OMG, TIM TEBOW IS IN PHILLY... RIGHT NOW!!! Here's what they're saying about the Eagles this morning...
"To have competition against the best is always a good thing when you bring guys in," Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham said. "I'm just looking forward to a change-up, seeing some different people. Trying to pick up [Patriots quarterback] Tom Brady - it'll be fun just to see really where I am because they do a lot of different things."
New England arrived Monday night in Philadelphia and will spend the next four days here. The Patriots will scrimmage against the Eagles on Tuesday and Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex.
Last year in Reid's system, the Eagles saw Polk as a guy they could slide over to fullback if need be. He says he carried about 230 pounds on his 5-11 frame, though Polk never looked all that chunky. Kelly doesn't use a fullback, and Polk astutely inferred the new coach's up-tempo offense probably wasn't going to need any 230-pound runners. So he lost 15 pounds.
"It was very hard," Polk said. "I love food. I love to eat. You've got to stay disciplined."
He said he hasn't been this light since his days at East Valley High School in Redlands, Calif.
Roob has two money quotes in this one. The first one:
“The guy’s dominating this camp,” said college teammate Bennie Logan, the Eagles’ rookie defensive lineman. “I gotta admit. He’s making unbelievable catches, he’s really going all-out. You see the fire that’s burning in him.”
And money quote number two:
Damaris Johnson has tremendous speed and a year of experience, but he may be a little too small to be out there on a full-time basis with Jackson. Arrelious Benn is a former second-round pick and has experience, but he’s battled injuries for a couple years now and has only been through one full practice so far this camp. Jason Avant is a dependable veteran, but at this point in his career is best suited to the slot.
Right now, it’s Shepard’s job to lose.
Jimmy note - As Roob notes, Bennie Logan was Shepard's teammate at LSU, and Bennie is being supportive of his friend. I think that's great, but would completely disagree that Shepard has "dominated."
Training camp analysis is tricky. There is a lot going on at the NovaCare complex on 3 different fields. It's basically impossible to watch everything. One reporter might be watching DL drills while another may be watching the WRs. "Reporter A" may see a player do something great that "Reporter B" missed, and then later, "Reporter B" may see the same player do something bad, that "Reporter A" missed. And therefore, you get a wide variety of opinions on a lot of players. Not to mention, we reporters can see the same play and have different takes on what happened, as there's no instant replay to settle the debate.
With that disclaimer out of the way, I would disagree that the #2 WR job is Shepard's to lose. Shepard has been impressive in camp, unquestionably, but if I'm ranking them by the camps they're having, I'd put at least 3 players (Desean Jackson, Damaris Johnson, and Jason Avant) over Shepard at this point. Depending on how many WRs make the squad and whether or not Riley Cooper comes back or Arrelious Benn proves he can stay healthy, Shepard may not even be a lock to make the 53-man roster from what I've seen. Roob makes a fair point that Johnson and Avant are better suited to the slot, but it's probably more likely that the Eagles will go with some sort of platoon at the #2 WR spot, which might even include tight ends, but I don't think Shepard will be featured there.
Still, it's a great piece worth checking out, and I'll absolutely give my "Be excited about Russell Shepard" stamp of approval. I'm merely offering a different perspective of what I've seen so far. Please don't jack me with a sock full of pennies, Roob.
11 on 11. Play action, Foles up first. Hits DeSean in the back of the endzone for a TD. Nice throw; threw with anticipation.
Barkley is barking out orders to his receivers. The ball is snapped while Barkley wasn't looking. I couldn't tell who the center was. Later, Barkley was intercepted by Cary Williams. Credit Emmanuel Acho who tipped the pass.
Jimmy note: Acho is someone who hasn't been mentioned all that much, but he has had a good camp. Plus, his name rhymes with nacho, so he has that going for him.
During 3-on-2s, Jamar Chaney bats down a Matt Barkley pass. I wonder if Barkley is getting a bit frustrated. He told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times that it’s “kind of rough” battling the unwritten depth chart. Something worth keeping an eye on at least.
Meanwhile, Michael Vick hits DeSean Jackson deep. This has become a daily occurrence. Jackson beat Brandon Hughes.
Good question by McManus as he takes a look at two Eagles near the training table chatting it up: “I wonder what Shady and Ed Wang are talking about.”
No wait, not FOX News, but rather some news on FOX. They’ve made some changes to the broadcast teams for 2013.
1. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
2. Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
3. Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
4. Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
5. Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
6. Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
7. Sam Rosen, Heath Evans, Molly McGrath
FOX paid hundreds of millions of dollars for the rights to NFC games. And this is the best group of announcers they could come up with? Yikes.
I pray the Eagles aren’t awful this year. The thought of getting stuck with groups 6 and 7 is simply torturous.
Jimmy note: For the life of me, I have no idea what anybody sees in Heath Evans. However, I do like the Burkhardt hire. I live in the NYC area, and I am therefore occasionally subjected to Mets games. Burkhardt is fantastic as SNY's"field reporter," or whatever you would call that role. He could be good.