The Eagles are back on the practice field for another training session at the NovaCare Complex later today. Our coverage begins with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's first live press conference this Training Camp at 11:15 AM and at the end of the day we recap all of the action on Inside Training Camp presented by Xfinity. Until then, here are the 5 Things To Know Today for Thursday, July 31 ...
1. Jeffrey Lurie Find Kelly/Johnson Comparison "Interesting"
TheMMQB's Peter King visited Training Camp on Saturday and made a bold observation after watching Chip Kelly's first season as a head coach. He compared Kelly to former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson. On Wednesday, Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie explained that he found the analogy "interesting."
"It made me think a little bit when I saw Peter's column," Lurie said. "There are some similarities there. I don't know if you can carry it all the way, but certainly Jimmy was very cognizant of bringing a team together. People focused on his bravado and his intelligence and all of that, but he comes from a pretty savvy psychology background and he had a feel for what brings 53 men together and your staff together.
"Chip has a lot of those qualities. He knows what it takes to have a common purpose to bring people together and it's not about who is the best team on paper, what team has the best stats, what team accomplishes this. It's not about who runs the fastest offense. It's just about how to bring people together in a common goal where you can compete against 31 other teams trying to do something similar. They have a similarity that way and a self confidence."
2. McCoy Reacts To Sports Illustrated Cover
Running back LeSean McCoy got his first look at this week's Sports Illustrated magazine featuring the NFL's rushing champion on the cover as he came off the field following Wednesday's training session. McCoy took the picture of the cover to show the Central High School football team that he had signed autographs for moments earlier. It's the first time McCoy has been featured on the magazine's cover. "I've got to keep going," remarked McCoy.
Linebacker Connor Barwin decided against motivational quotes and found a different way to decorate the outside linebacker room ...
3. Connor Barwin Nobilifies The Meeting Room
Linebacker Connor Barwin isn't a fan of posting motivational quotes to inspire players inside a meeting room. So, Barwin decided to do a little interior decorating to the outside linebackers room. He used a site, nobilified.com, which takes your photo and places it on a painting. Barwin took painstaking great detail in trying to match each player's headshot with the fine art.
"I thought it would be really funny to add some artwork," Barwin said. "I also thought it would be cool whenever a player leaves he can take it with him and have something to remember his time in Philly."
However, Barwin selected an interesting work of art for himself - Cosmo Kramer. "I've always had that Kramer comparison. So I took this opportunity to finally get it done," he said.
4. A New Weapon For Nick Foles?
On Wednesday, quarterback Nick Foles was working on back-shoulder throws with his receiver corps. It's another example of Foles further developing his game and finding a different way to beat opposing defenses.
"I think that's just something that's a great addition to the offense. We've always tried going over the top and that's something you see a lot of the guys like (Drew) Brees, (Aaron) Rodgers, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady, they do a really good job where if a guy is overplaying their receiver it's one of those things you just have to have a feel with," Foles said. "You want to give your receiver an opportunity to catch the ball. It's something that we're working on and you want to connect in any way possible, so it's a great throw on any level - high school, college, NFL."
5. Arrelious Benn Thankful For Opportunity
Jeremy Maclin isn't the only wide receiver coming back from an ACL injury. Arrelious Benn suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee on August 6, 2013. Like Maclin, Been labored behind the scenes all year and has eagerly awaited his chance to earn a roster spot. The former second-round pick knows how fortunate he is to be able to compete. He takes a knee on the edge of the practice fields before each training session. "I thank God to be here in this position," said Benn, who has had no setbacks. "I just don't take it for granted. This is a blessing to be here. I'm just thanking God for the opportunity."