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Today marked the 11th day of 2017 Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice. The Eagles had a light 10-10-10 practice so there wasn’t a lot of extensive action today. Let’s get right to my notes.


• Injury updates: Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is still out. After practice, Doug Pederson said Jeffery’s injury is behind him and the receiver was getting a rest day. Speaking of rest days, Chris Long sat out of practice. LeGarrette Blount returned to the field on Friday after missing three days due to personal reasons. Nick Foles (elbow), Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring), Mychal Kendricks (quad), Paul Turner (shoulder), and Josh Andrews (hand) are still out. Adam Zaruba (concussion) is a new addition to the injury report.

Carson Wentz looked pretty sharp for the most part today. He had a lot of success during red zone drills. He connected with Marcus Johnson on quite a few catches. It seems like he’s become a popular target for Wentz with Alshon Jeffery missing.

Nelson Agholor had a really good leaping catching during individual drills. There was no defense on him, but he jumped up to catch a fade pass thrown a little high in the back corner of the end zone. Last year at this time I’d have no confidence Agholor would make that catch. This year he looks like a different player. Wentz also said as much after practice.

Corey Clement fumbled on a play where he tried to run up the middle. Clement is the only Eagles running back to fumble in practice so far. He’s had some nice moments but I haven’t seen enough to make me believe he’ll make the roster. Think practice squad instead.

• The Eagles have experimented with Dillon Gordon as a goal line fullback during group install and red zone drills, but they haven’t done it a lot in regular situations. That changed today as Gordon actually lined up at fullback and took off running. The big man caught a 10-yard reception.

C.J. Smith had a real nice leaping pick on a jump ball pass intended to David Watford. Matt McGloin’s pass hung up in the air too long and Smith took advantage by leaping into the air and coming down with the ball. The feeling here is Smith could potentially be starting at outside corner at some point.

• Guess what I’m going to say about Terrence Brooks today? That’s right, he made another big play. Today he picked off Dane Evans on a pass thrown over the middle of the field. Brooks read what was happening and ranged over to make the play. The Corey Graham signing is so curious to me given Brooks’ development this summer.

• Doug Pederson was having some fun with his players at practice today. He put Caleb Sturgis in a pressure situation by having the kicker attempt two yards from about 50 to 55 yards out. A number of media members thought the Eagles might stop practice early if he made them. Sturgis missed his kicks, however. The first one hit the right post and the second one was a little wide right. Sturgis went 7/10 in a more normal field goal drill. One of those also bounced off the upright.

• Pederson also made both Jason Peters and Fletcher Cox return punts. Both players did a good job. Pederson wouldn’t go into what the players would be rewarded for Peters and Cox making the catches.

Shelton Gibson dropped a pass in team drills despite being wide open. Daily occurrence. He did come back with a nice leaping catch along the sideline, though I’m not sure he got both feet in. I’ll give it to him since he’s had a rough summer.

• Speaking of Gibson’s drops, our good friend Brendan Ekstrom asked a good question about him for the latest episode of BGN Radio. Brendan wondered if drops were an issue for Gibson in college. According to Pro Football Focus, Gibson only had three drops in 2016 compared to 43 receptions. So it didn’t seem to be an issue. Then again, check out the first two lines about Gibson’s weaknesses in his scouting report:

Displays focus issues with his hands when working underneath. Had a case of alligator arms over the middle against Texas after taking a punishing hit a quarter earlier.

PhillyVoice recently conducted a poll of 30 media members. 10 of those people picked Gibson as their player whose stock is down in training camp. Only Patrick Robinson (14 votes) finished worse.

• There was a special guest at Eagles practice today.

Credit to my wonderful mom who thought it’d be funny for me to take this picture.

• Another special guest was at practice: former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley. He spent time talking with Howie Roseman. Whaley has been visiting a number of NFL training camps so I wouldn’t make too much of this.

• Check out video from Eagles practice via the Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page (click here or watch below).


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• Check out Carson Wentz’s press conference via the Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page (click here or watch below).

CARSON WENTZ! Eagles QB talking now

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• Check out Doug Pederson’s press conference via the Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page (click here or watch below).

EAGLES HC Doug Pederson talking now!

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Friday, August 4, 2017

Up next: The Eagles have an off day tomorrow before returning to practice at 9:45 AM ET on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Stay tuned here to Bleeding Green Nation for more coverage. Also check out BGN Radio on SportsRadio 94WIP tomorrow night live from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. It’ll be me and Vince Quinn talking about a number of Eagles topics.