Eagles Droppings 6/1: Vets Arrive At OTA, First Team Offense and Patterson's Car On Fire
By Lance Epstein
Eagles Kick Off Another OTA:
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles kicked off another organized team activity. However, this OTA is different from the previous OTAs since it includes the entire team. Well almost the entire team as seventh-round pick Kurt Coleman is ineligible to participate because he is still attending classes at Ohio State and has not graduated.
Some of the players that will be under the microscope at this OTA are backup middle linebacker Omar Gaither, Stewart Bradley, Cornelius Ingram and Ellis Hobbs. All four missed significant time last season due to a season ending injury and have huge roles in this upcoming season. For Gaither, this marks the first practice of the entire offseason for him. He was not able to participate in the post-draft minicamp as he was not fully recovered from his Lis Franc sprain [foot].
The practice was scheduled to be outside and last until 3 p.m., but weather conditions [rain] in Philadelphia have moved the practice indoors.
The First Team Offense At OTAs:
According to Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, there were only two changes from the end of last season to the starting offense at the team's mandatory OTAs [started today]. The first change was at the quarterback position with Kevin Kolb taking over for the traded Donovan McNabb.
While Kolb was a foregone conclusion to seize control of the offense when McNabb was shipped out to Washington, Max Jean-Gilles lining up at left guard for Todd Herremans was not. Multiple reports out of the NovaCare Center say that Herremans is/was at the facility, but is just not practicing today.
Even though, Herremanns is not practicing today, he is expected to be the club's starting left guard on opening day. On the other hand, maybe he is fighting an injury that the Eagles have not made public. This is a story that could develop into something bigger than previously thought.
The one position that was up in the air was the starting center position. Apparently head coach Andy Reid is a man of his word. Reid said earlier this offseason that if injured [torn ACL] starting center Jamaal Jackson was not ready to go by the start of the season that Nick Cole would be the team's starting center.
Still, it is too early in the offseason to anoint him as "the guy." If Stacy Andrews has a mediocre or bad training camp or the preseason then Cole could slide over to right guard and either A.Q. Shipley or Mike McGlynn would take over the duties at center.
Of course, if Jackson returns earlier than expected then Andrews and Cole will fight for the starting right guard job. However, Jackson is more likely to find himself on the PUP [Physically Unable to Perform] list than crack the opening day roster.
Here is the first team unit that took the field today:
Patterson's Car Goes Up In Smoke:
Last Tuesday, starting defensive tackle Mike Patterson thought he was the victim of a prank that went horribly wrong. However, it was no prank and he turned out to be very fortunate as his GMC truck spontaneously burst into flames in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare complex.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the truck was "ashen and crisp," after the Philadelphia fire department had extinguished the fire. A fireman told the Inquirer that the battery overheated, which is the cause of the fire.
Luckily no one was near the truck and Patterson was not in the vehicle as well. But the question now becomes, how will Patterson get to the NovaCare facility? The Bus? Carpool? Better yet, he could set up a cot at the complex and become a work out warrior.