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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s the back-story of how Chip Kelly came up with the idea for the fly-swatter-like contraptions to simulate 6-foot-4 defensive linemen during practices.
One last spring practice for the Eagles today. Here’s a running diary with observations.
The Eagles’ three-day minicamp is over, the offseason program is a wrap, and the quarterback picture remains out of focus.
The first-team reps have been split pretty evenly between Michael Vick and Nick Foles since OTAs kicked off a few weeks back, and by the looks of it, the QB competition will continue through training camp.
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio asked Vick as he was coming off the field Thursday: “Are you cool sharing time with the first team offense?”
“I mean it’s tough,” said Vick, per Paolantonio. “I feel like I have to be a professional and put my commitments and emotions to the side, and just continue to work better. But it’s hard. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t, but that’s just what I have to deal with.”
Here is your running diary of Eagles practice observations from Wendesday’s session.
Here’s another running diary with Eagles practice observations from today’s session.
Cary Williams‘ session with reporters following Tuesday’s minicamp practice did not disappoint. His decision to to skip another voluntary OTA to attend his daughter’s dance recital last week drew some attention, mostly because he had just returned from a month-long absence.
Williams was blunt and unapologetic during a back and forth with the media outside the NovaCare Complex that lasted nearly 20 minutes.
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