Inside the Fence: All quiet on music front as Eagles, Pats work out

Eagles coach Chip Kelly gesticulates in explaining something to the quarterbacks during drills at Eagles training camp, held Aug. 5, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )
Eagles coach Chip Kelly gesticulates in explaining something to the quarterbacks during drills at Eagles training camp, held Aug. 5, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )
Posted: August 08, 2013

No Shakira. No Black Eyed Peas. No Kanye West.

In addition to having Tom Brady and the New England Patriots lining up on the other side of the ball, Eagles practice was a little different from usual on Tuesday. The loud, up-tempo music that regularly blares overhead during training camp at the NovaCare Complex was missing.

"No music was weird," linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "It was like, 'Why is it so quiet out here?' "

Kelly barks

A testy Chip Kelly became a bit more vocal on the practice field than he typically has been at training camp.

The Eagles offense came to the line of scrimmage in the red zone in an 11-on-11 drill against the Patriots, and rookie receiver Russell Shepard appeared a bit confused when Michael Vick sent him in motion. Shepard reached the end of the offensive line before a frustrated Vick gestured for him to return out wide.

"Start it over," Kelly barked from about 10 yards behind the line. "Russell, line up! Get your feet set!"

Nice catch

There was a handful of highlight catches, but the play of the day had to go to Patriots receiver Danny Amendola.

Tom Brady's newest weapon gained a step on Eagles safety Kenny Phillips while running a post route to the corner of the end zone. Brady's deep ball fell out of the sky and into Amendola's outstretched arms as he went airborne for the diving grab.

Amendola landed just a few feet from a line of fans along the back of the end zone and received light applause for the effort.

Tebowmania

Tim Tebow didn't play more than a few snaps against the Eagles at practice. Even in Philadelphia, though, he is still the most famous and revered third-string quarterback in the league.

A handful of die-hard Tebow fans waited for him to sign autographs once practice wrapped up. That small crowd included a middle-age woman donning the only replica Tebow jersey to be found at the NovaCare Complex. She had her shirt signed before wrapping her arms around the former Heisman Trophy winner for a photo.

"Can I get a kiss?" she asked Tebow.

A well-mannered Tebow chuckled and politely declined before continuing down the autograph line.

Michigan men

Brady's last season in a Michigan uniform was 1999, 10 years before Brandon Graham's final year in Ann Arbor.

That large gap in time is the reason Graham said that he and his fellow Wolverine have never met.

Graham hopes to change that when the Eagles meet the Patriots on Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

"Hopefully, I get to touch him a few times this preseason game, get to introduce myself," the Eagles linebacker said with a mischievous smile.

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