On the eve of the first practice with pads, one of the Eagles most excited to finally get some contact in is newly acquired fullback Leonard Weaver.
"It's good to be back out here, touching the pigskin a little bit, and running around with the new teammates," Weaver said. But "it's going to be nice to come out here and hit a little bit."
Weaver, who was a pro bowl alternate for the Seahawks last year and signed with the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent in March, is looking forward to stepping into his role as the lead blocker for Brian Westbrook and co. He also promises to contribute to the passing game, and will be an important option in the short-yardage running game.
Weaver is also impressed with what he's seen from rookie running back LeSean McCoy. "Oh man, he's going to be a great player in this league," Weaver said. "We just have to continue to work with him."
Weaver has already heard the Eagles fans supporting him and telling him how excited they are to see him knocking some opposing defenders around.
"I don't live on the compliments of others," he said. "I just try to go out and try to prove myself to be better and be a consistent player."
-* Post*ed by Bo Wulf, 8:13 p.m., July 30