Ingram's knee holding up
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Ingram's knee holding up
Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a deja vu feeling to watching Cornelius Ingram practice during Eagles OTAs.
A year ago, the rookie tight end was recovering from a torn ACL that he had suffered the previous August. This year, Ingram is trying to come back from the same injury to the same knee that occurred in the same month last summer during training camp.
But there is one notable difference, Ingram said after Thursday's session.
"I think I came into this camp with way more confidence than where I was this time last year," Ingram said. "That helps out a lot -- just knowing you can relax and just play football. It's going good."
For the first two days of OTAs, which feature rookies and selected veterans, Ingram has managed to do everything the coaches have asked. He cut in both directions, ran full out, made catches that required some tumbling, and his left knee held up just fine.
In essence, he looked no different from the players that weren't trying to bounce back from back-to-back knee injuries.
"I know I can play this game," Ingram said. "I know if my knee's healthy, I can play this game at a high level."
Ingram is competing with Clay Harbor and Martin Rucker to be the backup tight end to Brent Celek.
Here are some other tidbits from today's practice:
-- Defensive back Marlin Jackson didn't participate in most of the team drills. A day after playing with the first unit as the free safety, Jackson was replaced by rookie Nate Allen Thursday. Jackson, who is also trying to recover from two torn ACLs in two years, ran Wednesday with a noticeable limp. The step back was probably just a precautionary move by Eagles coaches.
-- Tackle King Dunlap said that he gained 30 pounds in the off-season and is now listed at 6-foot-9, 335 pounds. Dunlap said that offensive line coach Juan Castillo suggested that he put more weight on his tall frame. A third-year pro, Dunlap wasn't originally required to be at this week's OTAs, but he asked to be included and the coaches obliged him.
-- Even though Fenuki Tupou is listed as a tackle on the roster, he has been moved inside to play either guard spot. Tupou was on injured reserve last year as a rookie, but is back and likely trying to wrest the last guard spot on the 53-man roster from Max Jean-Gilles.
-- Wide receiver Chad Hall impressed with several long receptions. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Air Force product is small and is a long shot to make the team, but his versatility should help his cause. Hall can return both kicks and punts and actually took a few a handoffs during individual drills.