Philly fans eager to get their fill of new EaglesPosted: Sunday August 03, 2003 10:47 AM
This is the eighth in a series of postcards Peter King will e-mail from his annual NFL training camp tour.
Saturday, Aug. 2
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Whatever that meant.
2. Drew Wahlroos, a linebacker who is lighter than a wahlroos, is trying to make the club.
3. A wideout named Scooter Monroe is trying for a spot, but there is no Biff or Beanie in camp.
I had nothing to give him, so I asked him if he wanted to try on my yellow hat with the fox on the front. I wear a size 8, so I figured this would provide some comic relief. Brian tried it on. The hat went over his ears, over his eyes, and simply enveloped his entire noggin.
He doffed the hat, which I've been sweating in for two weeks. He smelled it. "Mmmm!" he said. "This hat smells so good!"
Well, Brian, all I can say for sure is that you'll enjoy the nightmarish scents of the football helmet when you start to play your dad's game.
The first pass I saw was Tim Hasselbeck throwing a quick out to Smith, and Smith had to fade back to make the catch, and he shot his right hand up and caught the ball one-handed and brought it into his midsection. He didn't drop one. Seems like he's making some beautiful music with Donovan McNabb too.
"He's telling me I'm doing a good job," Jones told me after the afternoon special-teams work. Stating the obvious. Jones, however, did tweak his hamstring this afternoon. Said it wasn't serious. While we spoke -- no more than seven or 10 minutes -- he downed 16 ounces of Gatorade and 16 ounces of water, just for some hydration insurance for the hammy.
2. I think, speaking of receivers, that Freddy Mitchell looks light years better than the kid who struggled through all of camp a year ago. The Eagles don't have great receivers, but they may have four good ones -- James Thrash, Todd Pinkston (with the skinniest legs in NFL history), Mitchell and McMullen.
3. I think middle linebacker Mark Simoneau, counted on to turn the middle of the Eagles' defense from plodding to speedy this year, looked like Walter Brennan walking off the field Saturday. "I'm sore," he said. "We've had a lot of two-a-days in a row." But I'm told Simoneau is getting the mental side of things, and the Eagles are pleased with his sideline-to-sideline play.
4. I think the best chant that came out of the crowd Saturday was: "Tam-pa sucks! Tam-pa sucks!"
5. I think the best sign for the Eagles faithful, particularly with the dumbest holdout in recent history (Duce Staley is holding out with a year left on his contract at $2.3 million, and he probably wouldn't win the running back job anyway, and who else would pay him $2.3 million this year?) is how good Correll Buckhalter looked, coming off 2002 knee surgery. Buckhalter ran with power and authority, and he turned the corner once with speed.
"Getting better, you know?" Dawkins said, struggling through it. They broke for a minute, then did it again, and, if the horn hadn't blown for everyone to meet at midfield, they'd have done a third round of it.
"Y'all are lucky!" Vincent said to his mates. "You only had to do two!"
"It works the quads, hams and calfs," Dawkins said later. "If that's the way you line up all day, and you can strengthen the muscles you need to line up like that for three hours, you can be better-prepared in the fourth quarter. You won't get tired. Plus, I really think it helps us on our explosion coming out of our stance."
Looks pretty darn strange, though.
Check back soon for more of Peter King's Postcards from Camp.