Friday, August 7, 2015

Eagles injury report grows

Running back DeMarco Murray returned to practice Friday, but that was the extent of the good injury news at Eagles training camp.

Murray, coming off a respiratory illness, barely practiced before shutting it down.

Linebacker Kiko Alonso sat out his second straight day with a concussion and linebacker Mychal 

Kendricks didn’t practice, although he watched the session and said he was OK.

Additionally tight end Zach Ertz was a spectator for the Eagles.

Kamal Gray, right, of Philly's Roots joined Dom DiSandro at practice.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who coached Sam Bradford for one season with the St. Louis Rams, was unable to contain his optimism over the quarterback’s comeback from back-to-back ACL surgeries.

“I think experience makes us all better,” Shurmur said. “It’s not always pretty. There’s times when you’ve got to experience it. I like to think that sometimes when you have some things go wrong it ends being sort of a blessing because you learn from it. From the time we’ve been together in Philadelphia he’s gotten his body and knee right and you can see he’s executing out here at a high level.”

Among other mentions Friday, Shurmur isn’t alarmed at the vacancy at right guard, which right now is a competition primarily among Matt Tobin, Andrew Gardner and Dennis Kelly.

Shurmer said wide receiver Nelson Agholor, the first round pick out of USC is “doing terrific.”

Shurmur plugged tight end Trey Burton, who picked up a blocked punt and scored last season. Burton figures to play an expanded role in the H-back spot manned last year by James Casey.

Oh, and Shurmur is a fan of G.J. Kinne, who switched from quarterback to wide receiver this season.

“G.J. Kinne is like that utility infielder,” Shurmur said. “He’s Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell all wrapped up in one. He’ll do anything to win games.”

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Eagles, Ravens joint practices

John Harbaugh is coming home, in more ways than one when he brings the Baltimore Ravens here for three days of joint practices with the Eagles leading up to their Aug. 22nd preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field.
Ingrid and John Harbaugh (

Harbaugh coached the Eagles’ special teams and defensive backs for 10 years, ending in 2007. He lived in Newtown Square for most of that time. Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo and quarterbacks coach Marty Mornhinweg worked with Harbaugh during his tour with the Eagles.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly practiced with the New England Patriots the previous two Augusts. The Patriots aren’t on this preseason schedule.

The practice schedule for the Ravens likely will be similar to the past slates although the details have to be worked out according to an Eagles spokesman. The game is Saturday at 7 p.m. (Channel 6).

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Agholor or ... Dorsett

The qualities Chip Kelly digs in Nelson Agholor, his first round pick, are evident on the accompanying highlights video.

Nelson Agholor, USC
Hands: Check.
Route running : Check.

But Phillip Dorsett, selected 29th by the Colts, has outstanding hands and getaway speed. He's also three inches shorter and at least 10 pounds lighter.

Check out his game in the accompanying video.

Phillip Dorsett, Miami.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Shady might want to get himself a paver

The Eagles are selling pavers costing up to $350 (disregard the inscription) including logo and up to 72 characters inscription, to construct the “Eagles FanWalk” outside Lincoln Financial Field.

There are three paver options, starting at $175, on sale to the general public May 14. The walk won’t be done until 2016.

The Eagles obviously have the right of first refusal on inscriptions, Shady McCoy.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eagles taking batting practice with Phillies

It’s not an audition.
But five Eagles, including quarterback Mark Sanchez, are slated to take their cuts at batting practice before the Phillies play the Marlins Friday at Citizens Bank Park.
Sanchez has the technique to swing a baseball bat.

The cast of Birds includes kicker Cody Parker, tight end Zach Ertz, long snapper Jon Dorenbos and middle linebacker Kiko Alonso, whose brother Carlos, is a second baseman for the Phillies’ Double A Reading affiliate. My money, if you will, is on Kiko or Cody getting the most hits.

It’s a chance for the Eagles players to live out their fantasy.

It’s also an opportunity for the Phillies to include them in a promotion for the Phillies Phanatic, whose birthday will be celebrated Sunday.

Kids attending the game against the Atlanta Braves receiver Phanatic baseball socks.

Speaking of Alonso, acquired from the Buffalo Bills in a trade for running back LeSean McCoy, his sibling, Carlos was batting .212 with three doubles and six RBIs in nine games.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The story behind Bednarik's 'Gifford hit'

Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik, who passed away Saturday at age 89, put Frank Gifford out of commission in a 1960 win over the New York Giants Yankees Stadium.
Chuck Bednarik and Frank Gifford (photo courtesy of Philadelphia Eagles).

The image is iconic for more than one reason.

In the book "New York Giants: The Complete Illustrated History," author Lew Freedman writes of how incensed Giants players were over the shot that knocked Gifford cold.

Gifford wasn't moving at all when he was carted off the field.

On the same afternoon a stadium guard died of a heart attack. The corpse was in another area of the locker room covered by sheets.

Giants players suspected it was Gifford. Even when it was revealed Gifford was alive, the rumor of his alleged death went viral, at least for that era.

Bednarik later worked for Channel 6 in Philadelphia where an assignment was doing an Eagles-Giants football game at New York.

Billy Werndl, his producer, said Bednarik asked unsuspecting groundskeepers about the hit the No. 60 made years ago on Gifford.
Werndl said the workers couldn't pronounce Bednarik's name correctly and called the tackle a cheap shot, infuriating the Hall of Famer.

Bednarik showed the groundskeepers the 1960 NFL championship ring he wore, told him the pronunciation was 'Bednarik" and that it wasn't a cheap shot. That pretty much scattered the critics.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Eagles listening to offers for Evan Mathis

Eagles veteran guard Evan Mathis is available.
DeMarco Murray's partner, Heidi Mueller.

The club is listening to offers for the 33-year-old Mathis, who is due $5.5 million in base pay this season.

Chip Kelly said no Eagles are untouchable.

If Mathis isn't traded he likely will be released. That would result in a net savings of $3.5 million off the salary cap.

Heidi at DeMarco's presser.
Meanwhile the Eagles welcomed running back DeMarco Murray and his partner, Heidi Mueller to the NovaCare Complex Thursday.

Mueller is a soap opera and reality TV star.

Murray, the Cowboys star who led the NFL in rushing last year, has agreed to terms on a five-year contract, according to reports.
That's an Eagles lapel on Murray..

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