Joint Practices Wrap-Up: Pointer Praises Bradford

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Quinton Pointer understood the hype. In one of his first practices after signing with the Rams as an undrafted free agent, Sam Bradford dislocated the defensive back’s finger.

“I went to break up a pass and he messed my finger up real good,” Pointer said of the 2012 incident. “He can throw it hard.”

Pointer played in St. Louis with Bradford in 2012 and 2013, but now he’s trying to make the Baltimore Ravens. Pointer lauded Bradford after the Eagles’ joint practice with the Ravens Friday. Read more »

Photos: Eagles Training Camp, 8/13 Part II



Photos: Eagles Training Camp, 8/13



Eagles Notes: Replacing JaCorey Shepherd

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

JaCorey Shepherd and Eric Rowe. (Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

A day after an MRI revealed JaCorey Shepherd tore the ACL in his right knee, Chip Kelly discussed the impact of the rookie cornerback’s injury.

“First and foremost, you just feel so bad for him because he’s worked so hard and invested so much into this. [He’s] a great young man. It was a tough time talking to him yesterday,” Kelly said. “We talked to him about using this as a rookie year so next year won’t be a rookie year. He’ll learn everything he needs to learn from a mental standpoint and he’ll start to rehab as soon as possible.”

Kelly said E.J. Biggers, Eric Rowe, and Jaylen Watkins will rotate at the nickel spot. The Eagles also announced they signed cornerback Marc Anthony after Kelly’s morning press conference. Anthony, who attended the University of California, was drafted in the seventh round in 2013 by the Baltimore Ravens. Read more »

JaCorey Shepherd Injured During Practice

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles depth at corner may be a little thinner today after JaCorey Shepherd was carted off the field with what seemed to be an injury to his right leg.

Shepherd collided with Darren Sproles on the far sideline after the running back made a catch and turned up field. He stayed down after the play and was attended to by the Eagles training staff before he was able to stand up and gingerly walk to a nearby cart that took him back to the training room.

The rookie sixth-round pick appeared to be the favorite to land the nickel spot vacated by Brandon Boykin, but that could very well change depending on the prognosis of his injury. Chip Kelly talked about the depth the team has at corner on the first day of training camp and explained the different guys who would be competing for that spot.

“We’re going to run everyone through there, to be honest with you,” the coach said. “We have so many training sessions between now and when we play against the Falcons, we’ll get enough reps [to determine] who will be the nickel at that time, there’s a lot of candidates. [Walter Thurmond] will stay at safety right now, you won’t see him at nickel. JaCorey Shepherd will be in there, you’ll see [Jaylen] Watkins in there, E.J. Biggers has played in there so we’ll mix and match and try to get as many reps as we possibly can for those guys.” Read more »

Eagles 53-Man Roster Projection

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Let’s get the usual disclaimers out of the way:

  • It’s only June, and the Eagles haven’t even practiced in pads yet.
  • There will be more roster moves made between now and September.
  • Players unfortunately will get injured.

Having said all that, providing an early 53-man roster projection allows us to at least get a handle on what camp battles should be taken seriously come August.

It’s also just a fun exercise for the sleepy days of late June. And we’re pro-fun here at Birds 24/7. So here you go: Read more »

Watkins Prepping For Shot At Safety

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The coaching staff wanted Jaylen Watkins to add some weight and muscle mass this offseason, so that’s what he did.

The second-year defensive back finished the season around 194 pounds. Thanks to an increased weight-lifting regimen and change in diet, he reported to NovaCare looking a little more rocked up and weighing in at 200 pounds.

How much of that was done with the safety position in mind?

“A lot of it,” he said during a conversation with Birds 24/7. “But in general, if I can put on more weight and move the same way, it’s going to be a plus no matter what I’m playing. And that’s the case right now. I’ve put on the pounds, I still move the same. It’s big for me for safety when that comes to mind but at the same time it’s still making me a better overall player.” Read more »

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