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• Curtis Marsh is quietly having a nice camp, and he needs one. He broke up a deep ball nicely today, and was in position absolutely destroy LeSean McCoy on a swing pass, Sheldon Brown/Reggie Bush style. That swing pass should be a concern for Eagles fans season, by the way. The Eagles are running a ton of them to the RBs, and if you get a defense that calls zone flat responsibility to that size with a CB who likes to hit, the RB is going to be exposed.
• Ifeanyi Momah looked like a legitimate threat to take a roster spot during OTAs and minicamp. I’m not seeing that anymore. He has struggled.
He’s also got lots of stuff on Mychal Kendricks and the O-line.
The note on Momah is interesting. I wondered if he would be ready to really challenge for a roster spot since he’s only played one game since the 2010 season. Think how far back that is. Nnamdi Asomugha was a star CB.
Momah could be a good developmental prospect. Some time on the practice squad could be perfect for him.
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Sheil Kapadia also posted notes. Let’s see what he has on the QBs.
* Nick Foles had a good day with the deep balls. This was an issue for him last year. Just 35.7 percent of his passes that traveled 20 yards or more downfield were on-target, according to Pro Football Focus. That ranked 24th in the league, just ahead of Michael Vick (35.0 percent).
During 11-on-11s, Foles unleashed a bomb to Damaris Johnson that traveled about 50 yards through the air for a touchdown past Emmanuel Acho and Kurt Coleman. Later, against a heavy blitz, Foles got rid of the ball quickly and lofted a perfectly-placed pass into Greg Salas’hands near the left sideline, but the wide receiver couldn’t hang on. And Foles also hit Riley Cooper for a 40-yard strike past Brandon Boykin, one of the only times the second-year corner has been beaten all camp.
* On one play, LeSean McCoy got pushed back into Vick in pass protection, and the QB came up hobbling. But he stayed on the field and hit Salas for a 35-yard completion on a corner route near the right sideline on the very next play.
The talk on Twitter was that Vick might have been injured after the hit. Reporters were very impressed to see him stay in, let alone throw a terrific pass to Salas. Chip Kelly has talked about the importance of QB durability. No one questions Vick’s toughness, but he must find a way to stay on the field if he’s going to win and keep the QB job.
It is good to hear Foles is showing some improvement with his deep throws. He didn’t use his lower body well at all last year. Deep balls don’t require a great arm. A good QB can used balance and mechanics to generate throwing power. Sounds like Foles has made some progress in that area.
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Cornerback Brandon Boykin made a sticky hands interception early in practice in which he stepped in front of the receiver on a curl and snagged the ball while contorting his body, so as to not physically interfere, and reaching his arms out to the side. Deft body control, great play. No pushups needed after this rep.
Contorting? Deft? How do they expect Jimmy Bama to understand these notes?
Whether Boykin is in the slot or outside, it is great to hear he’s playing so well. The secondary is a huge question mark. If he can play well, that is a step in the right direction. We need more guys to join him, but at least one DB is playing really well by showing some deft contortion ability.
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• I forget that Zach Ertz is a tight end sometimes when watching him play. I see # 86 and I think, “What WR is that?” only to be reminded that it’s Ertz. Between the way the Eagles line him up and his body type/skill set, you can see where my confusion comes from.
I really do think Ertz is going to be a key guy when it comes to replacing Jeremy Maclin. Ertz can be the big WR playing opposite of DeSean. Not all the time, but in some sets.
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The Eagles reached an injury settlement with BJ Cunningham. That’s too bad. I was a big fan of his at Michigan State and thought he had good NFL potential. This move opens up a roster spot.
The Eagles will need to add a WR. I wonder if they go for a camp body or do look to bring in more of an established veteran. Don’t mis-read that. I’m not talking about TO/Chad Johnson types. I simply mean a player that has been in/around the league a few years and can get up to speed quickly.