Friday, August 1, 2014
Eagles Camp Report: Day 6
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Philadelphia Eagles training camp:
- By the end of Friday's practice, quarterback Nick Foles was working with Ifeanyi Momah, Brad Smith and Arrelious Benn as his starting wide receiver groups. Jeremy Maclin left practice and had a trainer working on his upper legs for a few minutes. Riley Cooper has been out for a few days with a foot injury. Cooper wore a walking boot on his right leg for the first time. Jeff Maehl also had a boot on his right foot. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the shuffle was that rookie Jordan Matthews stayed on the second team, in the slot, rather than move up. Momah and Benn are both considered long shots to be on the regular-season roster.
- Earlier, Maclin did get tangled up with cornerback Cary Williams on a deep throw from Foles. One of the NFL officials who has been working the camp this week called Williams for pass interference. Williams also lost his helmet on the play. Maclin seemed to get the better of things, but he was soon on the sideline. It was a year and one day since Maclin tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a training camp practice.
- The officials stressed what they are going to stress during the season -- tighter enforcement of rules governing illegal contact and pass interference on both sides of the ball. "None of them are new rules," referee Gene Steratore said after practice. "It's more a point of emphasis, that we're going to enforce the rules that are already in place." Steratore and his crew threw a number of flags during Thursday's and Friday's sessions. According to Steratore, "almost half" of the fouls were called against offensive players for pushing off and trying to create space for themselves. "Just tell us what the rules are," Chip Kelly said. "We'll play by them."
- The Eagles spend a lot of time on special teams during their practice sessions here. But Kelly said he didn't have a feel for whether his offseason moves were bearing fruit as far as improving the kicking game. "I have no idea," Kelly said. "We haven't played a game. That's where the game is the big part of it. You're not doing live special teams work in training sessions. You're going to your live special teams in games."
- The Eagles will be off Saturday after practicing in pads three days in a row. Their next practice will be at 12:15 p.m. Sunday inside Lincoln Financial Field. That will be the second practice in the Linc, and it's open to the general public. The third and final such practice will be next Sunday, Aug. 10, at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The Eagles played their home games at Franklin Field before moving to Veterans Stadium in the early 1970s.