Practice Roundup – D Shows Up

Posted: July 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 45 Comments »

The Eagles offense got the better of the defense for the first few days of practice. That changed on Wednesday.

Let’s start with Brandon Lee Gowton’s notes.

The first interception of Eagles 2014 training camp! It’s Malcolm Jenkins who picks offMark Sanchez in a 3 on 2 drill. It wasn’t a terrible throw from Sanchez but Jenkins jumped the route and made the play. Easily would have been in a pick six in a real game. I think Sanchez was targeting either Brent Celek or Zach Ertz, but I’m not 100% sure.

Not too long after Jenkins picked off Sanchez, fellow Eagles backup quarterback Matt Barkley threw his first interception of training camp. Barkley lofted one to Josh Huffdown the sideline. Again, far from a terrible pass, but Williams out battled Huff for position on the ball. Williams was fired up after the play.

The third interception came in a redzone drill where Sanchez was picked off by Brandon Boykin. Sanchez was targeting Benn. This is only the first of many interceptions to come for Boykin.

Interception number four — that’s right, four interceptions in one day after three training camp practices with NONE — came on a Nick Foles pass intended for Darren Sproles. Jenkins was playing Sproles tight and made the play for another would-be pick six.

• Now’s a good time to mention that Malcolm Jenkins has had a really good training camp, and I’m not just saying that because he had two interceptions today. He’s been a nuisance in coverage having recorded a number of pass deflections. As I pointed out above, he’s being used to cover multiple positions: running backs, tight ends, wide receivers. Jenkins has definitely been impressive.

Training Camp is always good news/bad news. The dynamic goes something like this…for the first few days, the QBs were looking really good. No INTs. But the defense was struggling. Now the defense looks good as they come up with INTs, but the QBs are struggling. Obviously that’s an oversimplification of things, but you get the general idea. On any given play, something good and bad is happening to the team.

The key here is that you don’t want one side winning all the time. That’s when you’ve got a problem. When things go back and forth, you’re good to go.

Brandon is kind of a fan of what he’s seen from Jordan Matthews. See if you agree with my assessment.

I’m already several bullet points into this post and I haven’t mentioned The Best Wide Receiver in NFL History: rookie pass catcher Jordan Matthews. Apologies. Joking aside, Matthews was awesome. It felt like Mark Sanchez wasn’t even throwing to any other second team receivers… and that’s mostly because it was true. Matthews did a great job of working the middle of the field and getting open. Matthews is a monster with yards after the catch because of how hard he runs once he gets the ball.

In a one-on-one WR/CB drill, Matthews dominated his competition. Safety Earl Wolff had no chance on a play where Matthews ran a crisp route to create space for a Foles throw. Matthews caught the ball over his shoulder with ease. Soon after his touchdown catch, Matthews outmuscled backup safety Chris Maragos for a tough catch over the middle.

The most impressive Matthews play came on a diving catch from a Sanchez pass. The Eagles defensive backs standing on the sideline behind Nolan Carroll, who was covering Matthews, thought Carroll had made the diving interception. Matthews got to it first though and then got up to run down the field. That quickly quieted the Eagles DBs.

Matthews finished a dominant day by making two toughly contested catches in the red zone. I wasn’t sure who was in coverage because the Eagles were practicing all the way at the opposite side of the field… but Matthews was clearly impressive. The first pass was thrown nice and high just to where he could get it and he snagged it with ease.

Just so you don’t think BLG is nuts, there were plenty of other writers praising Matthews.

Jeff McLane – I thought the defensive backs also got the better of the Eagles’ receivers and quarterbacks during one-on-one drills – at least at the end of the field I was watching. Jordan Matthews, though, shined for the offense. Say what you want about the competition, but he has made all the catches so far. Now can we get him on the first team against Boykin in the slot? That’s when I’ll start making proper judgments about Matthews. 

Les Bowen – Wish I’d been counting how many times Mark Sanchez connected with Jordan Matthews. He rarely throws to anyone else, among the the second WR unit. But it’s hard to blame him. One time yesterday, corner Nolan Carroll jumped a short route and seemed set for a pick-six. Somehow, Matthews ended up with the ball.

While Matthews is having a terrific spring/summer, let’s make sure to keep things in context. Matthews is doing what he’s supposed to do…getting the best of the competition. It does sound like things have gotten to the point where he could use a step up in competition. Chip obviously feels that Brad Smith is the better option for now, but hopefully we’ll get to see Matthews go against Boykin some time soon. That would help give us a better idea of just how much of a factor he could be this year. My goal is for Matthews to do a solid job of replacing Avant. That means 35 to 45 catches and a few TDs. And blocking well.

In a previous post I talked about Matthews compared to a traditional slot receiver like Wes Welker. I talked about Welker’s size as an issue in Kelly’s offense. Some people took this as me insulting Welker. Are we really at that point where you can’t say anything critical about a player without it being an insult? I think just about every person on planet Earth knows that Welker is a great slot receiver. He’s had an amazing career. But he isn’t what Kelly’s ideally looking for. A valid criticism is not the same thing as an insult or flat out ripping a guy. No player is perfect. Barry Sanders danced too much. Mickey Mantle struck out too much. And so on.

* * * * *

Jeff McLane had some good notes on OL vs DL.

1. Taylor Hart seemed to hold his own against some pretty tough competition, taking on Allen Barbre and then Lane Johnson. The rookie defensive end didn’t get the better of either, but he stood his ground against two athletic linemen. Hart looks like a choir boy. He looks like he needs to add more muscle to his frame. But the Eagles love him as a 4-technique and a scheme fit. It’s way too early to say for certain, but he may end up being more than an after-thought fifth rounder.

2. Tackle/guard Matt Tobin was hot and cold. He couldn’t handle defensive end Fletcher Cox (join the club!) but dominated rookie end Frances Mays. The Eagles like Tobin. He was the second tackle/guard off the bench after Barbre last season. It will be interesting to see how he’s grown once the preseason starts. Mays moves fairly well for 6-foot-9.

. With Julian Vandervelde out (back), rookie Josh Andrews moved from center to guard. He had his struggles, but did a pretty good job when matched up against rookie NT Beau Allen. Center David Molk isn’t very big (6-1, 290), even for a center, but he did a solid job holding Allen up. Molk could supplant Vandervelde for the backup center job.

4. A few of the rookies went to school when matched up against veterans. Tackle Jason Peters drove end Alejandro Villaneuva back ten yards. It was like the former Army Ranger was a blocking sled. End Cedric Thornton toyed with guard Donald Hawkins, bullrushing him off his blocks and then gave him a little extra shove at the end for good measure. Funny stuff.

5. Vinny Curry was upended by Todd Herremans during a one-on-one. He literally flipped over his head. Curry came back later, though, and jetted around guard Evan Mathis. Mathis ran inside afterward … for a new jock. Rim shot!

6. The outside linebackers joined the fray during the second session. Connor Barwin went outside in past rookie tackle Kevin GrafTravis Long couldn’t get past Andrews. Top draft pick Marcus Smith tried to fight off a double team to no avail.

Love reading that stuff.

The Eagles had Hart rated higher than a 5th rounder. Kelly wanted to take him earlier, but Howie Roseman had a feeling that he would be on the board in that area. The team waited and got the guy they wanted. Hart is a talented prospect, but his value is enhanced by the fact that he’s a perfect fit for what the Eagles want to do. He’s big enough to 2-gap, but also athletic enough to make some plays.

Tobin is a player to watch. He could be the #6 OL for the first month. He impressed the heck out of me last summer as a run blocker. His pass protection needs some work when going against athletic edge rushers. I’m curious to see what kind of progress he’s made this year.

David Molk is a player I liked a lot coming out of Michigan. He’s short, but very strong. Molk should be a good fit for the Eagles offense. I’m curious to see if he can make a strong push for a roster spot. He didn’t play last year and you never know if that was bad luck or if he’s just not that good.

Here’s a good STs note.

— Kelly was like a kid in a candy store during a drill that simulated blocking during punts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so animated as he cheered on his players or offered tips. Millions of people in this country love football, but I’d imagine he’s somewhere in the top 5. Marcus Smith did a nice job riding Zach Ertz up the line on one block. Ed Reynolds had trouble against Brad Smith both as a blocker and as a pursuer. Chris Maragos, a special teams ace, deked Murphy.

* * * * *

Interesting note from Sheil Kapadia on Foles and the WRs.

1:04 – Foles has been hand-cuffed a bit the past couple days while Riley Cooper rests because of a foot injury. It’s been Maehl on the other side of Maclin. I’d like to see one of the rookies or Arrelious Benn get a shot. Foles goes deep to Maehl, but he gets no separation against Fletcher and the pass is incomplete.

I hadn’t put 2 and 2 together, but Sheil is right. If you’ve got Maehl out there going against 1’s, you aren’t setting yourself up for success. Before you go all nuts on Kelly for Oregon worship, there is logic to this. Maehl was here last year. Benn is coming off an ACL tear. Matthews and Huff are rookies. You can argue that Maehl has earned a spot at the top of the depth chart…for now. If Maehl is there in 2 weeks, I’ve got a problem. Him being there now I can live with. Coaches like to reward continuity and seniority.

1:16 – Fletcher breaks up a Foles pass for Ertz during a red zone drill. The defensive backs got their hands on a lot of passes today. Williams with yet another breakup on a back-shoulder throw intended for Maclin.

Boykin intercepts Sanchez in the red zone. But Sanchez finds (guess who?) Matthews for a TD later in the drill.

1:29 – The length of the Eagles’ pass-catchers is showing today. Ertz stretches his arms to make a grab from Sanchez in the flat.

Benn makes a nice back shoulder grab from Sanchez (against Boykin).

And we have a Marcus Smith II sighting. The rookie rushes off the right edge and deflects a Foles pass.

Jenkins finishes up practice by jumping Sproles and intercepting Foles on what would have been a pick-six. He gets a jump in the air/butt bump from Boykin and a low-five from Kelly.

Sheil made reference to Benn making another catch in a different section. I’ve also read that he’s had a few drops. Benn isn’t showing any post-ACL effects from what I’ve heard and that’s the most encouraging thing. Let’s hope he stays healthy and continues to make plays. The coaches will move him up the depth chart eventually.

And it is good to read about Smith starting to make his presence felt on the field. He’s got a lot to learn, but you can’t teach athletic ability and he’s got plenty of that.

* * * * *

Les Bowen wrote about the Eagles throwing a lot of back shoulder fades on Wednesday.

The Eagles did a lot of work today on those back shoulder throws that have become so prevalent in the NFL, as a way to get the ball to rangy receivers who can box out like basketball big men.

Nick Foles seemed to have a very nice touch on those throws, especially. But the defensive backs hung in and battled, eventually breaking their training camp interception slump with four picks.

“That was great to see,” middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. “It was great to see people picking up the tempo, picking up the energy, on the defensive side of the ball. We made some big plays.”

“We feel like we’ve been close the last couple of days. Today, it came together,” said Malcolm Jenkins, who picked off both Mark Sanchez and Foles.

“Y’all was talking about us yesterday — three days without an interception, stuff like that. We relayed the message,” said corner Cary Williams.

But Williams acknowledged having the quarterbacks throw behind him was no fun.

“I’ll tell you what, it’s one of the hardest throws you can defend, as a corner,” said Williams, who leaped high to bring down a Matt Barkley jump ball. “Back shoulders are just so difficult because those guys can see the ball … you get a good quarterback that can throw it at your back, some things you can’t do anything about.

“That’s what they’re coached to do, throw it at the back of our head … (the receivers) are stopping. They know where they’re going. We don’t know where they’re going, and they can see the ball, as well. It’s a part of the game. You just try to be as competitive as possible at the point of attack.”

Jenkins said: “It’s tough, because it’s the opposite of what you’re taught, basically. If you’re in good position as a DB, normally, the back shoulder’s open. That means you’re in phase with the receiver; they throw it back and away from you, it’s a tough play. It’s really all about the finish, being able to kind of get your hips around and disrupt the receiver so that he’s not making an uncontested catch. It’s hard for them, too — they’ve got to get their body around, still track the ball. But if the quarterback throws it right, it’s really hard to defend. And once you do start defending it, they’ll just throw it over the top … Today, we got a lot of ’em.”

Good to hear the Eagles stressed this at practice. It is a good weapon for the offense and it is used a lot around the league so the defense is helped by practicing against it. Foles does make this throw very well. He’s got the touch and accuracy you need for it. I always wanted Reid to use it more in his tenure.


45 Comments on “Practice Roundup – D Shows Up”

  1. 1 ACViking said at 1:25 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Re: Nobody’s Perfect

    T-Law —

    A couple of disconnected reactions . . . .

    You wrote: “If you’ve got Maehl out there going against 1′s, you aren’t setting yourself up for success.”

    REACTION: I flashed to visions of James Thrash on January 18, 2003 against Ricky Manning.

    You also wrote: “No player is perfect. . . . Mickey Mantle struck out too much.”

    REACTION: How ’bout the following comparison using another Yankee CF.

    Ryan Howard — 327 career HRs, 1,524 career Ks. 1 – 4.7 ratio.

    Joe DiMaggio — 361 career HRs. 369 career Ks. Not a typo. 1 – 1 ratio.

  2. 2 Always Hopeful said at 2:25 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    AC, you’re killing me bringing up that game and those names…makes me want to holler!

  3. 3 TommyLawlor said at 8:37 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Amazing Joe D. stat. I’ve seen that before, but it blows me away every time. Hard to truly comprehend that.

  4. 4 SteveH said at 9:31 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Reminds me of some of those Tony Gwynn stats that were floating around recently.

  5. 5 Ark87 said at 2:47 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    I wonder if this is just a policy of Chip Kelly’s with rookies. Early in camp rookies are to be learning. Getting a hang of the system. Is it possibly the first team is busy building on established concepts and getting more advanced while 2nd and 3rd team are for developing newer players. Maybe he feels that while Matthews is crushing the second string talent level, he would hold the first team back with rookie issues early in camp. I assume after some point this summer, Chip will be comfortable entering Matthews into the first string. Talent-wise, he’s definitely ready.

    I always felt like he gave incumbent respect on the depth chart early in camp, but there might be a good reason.

  6. 6 GEAGLE said at 4:02 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    I think we will always see rookies start with the 3rd string…but by the time the preseason ends it will be evident that Jordan is a starter,
    Meco and Barwin both said they are really surprised by Marcus and that they think he will be able to immediately play a bigger role than they had anticipated…
    Intersting nugget: make the best out of a bad situation? they are saying Lane playing with the second string(to get Barbre up to speed with the starters) could help lanes development because he relies on Herremans a lot, in terms of the play calls! responsibility, but now that he is with the second string, he is the one making the calls forcing him to really grow presnap…that could def pay dividends down the road

  7. 7 RogerPodacter said at 4:05 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    makes a lot of sense.
    only argument i could imagine would be for a guy that is expected to start at some position as a rookie. that guy should get as many reps as he can with the starters.
    i’m thinking of someone like Lane Johnson. he needed to build that rapport with the rest of his OL and Herremans in particular. i would think that even with a rookie learning curve, they should practice together. this way, the other OL can anticipate the rookie’s mistakes a little better.

    i don’t remember how Chip brought Johnson along in the offseason last year….

  8. 8 Ark87 said at 4:39 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Looked back at some old practice notes, the first team was initially JP-Mathis-Dallas Reynolds (they brought Kelce back slowly, kinda makes his season more impressive in retrospect)- Herremans-Dennis Kelly. I’m not sure but I think it was actually Dennis Kelly’s back injury that forced Lane into the first team.

    I agree with you though. I think Chemistry is important, especially for O-line, but also your starting QB and his receivers. But yeah it’s my guess he doesn’t want rookies with their heads spinning on the same squad as seasoned vets. So everyone can learn on the same page. Vet’s learn veteran things at a veteran pace, rookies are elsewhere setting a foundation to build off of. I think Matthews will likely bust into the first team maybe a week before the preseason opener or preseason week 2. So as early as this weekend I’m thinking.

  9. 9 A_T_G said at 7:47 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    I think part of the message Chip is sending, which meshes with his comments about the draft, is that rookies are not expected to start. They are allowed to start, but they have to earn it.

  10. 10 GEAGLE said at 7:55 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Well put… Some coaches despise playing young players. We saw,Chip start a rookie RT from day one, he wasn’t afraid to play a 5th round safety..and was so comfortable with Logan/Square that he traded away soap who as supposed to be stopgap/mentor…
    Let them earn it In camp, come the games we know our coach isn’t afraid to go young…Marcus Smifh IMO is going to get more snaps then some think..

    Barwin: “when I’m in the game with Cole, it’s not hard to figure out who’s doing what. When I’m in the game with Marcus, it’s hard to figure which off is is doing what”

    Both Meco and Barwin talked about expecting Marcus to contribute this year. Skins Cole is pointless. He is a sucky interview and he has a strict policy of not commenting about any of his team mates. You can’t get him to talk about other guys

  11. 11 eagleyankfan said at 3:06 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    re: Welker. I remember someone saying Foles wouldn’t fit or Foles isn’t Chips guy. Or someone saying Sproles would be no use to this team. To say “But he isn’t what Kelly’s ideally looking for” — is being a bit cavalier. Making comments saying someone who has lead the league in receptions would have no place on this team – silly.
    I think Chip can take avg. talent and have them excel. He can take immense talent and make them elite. He would take Welker, in a heart beat, and make him an immense player with this offense. Just like he will with Sproles…..
    for the record — Curt Hennig — was perfect. 🙂

  12. 12 RogerPodacter said at 4:08 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    this is the point that i was thinking when i read Tommy’s last article. Chip has made it known to us what he wants in his WRs – physical play. HOWEVER, i think we could also assume that Chip is also the kind of guy that can adjust to maximize the talent available. if he had a guy like Welker, i think Chip could design a great offense to utilize him.

    the flip side of that is that i don’t think that Welker fits in to his vision of *this team*, *right now*. i have no doubts that Chip would be interested in getting someone like him, though. I just don’t know if he would be willing to pay for it with the rest of the team we have on offense in place.

  13. 13 eagleyankfan said at 4:44 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Agreed. Chip would have no intention of going to get him either. Chip can and will win with his team he’s assembling. If a team called and said you can have Welker for peanuts — Chip would not say no and Welker would be a huge part of this team. We also need to keep in perspective every year a team wins the SB loaded with players that are not “Chip’s” model type. Before we’re sticking our noses in the air and proclaim players aren’t Chips caliber, we need to win something….

  14. 14 GEAGLE said at 7:48 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    One thing I look forward to about Desean being gone, is DJax was terrible at running screens. He caught the ball danced around a little and either went down or ran out of bounds ,,..screens are a big part of our offense and Jaccson was pretty weak at them…having plays who are dangerous off screens should add a nice element that we saw in our offense, but didn’t pay much dividends last year….you throw a screen to coop Jordan, Huff and no one is dancing or running out of bounds. Physical players that will try to run thru you and get up field off those screens

  15. 15 GEAGLE said at 3:43 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Saint Jordan strikes again. Dude,just said that he is happy Marcus went in round 1 instead of him, because Marcus family need the money more than his family, so he is really happy Marcus is getting first round salary

    Check out his interview with WIP… It’s amazing

  16. 16 theycallmerob said at 3:56 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    he’s my hero

  17. 17 GEAGLE said at 3:58 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Lol they asked him “are you sure you are a wide reciever?” LOL cuz WRs are typically selfish Divas.
    Check out what maragos said about the Seahawks wanting to avoid the eagles last year

  18. 18 ICDogg said at 3:50 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    JMatt did drop his first couple of throws playing with the 1’s today. Before that he had caught everything his way.

    I think some of the INT’s were in part the result of the offense working on less familiar stuff like the back shoulder fades. Very glad that they are spending time on that though; with all the big receivers we have it could be a money play if the timing is worked out right.

  19. 19 RogerPodacter said at 4:02 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    personally, i’m glad that JMatt dropped some today. lets all come back down to earth now – we fans need to small does of reality.
    judging by what we know of his personality so far, it will probably only push him to be better too.

  20. 20 GEAGLE said at 4:06 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    That kid is going to be legit no matter what..
    Like that he says he is trying to learn from both Coop and Mac…he made a great point about how Speed and route running is a big weapon for him, but Maclin is faster and more experienced so he is trying to learn from Maclin, but he also says that He is a big WR, but Cooper is bigger, so he is trying to learn the tricks of using your size from Coop, and he is learning the tricks of speed/route running from Maclin..

    Kids going to be a YAC machine for us

  21. 21 RogerPodacter said at 4:10 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    i like it. he’s already figured out what he needs to learn and who he needs to learn it from. i’m trying not to get my hopes up for this kid. i really want to see his work ethic and professionalism translate to a great football career

  22. 22 GEAGLE said at 4:34 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    My hopes are up for him, in terms of his overall career….good coaching and hard work leads to a quality player…. I don’t know how quickly he can adapt to the NFL game and make an impact…will he have a big rookie year? Beats me….but I wouldn’t bet money against that kid figuring it out sooner or later, and go on to have a nice career…
    I believe in him. I just don’t know what that means for his rookie season.. 3 years from now. I’m confident saying we will have a beast on our hands

  23. 23 GEAGLE said at 3:52 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    I was at the practice discussed in this post, and I was amazed at how our defensive backs we flying around. Inserting Wolff in the first team seemed to pay off, he was flying around getting his hands on a few balls…he looked on another level than Nate from what I saw..
    Meco: “Malcolm Jenkins is that piece that we were missing”,,he also talked about how he can see the difference from last years defense and that we are showing signs of a top defense…guys are going to be really pleased with our defense.
    pat Shurmer talked about how Sproles and Mathew are our best finishers. “As soon as Jordan makes the catch, he Sets his hair on fire and gets up field. If we didn’t have fences, Jordan would run all the way to the street”

    Bill Polians seems blown away by our practices. Nick FOles, and how sharp everyone looks..says that we have to be in phenomenal shape to take a month break after OTAs, and already be practicing at this insane pace in training camp. Believes our conditioning will be a massive advantage…
    pat Shurm also said that he is most impressed with shady, Barkley and Ertz body this pffseason…says shady looks leaner and better than he has ever looked…pat also said that thru all his NFL experiences, our backup OLine is one of the strongest groups he has seen. JUST BECAUSE we have players on our bench that we haven’t seen, that doesn’t automatically mean we lack OL depth..

  24. 24 RobNE said at 5:48 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    So…hosting NFC championship. Here we come.

  25. 25 GEAGLE said at 6:50 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    BGN I belive has the article up about how the Seahawks didn’t want it with us

  26. 26 GEAGLE said at 3:54 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Micheal Irving was at Novacare today, he spoke to Chip, but also sat down and did an interview with Riley Cooper! worth checking out

  27. 27 GEAGLE said at 3:56 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Polian says that our conditioning will really pay off when we face the big power teams like skins,Niners!Seahawks
    Maragos said last year the eagles were the one team Seattle wanted to avoid. Should check out what he said about how the Seahawks viewed the eagles last year….great stuff

  28. 28 Baloophi said at 4:00 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    If I’m reading this correctly, Tommy is calling Mickey Mantle a terrible player…

  29. 29 RogerPodacter said at 4:01 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    i’ll go get the pitchforks again

  30. 30 ICDogg said at 4:58 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Mickey Mantle took the Fun out of Funyuns

  31. 31 ACViking said at 5:49 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Mantle, by his own (less-than-sober?) calculation, figured he spent 3
    full seasons not hitting a baseball during his MLB career — adding
    together his walks and strikeouts.

    O-for-3 seasons is worse than Mendoza.

  32. 32 Mac said at 4:05 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Tommy taking cheap shots at the comments section. What an insult?!

  33. 33 TommyLawlor said at 8:41 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Watch it, mister!!!

  34. 34 GEAGLE said at 4:31 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Some moron working for S.I thinks that there are 9 better Olines than us smh.. What a fool

    He was right that last year wasn’t JPs best even with first team all pro honors, but I expected that coming off two Achilles injury…same with Kelce and herremans(who was the last of the 3 to get healthy)

    JP not having his best year last year isn’t a bad thing….imagine how scary he will be now that he is another year removed from injury, and comfortable in the new blocking scheme… Last offseason he was rehabbing. This year he got to take advantage of the the offseason program

    If you are dumb enough to think that there are 9 better OLines than the eagles, you should be banned from talking about the OL, because you are clearly friggin clueless…

  35. 35 RobNE said at 5:47 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    And Dallas was way above us

  36. 36 RobNE said at 5:46 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Our discussions of JMatt remind me of all the Chuck Norris jokes. That’s how we view JMatt.

  37. 37 76mustang said at 6:14 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    An enlightening read on Lurie, Chip, and the Eagles’ program long term:

  38. 38 Ark87 said at 7:24 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Love to hear the D is playing with an edge. You can tell there is a ton of pride on that D that is very aware that they play second fiddle to the offense as far as outsiders are concerned (we’re right!). While the D polishes some stuff up, the O seems to be exploring new frontiers, new routes, trying to master new throws. The O is struggling but there seems to be reason behind it.

    I’m trying not to get too caught up in practice results. Even mistakes are exciting in practice, we’re trying new things! We’re eliminating mistakes and stuff that doesn’t work before we get to the field to feel any consequences from it. Can’t wait for our guys to go to New England. Does anyone know if any of our beat reporters/bloggers will attend? Hope at least Jimmy or Sheil goes.

  39. 39 GEAGLE said at 7:42 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    I was at yesterday’s,practice and the offense,was not struggling. Defense looked awesome but it was a nice back and fourth..whenever the D made a big play, FOles would fire,back with a big play it was a nice back n fourth

    But you aren’t wrong about the O exploring different things. pat Shurm: “sometimes FOles is passing up an open throw to a guy like coop or Ertz, and look to the new guys trying to see what they can do”

  40. 40 GEAGLE said at 8:23 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Eagles showed a dime package today:
    Two safeties
    Brad/ Cary outside
    Nolan/Boykin inside
    Kendrick as the lone LB

  41. 41 Mitchell said at 12:01 AM on August 1st, 2014:

    That got me hot and bothered. Really excited about our secondary this year……. Wait, did I just say that?

  42. 42 Insomniac said at 8:52 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Is it time to bring in more kicker competition yet?

  43. 43 SteveH said at 9:31 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    David Wilson potential career ending injury. Giants RB situation just got a lot less threatening.

  44. 44 anon said at 10:09 PM on July 31st, 2014:

    Yeah feel bad for him.

  45. 45 The Linc – LeSean McCoy: "I own Dallas" | Sports Feedr said at 8:20 AM on August 1st, 2014:

    […] Practice Roundup – D Shows Up – Iggles BlitzTraining Camp is always good news/bad news. The dynamic goes something like this…for the first few days, the QBs were looking really good. No INTs. But the defense was struggling. Now the defense looks good as they come up with INTs, but the QBs are struggling. Obviously that’s an oversimplification of things, but you get the general idea. On any given play, something good and bad is happening to the team. The key here is that you don’t want one side winning all the time. That’s when you’ve got a problem. When things go back and forth, you’re good to go. Brandon is kind of a fan of what he’s seen from Jordan Matthews. See if you agree with my assessment. […]