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Reid not quite ready to anoint Eagles squad

Football: Coach, who attended GCC, will take a wait-and-see approach to this season's Philadelphia team.

August 03, 2011|By Mario Aguirre, mario.aguirre@latimes.com

GLENDALE — A Dream Team? Not so fast.

At least not according to longtime Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid, who tempered expectations over his team's new look on Wednesday.

"Right now, we've got a lot of good-looking guys standing around watching," Reid, a former Glendale Community College player in the 1970s, told ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning. "Obviously, dreams aren't reality, so the reality will come when I get my hands on them and we get them into practice and start grinding here like the other guys are grinding. That's reality. If you're dreaming in this league, you end up in about the third row with a concussion."

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Still, that hasn't stopped fans from gushing over the team's latest acquisitions.

Last week, the Eagles acquired Pro-Bowl cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha (five-year deal) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (via the Kevin Kolb trade with the Arizona Cardinals) to bolster a position that already featured Asante Samuel, a four-time Pro Bowler himself.

The glut of talent at the position presents an interesting, if not, pleasant, dilemma for Reid and his coaching staff.

"That's a pretty good situation for a coach ... you find a way to work them in and keep them all working," Reid said in the same interview. "That's what our challenge is as coaches. We kind of welcome that."

The Eagles also added running back Ronnie Brown and quarterback Vince Young. Brown, a 2008 Pro Bowler who has spent his entire six-year career with the Miami Dolphins, adds a veteran presence behind LeSean McCoy. And Young, the former college standout who led Texas to the 2006 Rose Bowl win over USC, signed a one-year deal to backup Michael Vick at quarterback.

"You hear a lot of history about Eagles Nation," Young told CSNPhilly.com. "And just to be part of it, I'm very, very happy to be here and be a part of a great, great organization."

While the roster appears stellar on paper, the team is without a few key players. Star wide receiver DeSean Jackson, reportedly holding out for a long-term contract, has yet to report to training camp at LeHigh University. And budding receiver Jeremy Maclin, who missed the start of training camp because of an unspecified illness, showed up to camp for the first time Tuesday.

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