It was another slow day at rookie practices here at the NovaCare Complex yesterday, but an number of interesting stories emerged. Here is what you should be reading this morning.
Tucked in the back of Connor Barwin’s uniform, between his shoulder blades, was a small black-and-orange gadget about the size of a hockey puck. Weighing just 30 grams, it contained a GPS, magnetometer, accelerometer and gyroscope that had just recorded his every movement on the practice field.
Jason Kelce has one individual goal, and it’s a simple one and a challenging one and an admirable one.
“I think I can be the top center in the league,” Kelce said. “I really do.”
This morning, reporters will once again get a chance to speak with several of the Eagles’ assistant coaches about training camp and the upcoming season.
But there are a couple members of Chip Kelly’s staff who remain somewhat of a mystery.
The first is Kelly’s Chief of Staff, James Harris, who came over with him from Oregon. In his excellent Eagles Almanac piece, Justin Stranzl explains that Kelly leaned heavily on Harris to deal with players’ off-the-field issues.
"I was surprised," Logan said. "The only time I had talked to the Eagles was at the combine. A lot of teams were trying to push up to the second round [to draft him]. The Browns were trying to get me in the second round, but unfortunately, they didn't have a pick. When the Eagles finally called me, it was great to get that phone call from them."
The Browns, run by former Eagles president Joe Banner, sat one slot behind the Eagles in the third round. They took San Diego State corner Leon McFadden 68th overall, after the Birds nabbed Logan 67th.
Remember when DL coach Jerry Azzinaro talked about needing to check a certain condiments that the NovaCare facility provides to see if it had too much sugar? His point was that the Eagles aren't going to overlook even the smallest details in order to make sure their athletes are receiving proper nutrition. Well, I snapped a picture of some of the approved condiments in the NovaCare cafeteria. Hit this link to see which condiments made the cut.
"Preseason last year, we saw him, he was quick, tough, had good hands, got a lot of work," general manager Howie Roseman said. "This was a guy we thought could bring competition."
(More notes on the safeties, pre-snap chores, and Matt Barkley also inside.)
“It’s awesome when Coach [Chip] Kelly brings in guys like that to talk to us about their mindset, what they think about, what their mentality is,” said James Casey. “They’re life and death with what they’re doing. And we’re just out here playing a game. So when he talks to us about what his mindset is and how he trains, it really resonates with us and it means a lot to have guys like that come out and talk to us.”
Donny said a lot.
This is a good day for Jeremy Maclin, and he's not even on the field.