The Philadelphia Eagles opened their Monday OTA practice to the media and I was there to take it all in.
Keep in mind that these are all non-contact drills at this point. Players aren't allowed to wear shells yet. There's only so much to be gleaned from players running around in shorts, but here's what I gleaned from Monday's session:
• Injury update: Sam Bradford was seen running and warming up with the team as opposed to being off by himself like he was the past two weeks. Elsewhere: Marcus Smith, Earl Wolff, DeMeco Ryans, and Julian Vandervelde opened practice with the training staff. Ryans and Smith did some work in position group drills but not full team drills. After practice, Smith said it's a groin injury and expects to be back in full on Wednesday.
• Attendance update: Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles weren't at practice. They were here last week, but remember: these practices are voluntary. Evan Mathis still hasn't shown up.
• Special guest at Eagles practice: Sixers head Brett Brown. #TrustTheProcess. [Click here] for photographic evidence. Brown is friends with Chip Kelly. They actually used to know each other from their college days in New England.
• Mychal Kendricks missed a tackle on a tackling dummy in a tackling drill. He engaged the dummy but he failed to wrap up so the dummy just went flying off the mat. Here's [video] of what the drill looked like, but not the actual Kendricks incident. I guess now we know why the Eagles want to trade him. (Kidding.)
• Mark Sanchez opens 7-on-7s with a gorgeous seam pass right on the money to Brent Celek. Sanchez loves that throw. Unfortunately for Sanchez, Celek dropped the pass. The veteran had a few drops in practice. Credit to Kendricks for tight coverage on the Celek drop.
• Tim Tebow continued to struggle, though he had a few nice moments. He got off to a rough start by underthrowing a wide open running back in the flat.
• Let's talk about Sam Bradford. After only taking five snaps in a 7-on-7 session last Tuesday, he participated more often today. He looked pretty good. He doesn't look 100% when it comes to dropping back. His footwork isn't 100% there yet. But man, does he throw a pretty ball. His passes were accurate and they had really good zip on them.
Bradford's first throw of the day was a pass that went over Eric Tomlinson's head by a few yards. It looked like Tomlinson may have been slow and wasn't where he was supposed to be. Otherwise, it was a well-thrown ball with great touch. Bradford had one 7-on-7 drive where he didn't complete any spectacular passes but he showed off his quick release to take what the defense was giving him and move the ball. Last Bradford note: very impressive intermediate throw over the middle to Zach Ertz. Looked like a back shoulder throw where the defender covering Ertz had no chance at getting it.
• G.J. Kinne dropped a short pass from Tebow. Doesn't that just sound funny? Later in practice, Kinne also took some reps at running back. He's the ultimate team player.
• Matt Barkley seems to like to throw towards Seyi Ajirotutu. The third year quarterback overthrew him along the sideline at one point. Later in practice, Barkley made a nice red zone pass where he led Ajirotutu into the throw for a touchdown.
• Nelson Agholor stood out once again. The first time was when Barkley floated a ball deep into coverage and Agholor attacked the ball in the air to come down with it. Agholor did something similar later when Tebow threw a fade pass and he jumped out to get it despite rookie UDFA defensive back Denzel Rice draped all over him.
• Josh Huff returned to practice after sitting out last week. He lined up in the backfield on one play and caught a pass in the flat.
• During a red zone drill, Byron Maxwell leaped to break up a Sanchez pass intended for Matthews in the corner of the end zone. Maxwell got up and celebrated the play a little. He definitely plays (and practices) with a swagger.
• Eagles QBs took some snaps from under center today. Not always a common sight considering how the Eagles love to run plays out of the gun.
• Eric Rowe had a nice interception during a red zone drill. Tebow threw behind his wide receiver and Rowe deflected it with one hand before managing to get the ball under control with another. Bad pass, but it wasn't just a gift interception. Good play by the second round pick.
Up next: One more Eagles OTA practice open to the media tomorrow. Then the team practices again on Wednesday and Thursday but those sessions are closed. The Eagles will next practice in front of the media when mandatory minicamp begins on Tuesday, June 16.
BGN will have a lot more OTA coverage today so check back often.
Remaining offseason workout schedule:
OTA Offseason Workouts: June 9-11.
Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18.
BGN Coverage: The following practices are open to the media: June 9 and June 16-18.