Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp: Offense Struggles Again

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IAugust 1, 2008

Wednesday's morning practice once again raised questions about the Eagles' ability to score in the red zone.

The first team offense had two series inside the 20 against the second team defense, but couldn't score.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talked about receiver Hank Baskett's ability to score in the red zone.

"He does many things well and that's one of them, he does multiple things for us that many fans don't see. He's a big, physical man that does quite a few things for us and that's one of them."

Baskett will need a healthy quarterback to catch the ball from. Coach Mornhinweg says Donovan McNabb is even better this year thanks to the immobility he suffered through last year.

"Donovan McNabb become a better quarterback last year because of his lack of mobility. He learned many things throughout the course of his playing time. Now he's got it all back, he's 100% healthy, running and gunning."

McNabb has a new weapon in rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The rook says the couple days he missed with a tweaked hamstring hasn't hurt his development.

"I don't feel like I'm behind, I've been to all the meetings after practice. The biggest thing right now is understanding the playbook, asking the veterans questions, and doing what the coaches say. They are helping me out a lot. So I'm good."

Coach Mornhinweg says Jackson's instincts allow him to stay on schedule.

"He does play the game in a natural manner, he's got gut instincts, he's very smart and so he learns very quickly. Those things aid him in being able to get on the field. If he keeps progressing, then he'll have a chance to be a factor with us."

Jackson showed today in practice his speed can create big plays down field, but needs the times to get open. With the absence of pro-bowler Shawn Andrews, Coach Mornhinweg says the staff is trying to get six foot eight inch rookie King Dunlap ready to protect the quarterback.

"He's got great physical attributes and he will go through a process. He'll have some good days and some bad days. There will come a time when he plays at a high level on a consistent basis. That's what we're looking for, we're trying to get him to that point as quick as we can."

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the offensive coordinator says he has no reason to worry about veterans John Runyan and Tra Thomas.

"They've done a great job. They keep themselves at a high level of conditioning throughout the year. So I see no drop-off."

Coach Marty Mornhinweg cannot afford any drop-offs from his veterans if he wants to improve the league's 17th best scoring offense.

Jameson Fleming is an intern at ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320 and will be at Training Camp every day filing radio reports and publishing his transcripts on Bleacher Report.