Eagles Depth Chart: Offense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Herremans With ‘Something To Prove’

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Among the Eagles’ five starting offensive linemen, there are known and unknowns.

But expectations are high, with many pundits projecting the Birds to field one of the top units in the NFL.

At center, there’s reason to believe Jason Kelce will be even better another year removed from his ACL injury. Evan Mathis and Jason Peters played at a consistently high level together last year, and while both are in their 30s, they should hold up well in 2014.

The right side of the line is where things are a bit more unclear. Lane Johnson showed improvement as a rookie and is looking to make the leap in his second season.

And then there’s Todd Herremans. The nine-year veteran turns 32 in October and is coming off an up-and-down campaign in 2013. Read more »

Sproles a Hit With Eagles Defensive Coaches

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

While Eagles offensive coaches were thrilled to land Darren Sproles this offseason, it didn’t take long for GM Howie Roseman to hear from representatives on the other side of the ball.

“I know when we played the Saints every year, I was worried about where he would be,” Roseman said. “When we made that trade, the first person to come to my office was Billy Davis, and he said, ‘I know every time we play Darren Sproles, I have to figure out where he is on the field.’ ”

Sproles has immediately become a favorite of Chip Kelly and the entire coaching staff. The 31-year-old practices like an undrafted free agent who has something to prove, not like an accomplished veteran. That’s something Kelly clearly appreciates. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Goode Eyes Bigger Role

Eagles LB Najee Goode puts on helmet

Two snaps into the Eagles’ Week 9 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, Najee Goode got the call.

Mychal Kendricks went down with a knee injury at Lambeau Field, and Goode was chosen to replace him alongside DeMeco Ryans at inside linebacker. He played the rest of that game and then started the following week against the Redskins.

“There was a lot of positive feedback, stuff I gotta work on, but a lot of positive feedback,” Goode said. “Getting in there, not necessarily messing up, doing some good things, showing a lot of good signs and flashes of being a good, consistent player. Making some pass break-ups. Green Bay, was able to disrupt the run a lot different than what they thought they were gonna get. It was a confidence booster for me and to also see what I’ve gotta work on.” Read more »

Why Chip Kelly Delegates To Assistants

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Before becoming the head coach at Oregon in 2009, Chip Kelly was an assistant for four different college teams.

And all along the way, he appreciated that his bosses allowed him to do his job without micromanaging.

“No different than in your job,” Kelly said. “If your editor takes an article that you turn in and hacks the heck out of it, I’m sure you… you know what I mean. It’s the same thing. I think you can give pointers and tips and all those things, but I think any editor will say the same thing: ‘God, this guy, I have to keep rewriting his story all the time.’ Well, that guy is probably not going to have that job for very long.

“It’s the same thing with an assistant coach. And I’m fortunate we don’t have anybody like that. I think we have a bunch of really, really good teachers that we are all on the same page with, and that’s a positive.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Could Carroll Get a Shot?

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

For Nolan Carroll II, much of this spring has been about getting used to a new environment.

The 27-year-old cornerback spent his first five NFL seasons with the Dolphins before signing with the Eagles this offseason. And he’s taking note of the differences.

“I really think it’s the assessments that we do every morning,” Carroll said when asked what the biggest adjustment has been. “You have to really have in your mind to do it every day. You’ve gotta do your heart rate stuff. You’ve gotta do your hydration. You’ve gotta do your questionnaire. And you’ve gotta weigh in.

“Those are the things that normally when you come in, you don’t do stuff like that. You come in the building, probably get in the hot tub, relax at your locker. Now you’ve gotta do all those things. But ultimately it’s helping you in the long run because they’re trying to monitor your body and trying to see how you are, how you’ve recovered from the previous day. If you haven’t recovered, they’re gonna try and find a way to help you recover.” Read more »

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