Today marked the final practice for rookies and selected veterans before the entire team arrived at Lehigh. A single morning practice was all the young players had left to showcase their talents before their number of reps decreased. Here is a brief rundown of who's stock is on the rise and who's stock is falling:
Stock on the Rise:
Danny Amendola- Once again, the former Cowboy was seen taking 100% of the reps at return man and performing admirably. Amendola was also able to showcase his receiving ability, making an impressive sliding catch in the endzone off of an A.J. Feeley pass. The young receiver continues to make his case for a spot on the Eagles roster, as he was repeatedly able to find open spaces in the defense.
Byron Parker- The former CFL superstar has been rotating in at both safety and cornerback, displaying his versatility. He made the highlight reel of the morning practice with a fantastic over-the-shoulder tip of Kevin Kolb's pass, which Macho Harris was then able to intercept.
Ken Parrish- As the only specialist to attend camp so early, Ken "Sarge" Parrish was able to get some quality reps in on kickoffs, field goals, and punts. He was also seen undergoing conditioning drills with Brian Westbrook and athletic trainer Rick Burkholder during his down time. As a "hometown hero" of sorts, Parrish has the potential to become a fan favorite in the coming weeks.
Macho Harris- In addition to his interception off of Parker's tipped pass, Harris displayed a tenacity at the line of scrimmage and blanketed rookie receivers with his excellent coverage skills. The young defensive hybrid has been having a fantastic camp so far.
Brandon Gibson- After a mysterious absence from this morning's practice, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg announced that the rookie wide receiver had suffered a minor injury, and would be out of practice until "tomorrow or it could be a few more days." After a great start to camp, it would be a shame if Gibson experienced any setbacks. Wide receiver will be one of the toughest positions on this roster to earn, and Gibson needs to be in perfect health if he expects to make the team.
Jeremy Maclin- Still no sign of our first round pick.