Friday, May 29, 2015

Bell Practices with First Team

After Eagles coach Andy Reid hinted Wednesday he was in no hurry to move Demetress Bell aside for King Dunlap at left tackle, Bell confirmed he practiced with the first team, an arrangement he hopes will continue as the Birds prepare to visit Pittsburgh Sunday.

Bell Practices with First Team

(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

After Eagles coach Andy Reid hinted Wednesday he was in no hurry to move Demetress Bell aside for King Dunlap at left tackle, Bell confirmed he practiced with the first team, an arrangement he hopes will continue as the Birds prepare to visit Pittsburgh Sunday.

Dunlap returned to practice after two weeks out with a hamstring problem.

One caveat: Right guard Danny Watkins didn't practice Wednesday, though Reid didn't mention Watkins in his prepractice injury rundown. After practice, the Eagles listed Watkins as having not practiced, with the notation "chest." Watkins was on the field but not participating during the 10 minutes reporters were allowed to watch practice. It seems likely that Dunlap, who came into training camp as the top sub at guard and tackle, took reps for Watkins Wednesday.

"It means a lot. That's what they brought me here for, right?" said Bell, signed as a free agent in March after Jason Peters tore his Achilles'. "I expect that to be my job."

More coverage
 
VOTE: Is the attention to Eagles OTAs overblown?
 
POLL: Will Tim Tebow last through training camp?
 
A look at the Eagles' 2015 draft picks
 
Game-by-game breakdown of Eagles' schedule
 
DOWNLOAD: Philly Pro Football app
 
FORUMS: Who will make the 53-man roster?
 
Latest NFL odds
 
Buy Eagles jerseys and other gear

Reid indicated that Bell played well Sunday against the Giants, which he said "bides me a little time to see how King is doing."

Daily News Staff Writer
About this blog
Eagletarian is your home for comprehensive coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter