Eagles training camp 2022, Day 7: Finding targets in the middle of the field

The Eagles returned to follow on Saturday morning after an off day on Friday and have been graced by cooler temperatures.

This was a “yellow” follow for the Eagles in full pads. It lasted 1 hour and 23 minutes with a 5 minute developmental interval that took it to 1:28.

Sunday’s follow might be at 7 pm on the Linc. It’s the solely public follow of the spring.

Let’s get to as we speak’s observations:

1. As at all times, a couple of housekeeping objects:

• Running again Boston Scott was added to the harm report with a concussion. He took a giant shot close to the objective line from Marcus Epps throughout Thursday’s follow. He finally popped up however was on the floor for some time.

• DeVonta Smith (groin), Grant Calcaterra (hamstring), Greg Ward (toe), Jordan Mailata (concussion) and Andre Dillard (concussion) all missed follow once more. Mailata and Dillard are going by means of the concussion protocol however have been no less than on the field as spectators on Saturday; that is a superb signal.

• Mac McCain III (knee) was restricted on Saturday.

• CB Kary Vincent Jr. and CB Jimmy Moreland left follow early with unspecified accidents.

• Brett Toth (knee) and Tyree Jackson (knee) stay on Active/PUP, however have been understanding with trainers on facet fields.

2. Sometimes once you checked out Jalen Hurts’ spray charts from video games final season, there was a noticeable gap in the middle of the field. There have been instances when Hurts simply did not throw there fairly often. So two performs on Saturday actually stood out.

• On one of them, Hurts threw an ideal seam cross to a streaking Dallas Goedert. Those two have been connecting fairly a bit this summer time.

• A pair performs later, Hurts hit AJ Brown with a strike in the middle of the field after Brown discovered some open house. Even earlier than Smith’s harm, the bulk of passes this summer time had been going to Brown. He’s been focused a ton.

3. Overall, it wasn’t an incredible day for Hurts nevertheless it wasn’t a nasty one both. It was a good efficiency with a couple of very nice throws blended in. Note: I did not watch 7-on-7s as a result of I opted to look at OL-DL 1-on-1s. (More approaching that in a second.)

Hurts’ greatest throw of the day got here in 11-on-11s on a deep ball to Brown down the left sideline. Brown had an opportunity to haul in the cross in the finish zone however dropped it. Darius Slay had tight protection on the play however the ball was dropped fantastically by Hurts and Brown could not safe it; maybe Slay received a hand on it. Brown dropped eight passes final 12 months with the Titans — 7.6%.

4. Kyzir White had his greatest day of training camp on Saturday. The Eagles have been mixing and matching a number of completely different linebacker mixtures, however White stood out. He blew up a display cross to Miles Sanders and likewise received his hand in to interrupt up a cross to Dallas Goedert. The Eagles have linebackers; it is so bizarre.

5. Jalen Reagor may need made the catch of training camp … nevertheless it did not rely. Reagor received up into the air to highpoint a ball and his helmet was popped off in the course of. It regarded like Reagor got here down with the soccer however the referee in the space dominated it incomplete. It was shut.

A little bit later in follow, receiver Deon Cain made a very nice focus catch with the second group working towards the first-team protection. James Bradberry jumped the cross and batted it up in the sky. But Cain was capable of finding it in the air and, despite the fact that he was on his again, he hauled it in. Unlucky for Bradberry; good focus from Cain.

6. The most enjoyable half of camp: Offensive line vs. line of defense drills:

• Throughout these classes, rookie Cam Jurgens has proven off impeccable approach that has even stopped large ol’ Jordan Davis a couple of instances. Not Saturday. Even although Jurgens tried to anchor (and seemingly did every thing proper) Davis hit him with a bullrush that put Jurgens on skates. It was spectacular. As the whistle blew to finish the interval, these two have been lined up once more and the coaches did not let the rep occur. I’m a bit of bitter about that.

• Brandon Graham vs. Jack Driscoll has turn into a day by day crime. I at all times take into consideration what Lane Johnson has stated about Graham, calling him a “bleeping bowling ball.” That’s fairly correct. Graham mainly runs by means of Driscoll each day.

• Lane Johnson dealt with a bull rush from Haason Reddick with ease.

• Sua Opeta had a pair actually spectacular reps towards Javon Hargrave. Isaac Seumalo is the Eagles’ beginning proper guard, however I’m beginning to suppose Opeta might be the prime backup guard on this group, even perhaps over Driscoll.

• Driscoll did have a pleasant rep towards Patrick Johnson, letting the younger cross rusher use his momentum towards him to get him vast.

• Good rep from rookie Kyron Johnson who went bull to hurry to beat Josh Sills to the QB. Sills, by the means, was the second-team left deal with as we speak.

• Isaac Seumalo and Lane Johnson had a superb rep towards Fletcher Cox and Haason Reddick. Seumalo and Johnson have not ever actually performed subsequent to one another however they appear easy.

• Even although they weren’t training, Mailata and Dillard have been on the market giving tricks to their youthful teammates between reps. Always good to see.

7. One of Hurts’ greatest throws on Saturday landed 5 toes out of bounds. On one play throughout group drills, Hurts rolled to his left however there was nothing there so he tossed the ball deep out of bounds. That’s a superb play for Hurts as a result of earlier in camp his worst play was an INT that he fired into tight protection rolling to his left throughout his physique. Nick Sirianni complained about interceptions earlier in the camp. Hurts did not throw one in 11-on-11s as we speak.

8. The Eagles have been rotating at the second-team nook spot reverse Zech McPhearson and rookie Josh Jobe from Alabama made the most of his alternative on Saturday. Jobe had an incredible diving cross breakup on a cross from Gardner Minshew to Cain in the again of the finish zone. On the subsequent play, Jobe had a handsy PBU on the left sideline. The offense needed a penalty — AJ Brown even tossed his towel as a makeshift flag — however the referee standing nearest the play did not name it. It counts as a PBU.

9. Without Smith, the Eagles rotated their receivers on the first-team offense. We noticed a number of gamers get their flip, together with Jalen Reagor, John Hightower and Britain Covey. But Zach Pascal was the first man on the market with AJ Brown and Quez Watkins. On the first play in 11-on-11s, Brown and Watkins have been vast and Pascal lined up in the slot.

The veteran Pascal returned to follow as a restricted participant on Thursday however was full-go on Saturday. He missed the first 5 practices of the summer time with a critical case of meals poisoning that put him in the hospital for 4 days — he thinks it was a quesadilla with some unhealthy rooster. The excellent news is that Pascal stated he is beginning to achieve his power again after shedding 16 kilos (!) throughout the ordeal.

10. Jason Huntley is called the speedy working again however he was working with a imply streak as we speak. On one play, he lowered his shoulder downfield into security Andre Chachere. And later, after a pleasant run in the direction of the left sideline, he delivered a powerful stiff arm. Without Scott, Huntley ought to get extra alternatives.

Stupid Observation of the Day: The Eagles did a enjoyable punt return drill on Saturday. The returner had a soccer in his hand and as the punt started to drop, they needed to toss the ball up in the air, catch the punted ball after which attempt to catch the ball they tossed to themselves. It regarded like the starting of a juggling act. The just one to efficiently pull off the job: Britain Covey.

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