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Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz on OTAs, Rehab, and the White House Visit

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2018

Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz spoke to the media this morning before OTAs got underway. Practice is inside today due to the crappy weather.

Some of the more relevant notes, starting with Doug:

  • Darren Sproles and Michael Bennett are the only two players not present. Pederson says he’s been in communication with both. “Two guys I don’t have a lot of concern as far as their ability to help us. They’re veterans and know how to get themselves going.” Bennett’s absence has nothing to do with legal issues. No concern getting him acclimated to the defense, says he’s been around long enough to understand Jim Schwartz’s system and expects him to be at OTAs eventually.
  • Pederson pointed out that the Eagles have had a month less to recover from the season due to their Super Bowl success
  • Not much of an update on Brandon Graham, who is in a cast  – “hopefully we get him back before too long”
  • Sidney Jones is “definitely in the mix” for a starting job. Dallas game last year boosted his confidence and he now has a full offseason to work.
  • Doesn’t see Wentz as being on the “outside and looking in” due to his injury. Says hes very much involved in the day to day things around NovaCare, just not involved in practices. His throwing, the videos he posts, that’s part of his rehab and conditioning process and not part of anything he’s been cleared to do in a “practice setting.”
  • No “big message” for the assembled team right now, sees OTAs as a time to get back into football. Doesn’t need to see a ton of work out of the veterans, but wants them to be ready for training camp.
  • White House: June 5th is the day, team will go, “excited to go,” it’s a “great honor.” Still working through logistics right now. It’s an individual basis for players who want to go and don’t want to go. “It’s an individual decision.”
  • On bringing back free agent Corey Graham: “If it works out, we’d love to have him.”
  • Wants to a bit more of Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan with the offense this summer

Carson Wentz:

  • “Always antsy this time of the year,” has to be careful not to push his rehab now that teammates are out at OTAs and practicing
  • says he’ll be involved in a “handful of things” at OTAs, but hasn’t been cleared for everything yet
  • On Dallas Goedert – an offensive weapon, I got to see him in college beat up on us a couple of times, heck of a player, heck of a talent, will be fun to see him out at OTAs, see where we can mix him into our packages
  • On the White House visit:

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Crossing Broadcast: Interviews, Internet, Water Slides

JoyOnBroad - May 22, 2018

Kyle and Russ discuss:

  • Our schedule (0:00)
  • Getting interviewed (6:00)
  • Xfinity vs. Fios (16:00)
  • Phillies Ticket Giveaway from AmeriGas (21:00)
  • WWE deal with FOX (27:00)
  • Michael Rubin and Joel Embiid (31:00)
  • Bob Ford on “building organically” (42:00)
  • BOS/CLE vs. GS/HOU (49:00)

Audio after the jump:

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These High Schoolers are Doing Things the Right Way

Kevin Kinkead - May 21, 2018

Is there ever a time when Eagles gear is inappropriate?

No, there isn’t.

Shout out to Alexa Johnson from Ocean City and her date, who were, in my opinion, the best dressed couple at their prom:

Just excellent craftsmanship here, better than anything I saw at the Royal Wedding.

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Tom Brady is Apparently Skipping Out on OTAs

Kevin Kinkead - May 21, 2018

Looks like Tom won’t be present for organized team activities in New England today:

Can you blame him? I wouldn’t wanna be there if I was a 40-year-old legend with five rings. I don’t need OTAs.

The reason this is a story is because Tom Brady always goes to the voluntary portion of OTAs. He never skips out. But after the Pats’ Super Bowl loss to the Eagles and some of the grumbling coming out of camp regarding fractures within the Brady/Bill Belichick/organizational structure, this makes it seem like those grumbles are truths, as Lane Johnson suggested back in the winter.

Brady was asked in April if he felt “appreciated” by the Patriots and provided this non-response:

So he decides to “plead the fifth” to that question and skips out on OTAs (allegedly). It might be small beans or it might be the crumbling of a long-standing dynasty, as if the Pats are the Western Roman Empire and the Eagles are the Germanic barbarians that finally got the job done.

Crossing Broadcast: Meet the President, Draft Prospects, Sports Betting

JoyOnBroad - May 18, 2018

Kyle and Russ talk about:

  • Russ getting interviewed on Cheddar Network (0:30)
  • Eagles to the White House? (4:00)
  • Covington has surgery (9:00)
  • Donte DiVincenzo (10:30)
  • Omari Spellman’s draft prospect (14:00)
  • Drafting for high ceiling vs. sound prospect (23:00)
  • How streaming delays could affect placing bets (27:00)
  • Could live sports betting bring younger fans to baseball? (34:00)

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Terrell Owens Says What We’re All Thinking

Kevin Kinkead - May 18, 2018

Jason Garrett really has put together a great body of work.

In seven full years as the Dallas Cowboys’ coach, he’s compiled 62 wins, 50 losses, and a 1-2 playoff record. That’s slightly better than a Buddy Ryan or Richie Kotite resume.

Maybe… he’s not that good?

Former Bird and Cowboy Terrell Owens said as much during an appearance on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan:

“When you really look at it, it doesn’t make sense for Jason Garrett to continue to have his job. [The Cowboys are] not really expanding or progressing even as a team under his coaching tenure there.”

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“… It all boils down to players being the scapegoat for his inability to lead the team as he should. For me, it’s mind-boggling. I don’t understand. And I think Jerry — again, he’s the owner at the end of the day, he has to feel good with himself about the decisions — but I just don’t understand why this guy still has a job.”

And here’s the best quote from the appearance, when he was asked to compare Jason Garrett to Andy Reid:

“That’s a slam dunk,” Owens said. “Andy Reid is by far the best coach that I’ve had. And I say that because he realized the talent that I had and he utilized me to the best of my abilities.

“… I knew what I provided. I knew my skill set, and Andy Reid utilized me to the best of my ability. I was playing lights-out when I played for Philadelphia. If I would have continued to play there, there’s no telling what my statistics would have been at the end of my career.”

For what it’s worth, Garrett signed a five-year deal after going 12-4 in 2014 and beating Detroit in the wild card round.

This happened one week later:

Time’s yours.

 

The Secondary Market For Eagles Tickets is Heating Up, Let TicketIQ Save You Money

JoyOnBroad - May 18, 2018

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Report: Eagles Invited to Visit White House in June

Kevin Kinkead - May 17, 2018

The big story on Action News:

This has been in the works for some time, we just never had a target date.

The real question is how many Birds actually accept the invitation. Some are Donald Trump fans and some aren’t. Malcolm Jenkins spoke in the past about not being interested in a “photo op” but also didn’t want to scold teammates who were interested in going.

My guess is that some players go, some don’t, and we move along to training camp. There are more important things to worry about, like keeping the Lombardi Trophy in Philadelphia.