– First and foremost, the big news of the day is that I got bit by a tick. Or at least I think I got bit by a tick. It was borrowing into my stomach and I had to rip it out. I would assume that counts as being bit? What an idiot that tick was. It’s dead now. Was it really worth it? I mean… my stomach is full of cheeseburgery milkshakey goodness and all, but is it really worth risking your life to try to burrow in for a taste? Anyway, trooper that I am, I continued to take notes on practice for about an hour despite this horrific injury. Jack Youngblood playing linebacker with a broken leg? Pfft. You got nothin’. Anyway, if anyone happens to be an expert on ticks, I’d prefer not to get Lyme disease. I washed the affected area, and then threw some Purell on there. If there are further steps I should take, your advice would be much appreciated. Oh, also, Les Bowen got stung by a bee. Tough day for the reporters.
– I would have consulted with trainer Rick Burkholder, but he was busy tending to Jeremy Maclin. I tweeted earlier that Maclin had his ankle taped up, was limping around a little, and was then looked at by Burkholder. I know people get nervous at any hint of an injury, but he practiced the rest of the day, perhaps on a limited basis, and answered questions for a good 10 minutes after practice. I would venture a guess and say he’s fine.
– Really fun watching DeSean Jackson go against DRC in 1-on-1’s. In my third season of watching Eagles practices, DRC is the only player I’ve seen that can run with DJax in those drills. DJax, by the way, in 7 on 7’s, was going down on his own after making catches in traffic. Practice makes perfect.
– One guy that I seem to notice making a lot of catches in traffic is Chase Ford, who is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Miami. He’s been active enough that I looked up his college stats on the sidelines during practice. They’re very unimpressive:
You’d never know those were his numbers watching him fluidly catch passes and turning upfield. I’ll be interested in getting a better look at him in pads at Lehigh to see if he can block.
Continued after the jump…