Good Day Throwing The Ball For Kolb And Vick, As Offense Opens UpEagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
Asante Samuel never seems to stop talking during the OTA’s but he stopped talking today.¬† He was covering Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson on post route and made the mistake of letting it turn into a foot race.
It wasn’t much of a contest when Kevin Kolb let the ball go.¬† He put it up deep down the middle of the field and it was over before it got started.¬† Kolb put it out there and Jackson went and got it.
It turned into a long touchdown and Samuel took forever to run back.¬† This was his final rep before the second unit came in aand Samuel didn’t have anything at all to say.
It took him a while until he started claiming he didn’t get the help he expected from one of the safeties.¬† Nobody was taking him seriously.
The Eagles pass offense opened things up in practice is this the second day of the OTA’s.¬† Both Kolb and Michael Vick had armbands on with plays on them, which allowed the coaches to call a larger variety of plays.
They began with one-on-one drills with the receivers running routes against the cornerbacks.¬† It’s not a fair drill because there’s no pass rush, no linebacker help, but I think it shows the problems the Eagles have at the cornerback position.
Kolb started out at the quarterback and he hit Jeremy Maclin on a curl route against Macho Harris.¬† Maclin looks more polished in his routes.¬† Harris backs off all the receivers and gives them the short to intermediate routes.¬† This is why I doubt his ability to play the corner spot.
Next up was Jason Avant and he ran a slant route.¬† Kolb got him the ball and he came down with it.¬† Hank Baskett ran an out route to the left but wasn’t able to pull it in.
Jordan Norwood caught an out route from Kolb, then the young quarterback misfired on a deep ball to free agent Dobson Collins.
Michael Vick took over and started with a completion on a slant to little Chad Hall.¬† He followed that with a completed out to Blue Cooper, then a completion on another out route to free agent Kevin Jurovich.¬† Next up Vick hit Riley Cooper on another out.
Vick finished up with a completion to Jackson on a comeback route and the defensive back on him was running deep as Jackson curled up and came back to the throw at about 12 yards deep.
Kolb jumped back in there and connected on five of the next seven throws.¬† He hit tight end Brent Celek when he got him manned up on one of the linebackers.¬† Maclin did a nice job getting open out of a bunch formation, which I expect to see a lot of against man-to-man coverages.
Vick finished it up with two completions before the horn sounded and the period ended.¬† On the last play, Riley Cooper beat Quintin Demps deep and showed some surprising speed in running away from Demps.
Normally the young quarterbacks take those reps but Kolb and Vick took all of the reps.¬† I liked the fact that they when they detected that Kolb was on a roll then let him take more reps.¬† Despite the fact that there are other things going on in these OTA’s, nothing is more important than the development of Kolb.
I thought Kolb had a good day today in the one-on-one drills, then seven-on-seven, and finally the team period.¬† He threw only one pick and completed a high percentage of his throws. He’s making his decisions quickly and getting the ball out of his hands.
I thought Vick had a good day as well.¬† I think he’s becoming more comfortable in the offense and seems willing to throw the ball down the field much more often.¬† If nobody comes open both Kolb and Vick don’t hesitate to pull the ball down and take off.
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