West Long Branch, NJ – The Eagles left the confines of the NovaCare Complex Wednesday night, forced out of Philadelphia by the papal visit, and traveled up the New Jersey Turnpike to practice at Monmouth University on Friday and Saturday.
While at the university, Chip Kelly noted the Eagles would likely give the Monmouth University Hawks a thrill and participate in a few live scrimmages with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference squad.
Kelly said the Eagles were concerned about Junior wideout Darren Ambush (Dickerson, MD/Urbana), who recently put up seven receptions for 117 yards, a touchdown and 16 yards rushing against rival Wagner this past Saturday.
At this point in time, Kelly said Eagles corner Byron Maxwell would most likely struggle against Ambush in one on one coverage.
“Byron is going to have his hands full with the kid. With his recent performances against the Cowboys and the Falcons, we think we’ll definitely have to give him some help. We can’t trust him to cover anyone one on one at this point,” Kelly said, as his secondary coaches nodded behind him.
Kelly said he didn’t trust the $63 million Maxwell to cover him one on one at this point in his career.
“Let’s be honest, he’s going to need help. Guy couldn’t cover a blanket at this point. We’ll likely rotate some coverage Byron’s way and hold our breath anytime Cody (Williams) throws one up his way. May god have mercy on us all if he throws it to Maxwell’s side of the field more than 10 times, could be an embarrassing few days for us all,” Kelly said.
Kelly reportedly said he would consider promoting Junior DB Kevin Butler (Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway) to the starting Eagles roster if Maxwell struggled early.