Today marked the sixth 2020 Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice open to media. Here’s what I saw!
• No pads today following a physical practice on Friday and an off day on Saturday.
• EAGLES INJURY UPDATE: I wrote a comprehensive overview of the injury situation that you can read by [CLICKING HERE].
• CARSON WENTZ UPDATE: On Saturday morning, I posted links to two articles that were about how Wentz needs to be a more accurate thrower. Seems fitting because Wentz wasn’t very accurate today. Wentz overthrew J.J. Arcega-Whiteside during 1-on-1 after the receiver ran a nice stop-and-go to get open in the end zone. Wentz lofted a throw to Greg Ward in 1-on-1 that was just a little too far out in front. Wentz threw way too wide of Dallas Goedert in 7-on-7. He had a quick throw into the end zone go through Avonte Maddox’s hands. Wentz overthrew an open DeSean Jackson on a corner. One of Wentz’s attempts to connect with Zach Ertz sailed over the tight end and into the hands of Darius Slay for a potential pick six. Wentz did hit Elijah Holyfield on the wheel route for a touchdown. So at least there was that!
• I already hyped up Nickell Robey-Coleman in my “16 winners and 8 losers from Eagles training camp [so far]” piece but NRC deserves more attention after today’s practice. He was in good position to contest a leaping effort from Ward that went incomplete. NRC knocked down a Wentz red zone pass intended for DeSean. That’s like at least the third time he’s broken up a ball that’s been meant for Jackson since camp started, thus making him the most successful corner to cover the veteran speedster. NRC playing in the slot should be an upgrade from the production the Eagles got there in 2019. He’s on track to be their best slot corner since 2017 Patrick Robinson.
• Deontay Burnett continues to look good when his number is called. The 22-year-old caught a fade touchdown from Nate Sudfeld in 1-on-1. Rasul Douglas, who got beat, praised Burnett’s route-running on that rep. Burnett caught three straight passes from Jalen Hurts during an 11-on-11 series. The first one was a good throw by Hurts into a tight window over the middle. The second one was a diving effort from Burnett. The third one came when Hurts rolled out right and pointed for Burnett to go towards the back right corner and he made the adjustment to get the touchdown. For what it’s worth, defensive backs coach Marquand Manuel claimed Burnett stepped out of bounds before reestablishing himself so it might’ve been an illegal touch in a real game. Still, good skill demonstration by Burnett. So was when he made a difficult tip-toe catch in the front left corner of the end zone. Burnett might force the team to keep a seventh receiver or something because he can clearly do some good things.
• JJAW and Jalen Reagor each looked good in 1-on-1. JJAW beat Maddox twice with good routes. Reagor did the same thing to Will Parks. Reagor took all the first team X receiver reps in group install with JJAW running with the second team.
• Marcus Green made a nice leaping touchdown catch while crossing the middle of the end zone. Green made the play despite having Cre’Von LeBlanc draped on his back. Good ball from Sudfeld to float it up and give his receiver a chance. Sudfeld previously had a deep completion to Green on Friday. The 2019 sixth-round pick might just be pushing for a practice squad spot.
• With Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Corey Clement out, Elijah Holyfield was the first team running back. He’s the favorite for the fourth spot behind that trio. He broke a longer run at one point today.
• Quieter day for Hurts other than the Burnett series I mentioned above. I did notice him overthrow a wide open Adrian Killins in the flat.
• I had Quez Watkins down for two drops. One ball went through his hands before getting broken up by Douglas. He couldn’t snag another one that was a little high from Sudfeld along the sideline.
• Josh Sweat notched a “sack” on Carson Wentz in 11-on-11. It’s been a good camp for him.
• Casey Toohill has jumped offside at least twice in the past two practices.
• Offensive line versus defensive line 1-on-1 notes: Raequan Williams was easily thwarted by Jason Kelce. Isaac Seumalo had some issues with Malik Jackson during team drills on Friday but Seumalo won a battle against him today. Genard Avery got shut down by undrafted rookie free agent Julian Good-Jones. For more context, JGJ received the 11th highest guarantee of the Eagles’ 12 UDFA signings and Jeff Stoutland forgot his name during a press conference last month.
• Howie Roseman went up to Alshon Jeffery to dap him up before the two had a conversation while watching practice. I told you guys he was never getting cut or traded.
• I noticed Eagles personnel consultant Brent Celek out at practice today.
• Jalen Reagor was working on one-handed catches during position drills. I recorded one of them in here:
Got a Jalen Reagor one handed catch in here. #Eagles pic.twitter.com/K9dG0M8m2U— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 23, 2020
• Jason Kelce wore a Flyers jersey on Friday. He wore a Kobe Bryant jersey today:
Jason Kelce is wearing a Kobe Bryant Lower Merion High School jersey today on Kobe’s birthday. (This is as close as I can get right now.) #Eagles pic.twitter.com/HZ5tlZqGzt— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 23, 2020
• I like this musical chairs punt return drill:
Fun punt return drill. #Eagles pic.twitter.com/grr9tvKMMM— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 23, 2020
• Some boring video from camp:
Live look at Eagles training camp. https://t.co/nqSt0jVFpB— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 23, 2020
UP NEXT: The Eagles have another training camp practice tomorrow starting around 10:30 AM Eastern. Stay tuned to BGN, as always.