Eagles relaxed with Giants up next

Trent Cole, Eagles, Giants
Trent Cole will be aiming to sack Eli Manning in a must-win game this weekend between the Eagles and Giants.

 

Relaxed Birds staying positive

 

The Eagles were unusually relaxed Thursday, just days before the closest thing to a must-win game on the early part of their schedule.

Several players, including offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, took dips in the ice baths stationed near the practice field. Trent Cole tried on a new green-and-purple spandex shirt featuring the Incredible Hulk. And LeSean McCoy was sporting the newest fad in footwear, oversized slipper socks.

“Don’t take my picture,” snapped McCoy as he playfully joked with reporters.

If there’s panic in the locker room, no one is showing it. Mike Vick complimented coach Chip Kelly for keeping the Eagles focused. He feels like they had one of their best weeks of practice.

“You can’t come out and display any kind of discomfort,” Vick said. “Our attitude is to stay positive and keep working.”

The Eagles could, hypothetically, be in first place after this weekend — if they beat the Giants and the Cowboys lose to Denver. Of course, Chip Kelly doesn’t speak in hypotheticals.

“It’s funny you say that because I talked to our team about that on Tuesday because I had people tell me, ‘I think it’s if Dallas loses this weekend and we win, we are in first place,’ and I was fired up,” the coach said. “I called the league office and I wanted to find out when we get the trophy and when the trophy presentation would be. And they [league office] got the same response; they started laughing, too, because it doesn’t matter if you’re in first place in the first week of October. What matters is, are you in first place after December 29?”

Kelly was laughing as he spoke, like many of his players as they walked off the practice field. The only somber moment came when someone asked Vick if he was holding onto the football too long.

“I’m not holding the ball too long,” Vick said. “Let’s not make that an issue.”

When another reporter went back in for a follow-up question, Vick became more animated — not agitated, maybe a little frustrated.

“Listen, whoever is saying I’m holding the ball too long, they don’t know anything about football,” Vick said. “You need to go watch the film. I’m going to pull out the film for y’all and hold the clicker right here. I’ll break it down verbatim, play-by-play … but then again, maybe if you think I’m holding onto to the ball too long, maybe y’all right.”

 

The sounds of sport science

 

The Eagles appear to be 100-pecent healthy heading into Sunday’s game at the Meadowlands. Cornerback Brandon Boykin (shoulder) said he expects to play after being a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. He was full-go Thursday.

Safety Patrick Chung (shoulder) has been limited for the past two days. He’ll likely be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, rookie Earl Wolff will make his second career start.

All in all, the Eagles have avoided the injury bug this season. Chip Kelly credited his strength and conditioning coaches, specifically his sport science coordinator, for keeping the guys fresh.

“Time lost is the biggest thing you’re trying to prevent,” Kelly said, “and just the little things, are we getting enough sleep? Eating the right way? Doing the other things, that contributes to it. We don’t do that just for the sake of doing it. We do that because we think there’s a benefit to it and we hope as you go on, obviously the big issues you look at are the soft tissue injuries because those are preventable.

“If someone breaks a leg, someone breaks a leg. There’s not much from a sports science standpoint, or preparation standpoint, that goes into the prevention of breaking a bone.”

 

» Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @metrophilly
» Follow Metro Philadelphia on Facebook: Metro Philadelphia
» Follow Mike Greger on Twitter: @mike_greger



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor pledges lower greenhouse gas emissions from New…

Just hours before the start of the People’s Climate March on Sunday, and two days ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, Mayor Bill de…

Local

More than 310,000 attend People's Climate March

More than 310,000 people flooded midtown Manhattan Sunday with one main message ahead of the United Nation’s Climate Summit: do something about climate change. Activists…

National

The best places to see the Northern Lights…

A large solar storm hit the Earth's atmosphere and will tonight illuminate the skies with aurora borealis -- also known as the Northern Lights.

Local

Police officer killed Sunday morning Bronx crash, 8…

One NYPD police officer was killed and eight other officers were injured early Sunday morning when the van they were traveling in crashed  in the…

Television

James Spader's route to villainy on "The Blacklist"

In honor of the second season premiere of "The Blacklist" tonight, where James Spader plays good guy/bad guy Raymond “Red” Reddington, it’s a good time to look back at Spader’s…

Television

True Detective

Going Out

Tim and Eric come to town. Great job!

After years of flying under the radar, comedic duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have noticed their increased popularity of late.

Gossip

t.A.T.u. — That's how you spell homophobia in…

"I won't accept a gay son," said t.A.T.u singer Julia Volkova, who once pretended to be gay in order to sell albums.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Career

Here's how to make the most of visit…

You’re primped, you’re looking polished, you’re prepared with a stack of resumes. Job fair hunters, unite! There are a few things to keep in mind…

Education

Learn how to study effectively and stop cramming…

Picture this: It’s midterm week, and college students everywhere are trying to frantically memorize all of the math formulas, political theories and historical facts that…

Parenting

How motherhood inspired Bethenny Frankel's new book

Bethenny Frankel's new children's book is about how her daughter and dog didn't always get alone.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.