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eaglesalltheway
07-27-2009, 09:08 PM
This is where I will be reporting back on anything involving Training Camp when I attend this year. I will talk about progress, players, really anything I notice. If you have the means to come, I suggest you do so, it is free, and you can meet players and other important figures in the NFL. (I met Drew Rosenhaus, as well as numerous players last year) I will hopefully be a less douchy version of Dave Spadaro, but I can't promis that guys... lol. Expect reports back around lunchtime and early evening on the days i go, ask questions, and if I know the answers, I'll tell you, if not, I'll do my best to find out about it in my upcoming attendances. Really, I will be your sidelines reporter on Eagles TC whenever possible for the next 2+ weeks.


I plan on following the offensive line and defensive line extensively, as that is what I know the most about and am most intrigued by, as they are the most important parts of the team. I will came back with info on Donovan and Kolb, as well as all the rookies and new team members. I will come back with info on position battles, new starters like Quentin Demps and the young players who have shown promise, as well as anything else worht mentioning, and maybe some things not even worth mentioning. Tomorrow and Wednesday are the rookies and selected veterans, as you all know, so expect news about them tomorrow and Wednesday...

Once again, if you have questions, I'll do my damnedest to answer them for you, but if I don't know, I won't BS you. I may give my input on it, but that is all it will be...

eaglesalltheway
07-28-2009, 11:07 AM
Well morning practice is over, and I'm home...

The team will be in shorts until Friday, I believe, so we aren't in real football yet. I first came in as the OL group, who was out before most everyone else. I can't believe I forgot how tall King Dunlap is. Though he is still thin for an O-Linemen, I can see a noticable difference in his size, particularly his arms. He still looks more like a freakishly tall TE out there though... They were going through some drills, going over technique and footwork, implementing to heavy bags and doing some one on ones. Juan Castillo was spending a lot of time with Mike McGlynn.

After a little while I moved a bit to watch Donovan throw to Cornelius Ingram and Eugene Bright. Both did a great job of going for the catch with their hands throughout. I'm not wuite sure what either are listed at for height, but Ingram is pretty tall looking, and Bright, though he looks thicker, and more like a blocking TE, seems to have great hands. He only dropped one ball, on a laser from Donovan on a quick slant, as if he were lined up in a slot WR position. Ingram didn't drop a single throw throughout this drill.

The QBs/RBs/WRs then just went over some plays on the one field, while I'm sure the defense was doing something similar, I honestly wasn't paying much attention to the other field, as I couldn't see much of it anyway. But it was mostly passing plays, Curtis did well, and McCoy showed off his receiving abilities throughout. Marcus Thigpen had a drop on one of the balls thrown to him from Feeley, but besides that, I don't remember much of him. Gibson did very well too, showing off his hands. Brandon Robinson also had quite a few receptions in this time. I don't remember seeing much from Danny Amendola here either. Reid would watch most of this from about 25 yards down the field, as if he were a Safety or something, haha. I was watching him take down notes with his red pen every once in a while...

Then the team would move to the defense's field (field 2, I believe). (There are three fields. Field one is primarily for ST purposes, 2 is for Defense, and 3 is for offense, primarily. There is a bunch of room in between the fields for the OL, as well as cameras and VIP people allowed on the field to watch.) Here they did some skeleton work, its just working on coverage and receivign abilities. McCoy and Ingram both had a TON of receptions, and neither dropped a ball as well. Ingram had the play of the morning, making a crazy diving catch in the middle of the field, with a LB and safety covering him very tightly. One fo the people near me said, "I'm so glad LJ Smith is gone." This made my heart warm. On one McCoy reception, he would juke out one of the defenders, I think it was CB Courtney Robinson, and you could see Donovan was liking it, as he was copying Robinson's leg movement, and almost falling over. This was one of many moves by McCoy that would be very impressive. The receivers seemed to have the defenders beat throughout this drive, but most of the defenders are guys that aren't likely to make the final roster anyway. Byron Parker, from the CFL, seemed vocal, but confused his assignments on at least two plays, at least from my perspective. One of them let Danny Amendola completely wide open for a TD. Reid called the offense in, and I think he was upset, because you could hear him say that he wanted the offense to "walk through it so the defense could see what was going on". Ingram had a couple TDs, great catches. He really has an advantage with his height. I need to check how tall he is listed at... But McCoy had a number of great plays as well. Guess what guys, I saw a fade route today! Cold it be we actually use this in the offense? It would be completed to Shaheer McBride (I think it was him, 95% sure) for a TD.

This was a fairly short practice, and the team then stretched it out, and after the stretches everyone left, except for the O-linemen. I didn't think much of it then, but Stacey Andrews wasn't really stretching too hard, and on some, wasn't even barely doing the stretch. Looking back, I think he is still taking it easy on his knee, as the lower body stretches were what he was taking it easy on the most.

But once I worked my way over to where the O-linemen were, they were working on pulling technique. Paul Fanaika was doing a real great job, I noticed he was getting out of his position well, in one fluid movement was out of his stance and pulling effectively. I could hear Castillo say "Great job Paul", and he only did this once. MJG, on the other hand, didn't look nearly as good. He would coil up, and then shoot out of his stance before he pulled, wasting a lot of movement. I'm not sure if this was something Castillo was talking to him about between his reps doing this, but MJG looked sloppy while he was pulling. I think MJG did about 6 or 7 reps of this, much more than the other O-linemen did. McGlynn did this about three times, but his footwork when he was pulling looked weird, he almost looked pigeon-toed the first time he pulled, and Castillo talked to him (couldn't hear what he was saying unless he was yelling) But he looked smoother the next time around. Fenuki Tupou was lined up mostly on the left side of the ball, I'm not quite sure if the team plans on having him at LT or not, but I think it'd be best if he stays of the right side.

Guys that stuck out, really played well fromt he looks of it were Cornelius Ingram and LeSean McCoy epsecially. But Paul Fanaika seemed to be doing everything right. And Dalls Reynolds seemed to be doing pretty well.

I saw a couple people there, Sal Paolantonio and Dave Spadaro, but no Drew Rosenhaus, haha.

Edit: Also, adding something... I was talking to one of the staff members, he said he saw Jim Johnson around, so having him around has got to be nice for him, the coachesn and the players. This guy also said that the team cut and then re-signed King Dunlap, I looked into it on the team site, didn't see anything about it, maybe it was one of those things to get him in the right mind set or something... not quite sure, if it is true that is... But there woudl be some sort of notation of that on the team site, so I'm unsure if he just heard wrong or something.

superman8456
07-28-2009, 12:06 PM
Do you have any news on how Winston Justice and his move to RT? Did you see any of my boy Chris Clemons?

eaglesalltheway
07-28-2009, 12:09 PM
Do you have any news on how Winston Justice and his move to RT? Did you see any of my boy Chris Clemons?

I didn't see either there, I don't think they had to report yet...

There are only 2 D-Linemen in camp, Josh Gains and Jervonte Jackson, so I haven't been able to follow them much yet.

eaglesalltheway
07-28-2009, 12:15 PM
Also, should mention, Curtis looked real good, solid, I didn't mention him much but I feel he should be mentioned. Also, the punter, Parrish, was really booming some kicks. I couldn't see how far they were going due to my angle, but you could hear his contact with the ball from about 200 yards away.

Also, added incentive to get guys there, some of the girls that "patrol" the area are pretty decent looking, so give it a shot, plus the girls that come to watch...lol.

eaglesalltheway
07-28-2009, 12:21 PM
Just looked at the team site, Ingram is listed at 6'4, and is real lean. He has room to fill out his frame for sure. But he can be a real red zone threat...

brat316
07-28-2009, 12:32 PM
ahhaha nice stuff man.

Thumper
07-28-2009, 01:28 PM
I watch the Eagles live stuff and the receivers look as if they're seriously owning the secondary, I've heard nothing but good things about the receivers and I've heard that Gibson and Curtis are doing great. And the defense can't even stop the UDFA rookies and practice squad guys.

eaglesalltheway
07-28-2009, 01:36 PM
I watch the Eagles live stuff and the receivers look as if they're seriously owning the secondary, I've heard nothing but good things about the receivers and I've heard that Gibson and Curtis are doing great. And the defense can't even stop the UDFA rookies and practice squad guys.

Keep in mind that the defenders have Ingram, McCoy, Shady, Curtis, and others to go against. These skeletons are designed more for the offense anyway, so it isn't too big of a deal...

brat316
07-28-2009, 01:47 PM
yeah, i don't think this is the starting secondary. I think it just PS guys.

eaglesalltheway
07-28-2009, 05:47 PM
Well I know not to trust that staff member, he had said Johnson was at camp today. I really find it hard to believe. RIP Jim Johnson, you will be greatly missed...

eaglesalltheway
07-28-2009, 06:39 PM
Well, I am in a crappy mood right now, but here is my synopsis of this afternoon's practice.

Well, I thought I would be up for a nice break form the hot sun, as on the drive over, the area where the field is was nice and cloudy. Well literally half a mile from the complex, it went from sunny, to a downpour. I wasn't worried about practice being moved indoors because I knew it'd only last a while, but holy crap did it make it humid, and the sun would come out, unshielded for the rest of the practice. I would once again start out with the O-linemen, and King Dunlap was really impressing in the drills, which were focused on footwork and hand placement. Castillo even said to him, "What you are doing is perfect". You could hear Juan Castillo barking out, "your inside leg on their outside leg", throughout the drill, and vice versa when they switched it up. On MJG's turn, he dropped his head too low, and I could hear Castillo telling him to drop his neck. I've never hear that one before, lol. But with these drills being for run blocking, I kept an extra close eye on Stacey Andrews, and he was the most impressive on the bunch. Later on, as the group was doing a drill where the Linemen drops back, and punches two "rushers" (going half speed, this makes sure footwork is taught, the tempo here will pick up as the TC progresses) as they head toward him. Tupuo woudl hit Dunlap's bag with his punches, , apprently Dunlap wasn't expecting it, but Tupuo hit ittough enough that Dunlap's bag came back and hit him right in his facemask, and MJG said "You gotta watch yourself" to Dunlap, and a couple of the other linemen were laughing. Later in the drills, one fo the linemen sadi something to MJG, and he said something about Union workers, and the entire drill got a laugh out of that. The unit would then practice some ways to neutralize bull rushes, and Tupuo was doing a good job as well as Paul Fanaika.

Donovan came out and was joking even more than usual today. He is always getting laughs from the fans, but today he had quick little quips and just his reactions to certain things going on at the beginning of practice had a bunch of people laughing or cheering.

Well guys, unfortunately Cornelius Ingram isn't perfect, I saw him drop a pass today, as well as miss a potential TD catch in the skeleton drill due to tripping. Shame on him, lol. He was still exceptionally consistent however, as he had two drops the entire practice (not counting the skelton play) that I saw, and I saw at least 30 passes in his direction, whether it be in TE drills or against defenders.

Ingram and McCoy would impress again today, though I was more impressed with their performances this morning. Eldra Bukcly really had problems receiving the ball this afternoon, and this further hurts his chances of sticking with the team. Marcus Malei, who had looked pretty good in the morning, though not spectacular, dropped a sure fire TD catch in the skeleton drills, as he was completely uncovered by the defense. Shady woudl see a lto fo receptions in the drill, and almost every time, you'd hear Donovan say, "Bring that back McCoy". I noticed how Donovan's voice carries. He doesn't even raise his voice, but he can be heard from very far away. Many times, you'll hear him before you see him, and that is hard to think, considering he is wearing a big red jersey.

This parctice seemed short, as it didn't even last an hour and a half, and the team left the field without having any players go around talking to fans, and the final gathering of the players was quiet. I would findout the reason after I got home...

By now many of you know that Jim Johnson has passed. Their was a mother and daughter, who I had talked to during the morning practice, that came to the afternoon practice with a sign that read "Get Well Jim Johnson". That sign almost seems painfully ironic now that I know he was probably gone while the woman and her daughter wer holdign that sign. (Honestly guys, this is getting pretty tough...) ...The practice started with a happy-go-lucky attitude, but by the end (Comcast reported Andy had a phone brought to him during the practice delivering the news, I didn't see it happen, didn't see him for a while at one point) the mood had switched, and now I know why.

Goodbye Jim Johnson, rest in peace, and lets get the chamopionship you deserved to win here in Philly...

eaglesalltheway
07-28-2009, 06:52 PM
Listening to the press conference, hearing the one reporter ask if there will be a commemorative patch made me visualize it in my mind, and seeing "JJ" on a patch on the team is real tough for me. Brought tears to my eyes...

superman8456
07-28-2009, 08:48 PM
Listening to the press conference, hearing the one reporter ask if there will be a commemorative patch made me visualize it in my mind, and seeing "JJ" on a patch on the team is real tough for me. Brought tears to my eyes...

I hope Dawkins wears one up in Denver. It would make me upset if he didnt.

eaglesalltheway
07-28-2009, 10:18 PM
I hope Dawkins wears one up in Denver. It would make me upset if he didnt.

I'm sure if tis up to him, he will, but I'm not sure if it would be his decision. I can't see why anyone would have a problem with it though...

eaglesalltheway
07-29-2009, 10:08 AM
This morning's practice was held under weather perfectly fitting for the situation the team is in since last evening, as the clouds covered the sky the entire time, with the heat and humidity still oppressive, despite the temperature being only about 75. The mood was different than it was yesterday afternoon, but it was pretty much a normal day.

Watching the linemen, MJG wasn't out today, and I'm unsure the reason for him not being there, hopefully it has nothing to do with his injury. Donovan was absent again this morning, and I don't know why he was gone yet either.

The linemen were once again doing drills that involved pulling, this time working more with the space around them and perfecting "dive blocks". Once again, Paul Fanaika and King Dunlap looked good, and were getting lots of praise from Juan Castillo. Stacey Andrews looked good in the drill as well while pulling, but Castillo was talking to something about his approach to the blocking dummy. You can always tell when Castillo sees something he doesn't like, as you'll hear him saying, "Whoa", and you'll always knwo when he likes something one of the linemne has done as well. Fenuki Tupuo was real high throughout this drill, and it was something Castillo was talking with him throughout. They then moved on to some pass blocking, and Castillo was drving home the point about using your hips and upper legs to get that initial power to neutralize the defender. Most of the linemen looked real good throughout.

There were some 7 on 7s, and Once again, McCoy was looking good when he was in. Same goes for Ingram, I think this will be a common occurance until the rest of the vets are here... Macho Harris also had a nice INT, and had a shot to make LeSean McCoy look silly, as he cut out then in, making McCoy do what he is used to doing to defenders. He must have been trying to make up for earlier in practice, while I was watching the linemen, one of the secondary coaches yelled at him, telling him to pay attention and get his chin strap in. A few plays later, McCoy would return the favor to Harris though, and spun right away from Harris after receiving it in the flat, causing the crowd to applaud. Every Amendola catch was applauded, and every Amendola catch was an easy one... He even gets applauded when he drops ball. Is it bad that I already hate Amendola for that pure fact alone?

Both Buckley and Malei did a better job of catching the ball this morning in their drills and "against air", as well as in the skeletons, which is great for them if they do somehow make the team. i wouldn't count on it though.

Marcus Thigpen also had trouble catching the ball, but Brandon Robinson looked pretty good out there, as well as McBride. I didn't see Brandon Gibson out there either, come to think of it, I wonder why he wasn't out there... I think Mike Gibson was also missing from the OL group.

I watched D-linemen Jervante Jackson and Josh Gain in fumble recovery drills. It was ugly, neither coudl get a truly good grasp on the ball, and a lot of them would defintiely have been recovered by someone else if it was a game situation. I also noticed that Charleston Hughes seems to have great , even natural, hands for a LB.

As a whole, in the offense-defense matchups throughout practice, I did notice a better level of play from the defense, with a lot more incompletions than yesterday.

This was the shortest of the practices I've been to so far, lasting about an hour and 15 minutes.

Also, one thing to mention... I had a bad feeling yesterday as I was walking in to the afternoon practice, so much so that I thought that maybe one of the players was going to get hurt, one of those "expecting something bad" feelings. I just find it wierd that I had that feeling when everything with Jim Johnson was happening.

Thumper
07-29-2009, 05:24 PM
I am amazed at Cornelius Ingram, he makes incredible catches. He uses his size and speed and the man can jump. If he keeps this torrid pace up, Ingram will be starting soon enough. Granted the pads aren't out yet but he is just soo impressive right now. I can't wait to see him this season split out wide, lined up as the TE and playing the H-Back role. He will be a good one.

Also I've heard Macho Harris is playing well, but he is not up to speed. He missed some OTA's with injury and fell behind and I read that he got yelled at for not being prepared for a play and not having his chinstrap on (meaning he wasn't paying attention and was zoning out).

I haven't heard anything about Jack Ikewuonu, any news on him? I expect big things from him.

Thumper
07-30-2009, 01:26 PM
Todays practices are closed to the public, but they will be open later and Eagles Live will be on at 6 so hopefully they'll have some footage.

camp_eagles
07-30-2009, 01:52 PM
Todays practices are closed to the public, but they will be open later and Eagles Live will be on at 6 so hopefully they'll have some footage.

YAY Spadaro

Thumper
07-30-2009, 02:02 PM
Let it be known that I do not watch for Spadaro's talk show skills, I watch for the the practice clips...

camp_eagles
07-30-2009, 02:42 PM
Let it be known that I do not watch for Spadaro's talk show skills, I watch for the the practice clips...

I love the people who call in and just say dumb stuff like after Dave says there is no new news on Jmac's contract people ask how hes doing in camp. It always puts a smile on my face.

eaglesalltheway
07-30-2009, 03:25 PM
I am amazed at Cornelius Ingram, he makes incredible catches. He uses his size and speed and the man can jump. If he keeps this torrid pace up, Ingram will be starting soon enough. Granted the pads aren't out yet but he is just soo impressive right now. I can't wait to see him this season split out wide, lined up as the TE and playing the H-Back role. He will be a good one.

Also I've heard Macho Harris is playing well, but he is not up to speed. He missed some OTA's with injury and fell behind and I read that he got yelled at for not being prepared for a play and not having his chinstrap on (meaning he wasn't paying attention and was zoning out).

I haven't heard anything about Jack Ikewuonu, any news on him? I expect big things from him.

Ingram and McCoy are the unquestioned start so far. Boith have done everything right. they are making plays, looking good, and most importantly, understanding what they should be doing. Harris has looked good so far, and if there is a 3rd star so far in TC, it might be him, though Charleston hughes has looked good.

Ike has been doing a pretty good job so far. He hasn't been making too many picks, that get notoriety, but he is covering well and is breaking up some passes.

eaglesalltheway
07-30-2009, 03:26 PM
Let it be known that I do not watch for Spadaro's talk show skills, I watch for the the practice clips...

Bingo... you guys participate in the chats too?

Thumper
07-30-2009, 03:35 PM
No I do not.

Also I read todays practice blog:
http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/bloghead/

Some things that stood out:
The amount of injuries, Asante Samuel, Jason Peters, Macho Harris, Brian Westbrook and Trevor Laws were all out with injuries.

Also the starting offensive line in the absence of Jason Peters was:
LT: Herramens LG: Cole C: Jackson RG: WINSTON JUSTICE (WTF?) RT: Shawn Andrews

Where is Stacy? He was not listed as injured and he has supposedly looked very good so why in the hell is Winston Justice at RG over him?

Also the second team defensive line looks really funky: Darren Howard at weakside DE, Dan Klecko playing NT, Jervonte Jackson at UT and Chris Clemons at strong side DE.

That IMO should be flipped. Howard is a big and strong guy who can easily play LE, Klecko doesn't even weigh 280 pounds and he is the NT over Jervonte Jackson who was listed at 350 pounds in college? Not to mention Klecko is much better suited for UT duties and Clemons is a RE through and through.

Thumper
07-30-2009, 03:43 PM
It seems I have misread the blog.

It is Stacy Andrews starting at RG and Winston Justice starting at RT and they just said that Shawn Andrews has yet to be seen on the practice field. Well at least we've been through this before...

Also Tank Daniels is supposedly looking good.

Thumper
07-30-2009, 04:22 PM
Well this sucks:
4:45 PM - Andy Reid just gave quick injury word on the guys missing from practice. Six players will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list: Brian Westbrook, Victor Abiamiri, Shawn Andrews who's back tightened up on him after the running this morning, Trevor Laws who has a hamstring issue, Jason Peters who has a quad spam, and Asante Samuel who has a hamstring spasm (BW)
4:56 PM - Two more injury notes from the Andy Reid press conference. Macho Harris has a slight high ankle sprain that he suffered on the last play of yesterday's practice and Byron Parker has slight hamstring problem. (BW)

eaglesalltheway
07-30-2009, 07:07 PM
That no biggie, its just saying they can't practice... But with all the injuries being minor, there is no real big thing to be worried about right now. Macho Harris' high ankle sprain is the most serious one, and he'll probably even be back in time for TC. Nothing to be worried about in terms of injuries.

eaglesalltheway
07-30-2009, 07:11 PM
No I do not.

Also I read todays practice blog:
http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/bloghead/

Some things that stood out:
The amount of injuries, Asante Samuel, Jason Peters, Macho Harris, Brian Westbrook and Trevor Laws were all out with injuries.

Also the starting offensive line in the absence of Jason Peters was:
LT: Herramens LG: Cole C: Jackson RG: WINSTON JUSTICE (WTF?) RT: Shawn Andrews

Where is Stacy? He was not listed as injured and he has supposedly looked very good so why in the hell is Winston Justice at RG over him?

Also the second team defensive line looks really funky: Darren Howard at weakside DE, Dan Klecko playing NT, Jervonte Jackson at UT and Chris Clemons at strong side DE.

That IMO should be flipped. Howard is a big and strong guy who can easily play LE, Klecko doesn't even weigh 280 pounds and he is the NT over Jervonte Jackson who was listed at 350 pounds in college? Not to mention Klecko is much better suited for UT duties and Clemons is a RE through and through.

With how the defense is ran, RDT and LDT don't mean NT or UT, they literally mean Right and Left, lol. However, depending on who is in, you will see they line up in different spots. the LDT, depending on who is in, if its Bunk, will be more in a 0, 1, or 2 (usually 1) technique, and if it is Klecko, he'll be in a 3 or 4 (usually 3). But when Klecko is in, the other DT will usually be in that 1 technique, you know what I mean?

superman8456
07-30-2009, 08:00 PM
Any word on Winston Justice?

I actually like the Chris Clemons at strongside DE for some reason.

eaglesalltheway
07-31-2009, 03:51 PM
Any word on Winston Justice?

I actually like the Chris Clemons at strongside DE for some reason.

Not him specifically, but the OL got beat up this morning, Trent Cole was ecverywhere. Clemons played LE last season in most of his snaps. Keep in mind that he is the strong side DE in passing situations, where "strong side" doesn't really matter as much, as his role is to just pin his ear back and fly to the ball. It may just be a matter of Howard being more comfortable pass rushing form the right and Clemons on the left, you know what I mean? If you haven't played the positions, most people don't even realize there is a difference, but for some guys, they just feel better with one of their shoulders outside rather than the other...

eaglesalltheway
07-31-2009, 04:27 PM
Well this morning was a doozy. Got there early, spoke with Akers again, and saw a lot of Philly's reporters.

The stars of the morning.... Brent Celek is in the running for the #1 star today. He came in in shape, last year he looked like he had a little bit of extra on his stomach, not fat, just loose in the core, but he REALLY looks fit. Caught just about everything thrown to him and simply made plays. Shady was prominent yet again, making plays with his hands and his legs, not much to say besides him really impressing yet again. DeSean as usual, blew up Lehigh, making two exceptional catches, one of which, Adam Caplan (?) said was the best he'd ever seen in TC, he extended his entire body and brought it in with his fingertips, the crowd went crazy. Trent Cole was everywhere, as I said before, raked in a few "sacks". Bunk played real well, got a few tackles, and all the starting LBs played well, especially when it got to full contact. Mikell played real well, and Demps had a pick and fumble recovery, just two plays in which he made. The OL, with both Tackles missing, was hurting, and as I said before, the DL as a whole took advantage of them. Bryan Smith had a "sack", but besides that, didn't do much worth noting.

Hank Baskett had a case of the dropsies today, where he had at least 6 drops, and those were only the ones I saw. Booker couldn't get a handle on the ball either, and had a lot of problems receiving it. There was kickoff today, but that seemed like nothing was worht mentioning, as not the usual personnell was in either unit. I mean Shady was in kickoff coverage, that should tell you it all...

My personal favorite part of the day, besides the actual hitting, was the one-on-one WR/CB drills. DeSean abused every CB in thsi rep, in one instance knocking Hanson (IIRC) right on his ass after getting him off balance. DeSean has really learned how to beat the jam, I was real impressed with what he did in that regard. Curtis got injured before this drive, with a thigh contusion, but it isn't serious, and he should be OK relatively soon. Reggie did alright in the drill. Avant looked real good, ran nice routes and caught the ball well. Gibson did a great job in this drill as well, though he was lined up on the lesser CBs in most instances. Amendola did OK, though he really needs to work on his routes, they are ugly. Frickin Pinkston is telling him how to do better, lol. Brandon Robinson is having a nice camp. It is a shame, as he has arguably been the most impressive WR of the fringe guys, and he will most likely not make the roster, but I like him a lot. McBride is doing what he does in camp. Doing well, but nothing more.

Sheldon wasn't really heard from in this drill. Why? Because he was doing what he does, shut down his man. Hobbs really struggled against all the WRs, right now, I'd say if he keeps this up, he may be the dime, or even 5th CB. Hanson did real well, except for the one play against DeSean, covered well and didn't allow many catches. Ike looked real good, better than Hobbs. Ike is a little like Sheldon in that you won't hear about him, but its because he is on his man, not allowing him to make plays. Trae Williams had good and bad moments.

Demps and Mikell spend a lot of time talking together, and I like that these two are so close all the time, great chemistry. Sean Jones hasn't done much of anything yet, so take that for what its worth. Rashad Baker has had some good moments, but for the msot part, he goes unseen.

Westbrook was out on the sidelines today, and a lot of the fans were bugging him for pictures, but he was ignoring them. Why you ask? He was watching Shady. Any time Shady would come to the sideline, Westy would walk over, and I assume, ask him why he did certain things, and what to do in certain situations. These two are spending a lot of time with eachother as well. If Shady is able to absorb this from Westy, he can be dangerous, as he won't just be an athlete out there, but he'll have the smarts too.

Random notes...

Todd Herremans is awesome. One an off-sides, he screamed "HA HA" a la Nelson from the Simpsons.

Erin Andrews is a contagious attraction. A 40-something guy I was talking to asked me if I saw it. (unfortunately I haven't). But he couldn't stop talking about it, and I couldn't help but laugh inside.

Akers missed a 48 yarder today... Just sayin...

Bunk is the man... After practicem, everyone was hollering for Donovan and DeSean, getting pretty much no reaction. I just figured, WTF, I'll be different, and Bunk is the man, so I'll give it a shot. I gave a big holler to Bunk, and he just pointed back and gave a big smile.

Kyle Eckel is a cool dude. He came right over to a family with two little girls and handed each one a glove, and talked to the father and grandfather. The father had been in Iraq, and they were talking for a little bit.


I went back for the afternoon practice real early. So early that the team site was still doing Training Camp Live, and none of the players were out yet. So I figured I'd watch it for a bit, until the players came out and did their thing. But I ended up beign on the program. I was drinking a Mountain Dew, when I hear Spadaro say, "Don't be shy, wave to the camera". I didn't even realize they were in me and a few other people, so I waved. But then he said, on the show that he just wanted to let everyone know it wasn't beer and that is was "another great pepsi product"... (Apparently Pepsi is a major sponsor). So if there was a short stocky guy, wearing an Eagles shirt in sunglasses drinking a Dew when you were watching, its me, and that is my 10 seconds of internet fame...

The afternoon practice would be moved indoors due to some big time rain that came in, and I got drenched, but I guess it was worth it, lol. Will be back with more tomorrow...

Thumper
07-31-2009, 05:46 PM
Haha I wish I could be there and it should be noted that Quintin Demps was the one who injured Curtis (Demps seems to be developing a mean streak I mean look at what he did to Kurt Warner lol)

Also you mentioned that Westbrook and Shady are close, you're right they're so close that Shady is living with Westbrook.
http://delcotimes.com/articles/2009/07/30/sports/doc4a71159b964bf841514303.txt

McCoy just seems like he is going to be great one day.

Also I can't wait to see Jackson this season.

eaglesalltheway
07-31-2009, 06:15 PM
Haha I wish I could be there and it should be noted that Quintin Demps was the one who injured Curtis (Demps seems to be developing a mean streak I mean look at what he did to Kurt Warner lol)

Also you mentioned that Westbrook and Shady are close, you're right they're so close that Shady is living with Westbrook.
http://delcotimes.com/articles/2009/07/30/sports/doc4a71159b964bf841514303.txt

McCoy just seems like he is going to be great one day.

Also I can't wait to see Jackson this season.

Smart decision by the team to put them together, they really seem close, almost like an older brother talking things over with a younger brother, in fact. They share the dorms though, a lot different than living together, haha. At first I thought it was about Shady actually living with Westbrook, and I've never heard of that before, lol.

I hinted at it in my writeup, but I don't think Demps should jsut be labelled as a playmaker anymore. Sure he still is a playmaker, but he is doing a much better job in run support, while still maintaining his playmaking abilities against the pass. Him and Mikell are real close as well (so close that Mikell was the one who told Demps about Johnson's passing), and I wonder if he has been picking things up from him.

Jackson is looking great, as always. If it is possible, it looks like he got quicker, and a lot more comfortable. I can't wait to see him in game action, he is going to make CBs look silly all season.

eaglesalltheway
07-31-2009, 07:37 PM
http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/multimedia/index.asp?mm_file_id=7399&play_clip=y

There's no time listed on it, but if you put the time indicator above the "a" in Part, which is below the time bar, you can see me, I'm the guy with the Mountain Dew, lol, if you're real interested in seeing what I look like, lol.

(You shouldn't be interested in what I look like)

Edit, nevermind, it won't link to the second video, but if you click on the video on the right that says Training Camp Live Archive: July 31, part 2 and do that thing with the time, you'll find me... with the Dew.

eaglesalltheway
08-01-2009, 12:02 PM
Well, this morning was a pretty good practice, I focused mostly on the defense and the runnign drills, as I had paid attention to the receiver drills yesterday.

McCoy and Weaver were the stars from my perspective throughout the day, and especially in the running drills. A lot of it was until first contact, not full on tackling, but Weaver can realoly hammer people and he can also run the ball. Weaver is the only person who I've seen shut up Omar Gaither in the past two years, and Gaither will talk when no one is listening... Eldra Buckley had a good day again, but he is going up against mostly 3rd string defense.

During full contact, both first team units shined through, as both were lined up against the respective #2 units. DeSean had two TDs, as well as some great runs by McCoy, and Weaver had some nice runs as well, highlighted by a monster gallup. I loved his signing, and am loving it more and more by the second. He lead blocks well, and in a pass protection drill, he was damn near perfect in every aspect. Never got beat, or even close to being beat for that matter. (This is where he shut up Gaither).

In the pass protection drill, both Shady and Ingram performed MUCH better than I expected. Shady flat out beat up Quentin Mikell on his first rep, but Mikell came back and beat him the second try after a great move. Shady won the other battles. Ingram was impressive, with hsi height, and relatively narrow frame, and his reputation as a receiver, I wasn't wuite sure whetehr or not to believe the reports that he was a better blocker than advertised. Well he is, he won most of his battles, and recovered well. He continues to impress. Celek got stronger since last season. He had to have done so. He also won most of his battles. Booker failed horribly at pass pro, no surprise, and Buckley was alright.

I had a moment where I nearly threw a fellow Eagles fan off the stands today, I really wanted to. He sat down in a Dawkins Bronco jersey, no big deal right? On the back, he had tape over it and it said "Traitor". I asked him about it, he said if Dawk would've wanted to be an Eagle he would've came back no matter what, and then (and this is what made me flip the **** out) he said that he wishes that Dawk breaks his neck n the first preseason game... Myself and about 4 other people couldn't believe he just said that. I said, "Excuse me?" and he repeated his wish... I proceeded to go on a relatively quiet tirade, bitching at this grown man, asking him if he truly is an
Eagle fan, and why the **** he'd want something like that to happen to one of, if not the greatest Eagels of all time, and told him he doesn't deserve to be here, and should leave. He wouldn't leave, as I figured, but didn't say a word the entire time, and the people behind me were giving him **** about it too..

Eugene Bright will not make this team, I had high hopes for him to win the 3rd TE spot, but he won't, you can tell by watching him. He has inconstistent hands and needs to work a ton on his blocking. He may stick around on the PS in hopes of developing him, as he is very raw, but that is it...

camp_eagles
08-01-2009, 12:16 PM
I had a moment where I nearly threw a fellow Eagles fan off the stands today, I really wanted to. He sat down in a Dawkins Bronco jersey, no big deal right? On the back, he had tape over it and it said "Traitor". I asked him about it, he said if Dawk would've wanted to be an Eagle he would've came back no matter what, and then (and this is what made me flip the **** out) he said that he wishes that Dawk breaks his neck n the first preseason game... Myself and about 4 other people couldn't believe he just said that. I said, "Excuse me?" and he repeated his wish... I proceeded to go on a relatively quiet tirade, bitching at this grown man, asking him if he truly is an
Eagle fan, and why the **** he'd want something like that to happen to one of, if not the greatest Eagels of all time, and told him he doesn't deserve to be here, and should leave. He wouldn't leave, as I figured, but didn't say a word the entire time, and the people behind me were giving him **** about it too..


This guy is clearly not an eagles fan.

camp_eagles
08-01-2009, 12:22 PM
http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/multimedia/index.asp?mm_file_id=7399&play_clip=y

There's no time listed on it, but if you put the time indicator above the "a" in Part, which is below the time bar, you can see me, I'm the guy with the Mountain Dew, lol, if you're real interested in seeing what I look like, lol.

(You shouldn't be interested in what I look like)

Edit, nevermind, it won't link to the second video, but if you click on the video on the right that says Training Camp Live Archive: July 31, part 2 and do that thing with the time, you'll find me... with the Dew.

OMG Dave Spadaro acknowledged your existence you are one lucky guy.:rolleyes:

eaglesalltheway
08-01-2009, 04:44 PM
OMG Dave Spadaro acknowledged your existence you are one lucky guy.:rolleyes:

What can I say, I have that effect on people... Thats right, the effect that they acknowledge my existence... lol.

I will say one thing, he may seem like a raging homer in his publications and on camera, but he tells it to people point blank in person

eaglesalltheway
08-01-2009, 04:45 PM
This guy is clearly not an eagles fan.

You have no idea how livid this made me, if it wouldn't have been a public place, I would have beat him down, lol.

eaglesalltheway
08-01-2009, 05:26 PM
This afternoon was a completely different experience than the morning, my company was much better... More on that later.

LeSean McCoy is the real deal. I know its early in camp, but it is obvious, and plays like his leaping jump to snare a high McNabb pass just show it. He jumped at least 3 feet clean off the ground to haul this thing down. I'm not going to tred over things already said in this thread, but all he does is impress, he simply makes plays everywhere, and is impressing in all facets of his game, yes, even blocking! Can't wait till he gets more mature.

Cornelius Ingram had his second real drop of training camp in live action, during 7-on-7s. But as a whole he catches the ball real well, and, is a better blocker from the looks of it than previously anticipated.

Weaver isn't human, this I am sure of. He is shaped like a brick, but holy crap is he athletic, even moreso than I had thought, and I had high expectations when he was signed. He is pulling off some good catches too, and does damage after the reception, I'm contemplating buying his jersey...lol.

Brent Celek has heard about Ingram's camp, and is answering back. And then some. Except for DeSean, he may be the most impressive player arriving with the veterans, and honestly, despite Ingram's incredible camp, Celek is matching and possibly exceeding it. We have two great TEs on this team gentlemen, and boy will it be fun to watch.

Though I am preferring the team keep Eckel as the thrid RB, I am beginning to think that will be unlikely. He doesn't pass block well, and Eldra Buckley is outperforming him running the ball. Eckel is at the disadvantage as he is seeing most of his time in the FB position though. Buckley is also blocking better than him so far, and this may be where he is truly separating himself. Buckley isn't all that big, but definitely runs with power. He isn't a power back, but has power in his game. he is a little like Correl Buckhalter, but his hands aren't as good as Bucky's.

Stewart Bradley has been real impressive so far, raking in tackles this morning, and "tackles" (plays go till contact) this afternoon, as well as breaking up passes, and this afternoon, getting a pick.

Not much has been heard from Joe Mays. The "Headbuster" has been relatively quiet to date. Granted there has only been two practices with full contact, but this time last year he had already made his impact by the second day of rookie camp.

Sheldon Brown is Sheldon Brown. He is shutting people down. Joselio Hanson had a nice afternoon. He was doinf well in coverage, and had a pick off of a pass intedend for Reggie Brown.

So, I'm sitting watching some one-on-ones, and two very good looking women come over, ask me if I could move over a bit and make some. Sure no big deal, there's plenty of room. A little while later, two girls who were their friends show up and sit down beside them. Why am I mentioning this...? Well, when the play above happened, the woman next to me stood up and started screaming and cheering for him. After she was done, she said, "I'm sure he's thinking to himself, Meagan, just shut up." So immediately, I assumed she knew him, looked over, they had sticker that are for player and coaches family members, as well as the other three women. I asked how they were related, and Meagan said that she was his girlfriend. so I did the only thing I could think of and said to tell him I said good luck this season and that I've heard he really cares about young kids in need, and he should be real respected. She got all bashful and said thank you and all that stuff, and we really didn't talk much after that. Throughout the rest of the practice, I was listening to their conversations since they were right next to me. She had talked about how Buckhalter went to Colorado (lol) and that Joselio and Trae Williams must be real good friends, as they were watching him closely as well. There was a mysterious apple incident, and two of her friends were interested in Danny Amendola, if he was single. Lots of girl talk, but theres a little extra side story for you all.

Pretty much a typical day, no injuries that I noticed. But I did notice Demps had a wrap around his lower leg, which I assume was from his collision with Curtis yesterday. He didn't miss any time yesterday or today, so he toughed it out. I am liking Demps more and more every time I see him as well.

Curtis was back, looks like he'll be back for good unless he takes a good shot at his contusion again, or injures something else (I hope not).

Excuse me if I'm not talking much about DeSean, but I've come to expect his performances in training camp. Its sad but true. Shady is becoming the same way. I was thinking to myself that Shady is impressing like DeSean did last year, both did/ do almost everything right.

We apparently signed a DT from St Louis's Practice Squad form last year, Willy Williams, and he is 6'4" 305. Just a camp body, but as soon as Maclin signs, we will have to release one of the guys at camp. Expect a WR or OL, maybe even a CB to be that casualty. Heard this before the practice started from Dave Spadaro, and a guy who was next to me asked him if he was a Pro-Bowler. Dave sarcastically said yes, but apparently it flew right over this guys head, because a little later he asked if the guy was going to start. He just answered that right now all he is gonna come in and do is play. There are a lot of real dumb Eagles fans, unfortunately, and there is some guy out there beleiving that Willy Williams will have a pro-bowl type season for us, when he won't even make the roster, which Dave said after the guy have left.

The EATW Sunburn Watch: My neck feels warm and my arms are getting dark. I may need to start putting sunscreen on if I don't want to get sun poisoning, lol.

Todd Bertuzzi
08-01-2009, 07:01 PM
EATW you must meet Kendra Wilkinson and take lots of pictures.

eaglesalltheway
08-02-2009, 12:02 AM
EATW you must meet Kendra Wilkinson and take lots of pictures.

She's staying at home I believe, but believe me, if I see her, I will take pictures, and I will do whatever it takes to post them...

Hank hasn't done too well the last few days, he needs to step up to solidify himself, though I truly don't think his roster spot is in danger...

eaglesalltheway
08-03-2009, 06:28 AM
Yesterdays morning practice was moved indoors and I couldn't go. Flight night caused there to be no afternoon practice, and I am working today, for at least the morning, but I should be able to go this afternoon, so I'll give some updates on that then...

superman8456
08-03-2009, 02:39 PM
Have you watched the oline at all?

Jason Peters being the probowler or 11.5 sack guy?

eaglesalltheway
08-03-2009, 05:57 PM
Have you watched the oline at all?

Jason Peters being the probowler or 11.5 sack guy?

My only opportunity to see him was this afternoon, and there were no full contact drills. (They only have full contact in the morning practices, and there wasn't a morning practice today.) I will definitely be keeping a close eye on him throughout camp. First impression though...

That mother****** is huge! Last year I thought King Dunlap was big (moreso tall than big). I thought MJG and Nick Cole were big, and they are. Then this year I saw Stacey Andrews and was like, "WTF, this guy is a monster!" And then I saw Peters today and holy christ is he big. Not as tall as Dunlap, and not as big around as either MJG or Cole, but just all around B I G. HE is shaped like a brick, if you stood it up on one of the ends, so is Stacey Andrews, as well as Leonard Weaver.

To answer if I watch the OL...I watch the O-line every day, they are the first unit that is out, and last unit to leave on a lot of days, and they do a lot of their drills right at the entrance, so I see a lot of them. Juan Castillo truly is the best OL coach in the biz. He could make some fatass in the stands like myself a practice squad guy, lol. Slight exaggeration, but you get my idea.

Seriously guys, any questions or things you want info on, tell me and I'll do waht I can to answer them.

eaglesalltheway
08-03-2009, 06:19 PM
Well today's afternoon practice was shorter than the previous afternoon practices. Good news was that Jason Peters and Asante Samuel were practicing. I saw Jervonte Jackson limping around a lot though, so I'm wondering if he was cramping or something, because he was practicing the whole day... Whatever it was, it wasn't too serious by the looks of it.

Another day, another great practice for Shady. I'm not sure if I said it before, but this is basically what DeSean was like last year, only at WR... Its getting to the point where you expect great things from him, much like DeSean. If your expectations aren't high for this guy, I suggest changing your tune, and if you don't, you will the first time you actually get a chance to watch him play for real. I'm not one for talking players up that haven't played a down, but Shady is the real deal people... He knows exactly what he is doing every play it seems, he had one mistake where he timed the snap poorly when he was put in motion out wide to the left, and had a false start as a result, but came back the next play and executed to perfection. As said as that may seem, that is the biggest mistake I've seen him have mentally, and he fixed it right away.

Sean Jones finally made an impression on me, and it was a good one, he had at least two INTs in a day where Kolb and Feeley combined for 8 of them, I'm not sure if they were defensive oriented drills though, so take the 8 INTs like it is a grain of salt... Kolb only threw two of them by the way. He hasn't really looked good or bad to me yet. Donovan was clean this practice in terms of INTs, but the DL, especially the DEs, came out in force again. Cole, Howard, Smith, Parker, Patterson, and Bunk all had would-be sacks. Let it be known that 3 of the 8 INTs were after these would-be sacks.

The offense seemed to be testing Mays, and I'd say he passed the challenge today. He broke up a pass, and if it were a game situation, would have been in position to make a play on a lot of other balls thrown his way. Charleston Hughes had a nice INT as well. It seems Gocong has taken lead of the LBs, which kind of seems odd considering he seems like a relatviley quiet guy. But he is the one leading the LBs to the drills this afternoon. Honestly, I expected Gaither woudl be the one stepping into that role, considerng his vocal nature. Gaither was in on passing downs, but I didn't really see much of him once the ball was snapped, which isn't a bad thing considering the type of practice it was.

Mikell and Demps are impressing me big-time. Demps especially since I expect it from Mikell. Demps gets an INT or pass break up every practice, it really is uncanny. Everyone talks about the loss of Dawk as a playmaker, we may have a playmaker in Demps, though in a slightly different breed. He always looks intense out on the field, even though its practice, I really like how he is working out there, and it is showing through. I can see why the coaches love him so much.

Asante broke up a pass with the back of his helmet, that was pretty much the extent of his action today... Sheldon continued his great camp, as did Jackson and Celek, and Ingram also made some plays, though i must say he seems to be diminishing a bit as the camp goes on due to the impact that Celek is having...

Its official, I have a man-crush on Leonard Weaver. That is all.

eaglesalltheway
08-06-2009, 11:17 AM
Sorry I haven't gotten any info up, but my internet has been acting screwey, really pissing me off. Yesterday Shady continued to impress in pass protection, and Maclin looked real nice out there, he has great hands, but as advertisedr, needs to work on his route running. Ingram sat out, but he was back today.

Today Shady continued his performances. There really isn't much more to say than to expect big things from him. He does everything and does it well, he lines up all over the formations, and shows great understanding of the playbook. Has had very very few mental mistakes, which is the most promising thing at this point. His athletecism is unquestioned, but his demeanor as a blocker is what is the most surprising and enjoyable for me. He tries to punish people in those drills, and I love that about him.

A few notes....

Don't expect OL Chirs Patirck to make the team, or even the PS, if he is eligible. He is easily the worst linemen, offense or defense, in camp.

King Dunlap has been looking good. Despite his height, he is able to get low enough to neutralize our pass rushers, and has had some good battles with Trent Cole, who may be having one of the best performances in the entire camp thus far.

Say what you want about Winston Justice over the past few years, but he is having a helluva camp. I was anticipating at least a battle for the backup RT roster position, but with how Tupou has played, don't expect anyone else but Justice there as the #2 RT this season, barring injury.

Eldra Buckley is beginning to look more attractive as the 3rd RB option to me, despite his inabilities as a blocker. (Though still better than Eckel and much better than Booker) He is a downhill runner that reminds me a little bit of Correl Buckhalter in his running style, though he isn't as good of a receiver as Bucky was for us...

Schoebel, despite being injured, is safe on the team. I had hopes Eugene Bright could come in and beat him for the #3 TE position and be a valuable blocker, but point blank, Bright sucks at blocking, he doesn't have enough speed or quickness to adjust to any moves. His hands aren't as good as they looked before the pads wnet on either...

Maclin has looked good the past two days, gets lot of help from the entire receiver group. Good hands, real good hands.

DeSean has been his usual self, he is a beast, and wuite possibly the smallest beast in the NFL.

The whole secondary has looked good. A lot of fans will confuse the drills where the defense basically allows the offense to make plays for the defense getting beat, but those are the ones who need their brains checked.

Cole and out DTs have looked great, actually the whole DL has looked great.

Mays is filling in admirably so far, and is doing just about what I expected once he was given reps with first team defense. Real good at stopping the run, and could improve his coverage, though he is always within a step of his man in coverage...

Gocong and Jordan have been playing real well.

Weaver is a man, that is all.

superman8456
08-06-2009, 03:53 PM
I absolutely love our oline depth. Its great and gives me great confidence going into next season. Especially when Shawn Andrews cant stay on the field to save his life. Shawn is wearing down my patience extremely fast.

How has Kevin Kolb looked? I've heard some people say some promising things.

D-Unit
08-06-2009, 05:19 PM
I still have faith in Winston Justice. Thought it was a mistake to pass on him on draft day. Good to hear he's trying to salvage his career.

eaglesalltheway
08-07-2009, 12:13 PM
I absolutely love our oline depth. Its great and gives me great confidence going into next season. Especially when Shawn Andrews cant stay on the field to save his life. Shawn is wearing down my patience extremely fast.

How has Kevin Kolb looked? I've heard some people say some promising things.

Kolb has been alright. He is going up against the #1 D most of the time with the #2 offense, and since a lot of the drills he participates in are designed to create opportunities for defenders, it looks like he is really sturggling to the fans that don't understand how the practices are set up. But when his is in drills where he is needed to succeed, he does pretty well. He still holds on to the ball a little to long for my liking, but there isn't much wrong with his actual throws. He is very accurate, and despite the ingorant fans thinking he can't throw past 30 yards, he has decent arm strength, and gets a nice tight spiral on most of his throws. He has good touch when needed as well, but he has had a few instances where you wonder why he made a certain decision. Overall it really is hard to say how he is doing since he doesn't get many true reps, but he isn't doing real well or real poorly. We will get a much better idea when the preseason games come around.

eaglesalltheway
08-07-2009, 12:15 PM
I still have faith in Winston Justice. Thought it was a mistake to pass on him on draft day. Good to hear he's trying to salvage his career.

He looked good last year in TC and the preseason as well, It'll be hard for him to truly slavage his reputation as a good football player until he gets an extended opportunity to do so, and with tht Eagles, he won't have much opportunity to do that... I still believe he will be a solid backup along our OL, specifically at RT...