July 27, 2013 |
The honeymoon is over. The dental work has set. And the sconces have been picked out. Cary Williams, who missed about three weeks of organized team activities in the spring, was among the first veteran Eagles to report for training camp. Defensive backs coach John Lovett said that the cornerback reported Tuesday and was the first from his position group to arrive at the NovaCare Complex. "I was in my office with [assistant defensive backs coach] Todd [Lyght] watching cut-ups and all of a sudden Cary walks in," Lovett said Thursday.
July 26, 2013 |
JEFF STOUTLAND is the Eagles' offensive line coach. He grew up in New York. There is a street smartness about him that becomes obvious in about 30 seconds. He says he looks at players in his business but he also looks at people. "Your demeanor and how you go about every day is just huge, it's huge," Stoutland said. This is a man who says he prefers to coach physically, demonstrating techniques at the front of the meeting room where players put their hands on him and vice versa. He pegs the classroom-lecture attention span of the average player at about 10 minutes.
July 25, 2013 |
THE EAGLES will wear pads and hit for the first time in the Chip Kelly era during Sunday's public practice at Lincoln Financial Field, Kelly confirmed yesterday. The team has said it has distributed more than 49,000 tickets for the first of five Linc sessions, which are an effort to lessen the sting of the move of training camp from Lehigh to NovaCare, where the Eagles aren't allowed to host large public events. Putting the pads on is something Kelly has been eager to do. He said yesterday that hitting "will be spaced out within the practices . . . There will be certain parts of each drill that we'll have to do some tackling.
July 19, 2013 |
Jason Peters paid a fine of $656.50 on June 21 after drag racing charges from a week earlier were reduced to driving with improper equipment, according to the Monroe, La., District Attorney's Office. The Eagles tackle avoided a July 15 arraignment by paying the fine, and the case was officially closed, the DA's office said Wednesday. Attempts to reach Peters were not successful. He is expected to report to Eagles training camp next Thursday with the rest of the squad. The Eagles, who originally said they couldn't comment because of the "legal nature" of the matter, said Wednesday: "We are glad to hear that the issue has been resolved.
July 19, 2013 |
MANY A Philadelphia Justin Bieber fan was disappointed to learn that the badly behaved teen-pop sensation did not stay in town before his concert last night at the Wells Fargo Center. From what I hear, the Biebs was supposed to stay at the Four Seasons, but canceled his block of 18 rooms, including the super swanky Presidential Suite, at the very last minute. All this occurring after the good folks at the Four Seasons bent over backward for Bieber, moving around reservations to accommodate the singer and his entourage and making sure he had everything he requested.
June 29, 2013 |
The NFL Network wrapped up its Top 100 Players of 2013 series on Thursday night, and its almost complete shunning of the Philadelphia Eagles is now history. Perhaps deservedly so, after a 4-12 season that got head coach Andy Reid fired. Only one Eagles player made the list, running back LeSean McCoy at No. 45. That's way down from 2012, when the list included seven players: McCoy at No. 18, tackle Jason Peters at 42, defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole at 44 and 57, quarterback Michael Vick at 70, wideout DeSean Jackson at 71, and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at 79. Peters had a good excuse: He missed last season because of a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon.
June 17, 2013 |
Chip Kelly's message to his players before they started the NFL's answer to summer vacation was to "be professional" about their work during the intermission between minicamp and training camp. It's fair to assume the directive extends to the players' conduct, too. It was Kelly who said earlier this offseason, "If I can't trust them when they leave this building then we probably brought the wrong guys in here. " No team is ever excited to hear about a Pro Bowl left tackle racing away from the police in excess of 100 m.p.h.
June 14, 2013 |
LAST WEEK at minicamp, Jason Peters told reporters he hadn't lost any mobility, and there's a sheriff's deputy in Louisiana right now who probably agrees. News reports indicate Peters, 31, was arrested early yesterday morning after drag racing and resisting an officer by flight, in Monroe, La. The Monroe News-Star reported that a deputy watched a white Camaro and a blue sedan take off from a traffic light at 4:45 a.m., apparently racing. (This would seem to be a clear violation of new coach Chip Kelly's request that players get 10 hours of sleep a night, by the way.)
June 7, 2013 |
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.