Howard makes an impact

Remember Darren Howard?

The Eagles' big off-season signing from 2006 has been pretty quiet in his first two seasons in Philadelphia. He started 16 games at defensive end in 2006 but faded late in the year and finished with five sacks. He was a backup last season, and registered just one sack.

But two days into training camp, Howard is making an impact, according to defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.

"He's in the best shape I've seen since he's been here," Johnson said after today's morning session at Lehigh. "His weight's down. He's healthy. He's a player who is in much better shape and had a great off-season. He looks quicker to me."

Other items of note from the morning session:
Safety Sean Considine had a good practice, and registered a big hit on fullback Jason Davis.

Running back Brian Westbrook broke a nifty 45-yard TD run when the No. 1 offense was working against the No. 2 defense in a live scrimmage.

Tight ends L.J. Smith, Brent Celek and Kris Wilson had the dropsies.

Coach Andy Reid during a break in a live scrimage: "It's not a pillow fight. Let's go!"