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Practice Notes: Eagles Hit The Field

Posted May 29, 2014

With the mysticism and intrigue surrounding Chip Kelly's practice methods subsided from last spring, the attention for the first open practice of Organized Team Activities in Kelly's second season shifted from his music tastes (though Rihanna was still prevalent) to the actual action on the field.

Of course, the nature of these practices is that there is little "action" on the field, but because this was the first time we've seen the 2014 Eagles together, there were still plenty of takeaways from Thursday's activities. Without further ado, then, we present the first practice notes of the 2014 season …

  • There were no real surprises among the first-team offense or defense on Day 1. You already know the starting offensive line that protected Nick Foles, while the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends cycled through during practice. Some players who notably worked in with the first team on occasion included undrafted rookie tight end Trey Burton and undrafted rookie running back David Fluellen.
  • Some things change, some things stay the same as Brandon Boykin continued to make plays on Thursday, intercepting a Sanchez pass during 7-on7 drills. To be fair to Sanchez, though, wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah, the intended receiver, seemed to slip on the play.
  • At one point, free agent acquisition Nolan Carroll made an impressive deflection, rising in the air to bat away a pass intended for Cooper with one hand.
  • First-round pick Marcus Smith worked with the third-team defense, though, in a surprise to some, he was working at Barwin's normal left outside linebacker spot, not the right-sided spot normally occupied by Cole. Meanwhile, second-round pick Jordan Matthews was absent Thursday for an NFLPA event. He will return for practice next week.
  • On special teams, rookie Jaylen Watkins impressed as a gunner in punt coverage, downing a few balls inside the five-yard line. Let the Boykin comparisons continue.

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