The Penn Relays officially start April 25, the same day as the NFL draft, but LeSean McCoy believes they have already started, on the practice fields of NovaCare.
"We're running so much -- it's like a freakin' track meet, like a relay. We need some extra guys," McCoy said Thursday, after the Eagles wrapped up their first three-day minicamp under new coach Chip Kelly. McCoy was explaining how he thinks there will be plenty of work for himself, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk.
"I've never played in an offense where the tempo was so high," McCoy said. "There's so many plays, so fast ... as soon as you're done, you've got to be ready for the next play."
McCoy estimated there might be 10 seconds between practice reps, with the playcalls relayed by "sign language."
"It's like a no-huddle type of offense, but way faster," he said.
“It lets me, or the backs, kind of pick and choose our holes, and (sets) such a fast pace for the defensive linemen, there’ll be wide-open gaps and seams. I’m looking forward to having a big year ... I feel like the offense we have here fits the players very well; the offensive line can move very well laterally, and it’s the playmakers around it.”
McCoy said he looks forward to "catching the ball and running the ball" in Kelly's offense; he said he can't tell yet whether it will be weighted one way or another.
"The offense looks amazing," he said.
He said he thinks the Eagles "will be in the best shape in the league."
"This offense, we're shifitng, moving. As soon as you get tackled, there's no celebrations after the play, it's strictly let's get the next play and let's go. I want to say by the second or third quarter, teams will be tired, as you've seen (with) Oregon. That's how they really won a lot of their games ... as a defense, you don't get a chance to really adjust, because you're moving so much."