Apologies for getting my notes up a little late. Very quiet day out at Lehigh yesterday, due to the passing of Garrett Reid. Lots of media, not a lot of noise. It was shells and shorts, so there was no hitting. We may not see any hitting for a little while. My best guess (and this really is just a guess) is that they won’t hit until Reid returns. Reid isn’t going to be at practice today, then the team has the day off on Tuesday, and Wednesday is the day before a preseason game against Pittsburgh, in which they’ll conduct a “mock game” (no pads). If we see hitting at practice again, it probably won’t be until Saturday.
Speaking of Pittsburgh…
Dion Lewis didn’t do anything particularly notable yesterday, but he has had a spectacular camp, and I did just want to make a quick observation on him before we get to the training camp notes. LeSean McCoy was the running back at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 and 2008. When he left for the pros, Dion Lewis took over for 2 years, before turning pro. I’m not going to claim to be an expert on Pitt football, but here were their rushing numbers:
Very similar. In his rookie season with the Eagles, McCoy unquestionably showed promise, but wasn’t exactly a stud:
He also had 40 catches for 308. I wonder how much playing time he would have seen if Brian Westbrook hadn’t gotten hurt. Dion Lewis, meanwhile, didn’t see much action because McCoy stayed healthy, but his rushing numbers were similar (albeit on a much smaller sample size) to McCoy’s:
I’m certainly not saying Dion Lewis is going to be LeSean McCoy. But I am saying Dion Lewis has had one hell of a camp, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do this season.
Practice notes after the jump…
Michael Vick looked extremely impressive yesterday. He was threading needles all over the field. He hit DeSean Jackson (who also had a great day) and Jeremy Maclin on a couple deep post pattern lasers that didn’t have much of a margin for error. I was standing next to Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders, who had just been at Jets training camp. He was happy just to see a few completed passes.
I thought WR coach David Culley did an awesome job yesterday. Practice just kind of had a mopey feel to it due to the circumstances of the day, and Culley was trying to get some chatter going. In WR vs. DB 1-on-1’s, DeSean faked a 10 yard stop, then started on a go, got Nnamdi Asomugha to turn his hips upfield, and then immediately stopped again for the easy completion. Relaly impressive stuff. Almost uncoverable. Culley ran over to Nnamdi talking trash to Nnamdi because one of his receivers toasted the big man on campus. Nnamdi cracked a big smile, and the WRs/DBs seemed to loosen up a bit after that.
Damaris Johnson is impressive. Incredibly quick feet when trying to beat the jam. His 40 time was OK at his pro day (it was between 4.42 and 4.52 – Pro Day times are not always “official”), but his short area quickness is ridiculous.
Quick WR depth chart update: 1’s are of course DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. 2nd group, with Riley Cooper out, is Marvin McNutt, Damaris Johnson, and Chad Hall.
Brandon Boykin also continues to impress me. On one play in 1-on-1’s, He jammed the receiver (McKay Jacobson) so well that he never got off the line… at all… and the QB didn’t even bother throwing a pass. Also saw Boykin time out a blitz nicely in 11 on 11’s and hurry Vick.
Another defender showing excellent coverage ability is Mychal Kendricks. In 11 on 11’s, the Eagles had Clay Harbor flexed out wide. Harbor ran a go route, and Kendricks stayed on his hip pocket the entire way. QB looked that way, but decided to throw elsewhere.
The Eagles are showing a lot of that joker look they showed against the Jets last year, in which they line up the DTs outside the offensive tackles, and the 2 DEs play sort of a blitzing linebacker position. You can do a lot of things with this look. Against the Jets last year, they got sacks by collapsing the DTs down the line and running the DEs around the edge, and by running a little criss-cross with Babin and Cole (both looks seen below):
I’ll be up in Albany today taking in the GEEEEEEE men.
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