It was a tough day at the NovaCare Complex as wide receiver
The big story on Saturday was when wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during a non-contact drill in practice.
In addition, wide receivers
THE QUARTERBACK REPORT
When Foles was asked about that comment, he laughed and told reporters he is confident that his skill set fits well into the new offensive system.
"When you have a quarterback in there, you go to what his strengths are," Foles said. "If I see a seam, I'm going to get as many yards as I can, I'll tell you that. I'm going to go as hard as I can each and every play, but I think my strengths are dropping back and throwing the ball and making decisions using my head."
Foles added that even though he may not be the fastest player on the field, he is still athletic enough to be mobile in the pocket, which is a skill that makes him dangerous.
"I feel comfortable moving around," Foles pointed out. "I might not necessarily break a 100-yard run but I feel like I'm athletic enough back there to make plays and move around, dodge defenders and keep the play going with my feet.
"I have a basketball background; I played all different sports growing up, so I do feel really comfortable, if a play does break down, getting out of the pocket and throwing on the run. I feel like that's one of my strengths. That's one of those things that I've worked on since I was a kid, so I take pride in that. That's something that I work on each and every day. So I'm not just going to drop back and hope the pocket stays there. You wish for that to happen every time and we have a great offensive line to do that, but sometimes something's going to happen and you're just going to have to make a play with your feet and get the ball to your playmakers."
The second-year pro out of Arizona is learning his second offense in as many years, but is more comfortable this year thanks to the on-field experience he gained as a rookie.
"As time goes on, running this offense, I feel more and more comfortable," Foles explained. "I've got to keep pushing and have to keep working so it stays that way, because the defenses are going to start figuring out our concepts a little more, so they're going to be a little tighter and we're going to have to be more precise with our throws and be even more accurate. That's the great thing about Training Camp."
Meanwhile, Vick's athleticism has occasionally gotten him into trouble. Specifically, when he's running down the open field and is forced to dive forward, often incurring an unnecessary hit. Vick has always been somewhat allergic to sliding and he explained why on Saturday.
"I'm going to try to slide (this year)," Vick said. "I know I've said that before. But don't be surprised if you see me doing my natural fall, flop, get down. The most important thing is protecting the ball. Someday, I'll get it. I'm hoping and praying that maybe I can run with a different type of lean. I think when I run I lean forward so it makes it harder to slide."
As Vick competes for the starting job, he fully understands that he may not be the long-term future at the position for the Eagles.
"I watch all the quarterbacks and I also help coach them," he said. "I feel like these guys are going to play longer than I've been playing. I know that I'm enjoying the next four to five years, I pray that it's that long. These guys have 10-, 11-, 12-year careers. There are a lot of things that have been ingrained in me and I know the nature of this business and I want to see them grow, I want to see them prosper.
"I'm still aiming for a lot, still shooting for the stars. I'm thankful that my body feels great. I'm thankful to have the God-given ability that I've been able to possess throughout my career, still running the same way, still moving the same way."
As for the rookie,
"I feel better and better every day actually," he said. "I think the timing really helps a lot, being back with the guys, just having a sense of their timing on each route because they can do so many things on each route it does take reps I think to get to know them. I felt good today. I felt better than the last two days."
He's also very much looking forward to the open practice Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
"I'm looking forward to playing across the street, putting the pads on for the first time," he said. "Looking forward to tomorrow."
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE FIELD
Foles was efficient with his reads and accurate all over the field. He fit passes over the middle/down the seam and unleashed some absolutely gorgeous deep throws, particularly on back-shoulder fades down the sideline. On one, he launched the ball 50 yards in the air and perfectly dropped it over
"If I see a seam, I'll get as many yards as I can," Foles said citing the mantra of head coach Chip Kelly - touchdown, first down, get down.
OL vs. DL 1-on-1s: Admittedly there were no pads on, but a few players opened some eyes as a cadre of former Eagles (Mike Quick, Ike Reese and Garry Cobb, not to mention Tra Thomas on the field) watched on.
During 11-on-11 team drills, the biggest plays both came down the left sideline. First, Foles connected on a perfectly thrown longball to
The rookies have been at Training Camp for nearly a week and some will be counted on as key contributors for the Eagles in 2013. They have been making plays all over the field and already left positive impressions on their coaches and veteran teammates.
Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland on Lane Johnson: "He's really fast, really quick, great change of direction, really long. I don't know if you realize how long he is until you watch him. I remember when I worked him out, I went down to Texas to his high school ... He was doing a 'v' stretch, he was sitting on the ground. I was about standing where you were, and he put his arms out and he reached to the chair (three-plus feet away). Dude's just long. And then he got on the bag drills; you watch him do the bags and his feet are so fast. He's really like a skill player playing offensive line. And he's physical. Really unique guy."
When asked about players like
Nick Foles on Zach Ertz, with whom he had a few nice connections during practice: "Zach's done a great job. I played against him several times in college so I got to see what he could do. He's very good with his body. He's very good with getting back on top with defenders, stretching them out and giving us an opportunity to get the ball out there. He has a large range, where we just have to get it in his area and we know he'll go and make a play, and the worst case scenario is that the ball is going to be on the ground. I've seen that he's caught almost all of them, so he's done a great job."
Defensive backs coach John Lovett on
"The other thing is he can help us on special teams because he can do all those things. And he's got just a great personality, great work ethic. I'm just really excited for him. I remember when I first met him at the Combine, I said, 'Gosh, what a great kid,' and he's just got a great demeanor about himself. He's in the weight room, he's working; he's out on the field, he's working; he's in the classroom, he's working. He wants to be a good player. He wants this really bad, I'm just excited for him and hopefully it all works out."
Defensive line/Assistant head coach Jerry Azzinaro on
Azzinaro, when asked about Kruger's length and propensity for getting his arms/hands up: "When you play with long athletes, they create space problems for quarterbacks. It's just like in basketball, when you watch Syracuse University play their 2-3 zone, they create passing lane problems for people. When you have guys that are long and tall, it's just a natural instinct to (put their hands up)."
Vick on what he said to Russell Shepard after the Jeremy Maclin injury: "I told one guy today, I told Russell, that it's time for him to step up. It's time to see what he can do. Him specifically is the one that stands out to me. I like all the young guys, but I challenged him today."
Dan Klausner, Alex Smith and Bo Wulf contributed to this report.