- Cullen Jenkins left the field today. Hammy. MRI tonight. I don’t have any more info than that at this time. D Linemen are dropping like flies. Trent Cole missed practice today with swelling in his shoulder. Mike Patterson is out with his brain thing. Jason Babin is out for a few weeks with a strained calf. I think Jenkins just said “To heck with this,” and joined the rest of his boys along the DL in the tub. There’s a good chance the entire starting DL will be out of action for tomorrow’s practice. DE Monte Taylor was also hurt today. Concussion. He’ll be out for a little while, I would presume, although there’s no timetable on that. The still-standing D Linemen are going to be GASSED tomorrow.
- There was some chatter that Jeremy Maclin hurt his wrist or his hand. I haven’t heard anything further on that, and he seemed fine after practice. I don’t think there’s much to worry about there.
- Nnamdi Asomugha has had a good camp so far. He was up and down today. Early on, he had a diving PBU that could have been a pick. Nice play. Later, in one-on-one drills against Jason Avant, Avant juked him badly, Nnamdi tried to hold him but Avant was able to get away for the bomb. All Nnamdi could do was take his helmet of and smile. And then even later in the practice somebody in the stands yelled “Will Smith!” Nnamdi is sporting an 80′s style flat top this season.
- Avant, by the way, is the best route runner on the team. Have I mentioned that already in these write-ups yet? Only 4 times? OK, well… he is.
- Got my first chance to see Brett Brackett in pass protection. Abused by Brandon Graham. Not pretty. However, Brackett caught a couple TDs today, and continues to be a very effective receiver. If you were to ask me if he’s in or out at this point, my guess would be that he makes the team as a 3rd TE. He is clearly adapt at getting open and catching the football, and my gut says that the Eagles will feel like they can coach up his blocking, if indeed he struggles with it for the rest of camp. Clay Harbor, by the way, has been excellent in camp thus far. He had a boatload of drops in minicamp and OTAs, but I can’t recall a single drop in training camp. I’m sure he has had one, but if he did, I missed it. I think that Brent Celek going down, allowing Harbor to get reps with the 1′s has benefited him.
- Getting back to Brackett… On one of his TDs, the QB lofted a high pass that Brackett looked like he was able to bring in fairly easily. Mychal Kendricks was in coverage on the play. Brackett is 6’5. Kendricks is 5’11. I wrote about the Eagles linebackers being the shortest group in the league, and this was the first time throughout camp where I thought Kendricks’ height cost him a play. I should note in full disclosure that I did not have the best view of the play, so I stress that his height might have cost him. If they make the tape available, I might have to take another look at that.
- Antonio Dixon had another bad day, from what I saw of him. On one play in particular, he was single-blocked with ease by Julian Vandervelde. Dixon looked to be doing little more than leaning on him. I don’t know if that was due to fatigue or what, but it wasn’t pretty. He also jumped offsides once. I would say that I think his roster spot could be in serious danger, but the Eagles are down so many guys on the DL right now that he could be safe simply because he’s still standing.
- Vandervelde had another rough day snapping the football. Launched a high one to Vick that caught Mike by surprise. I’ve been at camp every day so far, but your guess is as good as mine on who the backup center is going to be this season. Right now it appears to be Dallas Reynolds.
- A couple DB blitzes were able to get to the QB today. Atogwe got one, as did Boykin.
- LeSean McCoy has 5 fumbles in his 3 year career on 801 touches. That’s a minor miracle to me. He is almost reckless the way he holds the football so far away from his body at times. It’s amazing that opposing teams don’t seem to make that a point of emphasis when tackling him. Perhaps it’s just because he’s so elusive that if you try to go for the football you can forget about tackling him? Whatever the case, I think that at some point LeSean is going to start losing some footballs. I can’t see how that isn’t going to happen.
- Moise Fokou had a nice pop on Dion Lewis today. Rare mention for Moise in these write-ups.
- Bryce Brown had one big mistake today, but otherwise had a really big day. He ate up big chunks of yardage against the 1′s today on a variety of touches. One play was on a screen, one was on a sprint draw, one run was on a stretch play. His talent is undeniable. But he did fumble once today. Chris Polk was better today too. He had two bruising runs where he broke a few tackles and got some YAC.
- I talked to Mat McBriar after practice. Some decent stuff there. Should have that up at some point.
- After practice, Howard Mudd was driving his Muddmobile about as fast as you can drive a Muddmobile with Duce Staley as his passenger. Mudd hit a puddle on Duce’s side… hard… and Duce got himself some nice old-fashioned Lehigh Valley mud on him, courtesy of Mudd.
I’ve been slacking lately. I missed the boring morning practice today and the boring morning practice on Monday. I’ll be up here for both sessions tomorrow, so make sure you check in. That’s an order, by the way, which is apropos since today was military day.
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