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Practice Blog: August 1

Here's a recap of what took place on Saturday at the practice fields of Lehigh University. The updates were provided by Bob Kent (BK), Chris McPherson (CM) and Bo Wulf (BW)..

  • 8:04 AM -The weather is perfect. The fans have come out in droves. It will be interesting to see how many live hitting periods take place today after only one happened on Friday. (CM)
  • 8:06 AM- Great news ... wide receiver Kevin Curtis is fully dressed in pads and looks ready to return to the field after suffering a thigh contusion that kept him out of yesterday's practices. (BW)
  • 8:22 AM- The same six players who have been stretching and rehabbing together (Brian Westbrook, Asante Samuel, Jason Peters, Trevor Laws, Victor Abiamiri, and Macho Harris) are back at it again this morning. There are no unaccounted for players, although Shawn Andrews has still yet to make an appearance on the practice field, and Jon Dorebos is yet to come out this morning. (BW)
  • 8:48 AM- The offense and defense are each running through plays from the playbook. A couple of interesting notes from the offensive session ... the team took one snap with DeSean Jackson lined up as the quarterback in the wildcat formation, with LeSean McCoy next to him and Donovan McNabb split out wide ... the rotated in several four receiver looks. It seems like the current pecking order of wide receivers is Jackson, Curtis, Avant, Baskett, Brown, Gibson, McBride, Amendola ... there was a snap taken with McCoy in the backfield and Lorenzo Booker split out wide ... Cornelius Ingram was included in a couple first team looks. (BW)
  • 9:18 AM - Just had a chance to watch a 9-on-9 thud drill with only running plays. The defense looked great, especially Patterson and Bunkley getting into the backfield. Stewart Bradley was flying to the ball, and Trent Cole looked very good as well. LeSean McCoy is gradually learning to take what's given to him as opposed to trying to bounce everything outside. Leonard Weaver did do some nice work creating space for McCoy on a couple carries, and Nick Cole was lauded by the coaches for his blocking. Brent Celek and Cornelius Ingram also both did admirable blocking jobs. When the two's battled, Joe Mays looked impressive getting to the ball, and Fenuki Tupou had two nice pulls from left guard to create some space for Lorenzo Booker. (BW)
  • 9:25 AM - LeSean McCoy breaks off a nice run off left tackle for a nice gain before being brought down by safety Rashad Baker. On the next play, fuulback Leonard Weaver takes a delayed handoff from Donovan McNabb and finds a huge hole up the middle before breaking outside and down the left sideline for a huge gain. Weaver showed good quickness and burst for a big man. (CM)
  • 9:30 AM - Linebacker Chris Gocong sniffed out a flat pass to fullback Kyle Eckel. Gocong had perfect coverage and prevented the second-team offense from converting on third down. (BK)
  • 9:32 AM - Tempers flare following a running play as tight end Eugene Bright and linebacker Tracy White get into some pushing and shoving, and even exchange punches. (BK)
  • 9:49 AM - A quick rundown of some of the other players who impressed during the live session in addition to the guys mentioned above: With all the talk in the beginning of camp about Cornelius Ingram's impressive start, Brent Celek has played like an absolute star so far. Ingram has been impressive for a rookie, but Celek has found ways to get open, get extra yards, and block proficently ... Trent Cole had a "sack" on Kevin Kolb, who had no choice but to pull the ball down because the coverage was blanketing all of Kolb receivers ... After an underwhelming mini camp and training camp before the pads were put on, Eldra Buckley has been extremely impressive in the live periods. He runs very hard and downhill, and has consistently gotten two-to-three yards after contact on every running play. He seems to be now firmly entrenched in a battle with Lorenzo Booker for a roster spot ... Not to be outdone, Booker had a very nice shimy move in the backfield to avoid an oncoming tackler and then bounced the ball outside and showed nice speed for a 20-yard-gain .. rookie defensive tackle Jervonte Jackson has been in on a lot of tackles ... in the nickel package, both Patterson and Bunkley came out with Darren Howard moving inside to nose tackle, and Chris Clemons playing the joker position - a Jim Johnson staple that is being carried out by Sean McDermott in which Clemons stand up on the line of scrimmage and either blitzes or drops pack into coverage ... Danny Amendola closed out the first live session with a nicely run 5-yard out route, after which he caught the A.J. Feeley pass and turned it upfield for a gain of about 15 yards. (BW)
  • 10:15 AM - Some highlights from another "live" team period: Donovan McNabb rolled to his right to elude the pass rush and threw on the run to DeSean Jackson who followed his quarterback across the field ... Cornerback Ellis Hobbs delivered a veteran play, knocking the ball away after it appeared that Reggie Brown had made a leaping grab on a fade pass from quarterback Kevin Kolb, and was extremely pumped up when he got to his feet ... Lining up at defensive tackle, veteran Darren Howard fights past a rookie offensive lineman for a sack on Kolb ... Rookie receiver Brandon Robinson made a nice catch over the middle in a traffic on a perfectly timed pass from A.J. Feeley. Robinson broke free of three defenders and broke free for a long gain of about 70 yards. (BK)
  • 11:08 AM - Updating you on the events of the last "live" session: DeSean Jackson blew past Joselio Hanson and Rashad Baker, and Donovan McNabb hit him in perfect stride for a 70-yard touchdown pass. Jackson's world-class speed has been on display since he arrived here at Lehigh ... Ellis Hobbs delivered another breakup on a Kevin Kolb pass to Reggie Brown, very similar to the one from earlier in practice ... Cornelius Ingram made a difficult catch on a ball thrown behind him and proceeded to carry two defenders until it took a third man to bring him down ... Eldra Buckley's been running hard but he might need to adjust something on his helmet, it's been knocked off three times in two days ... in the "Swiss family" matchup of the day, rookie cornerback Courtney Robinson broke up a pass intended for rookie wide receiver Brandon Robinson. (BW)
  • 11:11 AM - The team closed out practice with a special teams session, and Quintin Demps and Ellis Hobbs were the two men working on returning kickoffs. (BW)
  • 3:17 PM - A quick note as the team practices in shorts and shells this afternoon. Ellis Hobbs is sitting out the active practice and is working with the rehabbing guys - Macho Harris, Brian Westbrook, Asante Samuel, Jason Peters, Trevor Laws and Victor Abiamiri. (BW)
  • 3:49 PM - There have been two rounds of non-contact 11-on-11 drills in practice thus far. In the first session, the big play was made by Stewart Bradley, who intercepted an attempted dumpoff to LeSean McCoy from Donovan McNabb and ran it back for a touchdown. Josh Gaines also made a nice interception on an A.J. Feeley pass. Jack Ikegwuonu also made a nice defensive play on a ball in the air intended for Hank Baskett. And Danny Amendola continued to make the most of his opportunities here in camp, making a nice play in both sessions of the drill. He runs very precise routes, but the most impressive thing about him as a receiver is how quickly he changes direction, and how fluidly he is able to turn the ball upfield after catching the ball. In the second session, Joselio Hanson made a tremendous interception on a Kevin Kolb deep ball intended for Reggie Brown. There was also a wildcat handoff from DeSean Jackson to Lorenzo Booker that pleased the crowd. Then Donovan McNabb stepped up after some defensive line pressure and hoisted a bomb that hit DeSean Jackson in stride before he strolled into the end zone. Even though Andy Reid called the play a sack for Trent Cole after the play, it's always fun to watch McNabb and Jackson connect in such a big way. (BW)
  • 3:56 PM- Sandwiched in between the sessions of 11-on-11 was a session of 7-on-7 without the offensive and defensive lines. Marcus Mailei continued to exhibit nice hands for a fullback, as he caught two balls with ease. He is likely fighting for a spot on the practice squad. With Asante Samuel and Ellis Hobbs both not practicing, Dimitri Patterson received the first team reps at left cornerback - and with it the dubious honor of having to guard DeSean Jackson. Patterson did make a nice diving pass breakup attempt on a busted play that resulted in a completion to Kevin Curtis. (BW)
  • 4:31 PM- A wrapup of the last session of 11-on-11 work: Cornerback Trae Williams had the best afternoon of any Eagle, pulling down two very impressive interceptions ... The 2nd team offense showed a tight end screen to Cornelius Ingram that seemed to be effective and might appear in the Eagles playbook come the regular season ... Chris Gocong got a few reps at left defensive end ... Omar Gaither had a nice play in coverage of Kyle Eckel, knocking the ball away before it could get to the fullback. (BW)
  • 4:44 PM- Word on the reason for Ellis Hobbs' injury status: He's day-to-day with a minor ankle injury. (BW)
  • 4:47 PM- The team closed with special teams work. After a strong start to camp, it looks like the local guy Ken Parrish is lagging behind Sav Rocca a little bit. He's not as consistent as the Australian punter and his punts don't have quite the same hang time. DeSean Jackson and Danny Amendola continued to field punts, but Quintin Demps also worked his way in. Finally, Darren Howard took a bunch of reps as the backup long snapper and looked sharp for the most part, although he did airmail one snap way over Ken Parrish's head. (BW)
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