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Eagles CB Patrick Robinson has 'terrible' practice

Eagles CB Patrick Robinson has 'terrible' practice

Patrick Robinson had a lot in common with the weather at Eagles training camp on Tuesday. Both were awfully toasty.

Robinson struggled mightily to keep up with Eagles receivers, and that doesn't even include Alshon Jeffery or Torrey Smith, who missed practice with injuries. It was the likes of first-year players Shelton Gibson and Marcus Johnson who were leaving the veteran cornerback in their dust.

Afterward, even Robinson had to admit his performance was "terrible."

"I didn't have a good day today, but it's camp," Robinson said following practice. "Sometimes you're going to have a bad day, but you have to bounce back. You have to keep going. Especially as a DB, you have to bounce back. You have to keep doing your best."

Robinson conceded defeat on two deep completions, though it seemed like there were more. Maybe that's because this was not the first time the veteran corner has experienced issues in coverage since his arrival.

It's certainly cause for concern, given Robinson is a prospesctive starter.

"As far as having a bad day, you have to fix those," Robinson said. "If you have a bad day, OK, that's one. Don't have too many of them.

Signed as a free agent in March, Robinson -- who turns 30 in September --  is playing for his fourth team in as many seasons. The former first-round draft pick spent 2016 with the Indianapolis Colts, but was limited to seven games due to injury, and was suspect when he did manage to get on the field for the NFL's 27th-ranked defense.

Perhaps not unrelated, Robinson revealed conditioning may have been a factor on this particular steamy South Philadelphia morning.

"It was kind of hot today," Robinson said. "I got a little fatigued and it got the best of me. That's something that I have to work on, being in great shape, having great technique the whole practice -- not sometimes, not every now and then.

"You have to have great technique and great assignment completion the whole practice."

To be fair, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has looked sharp in camp. His accuracy has drastically improved on touch passes down the field, while the supporting cast around him is much better as well.

"He's throwing some good balls," Robinson said. "We would have a good break, and he would throw it where only the receiver could come back and get it on the outside.

"We're trying to get it, but he's throwing some great balls."

It's true, Wentz and the receivers have generally looked better than the secondary. Of course, none of the other corners has been beaten as noticeably or with the frequency Robinson has, especially on deep passes.

When Robinson was signed, the thought process was he might start opposite Jalen Mills, serving as a stopgap until rookies Sidney Jones or Rasul Douglas were ready to play.

That plan looks increasingly uncertain by the day. With the calendar flipping over to August, and the deadline to trim roster from 90 players to 53 only one month away, Robinson has precious little time to turn his summer around and show the Eagles his worth.

"I'm not where I want to me," Robinson said. "I think I might be maybe like a quarter of the way there, to my standards. Because I have a lot of talent, but talent is nothing without skill and discipline, and that's something I'm trying to build."

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

The online petition to ban Pete Morelli from officiating Eagles games is rapidly gaining signatures.

Count Malcolm Jenkins for one.

"I would definitely sign that petition if it came across my desk," Jenkins said with a laugh to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark on Monday at the safety's Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event.

The Eagles beat the Panthers, 28-23, last Thursday night despite a significant discrepancy in penalty yards. It was a game officiated by Morelli's crew — and you can see why that's notable by clicking right here.

"We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren’t good calls," Jenkins said after the game. "For us, adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and keep playing, and hunker down. We continue to play aggressively, that is the biggest thing. We don’t want that to take away our aggression, or our ability to make plays. So we just go to the next play."

What about the next signature? 

Eagles fans just need to get that petition to Jenkins' desk.

Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

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Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

Dodgers fans had a reason to be ecstatic on Sunday night after Justin Turner hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs, 4-1, and give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

But not as ecstatic as one fan in particular.

Keith Hupp, a retired police officer and lifelong Dodgers fan, was waiting under the home run ball in the center-field stands and snagged it with his son's glove. He was also wearing a Dodgers Chase Utley jersey.

He even made the catch with his non-preferred hand.

“I’m a lefty,” Hupp said to J.P. Hoornstra of the Orange County Register. “I’ve dislocated my right shoulder so many times, I had to resort to my son’s glove on my left hand. So the last five or six home run balls I’ve caught, I’ve caught with my left hand.”

And the craziest part about this story is that it wasn't the first time it had happened. Hupp caught Turner's sixth-inning solo homer in Game 3 of last year's NLCS against the Cubs in almost the same place, the center-field stands at Dodger Stadium.

Although he has 24 home run balls in his collection, Hupp won't be keeping last night's game-winner. After making the catch, he gave the ball to a security guard, and was escorted underneath the stadium to meet Turner and make a trade with him. 

In a postgame interview with MLB.com, Turner said Hupp couldn't decide what he wanted for the ball right away. They exchanged information and agreed that Hupp will get back to Turner in a few days when he decides what he wants.

Twitter had some good responses to Hupp's memorable home run catch: