As practices continue and drills are run in Miami, Florida in preparation of this weekend’s annual Pro-Bowl game, I decided to release a report of the happenings/news involving the Eagles and other all-stars, who are getting set to display their talents a week prior to the league’s biggest game of the season, the Super Bowl. From QB Donovan McNabb (pictured) discussing his future with the Eagles to WR DeSean Jackson joking around with Bengals’ star (and clown) Chad Ochocinco, there has been quite a lot going on in South Florida. Here is the Eagles Pro-Bowl report:
- Donovan McNabb, the team’s veteran Quarterback, has been frequently asked by Pro-Bowl media correspondents about his future with the Eagles. While this shouldn’t be centered around McNabb right now (for this is a time where players are meant to cherish their achievements and enjoy their “vacation” to Miami), the 6-time all-star was playful and optimistic in his responses. At one point, he jokingly said that psychic informed him that he will stay with the Eagles and that good things will happen. In another instance, he spoke with seriousness and said “I don’t want to be anywhere else but Philly, and Andy [Reid] came out to say it and the guys want me back and that’s the most important thing.” McNabb seems to be extremely comfortable with his current situation, and that was proven correct when he had a humorous encounter with rival Cowboys’ WR Miles Austin (McNabb tossed an under thrown pass and then jokingly said “Oh, my bad. You’re waiting until Tony Romo gets here. You don’t want to catch my ball.”) and several NFL Network analysts said that he was the “life of the party” at practice.
- K David Akers cheerfully signed autographs and played catch with members of the crowd at practice, and also greeted attendants of the nearby St. Thomas Aquinas high school. A few other Eagles, including DeSean Jackson, also met with kids from the school.
- Quintin Mikell took a large amount of repetitions at the Strong Safety position during a few practice sessions, and he appears to be in somewhat of a battle for playing time this weekend with Arizona defensive back Adrian Wilson. The Cardinal is officially listed as the starter, but Mikell’s large rep amount and work in practice might give him a lot of time on the field this Sunday in the Pro-Bowl.
- First-time Pro-Bowler DeSean Jackson (pictured right, #10), who eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark this season, welcomed in his debut all-star appearance with open arms. The 2nd-year player fielded balls as the kick returner at times, and also obviously worked with the Wide Receivers group. He also completed a semi-serious interview with attention-getting WR Chad Ochocinco of the AFC squad (Bengals).