While many Philadelphia Eagles fans were upset when the team failed to make the playoffs in 2014, starting center Jason Kelce actually believes it may have been a good thing. Kelce points out that the team got lucky to win some games that they shouldn’t have won earlier in the season, which may have masked some of their weaknesses for the time being. But by finishing the season on a bad note, Kelce thinks it re-focused the weaknesses and forced the coaches to address them. Inside linebacker Kiko Alonso is ahead of schedule in his return from a major knee injury and is 100% on the field. All that and more in this morning’s version of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Jason Kelce: Missing the playoffs “almost a good thing” in hindsight – Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com
"The roster turnover of the Eagles (and the opinions about the reasons for it) have been a major topic of the NFL offseason and another member of the team has weighed in with his opinion.Center Jason Kelce didn’t cite race, egos or anything other than the simple fact that the Eagles weren’t talented enough last year. Kelce said that he thought the team’s locker room was strong last year, but that “we were lacking in talent at a couple positions” and that failing to make the playoffs could almost be spun as a positive because it made the team address those needs."
Eagles’ Alonso ready go, earlier than expected – Zach Berman of Philly.com
"Kiko Alonso thought he was in proper shape. The Eagles’ new inside linebacker also thought he remembered what a Chip Kelly practice was like from his time at Oregon.But two years away from Kelly with the Buffalo Bills was long enough that Alonso still needed to adjust to the Eagles’ practices this week during organized team activities."
Walter Thurmond giving safety a shot for Eagles – Danny Kelly of FieldGulls.com
"One interesting former Seahawk news of note this week is that the Eagles are taking a look at Walter Thurmond at safety. Per Brandon Lee Gowton over at Bleeding Green Nation, Philly has given WT3 a solid chunk of reps there in OTAs.“He’s always around the ball,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “I think he’s had a lot of experience playing nickel, so he’s been an inside guy. He can see things. He’s very intelligent. He’s an intuitive football player. He is the first guy out of that corner mix that is getting a shot at inside.”"
Can the Eagles find a way to use Sproles more often? – Jeff McLane of Philly.com
"Darren Sproles‘ longest rush and reception of 2015 came in the first and second games of the season, respectively. In Week 4, he fielded a deep punt against the 49ers and scooted 82 yards for a touchdown.It was arguably the most explosive debut ever for an offseason Eagles acquisition and seemed to only hint at the various ways Chip Kelly would employ Sproles and exploit defenses once the multipurpose player became fully ingrained in the offense."
Byron Maxwell’s ‘guarantee’ can go two ways – Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com
"Boasts can go either way.Byron Maxwell is about to find that out. The Philadelphia Eagles’ new starting cornerback set himself up for one extreme or the other by telling MMQB.com that his new team will be in the Super Bowl after this season.“We’re gonna go that far,” Maxwell told reporter Jenny Vrentas. “You can take that as a guarantee. That’s just me believing in my team and the product we’re going to put out there on the field. I really do believe that. I have no choice but to think that way.”"
It’s no secret that Chip Kelly likes to use some unorthodox drills during his practices but this one is just hilarious. Apparently the team’s punt returners are practicing catching as many punts as they possibly can, which made for this hilarious photo of wide receiver Miles Austin earlier this week during OTAs.
May 28, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Miles Austin (19) attempts to catch multiple balls during OTA
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