July 22, 2014 |
There is no longer any question that Nick Foles is Chip Kelly's quarterback this season. As Foles enters his third training camp with the Eagles, the coach said that Foles must work on the "intricacies" that can take a quarterback "from good to great. " The "good to great" ascension can be difficult - a best-selling business book is devoted to the concept - and Foles will attempt it as he follows his record-breaking 2013 with a season that could determine his future with the Eagles.
July 18, 2014 |
I MIGHT HAVE been the luckiest player in pro football history. Unfortunately, there are two kinds of luck. My "Walter Mitty" career began as an undrafted free agent with the 1980 Eagles. Fresh out of Memphis State (now the University of Memphis), I was a converted power forward on the basketball team who chose football in his senior year as a last chance at realizing my childhood dream of being a professional athlete. You see, the NBA wasn't looking for any 6-6 white centers, but the NFL did have a need for 245-pound tight ends who could run a 4.6 40-yard dash.
July 17, 2014 |
IT IS mid-July of another summer in which the Phillies are playing themselves into early irrelevancy, and that once meant only one thing: "E-A-G-L-E-S. " As in those familiar chants heard at Citizens Bank Park as opponents put up another crooked number. As in, the heightened anticipation of the start of training camp. Polls, debates, discussions about personnel and promise, all filling in the cracks left by a Phillies team that might be so bad, it might not be wanted anywhere else.
July 2, 2014 |
ONE OF THE BIG reasons for the Eagles' rags-to-riches success last season was their health. Whether it was the Chip Kelly Wellness Plan or good fortune or a combination of the two, Eagles starters missed only 30 games combined because of injury, which was the fourth fewest in the NFL. Their offensive line, which was devastated by injuries in 2012, didn't have a single missed start last season. Their five starters missed a total of 98 snaps in 17 games as the Eagles led the league in rushing and finished second in total offense and fourth in scoring.
June 27, 2014
Franklin Field will host one of three open Eagles practices during training camp, which begins July 25. The Eagles will practice at Franklin Field on Aug. 10 and at Lincoln Financial Field on July 28 and Aug. 3. Most practices will take place at the NovaCare Complex, where a few spectators, including season-ticket holders, will be selected to attend. Tickets for the open practice at Franklin Field will be available at PennAthletics.com/Eagles beginning at 10 a.m. July 16. The two practices at the Linc will not require tickets.
June 27, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The biggest mystery player in tonight's NBA draft recently ate dinner in Philadelphia with 76ers coach Brett Brown. For the player, 6-6 Australian combo guard Dante Exum, the meal provided among other things a chance to touch base with a former (and perhaps future) coach and discuss the state of basketball in the land Down Under. "It was a very good time," Exum said yesterday. More such occasions could come soon. When news broke last week of Joel Embiid's foot injury and the touted center's ensuing surgery, changing the complexion of tonight's draft, speculation that Philadelphia might use the No. 3 pick on Exum was amplified.
June 24, 2014 |
Part one in a series previewing the top prospects coming to Philadelphia for this week's NHL draft. ZERO. Scroll through the results of the pull-up test at last month's NHL Scouting Combine for draft picks - and that is the number that will catch your eye. It is next to the name of Sam Bennett, who just happened to be ranked as the No. 1 North American prospect by the NHL's Central Scouting service. The No. 1-ranked prospect in this week's draft at the Wells Fargo Center could not complete one single pull-up.
June 23, 2014 |
The head coach was asked to assess the team's spring workouts, including the just-completed mandatory minicamp. Going into the long break until the start of training camp, it seemed that everything had been accomplished as planned, and the foundation had been put down for a successful NFL season to come. "It was good to get everybody in the building and everybody working together. Overall, I feel like the team is coming along great, and the unity is where it needs to be at this point, and then when we come back to training camp with the knowledge of the system and people knowing one another, hopefully we can take off from there.
June 21, 2014 |
The Eagles start a 35-day period without football on Friday, putting the onus on the players to remain in shape and avoid trouble before returning to Philadelphia for training camp on July 25. The Eagles huddled as a team at noon on Thursday, having just finished their 13th practice of the last four weeks and an offseason program that started April 21. After a team meeting 30 minutes later, school was out for the summer. Coach Chip Kelly was not in a hurry to leave. His message on Thursday was ensuring they finished with a strong training session, and he did not count the minutes until the 35-day respite from football activity.
June 20, 2014 |
ALEJANDRO Villanueva said he didn't feel as out of place as he had feared, when Villanueva, a former Army Ranger captain, returned to football this spring with the Eagles. He said yesterday he thinks he's on track to compete for a roster spot at defensive end in training camp next month - though until he took the field with the Eagles, Villanueva hadn't worn pads since 2009, his senior year as a receiver for Army. Villanueva, the kind of project Chip Kelly likes at 6-9 and nearly 300 pounds (after getting with the Eagles' nutrition program)