The following is 100% Riley-free! Here's what they're saying about the Eagles this morning.
GM knows: Scouting is a team sport - John Smallwood, Daily News
MAKE NO mistake because at the end of the day when a final player-personnel decision has to be made by the Eagles, general manager Howie Roseman, along with input from coach Chip Kelly, will make that call.
But for those who have labeled Roseman as an inexperienced NFL rotisserie geek, any conclusion that he makes is the result of a thorough process that takes into account the opinions of members of the scouting department.
Roseman, who at 38 is the youngest general manager in the NFL, is the first to admit that he does not know it all and learns more each day.
Tracking Kenny Phillips during an Eagles training camp practice - Jordan Raanan, NJ.com
Nine days into training camp and Kenny Phillips finally is noticed. And it's only because I pinpointed him as this week's stalkee.
Bills QB Kevin Kolb injured in freak accident - Sal Maiorana, USA Today
Bills coach Doug Marrone said Saturday morning that quarterback Kevin Kolb "bumped his knee" when he slipped on a rubber mat, and his status will be characterized as day to day.
Jimmy note: Lol.
Tough Ask: Defending the run from safety in the Wide 9 - John Breitenbach, BGN
Jimmy Note: This is a film breakdown that shows how the Wide 9 often put extra stress on a group of Eagles' safeties who didn't need, and couldn't handle, unrealistic responsibilities in the run game. And if you're into that kind of thing, here's another older breakdown of the effect of the safeties in the Wide 9 from Derek Sarley over at IgglesBlog.
Tom Gamble opens up on personnel - Dan Klausner, Eagles Mothership
“You saw it in baseball a while ago. We’ve always used numbers, references, percentages; it’s always been a big piece of what we do … It’s gathering a whole load of information and in a short period of time putting it together. We use all of it,” Gamble said. “I don’t think anybody who’s worth their salt (in this business) pigeonholes themselves on how they scout. I think they’re always open to new ideas.”
Analytics has been an invaluable tool in assessing risk and attempting to minimize it, and that “the big thing about it is in making comparisons (to other players),” Gamble explained.
Jimmy Note: Make sure you also watch the video embedded in this article. The Eagles gave the media a rare opportunity to speak with the scouts, and Tom Donohoe's bit on Jason Peters is outstanding.
In crowded backfield, Polk makes big impression - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
Before all the Riley Cooper madness, Polk was attracting plenty of attention for his impressive camp. On Wednesday, hours before the Cooper video went viral, Polk had ripped off consecutive runs of at least 20 yards before the whistle blew.
On Sunday, at the open practice at the Linc, Polk had distinguished himself during teams drills with some eye-opening carries. Not to mention that he looks much more confident in the receiving game.
“I think in the last couple of days you've really seen Chris show up,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “He had a great practice when we were in the stadium. Hit a couple of nice runs [Wednesday].
“Really, truly understands the blocking scheme, so he's patient in terms of understanding letting the blocks develop. But when he sees them, then sticking his foot in the ground and taking off. I think the last couple of days he's really come across.”
Jimmy note: I agree with Geoff here that Polk has looked great so far this training camp. And here's video of Polk talking about his healthier approach this season.
Chip Kelly update: Torn ACLs and racial incidents - Mark Saltveit, FishDuck.com
The coach unveiled a three-TE look this week, with veteran Brent Celek in the typical tight end spot, free agent James Casey in the H-back slot and second-round draft pick Zach Ertz — whose touchdown catch last year haunts the fevered sleep of Duck fans — split wide.
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