Today marked the seventh 2019 Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice. The team was in pads as they held their longest practice of the summer. Read on to see what I observed! Also, listen to the latest BGN Radio practice recap podcast by streaming below or [CLICKING HERE]:
• CARSON WENTZ UPDATE: Up and down day for No. 11.
Wentz got off to a cold start in 11-on-11 red zone by completing just one of his four attempts in addition to throwing a pick to Sidney Jones. Wentz was targeting Richard Rodgers on that play but the tight end wasn’t looking for the ball so it seems like there was a timing issue. Wentz and Nelson Agholor also weren’t on the same page during an 11-on-11 rep where Wentz wanted to go back-shoulder but Agholor was still drifting down field.
Wentz failed to connect with Agholor again on a deep attempt. The ball was slightly underthrown but it was a play Agholor needed to make since the ball was right in his hands. Agholor just couldn't hold on. A short Wentz pass to Agholor in the red zone was broken up by the aforementioned Jones, who continues to make plays on a daily basis. Wentz and Agholor were on the same page at some points. Wentz threw two red zone touchdowns to Agholor in 3-on-3. Wentz also threw a screen touchdown to Agholor in 11-on-11 red zone.
Wentz’s accuracy was inconsistent. His pass to a wide open Dallas Goedert in the red zone was catchable but he could’ve made life easier on his tight end. Same goes for a touchdown pass Wentz threw to Zach Ertz, who bobbled the ball before making an impressive one-handed reception. Wentz was picked off by Kamu Grugier-Hill — another Eagles training camp standout — on a throw over the middle of the field.
It wasn’t all bad for Wentz. He did throw a perfect fade pass touchdown to JJ Arcega-Whiteside in 3-on-3. He also had perfect placement on a touchdown ball to Ertz in 11-on-11. Wentz threw a fade to Greg Ward where only the receiver had a chance to make a play on the ball. Wentz also would’ve had a sweet touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery if it weren’t for Rasul Douglas punching the ball out of Jeffery’s control. Wentz threw to Darren Sproles, who emphatically spiked the ball with defenders near him, for a short touchdown (no pun intended).
I haven’t seen Wentz take off running with the ball too much in camp but he did have a QB keeper today.
• EAGLES INJURY UPDATE: Miles Sanders went down with an injury scare after getting hit in the backfield for a loss. Trainers came out to look at Sanders’ left foot before he walked off the field a little slowly. Sanders visited the trainer’s tent but ultimately returned to the sideline. That’s a much better sign than him going back into the team facility. After practice, Sanders did some JUGS work and indicated that he’s going to be good. Doug Pederson said Sanders is set to undergo more evaluations “but [it] seems like everything is okay.” Crisis averted ... for now.
Mack Hollins still isn’t practicing in team drills. Pederson’s hopeful he’ll be back soon: “I would expect him here maybe in the next few days, yes. At least working back into the individual and some 7-on-7 stuff.” Hollins really needs to get — and stay — healthy.
In more positive news, Corey Clement participated in 7-on-7 for the first time this offseason. Good to see him catch a touchdown pass. John Clark notes that Clement said he hopes to be full go in one week’s time.
DeSean Jackson didn’t participate in team drills. Veteran rest day.
Paul Worrilow missed another practice. Stock dropping.
• For as much as Wentz was inconsistent, it’s not like the defense was making it easy on him. Jim Schwartz’s unit deserves credit for playing well. Coverage was tight. Sidney Jones had had a pass breakup and a pick. Rasul Douglas broke up a pass and had good coverage. Jones and Douglas have basically made a big play every day. Avonte Maddox, Orlando Scandrick, and Josh Hawkins all had multiple breakups.
• If you’ve been keeping up with BGN’s practice notes, you’ll recall that a wide receiver by the name of Carlton Agudosi has been making some highlight plays throughout the offseason. I’ve previously referred to the 6-6, 220 pound receiver as the Eagles’ new version of Ifeanyi Momah. That comparison isn’t perfect, though, because Agudosi is actually looking better than Momah.
Agudosi’s size really stood out with the Eagles doing a lot of red zone work today. By my count, he had at least four red zone touchdowns. One came in a 3-on-3 scenario where Clayton Thorson didn’t see anyone open so he just lobbed it up and Agudosi caught the jump ball. Then it was Nate Sudfeld who hit Agudosi for three touchdowns during a 7-on-7 red zone drill. One of those touchdowns was a perfect fade throw from Sudfeld that allowed a leaping Agudosi to make the play.
Agudosi did have two drops in practice, including one on what would’ve been a nice deep completion.
Still, a good day for Agudosi. Pederson mentioned him first when asked about some more of the unheralded standout players from training camp so far.
I don’t have Agudosi making the 53-man just yet but he’s put himself in roster bubble conversation. Practice squad might be the realistic bet.
• Agudosi isn’t the only long shot receiver generating some buzz. Greg Ward also made some plays today. He made a nice adjusment for a leaping catch on a downfield Sudfeld ball that was underthrown. Ward also showed great body control on his fade route touchdown reception from Wentz. I’m not so sure the Eagles keep a sixth receiver but Ward and Agudosi are giving the team something to think about. Even DeAndre Thompkins had a couple nice grabs today.
• Emptying the offensive line versus defensive line notebook, starting with 1 on 1s: Treyvon Hester beat Jason Kelce, Joe Ostman used a spin move to beat Jordan Mailata to the inside, Josh Sweat made Andre Dillard lose balance as he pushed the rookie backwards, Dillard stoned Daeshon Hall, Matt Pryor easily handled undrafted rookie free agent Kevin Wilkins, and Nate Herbig contained a rush from Bruce Hector.
As for team drills: Sweat had a good rush off the edge against Mailata when he dragged the offensive tackle to the ground to pressure Sudfeld. Pryor stoned Hall again while playing left tackle in 11-on-11. Ostman exploded into the backfield to disrupt a running back toss to Smallwood.
• Jordan Howard made a real nice over-the-shoulder reception on a wheel route during 2-on-2. Accurate touch pass from Sudfeld. I don’t buy Howard having a big pass catching role in this offense but maybe it’s something the team can go to on occasion.
• For the second day in a row, the Eagles didn’t just go from Sudfeld (second team) to Thorson (third team) like they usually do. It seemed to be an alternating thing where it was either Thorson OR Cody Kessler running with the third team.
Thorson is still lacking a tight spiral on deep throws (too wobbly) and it’s clear that he doesn’t always know where to go with the ball.
• Donnel Pumphrey easily had the best Eagles practice of his life. That’s not saying a ton but he did break off two long runs, including one where the 5-9, 176 pound rusher lowered his helmet to run over the 6-2, 296 pound Bruce Hector! Of course, that’s a penalty in today’s game.
• Wendell Smallwood dropped a pass right to him in the end zone.
• Bottom of the roster tight end Will Tye made a good one-handed catch in 2-on-2. Zach Brown was the defender who ultimately allowed the reception.
• The most important observation of the day: Orlando Scandrick has an “O” on the back of his left arm and an “S” on the back of his right arm.
• Here’s some video from practice (watch below or CLICK HERE):
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• A very cool personal moment: Eagles Hall of Famer Mike Quick came up to me before practice to introduce himself and tell me he listens to BGN Radio. He had previously mentioned this to Ben Solak as well. So, if you’re not subscribed to BGN’s podcast by now, what are you waiting for? If it’s good enough for an absolute Eagles legend like Mike, it’s good enough for you! (Seriously, though, it’s an honor.)
No Eagles practice tomorrow; the team has off for the second time since camp began last Thursday. The Eagles will be back at practice on Saturday, August 3 starting at 9:15 AM ET. Stay tuned to BGN for more coverage, as always.