By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles finished another week of OTAs amidst hot and humid conditions.
The players were forced to adjust to the type of temperatures they are used to during the dog days of training camp, but quarterback Michael Vick said it was all part of the process.
“This is what it’s all about,” said Vick. “This is why you prepare and this is why you have an off-season and a strength and conditioning program. This is why you play in the NFL.”
Quarterback Matt Barkley spent his college days at USC, so the rookie wasn’t bothered by the hot weather. Barkley believes the fast pace of the workouts have conditioned the players to keep their focus on the field regardless of the weather conditions.
“I don’t think it’s hot,” Barkley said. “Everyone is saying it’s hot, but I don’t think it is. I think the tempo is something that we’ve gotten used to. As a team, I think that’s our identity.”
It has been over a month since the players started their off-season workouts, and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin believes the team has made the progress needed with training camp less than two months away.
“We are learning a whole new scheme on both sides of the ball,” said Maclin. “This is what you need. You need to get all the mental reps before you actually put the pads on.”
Defensive back Cary Williams was absent, as he attended his daughter’s recital. Earlier in the off-season, Williams stated that the “cream will rise to the top” in the battle for the starting jobs in the secondary. Defensive back Curtis Marsh wasn’t offended by Williams’ comment.
“I think he means the best player will play,” Marsh said. He is confident in himself that he will be. I hope that every player is confident in himself that they are the best because that’s how we’re going to get better.”
Defensive back Kenny Phillips and Offensive Tackle Jason Peters were also absent. Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson sat out with a mild ankle sprain.