Big hits on defense draw loud applause

Posted: August 09, 2011

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Kurt Coleman looks ready for real games. On the last day of practice before the Eagles open the preseason, Coleman delivered the hit of training camp, crushing LeSean McCoy.

The play came near the end of 11-on-11 drills. Coleman started near the line of scrimmage, darted back at the snap, but quickly read a screen pass to McCoy.

He raced forward and leveled the running back as defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and his teammates on the sideline went wild.

"I wasn't even trying to make that type of collision, but it was just one of those things where he turned around and I happened to be right there to smack him," Coleman said.

Still learning

Nnamdi Asomugha and Nate Allen got mixed up on a crossing route, allowing a receiver to come free after a pick play. Afterward, the two talked about communicating on who is supposed to pick up the receiver in that situation. It's still early in the learning process for a secondary with several new pieces.

Dropping in

Mike Kafka had a pretty throw to tight end Clay Harbor. In one-on-one drills Harbor was covered by safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. Harbor angled toward the sideline, and Kafka dropped in a pass that sailed over Jarrett, over Harbor's shoulder and into the tight end's hands. It was a nice catch as well.

Cover up

In a drill that had safeties and linebackers covering running backs and tight ends Donald Lee beat Allen, Ronnie Brown got off a Brian Rolle jam to make a catch and Cornelius Ingram beat Coleman.

Dion Lewis was too quick for Moise Fokou. Colt Anderson jammed Brent Celek (and maybe held him), forcing an incompletion. Greg Lloyd, on the other hand, whiffed on a jam on Eldra Buckley, leaving the running back free for a big gain. If it seems the offense dominated, remember, there are only two people on the field for the drill, so the receivers have a ton of room to work with.


Jason Babin rushed in untouched Monday and knocked down the quarterback. That's exactly what the Eagles signed him for, only not when the quarterback in question is Michael Vick.

This was the second day in a row that Babin hit Vick, who was also dropped earlier in camp by Trent Cole.

Babin apologized via Twitter, writing to @MikeVick: "my bad bro, 2 days in a row.... #SameTeam"

Full block

There hasn't been a lot of running yet in camp, so we haven't seen much from fullbacks Owen Schmitt and Stanley Havili.

Monday, though, Schmitt showed his superior skills in a blocking drill. He hammered Akeem Jordan, knocking the linebacker's helmet off.

Soon after, Rolle blasted into Havili, pushing the fullback backward. Havili later had a nice block on Rolle in a running drill.

Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214, or @JonathanTamari on Twitter.

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