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Eagles trying out unique helmet camera for film practice

Eagles trying out unique helmet camera for film practice

Blake Countess had three eyes on Wednesday.

The first two were under his helmet, scanning the field in anticipation of throws coming from fellow rookie Carson Wentz.

The third was on top of his helmet.

The rookie safety wore a small cylindrical camera, about the width of a silver dollar, on the top left of his helmet — just above the Eagles’ logo — during the third practice of training camp. The footage from the camera will give the team a different vantage point while looking at practice film.

“Technology, you can't stay up fast enough with it,” head coach Doug Pederson said after practice. “Those are great devices to have. In fact, we used them in Kansas City with the quarterbacks. We've had them on their helmets before.

“It gives you an opportunity to kind of see from the players' vantage point where they're looking, where their eyes are. Are they in the right direction? Are they on the right reads? And defensively are [they] in the right spots? And then you can evaluate and help correct the player.”

On Wednesday, Countess was the only player wearing the camera, but the rookie said the team plans on using them more, eventually for receivers and quarterbacks.

How can it help Countess to get better?

“Eye progressions, just seeing where I’m looking at and being more disciplined with my eyes,” the sixth-round pick said. “Throughout the play, if your eyes are bad, you’re probably going to get beat, especially as a defensive back.”

Pederson said sometimes the helmet cams give back some shaky video, so using it on Countess was a test of sorts.

But the Chiefs used them for their quarterbacks and if the feedback from this preliminary camera is good, the Eagles might put them on the helmets of their quarterbacks soon.

“The thing is, too, with technology,” Pederson said, “if it helps you win football games, I'm all for it.”

As for Countess, the team told him about the camera on Tuesday and when he got into the locker room on Wednesday, there it was, attached to his helmet.

Why did they pick him?

“I don’t know,” he said with a laugh. “I wish I knew.”

Eagle Eye podcast: Breaking down the matchup vs. Seattle

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Eagle Eye podcast: Breaking down the matchup vs. Seattle

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro look at the Eagles’ linebacker situation with the Seahawks game looming. 

Joe Fann from NBC Sports Northwest joins the guys to break down the matchup against the Seahawks. Figuring out roles for Genard Avery and Jay Ajayi. 

And can we start being fair when evaluating Carson Wentz? 

• Rick Lovato’s mega extension
• State of the linebackers
• Avery’s role increasing
• What to expect from Ajayi 
• Evaluating Wentz
• A look at Seattle with Fann
• Some Eagles-Seahawks matchups
• Is the betting line talking? 

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Find a new slant, Nelson Agholor says he doesn't have a burner Twitter account

Find a new slant, Nelson Agholor says he doesn't have a burner Twitter account

Find a new slant. 

Nelson Agholor said on Thursday afternoon that he does not have a Twitter burner account. 

On Thursday, the interwebs got in a tizzy when a photo-less account was spotted by Twitter sleuths responding to Eagles reporters and fans with a bunch of pro-Agholor and anti-Carson Wentz tweets. The account name (@efam33) was seemingly a nod to Agholor’s middle name, Efamehule, and used words like “we” and “us” when talking about the Eagles’ receivers and Agholor. 

But the fact that there was no actual evidence to support the theory of a burner account didn’t stop many from grabbing pitchforks. 

“It’s not me,” Agholor said to the crowd of reporters around his locker. “So which of you guys are going to tweet, ‘It’s not Nelson’?”

Either Agholor was foolish enough to create a Twitter account using his middle name to defend himself and put down teammates or someone used Agholor’s recent struggles and poor standing with the fan base as an opportunity to create some chaos. If the goal was to get attention, it worked. And after the Bryan Colangelo/Sixers fiasco in 2018, Philadelphia is hypersensitive about burner accounts. 

Agholor, 26, was actually the one who brought up talk of the supposed burner account on Thursday afternoon. He wanted to clear his name. 

“You know what, I’m going to be honest with you,” Agholor said. “I have a friend that’s in Tampa, we FaceTimed today in my break and he’s like, ‘This is crazy, somebody has talked about you having a burner account, which is nuts.’ I was like, ‘Dog, what is you talking about?’ And I talked to our PR people and they told me. 

“I just want to know, which one of you, my friends in the media are gonna go on your Twitter handle and say, ‘Alright, stop playing with Nelson. This wasn’t him.’”

One reporter told Agholor they weren’t even going to address the speculation.  

“I would like for you guys to address it,” Agholor said. “You guys know me well.”

And that’s fair. While we have no way to truly know whether or not this account belongs to him — and all the tweets have since been deleted — Agholor has always handled criticism head on. When necessary, he answers tough questions, just like he did in the wake of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. 

The timing was suspect too. The account just popped up a couple days ago. Earlier this week, Agholor deleted his Instagram account to eliminate distractions. So Agholor deleted Instagram to get away from negativity and immediately created an anonymous Twitter account to confront it? 

For the record, Agholor does have a public Twitter account: @nelsonagholor. 

“Social media, it’s a place where you can influence for the positive, but once the energy isn’t helpful, there’s no need for it,” said Agholor, who added that he deleted his Instagram because his family members were reading the comments. 

“I gotta focus on the Eagles, the guys in this locker room and our loyal fans that need us to play well. And I have to have positive energy. It’s a part of eliminating distractions.”

As for the knee injury Agholor suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, he said he felt better on Thursday, but still missed practice for the second straight day. He’s hoping to get on the field Friday and is still holding out hope about playing Sunday against the Seahawks. 

This has been a very disappointing season for Agholor and he has become the target of much of the fan base’s vitriol. So even though Agholor denied being the culprit behind the Twitter account, there will be many who simply don’t believe him and will continue to voice their displeasure on Twitter to @efam33. 

If it’s not Agholor’s account, he won’t have to worry about reading it. 

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