The first weekend of Philadelphia Eagles training camp is officially in the books, although you might’ve thought it was the dog days at the NovaCare Complex on Sunday. The pads haven’t even gone on yet, but we've already been treated to our first fight of the summer.
LeSean McCoy took exception to the amount of contact Trent Cole was making in coverage, and before spectators knew it, the two were involved in a very spirited scrum that took multiple teammates to separate. Neither McCoy nor Cole really wanted to talk about the dust-up after practice, both willing to let bygones be bygones.
While fights at training camp are no big deal and happen to literally every team, it does lead into one of my initial impressions from camp: Maybe it’s me, but it seems like there has been more contact overall between offense and defense than there was this time last year.
One of the major departures under Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in 2013, compared to predecessor Andy Reid, was the lack of tackling to the ground during live team sessions. That lent a feeling that camp was more easygoing under Kelly, and we saw very few fights or even skirmishes, partially as a result.
So far, whether it’s coincidence or my imagination, there have been a lot more bodies hitting the deck as a result of collisions. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, either. If nothing else, it means these guys are amped up and ready to start hitting some people.
Granted, nobody wants to see two of the Eagles’ top stars going at it. My first impression based on that scrum, though, is all of these guys—from made veterans to players fighting for the final roster spot—are ready and raring to go.