For the past four seasons under Andy Reid, the popular argument was that McCoy did not get the ball enough. Now one game into the Chip Kelly era, and the concern is that his workload will be too large.
“Which one is it?” he asked.
You tell us. Were the 31 carries and 32 overall touches too much? Not enough? Just right?
A lineman stepped on the foot during practice Monday, keeping that leg stationary while the rest of his body carried forward. It twisted.
“I felt it. I heard it. Everything,” he said.
He was assisted off the field by a pair of trainers. Turns out it was just a scare. Brown was able to put pressure on it and after a brief once-over from the medical staff, he had the ankle taped up and was sent back on the field. He needs to be further evaluated, but plans on playing Thursday in New York.
Crisis averted, and onto the next relevant topic — his fumbling tendencies.
Matt Barkley got a 2 vs. 2 matchup he liked on the perimeter, and so he threw the screen outside to Greg Salas.
The play-calls were exactly the same. Yet the quarterbacks made two different decisions, both which resulted in touchdowns.
We talked about run-pass options in this space over the weekend. And Grantland’s Chris Brown explained them further in his terrific piece about Chip Kelly’s offense. After Monday’s practice, we caught up with several players to gain a better understanding of the “packaged play” concept.
The theory goes like this: Rookies need time to adjust to several different factors. The structure and rules associated with a college program are gone. They are on their own, away from friends and family. And they are earning (legal) paychecks.
Add in the speed and talent associated with the pro game, and it’s clear life in the NFL requires an adjustment period.
That’s why the offseason from Year 1 to Year 2 is considered crucial. Initial questions have been answered, and expectations have been set. Second-year players can focus more on just on-field improvement.
“It’s already easier,” said linebacker Mychal Kendricks during mini-camps. “It’s crazy, knowing the formations and knowing the count without even having to look.
“Everything slows down the second year. It’s crazy, I can’t explain it.”
We’ve spent plenty of time talking about the Eagles’ new additions, and Tim covered the rookies a couple days ago. But below is a look at the second-year players and where they stand going into camp.
Jason Peters recently said that in this offense, there is “a lot of running the ball; the passing is mixed in.” If you were to describe Andy Reid‘s approach, you would say the exact opposite.
The ground game is coming to Philly. Envious, Duce Staley?
“Ahhh, of course I am,” said Staley with a laugh Thursday. “If you’re a running back, you should be excited.”
Staley will have to settle for coaching this group of running backs, who are more important than ever to the success of the Eagles. And he has an intriguing group to work with.