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 »

Wake-Up Call: Cast Off, Kendricks Ready To Rock

 NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles
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said the time away this offseason was good for the mind, body and soul. He spent some time catering to each.

As for the mind and soul, the third year linebacker said he spent the month of March in the Sedona, Arizona area getting zen.

“Some real meditation,” said Kendricks. “It’s old Indian land — a reservation — out there. It was cool, man. It was cool.”

Kendricks posted some photos on his Instagram recently that showed him among the red rocks. More notably for football purposes, it also showed him with a cast around his left arm. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Spelling DeMeco

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

The number for DeMeco Ryans last year was 1,156.

That’s how many snaps he played, the most of any linebacker in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders.

“I think if you ask DeMeco, he felt as fresh as he’s ever felt in his career,” said Chip Kelly last month. “But I think it’s a byproduct of how we practiced and prepared for him to be that way.”

Ryans is a Kelly favorite – a true professional who practices, trains and studies hard. But the truth is he did play too many snaps last year. And there were a few reasons for that. Number one, Billy Davis was installing a brand new defense and needed someone to direct a young group up front. That was Ryans’ job. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: The Shadow Of the 2012 Draft

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When Howie Roseman was asked last week whether the team was still in position to be aggressive in free agency given the extensions he handed out to current players, the Eagles’ GM offered a short response.

“Yes,” he said.

But before the next question was asked, Roseman clarified.

“It will affect other things going forward, but yes.”

It doesn’t take a detective to figure out what those other things going forward are. In fact, they have names: Nick Foles, Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks and Brandon Boykin. You’ll notice the common thread among those four players is that they were members of the Eagles’ 2012 draft class. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Kendricks’ Search For Consistency

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Mychal Kendricks was in the midst of a rough patch and in need of a boost back  in mid-September when his phone rang.

“I was getting a massage and I picked up…and it was my Pop Warner coach,” Kendricks  told Jim Rome last week in New York. “And he just told me, ‘Man, just go out there and own the field like I know you can. Get that pep in your step. When you take the field, know that you own it.’

“It was good for me, man. Every game I went into after that, I just told myself, ‘Take the field with confidence. Own this [thing].’ ” Read more »

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