Most of the fans who attend this morning's workout at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp at Lehigh University will be on the sofa, the beach or the mountain by the time the Birds return to the practice field for a 2:15 p.m. special teams session.
They'll be missing some interesting battles.
With Sean Landeta now punting for the St. Louis Rams and Brian Mitchell returning kicks for the New York Giants, a couple of prominent roles are up for grabs on the Eagles' special teams.
Kyle Richardson, a member of the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV-winning team in 2000 and a veteran of 91 regular and postseason NFL games overall, is the favorite to succeed Landeta. But Dirk Johnson, with one regular season game with New Orleans on his resume, is putting up a fight.
''Dirk is punting the ball really well right now,'' special teams coordinator John Harbaugh said. ''A lot of it has to do with being comfortable and coach Reid has made him comfortable. He has let him know that he's going to compete for a spot here, and he's excited about that.''
Richardson, meanwhile, has struggled a bit.
''Kyle's going to be fine,'' Harbaugh said. ''He's hitting the ball fine; it's just not carrying like it did in minicamp. We know it carries. We saw it in minicamp.''
Brian Westbrook, drafted out of Villanova in the third round of the 2002 draft to be Mitchell's eventual successor, fumbled a few punts, but likely will take over Mitchell's kickoff and punt return duties.
''Brian is the starting punt return and kick return right now,'' Harbaugh said. ''He would have to get beat out.''
Lito Sheppard, the Eagles' first-round pick in last year's draft, is among the candidates for the punt return role.
The remainder of the Eagles' high-profile special teams roles are expected to remain in the hands (or feet) of David Akers (kicker), Koy Detmer (holder) and Mike Bartrum (long snapper).
The diehards: Donovan McNabb appreciates the fans who arrive early as early as Friday evening to make sure they get his autograph each training camp in sessions such as he is scheduled to participate in today and Tuesday. But McNabb admits he just doesn't get it.
''No,'' he said when asked if he ever camped out for autographs as a youngster. ''Growing up in Chicago, obviously the Bears were the team to beat. I would prefer to watch them at home, hear about them on the news. To be camping out at five, six in the morning and practice starts at 9 o'clock and you're out there waiting . . .''
The bill: Duce Staley owes the Eagles $25,000 in fines so far ($5,000 per day) for his training camp holdout. The veteran feature back is due to make $2.2 million this season, but wants the Eagles to extend his contract beyond the end of this season.
Not impressed: Asked about some crowd-pleasing catches in Friday's morning practice, Childress shrugged. ''As a receiver, by definition, you should receive,'' Childress said. ''You know not drop it. But yeah, there were some good catches.''
Today in camp: Workouts are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The latter session will be special teams. Fans are encouraged to call Eagles' information line (610-758-6868) daily to confirm times and access.
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