Sunday, February 7, 2016

Not an ideal 1st practice; still no Maclin

This probably wasn't how Andy Reid envisioned the first full-squad practice playing out.

Not an ideal 1st practice; still no Maclin


This probably wasn't how Andy Reid envisioned the first full-squad practice playing out.

The beat guys from the Inquirer and Daily News have all the details, but here are some quick news and notes.

** The story we discuss every day is Jeremy Maclin's absence. During Reid's press conference, a reporter asked him if Maclin missing time is less of an issue because so few first-round picks have signed, but Reid didn't really seem to accept that as an excuse. He said Maclin is missing valuable time and the two sides are "not as close as we need to be."

** It's interesting to note that Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey agreed to terms today. Per Pro Football Talk, Heyward-Bey will get $38.250M in base salary over five years, with $23.5M guaranteed. PFT reports that this is a 20.5 percent bump in guaranteed money from last year's No. 7 pick and a 19.5 increase in base salary.

Heyward-Bey and Maclin are both represented by CAA. Per SportsBusiness Daily, Heyward-Bey is represented by Ben Dogra and Tom Condon. Maclin is represented by Dogra and Jim Steiner.

Michael Crabtree was the second receiver taken at No. 10. And Maclin was the third selected at No. 19.

** We wrote about Shawn Andrews in this space yesterday. He said he had done everything in his power to get physically fit and mentally right in the offseason. But as reporters gathered on the field during today's practice (which was closed to the public), big No. 73 was nowhere to be found. Reid said during his press conference that Andrews' back tightened up on him during a run earlier in the day. Not good news, but there's no telling how big of a deal this is right now.

Update: Les Bowen over at Eagletarian caught up with Andrews.

** As for the guys who were here, Quintin Mikell and Quentin Demps lined up as the starting safeties, as expected.

** Reid talked about seeing a few balls hit the ground. Obviously not a huge deal for the first practice, but the culprits we saw were Hank Baskett, Lorenzo Booker and Eugene Bright. Reggie Brown also dropped one, but Donovan McNabb took the blame for it.

** Reid said Sheldon Brown is the No. 1 right cornerback. Brown and Ellis Hobbs lined up with the first team. Asante Samuel spent practice stretching after suffering a hamstring spasm earlier in the day.

** Akeem Jordan joined Stewart Bradley and Chris Gocong as the starting linebackers.

** Kevin Curtis lost safety Byron Parker for one of the longest receptions of the afternoon.

Today's video report is with the Daily News' John Smallwood. We should have it posted around 7 or 7:30 so check back.

And we'll also put up the next question with Football Outsiders.
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