– Very little action today. The scout team was playing the role of the Giants, and it was more of a glorified walk-through during those sessions. The opposing jerseys (which are just generic red jerseys) get passed around (so it’s not like the Eagles are trying to match up body types of their opposition) but it was kind of funny seeing little 5’8 Damaris Johnson playing the role of Hakeem Nicks.
– Vinny Curry did not practice today. He tweaked his ankle yesterday. No Casey Matthews today (back), an no Nnamdi (personal).
– Michael Vick has looked very sharp throughout these OTAs. There aren’t too many exotic looks from the defense, and it’s not as if Jason Pierre-Paul is in his face, but he has been pin-point. In past training camps (and keep in mind my appearances were more sporadic in the past), Vick typically did not show the kind of accuracy he has so far this offseason. He has been very impressive.
– For the first time this offseason, I paid special attention to Jaiquawn Jarrett. On one very slow developing play, there were no receivers near his deep half, so he ran toward the closest receiver who was 10 yards down the field, near the sideline. That’s where the pass went, and Jarrett was there to jump in front and make the pick. On another, again with deep half responsibility, Elvis Akpla ran a pretty simple corner route that Jarrett was slow to recognize. The QB easily fit it in behind the CB and in front of Jarrett (although it was dropped by Akpla). Very good recognition on one play, bad recognition on another.
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– Highlights of this slow day were Dion Lewis juking the crap out of Moise Fokou after catching a pass in the flat. Also, Joselio Hanson has a nice one-handed pick. There were actually a ton of picks today, but don’t get too high on the defense or too low on the offense on those. The scout team is throwing to spots more than they are to the receivers (if that makes any sense), so INTs are going to happen with more frequency, but it’s a little misleading. For what it’s worth, Curtis Marsh had a couple, as did Jose, and Darryl Tapp even got in on the action on a screen pass.
– I did like the level of chatter from the players today, when it’s their turn to stand on the side. They’re interested, which is a good thing. I know, I know… Chatter = Super Bowl!
– At one point during practice, I was watching the punters work on their hang-time. Fielding punts is something that the average fan just sort of takes for granted, but I started imagining some of the Philly beat reporters trying to cleanly field punts (and not even during a game… we’re talking practice here). If given one chance to catch a punt, $1 million if they catch it, gun shot in the gut if they don’t, I wonder how many of the beat writers would be bloody, and how many would be rich. I’m thinking less than 10% would be rich. (I told ya it was boring out there today).