— Year 2 of the joint practice project involving the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots brought about an intriguing matchup we wouldn't have seen last summer even if Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin hadn't already been sidelined for the season with a torn ACL.
Maclin on Tuesday was matched up against Patriots newly acquired star cornerback Darrelle Revis most of the time during the scrimmage sessions, which weren't full tackle-to-the-ground intensity, but physical enough to provide some insight.
"He was on my side the whole time," Maclin said. "We had some pretty good battles today. It was pretty fun."
Maclin drew at least two penalties on Revis and beat him for a long touchdown, though Revis gave up on the play. Revis won some of the other battles, though.
Revis implied that he was saving himself for matchups that count in the standings.
"I've been doing this for a while," he said. "Sometimes you do that and sometimes you don't. It depends on how everything is going. Even though I'm not maybe running that fast, they're reps and I know what I need to do during that play."
Like many of his teammates not named Cary Williams, Maclin appreciates the benefits joint practices bring.
"It gives us some fresh faces to go against and kind of see where we are," Maclin said. "They are obviously a great organization, they're good year-in and year-out and I think we came out there and competed today."
• CB Bradley Fletcher struggled in coverage, getting beaten to passes and committing multiple penalties. Yet the top threat to take his starting job, Nolan Carroll, continues to sit with a leg/groin injury and top slot corner Brandon Boykin is unlikely to be used on the outside in this system except in emergency situations.
• Hard to believe that in one of the perceived biggest battles of training camp, Earl Wolff received no first-team reps over Nate Allen at safety on Tuesday.
• CB Cary Williams was his usual physical self, but did not mix it up with any Patriots. He had mixed results, overpowering receivers at times on short routes but allowing some to get behind on the deep ones. Fans rode him all day for comments he made last week about the Patriots being cheaters.
• Big people beat up little people. It's no secret that Eagles coach Chip Kelly likes 'em big, and that 6-7 wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah continues to shine while using his height advantage to make catches nobody covering him could.
• All Patriots offensive linemen are required to wear knee braces. It's a growing trend at the amateur level that eventually will permeate the pro game as well.
Play of the day
Eagles DE Vinny Curry blowing up a Pats running play on the right side almost before the ball could be handed off. He actually did that twice.
The defensive line. First team controlled the line of scrimmage for the most part against Patriots' top offensive linemen.
CB Bradley Fletcher. Keeps getting talked about for all the wrong reasons.
Merrill Reese says …
"These [joint practices] are definitely a good value, because you're getting their receivers against the defensive backs and vice versa. People in different colored uniforms give you so many more options and so much more of an opportunity to evaluate your team."
Today's session has been moved from 2 p.m. up to 9 a.m. and closed to the public due to an ominous weather forecast.
RB Chris Polk (hamstring), LB Jake Knott (hamstring) and CB Nolan Carroll (leg/groin) continue to sit. RB Matthew Tucker (hamstring) was limited, along with WR Riley Cooper (foot).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun