Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/14/12

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 20: Head coach Andy Reid of the of the Philadelphia Eagles watches the action on the field from the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Eagles coach Andy Reid left his 90-man roster with a message he wants top of mind for all players until the team reconvenes at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., at the end of July.

"This is going to be a tough training camp for them," Reid said as minicamp concluded Thursday. "I've talked to the team about that. It's going to be a demanding training camp, and from now until we get up there, they need to keep themselves in the shape that they're in right now."

The Eagles had 80 percent attendance at non-mandatory strength and conditioning sessions with Barry Rubin before entering the nine-week on-field phase.

"I want that to carry over to training camp," Reid said.

The Eagles are making up for lost time, in Reid's opinion, because of the lockout that took away offseason activities -- and direct coach-to-player communication -- and compressed preseason workouts last August.

"If at one point something is taken away and you get it back, you're loving it," Reid said. "I'm talking about coaches and players. These players, you don't think they want to be out here but they want to be out here doing what they do best. That's the attitude they've had, and the coaches have been right there with them in the same way."

Perhaps the best news for the Eagles was no injuries were reported. The list of dinged and bruised grew quickly last season in training camp and continued throughout the season. On his list of concerns, like many coaches in June, was the inability to perform tackling drills.

Truth be told, the Eagles can't fully evaluate the talent on the roster, especially rookies, until they've seen them perform in "live" football drills.

"We need fundamentals in tackling, and we weren't able to do that," Reid said. "You can come out here and hit the bag, but you need to do that live. We need to get up there, get into training camp, and get our run game going. There is no contact between the O- and D-line. We still have a lot to cover, but from what I saw here in this minicamp, if they carry this over to Lehigh, it's a good thing."

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