This Time Around, Momah Has A Shot

 

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

James Brady was around for the first Ifeanyi Momah transformation.

The two have been friends since they were teenagers. They went to different high schools in Long Island but the quarterback and receiver regularly trained together. As kids with little cash and big goals, they used to jump from gym to gym around the neighborhood, taking advantage of the free introductory memberships until it was time to find the next deal.

When they weren’t playing on the same night Brady would go and check out Momah’s games, and remembers the gigantic jump he took once he injected some swagger into that large frame.

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Sproles a Hit With Eagles Defensive Coaches

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

While Eagles offensive coaches were thrilled to land Darren Sproles this offseason, it didn’t take long for GM Howie Roseman to hear from representatives on the other side of the ball.

“I know when we played the Saints every year, I was worried about where he would be,” Roseman said. “When we made that trade, the first person to come to my office was Billy Davis, and he said, ‘I know every time we play Darren Sproles, I have to figure out where he is on the field.’ ”

Sproles has immediately become a favorite of Chip Kelly and the entire coaching staff. The 31-year-old practices like an undrafted free agent who has something to prove, not like an accomplished veteran. That’s something Kelly clearly appreciates. Read more »

Why Size At Corner Matters To Eagles

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Chip Kelly led with size when extolling the virtues of free-agent acquisition Nolan Carroll last week.

“We had him targeted very early as a guy we wanted to bring into this organization,” the head coach said. “I think he’s got the requisite length that we are looking for at the corner spot, especially as an outside corner.”

Another blow dealt to those hoping Brandon Boykin will be given a starting role this season.

The argument for moving Boykin outside is pretty straightforward: The 23-year-old finished second in the league with six interceptions last year while playing only half the time. Why not give the playmaker more opportunity to make plays?

There is merit to that line of thinking. But the Eagles are looking at it another way. Big picture, they see a league that is getting flooded with giants at the wide receiver position, and are trying to properly arm themselves so they at least have  a fighting chance against them.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Goode Eyes Bigger Role

Eagles LB Najee Goode puts on helmet

Two snaps into the Eagles’ Week 9 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, Najee Goode got the call.

Mychal Kendricks went down with a knee injury at Lambeau Field, and Goode was chosen to replace him alongside DeMeco Ryans at inside linebacker. He played the rest of that game and then started the following week against the Redskins.

“There was a lot of positive feedback, stuff I gotta work on, but a lot of positive feedback,” Goode said. “Getting in there, not necessarily messing up, doing some good things, showing a lot of good signs and flashes of being a good, consistent player. Making some pass break-ups. Green Bay, was able to disrupt the run a lot different than what they thought they were gonna get. It was a confidence booster for me and to also see what I’ve gotta work on.” Read more »

Why Chip Kelly Delegates To Assistants

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Before becoming the head coach at Oregon in 2009, Chip Kelly was an assistant for four different college teams.

And all along the way, he appreciated that his bosses allowed him to do his job without micromanaging.

“No different than in your job,” Kelly said. “If your editor takes an article that you turn in and hacks the heck out of it, I’m sure you… you know what I mean. It’s the same thing. I think you can give pointers and tips and all those things, but I think any editor will say the same thing: ‘God, this guy, I have to keep rewriting his story all the time.’ Well, that guy is probably not going to have that job for very long.

“It’s the same thing with an assistant coach. And I’m fortunate we don’t have anybody like that. I think we have a bunch of really, really good teachers that we are all on the same page with, and that’s a positive.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Villanueva An ‘Intriguing Prospect’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Safe to say Alejandro Villanueva has had his plate full since signing with the Eagles as a rookie free agent back in early May.

For starters, he hadn’t played the sport since 2009. The U.S. Army Ranger was on active duty for the past four years, which included three tours in Afghanistan. When he did play last it was at wide receiver and before that, offensive tackle. He has been not only reacquainting himself with football but is learning a new position — defensive end — and doing so on the game’s highest level. If that’s not enough, Villanueva still has Army requirements that need to be fulfilled.

“I’ve been kind of partially amazed that he could do what he’s done,” said Chip Kelly. Read more »

On the Allen/Jenkins Dynamic

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly cracked wise as a reporter began asking whether Nate Allen and Malcolm Jenkins play a physical enough brand of ball to be an effective safety duo.

“They’ve been knocking the [stuffing] out of people in OTAs, so be ready for that,” Kelly quipped.

Joking aside, the two safeties currently atop the depth chart aren’t exactly known for laying the lumber. Philosophically, how important is it to have an enforcer in the back end in the head coach’s view? Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Could Carroll Get a Shot?

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

For Nolan Carroll II, much of this spring has been about getting used to a new environment.

The 27-year-old cornerback spent his first five NFL seasons with the Dolphins before signing with the Eagles this offseason. And he’s taking note of the differences.

“I really think it’s the assessments that we do every morning,” Carroll said when asked what the biggest adjustment has been. “You have to really have in your mind to do it every day. You’ve gotta do your heart rate stuff. You’ve gotta do your hydration. You’ve gotta do your questionnaire. And you’ve gotta weigh in.

“Those are the things that normally when you come in, you don’t do stuff like that. You come in the building, probably get in the hot tub, relax at your locker. Now you’ve gotta do all those things. But ultimately it’s helping you in the long run because they’re trying to monitor your body and trying to see how you are, how you’ve recovered from the previous day. If you haven’t recovered, they’re gonna try and find a way to help you recover.” Read more »

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