FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Philadelphia Eagles training camp:
A steady rain, complete with flash-flood warnings, didn’t stop the Eagles and New England Patriots from practicing together. “Put some galoshes on and go play,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. Instead, the practice was moved from 2 p.m. to 9 a.m. The teams did basically the same schedule as they had the day before. “That was an old-school practice today,” right tackle Lane Johnson said. “Just went out there, had to weather the elements. It was a little slick, but we did all right.”
Nick Foles found wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for a 50-yard touchdown midway through the practice. Maclin cursed as he started back toward the sideline. He left the practice because of discomfort in his left hamstring, but Maclin said he didn’t think the injury had anything to do with the falling rain or wet grass. “It wasn’t when I was cutting, so, no, probably not,” Maclin said. Arrelious Benn, who like Maclin tore his ACL during camp last summer, assumed Maclin’s spot with the first team.
Cornerback Roc Carmichael had a tough day. He seemed to catch Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's eye, and Brady kept throwing his way. Carmichael was playing some slot corner as well. During a punt drill, Carmichael got into a post-play scuffle with New England cornerback Brandon Browner. The two corners were separated before the coaches had to punish them, as they did last year when Cary Williams and Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson got into a fight. Williams and Dobson were tossed out of the rest of that day’s practice.
It was a rough day for Carey Spear, the rookie kicker from Vanderbilt. Using a gadget that holds the ball upright, Spear missed a bunch of kicks at a narrower-than-official set of goalposts at one end of the field. He missed five of six attempts at that end. With a snapper and holder, Spear made a series of tries on the normal goalposts at the other end. At the end of a full-squad drill, Spear missed a 50-yard (or so) attempt wide left. Spear has a strong leg, but many kickers develop consistent accuracy over time.
The Eagles and Patriots have one more practice session together Thursday. This one will be shorter and less involved, more of a walk-through. It is closed to the public. It will be the last chance for several injured Eagles to get any practice time in before Friday’s game. Cornerback Nolan Carroll II, running backs Chris Polk, David Fluellen and Matthew Tucker, cornerback Jaylen Watkins and linebacker Jake Knott were all sidelined Wednesday.