For the first time since 1943, when it was held at St. Joe’s University, the Philadelphia Eagles will hold their training camp in the city. As is the case with 20 other teams in the NFL, the Birds have decided to remain at their facilities at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia, the team announced on Friday. Camp will feature a series of free, public practices at Lincoln Financial Field as well as private practices held at the NovaCare. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles training camp heads back to the city’
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Nothing can give you a midday heart attack like receiving an alert on your phone that says, ” Nnamdi Asomugha Knocked out at Practice: CS Laid on Field for 5 Minutes, Before Being Carted off.”
As more detail became available the news got less grim. Asomugha was able to get to his feet and walk to the cart before taken off the field. We now know that the corner is okay and that he tested negative for signs of concussion. But it doesn’t take away from the fear and uncertainty of the moment the collision with safety Nate Allen while both were defending a pass in 7-on-7 drills.
Thankfully, Nnamdi is okay. After concussion tests came back negative, the verdict is a sore neck and a lacerated lip.
UPDATE: Per Bob Grotz, Asomugha has whiplash-like symptoms and will be out indefinitely.
Rich Hoffman called the scary moments at training camp on Monday “four minutes of terror.” – Daily News Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: Nnamdi Asomugha OK after scary collision at camp’
Players are feeling the heat at Lehigh–literally. It’s one of the toughest training camps in member for the Philadelphia Eagles. Head coach Andy Reid is running players ragged. Yhough they love the game of football they are tired.
How tired? The photo below of Brandon Graham, posted to Instagram on Friday, tells you a bit about that.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is running one of the toughest training camps in the NFL at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He is working his team hard, with the hopes that this critical ground work will pay dividends in the 2012 season.
With 90 men on the roster, it can be hard to single out just a few to highlight. Everyone is taking their play to the highest level in order to fight for a spot on this team. That said, some Birds are standing out practice after practice and showing dramatic improvement or early success. Here are some who are proving themselves time and time again this training camp.
Brandon Graham: Graham goes into his third season with the Birds with little to show for it due to a career that has thus far been riddled with injury. He went into OTAs lean and mean and impressing his teammates and he’s continued to impress. With Jason Babin out with a calf stain, Graham has had the opportunity to step in and take reps with the first team defense and he’s looking like he belongs there. The chip on his shoulder over hearing the word “bust” continually in conjunction with his name is providing Graham with the fuel to fight, and that seems to be translating directly to his performance on the field. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles: Who’s Standing Out at Training Camp?’
There is a reason that football players hate training camp. The intensity, the heat, and the pressure of most knowing that they are fighting for their professional lives. It gets to most players in the NFL at one point or another, even after they’ve signed a multimillion dollar deals.
DeSean Jackson got into what was described as the “best fight of camp so far” with corner Brandon Hughes. Punches were thrown by both players, though none landed directly on the intended target.
Dave Zangaro of CSNPhilly described the scene as follows:
Jackson lined up on the left side and Hughes had tight coverage during an 11-on-11 play. The pass fell incomplete and the play should have been over. Only it wasn’t. The scuffle started with some pushing back and forth before punches were thrown. The two had to be separated.
D-JAX was described as being more heated than Hughes and had to be calmed down on the sideline by coaching intern Greg Lewis. It is then that Jackson remembered the leadership role he wants to have on the team. Oh, and his guaranteed starting position.
“I’m a starter on this team and I’m one of the leaders. Don’t want to cause anything, you know, me getting hurt. [Lewis] didn’t want anything stupid to happen and have me be out for the year. We just have to be smart with things like that. He didn’t want me getting hurt. It’s football and it’s part of the game.”
If I’m being honest, I too could be driven to violence if forced to exercise vigourously in this heat. Things happen. But I am not a professional football player who was just given millions of dollars by my team (I know, this is a shocking revelation) and who is trying to convince the world that he is more mature than the sulky player we witnessed far too many times last year. Jackson has to do more than simply proclaim that he is a leader of the team after last season’s antics if he really wants to prove that he has matured and deserving of that role.
Hughes’ comments after practice about the fight?
I’m not talking about that [expletive].
And there you have it.