What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here is a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

KC Joyner of ESPN lists DeMarco Murray as one of his impact additions of the 2015 offseason:

Chip Kelly is a run-first coach anywhere on the field and doubly so when it comes to plays at or inside the 10-yard line. During his six seasons of calling plays at Oregon, the Ducks led the nation in rushing touchdown percentage on plays that started at or inside the 10-yard line (44.7 percent).

This has not been the case with the Eagles. Philadelphia’s 3.7 rushes per touchdown ratio is tied for 16th over the past two seasons.

That number should improve dramatically with the addition of Murray to the backfield. Over the past two years, Murray has tied for second in rushes per touchdown (2.7) at or inside the 10-yard line by converting 19 of his 52 carries into scores.

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Giants’ Weatherford Takes Jab At Eagles QBs

Steve Weatherford (Noah K. Murray/USA Today)

Steve Weatherford (Noah K. Murray/USA Today)

It’s not exactly LeSean McCoy vs. Osi Umenyiora.

But it’s June 28, so it’s something.

Giants punter Steve Weatherford appeared on WFAN recently and took a jab at the Eagles quarterbacks, according to NJ.com. Weatherford said he wouldn’t want Tim Tebow taking any snaps for his team and then weighed in on Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford. Read more »

Eagles 53-Man Roster Projection

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Let’s get the usual disclaimers out of the way:

  • It’s only June, and the Eagles haven’t even practiced in pads yet.
  • There will be more roster moves made between now and September.
  • Players unfortunately will get injured.

Having said all that, providing an early 53-man roster projection allows us to at least get a handle on what camp battles should be taken seriously come August.

It’s also just a fun exercise for the sleepy days of late June. And we’re pro-fun here at Birds 24/7. So here you go: Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

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Here’s what we saw during today’s Eagles practice session.

11:51 a.m. – I have joked before about being the lone passenger on the Marcus Smith bandwagon, but I swear that watching him move in practice, he looks like an NFL player. He’s long, athletic, and effort doesn’t seem to be an issue.

Maybe after being ping-ponged from outside linebacker to inside linebacker, it was the mental part that tripped him up last season. We’ll see if that’s the case once the pads come on.

By the way, speaking of the outside linebacker spot, Vinny Curry is getting some reps there, according to Chip Kelly. We know Curry can get after the passer, and he should have no problem setting the edge in the run game. But the question will be whether he can drop into coverage. Read more »

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations

Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.

Brett Brown and Chip Kelly.

Here’s what we saw during Eagles OTAs on Monday.

12:25 – A shoutout to Andy Reid off the top today. We’ll start with injuries. DeMeco RyansMarcus Smith IIEarl Wolff and Julian Vandervelde are working off to the side. Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles are not here. The Eagles did not provide any reasons why. The OTAs are voluntary.

12:30 – I hate to keep providing video of the defensive linemen, but they are the guys who have been practicing closest to us. Here, they’re working on their pass-rush and their hands with Jerry Azzinaro. Read more »

Where Things Stand With Mark Sanchez

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

The crowd around Tim Tebow last week was ran deep. His fame outweighs his production, but this was the first time reporters had a chance to talk to Tebow in an Eagles uniform.

The gathering around Sam Bradford was huge too. He barely participated in practice, but there’s a lot riding on his surgically repaired left knee.

And then there’s Mark Sanchez, the quarterback who started eight games last season and has been lining up with the first team this spring. The group of reporters was smaller, but Sanchez touched on a variety of topics, including what his expectations are and why he chose to come back to Philadelphia.

When Sanchez re-signed, he expected to be competing with Nick Foles. But a couple days after he made his decision, the Eagles swapped Foles for Bradford.

“Whether I was surprised or not, I knew there was gonna be competition either way,” Sanchez said. “I had a great relationship with Nick so I expected to compete with him, but when that didn’t happen, I knew Sam was gonna be another guy in the quarterback room. And all of us are competing to play. Read more »

Tim Tebow Working To Improve

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

There were two large crowds gathered at the conclusion of Eagles practice yesterday. One engulfed Sam Bradford, the predicted starting quarterback if/when healthy. The other surrounded Tim Tebow.

Tebow, as you probably well know, has been out of football since being cut by the Patriots prior to the 2013 season. In addition to his career as a TV analyst for the SEC Network and host on “Good Morning America”, he has spent the last two years refining his mechanics by working with renowned throwing coach Tom House.

“Tom and Adam [Dedeaux], those guys really know bio-mechanics and I spent hours and hours with those guys working,” Tebow said.

“I feel a lot more comfortable and a lot more improved, and hopefully when you dedicate that much time [to training] you do get better.” Read more »

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