Training camp observations: Day 1 of practice

Training camp observations: Day 1 of practice

July 26, 2014, 3:45 pm
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On Day 1 of Chip Kelly's second training camp, Mark Sanchez (right) threw an off-balanced near-interception while Darren Sproles (right) impressed with a 30-yard reception on a right-side wheel route. (USA Today Images)

Rain put a slight damper on the Eagles’ first day of training camp practice Saturday at the NovaCare Complex.

So did a collision that first appeared to offer the first serious injury.

Rookie safety Ed Reynolds grabbed his leg and was extremely slow to get back to his feet after colliding with rookie receiver Josh Huff deep downfield in full team drills (see story). Reynolds writhed in pain after he hit the ground. Teammates looked on and the medical staff ran to the scene.

Nothing major, though. Reynolds got up and Chip Kelly abruptly decided to end practice, maybe a snap or two early. Reynolds, the rookie from Stanford who missed almost all of the spring camps, said he was fine.

Other observations from the first day of camp:

Stock rising
Don’t laugh, but G.J. Kinne could end up being one of the most improved Eagles in camp. The second-year quarterback looked sharp on most of his throws, a carryover from his impressive spring. Early in 7-on-7s, he found Riley Cooper on the left seam between three -- count ‘em, three -- defenders. Will he beat out Matt Barkley? Probably not. But he could make the decision tough for Kelly.

Stock falling
Damaris Johnson got some first-team reps, which was mildly surprising given his plummet down the depth chart last year and the offseason additions at receiver. But his best chance to resurrect his career is on special teams. It probably didn’t help his cause when he fumbled a kickoff return during a non-tackling drill.

Roasting of the day
Darren Sproles did what Darren Sproles does, speeding past linebacker Bryan Braman on a right-side wheel route to haul in a 30-yard pass from Mark Sanchez.

Oops of the day
Sanchez nearly completed an off-balance, hurried pass to the right sideline to …. safety Chris Maragos, who was the only person within catching distance of the pass. Maragos would have probably been the Jets’ best receiver last year.

Catch of the day
In 7-on-7s, Jeremy Maclin made an over-the-shoulder grab of a perfectly placed ball by Nick Foles about 40 yards downfield with cornerback Roc Carmichael supplying tight coverage.

O-line shuffle
Allen Barbre’s first-team right tackle reps caused a shakeup on the second-string offensive line. Lane Johnson spent much of the afternoon at second-team right tackle (see story). Dennis Kelly, usually a tackle, played right guard. Julian Vandervelde played his normal center spot. On the left side, newcomer Andrew Gardner played left tackle and Matt Tobin played left guard.

Familiar face
Had to see this one to believe it, but former Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard is at camp as a coaching intern -- the same Lito Sheppard who made noise about his contract, lashed out at management and eventually got shown the door after the Eagles signed Asante Samuel. They always leave acrimoniously and come back smiling.

Up next
The Eagles are back at the NovaCare Complex at 11:45 a.m. Sunday for Day 2 of training camp.

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