There was a lot of action on the field for the first time yesterday afternoon at the NovaCare Complex. Here's what they're saying after the team's first full practice.
Vick was first up and finished with the most total (42) and first-team (25) snaps during team and seven-on-seven drills, according to an unofficial count. He completed 22 of 27 passes and was intercepted by linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Foles took 37 total snaps, 18 with the ones. He hit on 20 of 24 throws, and was aided once when wide receiver DeSean Jackson made a circus catch.
Wide receiver Arrelious Benn sustained a left knee injury and cornerback Cary Williams tweaked his right hamstring.
Kenny Phillips looked healthy and word is he's 100%. We have to see how the knee holds up over time, but so far so good for him.
The returners have to catch the punts while holding tennis balls in each hand.
“Just trying to teach them to catch the ball with their body, not their hands all the time because sometimes you don’t get your feet in proper position if you’re always just reaching and grabbing with your hands,” Kelly said. “It’s just like using a weighted bat in baseball. Kind of get a feel for how you’re doing it the right way and then you take the weight off. So they’ll catch a couple without ‘em so they know they’re in the proper position from a fundamental standpoint. And then you take the ball away.”
"From the time there's a whistle to a snap, three seconds max. They're looking for no more than three seconds between plays, and from the time the QB gets to the line of scrimmage until he snaps the football, also three seconds maximum."
“From the time there’s a whistle to the snap…3 seconds max.”
Say what? That would be the fastest offense in the universe. I don’t know if the officials can even spot the ball in 3 seconds. Lining up to actually get the snap off? That’s pure insanity. 15 years ago teams took about 15 seconds between plays. Over time that has been worked on and teams have it down to about 10 seconds. 10.
“We tell our players all the time we want guys to be like super balls, not tomatoes. A super ball bounces all the time and that’s what he is. He’s the ultimate super ball.”
"Trust me, I'm licking my chops," Staley said. "I'm a running backs coach and I'm licking my chops for my running backs because that gives them an opportunity to go out there and show their skills."
In '03, the three-headed monster of Staley, Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter combined for 1,618 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.
This year, they have LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 1,309 yards and 17 touchdowns 2 years ago, second-year man Bryce Brown, who rushed for 178 and 169 yards in back-to-back games against the Panthers and Cowboys, respectively, last season, and former Cowboys first-round pick Felix Jones.
Brandon Graham is entering his fourth year in the NFL. He will now play for his fourth defensive coordinator and in a third different scheme. He has switched from a 4-3 defensive end – where he was the most effective player in the NFL at his position on a per-snap basis in 2012, per Pro Football Focus – to more of a 3-4 outside linebacker role, one where he will have to drop in space and cover receivers to the best of his ability. In preparation, Graham has changed his diet ("just eating six times a day instead of three big meals"), his weight – from 275 to 264 – and his training regimen. He understands he must round out the rest of his skill set in order meet the demands of his new position.
Billy Davis isn’t sure where exactly the Eagles’ defense is going to end up in the next six weeks, but he knows it’s going to look nothing like the unit that took the field in 2012.
And so during the spring, the tape from last year’s team wasn’t of much use to him from a teaching standpoint. Instead, Davis decided to show the players tape of a different defense to use as a blueprint: the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For Kelly, conditioning is mental as much as physical. Winning the Day begins in practice, with the mentality that every minute of practice is just as important as a game, and every game is the Super Bowl. By the transitive property, then, every minute of practice is also the Super Bowl, and you win by attacking it with that same intensity and focus.
The highlight of the meeting was a talk by an athlete that even NFL stars can be awed by: Coleman Ruiz.
You’ve never heard of him, because he’s a Navy Seal who led 85 combat missions over 12 years, and served as a Training Officer at the advanced Navy Seal training center. Members of the Special Forces train and condition as if their lives depend on it, because it literally does.