Friday was the sixth day of Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice. There's a lot to talk about, so let's dive right in:
• Weather: Overcast, humid.
• Notable appearances at Eagles practice: CNBC's Jim Cramer (Mad Money) and former Penn State cornerback Adam Taliaferro.
• Quick injury report: WR Riley Cooper (foot), RB Chris Polk (hamstring), C Julian Vandervelde (back) are still out. New names include: WR Jeff Maehl (ankle), ILB Jake Knott (hamstring). S Earl Wolff wore full pads again on Friday just like he did on Thursday but didn't participate in team drills. WR Jeremy Maclin started out doing team drills but seemed to finish practice sitting out of them. More details on the Eagles injury situation in a separate post later. The key takeaway for now: there's nothing major to worry about.
• Thing I noticed during Eagles warmups: At least three defensive players have "II" on the back of their jerseys. Can you guess which ones? I'll wait.
OK, let's see if you got them: Nolan Carroll II, Marcus Smith II, Ed Reynolds II.
• Here's a video of the Eagles huddling after warmups. I think LeSean McCoy was the one in the middle yelling. Nothing too fancy.
• Field positioning disclaimer: the Eagles didn't practice on the two fields they usually practice on. Those two fields are located right in front of the elevated outdoor seating. Instead they practiced on the fields all the way at the other end of the facility and you could really only get a good view by watching from the sideline. It wasn't the most ideal situation for viewing purposes and it's odd because the Eagles never did that in training camp last year. Thankfully I'm tall enough to see over everything so you don't have to worry about a lack of notes for the most part. I guess it's true what they say: bigger media people outjournalize smaller media people. (Kidding.)
• Mark Sanchez targeted rookie undrafted rookie free agent tight end Trey Burton a number of times. I haven't noticed Burton too often in camp but he stood out today. Now's the part where I joke about Sanchez is cheating on favorite passing target: rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
• First play of 7-on-7: Nick Foles is intercepted on a short pass by safety Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins has had an excellent camp. He's recorded at least three interceptions. Meanwhile, that was Foles' third total interception in training camp. He's thrown one on each of the last three practices. All of Foles picks have come on short throws.
• The second interception of the day came by undrafted rookie free agent safety Daytawion Lowe. He picked off Matt Barkley.
• The third interception was the most impressive. Nolan Carroll made an incredible diving interception on a G.J. Kinne pass thrown to the left side of the field. Carroll dropped two other interceptions on Friday, both from Mark Sanchez passes. As I wrote earlier this week, Carroll has a real chance of stealing a starting cornerback job if he continues to play this well.
• Cornerback Brandon Boykin put a big shove on tight end James Casey that knocked him to the ground. The Eagles aren't tackling to the ground in these drills but they are wearing pads so physicality is involved. Casey is far from a small player so it was an impressive play by Boykin.
• Wide receiver versus cornerback one-on-one drill. Actual NFL officials were in attendance to officiate the practice, this drill included.
Cary Williams trailed Jeremy Maclin deep and Maclin went up for the catch but Williams played him tight and broke it up. A ref threw a flag and called it defensive pass interference. Good call. Also a good pass from Foles.
Jordan Matthews versus Malcolm Jenkins took place on a few repetitions. Jenkins played Matthews tight the first time but Matthews made the catch. Unfortuantely for Matthews, he pushed off and the ref threw the flag. Second play, Jenkins disrupted Matthews' route and the pass was off target. Matthews faced Boykin on the third repetition. Boykin played him tight and Matthews dropped the catch, though it looked like Boykin may have helped knock it down. Matthews still should have made the play.
Misc: Jeremy Maclin toasted rookie safety Lowe with ease on a deep ball. Quron Pratt made an impressive leaping catch with Boykin in coverage. The undrafted rookie free agent from Rutgers has had a few nice moments in training camp.
• As Jimmy Kempski has pointed out, it's probably no coincidence that the Eagles play "You dropped a bomb on me" during punt drills.
• Foles rebounded from the interception he threw earlier in practice with a number of consecutive completions. Foles even completed a pass that was tipped by a defensive lineman... to himself.
• With Cooper and Maehl not practicing, the Eagles rolled with the following lineup on the first team: Ifeanyi Momah, Brad Smith, Arrelious Benn. Yikes.
• The Eagles lined up with a HUGE three man front at one point: DE Frank Mays (6-9), NT Brandon Bair (6-6), DE Alejandro Villanueva (6-9).
• Everyone's favorite inside linebacker Emmanuel Acho stood out on a few plays. He quickly flew into the backfield for what would have been a tackle for loss (TFL) on the running back on one play and did the same thing a few plays later.
• Rookie RB David Fluellen took the read-option handoff from Sanchez and immediately tripped forward on one play. It may have been because Sanchez held onto the ball too long. In any case, the exchange was awkward. Not quite the infamous butt fumble play but it looked goofy.
Up next: Day off tomorrow. The Eagles return to action when they hold their second public practice at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, August 3rd. Practice starts at 12:15 PM EST, parking opens at 9 AM, HeadHouse Plaza opens at 10 AM, and the Interior Gates open at 11 AM. No tickets are required. More information here.
Remaining Eagles training camp schedule:
July 26 - [Practice Report]
July 27 - [Practice Report]
July 28th (Public Practice at @ LFF) - [Practice Report]
July 30th - [Practice Report]
July 31st - [Practice Report]
August 1st - [Practice Report]
August 3rd (Public Practice @ LFF)
August 10th (Public Practice @ Franklin Field)
August 12th (@ New England Patriots)
August 13th (@ New England Patriots)
August 14th (@ New England Patriots)
* = Media only allowed to watch the first 20 minutes of practice starting August 17th.