Eagles rookies and selected veterans were back on the practice field Tuesday as tempers flared (briefly) under the sweltering sun.
The big moment from the morning practice happened on the field when a couple rookies got into a brief tussle. Second-round pick LeSean McCoy and seventh-rounder Moise Fokou tangled briefly, according to the Morning Call.
The second day of camp still saw no sign of No. 1 pick Jeremy Maclin. The wide receiver remained unsigned and away from Lehigh as his agent Jim Steiner and the Birds tried to work out a deal.
There was a positive sign at the morning practice as guard Stacey Andrews practiced again. But, it was unknown if Andrews will be ready to go for the first full-contact practice on Friday, wrote Philly.com’s Bob Brookover.
Will Andrews be ready?
"We will see," said Head Coach Andy Reid. "We're going to take it real easy on him and stay in communication with him. I'm not going to force anything. If he doesn't feel like he's comfortable being in a team activity at that time, then we won't do that.
One guy coming back from an injury that might already be ready to go is rookie tight end Cornelius Ingram. The big man missed his entire final season at Florida after a torn ACL. He showed no ill effects of the injury when he made a "spectacular diving catch on a seam-splitting rope by Kevin Kolb between two defenders for a 30-yard pickup," said Delaware Online's Geoff Mosher.
Some of the talk on the defensive end was about d-back Jack Ikegwuonu. He showed some exceptional play in the morning session, according to the Bleeding Green Nation:
"On defense, the player who shined was Ikegwuonu. On the first play of the drill, he closed beautifully to knock down a Donovan McNabb pass in the corner of the end zone, showing a burst of speed that means he's close to fully recovered from last year's knee injury. He also showed impressive jamming technique at the line, effectively delaying a receiver's release twice."
Fans watching the morning practice were mostly optimistic about the Eagles, reported NBC Philadelphia’s Jade McCarthy.
One player who made sure to reach out to the fans was quarterback Kevin Kolb. He took some time in the autograph tent and had some young fans smiling, said McCarthy.
It really is hard to imagine Banner jamming out to the Marshall Mathers EP but nothing is too surprising when it comes to the Birds. Maybe we should just do as The 700 Level said and sarcastically file this under “obvious matches.”
And, check out NBC Philly's Training Camp Pocket Guide before you head up to Lehigh.