Eagles Wake-UP Call: OTAs Begin

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Today marks the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) for the Eagles. What are OTAs? Non-contact practices, basically. Now in Phase Three of the offseason conditioning program, the team is allowed to engage in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

A total of 10 practices are permitted over the next several weeks. The Eagles’ OTA schedule breaks down as follows: Read more »

Memorial Day Reading: Rebuilding Year?

Chip Kelly with service members during the team’s Military Appreciation Day in 2013. Photograph by Matt Rourke, AP

Chip Kelly with service members during the team’s Military Appreciation Day in 2013. Photograph by Matt Rourke, AP

Thank you very much to the men and women who serve and sacrifice for our country, including those in our Birds 24/7 community.

We hope everyone is getting some down time in over this long weekend. Like many of us, the Eagles will be back at it tomorrow as OTAs begin. We’ll give a more detailed preview in the morning.

If you need a fix in the meantime, take a listen to Mike Missanelli’s interview with Jon Runyan. The former Eagle and U.S. Representative believes that we should reserve judgment on Chip Kelly until he’s had the chance to build the roster in his vision, and has no issues with his decision to “hit the reset button” prior to Year 3. But Runyan cautions that said transition might be a bumpy one at first. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Eric Rowe On Chip Kelly

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Yesterday, Eagles second-round pick Eric Rowe joined the 97.5 morning show to talk about his first impressions of the city, the fans and, most importantly Chip Kelly. During his introductory press conference, Rowe explained how he was intimidated by Kelly when they first met at the Senior Bowl, but after being drafted by the team, Kelly was much more friendly to the rookie defensive back.

Rowe elaborated on what it was like in that meeting room.

“[Kelly] wasn’t doing anything, he just had his arms crossed,” Rowe said. “He didn’t ask any of the questions. Everything I would say, he was jotting it down. It was just really intimidating.

“When I left the room, I was just like, ‘man, that was tough.’ They were asking me questions left and right.”

But what kind kind of questions were the Eagles asking Rowe? Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On Matt Barkley’s Future

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Today’s question comes from Mike in the Northeast:

Sheil,

What have you heard about Matt Barkley?

What does he not do well that makes him a complete afterthought and constant cut rumor?

The only time Chip has said anything publicly, he gave him the highest praise after his rookie season, saying he did everything they asked him to do. Have you seen or heard anything concrete?

I would think with his pedigree and former top-10 pick status before his senior year injury that he would at the least be a viable candidate to compete vs. Sanchez for the #2 job.

Anything?

This is one of those “actions speak louder than words” situations, Mike. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: The Eagles And SPARQ

Brendan Maloney / USA TODAY Sports

Brendan Maloney / USA TODAY Sports

Today’s question comes from reader Jeremy:

For those unfamiliar, SPARQ is a metric used to measure speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. In other words, a prospect’s athleticism. Zach Whitman has more background on his Web site.

Long story short, SPARQ was created by Nike, and the Seahawks were involved in its development. The details of the formula are no longer public, but Whitman used existing data and information to approximate it. It’s not exact, but he calls his version pSPARQ. Read more »

Eagles Wake Up Call: Is A Bradford Extension Realistic?

Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get to today’s question:

Shortly after the Eagles acquired Sam Bradford,  a report surfaced that they were attempting to rework/extend the quarterback’s deal. Chip Kelly recently acknowledged that the two sides have had contract talks. Safe to say there is interest on the team’s side to get something done.

And Bradford wants to be here by all accounts. His camp did its part to try and prevent a draft-day trade by getting the message out that he would only sign a contract extension in Philly. He has landed in a quarterback-friendly system that has some similarities to the 0ne he excelled in at Oklahoma, and believes he has a real chance to resurrect his career under Kelly and his former coach, Pat Shurmur.

There is mutual interest, so an extension can’t be ruled out. The challenge is finding a contract that makes sense for both sides.
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Weekend Reading: Would Manuel Make Sense For Eagles?

EJ Manuel / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY

EJ Manuel / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY

Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend.

According to NFL.com, there’s a chance the Bills might be looking to part ways with quarterback E.J. Manuel this summer. And Chris Wesseling thinks the Eagles could make sense as his potential next landing spot:

If the Bills end up dangling Manuel for a late-round pick in August, keep an eye on the Eagles as a potential trade partner.

After recruiting Manuel at Oregon, Chip Kelly told NFL Network in the lead-up to the 2013 NFL Draft that the former Florida State star was a player he “didn’t get a chance to coach but would like a chance to coach.”

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