– 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.
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– Saw some of that athleticism from Mychal Kendricks today. Leaped up and batted a pass intended for Clay Harbor down the seam. It was a well-thrown ball, but Kendricks just went up and got a piece. The ball still sort of found it’s way to Harbor who tried to tip it up to himself, but wound up falling into the arms of Jason Avant, who took it to the house. Weird play. I hope they have that one up at PE.com.
– Play of the day today was by Chad Hall. Great diving catch near the sideline.
– Another pick for DRC today. He has had a bunch of them in these OTAs, usually in the flats jumping out routes.
– Harbor had an opportunity to make a nice catch in traffic. It was a gorgeous ball from Vick down the seam in between two safeties, right on the money, in traffic, that Harbor could have had, but just couldn’t bring in. Tough catch, but one I’d like to see him make. Speaking of drops, there were quite a few today. Maclin, Jackson, and Chris Polk each dropped balls today.
– The buzz among the media guys is that Damaris Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of Tulsa, has a great chance of making the team. Way too early to tell, in my opinion, but the kid can fly and has some return ability.
– More buzz from the media guys is also on Nick Foles. Everyone loves his accuracy, and he has a big-league arm. I agree. Foles did not impress me at all down in Mobile at the Senior Bowl practices, but he has looked like a totally different guy (in a good way) whenever I’ve watched him throw at OTAs.
– After practice, Vick likened Maclin to Michael Irvin. Someone will have a column up on that one, I’m sure. I don’t really see the similarities (and that’s not a knock on Maclin), but whatever. Irvin was one of the most physical receivers to ever play the game. I think Maclin wants to be more physical this season, but let’s not get carried away there.