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Here's what we learned from today's Eagles practice.

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Monday was the eighth day of 2016 Eagles training camp practice. Let's dive right in to my observations from today's session.


• Injury update: OG Brandon Brooks and RB Ryan Mathews are still out. I don't think WR Marcus Johnson was on the field, either.

• The Eagles held another 10-10-10 practice today. We explained what this means last week when they had one. The Eagles also handed out these explainer cards.

With this in mind, today's notes will be light.

• Another reason why notes will be limited is because the Eagles practiced without pads today. Thought that was a bit of a curious decision considering the Birds have the day off tomorrow. Plus they were only in pads on Saturday and Sunday.


Don't have much to say about Sam Bradford today. He looked fine.

Didn't notice a ton from Chase Daniel either. He connected with Givens on a deep pass for a touchdown, though the ball was a little underthrown. Also Givens was completely wide open due to a blown coverage from the defense. Later, Daniel had a pass broken up by safety Nick Perry. Perry could be practice squad material.

Carson Wentz had a really good series during a red zone drill. He threw touchdowns to Chris Pantale, Trey Burton, and Rueben Randle. His pass to Burton went right over the head of a defender and into the arms of a leaping Burton. Nice catch. Randle also made a good effort to stay inbounds after making a catch along the sideline. Nice accuracy from Wentz. Another pretty Wentz throw happened when he threw to Zach Ertz, who was running a corner route. Wentz put the ball right on Ertz's hands.

Wentz did have a bad play. He got picked off pretty easily by Rodney McLeod at one point, though it's unclear if the 10-10-10 format intended for that play to happen on purpose.

• How about this: Rodney McLeod picked off McLeod Bethel-Thompson (MBT). McLeod on McLeod crime. The fourth string quarterback also threw interceptions to Jordan Hicks and Eric Rowe. This is a good example of how a 10-10-10 setting is designed to have one side of the ball succeed.

• Jordan Matthews juked the crap out of JaCorey Shepherd during a punt return drill.

• The Eagles have rotated their receivers a lot during practice. I asked Doug Pederson about this the other day and he talked about just wanting to get guys reps. Still, I'll note here that the Eagles lined up Jordan Matthews (slot), Nelson Agholor, and Chris Givens with the first team today. Given Givens' speed (confusing pun intended), he might be able to push for a "starting" role. I'd still expect the Eagles to rotate their receivers this season, though. Josh Huff and Rueben Randle figure to be in the mix.

Elsewhere on the receiver depth chart, undrafted rookie free agent receiver Paul Turner spent some time with the second team today. I also thought it was interesting Frank Reich praised Marcus Johnson, who hasn't been practicing recently, without being specifically asked about him.

• Tight end Chris Pantale dropped a pass in the red zone. Shortly after he did that, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice remarked that Pantale hasn't been as good during the summer as he was in the spring. Now that I think about it, I agree. Despite this, Pederson seems high on him. The Eagles head coach said he ideally wants to have four tight ends active on game day.

• Watch video of Eagles practice below. Like on the official Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page to watch these videos live as I'm streaming them.

Up next: No practice tomorrow. It's the Eagles' first day off since training camp began last Monday. Practice resumes Wednesday at 8:15 AM ET. Stay tuned for more coverage until then.