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Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: John Hightower makes a big play, Jalen Reagor gets an earful

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Today marked the seventh 2021 Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice. One week already in the books. Here’s what I observed! UPDATE: And here’s today BGN Radio practice recap podcast, where we also answer some listener questions.


• The Eagles were in pads again but it was a pretty brief practice. Hence a shorter version of practice notes.

JALEN HURTS UPDATE: The Hurts to Goedert connection was pretty effective. The tight end made a tough leaping catch along the right sideline in 11-on-11. Hurts found Goedert in a soft spot in zone coverage for a relatively easy touchdown in 7-on-7 red zone. Hurts hit Goedert again over the middle for a short touchdown pass.

Hurts threw a really bad interception directly at JaCoby Stevens in 11-on-11. He bounced back on his next attempt, though, by floating a ball down the left sideline to John Hightower. The second-year wide receiver was able to high point the ball and stay inbounds despite facing good coverage by Zech McPhearson.

Hurts’ pick wasn’t the first time in camp he’s seemingly failed to realize a linebacker’s presence in his intended passing lane. T.J. Edwards intercepted Hurts on a similar occurrence on Saturday. I did see Hurts make an effort to get the ball a little high when throwing to Greg Ward over the middle. Put it over the linebacker and only where the receiver had a chance to make a leaping grab.

EAGLES INJURY UPDATE: The biggest news item is Davion Taylor (calf) being ruled week-to-week. He was previously day-to-day with a quadriceps injury before returning to practice and having to leave early on Tuesday. Shame for Taylor to have this kind of setback after he was seeing a lot of time with the first team defense. The inexperienced linebacker needs as many reps as he can get.

Ryan Kerrigan (thumb) was back at practice after sitting out on Tuesday.

Andrew Adams was officially activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. The veteran safety was a full participant in practice for the first time this summer.

Alex Singleton attended practice for the first time in camp. He’s still officially on the reserve/COVID-19 list but he’s in the ramp-up period to return soon.

The Eagles had their second veteran rest day in seven practices with Jason Kelce, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz, Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, and Darius Slay sitting out today.

• Jalen Reagor got an earful from both head coach Nick Sirianni and passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo after an early 11-on-11 rep. It’s not clear what Reagor did wrong but Sirianni was especially animated and fired up about it. On one hand, some tough love might do Reagor good in the long run. On the other hand, preferable to see the team’s 2020 first-round pick not angering the coaching staff.

• The aforementioned McPhearson took first team reps at outside cornerback with Slay resting. The Eagles previously used Michael Jacquet in that role. Good to see the team giving ZMP more of a challenge. He looked solid in coverage and was in position to tackle Miles Sanders on a run to the edge for just a short gain.

• Joe Flacco threw a little wide of Jordan Howard on a 7-on-7 rep where McPhearson was ready to break on the flat. Was Flacco being a little too cautious about trying to keep the ball away from the rookie playmaker?

• Jacquet got flagged for defensive holding against Tyree Jackson in the end zone.

• Another active day for Josh Sweat. He blew by Andre Dillard with a cross-chop and, in shades of Brandon Graham, crashed down on a running back in the backfield. Ho hum.

• Positive: Hightower’s catch from Hurts was the play of the day. Negative: Hightower got called for holding while lead blocking for Kenny Gainwell on a swing pass. Wasn’t the most inspired blocking effort I’ve seen.

• JaCoby Stevens is new to seeing first team reps. After practice, he went into detail about how listening to the coaching staff about finding his landmark put him in a position to get his interception. Stevens also mentioned he’s floating in the 215-225 pound range despite being listed at 212 on the Eagles’ roster. Bulked up a little bit to transition from safety to linebacker.

• Miles Sanders had another drop today. We’ve seen him working on his hands — he was just on the JUGS machine before practice — but the effort hasn’t paid off yet. Today’s drop looked especially bad because it was a short checkdown thrown right to him in stride with no defenders remotely around him.

• Daily T.Y. McGill highlight: He blew up an inside handoff to Jordan Howard.

• Genard Avery was in position to blow up Boston Scott for a tackle for loss on a toss play. That effort earned a fistbump from Jonathan Gannon.

• Nick Mullens had a no-look throw to Jason Huntley in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

• On Tuesday, I went over the Eagles’ kickoff coverage team. Today, a look at their first team kick return unit: Marcus Epps, Andrew Adams, T.J. Edwards, Richard Rogers, K’Von Wallace, Shaun Bradley, Genard Avery, Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward, and Elijah Holyfield (!). Plus, Jason Huntley back as the actual returner.

UP NEXT: Another 10:00 AM practice start time on Thursday before an off day on Friday.

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