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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Banner To Replace Holmgren?

Each morning during training camp, we’ll be bringing you the Eagles Wake-up Call with links and notes from Lehigh. Today, a report that Joe Banner and the Browns new ownership group are going to “blow the whole place up” once they land in Cleveland. Plus, the latest on an Eagles trade, injury updates and DeSean Jackson with some words of advice.

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Eagles Practice Observations: Who’s Behind Kelce?

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce
Pretty much every discussion about the 2012 Eagles involves a mention about Michael Vick’s ability to stay healthy and Mike Kafka’s ability to back him up.

Some will also throw in LeSean McCoy’s heavy 2011 workload and the competition between Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk to back him up.

But what about the offensive line?

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April Impressed With Damaris Johnson

Philadelphia Eagles undrafted free agent Damaris Johnson.When asked who undrafted free agent Damaris Johnson reminded him of, Eagles special-teams coach Bobby April needed a few seconds to remember the name.

But then it came to him: Eric Guliford.

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Jenkins Downplays Hamstring Injury

Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins.Cullen Jenkins was out on the field for the Eagles’ walk-through Thursday morning and downplayed concerns about his injured hamstring.

“It’s fine, just a little tweak, so I’ll just try to be smart with it,” Jenkins said.

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Eagles Make First LB Shuffle

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney.Jamar Chaney didn’t find out until he got to the practice field Thursday morning for the Eagles’ walk-through.

But when Juan Castillo asked for the first-team nickel defense, Chaney was the man called on to go in alongside DeMeco Ryans.

Up until today, Brian Rolle had been occupying that spot at Lehigh. And in the spring, it was rookie Mychal Kendricks.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” Chaney said when I asked him if he expected to be part of that package for the next few days. “I just do what they tell me to do. Whether I’m out there with the twos or the ones, I just go out there and do my best. My job is just to make the decision hard on them.”

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Eagles Practice Observations

Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce BrownWhen asked if he could see himself helping the Eagles in short yardage or goal-line situations, Bryce Brown didn’t hesitate to deliver a clear answer.

“I can see myself doing anything the coaches ask me to do,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what it is, I can see myself doing it.”

That’s the right attitude to take when you’re a seventh-round pick trying to make the 53-man roster.

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Eagles Rookie Report

Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Cliff HarrisCould two undrafted free agents make the 53-man roster? Here’s an update on the status of several Eagles rookies at this point in training camp.

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Trent Cole Sidelined With Shoulder Injury

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent ColeWhen Andy Reid ran down injuries Wednesday morning, he added a new name to the list: Trent Cole.

The Eagles Pro Bowl defensive end suffered an injury to his AC joint (shoulder) early in Monday’s practice, but it didn’t start bothering him until that night.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan CastilloEach morning during training camp, we’ll be bringing you the Eagles wake-up call with links and notes from Lehigh. Today, we cover one of the questions Juan Castillo faces in Year 2: To blitz or not to blitz?

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What They’re Saying About The Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael VickWe generally include links in the Wake-Up Call, but since there’s no practice today, here’s a more extensive roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

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Five Eagles Leftovers

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy MaclinFrom Jeremy Maclin’s potential to Juan Castillo’s adjustments to Jim Washburn’s expectations, here are five leftovers from the first week of Eagles training camp.

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Report: Babin out 2-3 weeks

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason BabinAn MRI revealed that Eagles defensive end Jason Babin has a second-degree right calf strain and will miss two to three weeks, according to a report.

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Eagles Practice Observations

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean JacksonBack in March, DeSean Jackson got a five-year, $47 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.

He’s made a pair of Pro Bowls and is only 25-years-old.

Cornerback Brandon Hughes is fighting for a job. He’s due $540,000 this year. He was a fifth-round pick by the Chargers in 2009, and the Eagles are the third organization he’s been with, even though he just turned 26.

But this is training camp, where guys like Jackson match up with guys like Hughes everyday. So far, Jackson has gotten the better of the cornerback with the first-team offense going up against the second-team defense.

Today, on one play where the ball wasn’t even thrown Jackson’s way, the two players mixed it up and exchanged punches before they were broken up by teammates and coaches.

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Will Eagles Keep A Fullback?

Philadelphia Eagles fullback Stanley HaviliIn one breath, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was talking about the importance of the fullback position in the Eagles’ offense.

In the next, he seemed to think that the idea of not having one on the roster at all was at least possible.

“There aren’t all that many true fullbacks left in this league,” Mornhinweg said. “We’ve typically had one because they’re very valuable with some of the things that we do. Special teams count for that particular type of player, normally.”

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Eagles Wake-Up Call

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi AsomughaEach morning during training camp, we’ll be bringing you the Eagles wake-up call with links and notes from Lehigh. Today, we cover Nnamdi Asomugha’s practice habits, the Birds’ offseason and more.