May 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson watches quarterback Michael Vick (7) drop back during organized team activities at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Philadelphia Eagles Offseason 2012: Jason Kelce And Michael Vick Are Ready To Right The Ship

Michael Vick tweeted "Super Bowl #thatisall" on Monday, and confirmed during an interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic that he expects big things from this year's team.

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Philadelphia Eagles Offseason 2012: Eagles Sign Punter Mat McBriar

The Philadelphia Eagles made some news on Wednesday morning, signing ex-Dallas Cowboys punter Mat McBriar to a deal right before training camp, according to Bleeding Green Nation.

McBriar will have the chance to compete for the job with second year man Chas Henry. It's a no-lose move for the Eagles, who are either getting the punter who has twice made the All-Pro team or they can cut him loose if Henry outplays him in camp.

Last season McBriar was placed on the injured reserve list with a case of "drop foot", a nerve problem which bothered his left foot. If the seven-year veteran is back to full strength, Philadelphia might have found itself a steal right before the 2012 season gets going in full-swing.

As pointed out in the article linked above, McBriar was epically good in 2010, leading the NFL in both average and net average.

It will be without question one of the camp battles to keep a close eye on.

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Philadelphia Eagles Offseason 2012: DE Monte Taylor Claimed Off Waivers

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday that they have claimed defensive end Monte Taylor off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

Taylor (6-5, 266) was signed by the Seahawks as a rookie free agent out of the University of Cincinnati. In 2011, Taylor made four sacks, 17 tackles (four tackles for loss) and forced three fumbles for the Bearcats. Taylor made 45 tackles, blocked eight kicks and made five interceptions El Camino Community College (Torrance, CA) before transferring to Cincinnati.

With the pickup of Taylor, the Eagles now have five former Bearcats on their 90-man roster, which is the most of any college. The Eagles also have tight end Brent Celek, defensive end Trent Cole, wide receiver Mardy Gilyard and center Jason Kelce on the roster from the University of Cincinnati.

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Philadelphia Eagles Offseason 2012: Jason Kelce And Michael Vick Are Ready To Right The Ship

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce had a world of responsibility thrust on his shoulders last season. The rookie lineman started all 16 games for the Eagles, a task made more difficult with the lockout erasing almost all of the usual offseason preparations.

Kelce described how a normal offseason of preparation was making a difference following Wednesday's practice.

"We didn't have it last year, and we had a lot of pieces moving in and four out of five guys were either in new positions or were new altogether last year on the offensive line," Kelce said. "The offensive line is just not about being good individually. It's about being good as a unit and being cohesive and on the same page. I think that towards the beginning of the season last year, we really lacked. We had good individual players, but as far as working well as a unit, I think that was something that we had to develop as the season went on. As the season went on, we got very good at it. We have been able to carry that over through the offseason and through these OTAs. We've gotten even better as a unit."

Additional time to learn the ins and outs of the pro game will be especially important as the team transitions the responsibility for protection calls from quarterback Michael Vick to Kelce.

"Just having a year under my belt, having a year with Mike in the film room, and having a year with this unit, I feel much more comfortable and I think the guys feel much more comfortable with me being the guy to make the calls."

The relationship between the second-year center and Vick will be particularly important to the team's lofty expectations this season, something that Kelce noted in his remarks.

"The trust keeps getting better and better between me and Mike," Kelce said. "He said as the season went on, it got better and better. Even this year, as we've said before, he's letting me make more of the calls and let me do more things. The respect level between me and Mike is at an all-time high, and I'm assuming it will keep getting better and better."

After falling flat with an 8-8 record last year, the Eagles are under a tremendous amount of pressure to translate a roster loaded with talent into much better results. The defense, with its high-profile acquisitions, took much of the flak last season, but a young offensive line had a hand in the results as well. A year of experience and more time to gel will be needed for the Eagles to get around in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.

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Philadelphia Eagles Mini-Camp 2012: Michael Vick Says 'This Is The Best Team That I've Been Able To Play With'

The Philadelphia Eagles started the 2011 season as a "Dream Team" and ended it as mediocre. But they are again drumming up high expectations, and this time the majority of those expectations are coming from within.

Michael Vick tweeted "Super Bowl #thatisall" on Monday, and confirmed during an interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic that he expects big things from this year's team.

"We just feel like we're in a position to accomplish a lot," Vick said, as transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews. "That's what we wanna do. And I think if you don't shoot for the stars, then what are you in it for? And I think if that's everybody's mind set, then you feel like you can accomplish it and start believing that you can do it. And we feel like we can do that, so we know it's gonna be tough. Nothing's gonna be easy, but I think that just makes us want to work even harder."

One year after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs, Vick said he's never played with a group as talented as this year's Eagles.

"Yeah, and certainly a much more complete team than I've ever been on. This is the best team that I've been able to play with my entire career. We've just got talent stacked all over the place, so that's one of the main reasons why we feel like we got a good chance at it. Chances like this, teams that are built this way don't come around too often and you've gotta feel blessed that you're in a position to play with a team with so much talent. So I just wanna take advantage of it."

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Philadelphia Eagles Offseason 2012: Punter Brad Maynard Works Out For Eagles, According To Report

The Philadelphia Eagles worked out free agent punter Brad Maynard on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com.

The 38-year old Maynard, a 16-year NFL veteran, played for the Cleveland Browns in 2011. He averaged 40.5 yards per punt, with a net average of 36.7 yards, and put 32 of his 81 punts inside the red zone. Despite his advanced age, Maynard's 2011 stats were very similar to his career stats.

The Eagles' 2011 punter was Chas Henry, a 23-year old who averaged 42.9 yards per punt with a 36.9-yard net average. Henry was an All-American at University of Florida, where he was recognized as the nation's top college football punter before signing with the Eagles prior to the 2011 season as an undrafted free agent.

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What Is Andy Reid's Future With The Eagles?

Joe Banner is out as president of the Eagles. This would seem to be good news for Andy Reid, but his future is far from certain. 2012 is a crucial to Reid's future.

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Philadelphia Eagles President Joe Banner Steps Down

The Philadelphia Eagles announced today that their long time president, Joe Banner, will step down from that position and move to a strategic advisory role.

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Philadelphia Eagles OTAs 2012: Trent Cole Impressed With DeMeco Ryans And Fletcher Cox

The Philadelphia Eagles made two high-profile defensive acquisitions over the offseason, trading for linebacker DeMeco Ryans and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

Playing with the new duo at the team's OTAs has defensive end Trent Cole looking forward to the regular season.

"We’re looking good. I’m really excited to get the season started. We have some new additions, and we’re glad to have DeMeco Ryans and Fletcher Cox. These guys look really good out there, and all around it’s looking good so far," Cole said.

He added that Cox, the 12th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State, has lived up to his hype.

"I’m impressed with him," said Cole. "He’s a guy who is going to develop very well for us. He’s done a great job and caught on really well, and [defensive line coach Jim] Wash[burn] is giving him all the help that he needs and teaching him a lot of new things."

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Philadelphia Eagles OTAs 2012: Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman To Start At Safety, Jaiquawn Jarrett Is Improving

Philadelphia Eagles safety coach Michael Zordich likes what he is seeing from his safeties. While Jaiquawn Jarrett has shown promise, he is still going to be on the sidelines while Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman are starting. Allen will be the starter at strong safety while Coleman will be the starting at free safety.

Zordich said about Allen, "Nate's going to be special. He is a gifted athlete. He can run. He can cover. He can tackle. When healthy, he's going to be a hell of a football player." Allen had his rookie year cut short in 2010 by a knee injury that had not completely gone away last year.

Coleman, whom Zordich benched in 2011, responded in a way that made the safety coach respect him. Zordich said about Coleman's attitude, "He never put his head in the sand. He never quit. He never gave up. He missed a tackle in the Giants game that basically got him benched. He never, ever complained. He just kept doing the same things in the weight room, in the classroom. He took the bull by the horns and eventually got his job back. He proved he could handle the heat."

Jarrett has been using the OTAs to work on his footwork, according to Zordich. "I think he's worked extremely hard on his footwork, which he knows he has to get better at. And just learning the defense and getting comfortable in the defense. That's just because of a lack of experience more than anything else. The kid's a smart kid. He works hard in the classroom."

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Can The Philadelphia Eagles Win With Mike Kafka At QB?

The Eagles have a star quarterback in Michael Vick, but a very unknown backup in Mike Kafka. This is risky because of Vick's durability issues. If called upon, can Kafka get the job done?

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Philadelphia Eagles OTAs 2012: Trent Edwards On His Progress 'I Have A Long Way To Go'

Philadelphia Eagles veteran backup quarterback Trent Edwards spoke after practice on Thursday about his progress throwing the football in a new system.

Edwards said "There are times when I understand where I'm going with the ball and my footwork feels good, and then on the very next rep, that's not the case. I don't know when that is, and I wish I had an answer. I do feel like the mechanics here are enforced, which they should be at the quarterback position, and they are enforced here way more than what I have been through before. I'm just trying to tweek some things and have made some progress, but I have a long way to go."

Edwards did praise the Eagles' system and said that regardless of whoever the quarterback is, they have found success in it. "The quarterback position here always seems to succeed no matter who is out there, whether it's Donovan [McNabb], Mike Vick, Kevin Kolb - they flourish in this system. For me to sit and watch and learn the system, and to be around those coaches and players - there are weapons everywhere and it's just a matter of me doing my job, improving, and hopefully getting to where I need to be."

Ultimately, Edwards said he couldn't give a timetable on when he would be able to make plays without thinking about them. "There are times when I understand where I'm going with the ball and my footwork feels good, and then on the very next rep, that's not the case. I don't know when that is, and I wish I had an answer. I do feel like the mechanics here are enforced, which they should be at the quarterback position, and they are enforced here way more than what I have been through before. I'm just trying to tweek some things and have made some progress, but I have a long way to go."

Edwards looks to be the Birds' third-string quarterback behind Mike Kafka and Michael Vick going into the 2012 NFL season.

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Philadelphia Eagles OTA 2012: Jeremy Maclin Poised For 'Best Year Yet,' Says Michael Vick

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has made quite an impression as his team prepares for the 2012 season. Earlier in May an anonymous coach said Maclin might be poised for his first Pro Bowl campaign. On Thursday, Michael Vick seconded his coach's thoughts.

"I think this is going to be Jeremy Maclin’s best year yet," Vick said. "He has worked tremendously hard over the offseason. He has caught a ton of balls the last four-five days. I’m proud of him and I’m proud of his attitude most importantly."

Vick also said he has been impressed by the work ethic of undrafted free agent Damaris Johnson.

"He works really hard, and that’s really the most important thing. It’s your work ethic and wanting to be great. If you don’t have a desire to do something, you won’t happen. When you have a desire and set your mind out to be the best that you can be, you’re going to be that. It may come in time and the pace may become an issue, but it’ll happen," Vick said.

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Philadelphia Eagles' DC Juan Castillo On Defense: 'It's Time To Get Our Jobs Done'

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo knows his defense finished the 2011 season on a good pace, allowing just 11.5 points and 265 yards per game during the final four contests.

Castillo also knows that the Birds' defense can't rest on their laurels going into the 2012 season. Castillo said about the benefit of having an offseason and an infusion of talent to the defense:

"I don't think there's ever been an excuse. I think it's time. It's time for us to do what we're here to do. I think everybody knows that. There's never been any excuses. It's time to get our jobs done."

Speaking about one of the Eagles' new players, linebacker DeMeco Ryans, Castillo said Ryans has become a leader during OTAs, "He is that guy already. He's a competitor. He likes challenges. He understands the scheme and the things that we have to do."

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Eagles OTAs: Mike Kafka The Clear-Cut Backup Quarterback

The Philadelphia Eagles signed former Buffalo Bills quarterback in the off-season, Trent Edwards, to compete with Mike Kafka in the role as Michael Vick's backup. But the early returns of the Eagles' first organized team activities indicate there is no competition – Kafka is running away with the job.

The persistent struggles of Edwards to find receivers with crisp passes, even in offense-only drills with no defense to obstruct him, coupled with an apparently stronger and more accurate arm from Kafka, sent a clear message about which horse is leading the backup race.

Kafka – the Eagles fourth round pick in 2010 – appeared in four games last season, completing 11 of his 16 passes, but he threw two picks and zero touchdowns. However; he showed some promise, filling in for an injured Vick in the second week of the season – he threw for 72 yards and completed seven of nine attempts.

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Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid On First Week Of OTAs: 'I Thought The Energy Level Was Great'

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid wrapped up the first week of OTAs on Friday by reviewing how the week went.

Reid said, "It's good to get everyone together for the OTAs. I thought the energy level was great. The guys came out and fooled around a little bit. We're restricted on the contact so we're on a two-step rule here, but we're working within that. We're getting some work done with the o-line and d-line, again without the contact but on the back end, it's full speed. All-in-all, it's been a good three days and we'll add three more next week."

Reid reported no injuries and that included veteran quarterback Trent Edwards. Reid also confirmed that Mike Kafka got the second-most reps in the practices behind starting quarterback Michael Vick.

Reid also talked about the importance of having OTAs after not getting to have them last season, saying "It allows you to knock off some of the rust. It also allows the young guys to learn. It allows you to take the guys out of the weight room and the conditioning part of it and put it to use. We've had pretty good timing in really all phases: special teams, offense, and defense."

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Philadelphia Eagles DB Nnamdi Asomugha Speaks About Feeling Comfortable Within The Defense After Day 2 Of OTAs

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha spoke after day two of OTAs on Wednesday about finding a comfort zone within the Birds defense with a year under his belt (via Eagles).

"I think it's huge," he said. "I think the comfort level is huge just knowing who your teammates are, just going into practice as opposed to going into games and not really knowing - obviously you know a guy's name, but not really knowing how they play. So I know these guys now, I know them much better, they know me, so we know what works and what doesn't work."

About defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, Asomugha said

"He's doing less and ... his thoughts are more refined," said Asomugha of Castillo. "He's been through it. He's seasoned now, so it's not as much testing the waters or seeing what plays work and what players work, he already has that stuff down. So now it's just fine-tuning everything."

No matter what he thinks of the Eagles defense going into the 2012 season, Asomugha isn't going to make any preseason predictions.

"There was no talk last year, but we understand how it works," said Asomugha. "I think the less we say and the more we play, obviously the better off we'll be because there are going to be people who aren't expecting a lot, there's people that are expecting a lot; those are things that we can't control. So when we don't say much and we just go out and focus and do our job, I think it helps out a lot."

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Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, LB DeMeco Speak After Day 1 Of OTAs

DeMeco Ryans was brought to Philadelphia for a dual purpose. First, to finally solidify a middle linebacker position that hasn't had a good, consistent starter since who knows when.... But also, to bring some leadership to what was a very young and inexperienced LB corps last season.

The thing is, Ryans developed as a leader in Houston over the course of 6 years. So he can he just step in here on day 1 and expect the guys to see him the same way? How long does it take to become a leader?

"It doesn't take long," said Ryans. "it just takes time to learn the guys, the locker room, and get comfortable around here. Being here over the last month and working out with the guys, I'm starting to get more and more comfortable."

Of course, the only real question about Ryans entering this year is his health, which he said his no concern.

"I'm hitting the ground running and not slowed down by any injuries or anything like that. I'm happy to be out here and able to be running full speed out here with the guys."

With the likes of Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, Ryans faced some pretty decent offenses practicing in Houston. So where his early thoughts on the Eagles O?

"There are a lot of playmakers and a lot of speed, that's one thing I see coming out. There's a lot of speed on offense and things are happening very fast out there. I see a lot of playmakers. I'm excited about our offense, and going against them is going to be tough for us. That's what you need is to go against a tough offense in practice because it makes game day a lot easier when you're facing opposing offenses."

One of those playmakers on offense is Pro Bowl RB LeSean McCoy, who showed up to Eagles OTAs this week a very happy and very rich man. The 23 year old Eagles RB enjoyed breakout season in 2011 leading the NFL in TDs and finishing fourth in rushing. The gaudy stats aren't making Shady complacent however.

"I have so much room for improvement," he said. "I think of all the stuff I've done so far with yards, touchdowns, and blocking, but I look at tape and see so much that I could do to get myself better. A lot of players think they have something that they need to get better at. I'm one of those guys where I'm always trying to work hard, compete, and get better."

McCoy says the desire to constantly get better and never be satisfied comes in part from his mentor, Brian Westbrook.

"I try to model myself after [RB] Brian [Westbrook], who no matter what he did or how great of a game he had, he watched film and figured out what he could do better. I try to take little stuff from each player's game, and with Brian, I take a lot of stuff from his game. There are some things I could definitely do better as far as picking out things out and getting better."

Finally, he was asked the question pretty much every Eagles was and will be asked this week... Did you learn from last year's disappointment?

"I think so. With the expectations and us not only not meeting our goals but not making the playoffs, we learned a lot. I think it humbled us. With all the big time players that we have, we really have to check ourselves and go into the season to prove ourselves. I really think all of the hype is out the window and it's a new year. I think there's a lot of pressure for us as players because we fought hard for our coach and he's back here again. We have to make sure we do the right things."

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Michael Vick: Philadelphia Eagles Could Do 'Special Things' In 2012

Michael Vick spoke after Eagles practice on Tuesday and feels the team is set up to achieve some "special things" during the 2012 season.

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