Monday, July 28, 2014
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'Live' observations

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Today was Day 2 of live hitting here at training camp with the action dialed up a notch. The sessions were a little more chippy, and the crowds larger and more animated thanks to the nicest day of the week. The early live portion dealt more with the running game; the latter part saw more passing. Here are some observations from yours truly embedded:

'Live' observations

Eugene Bright.
Eugene Bright. Steven M. Falk

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Today was Day 2 of live hitting here at training camp with the action dialed up a notch. The sessions were a little more chippy, and the crowds larger and more animated thanks to the nicest day of the week. The early live portion dealt more with the running game; the latter part saw more passing. Here are some observations from yours truly embedded:

-- The individual pass blocking drills were illuminating. GOOD: Fullback Leonard Weaver looked flawless handling linebacker Moise Fokou and then linebacker Omar Gaither on two occassions. Running back LeSean McCoy squared up nicely with Quintin Mikell, but the safety returned the favor and blew past the rookie on their next turn. BAD: Lorenzo Booker had his troubles. The running back was blocking too much inside was getting burnt around the corner. This prompted a cry from someone in the crowd: "Come on, Booker, you're a turnstile." Rookie tight end Eugene Bright still needs work.

-- The one-on-one individuals provided perhaps the best matchup of the day between DeSean Jackson and Sheldon Brown. Score two points for the veteran cornerback who got the best of the second-year wide receiver. Jackson didn't have a bad day, though, by any stretch of the imagination. He caught two bombs from Donovan McNabb during live hitting and took both for scores.

-- The first real scrum of camp happened when Bright tried to take on the entire third-team defense. It was hard to see exactly who the tight end got into it first with because he was surrounded by so many defenders. In the end, Bright pulled off linebacker Tracy White's helmet before the fight was broken up. The best fights of camp usually occur when the third teams go at it. They have a lot more to play for during camp than the first two teams. 

-- There were probably a few too many drops today: Brent Celek, Jason Avant and Brandon Robinson all put the football on the carpet. Celek did have a nice catch-and-run earlier in the day.

-- Jeremy Maclin is still not here. Stop me if you've heard this before. The rookie wideout has now missed the first week of camp. As of this writing, there are 17 first-rounders signed, including the Nos. 16, 17, 20 and 21 selections. The Eagles took Maclin at No. 19. There are now two first-round WRs signed with No. 29 Hakeem Nicks' inking a deal with the Giants today. No. 7 pick Darrius Heyward-Bey signed with Oakland earlier this week. No. 10 Michael Crabtree, No. 22 Percy Harvin and No. 30 Kenny Britt remained unsigned. Last we heard, the Eagles gave Maclin agent Jim Steiner their best offer and were waiting for a response.

-- Kevin Curtis was back practicing after limping off the field of yesterday's morning session with a thigh bruise. He missed yesterday afternoon's practice, but said today that he feels fine.

-- Read this morning's post for updates on the other injured players.

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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