Let me back up for just a moment, first. I am about to write down some names of kids who have caught my eye, and who I have talked about with people who really know (scouts, coaches, etc) based on all of two practices with pads on. Things always change dramatically. We have a long way to go before August 9 and the preseason opener against Pittsburgh, much less September 9 and the regular season opener in Cleveland.
My list of eye openers in Eagles Training Camp, 2012 …
Before we get too caught up, McNutt has to play at the same high level for weeks to come. The mark of a reliable player at this level is to string together success on a consistent basis. He’s off to a strong start in training camp and his confidence will grow with more reps.
This is what the Eagles hoped they would see from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the starting cornerback opposite
The message has certainly gotten through to Brandon Graham: Play well or maybe you will not make this 53-man roster. Graham has been terrific, dominating, outstanding. He has more quickness and explosiveness than at any time in his first two NFL seasons. He is playing with a purpose, not to mention a gigantic chip on his shoulder. Graham is taking first-team reps at left end with
It should come as no surprise that LeSean McCoy is having a great training camp. He is as elusive as ever, appears to have gained some strength in his upper body and has the kind of love of the game that is so apparent when he is on the field.
McCoy is one of the best in the league, and if you thought a new contract would dull his quest to be great, forget it. Shady gets it. He is awesome out here.
He’s caught my eye, for sure. Cedric Thornton spent last season on the Eagles’ practice squad and looks stronger, quicker and more explosive this year. Thornton isn’t a lock to make the roster – the Eagles figure to keep five tackles, and they have a deep roster of talent here – but he is giving the coaching staff something to think about.
I like how Vinny Curry approaches the game. He has a mature understanding of playing and playing well at this level and he has done a good job showing up early in the camp. Curry seems explosive off the edge and he has shown a good inside move, too. Curry has a lot to learn, but he has the ability. That much is very obvious.
Almost every carry in training camp has been a big gain for the explosive Dion Lewis, who looks so much more complete this year. He is finishing off his runs and has great quickness and moves to and through the hole. Lewis runs hard and is a fine complement to McCoy. He is a much-improved running back from his rookie season.
Locked in a battle for a roster spot, Jaiquawn Jarrett showed up on Sunday with a couple of big hits and another that forced the football loose from McCoy. Jarrett is running with the second-team secondary and knows that he has to make a big impression.
An athletic linemen, the kind Howard Mudd likes to work with, Demetress Bell has the feet to get to the edge and the long arms and strength to hold his leverage inside. Bell isn’t
It was good to see Fletcher Cox working with the first team taking reps as the Eagles slid
I think some Eagles fans don’t give Chad Hall the respect he deserves. If you watch practice every day, you see why Hall has played for two seasons here. He gets open, he runs perfect routes and he catches everything. Hall can line up in multiple positions and help the Eagles gain a favorable matchup. Will Hall make the team? We shall see. Both Hall and rookie
Four straight times the Eagles handed the ball off to Bryce Brown in third-and-short situations on Sunday as the third-team offense battled the third-team defense and each time Brown delivered with positive yardage. He ran hard, he punished defenders and he showed speed to and through the hole.
Brown has shown soft hands as a receiver since he joined the team, and on Sunday he looked to be a willing and physical blocker in pass-protection drills. Brown seems to have an edge on