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Here’s what we learned.

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Today marked the 14th day of 2017 Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice. The Eagles had a light 10-10-10 practice. Let’s get right to my notes.

PRACTICE NOTES

• Injury update: Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) was a limited participant yet again. Fletcher Cox (rest), Torrey Smith (groin), Marcus Johnson (hamstring), Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring), and Adam Zaruba (concussion) were full go in practice. Brandon Brooks (sprained ankle) missed practice after leaving early yesterday. The following players were also out: Nick Foles (elbow), Wendell Smallwood (hamstring), Anthony Denham (calf), Paul Turner (shoulder), Josh Andrews (hand). I’d guess those players won’t play on Thursday night.

Carson Wentz didn’t get extensive work today since it was a light practice but he was solid in limited reps. He threw a nice deep pass to Bryce Treggs, who laid out for the catch. He also connected with Zach Ertz on a number of throws over the middle.

• Ertz made a real nice diving one-handed reception. I wasn’t even sure how he caught it. Ertz has looked good all offseason long. That’s to be expected. Still nice to see. Remember, this is his year, for real this time!

Rasul Douglas almost picked off a short Wentz pass. Douglas looks pretty good in coverage when it comes to underneath throws. He struggles to cover the deep ball.

• Torrey Smith had a bad drop, which has been rare for him this offseason.

• Smith and Nelson Agholor lined up on the outside during the first snap of 11-on-11. The receiver in the slot? That would be Marcus Johnson. The Eagles are clearly rotating their receivers around, but still an interesting look given the speculation Matthews could lose playing time.

Agholor made a few nice catches today. Nothing especially special, just showed reliable hands and didn’t have any drops unlike the past two days.

• JMatt looked completely healthy and fast on a screen play dialed up for him. Some reporters have noted he hasn’t looked 100% in camp. He sure did on that rep.

• Pumphrey was back in team drills today and he looked good. No noticeable signs of a lingering hamstring injury.

Darren Sproles almost threw a touchdown pass in 11-on-11. The Eagles have worked on this play during install where Sproles takes the toss and then throws it down field. Sproles had Trey Burton wide open but the ball was thrown a little too far in front. He was frustrated with himself after the play.

Matt McGloin isn’t looking good enough to warrant the Eagles keeping three quarterbacks. Dane Evans hasn’t been anything special but he’s been fine enough to warrant being on the practice squad.

• Speaking of McGloin, he got picked off by Jalen Mills. The ball was underthrown, which helped Mills, but it was still a nice leaping catch by the corner.

• Greg Ward stood out with some nice receptions over the middle of the field. It’s not like the Eagles were tackling but he didn’t shown any signs of alligator arms. He showed good toughness by making catches in tight windows where he’s about to get popped right after making the reception. Reliability is a great quality for a slot receiver.

Derek Barnett did a nice job of getting pressure around the edge when Brent Celek was matched up on him. Barnett should obviously be beating tight ends, but Celek is no pushover. Good sign.

Elijah Qualls hasn’t done much to stand out to me in a good way but he did have a good pressure by beating Dillon Gordon and exploding into the backfield.

• It’ll be interesting to see who the Eagles choose as their kick returner. Smallwood, Agholor, Pumphrey, Smith, and Gibson have gotten looks there. Smallwood is probably the favorite. To me, Agholor has looked faster/more elusive on kick returns than he did last year. We’ll see how that holds up in the real games.

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

LIVE FROM EAGLES TRAINING CAMP!

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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

CARSON WENTZ! Eagles QB speaking after practice

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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

DOUG PEDERSON - Eagles head coach talking now!

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Up next: No Eagles practice tomorrow. The team has a light walkthrough (not open to the media) before traveling to Green Bay for Thursday’s preseason game against the Packers. Stay tuned to BGN for more coverage.