Among the highlights were a pair of impressive catches by Marvin McNutt, the sixth-round pick from Iowa who will receive more attention in Cooper's absence. McNutt, who is 6-2 and 216 pounds, used his size when he leaped to secure a catch over Joselio Hanson on a jump ball, and even showed running ability on a gain of more than 20 yards after a catch later in practice.
Plays that seemed unmemorable for the offense were celebrated by the defense. They included Michael Vick's unsuccessful pass after a flea flicker and Jamar Chaney's forcing LeSean McCoy to fumble at the line of scrimmage.
Play of the day
The best of the highlights came on an end-around by Damaris Johnson.
The 5-8, 170-pound rookie receiver weaved through the defense, showing the agility that makes him an intriguing option as a returner. There was one problem on the play, though. With a possible touchdown within sight, Johnson lost his footing and tripped after running about 30 yards.
Quote of the day
This needs to be a big season for Brandon Graham, a 2010 first-round pick who played in only three games last season and did not record a sack. The defensive end was eager for full contact Saturday, but the quarterbacks still wear red jerseys. The date Graham is especially looking forward to is when he can hit an opposing quarterback.
"I might run through that tunnel on the first sack!" Graham said before letting out a hearty laugh.
As is the case throughout the rest of training camp, the Eagles will have a walk-through Sunday at 8:45 a.m. before practicing at 2:45 p.m. (The defensive backs will sign autographs after practice.) Even though the walk-through might seem uneventful to an onlooker, it's meaningful for the coaches.
"The things we are getting are assignments," defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said. "Part of playing the game is knowing where you have to line up. That is critical, and then they can just go play. The thing is to know your assignments so you can play fast. That's what we are trying to get."
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