Today marked the final day of training camp before the Eagles take the field against the New England Patriots on Thursday. Practice was brief, but still allowed some players the chance to shine. Here is a brief rundown of who's stock is on the rise and who's stock is falling.
Stock on the Rise:
Akeem Jordan- Jordan made a great case for keeping his starting WILL job today. He dominated in coverage drills, jamming Kyle Eckel at the line of scrimmage and forcing incompletions on Eugene Bright and Rob Myers. His blanketing coverage skills are quickly becoming an asset to the defense.
Shaheer McBride- McBride had a tremendous day, making the highlight reel with a leaping one-handed grab off of an A.J. Feeley wobbler. He looked to be developing his reliability throughout the day making several catches, including the only pass thrown by new QB Matt Nagy, for a 15-yard gain.
"He's absorbing the defense. [He's a] very intelligent player. [He's a] very experienced player. He comes from a framework where there is some carryover. At the same time, you have to move fast, so he's done a nice job up to this point."
Wilhelm is still expected to be in the running for the starting middle linebacker job, and will likely see a fair amount of playing time in the preseason games.
Hank Baskett- Baskett went down this morning with a hyperextended knee. While the injury was so minor that he returned the field later that day to rehab, Baskett cannot afford to miss any playing time with Brandon Gibson breathing down his neck. He may have to sit out the first preseason game now.
Rob Myers- Myers struggled against the linebackers and safetys during coverage drills, finding little to no open space. He allowed himself to be beaten by Akeem Jordan, Tracy White, and Chris Clemons during the course of practice. While he did manage to nab a 15-yard completion during hurry-up drills, Myers will have to step up his game big time if the late arrival expects to make the final roster.
Macho Harris- Harris continued to struggle in coverage today as he was beaten by Jeremy Maclin and flattened by Reggie Brown during 7-on-7 drills. With Rashad Baker stepping up of late, Harris must turn his game around if he expects to be on the Eagles' roster come September.
Matt Nagy- Reports surfaced this afternoon that the NFL had disapproved of Nagy's coach-to-quarterback transition. Looks like the Eagles will have to deal with Adam DiMichele as their new 80th man for the roster as the Nagy era comes to a close.