Weekend Reading: Chip’s Rental Dispute
Thursday marked the end of Eagles spring practice. Here’s a roundup of coverage, along with some other links to check out this weekend.
The Legal Intelligencer has details on Chip Kelly’s dispute with his former Old City landlord. The judge has ordered Kelly to pay $79,374:
According to court papers, Kelly and Berish were introduced through the then-Eagles general manager, Howie Roseman, soon after Kelly relocated from Oregon. Kelly, court papers said, was temporarily living in a Center City hotel and needed more permanent lodgings.
Kelly started renting the penthouse property from Berish for $10,700 per month in April 2013, but he failed to properly notify Berish that he did not plan to renew the lease. In April 2014, pursuant to the lease agreement, the lease automatically renewed, and the monthly rent increased to $11,235, court papers said. Kelly stopped paying rent beginning in April 2014, and Berish was unable to find a replacement tenant until September 2014.
Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly is buying into the Nelson Agholor hype in his 10 observations:
The Nelson Agholor-Jeremy Maclin comparisons seem legit. They’re similarly built, have the same kind of explosion and specialize in mastering the entire route tree. One difference I’ve seen is Agholor appears to have make-you-miss ability after the catch. He’s slippery in the open field and has fantastic change of direction. Maclin’s punt return skills from college didn’t translate to the NFL, but I’d be surprised if Agholor’s didn’t carry over.
Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice lists five Eagles who impressed him, including newly-converted safety Walter Thurmond:
The Eagles gave Thurmond the opportunity to move to safety, which he has embraced. Thurmond is an intriguing fit for the Eagles on the back end. They love their safeties to be able to drop down into the box and cover slot receivers man-to-man so they can stay in their base defense against three-WR sets. Having been a good slot corner in the NFL already, Thurmond brings that ability to the table. What has been a surprise is how natural Thurmond has looked on the back end. In the final minicamp practice, he darted up from his safety spot and jumped in front of a receiver for an interception. It was a really nice, aggressive play that you might not expect from a corner trying to transition to safety. He seems to understand the position well.
Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz has thoughts on each position, including the inside linebackers:
This spot is so deep that Brad Jones and Emmanuel Acho began taking a lot of reps with the OLBs. Kiko Alonso isn’t showing any signs of being a player on the mend from an ACL tear. Mychal Kendricks went from a player who was sure to be traded to one who had a good spring and is on track to start again. DeMeco Ryans is ahead of schedule in his injury comeback. We heard very little about rookie Jordan Hicks, but I think that is strictly because most eyes were on the big 3. Najee Goode has made a few plays in practice. He went from being the #3 guy to someone fighting for a roster spot. He will battle for his job.