May 23, 2013 |
Jeremy Maclin was recently asked about Chip Kelly's offense and which skill-position players would thrive in it. The Eagles wide receiver did not mention obvious names such as DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, or even himself. He singled out Damaris Johnson, the small and speedy receiver who made the roster last season as an undrafted rookie but hardly did enough to suggest a quantum leap in Year 2. Kelly's offense, though, offers a new dynamic. While details such as scheme and starting quarterback are great unknowns, the players, after more than a month of workouts, have intimated that they know enough about the offense to project.
May 21, 2013 |
This is a post by Les Bowen on Eagletarian, the Daily News' Eagles blog . AT THE CONCLUSION of the Eagles' Academy for Men yesterday, at the indoor NovaCare field, participants' parting gifts included a posterized version of that amazing, reach-back onehanded catch Jason Avant made on the sideline Dec. 9 at Tampa Bay in the Birds' only post-September win. Interesting choice, in that new coach Chip Kelly has had Avant practicing some...
May 20, 2013 |
On any given day during the last several seasons you might have found five or six Eagles sprawled out in their locker stalls catching some midday zzzzs. In most cases, the players would build themselves a makeshift bed with pillow, their heads covered with a shirt or some other piece of clothing, their outstretched legs obstructing passage through the narrow lockerroom at the NovaCare Complex. There were other places to sleep - the lounge, the trainer's room - and, it seemed, plenty of opportunities for exhausted players to nap under Andy Reid.
May 17, 2013 |
DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have spent their careers playing under the same head coach, offensive coordinator, and position coach. They have started together for four seasons, but the offense they're learning now under coach Chip Kelly is considerably different from what they've done in the past. Among the changes: how they receive the play and how they run their routes. Instead of going to the huddle to hear the play from the quarterback, they get directions signaled from the sideline.
May 16, 2013 |
Part Two of a Series The Eagles are amid their first organized team activities this week, and they will practice throughout the next four weeks. After those practices, Chip Kelly will have a better idea of the Eagles roster. But there's a lot that will happen between now and then. To get you up to date, The Inquirer is spending two weeks assessing where the Eagles stand at each spot. Jeff McLane started on Monday with offensive line. Here are wide receivers: Projected current first team WR1: Jeremy Maclin (6-foot-0, 198 pounds, age 25, 5th season)
May 15, 2013 |
IT LOOKED like a gaggle of third-base coaches relaying signs to a batter. Three Eagles' staffers, along with wideout Ifeanyi Momah, who had the day off from practice after going hard all weekend in rookie camp, waggled fingers behind their heads, tapped their arms, and carved designs in the air. As the offensive players on the field regrouped from the play they'd just run, every head turned to the sideline. Everyone seemed to be getting his assignment this way; no one huddled, and the players lined up within 10 seconds or less to snap the ball again.
May 8, 2013 |
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Philly rapper Meek Mill , who turned 26 yesterday. Mill jet-setted out to Vegas, where he celebrated on Sunday night. Lucky for you, one of my spies filled me in on the action. Mill hit up the Hard Rock Hotel's Rehab pool party, hosted by Philly's own DJ Drama . A-listers abounded, including Diddy , Kelly Rowland , boxer Adrien Broner and rapper Fabolous . Even though Mill stepped to Vegas to celebrate his birth, he brought out the Philly stars in full force, including the Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters , boxing champ Danny "Swift" Garcia (who is coming off a win against Zab Judah at the Barclays Center)
April 26, 2013 |
ELEVEN YEARS ago, the Eagles hit the trifecta in the second and third rounds of the 2002 draft, selecting Colorado safety Michael Lewis, cornerback Sheldon Brown and a Division 1-AA running back by the name of Brian Westbrook. Lewis spent five seasons with the Eagles, three as a starter. Went to a Super Bowl and Pro Bowl with the Birds. Brown was a rock at right corner for the franchise, starting 98 games in eight seasons and helping the Eagles advance to five NFC Championship Games.
April 24, 2013 |
"Don't be shocked if the Eagles take Tavon Austin" - the "dimunitive" receiver/runner/returner out of West Virginia - with the fourth pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night. That's what a GM said, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio told Mike Missanelli late yesterday afternoon on 97.5 The Fanantic. And Paolantonio endorsed the idea. "Tavon Austin, to me, is a top 5 player in this draft," he said. ". . . I think Austin could fit, and I think people want to see excitement on offense. They're tired of the same old dull offense that's been around here for 14 years.
April 16, 2013 |
The Eagles' newest player is a real powerhouse. The stats are electrifying: On a recent sunny day, this bulky unit churned out 21,033.7 kilowatt hours, nearly enough to power two average homes for a year. Yes, the long-awaited solar panels and wind turbines at Lincoln Financial Field are up and running. More than 11,000 panels have been positioned atop the roof, over some of the parking spots, and armoring the side of the building along I-95. Those are the workhorses.