Here are the news and notes from the Friday morning practice session that featured the participation of the veteran free agents for the first time of training camp.
Howard Mudd continues to work in players throughout the first-team offensive line. We've already seen sixth-round pick
That turned out to be true, but the new face wasn't Harris, it was
"I didn't find out until this morning when we were out there," Tupou said. "They asked if I'd talked to Mudd yet. I said no. When Mudd saw me, he said, 'You're going to the be right tackle with the ones.'"
Tupou had been working primarily at left tackle during training camp, so he had to reverse the role he'd been learning throughout the morning. He added that he's taken well to Mudd's blocking scheme, and to the coach as well.
"Coach Mudd, he's a different guy," Tupou said. "He's very old school obviously. He's on us tough, day in and day out. I like that. I'm used to that as a player because that's what I had at Oregon, and having it here, I respond well to that kind of coaching."
Harris, meanwhile, worked at right tackle with the second-team offense. Like Tupou, Harris was working alongside Watkins, who was getting double reps at right guard as a way to speed up his learning curve. The rest of the second-team offensive line featured Austin Howard at left tackle,
On the defensive line, where the tackle ranks have been weaned a bit in the past few days,
"It was great to get back out here and compete with these guys. It's a blessing," said Hargrove. "I think I fit well here. Coach Washburn trusted me enough to get off the ball, strike the guards and play hard. So that's what I'm going to do out here this next month and hopefully make this club."
The Jenkins and Hargrove tandem stood out during the nine-on-seven drills when they collapsed the interior, stuffing several running plays, earning an "Atta boy Tony!" from Jim Washburn. The defensive tackle who was signed almost in tandem with Hargrove,
As for Jenkins, he put on quite a performance. During one-on-one drills, he was able to get past
Also impressive during the one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive lines was
Earlier, we took a look at the dime defense the Eagles featured during the morning practice. That package featured
Finally, there is a triangle of jersey number changes to report.