Today marked the last practice for rookies and selected veterans before the full 80-man roster arrives at Lehigh University. Here's a brief look at who's stock is on the rise and who's stock is falling after the third day of camp.
Stock on the Rise
Mike Kafka: As the only quarterback to practice today (Kevin Kolb and Micheal Vick had the day off), Kafka had the benefit of an increased number of reps - which he certainly used to his advantage. Coach Marty Mornhinweg was so impressed with the rookie's camp so far, he started gushing to the Philadelphia media about Kafka's ability to pick up the playbook:
"He's the best rookie that way I've ever had in 15, 16, 17 years. He's really sharp. He's sharp book-wise, too, but he's also very intelligent athletically."
Jeff Owens: This year has apparently been an excellent one for seventh round draft picks. Owens has had an excellent camp so far, performing well during one-on-one drills. He has shown a nice ability for collapsing the pocket and should push Trevor Laws and Antonio Dixon for a spot on the active roster.
Jeraill McCuller: The undrafted rookie tackle had a second solid day at camp, looking impressive in one-on-one pass rushing drills (particularly against fellow rookie Ricky Sapp) and drawing positive attention from a very enthusiastic Juan Castillo. Said McCuller of his day at practice:
"Today was the first day when I just felt really comfortable, getting out here practicing hard, going up against the best talent in the world."
Chad Hall: After building a rapport with Kevin Kolb yesterday, Hall took it upon himself today to stay after practice and work on extra receiving reps with fellow rookie Mike Kafka. In addition to his great work ethic, over the next few days Hall will get the chance to show off his versatility as well. When interviewed this afternoon, Marty Monhinweg confirmed that the team would be working the young Air Force product in at running back as well as wide receiver.
Brandon Graham: No new contract news to report. The rest of the veteran defensive ends report to camp tomorrow, so from then on, Graham will be losing valuable practice time against his biggest roster competitors. I know I don't have to repeat myself, but get it done! Pick #8 Rolando McClain, pick #19 Sean Weatherspoon, and pick #28 Jared Odrick have just joined Dez Bryant and Devin McCourty in the "We've Been Signed to Mega-Contracts" Club, so that should move things along.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim: After a solid day yesterday, our third round pick seemed to have a bit of an off-day. He underperformed a bit during one-on-one drills, failing to get past center A.Q. Shipley and struggling versus undrafted tackle Austin Howard.