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Practice Blog: August 8

Here's a look at what happened during Saturday's practices at Lehigh University. The updates were provided by Bob Kent (BK), Chris McPherson (CM) and Bo Wulf (BW).

  • 7:44 AM - The Eagles shed blood on the football field in an effort to become the best team possible. Off the field this morning, fans are doing the same. The Eagles and the American Red Cross have teamed up for a Blood Drive that takes place here at Lehigh University until noon. It is also Health and Safety Day presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. We're still about a half-hour away from the individual drills kicking off and all is quiet on the practice fields but the stands are filling up quickly this morning. I would expect today's two practices to be the most-attended of training camp, but we'll see. Some things to wonder - with the first preseason game on Thursday against New England, will there be anymore live periods during the morning practice? Will any of the injured players - Trevor Laws, Victor Abiamiri, Jason Peters, Brian Westbrook, Shawn Andrews, Stacy Andrews or Matt Schobel - return? How will the team respond to having a full day off in the middle (CM)
  • 8:18 AM - Assistant athletic trainer Gordon Williams is leading the rehab workouts for Matt Schobel, Victor Abiamiri and Trevor Laws near the end of the one practice field. No sign yet of the other injured players. They are stretching and are going to do some work with some dumbbells. (CM)
  • 8:21 AM - Jason Peters and Stacy Andrews are both dressed in full pads and taking part in the individual drills. We will see if they stay on the field for any live contact drills. (BW)
  • 8:36 AM - No Cornelius Ingram on the field. (BW)
  • 9:09 AM - Some notes from the just-completed special CAT drill: Jason Peters is integrating himself back into the offense at a steady pace. He took about half of the first-team reps at left tackle, followed by Herremans, Jackson, Andrews and Justice along the line. When he sat a couple plays out, Herremans moved to left tackle and Cole was inserted at left guard ... Asante Samuel had a pick on the first play which drew a big reaction from the raucous crowd here at Lehigh. The fans have been vocal all morning in their support of the players ... The first-team defense was suffocating in their blitz, and gave up next to nothing ... Brandon Gibson raced down the field past Jack Ikegwuonu and Rashad Baker to haul in a nicely thrown Kevin Kolb pass that he was able to get off just before the blitz arrived. (BW)
  • 9:45 AM - The fans' affection for the team's new fullback is loud and clear with shouts of "Dream Weaver." (BK)
  • 9:53 AM- The offense looked very good in the live goal-line drill in their two reps against the No. 2 defense. On the first rep, Donovan McNabb faked a handoff, rolled right and hit Brent Celek in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. And on the second play, LeSean McCoy was able to ge through the line for a 1-yard touchdown run. Then, the second team offense scored on the first team defense when a rolling Kevin Kolb hit a leaping Reggie Brown in the back of the end zone. Eldra Buckley then plunged in for the touchdown on the next play. McCoy also had a very nice 20-yard run earlier in the session in a short-yardage drill when he sped off left tackle and up the sidelines. The biggest crowd reaction to on-the-field action thus far came when the team was working on field goals and David Akers was able to nail a 60-yarder on his only attempt. (BW)
  • 10:05 AM - Highlights from one-on-ones with the offensive and defensive linemen: Trent Cole split a pair of battles with second-year tackle King Dunlap. Chris Clemons displayed a quick first step as he got past Winston Justice. (BK)
  • 10:20 AM - Team red zone (non-contact) highlights: Working out of the shotgun, Donovan McNabb hands off to LeSean McCoy, who cuts to his right and bursts up middle ... A Kevin Kolb pass over the middle is deflected and intercepted by safety Rashad Baker ... Linebacker Charleston Hughes gets a hand on a pass in the end zone that was intended for tight end Eugene Bright. (BK)
  • 10:40 AM - Donovan McNabb avoids a rush and fires a touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis as the first-team offense lines up against the first-team defense. On the next play, the defense responds by stuffing tight end Brent Celek, who took a shovel pass from McNabb ... Cornerback Ellis Hobbs breaks up a pass intended for Kevin Curtis over the middle in the back of the end zone. Hobbs and Asante Samuel celebrate. (BK)
  • 11:40 AM- A heartwarming scene on the field at the end of practice as Ellis Hobbs greeted his wife and children and then was giving diaper-changing responsibilities. Hobbs appeared to be an expert, and then talked for a while with Hank Baskett who is expecting a baby of his own. "It's almost go time," Hobbs told Baskett. (BW)
  • 2:01 PM - Special Teams practice is underway and there's no sign of DeSean Jackson. Jeremy Maclin and Danny Amendola are handling punt return duties at the moment. (BW)
  • 2:50 PM - Quintin Demps was having some fun with the fans on the sideline, tossing the ball at them to make sure they were paying attention. He ended up surprising one fan, which caused a few laughs. (BW)
  • 2:55 PM - With a three-man rotation of Quintin Demps, Ellis Hobbs, and Jeremy Maclin as the kick returner, the other 10 members of the 1st-team kick return were: LeSean McCoy, Leonard Weaver, Nick Cole, Kyle Eckel, Omar Gaither, Joe Mays, Tracy White, Chris Gocong, Hank Baskett, and Dimitri Patterson. (BW)
  • 3:06 PM - Wide Receiver Brandon Robinson stayed on the field after practice and put on a kicking display. His first attempt from 30 yards was a low line drive that snuck over the crossbar, but he complained about a bad hold by Reshard Langford. On his next kick, also from 30 yards, Robinson boomed one right down the middle that cleared the bar by a good 10-15 yards. For his last kick, Robinson took it all the way back to the 30-yard-line for a 40-yard field goal attempt and knocked one home with room to spare. You could do worse with an emergency kicker, especially since, like David Akers, Robinson kicks with his left leg. "Any way I can help," Robinson said with a smile. He kicked in high school and college. (BW)
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