Enough of all the T.O. bullshit. ESPN gives a nice look at some real football issues in their training camp look at the Eagles. It may be an insider article, so buck up. They praise the Eagles coaching staff, young DBs, depth at many positions, and of course, Super 5 as the ringmaster. It's witty cause its a double-entendre. Circus, Super Bowl. Get it? Get it?
The Eagles had near-perfect attendance as they kicked off their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday morning, but there were a few notable absences.
Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters and Donnie Jones are not with the team.
"Obviously as you guys know too, it's a voluntary offseason program," head coach Doug Pederson said. "I've been in touch with all three of those guys, so we've communicated for the reasons for them not being here. But no worries with them going forward."
This is the second year in a row that Cox has missed the start of OTAs. Last year, he was waiting on his big contract, which came after the minicamp in June.
Cox, who signed a mega contract less than a year ago, send out an Instagram story on Monday in Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles.
"The reason is satisfactory, but again it's a voluntary program," Pederson said. "I would love for everybody to be here. That's just me personally, I would love everybody to be here. But I know it's not always going to work out that way.
"Fletcher is one of the leaders on the football team and guys like that, you do expect to be here, but I get the rules, we abide by the rules and he's one of the guys too, at the end of the day, I'm gonna hang my hat on and go to war with."
As far as the guys who are with the Eagles this week, Pederson revealed some of the starters at positions in question (see OTA storylines).
Second-year guard Isaac Seumalo will begin OTAs as the team's starting left guard, taking Allen Barbre's place. Pederson did say Barbre is getting over a calf injury.
"This gives [Seumalo] an opportunity to work in there so we can get Allen," the head coach said. "Allen's a guy, as you guys know, one of those versatile offensive linemen who can play guard and tackle, so when we get Allen back we want to work him not just at guard but also at tackle."
Jason Kelce, who has been the center of plenty of rumors and whispers this offseason, is still going to take first-team reps at center, while Stefen Wisniewski and Seumalo will also get some reps at center.
This first round of OTAs runs three days: May 23-25.
If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.
But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.
They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.
Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.
You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter:
"Yo Adrian! It's me, Rocky!" pic.twitter.com/421g7bBCUv— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 22, 2017
“He's just a man, Rock, so be more man than him! Go get him. Eye of the tiger!” pic.twitter.com/KcmBmYPzgY— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 22, 2017
“Hey champ, you oughta come and look at this boy you’re gonna fight on TV. It looks like he means business.” pic.twitter.com/kGtBWAGHZw— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 22, 2017
“One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.” pic.twitter.com/zXzENa8dCO— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 22, 2017
“I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going.” pic.twitter.com/87n06TIvhc— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“Nobody owes nobody nothing. You owe yourself.” pic.twitter.com/3IWNQn6UnS— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“The last thing to age on somebody is their heart.” pic.twitter.com/ruSbOBNcDl— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“When it’s over, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it.” pic.twitter.com/2HEtJSbC7V— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“Who am I kiddin'? I ain't even in the guy's league.” pic.twitter.com/PukzXJsTz2— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“I wantcha to stick and move.” pic.twitter.com/zn54FpaFkG— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“If you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you?” pic.twitter.com/6AgpKsoUv7— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“This man is not human. He's not human.” pic.twitter.com/DiA2UgRlRR— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“Every once in a while a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic and fulfills an incredible dream.” pic.twitter.com/1hgMznkRtC— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“Yo Adrian! We did it!” pic.twitter.com/tcTCDyelaI— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” pic.twitter.com/a3sbeSDkdy— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“Now, if you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth.” pic.twitter.com/rEmzYf6Mvn— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. The winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.” pic.twitter.com/6fBHSBD131— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017
“Getting strong now. Won’t be long now. Getting strong now. Gonna fly now, flying high now. Gonna fly, fly, fly!” pic.twitter.com/CbQBFYSasX— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2017