Emptying out the notebook from yesterday's practices:
** As the offense was running through plays with no 'D', Donovan McNabb saw Marty Mornhinweg doing his best defensive back impersonation covering Hank Baskett. "Mismatch!" the Eagles' QB yelled several times with a smile.
** The learning process continues for LeSean McCoy. Yesterday, Mornhinweg worked with him on being patient before going out into his pass routes, and trying to really convince the defense that he was staying in to block.
** As you probably know by now, the defense got the better of the offense, which was pretty sloppy. Omar Gaither and Sheldon Brown did a nice job of getting to the quarterbacks on blitzes.
** Asante Samuel dropped an easy interception from McNabb.
** Nice job by Baskett of coming back to the ball and being aggressive while matched up against Ellis Hobbs.
** During one-on-one wide receiver vs. cornerback drills, Brown did a sensational job of using his 5-yard window for contact against Brandon Robinson. The rookie out of Boston College could not move and never got off the line of scrimmage. He was cut later in the day, not because of this play, but because the Birds added QB Matt Nagy.
** During those same drills, the crowd started buzzing as Brown was lined up against rookie Jeremy Maclin. But the horn sounded just as the ball was about to be snapped, signaling a new drill. The two shook hands, as the crowd booed.
** Another nice play by seventh-round pick Moise Fokou, an MTC favorite. This time he was in coverage, breaking up a pass intended for Eugene Bright.
** If you think the Eagles will completely abandon throwing the ball in short yardage situations, think again. A.J. Feeley ran play-action on third-and-two, and the offense went to four wide receiers during one first-down set at the opponent's 4-yard line.
** Maclin showed nice instincts down by the goal line. On a play that looked like a sure interception by Hobbs, Maclin leaped and broke the play up.
** I never got to properly thank Mike Potter for filling in for me during the weekend. A lot of things were going on, and Mike had it covered all the way through. Don't be surprised to see more guest posts from him in the future.
** Mike wrote about Bright having a great day of practice on Saturday. Maybe I'm his bad luck charm because Bright has struggled as both a receiver and blocker for much of camp.
** Five offensive linemen got in some extra work with coach Juan Castillo in the blazing heat during the afternoon practice: King Dunlap, Paul Fanaika, Chris Patrick, Fenuki Tupou and Dallas Reynolds. While we discount some of these practices and the preseason games, remember that there are several players fighting to get on film and to make a roster.
** OK, back at it this morning for the final practices at Lehigh. The team will meet at the fields tomorrow, but I'm told it's no more than a walk-through. Andy Reid will hold an end-of-camp press conference and let us know how much the starters will play Thursday, etc.