Originally posted on Eagles Eye  |  Last updated 8/7/13
If you had to sum up the practice in 20 words or less, it might be: "Brady very good, Birds thin at safety and wide receiver, shaky at OLB, Vick okay..." The second joint session between the Patriots and Eagles was two hours earlier than scheduled because of thunderstorms in the afternoon forecast. As the media and the final few players walked off the field at NovaCare around 1:15 p.m., the rain really started, so the teams made the right call. The Boston media was gloating over Tom Brady's dissection of the Eagles secondary in the various drills. One reporter from the Boston Herald headlined her piece "The only thing Patrick Chung could stop out there was a fight..." Video clips of Wednesday's practice are out earlier than usual. Here is a link to NJ.com's video diary which also contains some interviews: http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2013/08/eagles_training_camp_watch_clips_of_wednesdays_joint_practice_with_the_patriots.html In fact, the truth is, the Eagles secondary defended better on Wednesday than they did on Tuesday. Brady was not flawless---far from it. Brady was on point again, but he was human in the earlier drills after yesterday’s 20-for-20 job in 1-on-1s and 7-for-7 performance in 7-on-7s. Today, Brady completed 11-of-16 passes in 1-on-1s. Three incompletions were broken up, one missed Aaron Dobson and the fifth was spiked after Julian Edelman couldn’t get open. Brady was 6-for-8 in 7-on-7 work. One incompletion was a spike after no one got open, and the other was on a deep throw that missed Dobson. Brady completed 20-of-26 passes in 11-on-11 work, including an absolutely ridiculous catch by Dobson. Brady lofted a high, deep pass for the rookie who was in double coverage, and he out-jumped safety Nate Allen and cornerback Curtis Marsh to make the catch just shy of the end zone. Brady has shown a clear willingness in camp to let Dobson try to make plays on the ball, and he has earned it. Brady’s six incompletions, in order, were: Julian Edelman on a deep throw in triple coverage; a batted ball at the line; Dobson couldn’t corral a pass that was a bit too far in front of him; a Zach Sudfeld drop; a miss to Dobson; a pass to Danny Amendola in the end zone that hit no one after Amendola and Dobson collided on a pick route. The Patriots also did some more 3-4 work today against the read-option looks from Michael Vick. Vick had a very solid outing. And Matt Barkley's big completion to Greg Salas might have been the play of the day. Salas continued to turn heads on Wednesday when he made a play on a deep pass from Matt Barkley. Salas reached over the Patriots defender to make a one-handed catch, keeping his balance and taking it into the endzone for a touchdown. "Matt (Barkley) just threw it up, gave me a chance to go make a play on the ball in the air, and I made the most of the situation,” Salas said. Making the most of a situation is something Salas has been doing plenty of during training camp. The circus catch may have been the highlight, but it was just one moment in what has been a solid camp for Salas so far. “You want to get noticed by the coaches, and that helps me out a little bit,” Salas said of the catch. “It’’s more about consistency, not just one play. You got to keep going the little things and run the offense the way he wants it run.” The third-year wideout came to the Eagles this offseason from the New England Patriots, where he was inactive for all but one of the team’s games. Salas has seen his reps increase each day, however, as receivers continue to go down. Two more wideouts went down on Wednesday, when Damaris Johnson (hamstring) and Russell Shepard (hamstring) both had to leave early. Salas, 6-2, 210 lbs, might not have the speed of Shepard, or the height of the 6-7 Ifeanyi Momah, but he does have two year’s NFL experience on both of them. Salas had 27 catches for 264 yards his rookie year in 2011, eight of which came in an October game against the Green Bay Packers. While he didn’t play for the Patriots last season, Salas says just spending a year New England left him better equiped to win a job in Philadelphia. “Being mentally prepared,” Salas said of what he learned last season. “Going over things, making sure you know all the finer details of the plays. Learning every position and the whole offense.” Despite a strong camp, Salas still faces an uphill battle to make the team. With four players- DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and Damaris Johnson- considered locks to make the team, Salas will have to win what is likely just two more wide receiver spots. There are a lot more things to take out of Wednesday's practice, and I will try to do an update tag-team on this article later tonight. But overall, the reviews for the joint team practice concept have been positive. The coaches get a lot of extra film from the past two days to evaluate, too. Players on both sides seemed to like practicing against new guys. Fans seem to love the buzz of competition which only comes from having another team in camp. Win-win-win...            
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