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Asante Samuel had his friends throw NERF footballs to him during his workouts to help improve his focus and hands.

"In 2004, I literally dropped 12 interceptions that I had in my hands, so the next couple years when I went to workout I took NERF footballs with me," Samuel said. "I would do my drills, break on the ball, and instead of throwing a real football I used the NERF footballs. It helped me focus in on the ball more because the NERF balls don't have any weight to them."

Speed Thrills ...

Rookie free agent wide receiver Marcus Thigpen showed off his speed during the afternoon's seven-on-seven drills when he got behind the defense and hauled in a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Eagles Take Flight! ...

Several newcomers got their first taste of the Lincoln Financial Field faithful when they practiced in front of 31,786 fans during Sunday night's inaugural Eagles Flight Night!

""Man, it was exciting," said fullback Leonard Weaver "It was something I was looking forward to, and now I can't wait until opening day.""

"It was excellent to see the fans come out to support us," said rookie running back LeSean McCoy. "I didn't know the stadium could get that loud."

"It was electrifying man," said right guard Stacy Andrews. "Coming right out of the tunnel, there was a lot of energy out here. Great fans."

Time's Yours ...

For the first time ever, one lucky Eagles fan will have the opportunity to be an Eagles sideline reporter on gameday! Eagles Television Network (ETN) is running a contest called, "Time's Yours" throughout the pre-season with the winner earning a spot as a part of ETN's on-air gameday crew. The winner will be awarded a spot as a reporter in the Sept. 3 game vs. the New York Jets reporting the 3rd and 4th quarter of the game from the sidelines.

Fans can enter the contest by uploading a one-minute long audition video on demonstrating their best Eagles Sideline reporting skills. The contest is open to men and women ages 18 and older from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

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