An inside look at Eagles training camp

B.J. Cunningham (88) can't hang on to a pass as Jordan Poyer defends at practice.
B.J. Cunningham (88) can't hang on to a pass as Jordan Poyer defends at practice. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)
Posted: July 25, 2013

Here is what insiders saw at Eagles training camp :

Laugh track

In a hallway after practice Tuesday, rookie quarterback Matt Barkley watched wide receiver DeSean Jackson's new rap video, "Diamonds on My Neck," featuring Snoop Dogg and Yung Chris.

His reaction: He chuckled.

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No stripes

When asked if he noticed any difference in passes thrown by NFL-caliber quarterbacks and college quarterbacks, free agent wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah jokingly mentioned the absence of the two white stripes on the balls used in college games. Then he added, "A football's a football, man."

Big time

Former Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer failed to wrap up on a tackle near the sidelines. So some nearby coaches reminded the rookie of something he is likely to hear all season:

He isn't in college anymore.

Rather be in Philly

The father of rookie tight end Zach Ertz, Douglas, played football at Lehigh in the early 1980s. And while Zach Ertz said he would have enjoyed the chance to play on the same campus as his father - the Eagles trained at Lehigh for years until this season - Ertz said there was nowhere he'd rather be this week than in South Philly at the NovaCare Complex.

That includes Stanford, Calif., where the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder left behind 75-degree days with little humidity.

"Little hot, little humid compared to California," Ertz said of Tuesday's weather. "But I love it. This is why I'm here."

Around town

Though he played Division I football at North Carolina State and was born in Raeford, N.C., rookie safety Earl Wolff has ties to Philadelphia. He said his grandmother owns a house on Glenwood Avenue.

"I was just up there the other day," Wolff said. "I know the area pretty well."

Wolff also is no stranger to confidence.

"If it's not [me] starting on defense, it'll for sure be [me] starting on special teams," he said.


Reporter: When do you plan to have a game plan for the Redskins?

Coach Chip Kelly: Hopefully, before we play them.

Quotable Kelly

"Our depth chart is written in sand right now."

- Tyler Tynes and Mike Still

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