He had finished the special-teams portion of practice and went through his usual routine afterwards.
“Get at least 50 catches in,” Harbor said. “I try to walk through some of the routes I know I’m going to see in the later practice. Just get used to catching the ball coming out of those breaks. It really helps a lot. Building habits, seeing the same ball over and over again, it just becomes second nature and you don’t even think about it anymore.”
He ran a slant to the 5-yard-line, stopped, changed direction and headed to the back left corner of the end zone. Vick let go of the ball, Maclin made the catch and kept his feet in-bounds for the touchdown.
But wide receivers coach David Culley saw something he didn’t like. He wanted Maclin to make sure he sold the slant with his final steps inside. Maclin did it again later, and this time, Culley approved.
DeMeco Ryans vs. Bryce Brown. A one-on-one coverage drill pitting linebackers and defensive backs against running backs and wide receivers. The offensive players generally have the advantage with this setup, and there are many more completed passes than passes broken up.
On this particular play, however, there was neither.
Clay Harbor was out of breath.
The Eagles tight end was one of the last players off the practice field Thursday afternoon. As he walked toward the locker room, Harbor was met by reporters and knew the questions that were coming his way.
The Eagles have shown interest in Visanthe Shiancoe and Jeremy Shockey this week. The implication is pretty clear: Find someone to push Harbor for the No. 2 tight-end spot behind Brent Celek.
“If anything, it just motivates you more,” Harbor said, doing his best to say the right things. “I mean, competition is competition. You get competition in the National Football League all the time.”