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DeMeco Ryans expects to be healed up and ready to rock come training camp. More from Mark Eckel of NJ.com.
“I’ll be ready to go when training camp starts, no doubt,” Ryans told New Jersey Advance Media. “That will be like the end of July I’ll definitely be ready by then. I’ll be out there at the start of camp.”…
Ryans missed the final nine games of last season, and has been re-habbing consistently at NovaCare to get back on the field. He says he is right on schedule.
“It’s going really well,” he said, “I’ve been jogging on the field. The program is right on schedule, there have been no setbacks at all.” Read more »
Between Chip Kelly‘s time at Oregon, Ed Marynowitz‘s days alongside Nick Saban at Alabama and their respective years in Philadelphia since, the new personnel tandem has a healthy amount of player evaluation and program building experience. On the flip side, they are both still pretty green when it comes to operating at the pro level. Kelly and Marynowitz have a total of five years in the NFL between them, and are new to their roles as heads of construction.
Given that, are they leaning on anyone to help them with the draft process, trade evaluations and the like while they get their feet wet?
“No,” Kelly said flatly during his session with reporters at the owners meetings. Read more »
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A bunch of Todd Herremans’ former teammates joined him Thursday night at Vie for his foundation’s third annual Hoops For Help fundraiser.
Herremans signed with the Colts after the Eagles released him, but he said he plans on eventually settling down in Philadelphia and will continue to be active in the community here.
Joining him were several former Eagles who now have new homes, like Trent Cole, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. Current Eagles Jason Kelce, Connor Barwin and Beau Allen were also in attendance, along with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
Earlier this week in Phoenix, Chip Kelly and Jeffrey Lurie did their best to explain the team’s offseason moves. But what do the players – both current and former – think? And do they believe Chip knows what he’s doing?
We asked them. Here’s what they had to say. Read more »
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It was an eventful few days for the Eagles during the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.
We heard from Jeffrey Lurie on Tuesday, from Chip Kelly on Wednesday and had numerous conversations with other people around the league.
If you haven’t caught up on all our coverage, I suggest starting at the beginning and doing so now. Meanwhile, here are 10 leftover thoughts on the state of the Birds. Read more »
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It’s information-gathering season in the NFL.
From now until the start of the draft on April 30, the Eagles and the 31 other teams will be doing all they can to learn about this year’s group of prospects.
In this space, we will keep track of the pre-draft visits. The Eagles are allowed to host 30 official visits to the NovaCare Complex, but they are allowed to hold as many private workouts as they want away from the team’s facility. Read more »
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Here is what the national media are saying about the Eagles at the annual owners’ meetings.
Conor Orr of NFL.com believes, based on Kelly’s comments Wednesday morning, the Eagles will not trade up for a quarterback:
Kelly’s philosophy is simple. More players are better than less players. Drafting is an inexact science and coaches need to arm themselves with the best opportunity to hit on a player.
He reminded reporters of Dallas’ Herschel Walker deal back in 1989 and had the Saints’ Ricky Williams deal brought to his attention.
Kelly, of course, gave himself an out. He said that this is his philosophy but that in every philosophy there is room to change or make alterations. While this may seem leading, though, it was just an out. Every coach can break philosophy for one reason or another.
He just didn’t seem like he was prepared to do it this year.
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PHOENIX — Chip Kelly was asked a bunch of questions Wednesday about some of the Eagles’ current holes on the roster – most notably safety, right guard, wide receiver and the No. 2 cornerback spot.
Here’s a rundown of what he said, along with my thoughts. Read more »
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PHOENIX — As Chip Kelly approached his crowded table at the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday morning, he offered his expectations for the hour-long session with reporters.
“My yearly dental appointment,” Kelly muttered before he sat down.
The Eagles head coach touched on a variety of topics, but largely in focus was the team’s quarterback situation. That meant several questions involving Marcus Mariota, Sam Bradford and even Nick Foles. Read more »
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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Jeffrey Lurie said there are notebooks you could read about Chip Kelly‘s “incredibly defined” vision when it it comes to player evaluation.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s incredibly detailed, both psychologically, athletically, in so many categories,” said Lurie.
We know that Kelly seeks a specific kind of player from both a character, measurables and scheme standpoint. Now that he has full control of personnel, he has the ability to bring in precisely the type of players he is looking for — and ship out those that don’t quite match his criteria.
By having such stringent parameters, you shrink the pool. And by shrinking the pool, don’t you run the risk of missing out on too many gifted players?
“It’s a 64,000 dollar question,” said Kelly during his hour-long session with reporters at the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday. Read more »
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PHOENIX — Earlier this offseason, former Eagles assistant coach Tra Thomas suggested that race might have had something to do with the decisions Chip Kelly was making within the organization.
“One of the things that you’re seeing right now, and these are the things that you have heard from the locker room from different players is that … they feel like there is a hint of racism,” Thomas said on FOX, via NJ.com.
“Yeah, you have seven assistant black coaches, but only one black coach is over the segment. The other guys are assistants to the assistant coaches. Duce Staley is the only guy that’s head over his segment who is gonna be in charge of his group. The other guys are just assistants to an assistant coach.”
Today, at the owners meetings, Kelly was asked about Thomas’ claims. Read more »