Well, this was supposed to be a positive blog post about the Eagles’ offensive line. Then word of Jason Peters‘ arrest for drag racing and resisting came down last night, and suddenly that didn’t quite seem appropriate.
But if you’re looking for a reason to be optimistic, shift your focus away from the Pro Bowl tackle and toward Pro Bowl hopeful Evan Mathis.
The 31-year-old had minor surgery on his ankle this offseason and the expectation was that he wouldn’t be on the field again until training camp. But during last week’s minicamp, he was back in the mix.
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.
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.”
The 10-year-old stadium is undergoing a significant make-over in an effort to enhance the fans’ gameday experience.
“We have had discussions with season-ticket holders over the past couple of seasons to find out what was important to them,” said team president Don Smolenski. “We listened and developed a plan of action. The revitalization of Lincoln Financial Field that will take place over the next two years is a direct result of those conversations.”
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.