Eagles camp report: Analysis of special teams

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick meets with members of the military at the team’s annual training camp Military Day at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Monday.

The quarterbacks

Michael Vick produced the loudest roar from among the crowd of approximately 20,000 when he hit wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a 50-yard touchdown toward the end of practice at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Monday.

Nick Foles was effective during seven-on-seven and one-on-one drills.

Rookie Matt Barkley worked exclusively with the backup offense again. His leadership skills really came through while he led the unit down the field in 11-on-11 situations.

The new guys

Linebacker Connor Barwin took the time to thank all 250 members of the military that encircled the field on Military Day.

Rookie tight end Zach Ertz was back at practice after missing a day with a bruised shoulder.

Punter Donnie Jones served as place-kicker Alex Henery's holder while he booted field goals.

Position analysis: Special teams

Returning players: place-kicker Alex Henery (starter), long-snapper Jon Dorenbos (starter), punt returners Jackson and Damaris Johnson, kickoff returners Brandon Boykin and Bryce Brown.

Newcomers: punter/holder Donnie Jones (free agent), punter/holder Brad Wing (undrafted rookie), kickoff returner Arrelious Benn (trade).

Outlook: Henery, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011, is rapidly becoming one of the best kickers in the league. He made 51-of-58 field goals (87.9 percent) during his first two seasons and is 71-for-72 on extra points. Dorenbos is one of the NFL's best long-snappers. Jones and Wing are dueling to replace Mat McBriar as the punter and holder. Jackson is a dynamic punt returner but wasn't used a lot on special teams last season. If Benn can stay healthy, he might be the team's top kickoff returner.

If the season started today

Bryce Brown would be the starting running back. LeSean McCoy left practice early after sustaining an unspecified knee injury during a non-contact drill. He's listed as day-to-day.

Play of the day

All of the Eagles players and coaches wandered over and stood with the military personnel during the playing of the national anthem before practice kicked into gear. Also, Dorenbos took the time before practice to throw passes to several soldiers. One sprinted 20 yards into the end zone, spiked the ball and did a little dance while the crowd cheered.

What they're saying

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, on his role this season: "I literally have no idea what they plan on doing with me personally."

Bumps and bruises

In addition to McCoy, center Jason Kelce also left practice with a sprained ankle.

Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (strained hamstring), tackle Dennis Kelly (lower back spasms), tackle Jason Peters (strained hamstring) and tackle Ed Wang (bruised knee) did not practice. Peters had left Sunday's practice early.

Eagles today

They will hold the first of three joint practices with the New England Patriots today at the NovaCare Complex, starting at 12:30 p.m. Only about 400 fans are invited, however.

David Weinberg, Staff Writer

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