Eagles Wake-Up Call: What We’re Watching At Mini-Camp

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles open a three-day mini-camp today at the NovaCare Complex.

These will be the final practice sessions of the spring. The players will then get more than a month off before the start of training camp in late July. Keeping that in mind, here are three things we’ll be keeping an eye on. Read more »

Davis: Smith Will Help With ‘Mirrored’ Defense

Marcus Smith II

Billy Davis wants a mirrored defense.

The Eagles’ defensive coordinator spoke Monday for the first time since the team used a first-round pick on outside linebacker Marcus Smith. Smith has been practicing at the Jack spot this spring – the position occupied last year by Connor Barwin. Davis provided insight on what the plan is for the Birds’ rookie.

“Marcus is a young guy that we had to start at a position to learn it,” he said. “The positions can be mirrored or they can take on little different variations depending on who’s out there – who’s out there at that time or even in a series. So it’s very flexible what I can do with the Jack and the Predator. But Marcus, we started at the Jack. There’s probably a little bit more versatility and movement. More of what he did in college was the Jack so we started him there. But I’m willing to bet once he settles down a little bit he can go either side.” Read more »

All-22 Resources: Chip Kelly’s Playbook


We’ve done several All-22 write-ups since Chip Kelly was hired as the Eagles’ head coach back in January of 2013.

Coaches and players have been generous enough to explain some of the key plays and concepts to us along the way. So we thought it’d be a good idea to compile all of those pieces in one place.

Below you will find links to the write-ups on individual offensive plays we’ve gone over. Bookmark it, favorite it, get it tattooed on your leg. Whatever you need to do.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll have plenty more and will add to this page. In the meantime, click on the links or the photos for in-depth explanations. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘People Are Going To Listen To Him’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Nick Foles is in a different spot.

He doesn’t want to admit it, but it’s the truth. Last year at this time he was in a battle with Michael Vick and faced an uncertain future. This year, things have changed. He’s the man and has been handed the keys as the Eagles look to improve on last year’s mark and make a playoff run. Read more »

Afternoon Notes: Kingsbury On Chip

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas

Chip Kelly crossed paths with several coaches in his various travels this offseason.

One coach who came to see Kelly in Philadelphia was Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders averaged 35.8 points and 510.7 yards per game in Kingsbury’s first season there.

Speaking to FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman on The Audible podcast, Kingsbury explained what he got out of his visit. Read more »

Three Thoughts On the Eagles’ Offense

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Below are three leftover thoughts on the Eagles’ offense.

1. The Jordan Matthews hype has reached epic levels recently. At this point, anything short of a 100/1,700/20 stat line may seem like a disappointment.

I hate being the cold water guy, but there are a few factors worth mentioning. Most relevant is the fact that rookie wide receivers historically have a tough time bursting onto the scene in their first year. In the past decade, four rookie wide receivers – Michael Clayton, A.J. Green, Keenan Allen and Marques Colston – have had 1,000-yard seasons. Five – Eddie Royal, Clayton, Allen, Dwayne Bowe and Colston – have had 70+ catches. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Increased Role For Polk?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When Chris Polk got a shot last year, he made the most of it.

Granted, it wasn’t a particularly big shot, but it was something – 11 carries for 98 yards and four grabs for 61. In the December win against the Lions, Polk ran four times for 50 yards and a score. In the regular-season finale against the Cowboys, he had a 34-yard catch.

Overall, Polk played 46 snaps on offense.

The Eagles made changes at the running back position this offseason, dealing Bryce Brown to the Bills and acquiring Darren Sproles from the Saints. But Polk remains, and the third-year back received a pretty nice endorsement from Chip Kelly earlier this week. Read more »

Eagles Counting On an Improved Henery

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

During one special teams portion of practice Tuesday, return man Nolan Carroll II set up around the goal line to return a kickoff.

As Alex Henery booted the ball, Carroll back-pedaled until he was about to run into the field-goal post and ultimately realized he’d be unable to field it.

The players were in shorts, the pressure was non-existent, and this was only one kick. But it was an image Chip Kelly and the coaching staff are counting on seeing more of in 2014.

“Yeah, I think he’s gotten a little bit stronger in terms of the distance he’s kicking the ball and in terms of where we are placing the ball during kickoff drill,” said Kelly when asked about Henery. “Excited to see where it is, especially when we get into some real live situations. The tough thing with the kickers is we can’t rush them, we can’t do anything. A lot of times right now it’s like they are going out on the driving range and hitting balls. It’s not real live action for them. Again it’s another position where we won’t have anything determined until we get into preseason camp and get into some preseason games.” Read more »

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