The first day of full team practice at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp is in the books. Here are a few quick lines to get you up to date on what happened today:
- On the injury front, it seems as though Cary Williams tweaked a muscle in his leg. He spent most of practice dealing with the trainers. This isn’t a great start for Williams, who faced scrutiny from fans and media for skipping out on the non-mandatory camp. Arrelious Benn came down hard in a one-on-one drill and had to leave practice. This is also bad news for Benn. He’s got size and talent but it won’t do him any good if he can’t stay healthy.
- The quarterbacks all looked decent today. Michael Vick struggled with an early interception in seven-on-seven drills but bounced back. Nick Foles threw a deep ball to DeSean Jackson that might be candidate for best play of the camp so far. He went up and over Bradley Fletcher for the one handed grab about 60-yards down field. Reports are that Barkley is a bit behind the rest, which is to be expected. Some of his passes were a bit errant but he seems to be getting the team lined and ready to go very quickly. He will need to show he can make the tough intermediate throws that are required in the NFL.
- The first team secondary was Williams (pre-injury) and Fletcher at corner, and Patrick Chung and Nate Allen at safety. After Williams went down Curtis Marsh stepped in. Boykin came in the nickel. All this was to be expected. Reports are that Kenny Phillips is a full go with no restrictions. This is some of the best news Eagles fans could hope for when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. If Phillips can stay healthy, he would easily be our best player in the back end. Marsh was taken in the 3rd round of 2011 and was labelled as a project, but with a change in regime he will need to prove that he can contribute this year otherwise his days here will be number.
- Reports are that Trent Cole and Brandon Graham looked very out of place in coverage. If Billy Davis wants these guys to be effective he needs to have them rushing the passer almost exclusively. It’s simply a waste of their skill set to have them drop back in coverage. On the bright side though, Connor Barwin reportedly looked very good in coverage. This is good news, because unless Graham and Cole show vast improvements over camp they will be a liability in coverage.
First practice in the books and other than a few tweaks it looks like everyone came out alive. We have another practice tomorrow in shorts before the first practice in pads on Sunday. This will be allow us to get a better look at the guys working in the trenches. Stay tuned for more.