NFC East: Winton Justice

Waiting on McNabb

August, 10, 2009
8/10/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Greetings from Eagles camp, where temperatures have risen into the mid-90s today. Right now, I've joined a group of 35 reporters waiting for quarterback Donovan McNabb to show up.

Earlier today I had a one-on-one session with Andy Reid, and you'll be reading more about that later. He's obviously tired of answering questions about all the injuries in camp, although that's pretty much been the main story.

We talked about his relationship with Jim Johnson and what he thinks about the NFC East this season. I've also had quick visits with rookie running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Brent Celek. You might be interested to know that Celek watches film of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and the Redskins' Chris Cooley. He loves the way that Witten sets up defenders at the top of his routes.

It was an outstanding practice for the defense if you don't count defensive end Trent Cole leaving with a left shoulder sprain. It also looked like backup quarterback Kevin Kolb had someone step on his ankle. He had to leave practice with a sprained left knee.

I was very impressed with the work of linebacker Moise Fokou. He made a couple big hits and looked good in coverage. If you're looking for a darkhorse in this camp, you could do a lot worse. It also looks like former first-round bust Winston Justice is actually showing some fire. He's trying to seize an opportunity created by Shawn Andrews' absence.

He won't come right out and say it, but you can tell Reid is worried about the lack of continuity along the offensive line. Reid looks great by the way. He's lost a ton of weight and he just looks healthier. We talked a little about his weight loss, but then moved quickly into other items.

In large settings, Reid rarely smiles or offers any personality. In private sessions like today's, he can be extremely personable and funny. Halfway through the interview, he stopped to offer an assessment on how I was doing.

We're still waiting on McNabb. The local beat writers are not pleased. The Eagles will hold a special teams practice this afternoon. And believe it or not, they'll break camp Wednesday and return to South Philly. OK, let's talk soon.

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