Thoughts/Impressions From OTAs

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Marcus Smith
was running with the third team on Thursday. Trent Cole and Connor Barwin were with the ones, Brandon Graham (lined up at right outside linebacker) ran with the twos opposite Bryan Braman, and Smith played left outside linebacker with the threes opposite Travis Long.

Similarly, cornerback Jaylen Watkins practiced with the third team during the practice session open to the media. Read more »

Notes: Allen Over Wolff; Sanchez No. 2

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders
The camp battles might not have the same sex appeal of a Vick versus Foles, but there will be battles nonetheless this spring and summer. On Thursday, we got our first glimpse at how Chip Kelly is framing those competitions as the OTAs continued at the NovaCare Complex.

At safety, Nate Allen got the first team reps opposite Malcolm Jenkins while Earl Wolff ran with the second team.

“Me and Nate have a pretty good friendship and relationship. Basically we both know it’s probably going to come down to the preseason, but we’re both going to give it our all and may the best man win,” said Wolff. Read more »

Eagles Depth Chart Analysis: Offense

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Now that the Eagles’ roster sits at 90 players, we can start to take a look ahead at which spots are up for grabs in the spring and summer.

Today, we’ll provide a position-by-position breakdown of the offense. On Tuesday, we’ll check in on the defense. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sanchez’s Limitations

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Mark Sanchez started 62 games for the Jets before his 27th birthday. He played in six playoff games and twice was one win away from the Super Bowl.

But at this point in his career, if he wants a shot to be the No. 1 guy again, he’s first going to have to prove he’s worthy as a backup. With a one-year deal from the Eagles, Sanchez will compete with Matt Barkley (and maybe even a rookie) to provide insurance for Nick Foles. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: A Search For Brawn And Brains

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Chip Kelly
‘s “big people beat up little people” line is a popular one, and will be recited plenty in the coming days with the combine getting underway later this week. Height, weight, hand size, wing span…all of these measurables mean something to Kelly, and can help lead us towards the players that may be of interest to the Eagles. But there’s another, less heralded quote that should also be kept in mind as the powers that be descend on Indianapolis to get up close and personal with the draft prospects.

“There’s a very cerebral part to this game that I don’t know if people give enough credit to. It’s about making good decisions. Dumb people do dumb things and smart people rarely do dumb things,” he said last April. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Barkley And the Chin Strap

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Chip Kelly regularly held quarterback competitions during his time at Oregon. He did the same in his first year on the job in Philadelphia. Kelly was asked if  that process is no longer needed considering Nick Foles established himself with a monster 2013 season.

“No, there’s always competition, and I think you can ask Nick that, too,” said Kelly.  “I think everybody kind of feeds off of that, and they understand that.  And then if you also have a guy that’s not competing to be the starter with Nick, then what if Nick gets hurt and then all of a sudden the other guy goes, ‘Oh, my God, I’m not ready to play because I thought Nick was going to be the guy.’  It’s a cliché, but you are a chin strap away from playing in this league and when your opportunity comes, you have to take advantage of that.”

A chin strap away. That’s one of the more frequently-used Chipisms, as Kelly often talks about the need to have two good quarterbacks on your roster in the NFL. One of the significant questions facing the Eagles this offseason is whether Matt Barkley can be the man to push Foles in camp, and step in capably if the situation arises. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: No Rocking the Boat

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

MOBILE, Ala. - Howie Roseman was asked this week whether he talks to current Eagles about draft prospects they might have played with in college.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “You want to know their mindset. You want to make sure that you’re bringing guys in that are gonna fit into your culture. Right now we have a good culture, and that’s a fun part of it. You want to make sure that you continue that and you don’t bring anybody who’s gonna rock the boat.” Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: How Far Away Are They?

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Before we get started: DeSean Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl on Friday. He replaces Andre Johnson, who is not participating because of an unspecified injury, according to the league.

Jackson is the fifth Eagle selected to this year’s Pro Bowl, joining LeSean McCoy, Jason Peters, Nick Foles and Evan Mathis. Peters has opted not to play in the game.

Now onto the mailbag: Read more »

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