BACK IN ACTION ...
After spending much of the offseason rehabbing his shoulder, tight end Brent Celek is one of seven veterans currently attending the rookie portion of Eagles training camp. "I'm just trying to continue to work on my skills and techniques so I can be ready when the rest of the veterans report," said Celek.
Celek also spent this past offseason working with his cousin, Josh Randell, to broker deals between companies importing and exporting a variety of products from China, including bamboo flooring, plastics molds, and chemicals.
"Every time we get a big deal done, it's a big rush. Not as big as a football game, but it's up there. It's a very competitive venture," said Celek.
He has developed an interest in the business world and researches companies as a hobby in hopes of one day investing in them. He also reads the Wall Street Journal every day with an online subscription, as well many other Web sites.
"I try to focus on companies I know and use in everyday life," Celek said.
WIDE PRAISE ...
Just two days into camp, Andy Reid already has seen some good things out of one of the newest additions to the team, wide receiver Shaheer McBride.
"He's doing a good job," said Reid. "He's very strong to the football. He's very strong, period. He's a big, big target and I think he's a good route runner. He knows how to use his body very well."
A local product of Chester High School, 17 miles south of Philadelphia, McBride was a four-year starter at Delaware State University, where he finished his career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (201) and yards (3,007), while adding 33 touchdowns.
VETERAN'S DAY ...
For the 13th consecutive season, the Lehigh University campus will play host to the entire Eagles roster beginning Thursday as the rest of the Eagles veterans report to camp. The vets will have little time to settle in before a full-team practice on Friday at 3:30 PM. Note that this session is closed to the public.
FULL PADS ...
On Saturday morning, the Eagles equipment staff will have their work cut out for them as the team breaks out the full pads. On Tuesday, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said, "A lot of things change when you get those pads on." The practice starts at 8:15 AM.