Archive: May, 2013
The Eagles held their 17th annual playground build at W.D. Kelley Elementary School in Brewerytown on Wednesday. Nearly 300 Eagles employees, including players and coaches, helped built and paint. They also played with the students and signed autographs.
“The commitment to the community and days like today will never change,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “Styles may change on the field, and direction may change on the field, but off the field, we have to be all in and 100 percent committed to the Philadelphia community.”
Lurie spoke about the looks on the students' faces when the players arrive, and the thrill for them in the players coming to their community. Quarterback Michael Vick received the biggest ovation when the players filed off the bus, and DeSean Jackson was a constant attraction for autographs.
Cary Williams missed around one month of the Eagles' offseason program because of his wedding and other personal matters. He is back at practice, having returned last Tuesday after missing the first week of OTAs and the first day of the second week. Williams said he's taken some snaps with the first-team defense during that time, although he was with the second team during Tuesday's practice.
Williams sounded unconcerned about his spot on the depth chart at this point.
“That’s what coach wants, that’s what he’s doing, and that’s fine with me," Williams said. "It’s just one of those things where I missed a couple of weeks, guys have been here, and coach has given them an opportunity. And that’s fine. OTAs are OTAs. When we get the pads on, it’s a different thing.”
Kenny Phillips, who has a long history of injuries, missed Tuesday's wet practice for what he said were precautionary reasons as he strengthens his left knee.
Phillips had microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2009. He's also battled injuries to his right knee. A source close to the safety said that the injury wasn't serious. Still, the fact that he has already missed a few practices bears watching.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly would only confirm earlier that Phillips missing practice was related to his knees and that his absence wasn't related to the rainy conditions.
Jason Peters was absent as the Eagles opened their third week of organized team activities on Tuesday.
Coach Chip Kelly said that he knew why Peters wasn't at practice and that it wasn't injury related.
"We know where he is, and we know what's going on," said Kelly, who added that he expected Peters back "shortly."
On Thursday, the Eagles made their assistant coaches available to the media. Below are excerpts from a 40-minute interview with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland:
Q: Has the college-to-NFL switch forced you to change your coaching style at all?
A: “I don’t think you have to change anything. I think the reason Chip brought me here, Chip likes physical football. I think the perception of this type of offense is that it’s not physical. Even my former players were joking about it. But this stuff is no different than what I was teaching at Alabama.
The St. Louis Rams added some, um, size to their offensive line this offseason in the form of 400-pound Terrell Brown out of Ole Miss.
The tackle, who was officially listed as 385 pounds by Ole Miss, tipped the scales in St. Louis at 403 pounds, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
"We had him in for a rookie tryout and he had some issues we had to clear up from a physical standpoint. But we put that behind us. We worked him out on both sides of the ball and decided that his best position would be offensive tackle," Fisher stated.
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