Even though he’s the wide receivers coach, Bob Bicknell didn’t need a football during a “teach” period at Monday’s practice.
The emphasis during this particular session was on blocking. It’s an aspect of playing the position that is often overlooked, and it’s not something that shows up in the box score or gets guys big pay checks.
But in Chip Kelly’s system, it’s crucial.
Standing on the sideline in a grey hoodie, grey sweats and an Eagles visor, he quickly looked down at his cheat sheet on the grass before running through the motions.
An NFL-version of charades. One second, he was adjusting an imaginary telescope. The next, flapping his wings like a bird.
The Eagles are hosting a cool event this weekend that will give fans the chance to see up-close how Chip Kelly is running his operation at the NovaCare Complex.
It’s called Eagles Academy For Men, and there are two sessions:
* Saturday, May 18th from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Sunday, May 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Select players, coaches and alumni will be on hand as fans get the opportunity to watch tape and run through drills on the practice fields. There will also be a tour of the weight room, training room and locker room.
Lunch will be provided in the team cafeteria, and each fan will receive an autographed item.
Birds 24/7 has a pair of tickets to give away to each session. To be eligible to win them, all you have to do is become a fan of our Facebook page. On Thursday afternoon, we will randomly select the winners. If you’re already a fan of Birds 24/7 Facebook, you’re automatically eligible.
LeSean McCoy’s publicist calls allegations that the running back and his bodyguard assaulted a woman in December “completely, unequivocally false.”
That doesn’t mean jogging back behind the line of scrimmage and huddling up – not anymore, anyway. Instead, it means turning their attention to the sidelines, identifying the hand signals and hustling to the right spot in the formation.
However, that’s just the beginning of the process. It’s not only the quarterback’s job to make decisions based on the look of the defense. In Chip Kelly’s offense, wide receivers will have option routes – plays where they are asked to assess the coverage and adjust their path accordingly.
The Eagles have added another option to the mix at running back, signing Felix Jones to a one-year deal and releasing wide receiver Marvin McNutt.
Jones, 26, spent his first five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He dealt with knee, shoulder and rib injuries last season and played in only 34.7 percent of the offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Jones did not miss a single game due to injury in 2012, but he was on the injury report 10 times (probable seven times, questionable three times).
“I’ve seen Coach [Chip] Kelly do his thing when he played his Bowl games at Oregon,” Jones said. “It seems like a fun system, a fun thing he has going on. No huddles and things of that nature. It’s exciting. I can’t wait to learn the playbook and get going.”
Chip Kelly has warned repeatedly not to draw any depth chart conclusions in May.
And he has a point.
Practice is about getting players acclimated to the offensive and defensive schemes. Reps, reps and more reps.
Having said that, there were a few surprises on Monday, the first time practice was open to the media.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the positions of note.
Monday was the first time the media were allowed to watch Chip Kelly’s Eagles practice at the NovaCare Complex.
Below is a first-person account of everything I saw.
DeSean Jackson is looking forward to getting back to being a weapon on punt returns. And LeSean McCoy doesn’t know Matt Barkley’s name. Here are some notes from NovaCare today.
Most Popular at Phillymag.com