While the DeSean Jackson watch continues (he’s at training camp now, and has passed his physical) the Eagles held their last real practice until Saturday.
Reporters spotted Jackson entering the Eagles locker rooms at Lehigh shortly after noon. We were told he arrived last night with agent Drew Rosenhaus. He was getting a physical this morning and was not in the morning practice, but he told reporters here that he'll participate in the afternoon walk through.
“He’s ready to go,” said quarterback Michael Vick. “He’s been lifting weights, he’s gotten a little stronger, he might even be faster.”
Added Vick, “this is going to be a breakout season for him.”
None of the media has yet talked extensively to Jackson or Rosenhaus, though, to gauge his feelings about how tense this contract dispute may get. Jackson won't have much to do in the afternoon walk-throughs (players largely stand around) and he will have several days of largely watching ahead of him.
The Eagles are off Tuesday, have a walk through Wednesday, play the Ravens in the preseason opener Thursday night and are off Friday.
Here are some sights at sounds from the morning practice, including updates on Nnamdi Asomugha, Winston Justice and a big hit from Kurt Coleman:
-- Asomugha was back in pads and participated in practice, but he sat out the full contact portions. He was out of practice Sunday with what the team called an upper leg inflammation. At one point Asomugha and Nate Allen got mixed up on a crossing route, allowing a receiver to come free after a pick. It's still early in their learning process.
-- Coleman delivered the hit of training camp, leveling LeSean McCoy after reading a screen pass. Juan Castillo loved it.
-- Mike Kafka had a pretty, pretty throw to Clay Harbor. In one-on-one drills Harbor was being covered by Jaiquawn Jarrett. Harbor angled toward the sideline, and Kafka dropped in a pass that sailed over Jarrett and Harbor’s shoulder, into the tight ends hands. It was a nice catch as well.
-- In a drill that had safeties and linebackers covering running backs and tight ends Donald Lee beat Allen, Ronnie Brown got off a Brian Rolle jam to make a catch and Cornelius Ingram beat Coleman. Dion Lewis was too quick for Moise Fokou. Colt Anderson jammed Brent Celek (and maybe held him), forcing an incompletion. Greg Lloyd, on the other hand, whiffed on a jam on Eldra Buckley, letting the running back free for a big gain. (If it seems the offense dominated, remember, there are only two people on the field for the drill, so the receivers have a ton of room to work with).
-- There hasn’t been much running yet in camp, so we haven’t seen much from fullbacks Owen Schmitt and Stanley Havili (the Eagles have often been in three wide receiver sets). Today, though, Schmitt showed his superior skill in a blocking drill. He hammered Akeem Jordan, knocking the linebacker’s helmet off. Soon after, Rolle blasted into Havili, pushing the fullback backwards. Havili later had a nice block on Rolle in a running drill.
-- Jason Babin again knocked down Vick.
-- Jason Avant made another circus catch, using one hand to reel in a Vick pass as Brandon Hughes hung all over him, holding Avant’s other arm.
-- The Eagles released a depth chart - though it should be taken with several grains of salt. Among interesting items:
Asomugha and Asante Samuel are listed at starting corners. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is the backup at left corner.
Juqua Parker is listed as the left defensive end starter opposite Trent Cole. Babin is listed behind Parker -- though Babin has been getting some first team reps. For ends, the starting job doesn't matter that much, since they will all rotate into the game.
Antonio Dixon and Mike Patterson are listed as the starting defensive tackles, but in recent days Cullen Jenkins and Anthony Hargrove have been with the first team.
Ryan Harris is at first team right tackle (Winston Justice isn't listed because he's technically not on the active roster yet). Jamaal Jackson is the top center, with Jason Kelce listed second.
-- Justice worked out for Andy Reid and head trainer Rick Burkholder after practice.
"I think they just wanted to see where I was at," Justice said.
So where is the tackle at?
"I don't know it's really up to Reid and the trainers right now," Justice said. I think the only thing I can really do is trust Rick and Reid with it. I think they have my best interest in mind."
Justice had arthroscopic knee surgery in February. Reid said that Justice's role as a union rep may have put him behind schedule in his rehab. Justice has countered that statement.
Meanwhile, he appears to have lost his starting right tackle position. Ryan Harris, a free agent acquisition, has secured the spot over the last three days.
Justice admitted that sitting out has been tough but that he is following the lead of the team on when to return.