Eagles Practice Observations

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean JacksonBack in March, DeSean Jackson got a five-year, $47 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.

He’s made a pair of Pro Bowls and is only 25-years-old.

Cornerback Brandon Hughes is fighting for a job. He’s due $540,000 this year. He was a fifth-round pick by the Chargers in 2009, and the Eagles are the third organization he’s been with, even though he just turned 26.

But this is training camp, where guys like Jackson match up with guys like Hughes everyday. So far, Jackson has gotten the better of the cornerback with the first-team offense going up against the second-team defense.

Today, on one play where the ball wasn’t even thrown Jackson’s way, the two players mixed it up and exchanged punches before they were broken up by teammates and coaches.

“It was an incident, we had got into it. It just happened [that] we threw a couple blows,” Jackson said. “It’s a part of football and a part of training camp, honestly. Can’t do that during the regular season, during real games, but I get on the field, intense like that, heat, tired, holding on. It’s a part of the game.”

Jackson ended up being restrained by former Eagles wide receiver Greg Lewis, who is serving as a coaching intern.

“I’m a starter on this team,” Jackson said, noting that Hughes is not. “And I’m one of the leaders. You don’t want to cause anything, me getting hurt, things like that. Me being able to go out there, anything stupid happening and I’m out for the year. So you just gotta be smart with things like that. That was the biggest thing. He didn’t want me getting hurt and things like that, so like I said, once again, it’s football. It’s part of the game so you live with it.”

Hughes didn’t want to talk about the incident when asked about it.

Other practice observations:

* Cornerback Cliff Harris, an undrafted free agent, continues to make plays. During the live hitting period, with no safety help, he stuck with Jackson stride for stride down the right sideline. Michael Vick of course noticed the matchup and threw Jackson’s way, but Harris jumped up and broke up the pass, earning props from linebacker Jamar Chaney, who loved what he saw and rushed over.

* During 1-on-1s, LeSean McCoy matched up with safety Kurt Coleman to the left of Vick. He ran a 5-yard out, and Coleman had him blanketed. But when McCoy turned around, the ball was right there, high and towards the sideline where only he could catch it. And he did. Accurate, well-timed throw from the quarterback.

* With Jason Babin out, the first-team defensive line from left to right was: Brandon Graham, Cullen Jenkins, Derek Landri and Trent Cole. There was a period when the offense was running the two-minute drill and the second-team offensive line simply couldn’t block the defensive line. Graham, Phillip Hunt, Vinny Curry and Fletcher Cox all “sacked” the quarterbacks. Graham’s was on Vick, while the others were on Mike Kafka. Curry must have forgotten that you don’t hit the guys in red jerseys because he ran into Kafka and brought him down.

* Earlier this morning, Marty Mornhinweg talked about how Dion Lewis might not be tall (5-8), but is strong. We saw proof of that in the afternoon as Coleman delivered a big blow to Lewis on a screen, but the Eagles running back stayed on his feet and kept moving forward.

* Mike Patterson was out on the field with his teammates this afternoon. As Jim Washburn said last week, Patterson doesn’t have to be here everyday, but he wants to be.

* Wide receiver Ron Johnson suffered a dislocated ankle that left many of the Eagles players shaken up. McManus has details.

* No real depth chart changes from what I’ve included the past few days.

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  • Smurfalot

    Can we get some negative posts on guys? I’m starting to get a little too excited…

    • Good Lookin ouT

      Hard so far to see anything negative. It’s only been a few days of hitting, but they’ve been a pretty exciting few days. I’ve not seen any easy cuts and there is room to show your talents and the Eagles camp is full of talent right now. The most negative think is that Ryans hasn’t stood out so far, but rookies have and continue to impress. It’s going to be hard to keep a job with the Eagles.

  • devilokk

    thanks for the notes. Im starting to wonder though, is Demeco not making much of an impression? Haven’t heard anything about him throughout the last 3 days of real practice. Any insight?

    • Good Lookin ouT

      He’s not, but that’s mostly because the Eagles are going to be a team that the Defensive Linemen and Defensive Back shine as they are doing in this camp. Most offenses the Eagles come across this year are going to catch hell from the Defensive Line, and Cornerbacks and that’s clear right now. On the D Line there are going to be 8 to 10 guys that are going to be a load. DRC if the comes into the season as he is playing in camp so far he may be better than Samuel was, plus there are new guys who can go step for step with Desean in coverage. This Harris fella, and Boykins will be heard from in 2012, Both are talented, Fast and seem to want to play for the Eagles.

  • limodriver27

    Vinny, Vinny! Lay off the red jerseys. You’ll make many enemies that way. And Desean, how bout being a standup teammate, set an example instead of playing the *veteran* card.

  • Formidable

    Where was this “starters pride” from DeSean last year when he was brooding over his paycheck? He will consistently be concerned with injuries because they impact his dollar making ability. I love his talent, off the field community efforts and desire to win but he is too big a chip off the old TO block for me to venerate as a true Eagles fan. Finally, I appreciate Reid running a tough camp this year but Iggles Nation would be in pitchfork and flaming torch mode if Maclin and Jackson were carted off instead of Cooper and Johnson. Practice hard but make sure your key guys can make it to and through the season as well.

  • JimK

    I like this blog. I’ve been reading it at least once a day. I prefer the segments where you comment on what you see rather than quoting coaches. So, for instance, reports on unexpected developments, ie., cornerback Cliff Harris. I share the concern expressed by devilokk about the lack of mentions on how Demecco is doing. Please consider a section every so often–at least once a week–on “how are we doing with some of the key questions” suh as Kafka, Bell, Ryans, etc.

  • Matt

    Vinny Curry is like Danny Bateman from the Replacements

  • Dmwj

    Someone needs to tell DeSean he’s not irreplaceable. Especially after his last season. I don’t buy the he was distracted by his contract bull. We all want a rase, but for most of us sulking and under performing will get our butts fired. He is about the age of my children, and if he was my son, I’d slap him upside hs head and tell him” boy you need to act like you’ve got some common sense, decent upbringing and class, otherwise people will think you’ve taken too many shots already and having issues from concussion”.