Philadelphia Eagles: Charles Scott Shows Soft Hands in Morning Practice
The Eagles' rookies, and a few selected veterans, reported to training camp yesterday. But they put in their first real work of the season today when they showed up around nine in the morning in shorts and helmets.
And while there was the obvious interest in Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, and the highest-profile rookies (who are actually signed) like Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Ricky Sapp, and others, it was the sixth-round pick, running back Charles Scott, who caught my eye.
Scott, at between 230-240 pounds, isn't going to run away from a lot of people. His game is going to be between the tackles and punishing guys on the second level. And no, that's not exactly an Andy Reid-type of back.
But today at practice, we saw why Reid liked him enough to take a chance on him: The big kid has very soft hands.
Whether it was a swing pattern or something across the middle of the field, Scott was able to get his hands on the ball, tuck it into his body, and move upfield without much of an issue.
He's certainly no Brian Westbrook, but he will be able to make plays out of the backfield, and that might just be the X-factor keeping him around come September.
There's an obvious rawness to his game, but with a svelte Duce Staley working with him on his route-running, the sky is the limit for Scott. He not only shows a willingness to learn, but an eagerness that will catch the coaching staff's attention and help him when it comes time to trim the roster.
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