Today marked the eighth 2019 Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice. The team was in pads as they held their second of two live tackling sessions this summer. Read on to see what I observed! Also, listen to the latest BGN Radio practice recap podcast by using the embed below or [CLICKING HERE]:
• CARSON WENTZ UPDATE: Wentz’s biggest highlight was a deep touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. Wentz got the ball out quick with a blitzing Sidney Jones bearing down on him and split the safety (Malcolm Jenkins) and cornerback (Avonte Maddox) to hit Jackson in stride for the explosive play. You love to see it.
During 1-on-1, Wentz got picked by Malcolm Jenkins on a fade throw meant for Nelson Agholor. The ball was a little underthrown but Jenkins also played it pretty well. Jenkins was one of the rare defenders who didn’t get totally shook by Agholor in the red zone, by the way. Nelly put a number of defenders on skates with stutter steps and the like.
Wentz had touchdown throws to JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Alshon Jeffery in 1-on-1 where the receivers were tightly contested. Wentz isn’t afraid of throwing into tight windows, which is a good fit for his strong receivers who can fight off defenders.
More good from Wentz: looking off the defense and then hitting Zach Ertz for a touchdown along the back of the end zone. He also threaded a pass over the middle to Marken Michel in 7-on-7.
Overall, Wentz’s day wasn’t super flashy but he was mostly good.
• EAGLES INJURY UPDATE: The big news is that Kamu Grugier-Hill went down with an injury towards the end of practice. It happened on a play where he tackled Jordan Howard. He was on the ground getting his leg looked at before he gingerly walked off the field. Then he was carted back to the trainer’s tent before ultimately walking into the team’s facility.
Hopefully Kamu isn’t seriously hurt. He’s had a great training camp and he figures one of the the Eagles’ top two linebackers in terms of snaps played.
The Eagles actually issued an injury report for their other banged up guys. Jalen Mills (foot) is obviously still on active/PUP. Cre’Von LeBlanc (foot) is “week-to-week” and so is Paul Worrilow (knee), which is really not good for Worrilow’s roster chances. Mack Hollins (hip) is “day-to-day” and so is Richard Rodgers, who missed practice for the first time today. Rodgers’ injury explains why the Eagles signed tight end Alex Ellis on Friday to eat some reps.
Miles Sanders’ injury scare from Thursday did not linger into today. He was full go.
Rodney McLeod participated in some 11-on-11 for the first time this offseason. Good sign. He’s still not 100% cleared, though, because he didn’t participate in the team’s live tackling drills; just the thud session. Keep in mind there are 36 days until the Eagles’ Week 1 home opener on Sunday, September 8.
• JERSEY NUMBER UPDATES: New Eagles safety Johnathan Cyprien is wearing No. 41.
Here’s a super high quality pic of the newest Eagles player, Johnathan Cyprien. Wearing No. 41. pic.twitter.com/06P20BQnDS— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 3, 2019
Alex Ellis is wearing No. 48, in case you really wanted to know.
• FIGHT! First one of camp. Undrafted rookie free agent tackle Casey Tucker and rookie fourth-round pick Shareef Miller got into it during offensive line versus defensive line 1-on-1. This caused a big scrum between those two units that ultimately didn’t last too long. Not exactly a main card.
• You might think the 5-9 Avonte Maddox wouldn’t look so good in red zone drills but he sure did today. Maddox broke up a Wentz fade meant for DeSean. He also had such sticky coverage on Braxton Miller that Clayton Thorson threw the ball away. Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin liked that rep from Maddox.
• Another practice in which 6-6 receiver Carlton Agudosi stood out. You know, a lot of times these tall receivers get brought into camps, they’re not actually any good. They’re often stiff and can’t create separation. That’s not exactly the case with Agudosi, who showed off some good route-running to get open in 1-on-1 against a veteran defender like Orlando Scandrick. Agudosi later beat Jeremiah McKinnon on fade touchdown pass from Sudfeld. Sudfeld found Agudosi again on a deep play in 7-on-7. Agudosi is making his case for a practice squad spot at the very least.
• Nate Sudfeld continues to trend in a positive direction. He’s looked more consistent recently. Sudfeld capped off an 11-on-11 series with a money red zone touchdown throw to Dallas Goedert. That No. 88 guy isn’t an easy cover.
• Hassan Ridgeway appears to be ahead of Treyvon Hester on the Eagles’ depth chart. Ridgeway was taking some first team goal line defensive tackle snaps next to Malik Jackson today with Fletcher Cox not doing team drills and Timmy Jernigan getting a breather (?).
• Josh Adams had three notable runs in 11-on-11 where he broke open field tackles to keep on running. I don’t think Adams makes the 53 but he could be a nice depth piece to stash away on the practice squad.
• Boston Scott broke off a long run against the third team defense. The aforementioned Shareef Miller deserves some credit for hustling 30+ yards down the field to put a big pop on Scott to end the play.
• Kamu had a nice leaping pass deflection on a quick Wentz throw on a goal line play. Kamu’s had several of those in camp so far. Really hope he’s OK.
• Emptying the offensive line versus defensive line notebook (besides the fight): Andre Dillard was driven back by Brandon Graham but the rookie didn’t allow Graham to get by him. Jordan Mailata, who false started during a team drill, got beaten by Daeshon Hall. Sua Opeta handled Hester with ease before Hester came back stronger on the next rep and caused the rookie blocker to lose his balance.
• Trickeration during group install: Wentz pitches to Darren Sproles on a halfback toss ... but no, it’s a fake! Sproles throws to Joshua Perkins for a touchdown. I’d love to see Sproles throw a touchdown pass in a real game. Maybe that’ll be the new Philly Special in Super Bowl LIV.
• Jake Elliott seemingly drilled all his field goal attempts, including a 54-yarder to end practice.
• Vinny Curry: Secret weapon?
Vinny Curry: Eagles secret weapon at returner pic.twitter.com/2axFphODuu— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 3, 2019
Joe Ostman and Brandon Graham each took a punt return rep as well. No drops!
• During his post-practice presser, Doug Pederson named DeAndre Thompkins and Kevin Wilkins as the best rookie singers on the team. (As a hazing ritual, Eagles rookies have to sing in front of vets during full team meetings.) Doug gave them both an “8 out of 10.”
The Eagles will hold their one and only open practice at Lincoln Financial Field tomorrow evening starting at 7:00 PM ET. Stay tuned to BGN for more coverage, as always.