DeMarco Murray Not Sure He’ll Go This Week in Preseason Game Vs Ravens

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It sounds more and more like the Eagles and coach Chip Kelly are going to make sure their new stud RB, that being DeMarco Murray, is fresh and ready to go for opening day.

The back said today via NFL.com that he’s not even sure, after sitting out the first preseason game, that he’ll go this week when the team takes the field against the Ravens.

“I played four years,” he said. “I’m very comfortable with the offense and myself. I’m getting a lot of great work here. It all depends on what they want to do…they know what’s best for the team.”

Before Wednesday’s practice, Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur described Murray’s participation as a full go. What actually ensued was, from the casual observer, a light work day at three-quarters speed. Still, it was more than Murray typically does. He and Bradford went through zone-read plays together. He took handoffs from the presumptive Eagles starter.

Was it enough for Murray? Does he feel ready?

“I wouldn’t put a number on it, obviously you’re out here practicing, you’re out here working but you definitely want to get a touch or two here in the preseason,” he said, “just to get a few hits in and whatnot.

Bud Light Kicks Off NFL Season With New Eagles Cans

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Just in time for NFL Kick-Off, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is bringing a new Eagles Bud Light can to Philadelphia. The new packaging features Eagles colors, as well as a slogan every Eagles fan can relate to: The perfect beer for proving VICTORY is spelled E-A-G-L-E-S.

Bud Light worked closely with its NFL team partners to create new can designs for the 28 teams that it is partners with for the 2015-2016 season. Each design features a customized scroll message that speaks directly to each team’s passionate fan base. The cans are on shelves now.

What do you think of the new Bud Light Eagles can?

Chip Kelly Wants to See More Of Sproles with the Ball in 2015

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is listed as a running back and has spent his entire career at that position. But he has worked at times this summer at slot receiver, and the 11-year veteran has welcomed the additional duties. One way Sproles’ role could expand this year while trying to increase his offensive production is mixing in with the receivers, Zach Berman of the Phildelphia Inquirer reports.

“It’s year two for him, so I think he feels really comfortable in terms of what our running backs are doing,” coach Chip Kelly said. “So we are just kind of cross-training him like we do some other guys in terms of how do we get our best players on the field and put them in different situations.”

Sproles played only 29 percent of the team’s offensive snaps last season. He totaled 716 yards from scrimmage, which were his fewest since 2010. He finished with 40 catches, which were his fewest since 2008. Sproles made his first Pro Bowl because of his special-teams production, but he was not the offensive weapon that his skill set suggests. That was especially the case in the second half of the season, when he netted just 244 offensive yards.

Kelly said during the spring that he wants Sproles on the field more in 2015. Sproles spoke with Kelly this offseason about his role in the offense. He is encouraged by the possibilities.

“We’re just trying to get more stuff for me to do,” Sproles said. “We’re going to get me out wide and stuff like that.”

Sproles is 32 and among the five oldest running backs still on an NFL roster. He has been in NFL since 2005, is coming off his first Pro Bowl season, and laughs at the question of whether he hears the clock ticking on his career.

“My body feels great,” Sproles said. “As long as I have my quickness and speed, I’ll be fine.”

Eagles LB Long Tears His ACL for the Second Straight Season

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The season is over before it really even started for Eagles LB Travis Long, as for the second straight year the linebackers season is over after tearing his ACL.

The Philadelphia Daily News has the story:

SUDDENLY, Marcus Smith really matters again.

The encouraging talk from Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis about the team’s 2014 first-round pick was just a nice little note, to be filed under, “let’s check back on this after a few preseason games,” until news broke late yesterday afternoon that outside linebacker Travis Long had again torn his left ACL, in practice.

It’s the third career ACL tear for Long, the second to his left knee in as many years, and it ends the season of a player who was being counted upon for depth behind starters Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin.

Eagles DC Bill Davis Stands Up for How Chip Kelly Treats Players

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Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis was asked Monday about how Chip Kelly relates to players, in the wake of allegations that Kelly is too much of a control freak or even has trouble relating to black players, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Davis said the criticisms make little sense to him.

Eagles running back Kenjon Barner, who played for Kelly at Oregon, had a similar take. Barner is one of eight former Ducks on the current Eagles roster, three of whom are African-American.

“He’s outstanding,” Davis said as the Eagles took the field for the second day of training camp. “He has got one of the most open-door policies of guys I’ve been around … It’s really being portrayed outside different than it is inside, because it really is an easy-to-be-around (atmosphere.).

“I can’t comment on what other guys think. I can only go off my experience and my relationship with Chip, Chip is not a racist. (He’s) far from a racist,’ Barner said. “Chip has been there for me in many ways other than football.”

“I can’t answer for any of those guys, of what they’re thinking,” Davis said. “I can just answer from my view, of being in 10 different organizations, with all kinds of different head coaches, schemes, systems, and I’m telling you, from the bottom line, this is a very good place. The players, we do more for players than (anyplace) I’ve ever been around. We do more for their conditioning, their body, their health, their mental health, their growth in all parts of being a man and a player, than anywhere I’ve been around. You can just ask the players about how much — we spend time on them, their mindsets, on their moods, on how their bodies are feeling, the hydration, all of it. I think its a couple isolated guys, and they have to answer their own questions about that.

Video: Shirtless Tim Tebow Crushes Bizarre Leg Workout

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Tim Tebow takes legs day very seriously. The Eagles QB is going all beast mode on this contraption.

The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Eagles History? SI Makes Their Choice

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Eagles included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was truly a bust – that being former running back Michael Haddix, who was in a word – terrible.

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Haddix was a star in Mississippi State’s Wishbone offense, averaging six yards per carry on 425 carries from 1979 through ’82. In 1981, he led the SEC in yards per carry with 5.7, beating out big names such as Lionel “Little Train” James and Herschel Walker. The Eagles responded by selecting Haddix with the No. 8 pick in the 1983 draft, with guys like Bruce Matthews, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino and Darrell Green still on the board.

In return for their faith in his potential, Haddix rushed 401 times for 1,189 yards, three touchdowns and a paltry 3.0 yards per carry average. Haddix was a decent receiver, and became a good blocker as the Eagles realized he couldn’t get past his own limitations at the NFL level, but when he tacked on another 142 rushing attempts for the Packers in 1989 and ’90, he was able to claim the record for the lowest career yards per carry average (3.0) for any back in NFL history with more than 500 carries. Not a bad pick in the sixth round, but eighth overall? What were the Eagles thinking?

Report: Sam Bradford Looks Like He Will Be Ready for Training Camp

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There’s good news for the Eagles, as their new QB, Sam Bradford, appears he will be ready to go when training camp opens for the team later this month.

Fox Sports has the news:

An anonymous source familiar with the situation told True Jersey’s Elliot Shorr-Parks that Eagles fans can relax. According to the source, Bradford is “looking great,” has been in the rehab room close to every day this summer, and should be ready to go when training camp opens.

Until now, we haven’t heard many reports on Bradford’s progress. The veteran quarterback, who is attempting to make a comeback from his second consecutive ACL tears, is expected to be on the field for the majority of first-team snaps in 11-on-11 drills.

He won’t be handed the starting job on a silver platter, but when asked during mini-camps whether Bradford would be ready for training camp, head coach Chip Kelly deadpanned, “God, we hope so.”

A healthy Bradford is only going to make this team better moving forward, as the club tries to climb back to the top of the NFC this season and hopefully into a deep playoff run.