Joe Santoliquito Blog
A momentary smile flashed across the face of Fletcher Cox at the thought: Being in the same defense for another year.
He made an impact. There was no doubt about that. Once the Eagles inserted Bennie Logan in at nose guard, the team’s overall defense improved, sured up by the quick, explosive third-round draft pick out of LSU.
Evan Mathis thinks in absolutes. He doesn’t do conjecture and he rarely looks at the past. Mathis feels that attitude has kept him grounded, kept him always looking to do more. The Eagles left guard has been one of the best at his position for the last three years now.
If there wasn’t a Division I-AA level, or what today is called the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), who knows where Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Buck Buchanan would have wound up.
Who knew this was going to happen? Not many. Back in July, there were some that had suspicions the Eagles could be a 7- or 8-win team, but no one was predicting playoffs for a team that needed time to coalesce and heal in recovering from a feckless 4-12 season last year.
They know all of the steps. They’re deeply ingrained, beginning way back what seems like light years ago in August, before anyone puts their shoulder pads and helmets on.
The following is a bold, somewhat irreverent dissection of Chip Kelly’s first season.
For the first time this season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior will be a starting high school varsity quarterback.
It looks as if Chip Kelly’s offense will be able to perform at the light-speed pace the first-year Eagles’ coach expects, according to NFL referee Scott Green, who spoke to the media Friday at the NovaCare Complex about ball placement and game speed.
Boykin, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound fourth-round pick in 2012, has a chance to be an impact player for the Eagles in his second season.
Eagles’ training camp is a week old under Chip Kelly and there’s been one constant every day after the final whistle blows ending practice: That’s rookie fifth-round draft pick Earl Wolff taking extra reps, catching passes, honing footwork, sharpening technique.
Chip Kelly completed his first full day of training camp with a full Eagles squad, and as predicted going in, all eyes were on quarterbacks Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley.