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Eagles Practice Observations

Philadelphia Eagles offensive line coach Howard MuddIt was time for Howard Mudd to gather both sides together.

The Eagles were in the middle of a grueling practice in the Lehigh heat. They already had one live period, which involved tackling and hitting. There had been scraps, fights and activity after the whistle, often between the offensive and defensive lines.

Mudd buttered all the linemen up a little, telling them that they were the most competitive players on the field, but also reminding them that they’re working towards the same goals.

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Roster battles on Eagles defensive line

Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach Jim WashburnJim Washburn needs talent. And he’s got it this year, as the Eagles defensive line returns most of the key parts from a unit that was responsible for 46 of the team’s league-high 50 sacks last season.

Barring injury, when the Birds trim their roster to 53, they will be forced to cut ties with a couple players who will likely contribute elsewhere.

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Cooper To Have Surgery, Out Six Weeks

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidRiley Cooper will have surgery Monday to fix his fractured left collarbone and will be out for about six weeks, Eagles coach Andy Reid said today. Does that mean the Birds are in the market for help at wide receiver?

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On McNutt, Cooper And Plaxico

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Marvin McNuttNow that Riley Cooper is sidelined with a fractured collarbone, will rookie wide receiver Marvin McNutt get a shot to earn some more playing time? And will the Eagles take a look at Plaxico Burress? Answering those questions and more right here.

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Eagles Practice Observations

Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher CoxFor first-round pick Fletcher Cox, this was just part of the learning process.

With the Eagles in full pads for the first time this summer, Cox participated in one-on-one drills against the offensive linemen. On one rep, last year’s first-round pick, Danny Watkins, stood his ground and got the better of Cox.

Jim Washburn immediately turned his attention to the next defensive lineman up. But Cullen Jenkins, an eight-year veteran, decided it was time to give the rookie some pointers, taking him aside and offering up some instruction.

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Vick, Jaws Talk Shop

Eagles quarterback Michael VickEagles quarterbacks past and present spent some quality time together recently as Ron Jaworski sat down for a two-hour interview with Michael Vick at NFL Films. Here are some highlights.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidEach morning during training camp, we’ll be bringing you the Eagles wake-up call with links and notes from Lehigh. In this installment, find out how Vegas feels about the Birds, and discover which wide receiver the Eagles recently tried to add.

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Eagles Practice Observations

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael VickThere were no defenders on the field, and the Eagles were not wearing pads. But let the record show that on July 27, 2012, at around 3:21 p.m., Michael Vick slid.

And then he celebrated.

As Vick was running, someone in the crowd yelled for the Eagles’ quarterback to slide. Whether he heard the person or not, I don’t know. But Vick got down on the ground, popped back up and tossed the football up in the air as the crowd went wild. He then ran back to his teammates, shared a laugh with Jason Kelce, and that was that.

Baby steps, my friends. Baby steps.

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Jarrett’s Role Still A Mystery

It’s tough to tell whether Jaiquawn Jarrett feels any sense of urgency this summer.

After this morning’s practice, I stopped the Eagles’ second-year safety and asked him a few questions about what he hopes to prove in the next few weeks, and whether he thinks he’ll compete for a starting spot.

“It’s all about competing. That’s what I’m here to do,” Jarrett said. “I’m going to compete for the starting spot. Each safety here’s going to compete for the starting spot. We’re all going to push each other and make each other better.”

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Boykin, Johnson Start Off As Returners

The Eagles don’t plan on using DeSean Jackson as their primary punt returner this year.

“I want him to concentrate on the receiving end of it,” Reid said. “And most of all, we think we have guys that can contribute there and be effective, and that are explosive players. Now we have to see.”

For now, two of those guys are fourth-round pick Brandon Boykin and undrafted free agent Damaris Johnson.

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The Curious Case Of Clay Harbor

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.”

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Eagles Practice Observations

On one of the first plays today, Nnamdi Asomugha lined up inside against backup tight end Chase Ford. Last year, playing Asmougha inside was simple because the Eagles had Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the outside. But Samuel’s gone, and the new wrinkle today was that Curtis Marsh lined up outside at right cornerback.

Marsh, a third-round pick in 2011, played only 13 defensive snaps as a rookie. But with Samuel gone, he’s looking to fill a bigger role in his second season.

“We rotate. We have different guys that do different things well. It’s by gameplan,” Marsh said.

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Eagles Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks

How will the Eagles use Nnamdi Asomugha in 2012? Will Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have the same tackling issues Asante Samuel had? And what are the chances that undrafted free agent Cliff Harris makes the roster? Answering those questions and more in this breakdown of the Eagles cornerback situation.

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Thanks To Philly, Kolb ‘Numb’ To Controversy

It’s hard to believe less than a year has passed since the Eagles traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals.

At the time, it seemed like Kolb would finally get his chance. After sitting patiently behind Donovan McNabb, suffering an injury in the first game of the 2011 season and getting passed over for Michael Vick, Kolb signed a six-year, $65M contract and appeared set to be the Cardinals’ signal-caller for years to come.

But things didn’t exactly go according to plan.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call

Each morning during training camp, we’ll bring you the Eagles wake-up call with links and notes from Lehigh. Today’s version covers the possibility of the Eagles adding veteran running back Joseph Addai and more.