Eagles training camp recap: Day 1, July 23, 2012, afternoon session: Drop city, and TE confusion

We were still in shells and shorts this afternoon, so no hitting today.  That’s about right for the first day of rookie training camp.  My notes:

  • No real notes on either the offensive or defensive lines, since there is still very minimal contact.  The only thing noteworthy is that Jim Washburn is in midseason form. It’s an absolute marvel that he doesn’t lose his voice by the 3rd day.
  • It was drop city out there today.  Damaris Johnson had a couple drops.  Elvis Akpla had a laser wobbler that was really tough to catch from Nick Foles.  It bounced off his hands and into the air for a pick. Ronald Johnson had a pretty bad drop on a tight spiral laser from Vick.  Bryce Brown had one in the flat.  Marvin McNutt double caught what should have been an easy one.  Also, the punt return guys seemed to struggle catching punts more than I’ve seen so far out of them in OTAs and minicamp.  Akpla missed a punt by 3 yards.  Cliff Harris muffed one.  Brandon Boykin had a little trouble tracking a punt down and had to make a dive to get to it, although he was able to bring it in.  Anyway, not to make a long story longer… lots of rust out there from the skill position guys.
  • Two guys that didn’t drop anything today (at least from what I saw), were TEs Brett Brackett and Chase Ford.  Ford had a particularly good day.  He looked really fluid catching the ball and turning to run once he secured it.   Brackett has been continuously hyped by a number of the other beat writers.  I’m beginning to see it, although I think Ford is equally impressive.  But again, catching passes in rookie camp doesn’t mean jack if you can’t block.  I’m sold that they can catch and run.  The real test will be whether or not they can seal the edge on Trent Cole.  Of note today as well is that the Eagles are bringing in Visanthe Shiancoe for a visit tomorrow.  I haven’t put a ton of thought into that just yet, but two things immediately come to mind.  ONE: The Giants and Cowboys need him a lot worse than the Eagles.  TWO: As Tommy Lawlor noted a few weeks ago, the Eagles have a nice little TE boy band thing going with Brent, Brett, Chase, and Clay.  The name Visanthe kind of screws that up.

More after the jump…

  • Are you a fan of the Eagles’ sprint draw?  Yeah, I am too.  Well, guess what?  You’re in luck, because the young guys got a heavy dose of it today.  It doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
  • Vick looks very impressive.  He’s throwing ropes all over the field that are dead-on accurate.  It bears mentioning that there’s zero pass rush, and even if there was, they can’t touch the QB anyway, but the velocity and accuracy on his passes are there.
  • Chris Polk talked about his shoulder after practice.  His shoulder, of course, caused him to go undrafted despite rushing for 2903 yards and 21 TDs his last two years at Washington.  (It’s his left shoulder, by the way).  He injured it as a sophomore and played with pain while rushing for the impressive numbers noted above.  Polk said it does not affect his ability to hang onto to the football, nor does it affect his ability to pass block.  He said the only time it can become an issue is if he extends it wide out to his side.  As I’ve noted before, Polk was not impressive at the Senior Bowl in comparison to other scatty backs like Isaiah Pead of Cincinnati, nor did he stand out in OTAs and minicamp.  However, he’s a banger.  He runs hard, breaks tackles, and as he said after practice, he prefers to run over someone instead of around them.  A more fair judgment will be made of Polk when they put on the pads.

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  10. Eaglesfanatlarge says:

    Nice work on the training camp reports. I feel like I am practically there.
    One question – any chance they might try to plug in Polk or Brown as FB? They are both big bodied, and if they can block, they are athletic enough to be somewhat weaveresque. I’m not really feeling Havili. It would be nice to have the option of a FB that can also make a play. Let us know if you see either of these guys lining up in 2-back sets and playing lead blocker.

    1. ian no. 2 says:

      Polk was a better blocker in college than Havili.

  11. ian no. 2 says:

    Brackett is reportedly a much better blocker than Ford.

  12. Eric says:

    Fell on my tailbone in a high school basketball game. 13 years later, it still hurts from time to time and there’s no visual reason why.

    1. deg0ey says:

      I’d hate to have been the guy that had to confirm there was no visual damage…

  13. theguyotc says:

    So Polk’s shoulder problem is something that’s permanent?

    1. Well, he injured it 3 years ago and it’s still there, so yes, pretty good chance it’s never going away.

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