Eagles notes: Seumalo at center, Cox miffed, catching up with the coordinators
Compared to Tuesday’s practice, Wednesday was a bit of a wet blanket. Wet, not as in sweat, though there was plenty of that with the humidity levels again off the charts, but wet as in not a whole of takeaways to be gleaned from the 10-10-10 format.
Perhaps the two most noteworthy things that came out of Wednesday were that center Jason Kelce did not practice and receiver Mack Hollins, who missed Tuesday's practice after leaving Monday's practice early with a lower body injury, was spotted playing catch with some of his teammates.
PHOTO: Defenive end Vinny Curry gets a lift after Wednesday's practice
Kelce’s day off was a veteran’s day off, according to offensive coordinator Mike Groh, so nothing serious.
In his place was Isaac Seumalo, who moved over from left guard to snap the ball. Stefen Wisniewski, who had taken most of the second team reps at center slid into Seumalo’s spot at left guard.
VIDEO: Mike Groh talks about the grueling practice on Tuesday
Nothing to read into here, per Groh.
“I think it was just a good opportunity to get Isaac some work at center,” said Groh. “Wis has been getting a bunch of work at center. Just an opportunity to work both guys there at that spot. As you know, you never know how things could turn out over the course of the season, so just trying to be preemptive with that.”
Quote of the day
“We all know the truth. You’re not going to tell me that there are 27 people in the league better than me.” - Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox on being named 28th on the top 100 list compiled by The NFL Network.
Catching up with the coordinators
Groh spoke on Wednesday; defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s turn was Tuesday.
On the hype that defensive end Joe Ostman has been getting, Schwartz said: "Let's (wait) until you can actually get the quarterback. But he's doing a good job rushing. I think the other thing, I don't want to speak for (special teams coordinator Dave) Fipp, but he's really working hard on special teams, too, which is what a lot of young players need to do.
“But there's a big difference between looking good, rushing in practice and being able to finish them in games and we have confidence in that when we do get live to the quarterback in our preseason games that will see the same things from Joe.”
Groh on receiver DeSean Jackson: “He's been a real pro since he's been here. (From my standpoint) as a guy who's been in the receiver room and a position coach, he's uniquely talented and can do just about anything that you ask him to do from a route and physical standpoint. That's a lot of fun as a coach, to say, ‘Hey, run this route,’ and you can just say it and he gets it and he can go out there and do it and beat whoever is trying to stop him from doing that. That's exciting as a coach.
“And as a teammate, I think he's done a great job of coming in, ingratiating himself with his teammates and becoming one of the Eagles.”
Schwartz on linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill: “I think he's taken a big step to being a full-time linebacker and when I say full-time, I don't mean being on the field all the time but I mean can play inside, can play outside, can take on a guard, can step up and fill a run play, all those kinds of things. His understanding of the defense is really good, too.”
Groh on receiver Greg Ward: “He's had three years, so that's a lot of time. He's run the routes enough, and he's just been in this system and one other, so the familiarity is there. He doesn't have to think about what to do, it's more about how to do it and any adjustments that I might have to make based on what the defense is doing, so he's having a good camp.”
Schwartz on defensive tackle Tim Jernigan: “He looks as good, if not better, than I'd seen him. He's another guy that he came to us a couple years ago, and he never played our style of defense, meaning attack up front. He had been a reader and playing that line. It takes a little while to get guys into that. But he's been very disruptive more so than I ever remember him in training camp, and he's also been active in the pass rush. He's been winning a lot of one-on-ones in our pass rush stuff. So I like where he is.”