Philadelphia Eagles 2014 training camp finally got under way this weekend. Players currently on the 90-man roster are fighting to make their NFL dreams a reality, and fans wonder how what they see at practice will translate to the field come the regular season in a little over a month.
After a long offseason, Eagles players have started the battle to make this season even better than last. The action will intensify on Monday when the pads come out for the team’s first open practice. But until then, how have things started off? Here’s a look at some of the best headlines from the weekend.
When Lane Johnson misses the first four games of the season serving a suspension for taking PEDs, the Birds will look to Allen Barbre to take his place on the o-line. – Philadelphia Inquirer Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: LeSean McCoy and Trent Cole in heated skirmish at training camp’
A priority for any football team during the offseason is to take care of those who have taken care of them. The Philadelphia Eagles did just that on Wednesday when they signed All-Pro LT Jason Peters to a 5-year contract extension.
The veteran offensive lineman rebounded from injuring his Achilles twice during the 2012 offseason, leading him to miss all of the 2012 season. Peters returned to the Eagles in 2013 and produced yet another successful season with the Birds that got him his sixth Pro Bowl nod. The strength and stability of the o-line, with Peters’ assistance, led RB LeSean McCoy to a record setting season as the NFL’s leading rusher and helped QB Nick Foles have a breakout season. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles, Jason Peters agree to 5-year deal’
DeSean Jackson proudly displaying his Team Sanders jersey. Image via jaccpot10 on Instagram
The NFL’s attempt to invigorate the Pro Bowl by having teams led by Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice has begun, with the draft selection of Pro Bowl players completed on Wednesday night. It remains to see if the elimination of the AFC and NFC designations will add additional interest to the league’s all-star game. For now, a two-day draft to select who among the best will be selected to each team was enacted to try to drum up enthusiasm. Just where did the four Eagles in Hawaii for the game land?
Evan Mathis and Ryan Kalil, proud members of Team Rice at the Pro Bowl. Photo via @nflnetwork on Twitter.
Evan Mathis and LeSean McCoy will be together on Team Rice. They will face teammates Nick Foles and DeSean Jackson on Team Sanders. Foles escaped the embarrassment of being the last player chosen to a team, leaving that honor to former coach Andy Reid’s new quarterback, Alex Smith.
But does any of it matter? Will more people watch—or care? There seems to at least be mild interest in knowing where players wind up and who will be their opponents. Beyond that we’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out.
The Pro Bowl airs this Sunday, January 26 at 7 pm on NBC. Will you be watching?
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Can the Eagles D stop Peyton Manning from inflicting too much damage?
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