The Eagles took their players, staff, and coaches to the John Wister School in Germantown on Thursday to help paint a mural, talk to students, and add playground equipment as part of their annual charity event.

Top brass, including team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman; coaches; and players ranging from established starters to rookie free agents were there.

Players autographed children's T-shirts and in turn had their own shirts signed by the kids.

"This is a great event for the community, and I think it's a great event for the Philadelphia Eagles, so I think everyone takes something away from this," coach Andy Reid said.

Bell replaces McCoy

Running back Mike Bell was working with the Eagles' first team Thursday as LeSean McCoy sat out with what the team called a "tweaked" ankle.

Bell is unlikely to take McCoy's starting job, but he said he hopes to steal some of his teammate's moves.

"I like watching him run," Bell said. "If I can incorporate some of what he's got into my game, as a team we're going to be a force to be reckoned with."

Bell is adjusting to a new team after leaving Super Bowl champion New Orleans.

He signed with the Eagles less than two months after winning the title.

"It was definitely tough, because I didn't really get to . . . enjoy my time with my teammates, winning the Super Bowl, or just enjoy my off-season," Bell said.

But the fifth-year running back, starting with his third team, said the change doesn't diminish the joy he felt. He added that he was excited to join a team that is in the playoff hunt every season.

"You'll see when I have my ring on how excited I still am. I'm going to be able to share that brotherhood with them forever," Bell said. "If you see me in the NFC championship, I'll make sure I flash it on them on the way back to the Super Bowl."

Te'o-Nesheim at tackle

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, drafted as a defensive end, said he has worked the last two days on the inside of the defensive line, reprising a role he sometimes played in college at Washington.

The 6-foot-3, 263-pound Te'o-Nesheim, considered small for a lineman, estimated that 75 percent of his quarterback pressures in college came on plays when he started at tackle.

Draft pick in fold

The Eagles and rookie safety Kurt Coleman agreed to terms on a four-year contract.

The seventh-round draft pick out of Ohio State hasn't been able to take part in recent workouts because an NFL rule restricts players still enrolled in college from doing so.

Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214 or jtamari@phillynews.com.
Staff writer Jeff McLane contributed to this article.