Trevor Laws has signed a four-year deal, which means he can start participating at training camp; however, he will take the first few days off due to a foot injury that he suffered during offseason workouts.
The Eagles were confident this afternoon that second-round draft picks
Trevor Laws and DeSean Jackson would be signed in time to join the
other rookies who are scheduled to report for the start of training
camp tomorrow night at Lehigh University.
By late tonight, Jackson, a wide receiver from the University of
California, had agreed to a four-year deal, leaving Laws as the team's
only unsigned draft pick.
Training camp starts tomorrow, which gives today the feeling of the night before Christmas as a kid. Rookies and selected vets report tomorrow and practice starts Tuesday 8:45 a.m. The long offseason is finally over and now there will be some real Eagles news to report. It's about time!
Fortunately for me, and for you, training camp happens to be in my backyard. I'm literally 5 minutes away from all the action at Lehigh University. However, I've been shipped off to parts unknown and have had my head buried in law books this summer. Fortunately, we have a very special guest correspondent who will be attending Eagles practices and will be reporting his first-hand account on his thoughts from the Eagles training camp.
Over the next few weeks, you'll be getting first-hand information from the man himself -- Jay Vaidya aka King Vaidya aka Van Vaidya. I hope you enjoy.
Training camp is officially 1 week away. That's right, 7 more days until there is some real Eagles news to report. Despite the slow days in Eagles news, I was able to come across a few pieces of Eagles news to share.
First, Donovan McNabb has updated his blog, which you can read in its entirety at Yardbarker. McNabb discusses the Elton Brand signing, the Phillies, and more. Here's an update on his offseason and his health from the man himself:
Speaking of the Eagles, fans might be happy to know that I'm in Arizona
working out with Brian Dawkins. Next week some other players will come
out and we'll work together for a few days before training camp opens.
I'm feeling great, the shoulder is fine, and I can't wait to get
started this season.
Also, here's a short but sweet NFL Network video on the Eagles 2008 outlook. Finally we get a guy in the media who gives Donovan a little credit for what he was able to accomplish in his last 4 games of the 2007 season. Thank you Jamie Dukes.
One last point to make, DeSean Jackson and Trevor Laws remained unsigned. However, that is not unusual since only three first-round picks and no second-round picks are signed. Once other second round deals fall into place, the Eagles will be able to make their offer based on those. I.e., I wouldn't expect to see a Bunkley-like holdout from either Laws or Jackson.
Attention Eagles fans. If you want to get your hands on tickets for this season, you better be on your computer at 10 a.m. EST tomorrow (Thursday, June 19) for the sale. They will sell out in a matter of minutes.
Also a helpful tip: you can only buy 1 set of tickets at a time. Ticketmaster will detect if you have multiple windows open to purchase tickets for multiple games and they'll boot you to the back of the line, so only buy tickets for 1 game at a time.
-- For the last time, McNabb is fine [Bleeding Green Nation] -- What's up with the media's love affair with McNabb's injuries. This is TENDINITIS for Christ's sake. Since when is tendinitis a major news story on ESPN? This is absolutely ridiculous. If this were any other QB, this wouldn't even be a story. What's next, "McNabb stubs toe, gets paper cut on throwing finger" as ESPN.com's next story? Well, McNabb spoke out and you can read what he had to say at BGN.
-- Picture of McNabb at the OTAs [Iggles Blog] -- In the quote from the BGN article, McNabb talks about how the media criticizes his weight. This may be a bad picture, but he is looking a little chubbier than last year.
-- So... what really happened this spring? [Dave Spadaro] -- Spads goes over the major stories coming out of the OTAs. We're really beating a dead horse with the Lito Sheppard situation. He also analyzes the state of the WRs and looks at the DL.
Spads poses the question, "Can J.R. Reed challenge Considine in camp?" It should be the other way around. Considine is a joke. He has to earn the spot from Reed, not the other way around.
Curtis had a good camp, Brown is catching balls with more consistency, and DeSean Jackson has the mental part down.
The defensive line looks sick -- I agree. The Eagles have stockpiled talent on the line. They should be able to let them loose this year. I'll be paying close attention to Abiamiri this camp. If he steps up, with the outside rushers the Eagles have, and Trent Cole, they can be dangerous.
Jason Davis looks like a lock to be the starting FB.
The Eagles' nickel package has me excited: Asante and Lito on the outside. Sheldon playing the slot. Gaither and Bradley in the middle. Dawkins and Q roaming in the back. I like it.
The Lito story leads me to the next story...
-- An article Lito Sheppard should read... [Bleeding Green Nation] -- The consensus amongst a few GMs is that Lito is nothing more than 3rd CB. I.e., Lito should stop bitching about his contract, stay healthy, hit harder, make more plays, and then we can talk.
So I promised an Eagles link up and there you have it. These days in Eagles news are slow. We'll really get into full gear when the Eagles kick off training camp in late July at Lehigh University. Until then, we can keep hoping that the Phillies continue to put up 20 on the scoreboard.
Another link up is coming soon. There's lots to talk about: Jason Taylor, Lito Sheppard, Quitin Demps, T.O., Chad Johnson. There's lots of stuff going on before training camp gets underway. Anyway, I found this piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer interesting:
After finishing last season with a league-low 19 takeaways, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson
is stressing getting to the ball in these minicamps. In fact, the
defensive players are required to pick up the football and sprint with
it even after incomplete passes.
"I don't know who started that, but it's getting on my nerves," safety Brian Dawkins
said. "No, I'm just kidding. It's different. To me, it's all a part of
conditioning also. You get to the ball and you pick it up. It's about
practicing turnovers and picking them up and scoring. At the same time,
it's about having a good time. You're supposed to have a good time on
the defensive side of the ball."