Andy Reid Glad There Are No Rookie Holdouts
By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles held another workout at Lehigh Wednesday morning. They will have Wednesday afternoon off as the rest of the squad arrives at Lehigh.
Coach Andy Reid is excited to get his full squad into camp, but is also glad there were no rookie holdouts to serve as a distraction during the first few days at Lehigh. “Having everybody here is a plus,” Reid said. “Just from a continuity standpoint and team camaraderie. It’s one less distraction.”
Reid said the rookies gained valuable experience with the first three days of workouts without pads. “The biggest thing is they get the first three installs,” Reid said. “It’s all repeat for those first three days, and that will help them going into the hitting part of it.”
Michael Vick was given a scheduled day off Wednesday. The Eagles also signed two-time Pro Bowl punter Matt McBriar, who spent eight seasons with the Cowboys. McBriar is expected to challenge Chas Henry for the punting job.
“It should be great competition,” said Reid. “That’s what we’re trying to do. At all of the positions, we are really trying to create that.”
Thursday’s afternoon practice will be closed to the public.