Sunday was the seventh day of Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice. There's a lot to talk about, so let's dive right in:
• Weather: I was sitting inside the press box during practice but it seemed OK outside. Overcast.
• Quick injury update: WR Riley Cooper (foot) is still in a walking boot. The same goes for WR Jeff Maehl (ankle). RB Chris Polk (hamstring) and ILB Jake Knott (hamstring) were out According to Zach Berman, C Julian Vandervelde (back) started practicing outside but went back in. Cary Williams was seen standing by himself on the sideline away from everyone else early in practice. After practice, Williams told the media that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly gave him the day off.
• Practice starts with an Alex Henery 43-yard field goal attempt that split the uprights. Carey Spear's attempt from the same distance went wide left.
• The Eagles do a warm up drill where quarterbacks lob a ball about 25 yards down field for receivers to catch. Punter Donnie Jones and long snapper Jon Dorenbos sometimes participate as receivers. Jones hasn't dropped a catch yet. He made a catch today that was much to the delight of Jimmy Kempski (just listen to the audio in this video).
• Some early 11-on-11 work: Brandon Boykin deflects a pass, but what's new? G.J. Kinne throws a dart to Will Murphy along the sideline. A surprisingly impressive throw and catch combo from two players that spent the 2013 season on the practice squad and could end up there again in 2014.
• More kicks: Alex Henery good on five attempts from 38, 43, 48, 43, 53. Carey Spear good on four out of five attempts from 38, 43, 43, 53. Spear missed the 48 yard attempt wide right.
• 7-on-7: Earl Wolff taking first team safety reps. Nolan Carroll and Brandon Boykin taking first team cornerback reps on the outside. Bradley Fletcher running with the second team before replacing Boykin in the next set of first team reps.
Jordan Matthews makes an incredible catch that Mark Sanchez floated towards the sideline. Matthews really stretched out to get that one but still was able to catch and run in stride. Matthews made three consecutive catches on that sequence. Fans cheered.
Nick Foles picked off by Bradley Fletcher. That's the fourth interception Foles has thrown during camp. He's had one in each of the last four practices.
• More 11-on-11: LeSean McCoy gets things started with a couple of runs that go for moderate gains. He's just so darn good. The crowd predictably responded with applause.
Sanchez to Zach Ertz 30 yards down the field on a beauty of a play. Great throw. Ertz is a vertical weapon.
The Eagles basically had a false start on one play. I'm not sure who was to blame but it looked weird. I'm not sure I've ever noticed that happen during a practice.
Mark Sanchez took off running at one point and gained about 6 yards before sliding to the ground. It was a little funny to see because defenders aren't allowed to touch the QB anyway, but Sanchez certainly should take pride in his slide. He might be the best sliding QB the Eagles have had in a bit of time.
• WR/CB 1-on-1 drill: Ifeanyi Momah beats Brandon Boykin deep down field for an over the shoulder catch. Momah (6-7) clearly had the height advantage over Boykin (5-10). Momah has definitely looked better in camp this year than last but it's still not time to get too carried away.
Curtis Marsh makes an impressive leaping interception to grab a Nick Foles pass.
Quron Pratt records a diving catch along the sideline. Pratt has made a few select really impressive catches during camp.
• Back to 7-on-7: Coverage sack on Nick Foles. No one open and Foles throws the ball away.
Sanchez throws to Sproles on a wheel route. Bryan Braman trailed in coverage. Not exactly the easiest play to defend. Later that drive, Sanchez throws to his favorite target Jordan Matthews wide open in the middle of the field. Looked like there was a miscommunication on defense.
Matt Barkley airs it out deep (40 yards) along the sideline to B.J. Cunningham for a TD. Cunningham did a good job of keeping his body under control while high-pointing the ball with Curtis Marsh tightly contesting the play. Good throw from Barkley to let his WR make the play.
Foles to Maclin for a TD with Carroll in coverage. Foles scrambled to his left and lobbed it up for Maclin to make the play but it's worth noting Foles had a lot of time before he let go of the ball.
• 11-on-11: Nice medium distance throw from Foles to Maclin along the sideline with Carroll in coverage.
Foles deep to Momah... no good. Boykin in coverage. It looked like Momah committed offensive pass interference on the play. Good coverage by Boykin(g).
Foles 'sacked' by DeMeco Ryans.
Sanchez to Josh Huff 25 yards or so down the field along the sideline. Great throw by Sanchez and tough catch made by a leaping Huff. Roc Carmichael was in tight coverage. Huff made sure to get his feet in-bounds. One of the best plays I've seen Huff make in camp.
• Practice ends on a high note: Foles connects with Brent Celek for a touchdown in the front right corner of the endzone. It was an impressive throw and catch because Connor Barwin was draped over Celek in coverage. That's a much better end to practice than the one that ended last week on a missed field goal kick from Carey Spear.
• Something I didn't specifically notice but other reporters saw: rookie first round pick Marcus Smith II took reps with the ones at times.
• Per T-Mac, 25,000 fans were in attendance today. That's 10,000 more than the 15,000 who attended on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field.
Up next: The team practices tomorrow, Monday, August 4th at the Eagles facility.
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) - [Practice Report]
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.