I am up at Eagles training camp for the next three days as some of the same story lines continue to play out.
Shawn Andrews is still M.I.A. Asante Samuel remains out with a hamstring injury. Although, Jim Johnson said he would likely be back on the field next week.
Today, Sean Considine and Joselio Hanson left practice with injuries. Considine suffered a right oblique strain while Hanson had a right quad contusion. Brian Westbrook missed practice today with a viral illness.
Donovan McNabb looked very healthy and sharp as he has throughout training camp. McNabb, who has been throwing more fade routes to the back part of the endzone during red zone drills during training camp completed a touchdown pass to Hank Baskett today on a great fade pass. Baskett used his 6’4” 220 pound frame to leap over his defender and complete the catch in the end zone.
After the team left the field following the morning practice, McNabb, for the second time this week, ran voluntary ‘wind sprints’, which is a grueling exercise.
DeSean Jackson put on a show of true athleticism. He made great catches and showed how he can run past defenders with his great speed in the open field.
Linebacker Omar Gathier had a terrific practice. I was at camp for a few days last week and he continues to be the vocal leader on the defensive side of the ball. Gathier appears to be the heir apparent to Brian Dawkins at the defensive team leader.
The most exciting moment in practice came when David Akers drilled a 60 yard field goal. Akers looks strong and comfortable with snapper Jon Dorenbos and holder Sav Rocca.
On the Michael Smerconish Show, which was live at camp today, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio predicted the Eagles would finish the season with a 10-6 record and land a wild card berth. Ray Didinger said he could see the Eagles winning 8-10 games.