The quarterbacks

All three of the top quarterbacks performed well Sunday in Philadelphia, earning praise from Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Michael Vick threw a pass that hit one of the giant fly-swatters that assistant coaches hold up to simulate pass rushers during a seven-on-seven drill but otherwise ran the offense smoothly.

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Nick Foles also had a good day, except for an interception by inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

Rookie Matt Barkley made several sharp throws during the one-on-one drills.

"The fly-swatters got me again today," Vick said. "It's just embarrassing to hit one of those things."

The new guys

Wide receiver Arrelious Benn (see related story) returned to practice after suffering a strained knee on the first day of training camp on July 26.

Defensive end Clifton Geathers got into the first scuffle of camp. Several offensive linemen were involved, including center Dallas Reynolds.

Defensive end Isaac Remington, an undrafted free agent, also took some reps on the offensive line during blocking drills.

Position analysis: Safety

Returning players: Nate Allen (starter), Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson, David Sims

Newcomers: Patrick Chung (starter, free agent), Kenny Phillips (free agent), Earl Wolff (draft pick).

Outlook: Allen looks poised to have a big year after being hampered by injuries and inconsistency the past two seasons. Chung, a former standout with New England, is working with the starters, but Phillips could take his spot with an impressive preseason. Former starters Coleman and Anderson likely will play a lot of special teams, as will Wolff.

If the season started today

DeSean Jackson would be the punt returner, though the Eagles may not want to use him there all the time because of his value to the offense.

Play of the day

Kendricks, the inside linebacker, made the best defensive play of training camp with a leaping interception along the sideline against Foles.

What they're saying

Kelly, on the progress of the team: "I'm excited about the direction we're headed, but we're still a work in progress. I was very pleased with the way practice went today, but it means nothing if they don't do it again tomorrow."

Bumps and bruises

Peters and running back Matthew Tucker (strained hamstring) both left practice early. Wide receiver David Ball (strained quadriceps), defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (strained hamstring), tight end Zach Ertz (bruised shoulder), tackle Dennis Kelly (lower back spasms) and tackled Ed Wang (strained knee) did not practice.

Eagles today

They will hold their second public practice at Lincoln Financial Field, starting at 12:30 p.m. The team has issued almost 52,000 tickets for the workout. They will hold joint practices with New England on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the NovaCare Complex in preparation for Friday's preseason opener.

David Weinberg, Staff Writerr


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