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Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp 2013 Notes & Quotes - Monday 8/5/2013 - Brandon Lee Gowton, BGN
Today's notes from Eagles training camp practice at The Linc. Hear from Lane Johnson, Mychal Kendricks, and Chris Polk. Hear how Chris Polk has re-invented himself.
OL depth and film breakdown: Where does Dennis Kelly fit in? - Jimmy Kempskiskiskiski, Philly.com
Based on Chip Kelly's above comments, it seems fairly clear that Dennis Kelly will not be playing LT off the bench, unless there's a scenario in which both Jason Peters and Lane Johnson are injured. And even if both of them got hurt, the Eagles may opt to slide Herremans over to LT, with Kelly filling in at RT.
Camp Notes: Chip’s A Special Teams Junkie - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7 PhillyMag.com
The attention to special teams detail generally paid off at Oregon. The Ducks didn’t punt much (17 times all year) but were not very generous when they did, yielding just 55 return yards all season (3.24 average), per cfbstats.com. They ranked 13th in the nation in punt return average [13.50]. He was not blessed with a particularly good kicking game, as the Ducks converted just half of their field-goal attempts in 2012. Alex Henery is likely to help in that department.
Rookie WR Shepard 'dominating' Eagles camp - Reuben Frank, CSN Philly
Shepard's had a good camp and has a legitimate chance to make the team. But this might be a little too much.
Square peg in a square hole? - John Murrow, Daily News
After joining the Eagles as an undrafted free agent following April's draft, defensive lineman Damion Square has risen to being a candidate for the starting nose tackle position. The 6-2, 293-pounder from Alabama feels ready for any opportunity after playing under Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, who also used the 3-4 defense.
Sunday, August 4 – Eagles Camp (Philadelphia) - Neil Horsnby, Pro Football Focus
While I’m more optimistic than most about the offense, I’ve got real concerns about the opposite side of the ball, particularly in the secondary. With Kenny Phillips still playing on the second team it leaves a starting safety combination of Nate Allen and Patrick Chung. Combine that with Cary Williams and Brandon Boykin at corner (and no clear nickel back unless Bradley Fletcher comes back to play the outside) and you have possibly the thinnest secondary in the NFL this year.
Chip Kelly at the Center of Everything - Peter King, The MMQB
Watching practice Sunday showed Kelly’s emphasis on special teams; he counted down the seconds on a hurry-up field-goal attempt and seemed to have his team in more special-teams instruction than I see at most camps. The music, an eclectic mix ranging from rap to military music compiled by a staff aid ("anything’s fine, as long as there’s no cursing,’’ Kelly said), stopped only during "teaching periods’’ when assistants taught technique work. Players quick-jogged back to the line after plays during team drills; no shuffling allowed. It’s not your father’s training camp, in other words.
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