After a disappointing rookie season, Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Marcus Smith seems to have got his confidence back. Drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Smith failed to live up to where he was drafting, hardly seeing the field throughout the entire season. But with an entire season under his belt and added muscle, Smith is eyeing that open third outside linebacker spot and it should be his for the taking. All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Marcus Smith says his confidence is back – Jeff McLane of Philly.com
"When Marcus Smith met with Chip Kelly before the Eagles broke at the end of last season, the parting message from the coach wasn’t rookie-coated.Smith’s disappointing first season was over, and although it would be a stretch to say Kelly handled the outside linebacker with kid gloves, the Eagles’ unwavering stance of preaching patience with their top draft pick was over.“He told me straight up, ‘You’ve got to come back and you’ve got to be better than what you did,’ ” Smith said Wednesday. “That’s all I needed to hear. I think he’s been patient with me. But I’m not really trying to be patient with myself. I want to be out there and I want to be able to be productive because I know there’s a short attention span in this league.”"
Eagles love Allen Barbre, but can he replace Evan Mathis? – Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com
"Chip Kelly hasn’t been shy this offseason about heaping praise on offensive lineman Allen Barbre. He mentioned Barbre often when asked about Evan Mathis in the first days of OTAs, and Barbre’s name was the first Kelly uttered when asked Wednesday about his confidence in the O-line with Mathis gone.“I’ve seen Allen play in games and I think be very, very productive in games,” Kelly said. “We’re very confident in him.”"
Chip touts Mathews’ size, speed, says Mathis dispute was a money matter – Les Bowen of Philly.com
"Eagles coach Chip Kelly has high hopes for running back Ryan Mathews, the guy the Birds aimed for in free agency before they realized they could get DeMarco Murray.At least in the early going, this doesn’t look like a reprise of James Casey and Zach Ertz from two years ago, when the Eagles signed tight end Casey in free agency, before drafting Ertz in the second round and effectively ensuring that Casey, eventually released this offseason, would never contribute much beyond special teams."
Eagles minicamp practice notes, June 17, 2015: Tebow, Huff and Agholor – Matt Mullin of PhillyVoice.com
"The Eagles took to the field for the second straight day Wednesday as part of their mandatory minicamp and for the second straight day, it was hot as hell.You can mark that down as my first observation, as I am here to unsuccessfully fill Jimmy Kempski’s shoes while he attends to more pressing matters. [Note: There are things more important than the Eagles. In fact, most things in life are.]"
Mathis episode latest case of Eagles valuing culture over talent – Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com
"Malcolm Jenkins has played on a team that emphasized character and selflessness over individualism.Sean Payton built the 2009 Super Bowl champion Saints, with Jenkins at cornerback, around team-first stars like Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and Marques Colston.On the flip side, Jenkins recalled a certain team that tried to win the Lombardi Trophy by bringing in Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Vince Young all in one frenetic week of the offseason.And we all remember what happened to that team."
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