Under hot and humid conditions, the Eagles conducted their second training session of this year's Training Camp on Sunday at the NovaCare Complex. The intensity on the field was also heated as the first scuffle of this year's Training Camp took place between linebacker
"The whole camp so far, he's been touching me a little bit too much. I'm trying to let him know it's OK if you can cover me," McCoy said with a smile. "It's OK."
Cole laughed off the episode as well. Linebacker
"It was all fun," Graham said. "Trent, T-Cole, gave him a little nudge, (McCoy) came back and tried to get him again. T-Cole just lifted him and boom. Next thing you know, they're on the ground scuffling."
How The Eagles' Tight Ends Create Stress
As the Eagles offense worked on the zone read and run plays during team drills on Sunday, the usage of the tight ends is something to note. The Eagles showcased a look with
"All of our tight ends are very versatile in myself, Brent and James (Casey). We can all do different things and excel at different things. I think that's what makes us very dangerous, especially in the run and the pass game," Ertz said. "I think when you have the three of us out there - Brent in the slot and me out wide – there are a lot of mismatches."
Ertz demonstrated how dangerous his size can be as he used his 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame to shield out cornerback
"I think just growing up playing basketball," Ertz said. "It's the same thing as going up for a rebound, using your body. You see that's how it is now with a lot of tight ends."
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Barkley showed deft touch on a completion to wide receiver
In the final team drill, Barkley delivered another beauty deep down the left sideline for rookie wide receiver
"Matt threw a perfect ball and I just caught it in stride," Boone said.
Boone signed with the Eagles as a rookie free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. Playing at LSU behind first-round pick Odell Beckham and second-round pick Jarvis Landry, Boone finished his Tigers career with 44 receptions for 611 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-foot, 202-pound Boone is used to making the most of limited opportunities.
"That was the situation for me in my last year. We had two good receivers who went early in the draft. One thing that I was always taught was when your number is called, be ready to make a play," Boone said.
"I just brought the same mentality over. If I get five reps, I'm going to make the most of those five reps. The one thing about here is you're going to get a lot of reps. With those reps, I just make sure I do what I'm supposed to do. And if it's not catching the ball, then it's being where I'm supposed to be. Make sure I'm on my block, focusing on the little things."
Having A Ball
During the special teams drills, the emphasis was on punt returns. Five players –
The returners also worked on fielding short punts and the split-second decision-making that goes into these plays which, if handled poorly, could be disastrous. On one return, Matthews tried to field the ball after it bounced, only to muff the catch. Running backs coach Duce Staley, who was overseeing the returners on the drill, signaled to Matthews that he needs to get out of the way next time.
It is evident to see during this drill why Sproles has caught at least 70 passes in each of the past three seasons. He has naturally strong hands and smothers the ball giving it no room to move.
"That's a great offensive line," Allen said. "I got a double-team today from J.P. and Mathis. It's not going to get much better than that. Obviously those are vets who know their business."
Allen set a school record at Wisconsin having played in 54 career games over his four years with the Badgers. While there are some differences, Allen's experience playing in the Badgers' 3-4 scheme has aided with his transition to the NFL.
"The general idea of the 3-4 is the same. You use big D-linemen to kind of plug up the inside and take care of those inside gaps and then get the ball outside. You just have to know your role," said Allen, channeling The Rock. "It's not really about being selfish or unselfish. I'm a 330-pound nose guard. I think I know and I'm aware of myself and what that means and I think you have to know what the coaches are asking you to do. We do a lot of stuff with the nose and the ends where you loop and you do different stunts. Not to get too technical, but they want guys who are big and athletic as well."
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"When you put the pads on its always better, because you have better things to strike," he said. "We'll have pads on tomorrow so I can show them what I can do physically."
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