Camp Confidential: McNabb Jersey Gone, Jerry On Eagles, Injury Update and Camp Observation
By Lance Epstein
Man Ask To Remove McNabb Jersey:
Wearing a hated rival’s jersey to Eagles training camp in front of a passion Eagles fan base was probably not the smartest move in the first place. However, Jim Devlin (of King of Prussia) wore a white Washington Redskins Donovan McNabb jersey as he observed the Eagles morning practice from the sideline.
As the practice unfolded, Eagles head coach Andy Reid singled out Devlin. Security informed Devlin that he had to remove the jersey due to coach Reid's orders. This would not have been a big deal except for the fact that Devlin was not in the bleachers, but on the sidelines due to his friend giving him a guess pass.
Once he removed the jersey, Devlin was allowed to stay on the sidelines and watch the rest of practice as he held his white McNabb jersey in an Eagles plastic bag.
For Delvin this is not the first time, he has tried to rile up Philly fans. This past weekend, he wore same McNabb jersey to the Mets-Phillies game.
What was Delvin's reason for doing all of this? Well, he states that he is a McNabb fan, not a Redskins fan. He also added that he is an Eagles fan, but not a die-hard like most of the fans who attend training camp. However he did hint he might buy a Stewart Bradley jersey on his way out.
Still, Delvin does not understand why the Eagles made such a big deal about the jersey. He went, as far as to say, the Eagles should be more worried about their players on the field than a fan wearing a jersey.
"I would be worried more about these guys (pointing to players)" Delvin said, "more than these guys."
This whole situation seems like a fan that is desperate for some media attention and bitter about the Eagles dealing his favorite player. The fans at Leigh probably would have given Delvin a rude awakening for his bravado, if he was in the stands and not the sidelines. Luckily for him, he did not have to deal with them otherwise he might not have a McNabb jersey anymore.
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Weighs In On Eagles:
It is the giant pink elephant in the room for the Philadelphia Eagles and just about everyone has an opinion on “the trade.” On Tuesday night, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones discussed the affects of dealing Donovan McNabb and its consequences for the Eagles.
One area that Jones touched on was that with McNabb under center, the Eagles were wildly inconsistent and even said they were a Jekyll-and-Hyde type of team. According to Jones, the McNabb had a lot of game changing plays and great games against his Cowboys, but if McNabb failed to connect consistently then his team could counter with their own knockout blow.
"McNabb helped create those big swings in our games over the last 10 years,’’ Jones said. "When he played well, it was like throwing the knockout punch. When he didn’t, you were able to throw the knockout punch.
Maybe Jones is on to something. When McNabb was dependable along with accurate, the Eagles usually were on the winning end of things. Last year, McNabb showed his flaws against the Cowboys. In three meetings, McNabb completed just 53.3 percent of his throws and had as many interceptions as touchdowns, which was three. Of course, the Cowboys won all three meetings and ended the Eagles 2009 season.
While Jones felt that the Eagles were a streaky team with McNabb, he now feels that Kevin Kolb will bring more stability to the offense and it won't be an offense of "big swings." Also, he added it does not hurt to have one of the better coaches in the NFL.
"I don’t see that now with Kolb," said Jones about the mood swings of the Eagles offense. "I think Kolb and the way they’re going about it now, you won’t have those big swings one way or the other. I think every game with them is going to be a battle because of Kolb and the makeup of the rest of their team is solid. And their coach, there is not a better coach in the NFL than Andy Reid.’’
For once, most Eagles fans will probably agree with Jones. Certainly most Bird fans do not see eye-to-eye with him on most things nor do they like the guy, but he made some true statements.
As good of a quarterback as McNabb was, he tended to be an all or nothing type of quarterback over the past couple of seasons. Even during he magical 2009 playoff run, the Eagles had to rely on big plays to win games. Heck, the only reason the Eagles had to comeback and then came back to take the lead against the Arizona Cardinals was due to McNabb's inaccuracy and wild play.
With Kolb, the Eagles will have more of a typical west coast quarterback. He will count on accuracy and precision passing. However, Kolb must prove that he can make smart decisions and not turn the ball over, which was something McNabb mastered a long time ago.
* Fans do not need to be alarmed about starting tight end Brent Celek, as he will be OK. He missed the morning session due to an undisclosed "illness." It is unknown if he will play in the Eagles first preseason game.
*Continuing with the tight end position, backup Cornelius Ingram was at a 100 percent today. He actually split snaps with rookie Clayton Harbor with the first team offense. Ingram looked pretty good out there today and seemed to not miss a beat.
* Besides Ingram returning, RB Mike Bell participated in the workouts as well. Of course, he did not do everything, but it is good to have him back on the field.
* More good news for the Eagles as K David Akers returned to practice after missing the past two days with a foot contusion. He is likely to play on Friday against Jacksonville.
* Unfortunately it was not all-good news for the Eagles. Center Nick Cole, WR Hank Baskett, DT Antonio Dixon and CB Macho Harris did not make their way back onto the field.
Not a lot of news to report today from camp since Reid is trying to rest his players before the preseason opener. The Eagles did not put pads on, but there were some highlights to discuss from the practice.
* The highlight of the day had to be WR Kelley Washington coming out of not to block a punt on special teams. Washington timed it perfectly and got his hands up to block Ken Parrish's kick. This is not good news for Baskett, who was sidelined today and is expected to miss the first preseason game on Friday. It is starting to look like Washington and Cooper will be the No. 4 and 5 wide receivers for the club this season. Baskett has not been able to stay on the field and when he has the Cooper and Washington have just been better. For all the fans that like Kendra (his wife), it might be farewell.
* In an interesting move by defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, he moved DE Trent Cole inside to defensive tackle, while DT Trevor Laws was moved to the outside at defensive end. Maybe this is a plan for McDermott to utilize Cole's explosiveness or make an offense think twice about where he is lining up. On the flip side, this might not be a good idea to send Cole inside since he is grossly undersized for a D-tackle.
* RB LeSean McCoy is starting to show comparisons as a receiver out of the backfield to Brian Westbrook. McDermott sent an all out blitz and McCoy found himself open for a easy dump-off pass down the middle of the field. If that was a game, McCoy might be going the distance for a touchdown. He is beginning to find the holes in a defense and recognize when he is supposed to release into the open field, which is one of the reasons that Westbrook was so hard to defend.
* A player that everyone thought would be a sleeper heading into camp was rookie DE Ricky Sapp. Over the past two days, Sapp has come on strong. Yesterday, he showed his ability to get to the quarterback. Today, he showed his athleticism by leaping extremely high to knock down a pass from QB Mike Kafka. While Sapp has missed practice and been a non-factor for most of camp, he is a player to watch for on Friday night.
* Speaking of rookie QB Mike Kafka, fans can see why Marty Mornhinweg has such high praise for his young quarterback. During the two-minute drills, Kafka connected on a beautiful pass to WR Chad Hall as the clock expired for a touchdown. Kafka appears to have the moxie and talent to be a very good NFL quarterback. It would not be surprise anyone if he ends up being traded down the line much like Matt Schaub of the Texans.
*Another battle to watch on Friday night is between CB’s Trevard Lindley and Dimitri Patterson. Patterson had a very strong practice today, which included a break up of a Jordan Norwood touchdown. Patterson managed to rip the ball away from Norwood and stopped a sure touchdown. With that said, Lindley has come on strong as of late. It should be interesting to see the two in live action against Jacksonville.
Jackson and Maclin Feud:
According to the Eagles, the spat between the two talented wide receivers was about who worked harder.
DeSean Jackson decided to tweet about the whole situation today as he said "Reporters lookin to start somethin ... funny how that works ... riding all day."
Whether anyone actually believes it was about who worked harder is another story...