Inside Voices: How The Training Is Different

Chip Kelly
Under Chip Kelly, the Eagles have quickly become known as an organization on the cutting edge when it comes to the training and maintenance of their athletes.

One veteran after the next last year said that their bodies had never felt better. Soft tissue injuries were down. Stamina was up.

What sets them apart?

To help get a better understanding, we called on some newcomers to explain what differentiates Kelly’s operation from others they have been a part of at their previous stops. Read more »

Boykin Sees Limited Reps Against Jags

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Arguing the merits of moving Brandon Boykin outside is the equivalent of banging your head against the wall at this point. As Chip Kelly re-emphasized at his day-after press conference Monday, it’s not happening.

“It really is how we practice and he practices as our nickel corner.  It’s a very vital position for us.  Billy [Davis] said that that’s a starting position for us, I say that’s a starting position for us, that’s kind of where it is,” said Kelly. “Our third corner outside right now [behind Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams] is Nolan Carroll.”

While the importance of the nickel corner position makes Boykin a starter in their mind, the fact remains that one of the team’s top playmakers sees a limited amount of reps in his current role. That was particularly true in the opener against Jacksonville, as Boykin played 23 of a possible 73 snaps, or 32 percent of the time.
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Physical, No More

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Reality has set in here at the NovaCare that the emphasis on illegal contact and similar infractions this year is going to significantly impact how the game is played.
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Cooper, Carroll Return; McCoy Sits Out

Cooper

The Eagles got good news on the wide receiver front today as Riley Cooper returned to practice fully for the first time since suffering a foot injury earlier this month.

“I’ve been running routes for about the past week, just vs. air,” Cooper said. “Today was the first day it was actually against somebody. It felt good.

“I’m gonna play this week… kind of just gradually get back into the swing of things. A couple plays to start every series, that’s kind of the routine we’re following.” Read more »

Maclin, Cooper To Sit Against Pats

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

FOXBORO, MASS. – Starting receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin are sitting out tonight’s tilt against the Patriots, as expected.

Maclin injured his left hamstring in practice Wednesday and did not take part in Thursday’s light practice with New England. Cooper is still dealing with a foot ailment. He hopes to play next week against the Steelers and is “pretty confident” he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn have been running with the first team in their absence. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Rookie Progress Report

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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 »

Chip: Starters To Play 10-15 Snaps

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly plans on having the first team on the field for 10-15 plays Friday night for the Eagles first preseason game in Chicago.

“It really depends offensively and defensively how much success you’re having,” he said. “It could be you get a couple three-and-outs and you have to go back out there but two decent drives we feel like that’s what we’re aiming for right now.”

Kelly said that he is unsure whether Jeremy Maclin (leg soreness) will go. He doesn’t anticipate that Riley Cooper (foot) will play. He would not provide any further details about the injury, only that it is a day-to-day situation. It’s been over a week since Cooper suited up.

Nolan Carroll was sidelined the past two days with what Kelly called a “muscle deal” in either his hamstring or groin. He doesn’t anticipate Carroll playing against the Bears but expects him back within a few days.
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Nolan Carroll Continues To Impress

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Brandon Boykin was the camp standout on defense last year. Every day it seemed like the Georgia product made at least one play that commanded your attention. This year, that distinction belongs to Nolan Carroll.

It didn’t move the needle much when the Eagles signed the former Dolphin to a two-year, $5.25 million contract in free agency, but he has opened some eyes since his arrival.

His moment on Thursday (or at least one of them) came during 7-on-7s. Locked up with Jeremy Maclin, Carroll extended himself to break up a Nick Foles pass in the end zone. Those PBUs have become a regular occurrence.

“He’s a very well‑rounded talent,” said Billy Davis. “He’s got size, he’s got length, he’s got speed.  He’s a real tenacious competitor.  I love his attitude out there the way he presses and competes and puts his hands on the people, and he’s got a good knack for the ball.”

Who knows if a solid summer will translate into a productive fall like it did for Boykin but Carroll continues to impress, even if he’s not all that impressed with himself. Read more »

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