Today marked the second day of 2018 Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice. Here’s what I observed.
• Daily Carson Wentz update: the Eagles’ franchise quarterback didn’t participate in 11-on-11 but he did take some first team reps in 7-on-7. Wentz made the most out of his opportunities with some real nice throws. He fired a laser in-between two defenders to Zach Ertz over the middle of the field. He followed that up by fitting a pass to a tightly covered Markus Wheaton along the sideline where only the receiver had a chance at making the play. He did the same thing on a throw to Greg Ward Jr., who almost made an incredible catch but only managed to get one foot in. Wentz was on fire and I continue to believe he’s going to be ready for Week 1.
• Injury updates: No major changes from yesterday. Everyone practiced saved for the PUP and NFI guys. The only update there is that I saw Bryce Treggs jogging out before practice today. Just my guess but it seems like his undisclosed injury might not keep him out for too much longer. Shelton Gibson was getting looked at by trainers later in practice, may have been cramps.
• Sidney Jones did not take first team nickel cornerback reps today. Those went to De’Vante Bausby instead. Jones took second team reps at outside corner.
• Kamu Grugier-Hill continues to take first team reps at WILL linebacker. #KamuClub. Nigel Bradham is taking all the first team SAM reps despite the fact he’ll miss the season opener due to suspension.
• Nick Foles threw an interception for the second day in a row. Time to cut him (jk). The Super Bowl MVP targeted Zach Ertz about 20 yards down the field but Malcolm Jenkins ended up with the ball instead. The pass was thrown a tad high. Good play by Jenkins to read and react like that for the pick six. Foles also had one pass batted down and another underthrown ball to Mack Hollins was almost intercepted. Foles did have a nice throw to Richard Rodgers. Dropped it right in the bucket to the tight end with Grugier-Hill trailing in coverage.
• Nate Sudfeld AKA Nate Studfeld had some nice moments. He completed a deep pass to Rashard Davis for about 40 yards. Nice over-the-shoulder reception from Davis, who was able to hold on to the ball as D.J. Killings tried to strip it out while both falling to the ground. Later in practice, Sudfeld floated some passes to Billy Brown, who used his size to shield defenders away from the ball.
• Davis is definitely in the mix for the fifth or sixth receiver job. He’s one of the guys Doug Pederson praised at the end of spring practices. Plus he was really impressive as a punt returner in college.
• Nelson Agholor looks fast. He roasted the defense on a crossing route where he was able to turn the corner and get upfield. Not worried about regression from him.
• Good spot by BGN’s Benjamin Solak: Jim Schwartz was barely involved when the Eagles were doing group install. He was watching things from a totally different field. Defensive backs coach Cory Undlin and linebackers coach Ken Flajole were running things instead. Doug Pederson has talked about wanting to give his assistants more opportunity to take control at times. This is a good example of that.
• Josh Adams has an unusual build for a running back. He’s tall but thin. At one point I mistook him for a tight end or a wide receiver taking a handoff and running through the line. The Eagles did line up Adams wide at one point during Thursday’s practice. He ran a go route on the play but the ball wasn’t thrown to him.
• It was good to see Jordan Hicks explode into the backfield and blow up a screen play. He’s a cerebral player.
• Hollins continues to look good while filling in for Alshon Jeffery with the first team. He gets open and he catches the ball. Good things to do as a receiver, in my opinion.
• The one exception to Hollins’ success is when Jalen Mills had a nice pass breakup while covering him. He broke out the finger wag, of course. He saw what you wrote and he’s ready to prove you wrong, Lee Sifford.
• Players getting kick return reps: Corey Clement, Rashard Davis, Josh Adams, Darren Sproles, Nelson Agholor. I’d think Clement ends up in that role.
• Jason Peters was giving some tips and pointers to Chance Warmack during an offensive line drill. Hardly a surprising sight. He always does this. I just think it’s important to note that he doesn’t really need to do that. He’s doing it because he cares about his teammates and he ultimately wants the team to succeed. And that’s just part of why JP is a living legend.
• Jake Elliott was perfect on all of his field goal attempts to start practice. He was so precise that he even managed to somehow hit the All-22 camera tower that films practice.
• Kamar Aiken dropped multiple passes for the second day in a row. Not a great start to his Eagles career.
• Joe Callahan had some bad overthrows today. He’s not exactly breathing down Sudfeld’s neck.
• For the second day in a row, I’m apologizing for not getting these notes up faster. You’ll soon understand why I’ve been delayed lately.
Up next: Right back at it tomorrow with another Eagles training camp practice. Saturday’s start time is set for 9:15 AM ET. Stay tuned to BGN, as always.