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Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly testing players’ versatility

Monday, May 20th, 2013

by Brandyn Campbell





WR Jason Avant is happy to play wherever his team needs him.
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We’ve heard much about Chip Kelly’s energetic and efficient style of running Philadelphia Eagles practice: the loud music, the nonstop pace.  But Kelly has more tricks up his sleeve and is having his offensive players try their hand on defense in practice.

So far, TE Clay Harbor has taken turns at linebacker, “to be more versatile.”  Harbor says that practice at the position is only for “emergency situations,” but could Kelly be trying to find other possibilities for Harbor to remain on the roster with three other tight ends on the Eagles’ roster, including Brent Celek and 2nd-round draft pick and Stanford standout Zach Ertz?

If we know anything about Kelly at this stage, it’s that he continues to keep us guessing.

WR Jason Avant took turns in the defensive backfield last week and is pleased to be considered in other aspects of the game.  Avant has already demonstrated his versatility with his contributions to special teams and serving as an emergency quarterback for the Eagles.

“It’s one of those things that I work hard, and whatever that may be, and whatever the team wants me to do, I’ll do it.  Whatever that is – special teams, offense – whatever it may bring.  I’m going to do it the best I can. I don’t necessarily think it’s a clouded future.  I think it’s an honor, in any way, for any coach to think you can do other things.”

If these practice moves are keeping us guessing, they will likely do so to the Birds’ opponents, should Kelly wish to roll them out during games.  The Inquirer’s Zach Berman notes,

“New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a friend of Kelly’s, has done similar things in the past.  Receivers Troy Brown and Julian Edelman have played defensive back in games.  Linebacker Mike Vrabel caught 10 career passes as a red-zone tight end.  The Eagles’ experimentation is not unprecedented, although it is uncommon at the NFL level.”

In a practice move not as dramatically different as his teammates’ turns on the opposite side of the ball, WR Jeremy Maclin has practiced punt returns.  This change can be chalked up to Kelly wanting to fully evaluate the abilities he has on each player on Philadelphia’s roster.  The 2012 season is the first that Maclin did not have punt return duties in his professional career, but it’s an option the new Eagles coach wants to keep open.

“Yeah, we’ll look at Mac back there.  Again, it’s May, so we’re going to take a look at him and Damaris [Johnson] and DeSean and [receiver] Nick Miller.  Russell Shepard is a guy that’s returned punts before, one of the rookies that’s out here.  So we’ll get a bunch of those guys because you never know in a game; all of a sudden two guys are hurt.

When you’ve only got a 46-man [game] roster, someone has got to go back there, and hopefully it’s someone that’s fielded punts before.  [Maclin] has got some experience at it, but we’ll take a look at him.  But does that mean he’s going to be our starting punt returner?  I have absolutely no idea right now.”

Kelly is testing the mental and physical prowess to their fullest as his players begin to settle in to his style of practice and leadership.  At this early stage in Kelly’s tenure, nothing is routine.

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Brandyn Campbell of Philly Sports Muse, for War Room Sports

Philadelphia Eagles Sign TE Evan Moore

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

by Brandyn Campbell







New Philadelphia Eagles Tight End Evan Moore

The Philadelphia Eagles filled the roster spot left vacant by Clay Harbor’s trip to IR by signing tight end Evan Moore on Thursday.


Moore (6-6, 250) was with the Seattle Seahawks for most of the 2012 season, playing in 14 games before being released on December 19 after an unimpressive season – Moore had just 1 catch for 6 yards this year.


Prior to that, Moore spent 4 years with the Cleveland Browns (2009-2011), where he set career highs in catches (34), yards (324) and touchdowns (4) with the Browns in 2011.  In total over his career in the NFL, he has played in 47 games and has made nine starts, recording 63 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns.


In coming to Philadelphia, Moore reunites with one of his Stanford University teammates, quarterback Trent Edwards.


Moore entered the NFL in 2008 as a rookie free agent signed to the New Orleans Saints.  He spent training camp and preseason with the Green Bay Packers before suffering a knee injury that forced him to miss his entire rookie year.  Moore was released by the Packers as part of their final roster cuts in 2009 and signed to the Browns practice squad midway through the season before being promoted to the active roster on December 5 of that year.


Moore will wear number 86 with the Birds.


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Philadelphia Eagles TE Clay Harbor Placed on IR

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

by Brandyn Campbell





Clay Harbor has seen his last game action of the season.
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Another one bites the dust as #2 tight end Clay Harbor was placed on injured reserve by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

Harbor suffered a lower back injury during Thursday night’s game against the Bengals.  That game was his first career start, filling in for a concussed Brent Celek.  Against Cincinnati, Harbor had 3 catches for 30 yards and, unfortunately, lost a fumble.

The third-year player finishes the year with a career high 25 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

Thankfully for the Eagles, Celek will be back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

No corresponding roster move has yet been made by the team.

In other injury news from a decimated Philadelphia Eagles offense, LeSean McCoy has been cleared by an independent doctor and returned to practice on Monday.  As for whether he’ll play on Sunday, head coach Andy Reid said,

“There’s a chance he ends up playing for us this week.  We’ll see how it goes with the practices this week.  He practiced (Monday) and did well.”

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Total Turnover Meltdown by the Philadelphia Eagles

Friday, December 14th, 2012

by Brandyn Campbell






Oh, Philadelphia Eagles fans.  We didn’t even get a week to enjoy a win.  We endure more than two winless months,  and then the victory that finally breaks the skid lasts for a mere four days.


The final Thursday night game of the NFL season saw a strong performance from the Eagles defense that was wasted by carelessness in the other phases of the game.  Specifically, the Birds made five turnovers that the Bengals turned into 31 points on the scoreboard, with Philadelphia wasting away a 13-10 lead it took into halftime to lose the game 34-13.

Sadly, Jeremy Maclin’s fumble on the second play of the game should have told us how the story would ultimately end.  Kansas City led the league in turnovers at the start of the game but no more.  The title now solely belongs to the Eagles, who have committed 34 this season.

In a horrific series of events in the second half, the Birds managed to give the ball back to the Bengals four times in five consecutive plays.  Foles threw an interception, Bryce Brown fumbled once again on a handoff that was never in his control, then Clay Harbor fumbled, causing Cincinnati to score 17 unanswered points in 5 minutes and 37 seconds.

Leave it to CSN’s Reuben Frank to break it down to an even more shocking perspective:  That meltdown equated to almost three points scored per minute by the Bengals.

A repeat of Sunday’s rousing performance by Foles was not in the cards this game.  The rookie struggled,  completing 16 of 33 passes for 182 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception for a passer rating of 62.9.

The shame of it all is that the sloppiness and epic screw-ups of the offense and special teams covered up a stout performance by the defense.  The d-line was all over Andy Dalton.  In the first half alone, the D had 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.  Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox put in inspired performances, with Graham getting 2.5 sacks and Cox earning 1.5.  Cullen Jenkins brought Andy Dalton down once, and get this — even Trent Cole had a sack.

This was the defensive line we were promised in the preseason.  We were finally seeing what all of the immense talent we knew could accomplish.  Unfortunately, it’s come far too late.

The good news for all of us — team and fans alike — is that we get a break.  The Eagles won’t play again until the eve of Christmas Eve, when they’ll face the Washington Redskins.  Our expectations will go back to being nothing.  Perhaps we’ll see some great play by the defense again.  Maybe the offense can put together another game like we saw in Tampa.  Something to lessen the torture of seeing a team in total meltdown.

But, then again, it’s what we’ve witnessed all season.

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Brandyn Campbell of Philly Sports Muse, for War Room Sports