Perhaps veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins wasn't exaggerating when he said the Philadelphia Eagles work harder than any team in the NFL. While the Eagles were finishing up their last day of mandatory minicamp strong on Thursday, some other teams around the NFL were taking it easy. Two of those teams include the Eagles' NFC East rivals.
Down in Washington D.C., new Redskins coach Jay Gruden gave the team the last day off because they've reportedly been working so hard. Up in New York/New Jersey, the Giants decided to forgo any on-field drills and broke camp early on Thursday morning.
What it does it all mean? Well, probably not much. Skipping a day of minicamps is far from the end of a team's season, but still, it's funny to see. Last time I checked the Eagles are the NFC East champions, right?. The Redskins have a new coach and could use the extra practice time. So could the Giants. New York made a lot of roster changes after a disappointing season and have a new offensive coordinator. If anyone should be taking time off, you think it would be the team on top...
But that's not the case with Chip Kelly in charge. Kelly doesn't waste resources. Practice time is very limited in the NFL due to CBA restrictions and he's not even going to consider shortchanging his team. Maximizing efficiency is the name of the game. It may not make a big difference in the end, but it's interesting to see the different coaching styles at least.
Plus this just looks great:
This is hilarious @JohnBarchard @mike_e_kaye @BrandonGowton pic.twitter.com/zUINX14soo— Joel (@HashtagTFM) June 19, 2014