DeSean Jackson grabbed the microphone and asked for a show of hands: Who needs a bottle of water?
A couple minutes later, the Eagles’ wide receiver returned, carrying an old Hewlett Packard printer box filled with sodas, water, chips and refreshments.
This was a different environment for Jackson. He is used to playing in front of big crowds at the Linc. But this was a more intimate gathering in a small theater at the student center on the campus of Saint Joseph’s University. Jackson was there as one of the hosts for an advanced screening of DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father’s Dream, a fascinating documentary produced by his older brother, Byron.
DeSean Jackson made some headlines earlier this week when he appeared on NFL Network and said “the team” wants to know who the Eagles’ starting quarterback is going to be.
Yesterday, at an advanced screening of his brother Byron’s documentary, DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father’s Dream, he expanded on those comments.
“As far as myself, I don’t really know what the team is OK with and not OK with,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, I don’t know where it stands, who’s going to be the starting quarterback. I wish I could know, but at the end of the day, that’s the coach’s decision, so I guess you have to play that how it goes.”
From new roles for Trent Cole and Brandon Graham to the changes for safeties and linebackers, here are three things we learned about the Eagles’ defense this spring.
Chip Kelly has made it clear that the coaches can only go so far with their evaluations in the spring.
“We have an understanding of their athletic ability and how they run, change direction and things like that,” Kelly said. “But there are still a lot of things to be evaluated when you put the pads on. It’s still a physical game. A lot of guys look great in shorts and T‑shirts, then they disappear when you put the pads on. So we have an evaluation in terms of athletic ability, how fast some guys are, their ability to change direction and things like that. But until we get the pads on, we can’t tell.”
And that’s just fine with Arrelious Benn.
The Eagles acquired the 6-2, 220-pound wide receiver for his physicality and versatility. After three disappointing seasons in Tampa, the 24-year-old now has an opportunity to follow through on the potential he showed at the high school and college levels.
From two tight end sets to the state of the offensive line to the quarterback competition, here are three things we learned about the Eagles’ offense this spring.
We went over the defense yesterday.
Here is the projected depth chart for the Eagles’ offense, based on what we saw during spring practices. Explanations below.
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Chip Kelly has made it clear that he has no interest in setting the depth chart until the pads come on in late July and he can draw some informed conclusions.
While it’s true that players rotated in and out at times during practices, there still were loosely defined first, second and third teams for the most part.
Keeping that in mind, here’s my version of the depth chart, based on what I saw during spring practices. This is the ultimate “take it with a grain of salt” exercise. Spots will be determined this summer, and a lot can change between now and the Week 1 matchup in D.C. against the Redskins.
But this should give you some idea of where things currently stand. We’ll do the defense today and the offense tomorrow. Explanations below.
During Chip Kelly’s final media session last week, a reporter posed the following question:
There’s always been talk about whether the option will work in the NFL. You seem to be running quite a bit of it. Is that a fallacy…?
Kelly interrupted. “Is it a fallacy that we run quite a bit of it?” he said. “Yes.”