There was a little more action in the afternoon session today. For the first time this year, there was a legitimate pass rush in 11 on 11’s, although they were still in shells and shorts. I don’t have too many observations, but here’s what I saw:
- Cliff Harris is playing really well. He stepped right in and had 2 interceptions yesterday, and today I watched him break up a couple of passes. There was one play in which the play was blown dead, but the receiver kept running his route, and the QB fired in a pass anyway. Harris jumped in front and picked it off. Athletic play, even if it didn’t “count.” After practice, there were no fewer than 20 reporters around him. He said that he has spoken with a few of the other Eagles rookies that had previous missteps in college (He didn’t say who, but that could include Bryce Brown, Damaris Johnson, etc). He also said that Michael Vick talked with a few of the guys that the Eagles took a chance on either as undrafted free agents or late in the draft.
- Bryce Brown made a couple of nice plays in the passing game. He had one catch on the sideline near the end zone in which he dove for the pass, made the catch, and kept both feet in. Then later, he made a little fake to an out route, turned it back in, caught the pass, and ran down the seam for a TD. Well done. It has been the easy ones that I’ve seen him drop.
- Mychal Kendricks continues to rack up PBUs. He also looks like he has a knack for timing the snap count, although there was one play when it looked like he was trying to time the snap count and got drawn off on a hard count. Guys that are good at that tend to be really cerebral players. I think it’s a good sign that he’s trying to look for little competitive advantages in the 2nd day of rookie camp, when I think a lot of guys are simply trying to survive the heat.
- I specifically watched Brandon Boykin on a few plays. He got himself a PBU on a cross by Damaris Johnson. He also jammed Marvin McNutt at the line with relative ease, and then stayed in his hip pocket through the rest of the route. McNutt has 6 inches and about 35 pounds on Boykin. There’s really no good reason why McNutt shouldn’t be able to fight through Boykin’s jam.
- In 11 on 11’s, the DL was gassed, which is understandable since there are barely any defensive linemen here in the first place. Being gassed in 97 degree heat and getting yelled at by Jim Washburn has to be one of the worst things ever.
- Sherman Hemsley passed away. I dared Sheil Kapadia to ask one of the players how they’re coping with his loss. He chickened out. According to Sheil, the Eagles will not be signing Visanthe Shiancoe, who the Eagles had in for a visit.
There will be a lot more bullet points when the vets show up. I promise 😉