Eagles rookies and an assortment of veterans gathered today for the start of another set of OTAs -- or Organized Team Activites for those who hate acronyms.
There were three more veterans at the NovaCare Complex than there were for last week's rookie minicamp. Running back Lorenzo Booker, cornerback Ellis Hobbs and defensive tackle Dan Klecko were in the house (practice was held inside because of a light rain). Of the 83 players on the current roster, 46 were in attendance, according to your humble reporter.
Booker is obviously trying to make an impression with rookie LeSean McCoy penciled in as the No. 2 tailback behind Brian Westbrook. The third-year pro, however, said that he's in camp early partly to help Shady. "Even though I'm not getting reps, I'm able to help LeSean," Booker said. "That's really what my role is, as well as Brian's, for the OTAs. It's not like we're out here trying to learn the offense. For us, installing the base package is like watching the paint dry."
Hobbs was acquired from the New England Patriots during the draft to either inspire or replace the unhappy Sheldon Brown -- depending on how you view the Eagles' mindset. Asked the last time he played football this early -- the suggestion being that he was able to skip voluntary workouts before -- the 26-year-old Hobbs said, "No, brother, I come from New England." Hobbs, who switched his number from 37 to 31, also returned some kicks, along with Quentin Demps and rookie Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles now have themselves a plethora of options when it comes to returning boots.
Klecko was told to come in early to get back to speed on playing tackle. Last season, the Temple product mostly played fullback. "Playing half the season at fulback last year I think they wanted to see me do some things at d-tackle," Klecko said. "Also just get used to moving again at d-tackle."