Philadelphia Eagles Camp Report: August 3

The team put the pads on for the first day in camp on Wednesday.

Star QB Donovan McNabb had an impressive performance hooking up with several different receivers during the morning practice.

The big battle at the position is for the No.2 job with the incumbent Koy Detmer and the challenger Mike McMahon going at it.

Detmer clearly has a better grasp of the offense which was evident with his check downs and on his outlet passes. He doesn't have a good arm or that much athleticism but he finds a way to move the ball down field.

McMahon looks smart at times but he doesn't always find his second and third receivers. That's something that can be helped with more exposure to their offense.

RB Brian Westbrook is continuing to hold out but he'll have to report back to camp by this time next week or he'll lose his eligibility to become an unrestricted free agent next season.

RBs Correll Buckhalter, Reno Mahe, Ryan Moats, and Bruce Perry all got plenty of work in today's practice.

Mahe looked pretty fast and appears to have lost a little weight. Some say he was too heavy last season. Buckhalter didn't look limited by the torn patella tendon injury that he suffered last August. Moats really can get around end much like Westbrook. It will be interesting to see how the coaches use him this season. Perry has been limited by injuries in his first two seasons and is long-shot to make the team.

WR Terrell Owens practiced with the team for the second straight day. On Tuesday, Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, met with head coach Andy Reid and team president Joe Banner. The Eagle reiterated their stance that they won't renegotiate his contract. Owens agreed to do his best but the question is, will he be a distraction? They asked the team to keep an open mind with his contract complaints.

Owens, never one to have much banter with his teammates, was clearly distant and rarely was seen saying anything to them during practice. We'll see if he continues his silence the rest of camp and through the pre-season.

The one camp battle that isn't getting much attention but is important is for the third tight end job. Undrafted rookie free agents Stephen Spach and Andy Thorn are in a heated battle for the job. Spach made the catch of the day. He ran an intermediate route and was seen sliding to the middle of the grass and caught the ball in traffic. Both can catch the ball but the one who blocks the best probably will win the job.

Defensively, DE Jevon Kearse had a solid performance although rookie OT Todd Herremans seemed to hold up well when they went up against each other. Herremans often had help with fullback helping getting a chip on Kearse but you can see that the long-armed Herremans has the body to play tackle. The starting secondary had a good day as did the second team cornerbacks Roderick Hood and Dexter Wynn. The receivers didn't have their way in this practice, that's for sure. Owens was the only receiver that had much success.

In the special teams part of practice, K David Akers nailed a 57-yard field goal but with the wind.


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