Eagles1018 suggested it below (though it might not show up depending on how you sort comments). Certainly not a bannable comment but probably deserves some minor mockery for being a bad joke.

            Hey guys, did you hear our new kicking prospect is named Murderleg? Murderleg. Remember how Sean Taylor got murdered after getting shot in the leg? Pretty funny, eh?

          • Joe L

            Yea I didn’t see it, just looked like he was responding to me directly. Maybe I just hang around guys who are incredible at puns and poking fun that the Murderleg joke just didn’t meet my standards?

        • EaglesFanInPhx

          some people are just too hypersensitive. No personal attack there and no cause for anything even close to banning, although I do think your sense of humor is a bit.. different :)

    • Eagles1018

      Wow. Can this person get blocked? Of Geagle has to go I vote that this person does too. I mean seriously that was so disrespectful.

      • Dominik

        Not that I found this joke funny, but do we really need the comic-police here? Look at The Onion or some other satire pages, they all step over the line every once in a while. It’s part of being a good comic, because the line is always personal for the crowd.

        The greatest comics of all time, I don’t care if you say George Carlin, Chris Rock or Monthy Python (which would be my choice), they all hurt peoples feelings while others died out of laughter.

        To sum it up: I don’t like it when someone screams “ban him” for a joke, as long as there’s no real personal attack involved – even if the joke isn’t funny.

        • Eagles1018

          Point taken. No prob I’ll just ignore that dude

          • Dominik

            That, my friend, is your fair right. You can ignore whoever you want, you can ignore me if you want. ;)

        • Maggie

          Don’t forget Richard Pryor. Or watch some Robin Williams on You Tube. When Eddie Murphy was really on, he could ramble for 15 minutes then make you fall off your chair laughing.

  • FluxCapacitor

    *couldn’t* care less Cole…

    I am really looking forward to seeing how good Lane can become. He is like Peters in the fact that no man that big should be able to move the way he does.

  • anon

    I assume you meant to mention celek twice in the first para. since he is discussed in the article.

    • sdk152

      Fixed. Thanks! -SK

  • anon

    Excited about sproles he’s perfect for the offense. We’ve got a bunch of guys that can catch and run. During the games I’m going to be like RAC city b****, RAC RAC city b****.

  • cliff henny

    Sproles should be pretty interesting case study. he averaged about 900 rush (250)/rec(650) over past 3 yrs in NO. see what and if sports science/Hals have ay effects. Sproles shouldnt have issue with finding touches, Peyton and Brees knew how to spread ball around. if Sproles get near 1k yds from LOS, think that’ll be huge, especially 3rd down chain moving yardage.

    • TNA

      The ball will of course be spread around, but with the reports coming out of training camp, I wonder if Foles’ two new red zone faves will be Sproles and Matthews. Sproles’ footwork is amazing and both guys have a knack of getting open and catching everything thrown at them.

      • TNA

        OTAs, not training camp.

      • cliff henny

        yeah, sproles in redzone should be huge. have Shady in backfield, so 7 or 8 eyes on him, get 2 out of 4 i Mac/Coop/Matthews/Ertz 1v1 against cbs in endzone, then who’s covering Sproles with a poopton of space running ins/outs underneath? good luck

        • Explorer51

          Strictly speaking redzone receiving, we should be much improved with Maclin (13 RZ TDs in 59 games vs 9 TDs in 87 games for the released guy), Cooper, 2nd yr Ertz, the potential of St. Jordan, and Sproles. Lots o’ combos there…

          • cliff henny

            long as 1 of those combos isnt Smith in wildcat

          • anon

            I didn’t mind those. They were sure TDs if they were catches — good play calls. Need to tighten up on execution.

          • Always Hopeful

            They were TDs the first 5 years he used it then it seemed like people shut it down.

          • Explorer51

            Agree though I can’t imagine CK not playing with all his toys.

          • cliff henny

            guess that play will be my Reid shovel (shuffle?) pass. hated it everytime he called it, unless it worked

          • Always Hopeful

            Shovel

          • Dominik

            It’s a thing of beauty if it works, imho. Just an absolute troll move by the playcaller. Of course, don’t we all yell at the TV if it doesn’t work?

          • GoBirds1

            It is amazing that it worked as well and as long as it did. Ray Diddy pointed they ran the shovel pass out of a unique formation and that was the only play they ran out of that formation. Once teams caught on it stopped working. What was amazing an to ARs fault, he never made an adjustment, but continued to call the play on the same situations and it never worked again.

          • NickS1

            St. Jordan. I’m stealing that.

          • Explorer51

            Cool.

    • EaglefaninAZ

      Yup. When I first heard of the Sproles signing, my first thought was “Let’s bunk him with Huls at TC”. Lol…

  • knighn

    What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time posters were in full-on Vick vs Nick mode. Ah, the good old days. Some of our newer members may never get to witness the fandom of #7, BBaAS, or the wondrous Dutch!

    • cliff henny

      As much as Dutch wanted Vick because he hated Foles (a special hate), he loved Barkley-when they’re pretty similar, certainly when comparing NF to MV. would be fun to see him come back now and defend Barkley getting reps behind Stankez. wonder if he still thinks Kelly’s regretting not drafting Geno Smith

      • NickS1

        These memories bring glorious smiles to my face.

        • cliff henny

          part that i remember is almost every arguement ending with ‘when Vick gets cut, have fun being fan of another team’. to which BBaaS and #7 always replied ‘i’m eagles fan, not VIck fan, i’ll be here’. Vick-cut…BBaaS/#7-crickets

          • Always Hopeful

            They may come out of the wood work if Nick struggles or gets hurt. May come out…

          • NickS1

            I second what A.H. says. #7 has crept around a little, stating his disappearance is due to “work”..

          • OldDocRoss

            Yeah, sure both of them have made the odd comment since the end of the season. A cynical man might think they were popping in once a month so if Foles struggles next year for any reason they can say “TOLD YOU SO!” while claiming to have never been away.

          • NickS1

            A realistic man thinks the same.

          • Joe from Easton

            He’ll be back if the wheels fall off. Take that to the bank.

      • Adam

        I miss him so much.

    • Bukester

      I don’t remember BBaAS

      • Bukester

        Never mind. Big … etc

    • EaglesFanInPhx

      At least they still have Token. And don’t forget GEAGLE’s rants too before he was banned.

      • knighn

        Geagle, to his credit, was more into Foles before the rest of us. I never thought Foles was capable of what he showed against Oakland. I simply thought Foles showed enough promise in a bad situation in 2012 to warrant another look… and that Vick, in spite of all of his talent, was simply too prone to injury and turnover, and was quickly nearing the end of his NFL career.
        Geagle knows some football. He is just a little short-tempered and long-winded.

        • OldDocRoss

          In fairness he had/has pretty much everyone on the roster under 25 going to Canton. And most of those over 25 as well actually.

          • knighn

            Lol.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      With the exception of Dutch, the other two still check in from time to time unfortunately. I don’t think #7 is bad, just misguided. BBaAS on the other hand is clearly not an Eagles fan and what I call a player chaser.

      • knighn

        I’m not saying either of those guys is bad… just that they brought some legendary arguments to this forum last season… and now they are gone. If I cared to look them up I’d see if they were posting on a Jets blog somewhere… but I just don’t care that much.
        I’d like to think that Foles, in another 2 to 3 years, will have so clearly established himself as an excellent player that people will think it was ridiculous that anyone ever wanted Vick over him.

  • cliff henny

    Ha, Profootballtalk and Elliott Shores-Park have teamed up on trolling masterpiece. Matthews compared to TO, w/ Jax/Gang ties thrown in there, and of course unfair expectations that rookie will replace DJ’s yardage.
    .
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/11/jordan-matthews-tries-to-make-a-quick-impact/

    • JosephR2225

      I heard they are sending the shorts he’s using in OTAs to Canton.

      • cliff henny

        i heard Canton is relocating HOF to Matthews’ hometown, renaming it Hall of Jeremy

        • NCBiRDMann22

          Cliff back at it again today huh? Got to be honest with you…with the amount of negativity you speak of you give off the presentation of a troll. Do you like eating your own words? Pipe down son or possibly head over to some other terrible site and realese your negativity there…rant is over, my apologies. GO BIRDS!

          • cliff henny

            you do know i’m joking

          • Always Hopeful

            Gotta get that sarcasm font :-)

          • NCBiRDMann22

            Haha y’all need to relax…cliff is a big boy and my comment was towards him. He hates “Jeremy” and he knows it.

          • cliff henny

            not even sure that’ll help, if the ridiculousness of the statement cant be seen for what it is, not much help for the guy. he doesnt seem to want to let it go either

          • Linda Johnson

            Ah, the good old days. Some of our newer members may never get to witness the fandom of #7, BBaAS, or the wondrous Dutch!

          • Joe from Easton

            I don’t remember you in the days of Dutch, #7, and BBaaS… and I’d remember that picture <— that's my only male chauvinist pig statement since I've been here, but I couldn't help it. Sorry Linda.

          • roger ruzek

            linda–I like your blue shirt!

          • anon

            slow down. don’t disrespect the cap master.

          • NCBiRDMann22

            I apologized in advance at the completion of my rant. Cliff has just been killing any comment on Matthews.

          • Tikkit

            Also, we’ve been giving Jordan Matthews the Chuck Norris treatment. It’s been pretty funny.

          • Chris

            it’s all a joke. We are making fun of the media feeding the hype machine. Have to have fun around here every now and then.

            That being said, I saw Pope Matthews this morning rescuing a litter of kittens from a tree, but I didn’t need to tell you that..you already knew he’s the kind of guy who would do that.

          • JofreyRice

            you’re not comprehending his posts.

          • Tom W

            Seriously? Cliff is by no means negative if not utterly objective. His point is the Matthews love and lazy rice comparison articles are sorry media driven puff pieces that add nothing but unrealistic expectations. He wishes Matthews well like the rest of us just doesn’t need some lazy reporter to feed us junk and expect us to think its a great article.

          • NickS1

            He’s one of the least negative people on the site.

          • Bukester

            Chill dude. No a-holes on this site for the most part.

          • Maggie

            Aren’t you and cliff nearly neighbors? Invite him over for a barbeque and beer. ;~)

          • NCBiRDMann22

            That I would enjoy! We could trade pleasantries over some beers lol. I ment no harm today Cliff. You have created a big following as I can see by the postings. SK an TM should send thanks for the traffic we have caused here today lol. I’m an hardcore Eagle fan and mean the best. Cheers to y’all and Go Birds!

        • NickS1

          Jordan?

          • cliff henny

            whoops, to busy trolling the guy to even get his name right.

    • ray jay

      ESP is the worst.

      • Tikkit

        I knew you were going to write that…

        • Johnny Domino

          Subtle, really intellectual stuff there.

          But you knew that.

          • Tikkit

            Me happy ewe think that

    • Chris

      This has to be one of the worst articles I’ve ever read.

      • cliff henny

        PFT stole a BSPN trick, using a crappy writer’s hyperbole to manufacture news.

    • Ben

      Yeah I saw that. They have a commenter that goes by “youknowimright”, who couldn’t be anymore wrong on 99% of his comments. Oh, the irony !!!

  • aub32

    I have been away for a bit. So this may have already come out, but can we get an updated roster list? I was looking through the photos and didn’t know who several of the guys were due to the new numbers.

    • Maggie

      philadelphiaeagles.com should display the roster.