But how does the Birds’ talent compare to teams around the league?
Each summer, Michael Lombardi of NFL.com puts out his list of blue-chip and red-chip players. Click on the link for a full explanation, but here’s the basic version: Blue-chip players are among the top-five at their position, and red-chip players are among the top 10.
When first considering it, you’d think the Eagles would have a pretty good showing on the list, specifically on offense. But you’d be wrong.
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.
Coming off a season in which he missed three games completely and failed to finish two others, Vick has been fielding questions about his health for months now. So when he stepped up in the pocket, targeted Clay Harbor and banged his hand against Jason Kelce’s helmet, worry started to creep in.
Jeremy Maclin left Monday afternoon’s practice early with cramps, according to the Eagles. Fellow wide receiver Jamel Hamler exited with a hamstring injury, but otherwise it was a quiet day on the injury front.
We did learn that Brent Celek (knee), Trent Cole (A.C. – shoulder) and Nate Allen (hamstring) are not all the way back. Cole and Celek both took part in individual drills, but all three ended up on the side with the rest of the rehabbing players doing some conditioning work.