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Thursday Afternoon Practice Blog

Stay here all afternoon for complete updates from the practice fields at Lehigh University. The updates will be provided by Bob Kent (BK), Chris McPherson (CM) and Bo Wulf (BW)

  • 3:09 PM -On our way over to the practice field, it will be interesting to see how the depth chart looks on the field this afternoon as the first full-team workout takes place in just a little bit. We will have the updates coming quickly once the practice gets underway. (CM)
  • 3:26 PM - The first thing we noticed when the players came out to start warming up this afternoon was a black "JJ" sticker on the back of the player's helmets in honor of Jim Johnson. The stickers will be in place for the entire 2009 season. (BW)
  • 3:30 PM - Some injury updates: Jason Peters, Asante Samuel, Trevor Laws, and Victor Abiamiri are all sitting out today's practice. Andy Reid will provide an update on the injuries - both Peters' and Samuel's injuries are considered to be very minor. Finally, Brandon Gibson is back in action after sitting out yesterday's practice with a minor injury. (BW)
  • 3:31 PM - The team started practice working on punt coverage and punt return. DeSean Jackson was back receiving punts, sharing some reps with Danny Amendola.
  • 3:32 PM - Brian Westbrook walked onto the practice field wearing his number 36 jersey to look on as his teammates practiced. (BW)
  • 3:38 PM - Add Macho Harris to the list of players who were excused from today's practice for injury reasons. Stay tuned to for the update from Andy Reid after practice on all the injury news. (BW)
  • 3:46 PM - No change on the Jeremy Maclin front. He is still not signed. Andy Reid will update after practice. (CM)
  • 3:55 PM - The team just completed 11-on-11 drills. With Jason Peters out, the 1st team offense looked as follows: QB McNabb, FB Weaver, RB McCoy (splitting with Booker), WR Jackson, WR Curtis, TE Celek, LT Herremans, LG Cole, C Jackson, RG St. Andrews, RT Justice. When the 1st team offense faced off against the 3rd team defense, McNabb looked sharp and completed long touchdown passes to Hank Baskett and Reggie Brown, as well as a couple nice completions over the middle and on the left sideline to DeSean Jackson. The first team defense lined up like this: LDE Parker, LDT Patterson, RDT Bunkley, RDE Cole, WLB Jordan, MLB Bradley, SLB Gocong, CB Brown, CB Hobbs, S Mikell, S Demps. On their very first play, Quintin Demps intercepted a Kevin Kolb pass. Ellis Hobbs also made a nice defensive play on a sideline pass in which he batted the ball down before it could get to the receiver. The other big play of the drill came when Rashad Baker intercepted an A.J. Feeley pass intended for Danny Amendola. (BW)
  • 4:09 PM - Some quick hits from the team drills ... Quintin Demps and Rashad Baker each came up with some nice interceptions. Demps is obviously out to assert his claim to the starting free safety job from the jump in this training camp. Baker's came on an errant throw meant for Danny Amendola ... Darren Howard snuffed out an end around to Brandon Gibson nicely ... Shaheer McBride made a tough catch over the middle despite good coverage from Omar Gaither. Gaither also tipped a pass during the drills as well ... Jon Dorenbos is not on the field, I don't know if that was mentioned earlier - remember Andy Reid said on Sunday that he had an illness, but Brent Celek is doing the long snapping in his presence ... Back to Howard, who was the team's leader in sacks last season with 10 despite getting most of them from the defensive tackle spot. Here he's playing second-team right defensive end. The rest of the front seven of the second team are: Dan Klecko (RDT) and Jervonte Jackson (LDT) at the tackles, Chris Clemons at end and Omar Gaither (weak side), Joe Mays and Tank Daniels (strong side) are the backers. (CM)
  • 4:11 PM- Special Teams coordinator Ted Daisher was pleased with the performance of Sav Rocca and Ken Parrish following a special teams drill. "That was a fine display of punting you two," he said as they walked off the field. They were all generally high, deep, and accurate. (CM)
  • 4:13 PM - We mentioned Brian Westbrook's presence on the practice field earlier. He's rehabbing in conjunction with Victor Abiamiri and Rick Burkholder. The other four players not participating in the full drills, Laws, Samuel, Peters, and Harris are all stretching together on another field. (BW)
  • 4:16 PM- I had a chance to watch the wide receiver team drills earlier and was impressed with a deep group of guys. They were working on both going up high in the air to grab throws over the middle and going down low to catch balls around their shoestrings. (BK)
  • 4:24 PM- Shawn Andrews has yet to be seen on the practice field today, no word yet on the reason for his absence. Andy Reid will address the situation when he meets with the media after practice. (BW)
  • 4:30 PM -Tank Daniels is seeing some reps at left defensive end in addition to his normal linebacker position. He also made a nice interception when he was dropped back in coverage as a linebacker. Also, Chris Clemons had a nice "sack" of A.J. Feeley. (CM)
  • 4:45 PM - Andy Reid just gave quick injury word on the guys missing from practice. Six players will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list: Brian Westbrook, Victor Abiamiri, Shawn Andrews who's back tightened up on him after the running this morning, Trevor Laws who has a hamstring issue, Jason Peters who has a quad spam, and Asante Samuel who has a hamstring spasm (BW)
  • 4:56 PM- Two more injury notes from the Andy Reid press conference. Macho Harris has a slight high ankle sprain that he suffered on the last play of yesterday's practice and Byron Parker has slight hamstring problem. (BW)
  • 5:01 PM - Andy Reid's update on Jeremy Maclin: "No further news for you on Maclin, he's missing valuable time, and we're not as close as we need to be. This is something that obviously isn't good for Jeremy. Any of these reps that he's missing sets him behind, particularly any with the quarterback and the rest of the offense." (BW)
  • 5:46 PM -One last note, the defense ran basic sets to give the offense looks in today's workout. The purpose was for the offense to succeed. The defense didn't go out of its way to break up passes, other than closely follow their man in coverage. (CM)
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