Every year, in the third or fourth quarter of preseason games, we see a player or two make an impression and create a buzz among the diehard Eagles fans who tune in until the end.
A lot of times, that player ends up getting cut or added to the practice squad, and we forget about him by the time Week 1 rolls around.
Sometimes, the player makes the team in a reserve or special teams role. And other times, he catches on somewhere else.
One of the candidates to fill that role this year is backup running back Eldra Buckley. Buckley, with his bruising style, has already made an impression on fans who traveled to Lehigh to watch the Birds practice.
He spent the past two seasons on the Chargers' practice squad after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007. The Eagles claimed him off waivers in March.
After yesterday's practice, Buckley told me he's looking forward to getting some game action after going against his teammates for the last two and a half weeks.
At 5 foot 9, 207 pounds, Buckley said fans can expect him to run hard and give everything he's got. One of the knocks on him has been that he's not a strong receiver, but Buckley said he's been working on that.
"In this offense, you gotta be a good receiver so I'm just trying to be a better receiver, trying to do everything it takes to help this team," he said.
"I think I've improved on it a lot because when I came in I wasn't catching that many balls, but now I'm learning to catch more and I feel comfortable doing it."
Reid on Mort bus
Andy Reid spent some time with ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who rolled his bus into Bethlehem on Tuesday.
The interview didn't really break new ground, although Reid reiterated his stance on Michael Vick.
"I'm happy with my quarterback situation here," he said. "I do believe this kid deserves a second chance, and there's nobody better to have in your corner than Tony Dungy, man. He's a class, class act, and I know commissioner [Roger] Goodell has stood up on the table for the kid, so I'm sure there were some things that happened there that built that trust in him. He's got great people in his corner, and I'm pulling for him."
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio caught up with Jon Runyan, who has been cleared to do everything except "hit people" by Dr. James Andrews.
The decimation of the offensive line has continued, as it appears Todd Herremans, Stacy Andrews and Shawn Andrews will all sit out Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots. Herremans could miss the entire preseason with a stress reaction in his left foot, reports both the Daily News' Les Bowen and the Inquirer's Bob Brookover.
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