Bill Davis spoke to the media today before practice about Mychal Kendricks’ new contract, when DeMeco Ryans will return and more. Here are some highlights of what he said. Read more »
Marcus Smith told reporters that he will be out for two-to-three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during Thursday’s practice.
“It’s not as bad as I thought it was,” he said. “Three weeks [out] is probably the most.”
There’s a chance, then, that Smith will miss the remainder of the preseason, but he’ll try to get ready for the finale against the Jets and is confident that he’ll be ready for the regular-season opener in Atlanta.
“I don’t think it sets me back at all,” he said. “I just think it’s something unfortunate that happened. I’m going to just rest and get the proper recovery protocol and just do what I gotta do to get back.”
Smith suffered a hamstring injury that forced him to leave practice early and receive an MRI.
“He really was taking some steps and coming on, but now he has had a setback,” added Billy Davis. That’s all it is, a setback. We don’t know how long the setback is, but we’ll know once we get some more information.”
Bill Davis spoke to the media today before practice. Here are some notes from the defensive coordinator’s press conference.
- Davis recalled a story about Sam Bradford to explain why he’s always been a fan of the quarterback.
“I’m highly impressed with Sam, I always have been. I’ve always known the skillset he’s got. I was a defensive coordinator at Arizona his rookie year the first game he played; Pat Shurmur was [his] coordinator. I blitzed Adrian Wilson off the edge probably 10 times to 15. He kept hitting Sam and hitting Sam. It must’ve been the third quarter Adrian comes over to me and says, ‘Hey Billy D, we’re in for a long one. Read more »
Yesterday, Chip Kelly said he wasn’t worried about Kiko Alonso’s concussion because the linebacker does not have a history of head injuries. Bill Davis echoed the head coaches sentiment this morning during his press conference and also talked about the team’s depth at linebacker.
- Alonso is still working through the concussion protocol, but Davis said linebacker injuries are fairly common during training camp.
“I don’t think I’ve been through a training camp as a linebackers coach where the inside ‘backer [group] doesn’t get thin at some point,” Davis explained. “I don’t know what it is about training camps, but when that happens, it’s nice to have the depth we have.”
As for Alonso’s recovery, Davis downplayed the severity of the injury.
“Kiko’s fine, it was just one of those things,” said Davis. “I’ve been coaching linebackers my whole career and its just part of that position, when it just sneaks up on you nowadays, we have a great protocol, so it’s not an issue, Kiko’s doing great, he won’t miss a beat.”
Earlier this week, Billy Davis was asked about Nolan Carroll, and he raved about what he’s seen from the 28 year old cornerback.
“He had one of the best offseasons I’ve been around,” Davis said. “He really has. From every competition, I think he won maybe every competition that we had in the offseason through his technique that he’s diving into.”
What are those competitions? Each day during practice – both in the spring and summer – Chip Kelly comes up with something. It might be something in the weight room or something on the field.
“We had plate holds to see who could hold it the longest,” Carroll said, when asked which ones he’s won. “…We had fastest miles per hour during practice, who was the fastest guy.”
“I think it was 21.3 miles per hour. It stayed there for the longest time, and then Denzel Rice beat it. He had 22.1, I think it was. For the longest time, I had the record. Just little things like that. He just wanted to be able to have us compete the whole time, not just be lackadaisical and be complacent certain days and guys not really reaching their peak. Every single day, he put in a surprise competition for us.” Read more »
Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis kicked off today’s practice with a press conference and once again, focus was shifted to Brandon Boykin. Davis spoke at length about the thinking behind the deal, Boykin’s potential replacements and gave his thoughts on the idea Chip Kelly is hard to be around.
- Davis claimed the team wasn’t planning on trading Boykin, but once the Steelers offer increased and he gauged the players behind Boykin on the depth chart, it became easier to pull the trigger.
“You never want to lose anyone, and I’m a Boykin fan,” Davis said. “I’ve always liked Brandon and he did a great job in the nickel for us, he was a pleasure to be around. I worked a coached a lot with the nickels the last few years so I got to know him even better than some of the other positions. But with the competition and the depth we have, when someone comes asking for a trade and you feel comfortable with the options you have if that particular player leaves, it was a close enough gap that we felt it was a good move for both [Boykin], us and the Steelers.”
Here is what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Andy Benoit of MMQB is calling Billy Davis’ bluff when it comes to the size of corners on the outside:
I think Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis is blowing hot air when he says a smaller stature will have no impact on the 5-10, 185-pound Brandon Boykin’s potential for the starting cornerback job opposite Byron Maxwell. “If you’re good enough, you’re big enough,” said Davis, who runs a lot of Seahawks-style coverages (only with a few more disguises). But if good enough equaled big enough, Boykin would have replaced the floundering Bradley Fletcher at some point last season. Some guys are just built for the slot—nothing wrong with that. Boykin will still play about 60 percent of the snaps this year—not as good as 100 percent, yes, but better than being asked to employ press techniques you’re not built for.
There was a change in approach and personnel Sunday, but the results were in many ways the same.
The struggling Bradley Fletcher was inactive for the regular-season finale in New York (Chip Kelly said he suffered a hip injury in practice during the week), moving Nolan Carroll into a starting role and rookie Jaylen Watkins into the rotation. Because of the new pieces, Billy Davis opted to have Cary Williams shadow Odell Beckham Jr. instead of keeping the starting corners on their respective sides as is custom. And to try and minimize the amount of big plays, Davis went with more split-safety looks.
The Giants, though, still racked up 429 passing yards and the Eagles yielded five plays of 20-plus yards through the air, adding to their league-leading total. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national and local media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Mychal Kendricks sat patiently at his locker Wednesday afternoon answering questions from reporters.
One questioner asked Kendricks about how the team is avoiding looking ahead to the Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Cowboys.
“I can’t even believe you’re mentioning that right now,” Kendricks said. “Where’s that rewind button?”