Eagles Notes: Eagles will have five training-camp practices at Linc

DeSean Jackson says he doesn't know if Jay-Z's company will represent him. MATT ROURKE / AP
DeSean Jackson says he doesn't know if Jay-Z's company will represent him. MATT ROURKE / AP
Posted: June 05, 2013

The Eagles plan to hold five open training-camp practices for fans at Lincoln Financial Field and also will have two practices with the New England Patriots, both of which were announced Tuesday.

Rookies will report on July 22. They will practice for two days before the full team reports July 25.

The open practices at the stadium are on July 28, Aug. 5, Aug. 11, Aug. 17, and Aug. 26. All practices are set for 12:30 p.m. The practice on Aug. 17 might be moved to 8:15 a.m. if the time of the Phillies game that day changes. Admission is free. Tickets will be available at philadelphiaeagles.com beginning June 18 at 2 p.m.

All other practices will be closed to the public. On Aug. 6 and 7, the Eagles will host the Patriots for dual practices. The two teams will open the preseason on Aug. 9. The idea came from Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who approached Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

"You have to prepare for your first preseason game, and instead of us trying to get looks to our defense of what [the] Patriots offense is going to look like, the Patriots offense is going to give us a look," Kelly said. "It sounded like a good idea to us and they were coming here, so it really doesn't upset our schedule whatsoever. I think it's a positive thing and look forward to getting out there and getting a chance to compete with them."

The training-camp schedule is a departure from Andy Reid's tenure, when the team practiced at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and fans could watch almost every session. The decision to move to the team's South Philadelphia facility ended that annual summer tradition.

"That is unfortunate," Kelly said. "There is a rule on how many people we can have" in the NovaCare Complex, where the bulk of training camp will take place.

DeSean's agent search

DeSean Jackson confirmed that he no longer has Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, but he said that he hasn't decided on a new agent, despite an Inquirer report that he is eyeing rapper Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports.

"I don't know right now," Jackson said when asked about his interest in Roc Nation. "It's a lot of thoughts. The [reports] are what they are, but coming out of my mouth, I don't know yet."

There have been reports that Jackson could return to Rosenhaus, as teammate LeSean McCoy did a few years ago after he left the agent twice in a month. Multiple NFL insiders, though, believe the relationship has been severed permanently.

Jackson cited "personal issues" as reasons for parting with Rosenhaus.

"I think the best thing for me was to move different ways," Jackson said. "Not to bad-talk anyone . . . but for myself, I just think that was the best thing for me to do."

Rosenhaus filed a grievance with the NFLPA Tuesday to recoup $400,000 that he claims Jackson owes him, according to Yahoo! Sports. A league source confirmed the report.

Jackson told PhillyMag.com earlier this week that he approached Kelly after the coach had the receiver running with the third team on occasion this spring. Kelly insisted that he does not have a depth chart at this point in the offseason, and Jackson said Tuesday that Kelly made him understand that.

Phillips tests knee

Safety Kenny Phillips practiced on Tuesday after missing time last week for "precautionary reasons." Phillips, who has dealt with knee issues in the past, said he must be smart with his knee and does not want to run himself into the ground.

"It's something I've been doing the last two years," Phillips said. "Even though I said I'm 100 percent, I still have to be smart. . . . The last two offseasons, it's been more mental work than physical. To go out there, even though I'm 100 percent, and take every rep including special teams, I don't know what will happen. So I'm not going to push that. I'm going to keep to what I know."

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