PE.com has more camp videos up. You can see WRs and DBs now. They’re short, but of interest to the fan starved for information/entertainment.
You can see how talented Brandon Boykin is. Fluid, agile athlete. You can also see how much bigger he is than Cliff Harris. Cliff is a couple of inches taller, but is 10 pounds lighter and much less muscular. Boykin doesn’t have a big frame, but he is very well put together.
Seeing Marvin McNutt run slot routes was interesting. He wasn’t good on the first rep, but then looked much better on the second. He’s got a lot to learn, but if he’s smart and coachable…that’s okay. Damaris Johnson is small, but has some nice shake ‘n bake to him.
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Bo Wulf wrote a good practice summary for the mothership.
Dennis Kelly played LT. Some thought of him as RT only, but I thought he showed good enough footwork to warrant a look on the left side.
Bryce Brown was the “first team” RB. Very interesting. I’m really wondering if this is a guy the Eagles are going to aggressively push. If he can handle coaching and adjust to the business of pro football, he could be a guy that you want to mix in some.
There has been and will be a lot of talk about Chris Polk as a blocker since he played a lot at UW and was in a pro style offense. That’s all well and good, but Polk struggled mightily at the Senior Bowl in pass protection. He has much more experience than Brown, but that doesn’t mean that he’s any better at it. I’m sure both guys will need a lot of work in that area. This is where learning and coachability become huge factors.
Monte Simmons played WLB. I think he’ll be a SAM in full camps, but due to the lack of bodies here, the best way to get him on the field is to put him at WLB.
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The Eagles are giving a tryout to former Purdue DL Alex Magee. He’s a 6-3, 298 DT. Here is my pre-draft write-up on him.
3-year starter. Played DT in 2006 and 2007. Moved to DE as a Senior. Played both sides. Projects to DT in the NFL. Good athlete for an interior guy. Quick off the ball. Uses his hands well. Effective bull rusher. Has good awareness. Hustles after the ball. Had 20 or more solo tackles in each of his years starting at DT. That shows you a good motor. Has very good speed for a DT. Could be an ideal fit in a 1-gap system. You also are impressed by the fact he was willing to move to DE as a Senior. Very selfless move. Didn’t have a great season. Doesn’t have the speed/burst to be a force off the edge. Played the run well and did a good job of fighting off cut blocks. Went to the Senior Bowl and was able to move back to DT. Had a solid showing.
He was taken in the 3rd round, but hasn’t panned out as hoped. He would be a good camp body to add. He has enough talent that he’s worth bringing in. You would rather not have guys to just eat up reps. Always try to add players with some ability. You never know when a guy will turn out to fit your system well and the light will go on.
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Greg Lewis is a coaching intern for the Eagles. Naturally, he’s working with the WRs. I’m sure Juan Castillo wanted him for the LBs, but maybe that can happen in the future.
G-Lew could be a good coach. He was undrafted out of Illinois, but carved out a nice career for himself. He wasn’t a good starter, but was a good role player. And he did have an impressive TD catch in the Super Bowl. I think it covered 110 yards. Greg broke 10 tackles and hurdled 3 guys for the score. At least that’s the version he tells.
It will be interesting to see if G-Lew decides to make a full go of coaching. It is much harder than most former players realize. Duce Staley seems to like it and I’m glad. It is great to have Duce back as part of the Eagles family.
Someone in the last comments section brought up the difficulty in developing coaches and used an example of Pete Jenkins and Rory Segrest. Pete was a terrific DL coach in college and the NFL. He chose Segrest as a guy to mentor and develop, but Rory just wasn’t good enough for the NFL.
I think Andy Reid learned his lesson there. Don’t let the assistant choose the guy to develop. Eugene Chung worked for the Eagles prior to Howard Mudd’s hiring. Chung spent time helping Castillo when he was the OL coach. Chung also is a former NFL player and knows how pro football works, inside and out. That doesn’t mean that he’ll be a good successor to Mudd, but he has the background that you want in a coach. He’s played. He’s paid his dues behind the scene. He’s worked with multiple coaches and styles. And no one is giving him a job because he’s somebody’s buddy. Chung will have earned the job when he gets it.
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Happy Mother’s Day.