Aug 152011

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Eagles have flexibility concerning Maclin’s status

August 15 CSN Philly 

Just to clarify one thing on Jeremy Maclin’s status: The third-year receiver is not eligible for the Reserve-Physically Unable to Perform list, which is reserved for players who have a pre-existing football-related injury suffered before they’ve arrived at training camp.  The Eagles actually have Maclin on the Reserve-Non-Football-Related Illness list, which gives them more latitude on when they can activate him.

Linebacker depth still a concern for Eagles

August 15 Allentown Morning Call 

Linebacker depth is so thin or at least unproven that new Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo is in full deflect mode.  Asked on Sunday what he has beyond projected starters Casey Matthews, Moise Fokou and Jamar Chaney and proven backup Akeem Jordan, he responded with a sales pitch.  “We talk about these things all the time, meaning that we all had the chance to be where we’re at,” Castillo said.

RB Lewis fighting size stigma, for spot in backfield

August 15 CSN Philly 

At various times, Dion Lewis has been compared to Brian Westbrook, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith. So why was he still on the board in the fifth round of the 2011 draft?  Blame the numbers. At the Scouting Combine, he was measured at 5-foot-6 and one half inches tall, an inch and one-half shorter than his listed height of 5-8. He then ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds, a half second slower than expected.

Cooper and Celek standing tall for Eagles

August 15 Allentown Morning Call 

Perhaps the ultimate vote of confidence for players like tight end Brent Celek and second-year wide receiver Riley Cooper came when the Eagles did not seriously pursue free agent Plaxico Burress.  Burress, at 6-5 and 232 pounds, possesses the size and strength to overpower any cornerback and most safeties, which would theoretically give the Eagles that much more firepower when they choose to throw into the end zone from close range.

Eagles’ ‘D’ turns up heat

August 15 Courier-Post 

He raced in from around the edge and, within seconds, had quarterback Vince Young flushed from the pocket.  The whistle blew and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had just picked up his first career sack — the first, he hopes, of many.  “That is something I’m looking forward to,” he said after practice, sporting an ear-to-ear smile, “coming off that edge.”

Eagles will break camp at Lehigh a day earlier than scheduled

August 15 

The Philadelphia Eagles will break training camp at Lehigh University on Tuesday.  That’s a day earlier than initially scheduled.  The Eagles said their morning practice on Tuesday will be their last of this year’s camp at Lehigh, after which they’ll depart South Mountain.”

Eagles WR Smith ‘feels great,’ hopes to practice by Week 1

August 15 

The Philadelphia Eagles welcomed DeSean Jackson back last week, and newly acquired wideout Steve Smith might not be far behind, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday.  Smith, recovering from offseason microfracture knee surgery after four seasons with the New York Giants, hopes to join full-speed practices by the start of the regular season.

Te’o-Nesheim searches for his niche

August 15 Courier-Post 

Daniel Te’o-Nesheim feels like a rookie again. He’s entering his second season but the Eagles’ defensive end is learning an entirely new scheme and taking orders from an entirely new coaching staff.  At least he’s not alone.  “I think we’re all in the boat, having to learn a new defense,” he said.  “It’s just whoever can do it the best.”

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