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Lots Of New Faces, Plenty Of Energy On The Field

No, there wasn't any tape on the helmets to help the coaches keep all of the new players' names straight at Friday morning's practice.

There was, however, a lot of energy as head coach Andy Reid got to witness the amalgamation of the off-season additions and veterans already in place on the practice field for the first time.

"There's a lot of energy and anticipation on what this crew can do as a football team and we're just kind of starting that process even though we've had most of the team up here," Reid said after the morning practice. "Now we have the influx of the young players, they seem to follow what the veterans do and it's just presented a nice energy and I think the guys will build off of that."

Of course, everyone wants to know where the new additions fit in. First-round draft pick defensive end Brandon Graham worked in as the second-team left defensive end, according to Reid. Graham will only be present for today's practices because he has to return to Michigan for graduation.

Safety Nate Allen was limited to position drills because of a hamstring injury, but worked in with the second-team defense. Reid said that Allen will strictly play safety for this first camp. Reid said after Allen was drafted that he has the ability to play cornerback as well.

Another safety with the flexibility to play cornerback is Macho Harris, who started as the first-team free safety alongside Quintin Mikell. Reid said that Harris would also stay at safety.

Who did line up at cornerback? Ellis Hobbs, who is returning from season-ending neck surgery, was the first-team right cornerback in position drills, but was held out of team drills. Joselio Hanson took the first-team reps with Asante Samuel.

Also back on the practice field from season-ending surgeries were linebacker Stewart Bradley, free safety Marlin Jackson and tight end Cornelius Ingram. Bradley was the only one of the three to do position drills and team drills on Friday morning.

"I thought he moved around pretty good. He's been up here all off-season, so I got a chance to see him run around a little bit," Reid said. "I've liked what I've seen up to this point and I liked what I saw today in practice."

Players who did not take any part in Friday morning's practice include center Jamaal Jackson (knee), defensive end Victor Abiamiri (knee), linebacker Omar Gaither (foot) and guard Max Jean-Gilles (stomach). Jean-Gilles underwent a procedure on Tuesday to have a gastric band installed. Jean-Gilles said that he wants to be around 330 pounds during the season and right now he's at 375. He claimed that the ankle surgery that he had the previous year made it hard for him to lose the weight.

Along the offensive line, Nick Cole was the first-team center while Mike McGlynn got some of the reps because he is a player, Reid said, they need to find out about.

With 13 draft picks and an assortment of rookie free agents and new veterans in the mix, there are quite a few players the Eagles need to find out about as they go about the process of whittling this team down to the 53-man roster.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:56 p.m., April 30

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