Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, apparently miffed about his contract, was not among the players reporting to Eagles training camp at Lehigh University on Wednesday, though he still has another day to do so.
The majority of the team did arrive Wednesday, and everyone is required to report by Thursday. A team spokesman, citing revamped league rules, was not certain as to the exact time everyone must be on hand.
The team will hold a walk-through Thursday morning, then its first full practice in the afternoon. Workouts will not be open to the public until Saturday.
Quarterback Michael Vick had first hinted to reporters Tuesday that Jackson might not report. On Wednesday, the QB remained mysterious.
“Obviously there’s always going to be concerns, but I’m pretty sure we’ll get it all worked out,” Vick said, referring to his favorite receiver’s deal. “DeSean knows exactly what he wants, and they’ll make it happen, I’m confident of that.”
And, Vick added, “I know what’s going on, but I can’t give you that information right now.”
Jackson, a Pro Bowler each of the last two years, will make $565,000 this season, the last of his four-year rookie deal.
Coach Andy Reid would not say during an afternoon news conference whether or not he expects Jackson to be on hand Thursday. He later addressed the topic of holdouts in general, saying, “I don’t want any player to miss time. I understand that’s part of the game, but I don’t want any player to miss time. There’s two sides of this — the football side and the business side. You have to work it through. I don’t let it all bother me.”
Also, he said, “Any time you miss practice, that’s one less day of getting better.”
Reid was just as evasive when the subject of a potential trade of backup quarterback Kevin Kolb was raised. It has been widely reported that the Eagles will send Kolb to Arizona for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and possibly a draft pick. But that has yet to occur.
“I can’t get into (or) divulge all that,” Reid said. “I see all you (media) guys are listening as well as you were before. Free agency and trades and contracts, I’m staying away from all those things. … I’m not divulging all those things.”
If the trade goes through, Rodgers-Cromartie will play right cornerback. Asked to identify his first-stringer at that position right now, Reid said, “I’m not going to tell you that.”
Picks signed: The Eagles did sign eight of their 11 draft picks Wednesday. The only ones with whom the team did not reach an agreement were first-round pick Danny Watkins, a guard from Baylor, and seventh-rounders Greg Lloyd, a linebacker from Connecticut, and Stanley Havili, a fullback from Southern Cal.
Center of attention: Reid said that Jamaal Jackson, who missed all but one game last year with a triceps tear, has been penciled in as the starting center. Mike McGlynn, who started in Jackson’s place, will be used in a reserve role at center and guard.