Eagles Wake-Up Call: Rookie Progress Report

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

From time to time, we like to check in on how the Eagles’ draft picks are doing. With the first preseason game a day away, here’s an update.

Marcus Smith, OLB – He’s been running with the second team at the Jack spot behind Connor Barwin. And in all likelihood, that’s where Smith is going to see most of his action this season. He has looked the part from the first day of camp – long, athletic and can move in space. A couple days ago, he showed some feistiness, mixing it up with James Casey after the whistle. Smith, who has never before been to an NFL game, will likely make some normal rookie mental mistakes tomorrow night, but overall, he appears to be on schedule to contribute. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Huff’s Learning Curve

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Familiarity hasn’t totally worked to Josh Huff‘s advantage in the early going.

A common belief was that Huff, having played under Chip Kelly at Oregon, would be able to acclimate quickly given his intimate knowledge of the offensive system. The rookie had similar thoughts.

“He walked in here thinking, ‘Hey, I know this offense.’  He’ll be the first one to tell you there are a lot of things that have changed and been added from what he did at Oregon, which he just really had to do,” said Pat Shurmur. “We see a lot more defense.  We see a lot more man coverage in the NFL than they did in college.  So we’ve got a lot of the traditional things in the passing game that you would run at this level.

“So, that kind of shocked him I think initially that this isn’t exactly what we did at Oregon, but he settled in.”

Huff acknowledged that he was caught off guard and had to “re-tool and rebuild” his system. He would hear a play call and his mind would go back to Oregon’s offense so he would run the route that matched the concept from college. It took some time to work through that.

That’s one hurdle. The work load is the other. According to Shurmur, Huff has been given the most to learn out of all the young receivers.

Why is that? Read more »

Notes: McCoy Very High On Matthews

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Count LeSean McCoy among those impressed by what Jordan Matthews has shown in training camp to date.

The 2014 receiver draft class was largely considered one of the deepest ever. Six wideouts (Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin and Marqise Lee) were selected ahead of Matthews, but McCoy thinks the Vanderbilt product may very well be the best of the bunch. Read more »

Notes: Foles Working With Thin WR Corps

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jeremy Maclin was locked up with Cary Williams during one-on-one drills. He burst down field at full speed, planted hard, turned in and snatched the ball before going to the ground.

Maclin walked towards the sideline after the play with a bit of a limp. During the special teams drills that followed he stood at the far end of the field, at first with Billy Davis and then by himself, slowly pacing back and forth, head down. He re-joined the group for 7-on-7′s and caught a pass from Nick Foles on the first play but didn’t look quite right and promptly pulled himself out. He was a spectator the rest of the day.
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Foles No. 1 In Jersey Sales

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The last time we checked in on Nick Foles‘ jersey sales was shortly after his seven-touchdown performance against the Raiders in November.

The page where you can purchase a Foles jersey on the team site saw a 25 percent spike in hits following that showing in Oakland, yet sales hardly went up at all. Fans were looking at it, they were thinking about it, but weren’t quite ready to take the plunge.

Now they’re jumping in. Read more »

Photos: Eagles Training Camp, 8/3



Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Johnson/Kelly Comparison

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When Peter King of The MMQB wrote about Chip Kelly earlier this week, he compared the Eagles’ head coach to Jimmy Johnson.

Before his first training camp practice of the season on Saturday, we spent time in his office, and when we parted, I thought how much he reminded me of Jimmy Johnson when Johnson entered the league 25 years ago. Respectful of the other coaches and teams, but they aren’t going to dictate what he’s going to do. Totally confident that his style will work in the NFL. Unlike Johnson, Kelly’s not brash on the outside. Like Johnson, he knows deep down his way will win. Johnson brought a small, fast defense into a league that was going bigger and bigger. It worked.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie read King’s piece and was asked about the comparison. Read more »

Camp Notes: Irvin Talks Jordan Matthews

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jordan Matthews says he isn’t paying much attention to what is being said and written about him so far during training camp. He knows that buzz may only stick around for a news cycle before flying off to find its next host.

Rookie years in particular are filled with ups and downs. Today, for example, was a relatively quiet day for Matthews. Wednesday he was making plays all over the place. So it goes. The hype will swell and recede accordingly.

While it’s important not to get carried away, there’s no denying that he is making an impression early on in his time with the Eagles. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Checking In On Marcus Smith

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

At one point during 7-on-7s Wednesday, Marcus Smith found himself one-on-on with Jordan Matthews.

Smith stayed with the wideout well down field and was in decent position as the pass sailed to the corner of the end zone, but Matthews elevated and snagged the ball out of the air. Touchdown.

Or was it? Read more »

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