The Eagles put on quite a show tonight with their first Flight Night fundraiser at the Linc. A crowd of 31, 786 enjoyed the festivities that surrounded a practice that went more than an hour, and was surrounded by a parachute landing and capped by fireworks.
The only blemish were what seem to be minor injuries to linebacker Stewart Bradley and cornerback Ellis Hobbs.
Bradley limped off and made his way to a training table where athletic trainer Rick Burkholder looked him over. He trotted off the field to the locker room with an unspecified knee injury. The team said he will have an MRI on Monday morning. Joe Mays took Bradley’s place at the middle linebacker spot.
Hobbs left the field with what the team called a stinger, and he will also have an MRI on Monday. Dimitri Patterson and Jack Ikegwuonu filled in the defensive back spot.
Along with being asked about Jeremy Maclin's absence, special teams coordinator Ted Daisher was asked about the punt and kick return rotation:
“We’re going to start with the guys that played last year, the guys we’re going to stay with and start with," he said. "Quintin Demps is going to be the kickoff returner right now. Ellis Hobbs has done a great job and has good skills. He’s going to be back there. Jeremy, when he gets into camp, will also be a part of that group. At punt return, we really like DeSean [Jackson]. He’s done a nice job. [He’s] very explosive with the ball. He’s the guy right now, with Jeremy Maclin working his way in as he gets back.”
Asked about any concern about Jackson being on the field too much as his role in the offense increases, Dashier made it clear who is the boss.
“That’s real easy. When Andy says he’s out there, he’s out there. When Andy says he’s not, he’s not. That’s just the way it is.”
Elsewhere, the Giants reported to Albany for training camp, and Brandon Jacobs had this to say:
"We had a couple people last year who played a big part in a lot of things who are not here. We’re going to be fine. As a football team, we have a lot of talent and we have a lot of players with a lot of will and determination to make themselves better and make us better as a team ... I like that people are counting us out again this year – because we don’t have Plaxico (Burress). They’re saying that the young receivers can’t pan out and our veteran receivers can’t get it done. Plax was a special talent and it’s hard to find someone like him but we have a lot of guys here that can play and do well enough to get the job done."
To read our earlier post about the Jeremy Maclin situation, click here.