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Great job by The Washington Post‘s Kent Babb on his recent profile of Chip Kelly which reveals, among other things, that the head coach was married for seven years in the 1990’s.
Babb spoke with his ex-wife, Jennifer Jenkins, who met Kelly when she was a senior at New Hampshire. She remains in contact with the Eagles head coach. Read more »
While it’s not yet official, the Eagles are expected to sign former Villanova running back Kevin Monangai.
The Roseland, New Jersey product took part in the team’s local prospect workout back in April and was brought in for the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
Monangai (5-8, 215) rushed for 1,138 yards (5.1 yards/carry) and 12 touchdowns last season for the Wildcats. He saw action in all four years at Villanova and finished his career with over 3,100 rushing yards and 29 scores.
He announced the news on Instagram.
“If someone were to say my path to the NFL has been unorthodox, i think that’d be a pretty big understatement but God truly is good.. all praise and glory to The Most High for putting me in a position to have officially been offered an NFL contract by the Philadelphia Eagles.. time to show out like never before come time for training camp, the work has just begun.. #iFeelBlessed #StayReady”
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Leading up to training camp on August 2, we’ll have a position-by-position preview of the Eagles’ roster. We started with the running backs. Today, we’ll tackle the wide receiver position.
The pressing question: How will the Eagles replace Jeremy Maclin‘s production?
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The topic of whether Nick Foles had the right temperament to play in Philadelphia was introduced by The Inquirer‘s Jeff McLane Wednesday during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic.
“Nick, I think, wasn’t very comfortable in that role [of a franchise quarterback], especially in Philadelphia,” he said. “I think there probably wasn’t as much written about that [as there should’ve been] and I’ve kind of learned a few things since Nick has been gone, that it had really gotten to him, some of the criticism that was happening here in Philadelphia based on his play last season and I don’t think Bradford is the type of guy where he lets that type of stuff get to him.”
Louis Riddick, who was a part of the Eagles’ front office when Foles was drafted, joined the morning show Thursday and was asked for his take.
“My experience with Nick is that he was very even-keel, very mellow, very much so not affected by a lot of outside things, but more…I’ve talked with people directly that were with him every day and coached him, and he was the kind of guy who behind the scenes didn’t necessarily like being criticized, didn’t necessarily like maybe being coached hard, being gotten on in the way that some quarterbacks and some players can take,” he said. “So is it surprising that maybe he would fit in a little bit better in a town like St. Louis where, not necessarily that they don’t have high expectations, but it’s not the same kind of scrutiny he’ll face here in Philadelphia? Yeah, that doesn’t shock me. That doesn’t shock me that he would feel more comfortable there.
“You’ve gotta be different, man. You’ve gotta be different in a good way in order to thrive here.” Read more »
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Leading up to training camp on August 2, we’ll have a position-by-position preview of the Eagles’ roster. Let’s start with the running backs.
The pressing question: Can DeMarco Murray do it again?
The reigning rushing champ racked up 1,845 yards on the ground and outgained his closest competitor (Le’Veon Bell) by nearly 500 yards in 2014, yet has curiously faced a degree of criticism from some members of the running back fraternity for not doing more.
Former teammate Joseph Randle kickstarted the narrative by saying he felt like “there was a lot of meat left on the bone” last season. Emmitt Smith followed that up by suggesting Murray could have run for 2,500 yards behind that Cowboys’ offensive line. LaDainian Tomlinson agrees. Read more »
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No Eagles player is under more pressure in 2015 than Sam Bradford. Coming off a pair of seasons cut short by ACL tears and playing out the final year of his rookie deal, the 27-year-old veteran out of Oklahoma is expected to lead Chip Kelly’s squad back to the postseason. Here is the latest regarding the QB.
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports that Bradford will be ready to go at the start of training camp:
According to a person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity, Bradford is “looking great”, has been in the rehab room close to every day this summer, and should be ready to go when training camp opens. Read more »
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As we wrote back in April, Josh Huff has been working with Rischad Whitfield — known by his clients as “The Footwork King” — this offseason to try and improve his get-off from the line of scrimmage.
“Last year, Josh had a problem getting off press coverage at the line,” explained Whitfield. “When he was lining up out wide, defensive backs were jamming him and it was taking him forever to get off the line…I’ve been working on a lot of press releases. I’ve been working on a lot of different footwork moves for Josh that can help him get open because once he gets open and gets that separation from the DB, everything else is history because he is so explosive and fast.”
In the weeks since, Whitfield has been posting snippets of his workouts with Huff to offer a glimpse into their training: Read more »
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Sam Bradford plans to play out the final year of his contract rather than sign a new deal with the Eagles this season, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
This shouldn’t come as any great surprise. Bradford has little incentive to sign a long-term deal with the Eagles now, as Joel Corry laid out for us a couple months back.
“You can’t really do anything with his deal because Bradford is not going to sign an extension right now. Any extension you offered him wouldn’t be worth his while most likely because he is in a buy-low position right now. Coming off two injury-plagued years, what type of deal could he get?” Read more »
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Below is an excerpt from my Eagles Almanac chapter exploring whether Jeffrey Lurie has been firm enough when it comes to the organizational power structure. If you haven’t done so already, click here to purchase this year’s edition of the Almanac.
Steve Tisch was enjoying a much more tranquil experience at the Arizona Biltmore. Strolling by the same spot where Lurie would be grilled a day later, the co-owner of the Giants casually made his way towards the hotel for lunch, stopping in the shade for a casual talk about cheesesteaks and power structures with a loitering reporter.
In a 2013 piece titled “Who’s Really in Charge?” NFL.com’s Albert Breer noted that the Giants’ model has remained largely unchanged since 1979. The general manager heads the football operations (draft, 53-man roster, etc.) while the coach has authority over the game day roster and the coaching staff. “The goal, ultimately,” writes Breer, “is to have an agenda-free building with a number of different people invested in the final product and meaningful delegation of responsibilities.”
“Is it unique to the other 31 clubs? Maybe. Actually, I hope so,” said Tisch. “Because if it’s working and it’s been working for going on four decades, that’s fantastic.
“I think ownership has created a very clear organizational chart and a very clear ownership and management style which does work and seems to continue to work. It’s very defined and internally seems very fair and very successful and produces great results.”
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Here is a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.
Peter King of MMQB lists Sam Bradford’s progress as one of the most interesting stories heading into training camp:
Chip Kelly better know what he’s doing. (Somehow, I don’t think that’s the first time that’s been said this off-season.) In the 31 months since New Year’s Day 2013, Bradford, the first pick in the 2010 draft, has played seven football games. He’s lost four. His 2013 and 2014 seasons were both ended by a torn ACL. Kelly acquired Bradford from the Rams in March, then tried like crazy to trade for Marcus Mariota six weeks later. And so this is a mildly important training camp for Bradford. And for Kelly.
NFL Analyst Mike Mayock praised Kelly’s offseason moves:
“Oh, I don’t think there’s any doubt they’re better,” Mayock said. “Again, they were 22nd in points allowed last year and they gave up all kinds of yards. They’re gonna get better on defense and if they take care of the ball on offense, run the ball with DeMarco—we keep forgetting about DeMarco Murray and running the football again. Run the ball, take care of Sam Bradford. Yeah, I think they’re a better football team.” Read more »