The Eagles second scrimmage is in the books. We were treated to a little more coverage than we are used to coming out of our fall scrimmages with both WZBC Sports and The Heights covering the action. Here's a run down of the scrimmage and other Eagles making the news.
The focus continues to be on Herzlich's absence from camp. On Wednesday, Herzlich went home to Pennsylvania for a checkup on his cancer. The great news is that he returns to Boston after being given a clean bill of health from his doctors, writes Steve Conroy.
"Mark’s tests came back fine. Blood work and CT scan were normal. The MRI (on his left leg where the tumor was) hasn’t been ready yet but the doctor expects nothing bad. These were his normal three month checkups," wrote Herzlich’s father, Sandy, in a text message this morning.
Sandy expects Mark to hit the practice field starting the week before the Weber State game, but whether that will be enough time for him to get back onto the field will be up to Spaz and McGovern. Spaz doesn't expect Mark to play in either of the Eagles' last two scrimmages.
On Thursday, Mark will host the Jimmy Fund Telethon on NESN at 4 PM ET and will be throwing out the first pitch tonight at Fenway Park as the Sox take on the Angels.
All reports are that the quarterback play was a mixed bag on Wednesday night. Shinskie finished 13-of-19 for 154 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pass was on a play with a bit of trickeration. Out of the Wildcat formation, Shinskie lined up wide, took a pitch from Sterlin Phifer, and threw a 43-yard strike to Billy Flutie. Shinskie was also intercepted by DeLeon Gause, who returned it 54 yards for a touchdown.
Marscovetra finished 9-of-12 for 83 yards, while Rettig completed 8-of-10 for 65 yards. WZBC's Adam Rose thought that the Rettig-Williams-Kimble backfield combination looked strong.
WZBC sports thinks Montel Harris is going to be even better than last year, which is a scary proposition for opposing ACC defenses. Fullback James McCluskey sat out of Wednesday's nights scrimmage with a minor injury.
A concern is the health of new center Nathan Richman, who is battling a back injury. Mark Spinney filled in at center and bobbled a few exchanges. The Eagles have one of the best O-lines in the country but don't have the depth that they've had in year's past. If players on the defensive line stay healthy, you may see Mike Goodman Jr. move back to the O-line to give the line a bit more depth.
Gause registered the team's first interception in two scrimmages. Wes Davis was held out of the scrimmage with an injury. DE Max Holloway registered three sacks and a pass breakup. Quinn was impressive as well, recording 2 TFLs and a sack. DiSanzo had a team-high 13 tackles.
Have the Eagles finally found a kicker with range? We remain cautiously optimistic that Nate Freese can be that player. Last night, he was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and hit from 30, 42 and 48. Sure it's just a scrimmage, but Freese's 48 yarder bested Aponavicius' career long (45). Through two scrimmages, Freese is 4-for-5 with his only miss -- a 46 yard attempt that had plenty of leg -- clanging off the left upright.
The Eagles have the day off from practice on Thursday for the team picture and have a two-a-day session on Friday. The Eagles' third scrimmage is on Sunday.