The popping of pads was unmistakeable during the first live action from scrimmage in this year’s Training Camp. The first play was relatively uneventful – LeSean McCoy dropped a Kevin Kolb pass in the right flat. The second play was quite a different story. Kevin Kolb saw a streaking DeSean Jackson on the right sideline and hit him in stride for a 55 yard touchdown. With that, the Eagles were off and running.
Kevin Kolb looked sharp for the most part, although Mike Vick may have had the crisper arm this morning. The running backs impressed as well, with LeSean McCoy showing his shiftiness and Mike Bell demonstrating his general like of good, hard contact. The backup running back was looking for would-be tacklers and lowering his shoulder, much to the pleasure of the estimated seven thousand fans in attendance.
On the defensive side of the ball, Stewart Bradley was a man on a mission. The middle linebacker had one of the top plays of practice when he stepped in front of a wide receiver to pick off a Kevin Kolb pass. Bradley said it was a new coverage scheme that tricked up the Birds signal caller the first time the defense ran it.
Head coach Andy Reid was impressed with Bradley’s craftiness. “That was tremendous. He hid himself in there, he kind of stuck inside and did a nice job of reading it and hiding himself from Kevin. You won’t see Kevin do to many of those, he’s pretty good with that, but Bradley, he was a sneaky one on that one.”
Rookie defensive end Brandon Graham also shined at moments in practice, particularly in the one-on-one drills against the offensive line. The newest Eagle showed off his moves and quickness off the line of scrimmage, once breaking around Dallas Reynolds untouched.
Andy Reid was also impressed with what he saw from Graham during the scrimmage, “I thought he showed up on a couple of plays, there were a couple of things that I thought he did well on.”
The Eagles head coach said overall he was happy with the first practice, “I think for the most part it was a pretty good day. It didn’t look like there were a lot of errors, a lot of offsides, procedures. The guys were physical. I think we have new guys that this was a good learning experience for them.”
The Eagles will be back on the field at 2:45 for an afternoon practice.