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.