PHILADELPHIA – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Philadelphia Eagles training camp:
It was hard to reconcile the jarring music that accompanies Chip Kelly practices with the setting. Franklin Field, built in 1895, fits comfortably into the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. But the old stadium comfortably accommodated the Eagles and roughly 28,000 fans for a Sunday afternoon practice session. “It’s been amazing,” quarterback Nick Foles said. “Just walking on the field, knowing there is so much history here, it’s an amazing stadium.” Of course, when the Eagles won their last NFL title here, back in 1960, there was real grass instead of artificial turf, and there was no blaring pop music to distract you from the activity on the field.
With their return to Philadelphia, the Eagles also saw several of their injured players return to the practice field. Wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeff Maehl were out of their walking boots and into cleats. Nose tackle Bennie Logan was also back in action. Linebacker Casey Matthews, who was injured in the game Friday night, should be back by Tuesday, Kelly said.
Although it was not a padded practice. Foles said he was able to work on some of the little things that led to his two interceptions in Chicago. "I worked on correcting them, being more efficient," Foles said. "If I had a first read open, I’m going to take it. You know, work from there. Know what the concept is, where I need my footwork to be, my eyes. Just making smart decisions. If I don’t have it, throw it away. Just doing the little things I did last year."
Kelly also had a neat explanation for the first-team offense’s struggles Friday night. In a word: penalties. “The thing that hurt our offensive line,” Kelly said, “we got too many penalties. We were moving the ball. Two of the penalties we had negated big gains for us. ... Penalties set us back, not getting into a rhythm (on offense).”
The Eagles will have a brief walk-through practice Monday, then leave for Foxborough, Massachusetts. They will practice with the New England Patriots Tuesday and Wednesday, then have a walk-through session together on Thursday. Kelly said the Wednesday and Thursday practices will be physical; it’s not clear whether that means more hitting than usual. The two teams play Friday night at Gillette Stadium.