Eagles' 1st-team offense back together -- for a walk-through
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Minor injuries have been overbearing during the past few days, but the Eagles' expected first-team offense this season was together for the first time since the first day of camp during Saturday's walk-through.
That included Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans on the line and Brent Celek at tight end. They all participated. DeSean Jackson, who was injured on Friday, also participated.
"That's pretty big to have everyone back together," LeSean McCoy said. "Injuries, weather. It was good to have everyone out there. Hopefully, practice, we'll be on the same page."
Mathis (inner ear infection) hoped to return to practice this afternoon. Celek planned to practice.
On the defense, Jamar Chaney was not participating, but we'll have a better sense of who is in and who is out during the afternoon practice.
Some more tidbits...
**McCoy said the player who has jumped out at him during camp has been Dion Lewis. McCoy boasted about Lewis in an Inquirer story last week.
**The Eagles have only nine linebackers on the roster, but Juan Castillo said that is actually a good thing. It breaks into three even groups, and the Eagles primarily practice with two groups.
**Schemes are usually vanilla in the preseason, but it might be especially vanilla for the Eagles' defense in the preseason opener. Because the Steelers have a new offensive coordinator and system, it will be difficult to gameplan as precisely as a team with an estabilished offense. The Eagles will devote a day to preparing for Pittsburgh, though.