Friday, December 19, 2014

Eagles training camp 2013: What they're saying: Kenny Phillips, Allen Barbre, the QB competition, and more game reviews

There are a slew of great Eagles articles this morning. Here's what they're saying... Detailed game review - PS #2 - PHI 14, CAR 9 - Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz

Eagles training camp 2013: What they're saying: Kenny Phillips, Allen Barbre, the QB competition, and more game reviews

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

There are a slew of great Eagles articles this morning. Here's what they're saying...

Detailed game review - PS #2 - PHI 14, CAR 9 - Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz

This is just an insanely detailed post by Tommy. It's over 9,400 words of analysis, player by player.

Eagles-Panthers Game Review: The Offense - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7

There’s no denying that Michael Vick brings a dynamic element to the offense. Through his first four preseason drives, he was 12-for-13 (92.3 percent) for 190 yards (14.6 YPA). Vick also had two rushes for 20 yards and had not been sacked. On the final drive at the end of the first half Thursday night, he was finally sacked and threw an up-for-grabs interception. But there’s no denying that he looks comfortable in Chip Kelly’s offense. Vick is averaging a whopping 13.3 yards per attempt, compared to 7.1 for Foles.

He looked patient, poised and accurate on a 15-yard strike to Jason Avant on 3rd-and-12. And Vick threw a laser to Emil Igwenagu for 15 more. He avoided a rusher, rolled to his left and delivered to Cooper for 22 yards in the second.

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Is there room for improvement? Sure. It looked like Vick was late on a throw to DeSean Jacksonon a corner route near the sideline. And he still seems to absorb awkward hits every time he takes off and runs. But if this really was an open competition, Vick is the winner through two games.

Eagles-Panthers Game Review: The Defense - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7

Bennie Logan looks like a player. He manhandled the left guard and got a big hit on Cam Newton in the first. Later, he dropped Tauren Poole after a 2-yard run in the second. Logan used his 34-inch arms to bat down a Newton pass at the line of scrimmage in the second. And he tackled Poole after a gain of 4 on the very next play. If the coaches think he’s big enough, Logan could get bumped up to nose tackle and replace Isaac Sopoaga with the first team pretty soon.

Preseason Game 2 - Eagles vs Panthers - Brent Cohen, EaglesRewind

Both QBs look really good.  It looks like everyone is jumping on the Vick train, but I’m sticking with Foles.  Given the performance of both QBs, this is turning into a fairly simple decision.  If you want the highest upside for this season, Vick’s your guy (though he likely doesn’t offer as big an advantage as most seem to believe.

On the other hand, I don’t understand how anyone can watch Nick Foles and not get at least a little excited about his potential in the NFL.  Last night, Foles finally put a stake in the heart of the “too slow, not mobile” argument.  I’m not even talking about the TD run.  Watch him move in the pocket and avoid the rush.  He consistently helps his O-Line by sliding away from pressure while keeping his eyes downfield.  Most importantly, each of his throws were about as accurate as they could possibly be.

Finally, I don’t mean to bring everyone down, but just remember that Michael Vick has been in the NFL for a very long time.  He’s played 10 seasons and has thrown nearly 3000 passes.  That sample is likely a MUCH BETTER indication of what we should expect than these past two preseason games.  Maybe Chip Kelly “unlocked” Vick.  It’s possible, just know that its unlikely.

Eagles linemen like Kelly's run-based scheme - Jeff McLane, Inquirer

"Pass blocking is not fun," Eagles center Jason Kelce said Sunday. "You have to sit there and wait for a big, 300-plus pound man to come at you. Whereas in a running game, you're the aggressor, and you get to go at them."

Kelce used a boxing analogy to compare the two disciplines. Naturally, he compared run blocking to the style of a great Philadelphia fighter.

"Pass blocking is like Muhammad Ali," Kelce continued. "You're kind of ducking and dodging and waiting for the defensive guy to tire himself out, whereas run blocking is the Joe Frazier. You're kind of just trying to come at him with a haymaker and knock him out."

Camp nutshell: No guaranteed spot for Phillips - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly

Injury is once again keeping Kenny Phillips off the field. In the past, Phillips’ knee problems forced the Giants to make due with reserves. Here, there’s no guarantee that the veteran safety will make the team. 
 
Patrick Chung, the other veteran free-agent safety signing, has seemingly wrapped up one of the two spots, with Nate Allen and rookie Earl Wolff getting the most first-team action at the other position as Phillips has nursed a quad strain since Aug 11.

Barbre using versatility to his advantage - Paul Domowitch and Andrew Albert, Daily News

The news just keeps getting better and better for the Eagles' offensive line. Their All-Pro left tackle, Jason Peters, finally is back on the field after missing much of training camp and both of the first two preseason games with a hamstring strain.

And the Eagles appear to have stumbled upon a versatile veteran backup they can plug in either inside or outside in the event of injury to one of the starters.

Allen Barbre, who the Eagles signed as a street free agent in January, has impressed the coaching staff with his play in the first two preseason games, grading out as one of their top offensive linemen in both of those contests.

Jimmy note - About a month ago, Evan Mathis did an interview (via Mike Kaye of BGN) in which he said, "Allen Barbre is, at the very least, a starting caliber offensive guard." Evan not only has a TV career in his post-football career, but he might also have a career in scouting.

Netiher Foles nor Barkley conceding to Vick - Ed Kracz, phillyBurbs.com

That other guy in the Eagles’ quarterback derby isn’t conceding anything.

He hasn’t gotten as many reps as Michael Vick or Nick Foles, but Matt Barkley isn’t bowing out.

“Not until they name somebody,” Barkley said following Sunday’s practice at NovaCare Complex. “I wouldn’t say I’m more so watching it as I am in it. I’m not evaluating it like you guys are. I’m just trying to play the best I can.”

Oh, and by the way, Foles isn’t giving up, either, even though there seems to be a growing groundswell among those who have seen the team since spring and throughout the summer that Vick has the job locked up, and that it’s only a matter of time before head coach Chip Kelly lets the world know.

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And in case you missed it, the Eagles' hurry-up offense is faster in practice now than it was at the start of camp.

Also, if you like podcasts, Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz.com and I recorded two episodes on the first two preseason games, split up by offense and defense. They can both be found here.

Click here for complete coverage of Philadelphia Eagles training camp.

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