Saturday morning observations:
--Lito Sheppard was the odd-man-out at cornerback in the Eagles' base package. Asante Samuel was the left cornerback and Sheldon Brown remained at right cornerback. When Sheppard was rotated in, Samuel stayed on the field and Sheppard replaced Brown at right cornerback. The Eagles didn't line up in their three-corner nickel package in the first practice. When they do, Brown likely will slide into the slot and Sheppard and Samuel will be on the outside.
--Quintin Mikell officially is the starting strong safety, replacing Sean Considine, who is coming off his second shoulder surgery in three years.
--Asante Samuel was wearing No. 22, which was Joselio Hanson's number last season. Hanson is wearing No. 21, which was Will James' number.