Friday, July 31, 2009

Eagles training camp recap - July 30

Six players began camp on the PUP list yesterday afternoon. Right tackle Shawn Andrews (back), left tackle Jason Peters (quad), cornerback Asante Samuel (hamstring), defensive tackle Trevor Laws (hamstring), running back Brian Westbrook (ankle) and defensive end Victor Abiamiri (chest) all missed practice. Andrews has to be the most troubling.

In memory of Jim Johnson, the same black circle with the initials "JJ" that is painted in the corner of the practice fields at Lehigh will also be worn on the players’ helmets.

Fans can also send a personal message to the Johnson family via the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center by banging the link...

The team also announced a private memorial service for Johnson at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday, August 7 at 2 pm. At the family’s request, the memorial service will be by invitation only.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid has canceled both practices scheduled for training camp that day.

Donations made in his honor of Johnson can be directed to:

Jim Johnson Melanoma Research Fund
C/o Tricia Bruning
Abramson Cancer Center
3535 Market Street
Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104\abramson

On the field: New additions Ellis Hobbs and Rashad Baker stood out. Baker picked off an A.J. Feeley pass and Hobbs knocked down a pass along the sideline.

Getting to know WR Brandon Gibson: Gibson would like to teach history at the high school level when his playing days are over.

His uncle Vaughn Williams, who was a DB for the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts in the 1980s, is now a high school teacher.

“I’d like to follow that same path, I think. I love football and I love dealing with kids, and I’m really passionate about history," Gibson said. "I think it would be great to do that one day.”

Gibson earned his degree in history at Washington State, with an emphasis on teaching studies.

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