Friday, February 12, 2016

Macho moves to CB

At minicamp two weeks ago, Macho Harris was the starting free safety. But that was about as "penciled in" as a player can get.

Macho moves to CB

After spending his rookie season at free safety, Macho Harris will move back to his natural cornerback position. (File photo)
After spending his rookie season at free safety, Macho Harris will move back to his natural cornerback position. (File photo)

At minicamp two weeks ago, Macho Harris was the starting free safety. But that was about as "penciled in" as a player can get.

Marlin Jackson, who the Eagles acquired in the off-season, wasn't practicing because of the torn ACL he suffered in October. And rookie Nate Allen, the Eagles' No. 2 pick in the draft, was held out because of a nagging quadriceps strain.

Apparently, the Eagles coaches got their erasers out between then and now.

Rookie camp opened today and Harris was lined up exclusively at right cornerback. It's not a position alien to the second-year pro. Harris played there all four seasons at Virginia Tech. But the Eagles moved him to safety last year after it became more and more apparent that neither Quintin Demps nor Sean Jones could nail down the job.

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Harris said that he was told of the move a couple of days ago.

"There ain't no disappointment at all," Harris said. "Wherever the team needs me or whatever the team needs certain players at certain positions [to do], we're professional athletes."

Harris said that he wasn't sure if this was a permanent move. Coach Andy Reid had been touting Harris' versatility during minicamp and had said that a move was possible. The Eagles are thin at cornerback. Ellis Hobbs is the starter on the right side opposite Asante Samuel. But his hold on that spot appears to be tenuous.

Jackson and Allen, meanwhile, were back to work. Jackson, who ran with a slight limp, was with the first team and Allen was with the twos. They appear to be the top two combatants for the open free safety spot opposite strong safety Quintin Mikell. Quintin Demps is at strong safety right now, although the positions are basically interchangeable.

Here are other tidbits from the first day of OTAs for rookies and selected vets:

-- Max Jean-Gilles returned to practice. The guard sat out minicamp after having lap-band surgery. He said today that he's already lost around 30 pounds and is down to 358. He's still not eating solid foods, however. 

-- The only rookie not in attendance was safety Kurt Coleman, who cannot attend OTAs because he's still enrolled at Ohio State and won't graduate until mid-June.

-- Veteran linebackers Joe Mays and Moise Fokou were in attendance. Fokou was with the first team at strong-side linebacker during minicamp, but he likely has a fight ahead of him for that spot. Mays is currently the backup at middle linebacker with Omar Gaither (foot) still recovering.

-- Linebacker Alex Hall, acquired from Cleveland in the Sheldon Brown/Chris Gocong trade, is still working out with the defensive line. Rookie defensive end Ricky Sapp is still working out with the linebackers.

-- Tight end Cornelius Ingram, who has torn the ACL in his left knee twice in two years, was a full participant in practice.

-- Despite reports from ESPN and the Boston Globe that the Eagles were interested in signing the recently-discarded Shawn Springs, a team source reiterated today that they are indeed not interested in the former Patriots cornerback.

-- In regards to former Texans guard Chester Pitts saying that the Eagles were interested in acquiring him, a team source said that it was the usual sniffing around and that they weren't likely to sign the free agent.


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