I’m done with talking about Riley Cooper for now. He spoke to his teammates. They forgave him, from what we can tell. We’ll need some time to really place this story in context. I don’t feel the need to obsess on every detail. I’d rather discuss actual football. If you don’t want an update on the Cooper situation, here is Sheil Kapadia’s latest piece.
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We have a new source for practice notes today…Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting. He shared this info on Twitter.
Ertz played a lot of “X” WR, as well as inline Y and some slot. Seems to be confident and catching on route-wise quickly. Subtle leader too
Polk had another really nice day. Showed vision through hole, 2nd gear, routes very well.
Formation today: Ertz at X, Celek/Casey in slot. Harbor/Casey at FB/HB. Same side. Loads of read-option and pattern combo options.
How’s Damaris Johnson looking at WR? Not bad in slot, well enough to get quick sep. R.Shepard playing better tho.
(Damion Square) Quickest of NTs at practice off ball. Gave Cs most trouble in run drills.
if you had to name starting qb today, who would be? From today’s practice alone: Vick. Foles missed too many reads/throws.
The no-draft rookie OT Michael Bamiro is raw, especially with hand positioning, but is certainly holding his own.Could be #2 RT soon
do you see Russ shep making an impact this year? Got work at Z today. Caught RZ TD. Next guy up if DJax goes down.
Barkley had few 3 step drop vertical throws flutter. Hasnt been great downfield. But showed touch in RZ, very efficient in curl/flat
Knott hasn’t been anything much in team/7v7 coverage…Sims got work with 1s, solid, but a few wrong steps…Poyer pretty ehh.
Eric certainly had some interesting things to say. He raved about Zach Ertz in another tweet and seems to think Russell Shepard is outplaying Damaris Johnson. Bamiro as the #2 RT ahead of Dennis Kelly?
I can’t vouch for Eric as a good source of Training Camp info. I’ve read some of his draft stuff in the past. This is my first chance to read his TC stuff. At the very least, this is a fresh opinion and definitely worth taking into consideration as we think about which players are going to make the team and how they’ll fit in.
It sounds like Eric may be at camp again tomorrow. Give him a follow to get more info.
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Here is Jimmy Bama’s take on Wednesday. He gave today’s QB edge to Vick. And he’s got some good hitting info.
• The Eagles have practiced in pads already, but they did some legitimate hitting for the first time today. Here’s some video of that. During those drills, Connor Barwin absolutely destroyed Brent Celek. Bearcat on Bearcat crime. Celek needed help getting up, and was holding his shoulder. He had to leave the field for a bit, but returned to practice. Celek is a tough dude.
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1:36 – One-on-one blocking drills. My favorite drill at training camp.
Zach Ertz has problems with Chris McCoy. Then it’s Trent Cole’s turn. McGovern doesn’t like what he sees at first and makes Cole go again. The second time around, he absolutely housesJames Casey. A straight bull-rush. I have no idea how Casey is still standing.
Ertz is up again. He has trouble with Everette Brown and unstraps his helmet in frustration. Tight ends coach Ted Williams tries to calm him down.
The rookie gets one final shot and shows improvement, earning a pat on the back from Celek.
Football’s a funny game. The players just spent about six minutes trying to violently knock each other over. Now it’s all fist-pounds and bro-hugs as the drill comes to an end.
One more note: None of the tight ends could handle Cole. We’ll see what the position change means for him in terms of matchups. But he’s gotta love getting a one-on-one shot at tight ends here instead of left tackles.
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And Jeff McLane did say on Twitter that he thought Vick was better today.
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PE.com posted practice notes. Apparently Ernest Hemingway is now writing for them.
- Foles’ best pass of the day sublimely accentuated his feel for timing and accuracy. He lofted a beautiful touch pass over David Sims’ fingertips and in between a converging Mychal Kendricks and Earl Wolff to Jason Avant, who double-caught the ball but managed to tap both feet inbounds at the back of the end zone.
Sublimely accentuated? Who got the dictionary for Christmas?
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• Brandon Boykin continues to have an amazing camp. He’s constantly all over the field breaking up passes. Per unofficial Eagles training camp rules, it’s 50 pushups for a defensive player if they break up the pass but don’t intercept it. So you can imagine that Boykin has been doing quite a few pushups. And that’s something to be excited about.
I hate to be critical, but it would help to know if he sublimely accentuated his ball skills by making a particular PBU today.