In another Training Camp Report, we provide you with the latest headlines and news to emerge from Lehigh University, the home of 2009 Eagles Training Camp:
- The August 8th practice consisted of pre-Camp events that included the American Red Cross blood drive and the Teva Pharmaceuticals Health and Safety Day, which attracted many attendants.
- OT Jason Peters and OG Stacy Andrews were padded up and active in individual drills after missing practice time here and there since the beginning of Camp, and are both progressing to the point of full activity.
- CB Asante Samuel started the August 8th practice with an interception, causing the crowd to cheer with excitement. Samuel also impressed today, when he was responsible for breaking up several passes and instructing younger players on how to properly line up in certain situations.
- QB Donovan McNabb continues to play with an extra level of explosiveness, as he threw multiple TD passes in both yesterday and today's practices. He was also able to squeeze a few tight throws into the hands of his receivers on plays that would normally result in a turnover.
- RB LeSean McCoy once again proved why he should remain the number 2 back on the depth chart, rushing powerfully through the linemen for a touchdown and also creating space between the defense for several good runs. Although McCoy looked fabulous...
- Eldra Buckley continued to try and persaude the staff to keep him on the team by bursting out a few great sprints from the RB position, and leaping over the goalline for an astounding TD. The former Charger has had an awesome Camp, and if he continues to play at a high level, he may end up as the Eagles' 3rd RB.
- WR Brandon Robinson emerged from the shadows of Jeremy Maclin and the other receivers to catch a bunch of Kevin Kolb's passes, including a great near-the-sideline grab that gained at least 20 yards. And catching wasn't all Robinson was doing; after practice, the wideout took some extra reps...as a kicker! Because there is no legitimate backup to David Akers on the roster, there needs to be someone who can be the emergency kicker, and judging by Robinson's successful 30 and 40-yard field goals, it looks like he could be the guy (IF he makes the team, that is).
- All but a few of the LBs looked fantastic: Joe Mays starred at MLB, knocking over offensive players left and right, Matt Wilhelm took some productive time to practice as the MLB, Chris Gocong and Akeem Jordan, as well as Moise Fokou all also looked sharp in both their coverage and tackling skills. Tracy White and Tank Daniels, the team's special teams Linebackers, did not fair well in pass coverage drills, though, as both allowed key throws to be completed and taken down the field.
- WR DeSean Jackson, who sustained a hyperextension in his knee yesterday, was back out on the field in today's afternoon practice, wearing a special knee protector. Because the receiver, who has clearly been Camp's best performer, is back in practice already, it appears his injury will not be keeping him out of any regular season (or preseason) action.
- TE Rob Myers looked good for a guy fresh off joining the team, running some quality pass routes and etablishing some decent blocking plays. Although it is highly unlikely Myers will reman on the final roster, he may be strong enough to earn a reserve role as a special teams player.
- In regards to the TE situation, there have been rumors that FB Leonard Weaver may take some reps at the position, as well as WR Hank Baskett. Depending on how fast the team solves the situation, I may release another post detailing the entire position and what it might look like/how it can be fixed by the start of the season.
- FS Sean Jones and SS Rashad Baker both made great defensive plays during practice. Baker deflected and intercepted a throw, and Jones was making solid tackles, as well as covering the receivers cautiously and precisely.
- RB Brian Westbrook continued to rehab with simple running drills beside the rest of the team's activities, and is ahead of schedule to return from ankle surgery.
- K David Akers (pictured, number 2) aroused the crowd when he converted on a 60-yard field goal with ease, and yet again, it seems Akers has been guaranteed the starting kicking spot.
As usual, more updates and reports regarding the Eagles and Training Camp will be posted as soon as possible.
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