I apologize for the lateness of this article. A summary of Day 6 should be up later this afternoon. The entire Eagles squad participated in "live" practice yesterday morning, and several players stood out from the bunch. Here is a brief rundown of who's stock is on the rise and who's stock is falling:
Stock on the Rise:
Eldra Buckley- Buckley made a great step in his battle against Lorenzo Booker for the 3rd halfback spot with several impressive runs against the third-team defense. He consistently gained yards after contact, including a helmet-losing collision during a 45-yard gain. The hard-running Buckley should continue to give Booker a run for his money as training camp progresses.
Brandon Gibson- After returning to the field from a minor injury, Gibson decided to try a different sort of return: returning kicks. With Demps out, Gibson was able to get in some quality reps with Lorenzo Booker and Danny Amendola, showing his versatility on special teams. Maclin's continued absence has also aided Gibson, giving him time to work with the second-team offense as a receiver.
Joselio Hanson- Hanson was able to get a large number of reps yesterday due to Asante Samuel's minor injury. Hanson ran with the first-team defense as a nickel corner and with the second-team defense as the starting left CB opposite Jack Ikegwuonu. Hanson provided excellent coverage throughout the day, blanketing Jason Avant from Donovan McNabb's passes.
Hank Baskett- During Friday's practice, Baskett proved he wasn't going to lay down and let the likes of Brandon Gibson usurp his position. He burned Jack Ikegwuonu several times for deep catches while running with the second-team offense.
Kevin Curtis- Curtis was still unable to participate in team drills, and has been limited in practice so far. Hopefully, the nagging injuries won't hinder him too much in camp, or he might be faced with losing his starting job.
Jon Dorenbos- Dorenbos missed most of Thursday and half of Friday's practices with a mysterious illness. While Bent Celek was able to long snap in his place, Dorenbos will have to stay healthy in order for the field goal unit to maintain its perfect rhythm and timng.