Like a comedian working the room, Kelly then shifted his topic to the annual scouting combine.
"There's times at the combine where I fall asleep," the former Oregon coach said. "So I don't know why people watch it on television. They are running 40-yard dashes."
Hype of this nature does not extend to newcomers in other lines of work, Kelly said.
"If someone is a rookie coming into the newspaper thing, I don't think you all just start applauding and saying, 'Oh, my God, the savior is here and our paper is safe because we just signed a kid out of Northwestern because the kid has really good prose,' " Kelly said. "But in football, it seems to be the biggest deal in the world, and if a guy is not an all-pro in his first year but he was drafted in the first five picks, obviously he's a bust. But I don't think that's the case."
The Eagles held their first open practice Monday at Lincoln Financial Field, and about 15,000 fans attended. Some were from the armed forces, who were welcomed as part of military appreciation day.
At the NovaCare Complex, the Eagles have several fields for practice. At the stadium, they are confined to one field. This is the second year the Eagles have held training camp this way, and Kelly said the open practices did not hurt the team's efficiency last season.
"Sometimes you need a little bit more space from a drill standpoint, but once we get together for team and seven-on-seven [drills], it doesn't really change," Kelly said. "It's actually good, I think, for our players to get a different venue. Shakes it up for them a little bit."
The next open practice is Aug. 3 at Lincoln Financial Field. The team will practice Aug. 10 at Franklin Field.
Four players did not wear pads for practice: nose tackle Bennie Logan, wide receiver Riley Cooper, running back Chris Polk, and center Julian Vandervelde.
Logan is dealing with a hamstring injury and missed practice over the weekend. The other injuries are unknown.
Safety Keelan Johnson remains excused from training camp while dealing with his arrest in Arizona. Johnson, 24, was arrested after Tempe authorities said he pushed a police officer following a bar brawl, according to several reports.