Sam Bradford: I Have A ‘Subtle’ Leadership Style

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford knows his time is limited in Philadelphia, but rather than worrying about the future, he says he’s focused on the present and making the most of what is likely his last season with the Eagles. One way he’s doing so is by resuming the leadership role that comes with being the starting quarterback.

“I think you guys expect a big rah-rah, someone who’s yelling at people every play, and that’s just not me,” Bradford said. “I think there’s a lot of subtle things that you guys probably aren’t privy to or can’t hear from where you guys are at. But like I said, I just try to be myself and take control when I need to.”

Bradford offered grabbing guys so they don’t leave the huddle early as an example, and he recently returned from a trip to San Diego with the other quarterbacks and his primary receivers that he said helped build a bond with his teammates. In California, the group of guys had three throwing sessions, but they also spent a lot time off of the field with each other, including a day of paddle boarding. Read more »

‘Hiccups’ Leave Eric Rowe Playing Catch-Up

Eric Rowe. (Jeff Fusco)

Eric Rowe. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson did not mention Eric Rowe‘s name when asked about the competition for the starting cornerback spot opposite Leodis McKelvin. 

“I think there’s great depth there. I think with the addition of Jalen Mills brings some good competition there. You’ve got Ron Brooks sitting over there. Nolan’s [Nolan Carroll] coming off the injury, I expect him to fully compete at that spot. It’s going to be a position that we continue to look at, continue to evaluate throughout camp and it’s exciting to have so many guys at one position that you can really evaluate and make those roster moves,” he said.

What about Rowe? Read more »

Pederson Backs Bradford, Leaves Wiggle Room For Wentz

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

The rumbling storms didn’t help his cause any, but Doug Pederson wasn’t getting any sleep last night anyway.

Today was his first day of training camp as a head coach, and he likened himself to a little kid. “Just love being around the guys, being out on the grass and playing some ball,” he said.

The practice itself wasn’t overly stimulating. With most of the vets set to report on Wednesday afternoon, this was a chance for the quarterbacks, rookies and a handful of veterans to get some on-field learning in before the action picks up. (The first full-team session is Thursday, and the pads go on Saturday.) It did give us an opportunity to see Carson Wentz spin the ball again, and yep, he still looks the part. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Where the Weight Lies

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson and Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Today’s question comes from reader Jeff:

Are the Birds as bad as everyone thinks? Or was Chip putting guys in bad positions that are not part of their skill set?

Seems like a good one to tackle as the Eagles open training camp today.

The Chip Kelly effect on the 2015 team has been underplayed a bit when discussing this year’s outlook. You can argue the three main reasons for Kelly’s downfall in his final season were 1) a vanilla offense that lacked answers once the league caught up to it; 2) a tempo-at-all-costs approach that routinely stressed his own defense and 3) an inability to adjust his leadership style to meet the needs of the pro athlete.

All three issues are expected to disappear under Doug Pederson. Read more »

Eagles Sign QB Bethel-Thompson

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Happy training camp eve.

The Eagles signed three players to bring their roster to the max number of 90: quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, linebacker Don Cherry and safety Nick Perry.

 Bethel-Thompson was first signed by the Eagles last February before being released in May 17. The 28-year-old has also been with the Niners, Dolphins, Vikings and Patriots.

Cherry is a Villanova product. He posted 331 career tackles, 46 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks en route to All-CAA honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Perry was on Baltimore’s practice squad last season. The Alabama product had 80 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defensed as a senior in 2014.

Rookies and selected vets practice Monday at 8:30 to kick off camp. We’ll have it all covered for you.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Doug Pederson Leftovers

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

When Doug Pederson sat down with Eagles reporters for an hour-long conversation last month, he covered a plethora of topics. Here are some interesting leftover nuggets from our talk with him.

Pederson said although he never changed a play when relaying Andy Reid’s calls to the quarterback in Kansas City during games, it didn’t always run smoothly.

“Heck no. Now, I’ll be quite honest, though: There were times where we might have the same play in two different ways, and I hear the play, and I’ve called it the second one instead of the first way. Just by hearing something, [snap], you call it, and, dammit, it’s not the formation we wanted. That’s happened. But never changing a play.” Read more »

Ken Flajole On the Work Ahead For His Linebackers

Mychal Kendricks. (Jeff Fusco)

Mychal Kendricks. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles made plenty of changes during the offseason, especially on the defensive side. Gone are defensive coordinator Billy Davis, inside linebackers coach Rick Minter, and outside linebackers coach Bill McGovern. Along with new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz comes linebackers coach Ken Flajole, who arrives after three years as Cleveland’s inside linebackers coach.

Flajole, who decided to stay in the NFL after originally accepting the defensive coordinator position at UTEP in mid January, enters his 17th season as a coach in the league. He comes to an Eagles team which has gone through a big overhaul after firing Chip Kelly before the end of the 2015 season.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Stoutland On State Of the Offensive Line

Brandon Brooks. (Jeff Fusco)

Brandon Brooks. (Jeff Fusco)

Jeff Stoutland gives each of his linemen areas to work on during the break between OTAs and training camp. By the sounds of it, when Brandon Brooks came looking for his assignment, the o-line coach didn’t have a whole lot to choose from.

“I told him, ‘Boy I’ll tell you what, after evaluating your film in free agency’…I said, ‘some of the things I thought maybe there was some issues with, that’s your strength.’ The use of his hands in protection are unbelievable; getting into the second level and blocking linebackers, he’s been extremely productive doing that,” said Stoutland for a podcast on the team’s website. Read more »

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