Vick Feels Progress; Baskett to Colts

"You just try to stay positive," said wide receiver Reggie Brown. "You try as hard as you can, and you keep working hard."

Scout team quarterback Michael Vick got two onehanded catches from rookie wideout Brandon Gibson yesterday, Gibson mimicking Marques Colston for the defense.

"Let's hope that once he gets out there in the game, he'll make the same kind of catches, and I think he will," Vick said.

"It feels good to be out there," said Vick, taken off the exempt list Tuesday. Vick, who will be eligible to play next week against Kansas City, could not practice with the team when he was on that list. "Get my legs back up under me, keep my mind fresh in football and in this offense I'm just happy -- I'm a football player, this is a great feeling for me ... My body has done a good job of responding to the conditioning and the beating I've put on it the last three or four weeks. I'm just excited."

 The only development out of practice was that starting defensive end Victor Abiamiri left about midway through after experiencing groin discomfort, the Eagles said. Abiamiri did not want to discuss the matter. He seemed to be moving normally, though.



Agent Jim Ivler confirmed to your Eagletarian this morning that WR Hank Baskett "is on his way to Indy to sign with the Colts." Baskett was released by the Eagles Tuesday and then cleared waivers yesterday, making him a free agent. Baskett was scheduled to make $1.5 million.

A little surprising that neither John Harbaugh in Baltimore or Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis jumped in to make a waiver claim; guess the money was high for a backup-type. Indy is a perfect fit for Hank and his bride, Kendra. Mrs. Baskett just radiates that wholesome midwestern charm.

Also a little surprising was that the Eagles cut Baskett instead of Reggie Brown (unless you factor in the cap hit the Eagles would have taken for cutting Brown). Brown didn't sound to thrilled Thursday to have moved up to No. 5 or No. 6 on the wideout depth chart, instead of getting released, so he could cut a deal someplace where he might really play.

"You just try to stay positive. You try as hard as you can, and you keep working hard," Brown said. "Even a rose can grow out of piles of bull(spit). Why can't I?"

Or, as Stephen Stills once wrote, after evoking a similar "rose" image: "Don't be angry, don't be sad,
Don't sit cryin' over good things you've had."

Doubtful Reggie knows much about Stephen Stills, but he seemed to agree with the gist.

"I think they're going to give me a chance to play sooner or later. I'm going to go out there and try to do the best I can and help this team as much as possible, whether it's on special teams or anything," Brown said.

Will he be active this week?

"I don't know if I'm up, so I can't get excited yet," he said.

Asked if he wished he could have gone elsewhere, the 2005 second-round pick said "I just want to play. I think I'll get an opportunity to play here, and make the best of it ... I've been dealing with (not playing) since last year ... I can't sit around and hope and wish. I just gotta go out there and make something happen."

Is it a compliment that the team released Baskett and kept Brown?.

"A compliment? I'm still not playing. I don't see how you can see that as a compliment," he said.

Brown suggested reporters who wanted to know if he is playing this week should ask Eagles coach Andy Reid.

"I'm just as lost as you guys, he said.

Love the one you're with, Reggie.  



Left guard Todd Herremans said that right now, he expects to be wheeling his repaired left foot around on that little cart for three more weeks. So if all goes super-well, he might get back in the lineup a few weeks after the Birds’ bye.

“I want to shoot for the first Washington game (Oct. 26) so I can make all the divisional games,” said Herremans, who suffered what the team initially called a “stress reaction” during workouts at Lehigh. MRIs eventually showed it as a stress fracture.

Nick Cole seems to be a reasonably good sub for Herremans, but Herremans’ ability to slide outside and play tackle could come in handy, with Shawn Andrews down for the season.

“Winston (Justice) is doing a great job” subbing for Andrews, Herremans said. “I’m proud of him. I just want to get back and play guard right now.”



The Saints rested a lot of banged-up players Wednesday, including cornerback Tracy Porter (knee), tight end Jeremy Shockey (heel/ankle), offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod (ankle) and defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy (knee), Brian Alle-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports. Tight end Darnell Dinkins (foot) and offensive tackle Jammal Brown (hip) also did not practice. Safety Roman Harper (hamstring) was limited.

Tailback Pierre Thomas (knee) did get back on the field for the first time, going through a full practice while wearing a heavy brace. Thomas said he is determined to play against the Eagles, but he the decision will be up to the coaching staff.

Porter said he also hopes to play, but said he'll leave it up to the coaches and trainers. If he can't go, veteran Randall Gay and rookie Malcolm Jenkins both would likely move up one notch on the depth chart.

Shockey didn't get into specifics about his injury, which he suffered in practice last week. But he gave a thumbs-up sign and said, “I'm walking.”



Former Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley has been working overtime since landing in Carolina, trying to learn the Panthers' offense, saying he was experiencing information overload.

"It's a big change, but a welcome one," Feeley told the Panthers Web site Wednesday. "The way it went down in Philadelphia was a little strange."

Feeley was released at the final roster cutdown, which seemed destined to happen once Michael Vick was signed. He then waited for his opportunity. Several teams called, including the Eagles, but Feeley said Carolina was the best fit.

"Just long-term, possibly, for me and where my career is," he said. "Looking at that, and seeing that the writing was on the wall with Philadelphia and I love those guys a lot and I love the place, but it's time to move on."



Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins missed practice Wednesday with a hand injury, but his coach and teammates in Denver are already raving abot his skills and leadership after only one game.

"He brings an intensity to the game, even in practices," linebacker Mario Haggan said. "When you hear a guy like him speak, if you're not ready to play, you don't have a heart."

"The way that guy runs around the field, he saved a bunch of yards (Sunday) with open-field tackles," coach Josh McDaniels said. "And his energy and leadership on the sideline is as good as any player I've ever seen."

Said Dawkins: "I'm a blessed and anointed man to do what I do, and I don't take it for granted. I love what I do. It's an opportunity for me to go out and have a great time. People come to the game to have a great time. I go to the game to have a great time, so I'm not going to allow anything to deter me from that."