Eagles OTA notes: May 24, 2012

Doo-raginique Rodgers-Cromartie

A lot on the QBs today.  Let’s just jump right in:

  • Nick Foles had a pretty ball today.  Couldn’t see who the receiver was, but Foles hit him about 30 yards down the sideline on a corner route.  Looked like the D was in Cover 2.  He dropped it in between the safety and the corner.  Perfectly placed ball with just enough zip.  After practice Andy Reid was asked about Foles, and he noted that Foles had a very high completion percentage in practice so far (the Eagles keep certain stats in practice).
  • The general consensus among us media types is that Mike Kafka looks like he has more arm strength this year.  He was asked about that after practice, and he agreed.  I wrote in the last round of notes that he probably had the highlight of the day on a perfectly placed deep ball to Marvin McNutt.  Kafka, as the 2, is getting far more reps than he ever has since he has been in the pros.  In 2010, He was behind Kevin Kolb and Mike Vick.  In 2011, he was behind Vick and Vince Young.  When you’re the 3, your reps are few and far between.  The jump to #2 drastically increases your looks.
  • Trent Edwards is brutal.  Missed 3 straight receivers in drills, with no defense on the field.  That’s the equivalent of a 6’9 power forward missing three straight dunks in the pregame layup line. And I’m not sure he’s capable of throwing a spiral.  I’d put his chances of making the team at somewhere around… oh… say… 0%.  I’d be surprised if he even makes it to training camp.
  • Vick had a pass batted at the line in practice today.  That’s not a big deal, but it does give me an excuse to note that batted passes were an issue last year.  He had 14 of them, according to Pro Football Focus, which tied for 2nd most in the league.
  • The D showed a lot of different looks today.  They were employing blitz looks in which the entire defensive line was standing up, so the offense has no idea pre-snap who’s coming and who isn’t.  Apparently, they did some of that yesterday as well.  I’m not sure if they plan on doing a lot of that in games this season, but they certainly have defensive linemen that are athletic enough to drop into coverage.  I think there’s just a lot of emphasis on giving the QBs a lot of looks under heavy pressure.
  • Jason Kelce is a great athlete.  The Eagles were practicing screens (with no defense on the field), and it’s impressive watching Kelce run out in front of LeSean McCoy.  McCoy running full speed would have blown right past guys like Jamaal Jackson and Hank Fraley back in the day, making his lead blocker useless.  Not so with Kelce.  Kelce can stay out in front of McCoy, allowing the RB to gobble up yardage while not wasting his lead blocker.

  • Sack for Mychal Kendricks today on a blitz.  I think we might see a lot of Kendricks being used as a blitzer this year.  He’s too fast and athletic not to send at the QB on occasion.
  • Bunch of PBUs today.  Brian Rolle got one covering Celek in the flat.  Brandon Boykin had a really nice diving breakup, also on a short pattern, and Nnamdi Asomugha got himself a breakup on a deep wobbler by Vick.
  • A few drops today.  Jeremy Maclin had one, as did Clay Harbor.  Dion Lewis, however, had an impressive one-handed stab on a dart from Kafka.
  • Darryl Tapp continues the nonstop chatter throughout the entire practice, and yet, I don’t think I’ve understood a single word he has said.

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  10. deg0ey says:

    Any more thoughts on who the odd man out is gonna be at DE? I can’t help but think that, for all his chatter, Tapp might be looking for a new job when cutdowns happen.

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