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July 29, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DANNY WATKINS knew it was coming, but that didn't make it any easier. Watkins, the Eagles' 2011 first-round pick, began training camp yesterday right where he left off in the spring - on the second-team offensive line. The Eagles drafted tackle Lane Johnson fourth overall in April, and when Johnson started showing the promise the Eagles expected, they moved incumbent right tackle Todd Herremans inside to Watkins' right-guard spot. A new coaching staff offers a clean slate, and Watkins is clearly much more comfortable with Jeff Stoutland as his offensive-line coach than he was with Howard Mudd, but the chance to begin anew hasn't changed Watkins' situation.
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July 28, 2013
  Here is what insiders saw at training camp: No rear view Eagles defensive line and assistant head coach Jerry Azzinaro is one of the most vocal members of the coaching staff during practices. The stocky, curly-and gray-haired Azzinaro, who coached Chip Kelly's defensive line at Oregon from 2009 to 2012, can often be heard telling players, "No walking," when heading to different drills. Azzinaro doesn't seem to hesitate in speaking his mind, but he is apparently still uncomfortable receiving that unique physical encouragement that athletes and coaches often give each other.
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July 28, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
As they did during the spring, Michael Vick and Nick Foles split first-team repetitions at quarterback during the Eagles' first full squad practice of training camp. Vick was first up and finished with the most total (42) and first-team (25) snaps during team and seven-on-seven drills, according to an unofficial count. He completed 22 of 27 passes and was intercepted by linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Foles took 37 total snaps, 18 with the ones. He hit on 20 of 24 throws, and was aided once when wide receiver DeSean Jackson made a circus catch.
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June 7, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ALL THROUGH the offseason, especially after the Eagles drafted offensive tackle Lane Johnson fourth overall in April, Todd Herremans talked about the possibility of moving back to guard. Now the Eagles are winding up minicamp, the last activity before training camp, and the possibility is a reality: Herremans is the right guard, between Johnson and center Jason Kelce. Herremans said yesterday the transition has been smooth. It certainly was less hurried than the last time he switched; Herremans moved from his established left-guard position to right tackle just before the 2011 season started, when several Eagles right-tackle options fell through.
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May 30, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
YOU KNOW what would be cool? If a coach started a news conference by listing injuries, before reporters even asked about them. Yup, that'd really be something. There must be coaches out there who do that, right? Though no one comes immediately to mind. Chip Kelly is not such a coach. Asked yesterday about the absences of All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters and recent safety acquisition Kenny Phillips from his practice session, Kelly was not in a mood to provide details. Peters just isn't around, and wasn't around last week, either, it turns out. Initially the Eagles said Peters was among a group of players who missed the May 20 workout - which reporters were allowed to watch - but the team said everyone in that group practiced the next day, when reporters were not present.
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May 30, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Peters was absent from Tuesday's organized team activity and hasn't attended the voluntary workouts since the first OTAs were held from May 13 to 15. OTAs are voluntary, but Eagles coach Chip Kelly said that he knew of Peters' whereabouts and that his absence wasn't injury-related. The all-pro left tackle is returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon that caused him to miss last season. "We know where he is, and we know what's going on," Kelly said. Asked whether Peters would be in attendance for the rest of this week's OTAs or for next week's mandatory three-day minicamp, Kelly said, "I expect him here shortly.
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May 30, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN THE Eagles selected offensive lineman Dennis Kelly in the fifth round of the 2012 draft, it's safe to say that neither he nor they anticipated he would end up starting 10 games as a rookie. That's what happens, though, when three of your starters go down with season-ending injuries and the light switch continues to malfunction on your 2011 first-round pick. It often wasn't pretty. Pro Football Focus, which grades offensive linemen, had just one Eagle with a lower overall pass- and run-blocking rating than Kelly.
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May 15, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
JASON PETERS says the right Achilles' tendon he ruptured twice last spring is 100 percent again. Todd Herremans says the broken right foot that cost him half the 2012 season is as good as new. And Jason Kelce says the right ACL he tore last September is getting better every day and he expects to be "full go" for the start of training camp in 2 1/2 months. If you're looking for a reason to believe that the Eagles can be more than a 6-10 or 7-9 football team in Chip Kelly's first season as an NFL head coach, Peters, Herremans, Kelce and the rest of the offensive line are it. Let's face it. We don't have the slightest clue at this point what kind of production they will get from the quarterback position because we don't even know who the hell the quarterback will be, and probably won't know until the middle of August.
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May 15, 2013 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
As expected, Todd Herremans was moved to right guard after the Eagles took tackle Lane Johnson with their first overall draft pick. Herremans played every snap with the first-team offense on Monday, the first day of organized team activities. Johnson did not run with the starters - he had only a three-day rookie minicamp under his belt before Monday - but that is certainly the expectation. In Johnson's place was second-year lineman Dennis Kelly. Jason Peters was at his usual spot at left tackle.
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May 14, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Part one of a series. The Eagles gather for their first "organized team activity" - otherwise known as "practice" - on Monday. It will also be the first time Chip Kelly has the entire 90-man roster on the field together. He will spend the next four weeks evaluating his team and organizing his depth chart before a month-and-a-half break before training camp. But Zach Berman and I will get you up to date on the roster and spend the next two weeks assessing where the Eagles stand at each spot.
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