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Eagles Training Camp Notes: Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz look sharp

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

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Thursday was the tenth day of 2016 Eagles training camp practice. There's a lot to talk about, so let's get started.


• Injury update: OT Jason Peters (quad) and S Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring) left practice early -- more details here. RB Ryan Mathews, RB Wendell Smallwood, OG Brandon Brooks, and WR Marcus Johnson are still out. Rookie DT Connor Wujciak reportedly underwent season-ending shoulder surgery yesterday.


Sam Bradford was terrible. He's the worst quarterback ever.

OK, just kidding. He actually had a pretty good day. See? I'm able to say nice things about Sammy Sleeves. Bradford had a number of good deep throws, including one to Jordan Matthews and a few more to Chris Givens. Bradford especially seems to like Givens, which shouldn't come as a surprise since they had good chemistry together in St. Louis. The veteran quarterback was very sharp during red zone drills. Overall, Bradford was very accurate and he didn't make many bad mistakes. Probably the best day he's had in training camp so far.

With that said, there was some Badford. He underthrew Matthew on a short route (worm burner alert) and he also overthrew Givens on a deep pass in one-on-one. Definitely more good than bad, though.

Chase Daniel struggled. He was picked off a total of four times. The first interception wasn't his fault. The ball went off Chris Pantale's hands and Chris Maragos caught it instead. The second interception happened when he threw a ball to a tightly covered Rueben Randle. The receiver got his hands on it but Aaron Grymes was able to rip it away for the pick (or forced fumble). The third interception happened when Jaylen Watkins jumped a short pass for a pick six. Daniel's fourth interception was a wobbly ball thrown to Randle along the sideline. Rookie cornerback Jalen Mills came up with the jump ball. Daniel had another wobbly pass on a play that was just bad all around. UDFA receiver David Watford dropped a wide open pass after the defense played terrible coverage on him. Ugly.

Carson Wentz had a good day. He made some real nice throws, especially in the red zone. Wentz showed great touch on a number of fade passes during red zone drills. He threw perfect passes to Byron Marshall and Rueben Randle for touchdowns. The rookie also connected with Matthews and Paul Turner on deep throws in one-on-one sessions. Wentz showed off his fast release on the last play of practice, connecting with Nelson Agholor on a slant over the middle. It's still early, but the Eagles should be reasonably encouraged by the progress Wentz has made this offseason.

Wentz did have one bad throw. He tried to fit a ball to Agholor near the goal line but Rodney McLeod jumped the route and picked it off.

• Speaking of, McLeod continues to ball out. He has at least five or six interceptions through the first week of training camp. He also broke up a Bradford pass intended for Matthews today. After practice, Jim Schwartz said that he hasn't been happy with his defense because they've been inconsistent. He exempted McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins, though, saying they've been outstanding.

• FIGHT! Fletcher Cox was seen clocking an offensive lineman after Connor Barwin was getting into it with the offensive line a little bit. Nothing too crazy, but a scrum formed and had to be broken up.

• Paul Turner continues to stand out as the best rookie UDFA wide receiver. He made a nice one-handed grab from Bradford for a touchdown. He's not overly flash by any means; just solidly consistent.

Josh Huff dropped a pass, which seems to happen every day. Interestingly, the Eagles gave him multiple looks as a ball carrier on end arounds. If Huff isn't going to be able to catch anything, why not just give him the ball this way instead?

• Cory Undlin chewed out Mills on Saturday and he did it again today. The defensive backs coach got on Mills for being too grabby after defending Randle in one-on-one. Mills must have given him backtalk or something because Undlin yelled "Shut the f*** up!" really loudly at him. Undlin is real calm during interviews but he's a fiery dude on the field.

• Good day for some Eagles cornerbacks. C.J. Smith blanketed Randle in the end zone and knocked down the pass intended for him. Eric Rowe also had a pass breakup. Rowe has been better ever since the pads have come on, which probably isn't just a coincidence.

Zach Ertz casually stuck his arm out for a one-handed catch during the offensive install period. Then he dropped an easy pass near the end of practice.

• OL vs. DL one-on-one: Vinny Curry destroyed Dennis Kelly. He's gonna have a big year, I swear. Rookie Isaac Seumalo stuffed Taylor Hart. Connor Barwin got pancaked by third string left tackle Andrew Gardner. Not a great look. Marcus Smith got stuffed by rookie Dillon Gordon on one rep before beating him around the edge on the next one.

Jason Kelce spent some extra time off to the side mentoring Gordon, who played tight end at LSU, on his blocking technique. Good to see the vets help the young guys.

Bennie Logan is a beast. He broke up a screen play intended for Kenjon Barner by firing into the backfield and knocking down the pass.

• Rookie Joe Walker had good coverage on Zach Ertz over the middle. He forced Ertz into attempting a one-handed catch, which wasn't successful.

• Dark horse roster candidate Steven Means continues to flash. The 26-year-old lineman blew up an end around by Agholor. Then he beat Gardner off the edge and forced Wentz to scramble out of the pocket.

• Earlier this week, I noted Chris Pantale hasn't had a great training camp. His struggles continued today with two drops.

• 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. (Video is limited today due to the poor connection I was getting.)

Up next: The Eagles practice again tomorrow starting at 8:05 AM ET. Stay tuned for more coverage until then.

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