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Tuesday Morning Practice Blog

Stay here all morning 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)

  • 8:13 AM - The first player on the field award this morning goes to wide receiver Marcus Thigpen. A rookie free agent out of Indiana, Thipen was a running back who was converted to receiver when he signed with the Eagles. (CM)
  • 8:40 AM - After an excused absence from yesterday afternoon's practice, Donovan McNabb is back out on the field this morning jovial as ever and ready to go to work. (BW)
  • 9:02 AM - Coaching intern, and former defensive end for the Eagles (1998-2003), Brandon Whiting was seen working with rookie defensive tackle Jervonte Jackson on his hand technique at first contact during a session of individual position drills. (BK)
  • 9:15 AM - While A.J. Feeley and Kevin Kolb worked with the wide receivers on one field, Donovan McNabb was working with tight ends Cornelius Ingram and Eugene Bright. The passes were on target as would be expected with no rush, but both guys seemed to receive the ball well. (BW)
  • 9:42 AM - This morning's 7 vs. 7 drills produced a couple highlights included two very nice catches. The first occured when Danny Amendola hauled in a long pass down the middle fom McNabb over Reshard Langford. Then Cornelius Ingram made a very impressive catch in traffic up the seam on a pass from Kevin Kolb which earned the rookie tight end a "Good catch big fella" from McNabb. Shaheer McBride also beat Courtney Robinson down the sideline for a long catch on a McNabb toss. On defense, Macho Harris continued to get his work in at two positions and seemed to do a commendable job at each, allowing only a single short completion. (BW)
  • 9:49 AM - I spent a couple of minutes watching the offensive line individual drills and I have to say that Stacy Andrews looks like such a powerful man. He's isn't the tallest offensive lineman. He isn't the biggest in terms of weight. But in terms of mass, he might stand out more than any Eagles offensive lineman that I can recall. He's powerful and lean and in these workouts has not shown any issues with his knee thus far. I can't wait to see if he participates in the full contact drills beginning Friday. He is still so new to the game of football that offensive line coach Juan Castillo should be able to mold him into the warrior that he wants to be. And his work ethic? Truly amazing to be this far along in his rehab from the ACL injury he suffered in December. Here was what head coach Andy Reid had to say about it, "This kid, we had to kick him out of the building, he's that type of personality. He is a relentless worker. He doesn't say much, he's very quiet. His work ethic has been phenomenal since he's been here and I think that has led to the success of his rehab. He put full trust in (head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) and our doctors and he had no questions. After they were done working out, he asked what he could do to enhance his recovery every day, and did it." (CM)
  • 9:50 AM - In an offense-only red zone drill, Brandon Gibson made a very nice one-handed over-the-shoulder catch on a Kevin Kolb toss. (BK)
  • 9:59 AM - To follow up on Bo's highlights from the 7-on-7 drills, Brandon Gibson made a nice catch over the middle in traffic on the first play of the drill. He plucked the ball out of the air nicely with his hands, not with his body, and turned upfield to keep moving ... Shaheer McBride did make a nice grab, but he also did a good job getting off of the bump and run coverage ... Macho Harris is showing good instincts out there and good recognition of what routes to expect over the middle. After one receiver made a catch, Harris and a couple of other defenders converged quickly and stripped the ball out ... Danny Amendola's falling-down catch on a broken play was nice. Amendola is the kind of player I wish the Eagles had two, three years ago. A quick and shifty receiver who could be molded into a returner. It seems that the Eagles have done a good job of adding such players in recent years, but I can't wait to see how he does when the pads go on ... LeSean McCoy made a catch out of the backfield and what caught my eye is the way he cuts so naturally. He doesn't seem to give any indication through leaning or anything as to how he is going to run ... The best catch of the morning so far was by tight end Cornelius Ingram who caught a perfectly thrown bullet threaded through the middle of the field by Kevin Kolb. (CM)
  • 10:02 AM - The morning practice session closed out with a 7-on-7 red zone drill. Cornelius Ingram closed out a fantastic morning session and showed a glimpse of the kind of red zone weapon he might be able to be for this Eagles offense. He made a very nice catch at the back of the end zone over Moise Fokou on a well placed bullet from Kevin Kolb where only Ingram could grab it. His combination of size, speed, and hands is something that must have the offensive coaching staff salivating. Ingram then closed out the practice by losing the coverage on a play from the 5-yard-line and catching the easily thrown ball from McNabb. On defense, the player who shined was Jack Ikegwuonu. On the first play of the drill, he closed beautifully to knock down a McNabb pass in the corner of the end zone, showing a burst of speed that means he's close to fully recovered from last year's knee injury. He also showed impressive jamming technique at the line, effectively delaying a receiver's release twice. There was also the first sight of tempers flaring up at this training camp, when LeSean McCoy and Fokou brielfly exchanged pleasantries after a play - but both players soon calmed down and got back to business. Macho Harris continued to show good cover skills, and McCoy again made catching the ball look effortless. Danny Amendola made a nice move to lose Byron Parker for a score, and Shaheer McBride grabbed a touchdown on an A.J. Feeley thrown fade route from the 5-yard-line. (BW)
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