The athleticism of Eagles middle linebacker Stewart Bradley and weakside linebacker Ernie Sims was showcased in the morning workout in the 7-on-7 period. The Eagles number one offense ran a pick or brush pattern where the Eagles running backs and wide receivers are all supposed to run crossing routes. They anticipate man-to-man coverage when they call this play.
They got man-to-man coverage but Bradley and Sims were just as fast as the running backs so LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver weren’t open after the wide receivers tried to brush off the trailing linebackers. Sims has got corner speed and rarely do you see a man as big as Bradley run so fast and change directions so quickly.
In the 9-on-7 drill this morning, Eagles fullback Weaver tried to come through the line and block Bradley, but he wound up running into a train. Just like the 7-on-7 is a pass drill, 9-on-7 is a run drill. In 9-on-7, the team’s offensive line, quarterbacks, tight ends and running backs try to run the football against the defensive front seven and the two safeties.
It’s not totally realistic because the defense knows they don’t have to worry about the passing game, so they play downhill and attack. Bradley saw Weaver leaning toward him in his stance and blew him up in the hole when he tried to come through with a lead block in front of McCoy.
It sounded like an explosion when Bradley hit him and Weaver’s neck buckled backwards. The fullback was laying on the ground when the play ended. The former Seattle Seahawk had to fix his helmet before getting up, clearing his head and returning to the huddle.
Rookie cornerback Trevard Lindley is the only cornerback on the Eagles roster who refuses to be bullied by big rookie receiver Riley Cooper. Lindley was all over Cooper when he tried to run and push him away on an out route. Lindley didn’t come out of his back pedal as Cooper came off the line and ran at him.
The big receiver tried to use his size to get some room by shoving the young corner out of the way. Lindley wasn’t buying it and climbed all over Cooper when he tried to catch the football. The pass fell incomplete.
I know Lindley isn’t comfortable and knowlegeable about all the coverages, but he’s by far their biggest cornerback who has no problem mixing it up with receivers. got to be used on the goalline