Each week Dave and Patrick discuss the week that was and is. It's Two Guys Internetting Football!
Patrick: After months of waiting, it's finally almost here! In only two days we will have our first glimpse at the 2015 Philadelphia Eagles. And with all the changes that have happened over the past eight months, this team feels as new and exciting as it did back in 2013.
But before we get to the game itself, let's talk a little bit about training camp. Sam Bradford has looked nice thus far, DeMarco Murray is barely practicing and the rookies are having their moments. Has anything surprised you over the past two weeks of camp?
Dave: I can't say anything has really surprised me, including Bradford not being ready for the first game or Murray being nicked. Oft-injured player isn't fully healthy, what a shock. Zach Ertz missing the rest of camp is disappointing, but I'm not concerned right now. For the rest of the roster, if before camp we had drawn up a list of players who would look good, players who would look bad and players who wouldn't stand out either way, and then made similar lists today, we'd have pretty much the same lists. If anything, the lack of surprises is surprising. We kind of expect someone we thought was bad to look good and vice versa, but there really hasn't been any of that. The only surprises are mild ones, such as I'm a little surprised that none of the busload of UDFA linemen have been noticeable. I wasn't expecting much from the group but figured they would at least stumble into someone to be a camp darling type, but no dice. But there's still four preseason games to play for people to surprise us. How about you, has anything surprised you?
Patrick: I would say that I'm pleasantly surprised with what I've seen from Bradford thus far. Granted, I've only been to a couple practices this summer, but I've liked what I've seen. His arm is better than any quarterback the team has had in some time, and he's had some really fantastic throws. So it's a real disappointment that he won't play Sunday. Chip said in his press conference this morning that he's the only reason Bradford won't play, and while I do buy it, I'm a little surprised considering Bradford hasn't missed any practice at all so far through camp.
But then again, the games haven't started yet. With so many new players, there are a ton of guys worth watching. So outside of the obvious quarterback stuff, who are you most excited/curious to see? For me it's got to be Josh Huff. He's had some really explosive plays in camp, but also a fair number of drops. I'm a big fan of his skill set and a believer in his ceiling, but he will likely have a ways to go before he really can become a standout receiver.
Dave: Definitely Huff, who I have said enough about already this month, I think if I talk about him any more before I'll be inadvertently hyping him. I'm curious to see how Nelson Agholor and Eric Rowe look, with the expectation that there will be rookie lumps to be taken, and players at their positions generally take a year to adjust to the NFL. Just show me some flashes. Which brings to mind Marcus Smith II, who has had a few good days recently in camp. Show me something on the field, even if it is against backups. There's snaps to be had at OLB, step up and claim them.
I want to see Tim Tebow move the ball against the Colts defense, just for the takes.
And then I'm also curious to see if any no name player has a nice game. Sometimes he's actually good, but usually it's just right time, right place, and it makes for a lot of hilarious takes for a week until he's forgotten again. I'm looking for Rasheed Bailey to make us remember that he's on the roster. Who do you have?
Patrick: Give me Raheem Mostert all day, baby. He passes the eye test for me, and his speed is noticeable on the field, even if most of the time it's in the form of "woah, who is that guy?" moments. As the roster is constructed now the Eagles definitely don't need a developmental running back, but I wouldn't mind seeing him become one of the back-end roster guys or a practice squad candidate.
I'm also curious to see what Trent Cole and Todd Herremans do on the other side. Cole is an Eagles Hall of Famer when it's all said and done, and Todd was always a solid presence on the line. I kinda miss those guys.
But to your Bradford point, I agree completely. I didn't expect him to light the world on fire, but I also sort of expected him to take some shots deep, even if he only played a series. And if the new-look offensive line could have kept him from getting hit, that'd be pretty nice, too. Speaking of offensive line, I'll be very curious to see what the first team is able to do. Fans should by no means read too much into the quality of their play Sunday, but I don't think that some positive run plays and pass pro is too much to ask for.
Dave: I'm also looking forward to Eagles legend Frank Gore returning to Philly. Should be an emotional day for all.