Eagles Practice Observations

Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce BrownWhen asked if he could see himself helping the Eagles in short yardage or goal-line situations, Bryce Brown didn’t hesitate to deliver a clear answer.

“I can see myself doing anything the coaches ask me to do,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what it is, I can see myself doing it.”

That’s the right attitude to take when you’re a seventh-round pick trying to make the 53-man roster.

This afternoon, Brown rotated in and out with Chris Polk on the second team, and both players were impressive as the offense drove down the field and into the end zone against the first-team defense during the live hitting portion of practice.

“I got a chance to go against some of the first-team guys, really focusing in on just the details of the plays and everything that I’m doing,” Brown said. “Just wanted to show the coaches that I’m reliable and they can trust me when LeSean [McCoy] or Dion [Lewis] comes out… that they know the offense is going to pick up where it left off.”

It should be noted that the first-team defensive line was a skeleton crew, dealing with several injuries. But for Brown, the next few weeks are simple: Learn as much as you can, listen to whoever’s in your ear, and try to stand out in a variety of different areas.

Part of that, of course, is special teams.

“I’m on all of them right now,” Brown said, when asked which units Bobby April has him on. “It’s actually my first time doing any special teams, so all that’s new to me. It’s kind of like a new language. It’s more knowledge that I can add to my toolbox, and even with that stuff, I’m really trying to hone in on the detail.”

So far, so good for Brown. He has a long way to go, but is in position to earn a spot behind LeSean McCoy and Dion Lewis.

Other practice observations:

* The first-team defensive line originally looked like this from left to right: Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri and Darryl Tapp. But after Jenkins left practice with a hamstring injury, Brandon Graham took his place.

* Early in practice, Marty Mornhinweg used a walkie-talkie to give Michael Vick the plays through his headset in an attempt to simulate a game situation (props to Geoff Mosher of the Wilmington News-Journal for picking up on this). Just last week, in an ESPN special, Ron Jaworski talked about how important it would be this year for Mornhinweg to get Vick the plays early so that he could get to the line of scrimmage, and he and Jason Kelce could make the necessary pre-snap adjustments.

* Vick and the offense practiced against the blitz, and the results were not pretty. Joselio Hanson broke up a pass over the middle intended for Jason Avant on one play. And Nnamdi Asomugha dropped an interception on the next. Vick finally found Avant over the middle for a tough catch as he was popped by Kurt Coleman, but held on.

* At one point, Antonio Dixon jumped offsides and ran into Kelce, who collided with Vick and knocked him to the ground. I’m guessing Andy Reid wasn’t exactly thrilled to see that.

* Casey Matthews made a couple of nice plays down near the goal line, including one where he stuffed Dion Lewis. Defensive tackle Cedric Thornton had a nice goal-line stop against Brown.

* There are very few lines of work where vomiting is no big deal. But apparently, professional football player is one of them. Todd Herremans lost a little something on the field right before one-on-ones, but then put his helmet back on and was on his way with the rest of practice.

* Graham abused rookie offensive tackle Dennis Kelly during one-on-ones.

* Mike Kafka ran play-action down near the goal line and hit Brett Brackett for a touchdown in the corner of the end zone. Rookie Mychal Kendricks was in coverage. Earlier in practice, Brackett lost DeMeco Ryans over the middle and caught a pass from Kafka. I still think Clay Harbor is the No. 2 tight end, but Brackett has been getting open and catching the football pretty consistently.

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  • tess

    believe in DNA kiddo. Mathews is 3rd generation NFL. All who went before excelled

    • Run Eagles Run

      he has talent, and it was put in an unfair position last year. it will be nice to see if he can pick up where he left off last year, as he finished strong. like you said, with that DNA, Im not betting against him.

      • JJeaglerooter

        I believe tess is saying 3rd gen. dna sizzles out. Hope not , he could be an exception to that rule.

        • Run Eagles Run

          well it worked out for eli

          • Warhound

            Eli’s not 3rd generation.

          • Run Eagles Run

            Really? That was worth commenting on?
            Do you really want to nit pick? Matthews dad uncle and bro were/are in NFL. Eli’s dad and bro were. Thanks for wasting my time with that.

          • pppjones

            Casey grandfather also played in the nfl, so he is 3rd generation. When eli/ payton are only 2nd generation.

          • Run Eagles Run

            So what? By other guys logic clay Mathews sucks

          • Run Eagles Run

            Just to clarify, Im not disagreeing. eli is not a 3rd generation NFL player. I was wrong. Just saying 3rd generation, 2nd generation… its doesnt matter. DNA sizzles out? there is no proof of that.

  • Good Lookin ouT

    The shame is that some of those rookie free agents will never last on the waiver wire to make it back to the Eagles Practice Squad. I have yet to see a bad signing of all the invited players in this camp.

    It’s fair to say at this point, the scouts and GM did a fantastic job this year finding talent for this camp. Cut down time is going to be difficult if all things remain the same.

    Tomorrow the entire starting defensive line will be out of practice, and that is not going to make those on the Offensive Line feel any better going against their under studies. These boys are banging in the trenches. This is truly, “Next Man Up” Football

  • borntosuffer

    Sheil and Tim, Great coverage! Keep up the great work!

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    Bryce Brown and Polk should concentrate on special teams because even if they make the team, they will never make the field being behind McCoy and Lewis.