For now let’s just review the stuff that stood out. I took a ton of notes, but 95% of it is boring. Here’s the good stuff:
- I thought Mike Kafka looked good today. He wasn’t perfect. There was one pass he threw on a little 10 yard in that was behind the receiver. But perhaps the highlight of the day was a bomb he threw to Marvin McNutt. Gorgeous ball. Tight window, 40 or so yards down the sideline, well covered by Brandon Hughes. Dropped it right in there. Perfect throw. Earned an emphatic slap from Michael Vick. This will be my 3rd offseason covering the Eagles, so in a way I broke in the same time as Kafka. In 2010, he looked flat-out bad in camp. In 2011, I thought he was easily the most improved player on the team. TBD if he improved his game from last year to this year, but he’s off to a good start.
- In WR-CB 1 on 1′s, Nnamdi Asomugha was matched up with DeSean Jackson a few times. DeSean is typically uncoverable in these drills. He has all the time in the world to run whatever pattern he wants, and he’s simply too quick and shifty for anyone to stick with him for more than 3-4 seconds. On one occasion, he tried to run an out and up. Nnamdi didn’t bite, and ran with DeSean down the sideline and made the pick. Very impressive.
- There are two receivers here that are unlikely to make the team, but will absolutely test the corners in camp. They are Mardy Gilyard and Damaris Johnson. Both guys can fly.
- I thought Curtis Marsh struggled a bit today in 1 on 1′s. I saw him beaten on several occasions.
- Jeremy Maclin is noticeably bigger this year. Last season, he came to camp with his “mysterious illness” and watched from the sidelines. I snapped the picture of him to the right last August. He looked frail (or at least as “frail” for a professional football player). Not so this season. He’s jacked. (Retraction: It has been pointed out to me by one of Blogging the bEast’s esteemed photographers (my buddy SR) that he snapped the picture of Maclin last August, not me. Apologies.)
- On one of the first plays in 11 on 11′s, Trent Cole christened Demetress Bell. Blew right by him around the edge for a “sack.” Sacks, by the way, are one-hand touch. So on sacks, the QB will typically throw the ball anyway after they’re sacked. After Cole sacked Vick, Vick threw anyway, and Cole began to walk back to the line of scrimmage. He was immediately yelled at by Jim Washburn for not chasing down the play. That’s Washburn. Got a sack, Trent? Big deal. Run down the field and get a tackle on the same play, too.
- Got a long look at Vinny Curry today. He stood out on three straight plays, both good and bad. On the first, he tried a swim move to the inside on King Dunlap. King buried him. On the second play, he tried the same inside swim on rookie Dennis Kelly. Kelly whiffed and Curry got the sack. On the third play, Curry faked the inside swim, and went around the edge. Great quicks. Looked like he got a hand on Trent Edwards.
- The Eagles look like they’re emphasizing the hard count again this year. The O got Antonio Dixon and Vinny Curry both to jump on one play.
- I think Darryl Tapp is the new Asante Samuel. He didn’t shut up the entire practice. At least I think it was Tapp that was yelling on every play from the cluster of players on the side. With 90 guys at practice, it’s tough to see everyone.
- I should have a piece up on Brandon Graham later today or tomorrow morning. He was 285 last year, and he says he’s down to 265 this year. His quote after practice:
“I’m a bust, and I’m going to keep being a bust. Even when I make plays, I’m going to still act like I’m a bust.”