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.