Three things to watch on Wednesday

Clay Harbor helped expose a weakness in the Eagles' defense on Monday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Soft in the middle?

Clay Harbor and Brett Brackett, the tight ends filling in for the sidelined Brett Celek, found a soft spot against the Eagles secondary in the middle of the field Monday. As the practice wore on, quarterback Michael Vick gained confidence throwing to them there. 

That’s good for the offense and good for Harbor and Brackett as they gain reps in Celek’s absence. 

But what does it say about the linebackers’ ability to stop tight ends across the middle? Didn’t that scenario play out a little too often last season?

It’ll be interesting to see how that development plays out for the rest of the week. 


Second to none 

There were no such coverage problems for the team’s secondary. Cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Curtis Marsh and safeties Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman again caused the offense problems in 7-on-7s and full-team workouts. 

Eagles quarterbacks were forced to hold the ball too long, or dump screen passes to the backs.

And while sacks are tough to gauge when the quarterback can’t be hit, defensive line coach Jim Washburn’s crew figures to wrack them up in the regular season if the secondary keeps its form. 

Even though he was playing out of position at times last season, it’s still hard to believe Rodgers-Cromartie had no interceptions. It’s unlikely that will happen again in 2012. 

“I just go out and play ball,” he said. “They’ll come when they come.” 


Cooling off 

With three different fights over the course of three full-contact days, should we expect more fireworks Wednesday? Maybe get the coaches involved—let Duce loose! 

DeSean Jackson professed to find his focus after his brawl with Brandon Hughes Monday, as Jeff McLane notes

“I’m a starter on this team and one of the leaders,” Jackson said. “You don’t want to cause anything…You just got to be smart with things like that.” 

I don’t think we’re done with fights yet. But I’m sticking with Nnamdi Asomugha as least likely to drop the gloves.


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