It was an intense practice at Lehigh University on Sunday as the team conducted two live hitting periods as well as an additional thud drill. There were 5,644 fans at practice, but it sounded like a lot more as the sets of bleachers on each side of the field battled in an "E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!" chant contest.
Injury Update: Defensive end
There was no further update on Babin, who is scheduled to have a MRI on his calf.
Team Blitz Drill
The Eagles also featured a number of looks with their ends standing up. On one snap, Jenkins and
On the second play of the drill,
Move The Ball (Featuring 4-Minute Offense)
The offense scrimmaged against the defense for about 15 minutes before spending five additional minutes working on the four-minute drill, which is used to milk the clock at the end of games with a lead.
On the very first play of the drill,
The Eagles' first-team offense took the field and went on a three-play, 70-yard touchdown drive.
"It was great," Vick said. "To get in and out, three plays, to be efficient and look smooth doing it, it’s exactly what we wanted."
Vick was able to float a ball into the flat over
Vick scored on a designed 27-yard touchdown run. He faked a quick handoff and ran down the left sideline. Vick may have been stopped around the goal line if the defense could hit him.
It is still amazing that Vick scored just one rushing touchdown in all of 2011.
Special Cat - 3rd-and-short
The first live hitting session of practice was during the Special Cat (Category) where the offense worked on 3rd-and-short situations. According to Stats Inc., the Eagles had 57 opportunities last season where they faced 3rd-and-short (defined as fewer than 3 yards) and they were successful on 37 of them for a 62.7 percent success rate. That ranked eighth in the NFL and third in the NFC.
Last season, the Eagles' defense was just as good in 3rd-and-short situations. The Eagles allowed opponents to be successful 52 percent of the time (26-of-50) which was good for seventh in the NFL.
The Eagles had success with a pitch to running back McCoy to the right side. The offensive line sold the run to the left and the right side opened up for McCoy.
On a McCoy run, Graham showed great pursuit running from his left defensive end position all the way across the field to make the tackle.
Fight Night At Lehigh
Round 1: OT
"It's very intense. It's football," Bell said. "It's hot and tempers are going to flare up."
Landri was surprised the fights didn't start on Saturday.
"We're just trying to get our work in. Things happen," Landri said. "It's over and done with. At the end of the day, we're all family."
Quarterback Michael Vick got caught in the action trying to play the role of peacemaker. Needless to say, it was a mistake.
"That’s over and done with. I can’t play peacemaker anymore," Vick said. "I try to keep everything pretty much diplomatic around here. You can’t always do that. Tempers are going to flare. There’s a little attitude sometimes when you’re in on the trenches, so I have to stay out of that. I’m not strong enough to be in there."
Head coach Andy Reid called timeout before the next snap to get the focus back on football.
At the end of the final play of the 9-on-7 drill, linebacker Ryan Rau went after guard Danny Watkins. The rookie free agent out of Portland State was not going to take slack from anyone whether it's a veteran or a former first-round pick like Watkins.
"He picked a fight with me and I didn't really know who it was," Rau said. "I'm going to try my best. I'm not going to let anyone push me around."
Wide Receiver vs. Defensive Back Drills
There was a three-play sequence during the wide receiver-defensive back that set the crowd on fire. First, Damaris Johnson made a highlight catch deep down the left sideline on
On the next play, Vick launched a deep ball down the right sideline to Jackson, who had a step on Rodgers-Cromartie. This time, Rodgers-Cromartie was unable to play catchup as the ball hit Jackson in stride. On the very next play, Jeremy Maclin victimized Brandon Boykin deep down the left sideline. Asomugha jumped up with Maclin, but the fourth-year receiver was able to make the play on the ball.
Tight End/Running Back Vs. Linebacker Drills
Kendricks showcased fluid athleticism as he dipped under a
McCoy was forced to change direction as Landri stuffed the middle.
Cox appears to be defensive line coach Jim Washburn's pet project. Even after he stuffed McCoy for no gain in the 9-on-7 drill, Washburn was coaching him up.
The fullbacks received a number of touches as the short-yardage game was a focal point. During the 9-on-7 drill,
Andy Reid said earlier on Sunday that the team will not look to sign a veteran receiver to replace some of Riley Cooper's reps, but rather will let the young receivers battle it out.
The tight ends were a major weapon during the 7-on-7 drills. First, Brackett got past Ryans up the seam and Vick hit him right in stride for a big gain. Brackett then made another play down field on a corner route, hauling in a Mike Kafka pass after beating
The best defensive play of the 7-on-7 drill came when
1-on-1's - Offensive Line vs. Defensive Line
Landri is so tough to stop because he gets off the ball quickly and is able to maintain leverage by staying low to the ground.
"It's just something that's been taught. It's something that I've worked on and it's, well, want-to," Landri said of his technique.
In back-to-back battles of former first-round picks, Watkins was able to hold his ground against Cox. With that being written, Cox is explosive and powerful out of his stance.
Cole does not get a lot of snaps in these drills. When he does, you quickly see why. On one snap, Cole was able to blow past Demetress Bell. On another, he bullrushed
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