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Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Shelton Gibson makes play of the day - BGN
Speaking of Gibby, I’ve buried the lede! The second-year wide receiver made the play of the day. During an 11-on-11 drill, Nick Foles rolled to his right a little and chucked a pass deep down field into double coverage. An underthrow caused a jump ball situation but Gibson managed to come down with it despite being tightly covered by Malcolm Jenkins and Ronald Darby. Legitimately made me say “Wow” out loud (WOL). Impressive play by the young man who couldn’t even catch a cold last year. Gibson had some more good reps in 1-on-1. He also made a nice diving adjustment on an underthrow by Nate Sudfeld. The 2017 fifth-round pick also drew praise from Doug Pederson after practice. I’d say Gibson is in good position to be the Eagles’ fifth receiver (or sixth at worst).

Eagles rookie Matt Pryor could make other offensive linemen expendable - PhillyVoice
The Eagles could lose at least one starter, and still be covered reasonably well. There are also several scenarios where they would be just fine if they lost a second starter, in which Vaitai and Warmack would fill in. With Pryor’s emergence, that could make a player like Seumalo expendable. In 2017, the Eagles were able to trade Matt Tobin and Allen Barbre prior to 53-man cutdowns for draft picks. During 2016 training camp, they traded Dennis Kelly for Dorial Green-Beckham. In other words, Howie Roseman has shown a comfort level in shipping off reserve offensive lineman. While Seumalo struggled last year, he is still only a third-year player, and the versatility that he brings is still a valuable trait.

Practice Notes Roundup – Sunday Edition - Iggles Blitz
I wonder if Darby could be in for a breakout season. He’s healthy. He knows the scheme. He’s surrounded by talented players. He has good coaches and is part of a winning team. And he’s in a contract year. I’ve heard great things about him so far. The Eagles would love Darby to have a great year. He would sign elsewhere in free agency (I doubt the Eagles could afford him) and could get a big deal. If so, the Eagles could get a nice comp pick in 2020.

Carson Wentz, Clues and Philly’s Hunger for Another Super Bowl Run - FMIA
“I feel good,” he said. “I feel good. What my goal has been all along is to be ready Week 1. I can’t say 100 percent that I’ll be out there. But I do feel good where I’m at. At the end of the day, it’s not gonna be my call. It’s gonna be up to the doctors. But rehab’s gone really well. I felt like I’ve been right on schedule and everything. I feel good with where I’m at. At this point I just go practice and do what I can and let the doctors make the calls.” Smart call. Sept. 6 is going to be out of his hands. But watching him … I mean, other than staying power and staying healthy, what does Wentz have left to prove after this spry practice in the Philly sauna?

Aaron Rodgers and the Quest to Be Like Brady - The MMQB
The Eagles are going to be cautious, both in how they handle Carson Wentz and what they say about his situation. But my sense is that they’re very happy with where he is, and in particular how he’s moving on his surgically repaired knee, through the first few days in camp. I’m told there was a moment in a team rush period on Saturday, when he escaped an oncoming Michael Bennett, that got the attention of plenty of people within the organization. Six weeks ’til the opener.

Conflicting information about new helmet rule irks Eagles players - ESPN
A presentation this week by NFL referees to the Philadelphia Eagles on the new helmet rule caused frustration among the players, according to team members, and created further confusion for some about what is expected of them. ”We were trying to ask questions to get a better understanding, and yet they couldn’t really give us an answer,” linebacker Nigel Bradham said. “They couldn’t give us what we were looking for.” Under the new rule, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially fined or ejected for lowering his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.

State Of The Eagles After First Camp Weekend - PE.com
Nick Foles is so much better in games than he is in practice. That’s just something to note through the years. Nate Sudfeld has impressed with his quick release and deep throws – he and wide receiver Mike Wallace connected nicely on a long ball on Sunday against cornerback Rasul Douglas. Sudfeld is going to get a lot of work the preseason. The Eagles want to find out about him, and he’s off to a solid start.

Eagles defenders know how hard it is to stop the team’s run-pass option plays - Daily News
Strongside linebacker Nigel Bradham said the reason offenses are going more to RPOs is simple. “Because it works,” Bradham said. “It’s a run play, but you’ve got the option to pass, as well. Linebackers, you get that window, that seam, behind them, because [the linebacker has to] bite down to stop the run. “You just gotta have a good key on the quarterback. I think it really takes a lot of studying. A lot of studying and just being able to pick up what type of [quarterback] it is … Like, Eli [Manning] is a real good guy at doing it.” Kamu Grugier-Hill is trying to win the starting weakside linebacker spot vacated by the release of Mychal Kendricks. “If a linebacker bites the run, they throw the slant, or if the linebacker stays back, they run the ball,” Grugier-Hill said.

Eagles face daunting task of organizing DE rotation - NBCSP
“I was told I’m competing for a starting job and if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen,” Bennett said. “But at the same time, going in with the mindset I always have. I’m going to be one of the top defensive end and a top defensive linemen. It’s just my DNA and that’s who I’m going to be.” It’s true that the term “starter” means less in Schwartz’s defense than it might mean elsewhere for a defensive end. He uses a rotation to keep players fresh, but that doesn’t mean starters don’t play more than reserves; they do, even if it’s not by a lot.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Doug Pederson on Carson Wentz’s return: ‘It’s a good plan, and we’re going to stick with it’ - PennLive
“I think if you didn’t know he had the injury or had the brace on his leg, you’d probably assess that everything was good, yeah,” coach Doug Pederson said Sunday.

Which Game Will Be Most Critical In The Third Quarter Of The Redskins Season? - Hogs Haven
The Redskins will close out the third quarter of the season with a trip to Philly. If things in Philadelphia stay the same as they were last year this ought to be the toughest opponent the Redskins will face this season. Washington will of course have the tough task of getting hands on and containing Carson Wentz. The same goes for Zach Ertz and rookie Dallas Goedert along with their receiving core. I know some folks look at names on paper regarding that WR group and are unimpressed but from recent matchups telling the tale there is nothing unimpressive about the damage done to the secondary when Wentz connects with his target. I’m looking for Monte Nicholson and D.J. Swearinger to be healthy and tight with their coverage to avoid giving up big plays. The Philly front seven is stacked and the Redskins OL and running game will have to grind and be committed to balance to have any shot in this one IMO. I think the Redskins can test Nate Gerry who looks to be atop their depth chart at weak side LB Gerry came out of Nebraska as a safety/lb hybrid but his coverage skills needed work I think the Redskins can take advantage of him out of the backfield or by matching him up with Reed. Doctson will need to have a good game here as well for the team to have a shot at the upset I think. I have no doubts Doctson can body and out jump Mills and Darby and the Redskins offense will need some big plays out of him and everyone else to compete here. This is the most critical game of the third quarter of the season.

New Era launches 2018 NFL Sideline Collection - SB Nation
All 32 teams are getting new sets of hats, which will be available on Monday, July 30.

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