Sunday, July 26, 2009

Maclin in range of camp; Pinkston is coaching intern

The Eagles wouldn't confirm or deny it but sources say rookie first round draft pick Jeremy Maclin is close enough to Bethlehem to drive into camp if is contract gets done.

And the Eagles quietly think there's a chance Maclin will strike a deal before he becomes just the first holdout since Brodrick Bunkley in 2006.

Rookies were due to report by 5 p.m. Sunday. The first practice is Monday morning at 8:45. Maclin hadn't arrived as of 4 p.m.

Rookie tight end Cornelius Ingram, who said he struck up a close relationship with Maclin from their offseason work with Donovan McNabb near the quarterback's residence in Arizona, isn't the least bit concerned about the potential holdout.

"He'll be in camp," Ingram said upon checking into his dorm room. "Just talking to him, he's ready for the season to start. He'll be here."

Also, former Eagles second round draft pick Todd Pinkston, who last played in the first half of the 2005 Super Bowl, will assist wide receivers coach David Culley at camp.

Pinkston, now 32 years old, wants to get into coaching.

Pinkston says he weighs 205 pounds, which is about 30 over his playing weight. A torn Achilles' tendon in the 2005 training camp here at Lehigh U. sidelined him for 1 1-2 years. Pinkston gave up the playing days after being unable to impress the Redskins and the Vikings in tryouts.

"Andy (Reid) wasn't surprised to see me," Pinkston said. "He just said that I've put on a little weight."


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