1ST Full Team Practice with Live Hitting – Highlights

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Alright Eagles fans, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Training Camp has officially begun. {Obviously the defense was waiting too judging by all the extreme hits!} Below we have some of the highlights of Day 1.

– Donovan Mcnabb was amazing and clearly was the best quarterback on the field. Not only were his throws picture perfect, but he even displayed some mobility when the pocket broke down and he had to scramble for a 1st down.

– Kevin Kolb did not have a good day during the morning practice and heard it from the fans in attendance. Preseason will be important for him to show the growth that everyone has been talking about since he moved from the 3rd string to 2nd this offseason.

– Brian Westbrook is a remarkable talent. During the running backs pass catching drills, he shows amazing hands and just why he may be the best back in the league. He made the other RBs look ordinary with his “catch & burst” pass catching style as opposed to the traditional “catch, secure, & accelerate” style.

– Brian Dawkins looks to be back to the form that made him such a fan favorite in Philadelphia and one of the best safeties in the league. In DBs vs WR drills, he made plays against the WRs where most of the DBs struggled. Hopefully this is the beginning of a healthy, productive season for the defense’s leader, Weapon X. {He also was the last player, signing autographs, to leave the field after practice.}

– Mike Gibson, the rookie guard from Cal, got alot of work at the center position. The competiton at that position seems to be between Jamal Jackson the starter & Nick Cole 2007’s backup center, but the rookie looked comfortable and could enter the mix.

– Joe Mays is fighting to be the back up to Bradley, the starter at middle linebacker, and was laying some crushing hits today. Some of the hits were so violent, I wondered how could the offensive player even stand after. He’ll have to fight off Pago Togafau, who might have the edge on him now, and also made plays today. He had a nice INT, which he lateralled to safety JR Reed for a defensive TD.

– Desean Jackson, the rookie everyone’s been watching since the rookies arrived for camp, made alot of plays in the passing game. During the DBs vs WR drills, he made a nice move on Dawkins and broke open in the middle of the field for a TD grab. Very nice move and catch, especially since Dawkins was moving so well. His blazing speed will be hard for any safety in the league to stay with.

– Trent Cole looks better then ever, as if that was possible after his impressive 2007 season in which he made the Pro Bowl. He was in the backfield all day and if it wasn’t for the red jerseys on the quarterbacks, would have had at least 3-4 sacks, in the morning practice alone.

– Darren Howard made a couple of nice plays in the backfield and applied some good pressure. He looks to be in good shape, and hopefully will be able to crack the DE rotation. Currently it looks like he’s running with the second team defense.

– Juqua Parker{formerly Thomas} & Victor Abiamiri both rotated with the ones on defense. Obviously this is a close camp battle without a clear cut favorite to start opposite Trent Cole. Hopefully that rotation will keep both of them fresh and allow them both to produce this season.

– King Dunlap is BIG! No, I mean he is the biggest tackle on the team, and has a presence. When he stopped moving, he almost did not seem real as if he was some statue dressed in a eagles uniform. If he develops, he could be the tackle the Eagles thought they had in Winston Justice,{who by the way, had a couple false starts and actually rotated out to give the rookie time with the second team}.

– The WR Corp as a whole, had a good practice and caught the ball well. The whole Eagles nation always has questions about the position, but Curtis, Brown & Avant looked very convincing in their bid to put those questions to rest. Even G. Lewis & Baskett performed well across the middle & on some deep throws. Unfortunately, the questions won’t stop until they do it in a game when it counts.

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One Response to “1ST Full Team Practice with Live Hitting – Highlights”

  1. Greg says:

    I was in attendance as well for the morning practice. Looks pretty accurate with everything you said. I thought both Feeley and Kolb had a bad practice.

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