PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chip Kelly already made his mark on training camp before the Philadelphia Eagles even took the field.
When rookies and certain veterans reported on Monday, they only had to drive to team headquarters in Philadelphia. That's because soon after Kelly was hired to replace Andy Reid, the Eagles shifted camp from Lehigh University to their own practice complex.
No more cramped dormitories or college facilities. It's first-class treatment year-round now.
"It feels a lot different," general manager Howie Roseman said. "It's good being home, it's good being in our own offices, having our own facilities, it's good having the benefits of having our training camp in Philadelphia and our fan support has been unbelievable."
Practices started Tuesday for the rookies. The rest of the team arrives Thursday. Everyone wants to know how Kelly's practices will go. After all, his spring sessions were drastically different from Reid's.
"Practices are higher tempo, more fast-paced but also shorter," center Jason Kelce said.
That's not all.
Kelly's unique approach includes music blaring through large speakers during practice, players wearing heart monitors on the field and having individualized protein shakes waiting for them after they're done.
"Being part of the offseason, seeing how his practices were run at Oregon, spending a lot of time with him, I think I have an idea of how it's going to be run," Roseman said. "But until you get into it in the moment and know about it, we've never been here, I've never been here, none of us have ever been here. Even just the logistics of being here, being over at the stadium, I think that's the exciting part of it, seeing how that part of it works out.
"But I think we have a good idea of how training camp's going to be run."