Bradford: ‘I Plan To Play’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was asked five different ways about his plan for Sam Bradford this weekend, and he deftly ducked each question. At one point, he cited the weather as a factor in determining if/how long Bradford plays.

“You never know, there could be a monsoon!” he joked on his way off the practice field Thursday.

There are some showers in the Green Bay forecast Saturday, but barring that monsoon, it sounds like the QB is suiting up. Read more »

Photos: Eagles Training Camp, 8/13



Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what we saw during Wednesday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex.

11:47 –  A couple notes at the top. DeMeco Ryans has the day off. He’s out here in shorts and a jersey. Still no sign of Kiko Alonso. DeMarco Murray, Mychal Kendricks and Zach Ertz work with the trainers during a portion of the individual drills. Of those three, only Kendricks sits out the team portion of practice. Middle linebacker is a loaded position, but it’s going to be thin today.

11:50 — Cody Parkey is off target on a few of his field goal tries, including one that knuckles well low and left. Tucker seems concerned. Not Jimmy Kempski, though. The lover of all things special teams is standing directly behind the end zone, eating Rita’s Water Ice with a giant smile on his face as the Parkey tries sail over his head. Pretty sure he’s in his heaven.

12:00 – This is a fun tackling drill where the players dive and attack the dummy alligator-style. Notice Earl Wolff goes back to the mat after his turn to pick something up. What could he have dropped? Mouthpiece? Car keys? Also, I like how Najee Goode slams the dummy down for good measure towards the end. Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

A little over 43,000 fans came out to take in Eagles practice at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday. Here’s what we saw.

12:01 – It’s Military Appreciation Day here at the Linc. Service men and women are lined up in the bowels of the stadium from the Eagles locker room to the tunnel. Chip Kelly stops to greet each of them while making his way out to the field. It’s a perfect scene as the national anthem cascades down on the men and women of uniform and the revved up crowd…until the plane shows up.

Greg Hardy helped fund this stunt. The yellow bird first appears by the north end zone, carrying a banner that reads, “We Still Dem Boyz. #Sackscomin.” The crowd breaks into “Dallas Sucks!” chants and fills the bowl with hearty boos. The football juices are officially flowing. Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s what we saw during today’s practice at the Linc.

12:35 – The Eagles put the pads on for the first time, and Jeffrey Lurie is on the sideline. He confirmed exclusively to Birds 24/7 that Chip Kelly says hi to him when they pass each other in the hallway at the NovaCare Complex (feeling the need to make sure everyone knows this is a joke).

12:42 – One on ones between receivers and cornerbacks. Fans don’t get to see all of training camp anymore, so this is a nice gesture by the organization – give those in attendance at the Linc something fun to watch.

Up first is Byron Maxwell against Josh Huff. Maxwell blankets him on an out towards the sideline. Huff dives and takes out an innocent bystander. And I mean takes out. Huff laid out and collided with the guy’s knees pretty violently. Luckily, Gary (he’s wearing a name tag) is able to get up and walk it off. That’s a tough dude right there. McManus would’ve been out for a month.

More from Maxwell. He sets up across from Nelson Agholor in press coverage. Agholor runs a go route down the right sideline. Sam Bradford delivers a good ball, but Maxwell gets his hand in between Agholor’s and breaks it up. He waves to the crowd afterwards, and the fans go nuts. Cory Undlin runs 20 yards to Maxwell to give him some love.

I asked Maxwell to describe the play after practice. Read more »

Eagles Weekend Reading: Cooper’s Bad Contract

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here are some Eagles links to check out this weekend.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland names his “All-Bad Contract Team” and includes three Eagles: DeMarco MurrayByron Maxwell and Riley Cooper. Here’s the writeup on Cooper:

Cooper might actually fit all four of the criteria for a bad contract, which would be a rare sweep. The Eagles gave him a five-year, $22.5 million deal last offseason on the strength of what was honestly a pretty underwhelming season; 47 catches for 835 yards and eight scores as a full-time starter in a high-powered attack like Philadelphia’s just isn’t that impressive. Even worse, he really had only three big games that season, and the biggest (139 yards, three touchdowns) came against the lowly Raiders. And this is all without considering his infamous moment of off-field racism. He responded by catching 55 passes for 577 yards as a full-time starter last year, and with the Eagles having shifted their spending on offense toward running backs, Cooper will be stuck in a meaningful role again in 2015.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Step Up For Huff?

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

As we wrote back in April, Josh Huff has been working with Rischad Whitfield — known by his clients as “The Footwork King” — this offseason to try and improve his get-off from the line of scrimmage.

“Last year, Josh had a problem getting off press coverage at the line,” explained Whitfield. “When he was lining up out wide, defensive backs were jamming him and it was taking him forever to get off the line…I’ve been working on a lot of press releases. I’ve been working on a lot of different footwork moves for Josh that can help him get open because once he gets open and gets that separation from the DB, everything else is history because he is so explosive and fast.”

In the weeks since, Whitfield has been posting snippets of his workouts with Huff to offer a glimpse into their training: Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On the 2014 Draft Class

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Today’s question comes from reader Jeffrey via email. He had a lot to say, so I will just paraphrase here to give you the gist:

I was reading your roster projection, and it made me think about what a colossal failure the 2014 draft has been. Other than Jordan Matthews and Beau Allen, it was total trash. Champions pick Pro Bowlers on Day 3 and don’t totally blow first-round picks. Chip Kelly’s player selection in the draft could be his undoing. Would love to hear your thoughts.

We projected roles for rookies last week, so might as well go over second-year players today. Here’s a player-by-player look at where things stand with the guys taken in the 2014 draft.

Marcus Smith, OLB – I have joked all offseason that I’m the only person on his bandwagon if anybody wants to give me company. The truth is there are not a lot of positives to point to so far. Only one first-round pick played fewer snaps than Smith last season. He jumped around from outside linebacker to inside linebacker. And this spring he’s battled a groin injury. Best-case scenario for 2015 is that Smith improves and gets on the field as the third outside linebacker behind Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham. Maybe he flashes pass-rushing potential, displays his versatility and competes for a starting spot in 2016.

But there are obviously no guarantees that those things happen. Smith has the measurables and appears to have the work ethic. It is just a matter of putting it all together. If he gets beaten out by Travis Long for the No. 3 OLB job, the cries of “bust” will be deafening. Read more »

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