Let’s start with the LBs. Jamar Chaney surprised us by participating. He suffered a neck injury late in 2011 and was supposed to sit out until Lehigh. Apparently seeing all the young bodies at LB made him decide to get out there and work. That is good. The practices are non-contact and shouldn’t affect his neck. The awkward news is that Keenan Clayton was absent. If he’s got a good excuse, that’s fine. If he just chose to miss for a casual reason, not good. He’s fighting for his NFL life. He needs every rep possible. Here was today’s depth chart:
SAM: Mychal Kendricks ….. Akeem Jordan ….. Moise Fokou
MLB: DeMeco Ryans ………. Casey Matthews … Greg Lloyd
WLB: Brian Rolle …………… Jamar Chaney …… Monte Simmons
Casey Matthews does look bigger. He looks like a MLB. Simmons has a thin build. I’ve been projecting him at SAM, but I don’t know what to make of him. With Clayton out, maybe they simply slid Simmons into that spot at WLB.
Based on what reporters had to say about practice, the LBs did okay.
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Depth chart for the OL:
#1 – Demetress Bell – Evan Mathis – Jason Kelce – Danny Watkins – Todd Herremans
#2 – King Dunlap – Julian Vandervelde – Dallas Reynolds – Mike Gibson – DJ Jones
#3 – Dennis Kelly – Alfred McCullough – Steve Vallos – Brandon Washington – Thomas Welch
It is interesting that Reynolds is the backup C for now. Not sure what to make of that. He’s played almost all OG in his time with the Eagles. He played all over the place at BYU. I like him at C. Maybe he’s earned that role in the individual work. Maybe he just knows the offense better than the other options and that’s why he’s there.
Bell got beaten on an early rep by Trent Cole. Welcome to the Eagles. Bell didn’t face top pass rushers in practice in college or up in Buffalo. Going up against Cole will be a good education for him, as long as it doesn’t affect his confidence.
I watched the PE.com video and liked a few things. Dennis Kelly has natural strength and power. Real interesting project. Demetress Bell hit the sled once and coach Eugene Chung let out a big “wooooooo”. He liked that pop. DJ Jones looked sleeker than I expected.
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* Based on reports, Mike Kafka had a good opening day. He threw the ball well and looked comfortable. Trent Edwards struggled. That’s only one day for Trent, but a guy in his position can’t afford too many of those. Nick Foles looked like a mid-round rookie.
* A couple of people remarked that Nate Allen looked bigger. It was interesting to read Roobs article on him and Kurt Coleman and find out Allen’s comments about the cold weather making it tough on his knee. I’ve never had a knee injury so I can’t imagine what that’s like. Nate isn’t the first guy I’ve heard talk about it so this isn’t some made up excuse. Complicating matters, Nate is from Florida. He is still getting used to dealing with cold weather. I’m not a Philly resident, but I’m guessing Florida winters are a tad more mild.
* Jimmy Bama said on Twitter that Jeremy Maclin looked bigger to him. Dave Spadaro has said that as well. Mac has to be one happy guy right now. He’s healthy and on the field, hoping to have his best year. Big change from last spring.
* Boy, there is a noticeable difference in Chad Hall and Damaris Johnson when those guys are on the move. Damaris is very quick and very agile. Chad is punctual, friendly, and a good driver.
* Brent Celek wasn’t scheduled to participate in the OTAs, but decided to give it a go. He’s one tough dude. Must have learned from Jon Runyan. Any rep you miss gives someone a chance to steal your job. Don’t be Wally Pipp’ed.
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For notes from someone who was there, go check out Jimmy Bama’s post.