Off to training camp

Andy Reid addressed the media on Thursday at the end of the Eagles' organized team activities and hit on a number of topics in his last meeting with reporters before training camp.

Les hit on a number of those issues today and Rich writes about how Reid wants his team in better shape come training camp and still does not think there is a link between the way he runs camp and the team's slow starts.

Here are some other highlights from the transcript of Reid's news conference:

On improvements that he would like to see in this upcoming training camp: “There are always things that can get better. Now, to compare it to last year, it’s a different team. I would like to see our speed be maintained through the training camp. I’m seeing it out here now. I want to see it when they are beat up, and see how fast we can play throughout those few weeks of training camp. I didn’t see enough of that last year. I’d like to see more this year.”

On how much CB Asante Samuel and WR DeSean Jackson missed by not practicing due to injuries: “You want to practice. I think DeSean more than Asante Asante’s done a lot of things that we do here, and this is all new for DeSean.”

On how much further along the team is this year with QB Donovan McNabb healthy: “I think that’s a big part of it. I’m saying this, but he feels great. I think that’s a big thing going into this camp.”

On how he ranked the tight ends at this OTA: “[TE] Matt [Schobel] was working with the third group. [TE Brent] Celek was out there for the individual stuff and then when we went into the team activities, we pulled Celek out and then he worked with the second group.”

On whether he ever notices during these OTAs that certain players just aren’t ready for the NFL: “Somebody asked me that question out on the field today. The first guy that came to mind was [Arizona Cardinals QB] Kurt Warner. We had him at Green Bay and it didn’t work for him there. I’ve told this story before, but he was afraid to go in and call the play in the huddle. And yet, the guy’s one of the great players to play in this league. I was wrong. It happens. You never know. You don’t know, so you give people a shot as long as you can give them a shot. And then you have to make the judgment call. You’re not always going to be right, but hopefully you’re right more than you’re wrong.”

On whether he expects CB Lito Sheppard to attend training camp: “I expect him at training camp. I have not talked to Lito.”

On whether it would be beneficial for him and Lito to talk before training camp: “Well, we’ll see how that works.”

On QB Kevin Kolb’s progression and if he’s where he needs to be: “No, he’s getting there. He is about where I thought he would be. All these reps that he’s been able to take the last few weeks, I just think are big for him. The more he’s in there, the more chance he has, the better he’ll become.”