The Philadelphia Eagles and the Mystery of the Unofficial Depth Chart

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Mystery of the Unofficial Depth Chart

Chip Kelly maintains his quarterback competition is truly open, that there’s no one or two on the depth chart, but a photo of a document that was floating around the Internet on Wednesday says different. A reader of the popular blog Bleeding Green Nation attended the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles Academy for Men over the weekend, from which an “unofficial depth chart” listing Nick Foles as the starting quarterback emerged.

The depth chart (image) had other eccentricities, such as fourth-overall pick Lane Johnson at right tackle despite Dennis Kelly taking first-team reps at practice. It also listed Brent Celek as the number one tight end, with James Casey at fullback despite the fact that the latter is not a standard position in Kelly’s offense. The defensive sheet (image) listed Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson as the starting safeties, and showed a standard 4-3 alignment.

And unlike, you know, almost any depth chart we’ve ever seen, this one only listed the starters. So what gives?

Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast and other fame eventually got to the bottom of the story. As it turns out, the unofficial depth chart was typed up by a marketing person who organized the event, without input from the head coach we should add.

As Jimmy observes, if it were up to that guy Foles apparently would be the starting quarterback over Michael Vick. And whadaya know, I don’t think his fake depth chart is too bad after all.

>> ADDiBona’s Recap: 2013 Philadelphia Eagles’ Academy for Men [BGN]

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.