Eagles Mandatory Practices Start Today With Williams And Peters In AttendanceBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
New Eagles cornerback Cary Williams has been missing practices for all kinds of reasons. First it was his marriage, then his honeymoon, then his daughter’s recital. He could have taken another day off tomorrow when the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens go the White House for some time with President Obama. Surprisingly Williams will forego the trip to the White House, along with his former Ravens teammate quarterback Dennis Dixon and show up on for each day for the workout, including Wednesday.
Williams is backing up third year cornerback Curtis Marsh at the right cornerback position. He was brought in here to be a starter, so you know he’s not thrilled about being a backup.
Last week, he seemed to be irritated when asked about what he had missed during the OTA’s which he didn’t show up for. Chip Kelly has got his attention by keeping in the backup spot.
Eagles Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters will also be at the practices this week. Peters has missed the last two weeks of workouts because of personal reasons after coming in initially and impressing everyone with his quickness and conditioning. He moved around like he had never suffered an injury.
The workouts this week will be mandatory, but Isaac Sopoaga is excused because of a death in his family. Both Zach Ertz and Jordan Poyer can’t practice yet because of college graduation rules. The Birds will be practicing from 12:30 to 2:50 for the next three days and Kelly will continue implementing his offensive scheme and Billy Davis implements . The Birds players are still learning the up-tempo system.
Kelly seemed to slow things down on Friday as the Eagles worked on a series of plays where they split offensive tackle Lane Johnson and a tight end outside near where the wide receivers line up. On each play, they ran a quick screen to the wide receiver and used the tight end and the tackle as blockers.
Veteran quarterback Michael Vick continues to be the guy I think will win the quarterback battle because his skill set fits what Kelly wants. Vick runs the read option better than any of the other quarterbacks, except maybe Dennis Dixon. That’s because Dixon is more familiar with the system from his time with Kelly in Oregon.
At times during practice, the ability of Nick Foles and Matt Barkley shines when they make adjustments before the ball is snapped, then make accurate throws to the receivers. Still that read option will probably play a role in which quarterback starts.
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