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Collins Impresses With Highlight Reel Catch

The play of the day from Thursday's practice, the last of the Rookies and Selected Veterans portion of the Organized Team Activities (OTA), came on a two-minute drill portion of practice when Michael Vick lofted a pass to the right front corner of the end zone where wide receiver Dobson Collins and cornerback David Pender were running stride-for-stride with each other.

As the ball descended toward them, Collins elevated higher than Pender, snagged the ball cleanly and came down into the end zone for a touchdown.

"I just had to finish the week off strong," Collins said after practice. "The play was a double-go. Both sides do an outside release and do a go route. I told Mike Vick to throw it up and I'll go get it, so I went and got it."

Collins has been impressive over the past two weeks and he's made some nice catches, but none more impressive than the sky-jumping touchdown. The offensive installation comes a bit easier for Collins and Jordan Norwood, who both spent much of the 2009 season on the Eagles practice squad.

"It's an advantage because I've heard the verbage before and now all I'm doing is putting in the play when I get on the field," Collins said. "I feel real good about (my knowledge of the offense). Every day I'm learning, I'm getting the plays more and more every day."

When Collins arrived in Philadelphia last season, his slender frame was noticeable. But after an off-season working with strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin, Collins, now listed as 6-foot-2, 189 pounds, feels better suited to be an impact player on the field.

I've been "in the weight room getting stronger, more physical and now I'm able to jump over people."

After Thursday's practice there are few questions about that last point.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:14 p.m., May 27

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