Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Camp Reid comes to a close

The Eagles completed their final team workouts before the start of traning camp late next month by giving the offense and defense a scouting look at the Carolina Panthers, the team they will face in their Sept. 13 regular-season opener.

Camp Reid comes to a close

Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri participates in the team´s final practice before training camp starts next month. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri participates in the team's final practice before training camp starts next month. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

The Eagles completed their final team workouts before the start of traning camp late next month by giving the offense and defense a scouting look at the Carolina Panthers, the team they will face in their Sept. 13 regular-season opener.

Afterward, coach Andy Reid provided some updates on the physical conditions of a few of his players as well as his defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who remains on a leave of absence while receiving chemotherapy for metastasized melanoma on his spine.

"Some days are good days and some days are not very good days," Reid said. "He is receiving chemotherapy and it's pretty intense chemotherapy. There are some days that stuff gets you and some days that he feels pretty good. I have a chance to talk to him about every day and he's a battler."

Reid added that interim defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has adapted well to being in charge during these camps.

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"If that's how it's going to be in the fall, then at least he has had a little exposure to it," Reid said. "If Jim comes back, then I think Sean is even better for it."

Reid said he's confident McDermott can do the job for one simple reason.

"He had a great teacher," the coach said. "He had the best in the business teaching him."

Right guard Stacy Andrews, who is rehabilitating from anterior cruciate ligament surgery on his right knee, participated in individual drills during the last two weeks of voluntary camp and Reid said he expects Shawn's older brother to be ready for the start of training camp.

"Stacy is making progress," Reid said. "He went through all the individual stuff this week and he's ahead of schedule. We're trying to be smart with that and not force the issue and get him ready for training camp. We're not going to monitor him at camp. I think he'll be ready to go. We'll ease him into it and see how he does."

Reid said running back Brian Westbrook, who underwent ankle surgery a week ago, has started his rehab and will continue doing so by working at both the NovaCare Complex and his home back in Maryland. Westbrook has been at the practice facility this week.

Wide receiver Kevin Curtis was excused from the final practice for personal reasons and defensive end Bryan Smith sat out with a swollen knee.

Reid had little to say about a ComcastSportsNet report that the Eagles and Donovan McNabb are inching closer to reworking the final two years of the quarterback's contract.

"I stay away from the contract things," Reid said. "We'll see how things go down the road here. I think everybody knows we are very honored to have Donovan here."

Reid said he hasn't noticed any change in the way McNabb has gone about his business in this camp.

"He's been no different ...," Reid said. "I'd like to make it a little more dramatic than that, but he's out there messing around with everybody and when he's in doing the offense, he's cranking it and being serious and knocking out the things he needs to knock out. It's really no different. He seems happy, if that matters. He seems to be in a great place right now, but I can't say I haven't seen that before."

Training camp opens July 26 for rookies and selected veterans and July 29 for the remaining veterans.

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