Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bonner picks the right time

Nothing like making a big impression during the last practice before the veterans arrive.

Bonner picks the right time

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Eagles´ Wade Bonner gets up after making a play during morning drills. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles' Wade Bonner gets up after making a play during morning drills. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Nothing like making a big impression during the last practice before the veterans arrive.

Undrafted free agent safety Wade Bonner intercepted two tipped passes during Wednesday’s morning practice to the cheers of his defensive teammates.

Bonner downplays the importance of the last practice where the rookies are the coaches’ sole focus.

“Every day has to be like that,” Bonner said. “I had the opportunity to get a lot of reps, so I took advantage of it.”

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Bonner, 5-10, 195 pounds, began his Mississippi State career as a running back, but switched to safety as a sophomore. That’s why the training camp emphasis on using the proper techniques is so vital.

“We have great coaches and they tell us that technique is everything,” Bonner said. “So I just keep working at it. “

He admitted to a little nervousness now that the veterans will be taking the field, but added, “I just got to go out and do what I’ve been doing since seventh grade.”

Don’t forget about me

Not to be out-done by Bonner, Cliff Harris regained the camp interception lead with his third pick soon after Bonner’s second.

Without Michael Vick, who had a scheduled day off, the quarterbacks struggled during the 7-on-7 drills.

Mike Kafka started 1-for-4 with two interceptions, and both he and Edwards had their passes deflected by an aggressive defense.

Mychal Kendricks also had an interception and Brandon Boykin got his first one, too. Though Kafka deserves an assist on Boykin’s since his duck of a throw floated long enough for Boykin to make the play.

It’s going to be a close battle between Kafka and Trent Edwards since Vick and third-round pick Nick Foles are roster locks.

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