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Eagles work out WR; more practice notes

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Eagles worked out wide receiver Travis Cobb, an undrafted rookie out of Arizona, on Monday after the morning walkthrough.

Eagles work out WR; more practice notes

Undrafted wide receiver Travis Cobb worked out for the Eagles following Monday morning´s practice. (Dean Hare/AP Photo)
Undrafted wide receiver Travis Cobb worked out for the Eagles following Monday morning's practice. (Dean Hare/AP Photo)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Eagles worked out wide receiver Travis Cobb, an undrafted rookie out of Arizona, on Monday after the morning walkthrough.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Cobb caught 26 passes for 290 yards and one touchdown as a senior in 2010. He was the Wildcats’ primary kick returner in 2009 and 2010, and averaged 25.8 yards a return over two seasons.

He turns 25 on Aug. 5.

Andy Reid said on Sunday that he had no immediate plans to add a receiver after Riley Cooper broke his collarbone on Saturday. Cooper is expected to be out for six weeks. The Eagles were probably just kicking the tires on Cobb.

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Defensive end Jason Babin (calf strain) did not participate in the morning walkthrough, as expected. He is expected to have an MRI today. Safety Phillip Thomas (hamstring strain) was also not at the walkthrough.

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Reid had one of his toughest practices in some time on Sunday, with several live hitting periods in the hot Lehigh sun. Several players said after Monday's walkthrough that Reid has another doozy scheduled for this afternoon with more live hitting in full pads.

"There's going to be a two-minute live period at the end of practice," tackle King Dunlap said.

Several Eagles went to Twitter after Sunday's grueling practice.

-- “I never felt this tired and sore in my life,” defensive end Brandon Graham tweeted.
-- “Tough, hot, long practice today … #spent,” wrote wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

The contact and heat got to some players as two fights broke out, once during a team drill and another time during one-on-ones between the offensive and defensive lines.

“Tempers are going to flare," quarterback Michael Vick said. "There’s a little attitude sometimes when you’re in the trenches.”

After the final one-on-one period, offensive line coach Howard Mudd pulled both lines together for a huddle. He wanted to ease the tensions and told the players to remember the bigger picture when they're practicing, according to Dunlap.

"He said he didn't like fights at camp because they want us to practice like we're playing in a game," Dunlap said. "And if we're fighting in practice than we'll be fighting in games and getting kicked out of those games."

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The Eagles threw a number of different blitz looks at Vick on Sunday. Last year, Vick had blitz pickup near the top of his list of areas in which he needed to improve upon entering camp. The results during the season were mixed, however.

He did well on Sunday. On one shortened three-play drive, he connected with Maclin for 20 or so yards over the middle, flipped a screen pass to LeSean McCoy that the running back took 10-plus yards and scored on a bootleg.

“Last year, this time I couldn’t have done that, couldn’t have had that type of success,” Vick said.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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