Here’s a position-by-position breakdown of what we saw out of the Eagles’ offense Friday night, after having re-watched the first three quarters. Read more »
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 »
The dynamics have shifted a good deal in the short time Matt Barkley has been a member of the Eagles.
When he was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, the quarterback position was still up for grabs. There was Nick Foles and there was Michael Vick and there were questions about both. At that time Chip Kelly‘s depth chart was written in sand and with that came possibility, especially for a signal-caller that the head coach hand-picked.
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Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis met with reporters Sunday. Below are three things that stood out.
1. We’ve written plenty in this space about the high number of snaps guys like DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin played last year. Part of that had to do with the defense’s inability to get off the field. Part of it had to do with the team’s lack of depth at certain spots. Part of it had to do with pace and style of the offense.
But going forward, Davis wants to get those guys off the field a little bit more.
“It’s something we are very concerned about,” he said. “We don’t want any of them to play all the snaps. It’s too many snaps for any one defensive player. We know we had way too many. It benefits both us and the player and DeMeco or Mychal [Kendricks] that we get a rotation in there, too. We’ll get that rotation all the time through different packages and with the addition like you touched on of some new players. It will give us a little bit more flexibility. Read more »
The Eagles took the field for their first training camp practice of the 2014 season today. Here’s what we saw. Read more »
Leading up to training camp, we wrote position-by-position previews of the Eagles’ roster. We have already covered the defensive line, quarterbacks, outside linebackers, running backs, inside linebackers, cornerbacks, wide receivers, safeties and offensive line. Now it’s on to the final group: tight ends. Read more »
Chip Kelly likes to say that the Eagles only have a seating chart, not a depth chart, this time of year.
Luckily, here at Birds 24/7, we don’t have to abide by the same rules. So now that we’ve seen all of the spring practices and have our eyes on the start of training camp (July 25), here’s our stab at what the offensive depth chart looks like (we’ll do the defense tomorrow). I tried to make this as useful as possible, so there are explanations below. Read more »
Three thoughts as the offseason conditioning program comes to a close: Read more »
Chip Kelly has said repeatedly that he didn’t enter the NFL with any preconceived notions.
Still, one thing that surprised him last year was how committed most of the team’s veterans were to the program. At the time, Kelly explained that many of them bought in from the get-go and were focused on getting better and earning a job.
In Year 2, Kelly has done some more roster-churning. He’s had full attendance all spring and has been preaching a consistent message to the 90 players at the NovaCare Complex: invest in yourself. Read more »
This probably isn’t where Matt Barkley thought he’d be going into his second season in the NFL.
A fourth-round pick in 2013, he entered the league in what seemed like an attractive position. Michael Vick was on a one-year deal, and Nick Foles was an unproven commodity with limited experience.
During the regular season, of course, Foles seized the opportunity. And in limited action as a backup, Barkley threw four interceptions on 49 attempts, compiling a passer rating of 44.6.
“If people know me and they know who I am, not just what they saw this season, they know what I’m capable of and that I can throw the ball downfield,” Barkley said. “I can put the ball where I want it and make plays, win games and what-not. So I’m not worried about last year.” Read more »