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Eagles lockout workout dwindles to two players

Jeremy Maclin, Sam Shields AP

Some of the 2011 lockout workouts seem like a group of grown men gathering at a craggy local football field over a soundtrack of Springsteen and Little Stevie trading “all rights” and “ooh yeahs.”  On Thursday in South Jersey, it was more like father and son playing post-6:00 p.m. pitch-and-catch while the pot roast clumsily digests.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that only two Eagles showed up for Thursday’s player-organized session:  Mike Kafka and Jeremy Maclin.

At least one is a quarterback and one is a receiver.

Several other players were present, including Rams wideout Danario Alexander, but only two were Eagles.  It’s a far cry, as McLane points out, from the 30-50 teammates who are consistently showing up in other cities.

Mike Vick organized the sessions, but he has since returned to Virginia to work out with a personal trainer, which likely tells us everything we need to know about the value of the sessions.  Other Eagles skill-position players have come and gone, with Thursday representing the low point to date.

“I think it will continue to be like this,” Kafka told McLane. “I know [Vick] has a vision, an idea, of what we want to do as this thing progresses.  So we’ll see what Mike has to say about it.”

The fact that Mike is no longer there speaks more loudly than anything he could ever say.

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  1. eagles83 says: Jun 3, 2011 10:20 AM

    Players aren’t throwing balls together on a highschool football field?! Nooooooooooo!!

  2. 1bigtex says: Jun 3, 2011 10:25 AM

    Where is the PFT outrage regarding Michael Vick? Shouldn’t we have countless articles questioning his leadership skills? Come on Mike, were this Dallas with just 2 players showing up, the venom would flow from the screen.

  3. hystoracle says: Jun 3, 2011 10:31 AM

    The stories about teams gathering for workouts are beginning to get replaced by stories of players not showing up for workouts.

    I see more of these to come.

  4. willycents says: Jun 3, 2011 10:34 AM

    IF I were a coach/GM/owner in the NFL, I would watch closely who shows up to these workouts and who does not, even though I probably should not, and make a determination about desire, dedication, and “personal” sacrifice for the good of the team. When roster time comes, and roster cuts are made, that would factor into my deliberations on who to cut and who to keep, if other perceived variables were approximately even.
    lol…that is possibly why I am not in that position, among other much larger considerations

  5. tundey says: Jun 3, 2011 10:36 AM

    How does Vick get credit for organizing the workouts when he doesn’t even show up for all of them? I think as the lockout goes on, the players will find that the novelty of playing coach and player will wear off. I wanna see what the player-organized workouts will look like in the middle of summer with 100 degree heat.

  6. mpayne12 says: Jun 3, 2011 10:40 AM

    Can’t say im suprised the one mistake the eagles made when they went on their “youth movement” was they exported all their leaders. Vicks an awesome qb but i dont seem as the guy that rally’s everyone together.

  7. turgidsen says: Jun 3, 2011 10:45 AM

    1bigtex says:
    Jun 3, 2011 10:25 AM
    Where is the PFT outrage regarding Michael Vick? Shouldn’t we have countless articles questioning his leadership skills? Come on Mike, were this Dallas with just 2 players showing up, the venom would flow from the screen.

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    Umm , did you read the article?Let me do it for you this is the last line “The fact that Mike is no longer there speaks more loudly than anything he could ever say.” Whch is implying that Mike Vick not being there means as a “Leader” he does not feel like practicing . Which means he is not beng much of a leader. I hope this helps.

    Geez, Dallas “fans” are so sensitive.

  8. baddegg says: Jun 3, 2011 10:48 AM

    That’s ok. Once the Eagles get those 2 number 1 picks for Kolb, they’ll be good for the next decade.

  9. baddegg says: Jun 3, 2011 10:51 AM

    tundey says: Jun 3, 2011 10:36 AM

    I think as the lockout goes on, the players will find that the novelty of playing coach and player will wear off. I wanna see what the player-organized workouts will look like in the middle of summer with 100 degree heat.

    Right; I can see that. Still, it’ll be telling to see which teams keep getting lots of players and which don’t. While I don’t think they are getting tons of “strategic” work done without coaches, I do think it would be extremely helpful just being out there, with your team, bonding and working together. Springstein or not, any work together is better than no work, IMO.

  10. LPad says: Jun 3, 2011 10:55 AM

    A bit confused. The headline says Eagles lockout workout, but the story says that players from other teams were there. In addition to the two Eagle players. Based on that, I don’t think this was an “official”Eagles lockout workout, since they wouldn’t be going over plays in front of the Rams WR and the other players that don’t play for the Eagles. This really sounds like a general workout for NFL players that happen to live near each other.

  11. texassteeler says: Jun 3, 2011 10:58 AM

    Just shows you Vick’s leadership skills, and the Eagles are going to pay him how many millions this year? He doesn’t even show up for his own mini-camp?

    All those articles about how he has changed since his incarceration, yet two years removed and its back to the same ‘ol, same ‘ol. ALL ABOUT HIM.

  12. mick730 says: Jun 3, 2011 10:58 AM

    Only two Eagle players showed up because all the rest have suffered “irreparable harm” and are unable to go long, go short or across the middle.

  13. jlinatl says: Jun 3, 2011 10:59 AM

    Vick and Jackson have a clear “wow” or awe factor. I’m not sure it translates to this type of thing.

    As good as the offensive skill players are, none of them seem to show true leadership qualities. I jsut hope we are not seeing a return of the disaffected Vick personality.

  14. winkeroni says: Jun 3, 2011 11:00 AM

    It’s nice to see that DX is hungry for success.

  15. lacharger2112 says: Jun 3, 2011 11:01 AM

    Is Kevin Kolb working out with the Cardinals then?

  16. breeshasabush says: Jun 3, 2011 11:13 AM

    this type of thing doesnt happen when Brees is your QB! Mr. Vick and the Eagles are truly class acts!

  17. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jun 3, 2011 11:14 AM

    Everyone seems to be forgetting quickly that these type workouts sure did help the Skins in the two previous shortened seasons.

  18. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 3, 2011 11:16 AM

    I guess their just resting on their laurels?

    Oh. Wait.

  19. knucklebucket says: Jun 3, 2011 11:19 AM

    Seems to me that the longer this lockout goes on, the more important these player organized workouts become. Given how competetive the NFL is I can only imagine that working with new players and rookies can only help these teams. Work ethic and dedication to the game could really make a difference as to a teams success this year. Hopefully there will be a full season so that we can see. You would hope that your team captains would take the lead on these workouts and not depend on the quaterback alone. How is the quaterback suppose to lead the defense in their workouts. Leaders need to lead, otherwise we’re in for some crappy football this fall.

  20. planck16 says: Jun 3, 2011 11:32 AM

    The mighty Michael Vick was playing golf yesterday at RiverFront at 10:00 am………so what exactly is his vision?

  21. thekingdp says: Jun 3, 2011 11:33 AM

    Why are some of you trying to turn this into a story where 25 players show up, but the “back-to-his-old-ways” QB blows the practice session off like the new Allen Iverson?? Pretty much nobody showed up. Get over it.

  22. schmitty2 says: Jun 3, 2011 11:34 AM

    As a Rams fan I’m hoping Danrio hangs out there a little longer and learns some Eagles plays. Seeing as we play them week 1 provided the lockout ends then that would help some:)

  23. stonedwhitetrash says: Jun 3, 2011 11:34 AM

    If all player on all teams are equally out of shape all teams can compete equally.

  24. netherscourge says: Jun 3, 2011 12:00 PM

    If I may quote another famous Philly athlete…

    PRACTICE! We’re talking about PRACTICE!!!

    Not a GAME! Not a GAME!

    We’re talking about PRACTICE.

    I mean, seriously! PRACTICE!

    What the hell do I got to PRACTICE?

    -thank you

  25. Spencer says: Jun 3, 2011 12:14 PM

    No leadership.

  26. kevsright says: Jun 3, 2011 12:30 PM

    More proof that Bad Newz is a bum and must go! :idea:

  27. goawayeverybody says: Jun 3, 2011 12:39 PM

    Isn’t that just like the Eagles. Always throwing in the towel prematurely.

  28. jackhall00 says: Jun 3, 2011 12:39 PM

    Maybe this is why the Eagles will never win a Super Bowl under Andy Reid?

  29. melonnhead says: Jun 3, 2011 12:47 PM

    Whch is implying that Mike Vick not being there means as a “Leader” he does not feel like practicing . Which means he is not beng much of a leader.

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    Yeah but Vick not being much of a leader has been common knowledge for years. It’s not that Cowboys fans are overly sensitive, it’s that the Cowboys are held to higher standards on PFT, and it’s beyond obvious. Like the other day, when MDS reported that Dez needs guidance from his teammates, but Dez hasn’t made all of the workouts so it’s not clear how much guidance he’s getting from them or that their guidance is working since he hasn’t made all of the workouts (in spite of the fact that Dez missed only the first workout and none of the probably 15 or more workouts since). And the characterization of failing to win four Super Bowls in a row as a “worst moment” for the Cowboys. I could go on and on.

  30. melonnhead says: Jun 3, 2011 12:52 PM

    I don’t think this was an “official”Eagles lockout workout, since they wouldn’t be going over plays in front of the Rams WR and the other players that don’t play for the Eagles.

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    OK, so when and where are the “official” Eagles lockout workouts being held? Or are they not being held at all? Are you saying that -0- Eagles players are showing up to “official” Eagles lockout workouts? That’s even worse.

  31. pacificamjr says: Jun 3, 2011 12:56 PM

    RESPECT MV7 IF YOU KNOW WHATS GOOD FOR YALL

  32. whatswiththehate says: Jun 3, 2011 1:02 PM

    hystoracle says:Jun 3, 2011 10:31 AM

    The stories about teams gathering for workouts are beginning to get replaced by stories of players not showing up for workouts.

    I see more of these to come.
    ————————–
    Some of us are starting to realize the ridiculousness of these stories. Like who really cares. These athletes are LOCK-OUT. We as fans know these team get-togethers is nothing more than that…getting together and hanging out.

    These sports folks spent weeks telling us about the work-outs. Now they will spend weeks telling us about the non-shows…Talk about living vicariously..lol

  33. nfl fan says: Jun 3, 2011 1:10 PM

    …another “Gold Standard” for the Eagles.

  34. descendency says: Jun 3, 2011 1:36 PM

    If this were Tony Romo, people would be questioning his dedication.

  35. blitzinc43 says: Jun 3, 2011 1:40 PM

    when your in MVP talks then talk smack about mike vick.

  36. johnnyoclock says: Jun 3, 2011 1:52 PM

    What exactly is getting done at these workouts? Jogging pass patterns and playing soft toss? It’s all for show so it looks like they’re serious people etc.

    I think they’re spending more time hanging out playing video games and running up dinner tabs on who is buying as a joke. What can actually be accomplished? With the exception of maybe the rookie qbs, nothing really.

    I’m just waiting until someone twists a knee or rolls an ankle. Oops.

    No team should be doing these stupid hangout and goof around sessions the’re calling workouts. Nothing good can come out of it.

    But, if you are in fact going to do it, you have to, you know, actually be there and do it.

  37. n0hopeleft says: Jun 3, 2011 1:55 PM

    Any Eagles fan who defers the bottom line of this article is simply lying to him/herself. This team lacks leadership, and it is the main reason this team continues to lose when it actually matters most.

    This has nothing to do with #7′s respect. Defenses respect him already, get over it.
    Its about being a leader, leading by example, and doing the right thing.

    2 players showing up is pathetic, and it speaks volumes about how bad they REALLY want to win it all.

  38. 1bigtex says: Jun 3, 2011 4:41 PM

    Wow, once again, a couple of posts that question the neutrality of the owner of this blog don’t get posted. What are the odds?

  39. bleedgreen4life says: Jun 4, 2011 1:01 AM

    Kafka and Maclin developing an early rapport for when he takes the reigns in 2012.

  40. 1bigtex says: Jun 4, 2011 6:32 AM

    @ turgidsen

    I did read the article as well as your very poorly written response. The questions raised about Vick were hardly direct and considerably veiled. Other QBs actions have been much more highly criticized and unjustly so. If we are going to hold anyone to a higher standard, shouldn’t it be a drug smuggling, STD spreading, prison dwelling, convicted felon hood rat?

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