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Photo: Liz Spikol

Photo: Liz Spikol

The new Walgreens on Broad and Chestnut is really coming along. The branded black and white awnings are up, the metal plaques are up, and construction workers are in and out all day. Shouldn’t be long now before we have Walgreens sushi in our lives.

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  • GEagle

    I have heard from a lot of credible people that Jason Peters is in THE best shape he has been in as an eagle so CBSsports continues on its campaign of worthlessness lol.

    Someone needs to re-asses the Eagles back up QB situation lol
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    Tired of hearing people bitch about our secondary..Professionals with Fanboys oppinions like “go get Revis”…What a DOPE!!!! The CB market was weak, every CB available in Free Agency had some type of Serious Warts…We went with two big, physical corners who’s career trajectory is currently rising. it’s not a case of signing NNamdi on a down swing of his career…last year was Cary’s second year of playing time, he wasn’t a top corner, but he did improve as the season went along playing his best ball during the playoffs. if Cary and Bradley were on the down swings, or plateauing they would be horrible signings, but these two aren’t done growing as players, and Howie managed to sign them to contracts that we can bail from that won’t allow these two to just get comfortable and cash checks…How much more they improve? Who knows….But the weren’t significantly better options, and if you do perceive a better option there is no way of knowing if that option would have agreed to a contract that keeps them hungry and provides them such little comfort and security.

    Safety Market wasn’t that great either. The best safety on the market was Dashon Goldson. we have Tom Gamble who had the inside track on Goldson, so if we chose not to pursue him, there was a good reason for it, and I won’t question that decision.
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    glover Quinn, is a nice player, but he isn’t the sure shot improvement. he is a converted CB, good in coverage, weak in the box(No way he could play with Nate Allen)
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    Ed Reed is old and injured
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    Louis Delmas is fragile, and already fleecing Detroit by missing half the offseason work..

    Rome wasn’t built in a day…Not only were there not really players worth breaking the Bank for, but we had sooo many holes to fill, that if we woulda broke the bank for a position or two, we wouldnt have been able to patch up so many other holes…

    our secondary isn’t Elite, but it’s going to be physical, it’s not going to quit. With the Exception of Phillips, they are all still on the upswing of their careers with room to improve, none of them have any comfort or security, none of them can afford to be complacent if they want to be here. You can No longer afford to pass the buck, and point at the player next to you…If you want to be here you will play your heart out, fight and compete til the whistle, work hard, be Discaplined, and hold yourself as well as your team mates accountable…

    We could possibly need 4 new starters, or this can grow into our secondary of the future…Reality will probably fall somewhere in the middle.
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    Believe it or not, call me crazy, but Im ally starting to get excited about the defense.

    • Jack Waggoner

      He may be in great shape but he may also have higher physical demands on him this season than in the past due to the up-tempo nature Chip Kelly is trying to institute.

      • MediaMike

        You realize he’s a converted TE, right? Peters = athletic.

        • Adam

          While I agree he’s athletic, That was over 8 years ago. He was never really a true TE anyhow, he had more pancakes in college than receptions. He needs to prove that injury won’t slow him down, because it is an injury that can seriously effect the athleticism of a person, especially an NFL left tackle.

          • MediaMike

            I’d 100% agree with you if we were talking 15 years ago and/or Peters had been rushed back. He’ll be 16-18 months post injury at the start of the season. I’m feeling good about Peters.

    • Nezar Ali

      man you took the words right outta my mouth. I’m tired of these dumb analysts that just don’t know how to predict who will be good or not. thats why every year there are surprise teams.. if you see what eagles are doing you can tell that chip kelly is bringing something big too the NFL

    • Matthew Donaldson

      Well put. Suggesting the Eagles should have done more to strengthen the CB position and then not proposing any legitimate alternatives annoyed me too.

  • MediaMike

    Pat Kirwan is my boy and I listen to his show on Sirius everyday, but he doesn’t need to worry about Peters at LT. Peters is the best and most athletic LT in the NFL. He’ll flourish with Kelly’s program. He’ll dominate solid players like Ware, one-trick-pony frauds like JPP, and injury prone guys like Orakpo. I have ZERO worries about Peters.

    • GEagle

      Not that familiar with him to tell you the truth…is he worth a listen?
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      GUYS, I STRONGLY SUGGEST reading the Bucky Brooks article in its entirety. YOU will NOT find a BETTER Sunday Morning Read…It goes through what our offense would look like with each of our 3 QBs…It’s no Secret that I’m on Team Foles, but this article goes in depth about the positives possibilities of pur offense with all 3 QBs, so Foles and Vick fans will both enjoy this article..

      Check it out!!!

      • MediaMike

        Kirwan is awesome. He and Tim Ryan have the best on-air analysis coupled with the least amount of bias. If you have Sirius, you need to tune into their show. 3 to 7 every day.

        • GEagle

          Thanks man, Il def chek It out…I’m telling you. Read the buck brooks article. it will get you PUMPED UP!

    • Token

      I think people need to be realistic about Peters. The guy WAS the most athletic LT in the game. His injuries were very serious for a guy of his size and skill set. I wouldnt assume he will be back to the way he was. I certainly hope he is, but it will be tough.

      • GEagle

        you need to be realistic about Peters…everyone that has seen the man has been absolutely blown away RAVING at how he looks..the dude was running frggin HURDLES in March. Realistic is actually listening to what people that are privy to see him tell to, instead of being skeptical just to be skeptical. Every human body is different…yOu won’t find a SINGLE person that says Peters has lost even HALF a step…if anything people are saying he looks better then they ever seen him…

        Are you still skeptical about Meco returning from his torn Achilles? are you still skeptical about Adrian Peterson returning from his ACL?

        So Tired of hearing the Peterson crap. he is HEALTHY, he is BACK…GET OVER IT! Geez

        • Token

          Honestly, I hope you are right. But have you ever heard reports that say “hes not doing well” when a guy is coming off injury like this?

          Its almost always this “hes in the best shape of any human ever” type of storyline. The media eats that up.

          Ill wait until I see the guy on the field running and blocking other 300lb men before I am convinced he can be the same guy.

          The Eagles didnt reach for the 3rd best tackle in the draft at pick #4 for no reason. Ill tell you that much.

          • GEagle

            Ugh I know if there was anything remotely wrong, then a 310lb man wouldn’t be running hurdles in march!!!!

          • Richard Colton

            Hasn’t hit a defensive player since 2011, and he’s on the wrong side of thirty. That said – if he truly is back to his 2011 form, we have a monster at LT.

          • GEagle

            We have a monster LT lol

    • Adam

      Yeah, I’m not sure I can agree. Serious injury. Big dude, not young anymore. It could be fine but it also could be very bad, especially if he gets reinjured. It’s something I’m worried about.

      • GEagle

        unless he gets re injured which is possible with every single athlete in all sports. There is nothing to worry about.

  • Philip Soloninka

    Just so I am clear, Graz thinks we should have gone after Revis AFTER the Non-D and DRC debacles? After Revis was coming off of a destroyed knee and his constant back and forth with the Jets front office? I understand his talent and risk vs reward, but I really don’t mind that we stayed away from that deal.

    • Jack Waggoner

      Especially in the position the Eagles are currently in, trying to reconfigure everything.

      • Philip Soloninka

        That’s another good reason, all the changes made both on the field and off.

  • borntosuffer

    True. What the Eagle’s saw as a mechanics problem with Foles’ long passes is completely contradicted by someone who supposedly analyzed his mechanics. Only one of them can be correct.

  • Jack Waggoner

    I do tend to agree that Foles gets the most out of his not-so-strong arm with some pretty good mechanics. In a situation where he would not be able to properly set his feet, he wouldn’t get much on the throw. This as opposed to someone like Vick or McNabb who could be sitting in a chair and still would be able to wing it all the way down the field.

    For Foles it is a limitation that will always be there. Seems like the same thing with Barkley. This is not a fatal flaw but is a flaw nonetheless.

  • Dubiy

    Foles doesn’t have a weak arm but to say ‘his superior arm strength’. Vick with the flick of a wrist makes it go 60+ yards..

  • soundbonz

    Niners, Panthers, Seahawks, Ravens, Saints, and Texans. And yes, I’m talking depth. I would rank the Eagles 7th. One could also make a case for the Patriots, but I would put them at 8th best.

  • GEagle

    Woah…the patriots run game? Lmao

  • Adam

    … Saints? Really?

  • MediaMike

    Look up stats on the Pats run game over the past few years as they’ve implemented Kelly’s stuff. It’s been very productive.

  • GEagle

    let’s see how good that run game is this year, when defenses aren’t petrified bout the threat of Gronk,Welker, and Hernandez…They have a very good System run game, but they don’t have anyone really that is special and that can make a dollar out of 15 cents. The Line is good tho…..You know who doesn’t get talked about but who I really fear going into this year? Wilson from the Giants. He worries me.

    Who backs up Marshawn Lynch? Drawing a blank..
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    if Peters is operating at like 90%, and our starters are healthy, I wold take Bryce and Shady, over most of the other Tandems. I just love the way they compliment each other. The Shifty shady had NFL players and “Experts” committing Blashemy two years ago comparing him to THE GOD, Barry Sanders. Adrian Peterson,Ray Rice, fOster, they can not do some of the things shady does…that doesn’t make him better then all the backs, but he is a special, and very dangerous back. I think people forget just how good he can be…and Bryce’s potential is through the roof. Some of the things he did last year were amazing for any rookie back…but to think he looked so great at times, during a year he was just shaking off rust, while also getting acclimated to the speed of the nfl game…Bryce doesn’t even know what it’s like to run behind Peters yet..lol….he did some amazing things running behind Jake Scott, Dallas Reynolds,Queen Dunlap, Demetress….WTF is THAT dude going to look like this year with a year of football under his belt, the NFL speed of the game slowing down for him, supreme conditioning drastically better then last year, and what’s probably going to be an awesome Oline in front of him?..

    Shady will make you miss…but Bryce will Run you Over and/Or turn on the jets, use that crazy break away speed and run away from you….I wouldn’t trade our run game for too mny others. maybe the niners(love that line, and if LamIcheal comes back from injury with Kendall Hunter, they have like a million backs…Vikings have Peterson and Khalil, so you definitely consider theirs…but no way I’d take those other tems run game over our healthy run game..but to each his own

  • GEagle

    Yeah I dont get the Saints at all

  • Token

    I just dont see that personally.

    Foles didnt have good mechanics last season IMO. He rarely used his lower body when throwing. Thats why he lost zip. Thats why he lost distance. Like most any other sport, the core drives power. Thats something Foles should have worked on this offseason.

    Foles arm is fine. People get a bit carried away with arm strength. They think everyone has the arm of a Vick or Flacco. Just not the case at all. And as long as strength is sufficient, timing and accuracy are far more important. Foles has a NFL caliber arm.

  • Token

    And Vick is a terrible QB. So that shows how unimportant this measurement of a QB can be.

  • Adam

    I agree, Foles mechanics was one of the biggest knocks against him last year. His footwork, while it did get better as the year went on, left a lot to be desired. He never really had any “umpf” in his passes and sometimes threw off his back foot or with his shoulders east-west rather than north-south.

    One thing I thought he did really well though was climbing the pocket and keeping his eyes down field. Maybe it’s just because I was used to watching Vick run for his life everytime the pocket broke down, but Foles made a lot of plays after the line gave out (which was very frequently) so it was refreshing. Hopefully with the healthy line he won’t have to do it that often, but there will always be a time he does.But he definitely needs to work on his mechanics, specifically his footwork. Reports out of camp say his passes have more zip this year which is good to hear.

  • atb124

    What if we interpret the comment as, “When Foles does have throws with good zip on them, it is due to good mechanics rather than elite arm strength”

    I think we can all get behind that view of things, no?

  • GEagle

    A guy his size…he weighs 40lbs more then Meco a year removed from overcoming the same exact thing. Peters could have played last December, since then, he hasn’t reinsured himself…you are welcome to drive yourself crazy about JP, I’m not the least bit concerned.

  • Adam

    Huh? Peters plays at like 325-340. I don’t think Meco plays at 280-300lbs. And Demeco didn’t play that great the season after his injury, and he didn’t blow it out twice.

  • GEagle

    Right now Peters isn’t a pound heavier then 310