Camp Observations: Allen earning 1st-team reps

Camp Observations: Allen earning 1st-team reps

August 3, 2014, 5:45 pm
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Rookie nose tackle Beau Allen took some first-reps on Sunday during the Eagles' open practice at Lincoln Financial Field. (AP)

Observations from Day 7 of Eagles camp:

Stock rising
There’s always a low-round draft pick or rookie free agent who turns heads at camp. So far, it’s been seventh-round pick Beau Allen. The monstrous nose tackle continues to get his share of first-team reps, showing a good motor and hand work. He’s really impressing his teammates and appears to be a fast learner. He’s competing not just to make the roster but for some time in the D-line rotation.

Stock falling
Matt Barkley lit it up at the first Linc open practice. This time, not so much. He fumbled twice, one of which came on a keeper to the left side that simply fell out of his hands and then bounced further away — and eventually — as he tried to scoop it up. Cue the Chris Berman “stumblin’, bumblin’, rumblin’” chant.

Catch of the day
Wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, who’s made a few big-time catches in camp, again turned in the splashiest catch of the practice. He leaped high to make a fingertips grab of a Barkley bomb down the left sideline in the end zone over Curtis Marsh.

Comeback of the day
Left cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who lost some of his first-team reps to upstart Nolan Carroll, jumped a Nick Foles ball intended for Brad Smith and picked off the pass in 7-on-7s. Had pick-six potential.

Duel of the day
It’s fun to watch 6-foot-7 receiver Ifeanyi Momah and 5-foot-10 corner Brandon Boykin matched up in drills and scrimmages (story: Momah making most of 2nd chance). Momah used his eight-inch advantage to reel in a pass down the left side in 1-on-1s despite having Boykin draped all over him, but Boykin took delight in blanketing Momah on a play-action bomb from Foles that couldn’t connect.

Adjustment of the day
Rookie free agent wideout Quron Pratt, formerly of Rutgers, made a midair, 180-degree turn to snare a back shoulder toss from G.J. Kinne in 1-on-1s.

Deception of the day
It looked sweet when Foles pedaled to his left and lofted a touchdown spiral to Jeremy Maclin, who lost Carroll with a double move around the middle. But since there’s no pass rush in 7-on-7s and Foles held onto the ball for an eternity, Carroll never really had a chance anyway. Typical stuff you see frequently at camp that doesn’t happen in a game.

Closer of the day
Practice ended with a sweet touchdown toss from Foles to Brent Celek in the right corner of the end zone, with Foles putting the ball just over the head of Connor Barwin and Celek making the catch with his fingertips.

Developing storyline
Second-year safety Earl Wolff returned to practice and with the first team after missing the last two practices with a knee injury. He said the knee felt great and gave him no concerns. Same knee that sidelined him at the end of last year? “Possibly,” he said with a smile.

On Friday, Kelly had said Wolff would practice but Wolff didn’t. Wolff said he told the coaches that he shouldn’t go if he’s not 100 percent because he only goes one speed. But he also insisted that he’s played through pain several times throughout his career.

So which is it? Obviously, it’s something to monitor going forward. Wolff has the talent to start but needs to prove to his coaches that he’s reliable and durable.

Injury update
Riley Cooper’s left foot wasn’t in a boot, but he still didn’t practice. Kelly said Cooper could be back this week. Wide receiver Jeff Maehl, whose foot was also in a boot Friday, also didn’t practice but wasn’t wearing a boot. Running back Chris Polk (hamstring) and linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring) continued to miss practice, as did center Julian Vandervelde (back).

Up next
The Eagles are back at the NovaCare Complex on Monday for an 11:15 a.m. practice.

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