The boring portion of training camp is in the books, and vets will practice for the first time today. Here's what you may have missed yesterday.
“I joke with Mike all the time about in high school, my whole team had his cleats when he was playing in the NFL,” LeSean McCoy said back in 2010 following a comeback win over the Texans. “Now I’m in the same huddle with him, locker room with him, joking with him, texting him, calling him. I’m a fan of his. I just can’t show him too much. But it’s different. It’s the same for me, for Maclin, for DeSean. Us young guys, to be playing with him, we’re excited. We look up to him.”
Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who called the offensive shots in two seasons as head coach of the Browns, will fill an advisory role.
“I don’t think that anything’s going to change from what he knows,” Williams said. “It’ll be very, very similar to what you saw at Oregon because the play-calling… he needs to be comfortable with what he’s saying to the offense and how he’s communicating it. So you don’t just out of the box decide that you’re going to do something a certain way and you don’t feel comfortable with it. So it’s going to look like Oregon.”
Bennie Logan and Joe Kruger are seen as key pieces for both the present and future of the Eagles' defensive line. Drafted in the third and seventh round, respectively, each player provides the versatility to play multiple positions and slide all around the front. They also possess high football IQs and can affect the play even when they're not able to get to the quarterback or make a tackle. When watching Logan and Kruger's tape, it's impossible not to notice how often they read the quarterback, get their hands up in passing lanes and deflect or bat down passes.
Notes on defensive coordinator Billy Davis, OL coach Jeff Stoutland, QB coach Bill Lazor, DL coach Jerry Azzinaro, and DB coach John Lovett.
Maclin is entering the final year of the five-year deal he signed as a rookie. And while some think that he isn't worth a mega-contract, the 25-year-old receiver is in line for a raise whether the Eagles extend his deal or he reaches free agency next March.
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