Short day today. Morning practice only, but they did run some 7 on 7’s and 11 on 11’s. Let’s just get right to it:
- Mike Kafka had a really ugly day. The worst of his passes was a semi-deep ball that was horribly under-thrown and easily picked off by Brandon Boykin. His pass needed about 45 yards on it. Only went about 35. Later he threw too high for Damaris Johnson, who got a hand up and knocked the pass in the air where it was picked off by Wade Bonner. Next play (I think), Kafka threw to a spot near the sideline, where there wasn’t a receiver within 10 yards (although that could have been a matter of a receiver running a wrong route). I’ve seen more good than bad from Kafka so far this summer, but this was just a bad day through and through, as the defensive rookies dominated all day.
- The star of rookie camp, Cliff Harris had another big day. He intercepted a pass intended for Damaris Johnson. Both Johnson and Harris caught the ball simultaneously, but Harris won the wrestling match for the football. I’m pretty sure Harris leads the league in rookie camp interceptions. But the more impressive play was a PBU by Harris in the end zone. A WR flashed in front of Harris’ zone, and Harris was able to jump over the receiver and bat the ball down. Really well done – got a big response from the rest of the D. I think that Harris, by far and away, helped himself the most over the last 3 days.
- Marvin McNutt had 82 catches at Iowa last year. I didn’t see him catch anything today, and I’m having trouble recalling anything at all about him since camp opened. Yesterday, he was unable to beat a jam by Brandon Boykin. Today, Boykin was on him again, an while McNutt did a better job getting off the line of scrimmage, he never got a whiff of separation from Boykin.
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- The one receiver that has been making catches all over the field has been Ronald Johnson. Nothing spectacular just yet, but I notice him repeatedly.
- Mychal Kendricks had another good day. He made a diving pick in front of Jeremy Stewart. I think most linebackers would have been happy to just get a hand on the ball. Kendricks looked to make the big play and came away with the pick. Obvious athleticism.
- I like Phillip Thomas, the undrafted safety out of Syracuse. Very vocal. He’s calling out the defensive pre-snap adjustments, and doing so confidently.
- After practice, Andy Reid spoke. Nothing much there. Of note is that newly signed punter Mat McBriar’s plant foot is not fully healed yet. Reid said the foot is 90%. He said the injury is nerve damage, similar to former Eagles safety JR Reed, but not as severe. And for those of you Eagle fans that are thinking about heading out to Lehigh to take in a practice, hitting will likely begin Saturday.
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