Wednesday marked the second day of OTAs for the Philadelphia Eagles, which end on Thursday. The past two days have provided some interesting comments from players and observations from those in attendance to the practices.
-Contrary to head coach Andy Reid’s comments that Jamar Chaney would miss all team activities until training camp, Chaney was there with his teammates on Tuesday and worked with the second unit as middle linebacker, unseated by offseason acquisition DeMeco Ryans at that spot in the first unit. Mychal Kendricks joined Ryans on the strongside and Brian Rolle was the weakside linebacker. Chaney expects to fight things out with Rolle for the starting weakside spot.
-This week’s OTAs represent the first time that LT Demetress Bell has had an opportunity to begin work to gel with Philadelphia’s offensive line. Bell said that he already noticed improvements in his level of play and acquisition of new verbiage from Day 1 to Day 2, and expects to be settled in fully in the next two to three weeks. Bell says that he is bonding well with his fellow o-linemen and is not daunted by what he has been brought to Philadelphia to do. “I know what they brought me here to do. [Peters] is a five-time Pro Bowler, but I don’t think I’ll have a problem filling those shoes.”
-Nnamdi Asomugha said on the Rich Eisen Podcast that he thinks things could have worked in the Eagles secondary with Asante Samuel. But that’s not how the story was meant to end, and Nnamdi and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie remain to work with Todd Bowles to correct the problems of that unit in 2011. While Asomugha says that Asante was never the problem, the opportunity to finally work together in the offseason is huge. Asomugha told the Eagles website that he finally feels comfortable now that he has a season with the Birds under his belt . He sees the opportunity to with his teammates this offseason as a critical opportunity to step things up for 2012.
Something else Nnamdi will focus on in 2012? Silence. He told the NFL Network, “The less we say and the more we play the better off we’ll be.” He’s got a point there.
-TE Brent Celek’s participation was supposed to be limited, as he had two surgical procedures this offseason (for a sports hernia and a repair for a torn labrum in his left hip). But observes have commented that Celek has been practicing at full speed and hasn’t seemed limited in the least.
-OTAs are not mandatory, so not everyone on the Eagles roster was present. DE Jason Babin and DT Cullen Jenkins weren’t around. Among the rookies, Cliff Harris wasn’t present as his Oregon class has yet to graduate, meaning he is still a college student and isn’t permitted to participate in full-team activities due to NCAA regulations.
Take a peak at some video to give you an inside look at the action: Here’s a look at Nnamdi and DRC; the all-important linebackers, the most heavily criticized group of the Eagles D in 2011 putting in work; and check out a happy DeSean Jackson and a healthy Jeremy Maclin and the other Eagles wideouts run drills.
-Injury update: LB Keenan Clayton had sports hernia surgery on Tuesday so did not participate in practices.