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Eagles minicamp: Times they are a-changing

The Eagles kicked off their first minicamp post-Donovan McNabb. There was plenty of news so let's get to it ...

Eagles minicamp: Times they are a-changing

Andy Reid and the Eagles held their first minicamp practice today at the NovaCare Complex. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)
Andy Reid and the Eagles held their first minicamp practice today at the NovaCare Complex. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)

The Eagles kicked off their first minicamp post-Donovan McNabb. There was plenty of news so let's get to it ...

INJURIES
-- The following players did not practice today: center Jamaal Jackson (knee), linebacker Omar Gaither (foot), defensive end Vic Abiamiri (knee) and guard Max Jean-Gilles (gastric band surgery).

Eagles coach Andy Reid said as far back as the owners' meetings last month that Abiamiri had knee surgery, but he's been rather evasive about what kind of knee surgery he actually had. It wasn't to repair a torn ACL, Reid said. It wasn't arthroscopic. Reid said that he would get trainer Rick Burkhalter to explain to us the surgery. We're still waiting.

Jean-Gilles had his surgery on Tuesday. He said he weighed almost 400 pounds after the season and finally decided to do something about it. He said he's down to 375 right now and hopes to get to a playing weight of 335. Reid said it was the first time he's ever had a player that had that kind of surgery. Jean-Gilles said that he would be back for OTAs in June.

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-- The following players participated in individual drills, but not in team drills: defensive back Marlin Jackson (knee), tight end Cornelius Ingram (knee), cornerback Ellis Hobbs (neck) and rookie safety Nate Allen (quad). Reid said that each of the those players should be able to do more as the spring progresses.

-- Middle linebacker Stew Bradley (knee) was out there for the whole practice and said afterward that he felt fine.

DEPTH CHART
Obviously, it's very early, but here is generally how the first and second team offense and defense were aligned during the morning practice (Be reminded that several key players sat out the team portion of practice with injuries):

Offense
WR: Jeremy Maclin            Hank Baskett
TE: Brent Celek                 Martin Rucker
RT: Winston Justice           King Dunlap
RG: Stacy Andrews           Nick Cole
C: Nick Cole                     Mike McGlynn
LG: Todd Herremans         Zipp Duncan
LT: Jason Peters                Fenuki Tupou
QB: Kevin Kolb                Michael Vick
RB: LeSean McCoy          Mike Bell
FB: Leonard Weaver         Dwayne Wright
WR: DeSean Jackson        Jason Avant

Defense
LDE: Juqua Parker             Brandon Graham
LDT: Mike Patterson         Trevor Laws
RDT: Brodrick Bunkley     Antonio Dixon
RDE: Trent Cole                Darryl Tapp
WILL: Ernie Sims              Akeem Jordan
MLB: Stewart Bradley       Joe Mays
SAM: Moise Fokou          Keenan Clayton
LCB: Asante Samuel         Dmitri Patterson
RCB: Joselio Hanson        Trevard Lindley
SS: Quintin Mikell             Quintin Demps
FS: Macho Harris              Kurt Coleman

-- McGlynn took most of the snaps at center, but Reid said Cole is the first teamer right now with Jackson still out.

-- In his first practice as the backup, Vick was shaky. He does look slimmer than he did last year.

-- McCoy, Fokou and Harris all looked a little more bulked up. According to Reid, they are a few of the second-year guys that really made an off-season commitment to getting into the workout room and strengthening up.

-- Rookie Ricky Sapp practiced with the linebackers. Linebacker Alex Hall, who came from Cleveland in the Sheldon Brown/Chris Gocong trade, played mostly with his hand on the ground off the end. Reid said Hall played that often in college.

CHANGES
-- No Donovan McNabb. The only mention of No. 5 during practice came when a man screamed out of a passing car: "McNabb."

-- McNabb's familiar stall in the corner of the Eagles' NovaCare Complex locker room has been replaced by Mike Kafka. The rookie quarterback said he wasn't told it was formerly McNabb's when the Eagles assigned it to him. Vick is next to Kafka and Kolb is next to Vick, as they were last season. Mike Bell has taken over Brian Westbrook's locker. Winston Justice has taken over Shawn Andrews' old locker. SpongeBob is gone.

-- There were a number of old photos of McNabb that were recently taken down at the NovaCare and replaced with Kolb's visage. The Eagles also had to purge their walls of Westbrook, Sheldon Brown and other long-time faces that departed this off-season.

-- Number changes: McCoy went from 29 to 25, Harris went from 35 to 24 (Brown's old number) and Dixon went from 64 to 90.

ROSTER CHANGES
-- Guard Shawn Murphy, who the Eagles picked off waivers from Tampa Bay earlier this week, did not pass a physical. Undrafted rookie defensive tackle Charles Alexander also didn't pass a physical.

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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