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Eagles News: Vince Papale defends Chip Kelly

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Vince Papale: Players Criticizing Chip Kelly Should Keep Their Mouths Shut - PhillyInfluencer
Papale was a guest recently on FOX Sports 920 The Jersey with Zach Gelb, and he talked about how Chip was great to him while he was here and says players who criticize him should keep their mouths shut.     “It sort of disheartens me. You know, I think some guys oughtta just keep their mouths shut. It is what it was last year. A lot of the players – in spite of all the things that went on and people were saying negative [things] about Chip Kelly – if players executed and did the job and made the tackle, didn’t make the mental error, made the catch, did what they were supposed to do, they would’ve been in the playoffs. They were only a couple, three plays away from the playoffs. I think the best thing for players to do is keep your mouth shut. Someday, he might wind up becoming your boss again, you know, the way that things are in the NFL. It’s sad to see.”

The WIP Morning Show Welcomes BGN Radio To WIP -
Our own John Barchard was invited to jump on the WIP Morning Show this morning. Angelo Cataldi, Rhea Hughes and the rest of the morning crew very graciously welcomed BGN Radio to the WIP airwaves. They got John's thoughts on the history of Bleeding Green Nation, McNabb's comments about the Eagles' QB situation, the outlook of this season and more!

Five off-the-radar Eagles who are having good training camps - PhillyVoice
Coming out of college at Michigan, Martin was a highly athletic, but undersized defensive tackle. He put up extraordinarily impressive numbers at the 2012 NFL Combine. After a decent rookie season with the Tennessee Titans in 2012, Martin's productively has been nearly non-existent. In 2015, he played five games, and then did not appear at all in eight straight games before being placed on injured reserve at the end of the season. So far this training camp after being a very under the radar free agent signing, Martin has been very active, and may see a significant number of snaps as a reserve behind Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan.

Salty Jim - Iggles Blitz
Schwartz later talked about how that is simply part of Hicks job so there is no reason to over-praise him for it. I could see where some might think Schwartz is being a bit of a jerk, hesitant to compliment a player. I like it. Let’s remember that it is the coach’s job to set a high standard and then force the players to meet that standard. Mike Singletary didn’t become a Hall of Fame linebacker because Buddy Ryan gave him a bunch of "gold stars". Ryan was demanding. It drove Singletary crazy at times, but when he finally figured out what was going on, he, Ryan and the Bears defense made NFL history.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Stefen’s Shot - Birds 24/7
After nearly three hours of practice on Wednesday, Stefen Wisniewski wanted more. While 80 or so of his teammates walked off of the fields at the NovaCare Complex drained of energy, the 27-year-old offensive lineman had enough left in the tank to get in extra work with undrafted free agent Darrell Greene. Wisniewski has started 77 games in his five-year NFL career, mostly at center, so as he competes for the starting left guard job, he wants to shorten his learning curve — particularly when it comes to pass protection. “I wanted to get a look at some different pass rush moves, start feeling more and more comfortable stopping every move that defensive linemen can throw at you,” Wisniewski said. “They got a lot of moves and you got to get a feel for things. It’s only our sixth practice so we haven’t seen that much yet, but I’m trying to get as many reps as I can.

Curry could find his groove in new Eagles defense - Inquirer
"I just want to be one of the cornerstones of this defense, one of the major parts when you walk away this season talking about the Eagles defense," Curry said. "I just want my name to pop up in the conversation." It's difficult to say how much Curry's name popped up in other teams' free-agent discussions. The Eagles locked him up more than a month before he was set to hit the market. But teams with 4-3 defensive fronts - particularly ones as aggressive as the one Jim Schwartz has brought back to Philadelphia - were likely set to pounce. Despite playing just 31 percent of the snaps over the previous three seasons, Curry had 161/2 sacks. In 2014, he averaged a sack every 29 pass rushes. Not even the Chiefs' Justin Houston, who led the league in sacks that season, could claim a ratio that productive.

With Malcolm Jenkins out, Ed Reynolds tries to secure 3rd safety job - CSN Philly
“I think as of right now, I take it as an opportunity to showcase that if that happened in a game, I'm ready,” said the 24-year-old Reynolds, who was a fifth-round pick in 2014 but has just six NFL games under his belt. “I don't think that it means that I'm a lock at that spot or anything of that sort. I take it as an opportunity to go out there, play with the ones and make sure there's no drop-off when Malcolm or Rodney [McLeod] go down.”

Eric Rowe: I was thinking too much about the defense - EaglesWire
"I came into this camp with a different mentality than I had in the spring,” Rowe explained. “I was like a little lax but when this camp came on, it lit a little fire under my butt. “Not lax, like I don’t care and I was going through the motions. It was more like I was thinking too much about the defense. The offense goes into motions and shifts, my mind starts racing and that takes away from the play within the play.”

Who is Ron Brooks and why is he starting for the Eagles? -
Cornerback Ron Brooks was hardly the Eagles' top free agent addition this offseason. He wasn't even the top Brooks. That would have been guard Brandon, who has yet to practice because of a hamstring injury. Ron Brooks, who signed a modest three-year, $6 million deal, has practiced and has been running with the first team both at right cornerback and in the nickel. So who is this guy? "Coach (Jim) Schwartz (Eagles defensive coordinator) knew him of course from Buffalo,'' Eagles secondary coach Cory Undlin said. "We knew he was tough and that's what we were looking for, toughness.''

Sports Science Fuels The Eagles' Quest For Improvement -
Wide receiver Chris Givens played for four seasons in St. Louis and Baltimore before signing with the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He had heard of the Eagles’ Sports Science program and he was open to advice on how it could improve his performance. So he presented something he had noticed throughout his career - his left leg always seemed stronger than his right leg. That’s just the way it was. He never thought much about it, but now he was wondering and decided to see what Huls and his team had to say. What he found out surprised him: It wasn’t just that his right gluteal muscles were weaker, but that they were not firing as effectively as the muscles in his left gluteal. Huls and his staff immediately put Givens on a program to strengthen the muscles in his right leg and Givens noticed the difference. In a big, big way.

NFL wins longstanding appeal against Adrian Peterson, confirming Roger Goodell's power - SB Nation
Nearly two years after his arrest, the NFL is finally set to collect the fine imposed against Adrian Peterson.

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