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Eagles Training Camp Notes: Eagles defense looks awesome while the offense does not

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

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


• Injury update - Add CB JaCorey Shepherd (hamstring) to the injury list. He also missed yesterday's practice, which wasn't well-known until today. The following players are still out: WR Jordan Matthews (knee), OT Jason Peters (quad), S Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring), RB Wendell Smallwood (quad), LB Marcus Smith (concussion), WR Marcus Johnson.

• The Eagles put the pads back on for today's practice after Saturday's light session.

• A few lineup notes.

With Brandon Brooks returning to first team right guard, Stefen Wisniewski moved to the second team at the same position. During spring practices, Wiz was lining up at second team center. Now Josh Andrews is in that role. Rookie third round pick Isaac Seumalo is taking reps at second team left guard.

Jalen Mills got some first team reps at outside cornerback opposite of Nolan Carroll. After practice, Jim Schwartz said not to read into that other than the coaching staff wants to see the rookie lined up against different receivers.

Ed Reynolds took most, if not all, of the team's reps at first team safety along with Rodney McLeod.


None of the quarterbacks looked good. As the headline of this post indicates, the entire offense was sloppy and bad. Philadelphia's defense really dominated today.

Sam Bradford was picked off early in 11-on-11 by Jalen Mills. The pass was intended for Chris Givens in the middle of the field. Mills jumped the route. Bradford was picked off a second time on a deep pass down the middle of the field. The ball was underthrown and McLeod, who has been incredible, made the leaping interception. Bradford almost threw a third pick on a throw 30 yards into the end zone but a jumping Randall Evans couldn't hold on to the ball. One of Bradford's red zone throws was broken up by Aaron Grymes, who had a good day. Another red zone pass intended for Josh Huff was batted down by Ron Brooks.

In fairness to Bradford, he was probably the least worst of the quarterbacks. He had a few good moments, including a pair of good throws to Rueben Randle along the sideline. Bradford also threw a perfect pass to Burton in the end zone for a score. Overall, though, more bad than good.

Chase Daniel has been struggling recently. He almost got picked off by Jaylen Watkins on a throw to Trey Burton at the goal line. There were multiple plays during practice where Daniel didn't even get the ball off, though the defense obviously deserves credit there for good coverage. The only good thing I can say about Daniel is that he drew the defense offside a few times with hard counts.

Carson Wentz showed some real rookie struggles on Sunday. He really struggled with accuracy issues. His worst throw was a pass into the end zone that was picked off by Evans. It went right to the cornerback. Grymes, Denzel Rice, and Blake Countess all had pass breakups on Wentz attempts. Wentz threw a few worm burners into the dirt and had some overthrows as well. He failed to recognition a corner blitz at one point and got "sacked" by Rice.

Wentz finished practice on a high note. He connected with Trey Burton in the front right corner of the end zone for a touchdown after rolling right and throwing on the move. Real nice throw.

• Rodney McLeod continues to look awesome in practice. Along with his interception, he put a big hit on Nelson Agholor. It looks like he's going to be a really good player for the Eagles.

• Kicker battle update: Caleb Sturgis is still ahead of Cody Parkey. Sturgis went 9/10 with his one miss going wide from 52 yards out. Parkey went 8/10 with misses from 50 and 52. There's no question Sturgis has been better than Parkey during both spring and summer practices.

• TRICKERATION: Randle threw a deep pass to Sproles. Later, Sproles took a handoff and ran to his right before turning around and throwing a lateral to Daniel on the left side of the field. It was a bad throw, but Daniel caught it and then threw deep down the field. There was no defense on the field for this play. If there was, it would have been blown up pretty easily. Still, I appreciate the creativity.

Bennie Logan blew up an offensive lineman and exploded into the backfield to shut down a rushing attempt from Sproles. He's so good.

Ryan Mathews looks healthy and good. Plus he absolutely stuffed a rusher in pass protection.

• Up and down day for Randle. There was a play where the receiver and Bradford weren't on the same page in the red zone. The ball went incomplete but it reminded me of his struggles with the Giants where Randle's mistakes would cause Eli Manning to throw even more interceptions than he usually does. Randle had a nice moment where he caught a pass in the front left corner on the end zone and tip-toed for the touchdown. He bobbled the ball, so it may have been incomplete. Unfortunately, there's no instant replay in training camp.

• Agholor made a nice diving effort on a low throw from Bradford. Then he dropped it as he went to the ground. Not great.

Eric Rowe had really nice coverage on a deep throw to Randle. Jalen Mills also broke up a pass intended for Randle.

Nigel Bradham and Joe Walker each recorded a pass breakup while covering running backs one-on-one.

• Ron Brooks likes to dance a lot during the pre-snap phase. He seems like a character.

Byron Marshall had a short pass bounce off his hands and into the arms of Mychal Kendricks. Let's see how the preseason goes, but I don't think Marshall will make the team over Kenjon Barner. Think practice squad instead.

• Kendricks got beaten in coverage on Bradford's touchdown pass to Burton. Despite his athleticism, coverage hasn't been an area where the Eagles' WILL linebacker really shines.

• Kendricks got the attention of Ertz when he popped the tight end after a catch over the middle. It seemed like Kendricks wanted to taunt Ertz given the tight end's comments about hitting in practice the other day. Ertz yapped at Kendricks for a little bit after the play while the defense started hooting and hollering.

• Ertz had a real nice block on Jordan Hicks to seal the edge and allow Sproles to turn the corner for a big run play. His blocking has come a long way since entering the league.

• Reserve safety Nick Perry tried to pop running back Cedric O'Neal after the running back ran up the middle. I've seen him do this earlier in camp. O'Neal was prepared this time and trucked the safety, making him bounce backwards. Frank Reich praised O'Neal for his physicality earlier this week.

• Backup tight end Chris Pantale continues to struggle. He had a drop in the end zone today and also was responsible for an illegal shift penalty that got a play whistled dead. The Eagles might want to consider bringing in a "real" fullback. Or maybe his struggles could create an opening for Dillon Gordon.

Cayleb Jones continues to struggle with drops on plays where he's wide open with no one around.

• Former quarterback David Watford, who is playing receiver for the Eagles, dropped a beautiful deep bomb from Wentz during a drill with no defense. After practice, Watford spent a lot of time on the JUGS machine.

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