Today marked the 11th day of 2018 Philadelphia Eagles training camp. The Eagles were supposed to be in pads today but the intense heat caused Doug Pederson to back off. The team still got some good work in after a few days of light practice. Here’s what I observed.
• Daily Carson Wentz update: Today marked the eighth practice in a row with Wentz not participating in 11-on-11. With that said, it was still a very encouraging practice for No. 11. He looked super sharp during his 7-on-7 reps. Wentz was delivering strike after strike with pin-point accuracy and strong velocity on his throws. He started off with a short completion to Kamar Aiken, who was tightly covered by Ronald Darby. Then he hit Greg Ward Jr. through over the middle through a tight window in stride. Wentz completed a 20-yard post to Mack Hollins where he left just enough room for the wide receiver to get both feet in. The defensive back never had a chance. During 7-on-7 in the red zone, Wentz floated a ball to Dallas Goedert in the back right corner of the end zone. The rookie tight end made a jump ball touchdown catch over Jalen Mills. Wentz’s final touchdown came on a play where Josh Perkins fell down to his knees but Wentz threw to him anyway since the defense backed off a little. Really strong showing from No. 11. I remain convinced he’s playing Week 1.
• Injury updates: Nick Foles missed practice for the third day in a row due to “muscle spams” in his neck area. He said it’s not a big deal and the team is being cautious by sitting him out. Nelson Agholor did not practice on Tuesday due to a scheduled rest day. Mike Wallace has been out since leaving practice early on Sunday evening. Zach Ertz, Richard Rodgers, and Markus Wheaton returned to practice today.
• Daily nickel cornerback competition update: Sidney Jones was with the first team once again. Six days of Jones, four days of De’Vante Bausby, one day of Jalen Mills.
• Jones almost made an impressive leaping interception on a Joe Callahan pass today but he couldn’t hold on to the ball.
• Nate Gerry received first team WILL reps with Kamu Grugier-Hill also mixing in. Really haven’t seen much of Corey Nelson with the first team.
• Nate Sudfeld overthrew Ertz, who was open, on a post route. He later had a dime to DeAndre Carter on a fade pass for a touchdown. I’ve mentioned it a billion times this summer but he’s been money on those throws. I’m excited to see Sudfeld in extensive action this Thursday against the Steelers.
• Corey Graham and Tre Sullivan combined to knock down a Sudfeld hail mary attempt to Richard Rodgers in the end zone. The third safety of the present and the third safety of the future.
• Undrafted free agent Tim Wilson made a nice catch over the middle with his hands extended above his head. I don’t think Wilson has much of a shot to crack the roster but it’s not out of the question the East Stroudsburg alumnus could end up on the practice squad.
• Rookie guard Matt Pryor caught my eye when he did a nice job of standing up Haloti Ngata in pass protection. Pryor’s been generating a decent amount of buzz for the camp he’s having. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in game action.
• Rasul Douglas had a nice breakup on a Sudfeld pass to Bryce Treggs, who was running a comeback. Douglas said “NOPE” before even knocking the ball down.
• Shelton Gibson flashed by beating Douglas up the seam and making a leaping catch.
• Josh Adams dropped a pass in the flat as Douglas was bearing down on him. Then Douglas taunted the rookie running back for hearing footsteps and being scared.
• More drops: Treggs had one in group install with no one on him. Carter dropped a pass as well.
• The Eagles practiced being backed up at their own 1-yard line.
• Joe Walker notched a “tackle for loss” at one point for a would-be 2-point safety.
• As we all know, BGN’s own Benjamin Solak isn’t the biggest Derek Barnett fan. (That’s not a short joke, I promise.) It shocked me, then, to see him praising the second-year defensive end:
Barnett with a great rep against Peters. Blew right by him off the line. Would have been a near sack.— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) August 7, 2018
• Make sure you go read Ben’s practice observations if you haven’t already. He has some good stuff on other Eagles defensive ends.
• You probably already knew that Jordan Mailata is the tallest and biggest player on the Eagles’ roster at 6-8, 346 pounds. But did you also know he’s the youngest? I knew he was only 21 but I guess I didn’t realize he was THE youngest. That’s just crazy. I bring this up because I read it in an Eagles booklet for fans attending practice. Mailata also has to be the best singer on the roster.
• One dude standing next to me at practice was wearing a No. 52 Eagles jersey with “SUPER BOWL” on the name plate. (The Eagles won the Super Bowl.)
• Bill Belichick was caught spying on today’s Eagles practice:
• Video from Eagles practice (click here or watch below):
EAGLES TRAINING CAMP PRACTICEPosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 7, 2018
• Carson Wentz post-practice press conference (click here or watch below):
CARSON WENTZ SPEAKING NOWPosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 7, 2018
• Nick Foles post-practice press conference (click here or watch below):
SUPER BOWL MVP NICK FOLESPosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 7, 2018
UP NEXT: No Eagles media availability tomorrow. The team will have a walk-through in advance of Thursday night’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As always, stay tuned to Bleeding Green Nation.