Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley emerged from the tunnel together with coach Chip Kelly, and the group drew a loud ovation from the fans at Lincoln Financial Field.
Vick took the first rep during one-on-one drills, but Foles also got his share of action. They followed the same sequence during the seven-on-seven segment.
Free agent pickup Dennis Dixon provided one of the top plays when he found wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a 40-yard completion against cornerback Bradley Fletcher. Jackson leaped over the chain barrier and flipped the ball toward the stands.
The new guys
Safety Kenny Phillips looked sharp during the one-on-one drills. The former New York Giant closed quickly and batted away a Foles pass intended for wide receiver Jason Avant.
Rookie free agent running back Matthew Tucker had trouble finding room to run against the Eagles’ defense in 11-on- 11 action.
Free agent wide receiver Ifeany Momah made a nice catch over the middle and resisted cornerback Brandon Boykin’s attempts to rip the ball out.
Position analysis: Wide receiver
Returning players: DeSean Jackson (starter), Jeremy Maclin (injured starter), Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Greg Salas (practice squad), B.J. Cunningham (practice squad).
Newcomers: Arrelious Benn (trade), Dave Ball (free agent), Momah (free agent), Russell Shepard III (rookie free agent), Nick Miller (rookie free agent), Will Murphy (rookie free agent).
Outlook: Maclin is expected to miss the entire season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Saturday. Jackson reported to camp in excellent shape and could be used in a variety of roles in Kelly’s offense. Cooper will get the first crack at replacing Maclin in the starting lineup. Benn could be a big help if he can stay healthy. Avant is always reliable. Johnson will make the team because of special teams.
If the season started today
Boykin would be a starting cornerback. He took most of the reps with the first-team defense Sunday while Cary Williams remained sidelined with a strained hamstring.
Play of the day
The 30,000 fans gave rousing ovations to former Eagles Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook as they were introduced before the practice, but also applauded the other 35 ex-players in attendance.
What they're saying
Maclin, on the effects of his knee injury: “It’s devastating to me. I thought I had the ability to shine in this offense because of my skill set, and it (stinks) that I won’t get that chance now.”
Bumps and bruises
Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon missed some time after suffering a strained hamstring early Sunday. Williams and Benn both missed practice with the same injuries. Guard Todd Herremans sustained a strained knee during practice.
They will be holding a practice at the NovaCare Complex today at 12:30 p.m. for invited guests and about 50 season ticket-holders.
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