According to Les Bowen of phillynews.com, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy didn’t mince words yesterday when asked if his conditioning was where it would normally be entering June.
“Nah,” McCoy said after joining the Eagles’ impromptu player-organized workouts in Burlington County, McCoy’s first appearance. “I’m a couple pounds heavier than I want to be. It’s one of those things where you work out every day, but it’s not the same. [Normally you would have] teammates pushing you, guys you got to war with out on the field, day in and day out, for practices and camp, and games. It isn’t quite the same. I think everybody is affected a little bit. I’m still in good shape, but I was fatigued a little bit.”
The point has been made before, and will be made again – that while we’re still quite a ways from the NFL lockout causing preseason or regular-season games to be canceled, we’re not quite a ways from it affecting the 2011 season. Rookies and vets should have been through minicamp by now, and would be in the middle of organized team activities, what the Eagles have informally called “passing camp.” Players would be learning new offensive and defensive schemes and any winter weight gains would already be addressed.
Instead, players are trying to work out on their own as all eyes are focused on Friday’s hearing of the league’s appeal of the injunction that briefly lifted the lockout. There seems little suspense how the Eighth Circuit panel will rule – two of the three judges all but endorsed the owners’ view in their decision to grant a stay of the injunction. But no ruling is expected for at least a few weeks, and apparently, there is no momentum toward serious negotiation.
McCoy has mostly been working out in Florida, but he flew home to Harrisburg over the weekend and drove to South Jersey to get some reps with teammates. He said yesterday was his first time running patterns and catching the ball this offseason. But a half-dozen or so guys on a field at a municipal complex is not an OTA. McCoy, who took one handoff from Kafka at the end of the session, isn’t getting any timing work with his offensive line.
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