Eagles training camp 2022 observations, Day 2: Defense wins

The Eagles had been again on the follow subject on Friday morning for his or her second follow of training camp.

It was an overcast day and it felt good and funky within the shade. No doubt that when the pads go on subsequent week, it will be 100 levels.

After the primary follow of training camp lasted simply 58 minutes, this one was barely longer. The full follow was 1:15 however the final 5 minutes had been for a developmental interval of youthful gamers combating to stay within the NFL.

To the observations:

1. As at all times, we’ll begin with a couple of housekeeping objects. Three gamers stay on PUP: Tyree Jackson, Brett Toth and Richard Rodgers. So they don’t seem to be training.

The solely different two gamers who weren’t training on Friday had been receivers Zach Pascal (sickness) and Keric Wheatfall (COVID development). Pascal tweeted on Thursday about meals poisoning, which may take so much out of anybody. The excellent news is that Pascal was no less than capable of be on the sphere as a spectator on Friday:

Jason Kelce (COVID development) and Fletcher Cox (COVID development) had been restricted members in follow and didn’t take part in crew drills. After Wednesday’s follow, Cox stated he was feeling higher. After Friday’s follow, Kelce stated the identical.

2. The offense appeared very crisp on Day 1 of the training camp and acquired the higher of the protection. Roles had been reversed on Friday.

Jalen Hurts did not have day. He wasn’t alone. The complete offense, apart from a couple of shiny moments, wasn’t nice.

“It did not look good,” stated Kelce, who was a spectator as he recovers from COVID. “I’d have to return and have a look at it extra on tape. I believe that the protection in all probability feels that we acquired the higher of them the primary day. I believe they got here out right here with lots of vitality and energy immediately. And that is what you wish to see. You wish to see sides of the ball competing towards one another.”

This occurs. Nothing to get overly involved about. Now, if the offense seems to be dangerous for per week straight, then it is an issue. But there are going to be some ups and downs all through the camp.

As a lot as you’ll be able to say the Eagles’ offense struggled on Friday — and it did — additionally give credit score to Jonathan Gannon’s protection. They made performs.

3. One of the largest shiny spots on the day for the offense was when Hurts rolled proper and hit AJ Brown on a fantastically positioned ball about 25 yards downfield throughout an 11-on-11 interval. Looks like these two finest pals are getting on the identical web page early.

4. The finest defensive play of the day got here throughout 11-on-11s, when Avonte Maddox made a leaping interception on an underthrown cross from Hurts tried for Dallas Goedert. The throw wasn’t nice however do not take something away from the play on protection.

“I do know he is solely 5-9 however he jumped like he was 6-5,” Goedert stated of his good good friend Maddox. “He acquired up there. It was an ideal play by him. He sort of baited the quarterback, took a few steps up. I believe he was guessing that I used to be going to be operating a nook and he simply made play on the ball.”

Another good play from a DB got here from James Bradberry, who broke up a cross supposed for Jalen Reagor.

5. A number of offensive depth chart notes:

• Isaac Seumalo is clearly the Eagles’ proper guard. The first two days, he has been taking the primary reps at proper guard after which Sua Opeta rotates in. If this was a contest, I’d think about we might see Jack Driscoll get these possibilities. Driscoll is working because the second crew proper deal with.

• Miles Sanders labored completely with the second crew on Friday, whereas Boston Scott and Kenny Gainswell break up reps with the starters. Don’t make an excessive amount of of this simply but, but it surely’s one thing to observe.

6. Defensive depth chart notes:

• The Eagles are nonetheless mixing and matching odd and even fronts. Without Cox, the Eagles 3-4 look had second-year DT Marlon Tuipulotu at nostril, surrounded by Milton Williams and Javon Hargrave because the ends, whereas Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat had been the highest exterior backers. Both of them have additionally been featured as standup rushers in a 4-3 alignment.

• The high two linebackers on Friday had been TJ Edwards and Kyzir White. White made his first huge play of training camp when he exploded into the backfield to select up a “sack” towards Hurts. Davion Taylor has been mixing in with the primary crew, whereas Nakobe Dean has been working with the second crew.

• Anthony Harris returned to crew drills on Friday and was the beginning security subsequent to Marcus Epps. Harris did not take all of the first-team reps, although, and was rotating with K’Von Wallace. Jaquiski Tartt and Andre Chachere had been the second-team safeties. Chachere jumped a Gardner Minshew cross try for Noah Togiai for his first decide of the summer time.

7. Keep an eye fixed on cornerback Mac McCain III. The Eagles know their high cornerbacks are Darius Slay, Bradberry and Avonte Maddox, however they’ve 9 younger corners combating for only a few spots. Zech McPhearson is the subsequent man and he has been working with the second crew. But I used to be somewhat shocked to see McCain be a part of him as the opposite second-team exterior cornerback. (Josiah Scott is the second-team nickel).

McCain has made some performs early on this camp. McCain had one PBU on Friday that resulted in an interception from Davion Taylor and he had one other powerful one towards Quez Watkins later within the follow. McCain has an opportunity to win a job.

8. Speaking of Taylor, he is off to a strong begin. Taylor had three notable performs on Friday. One was the INT off Minshew following the McCain deflection. He had one other play the place he hit Boston Scott on the excellent time to pop the ball free for a PBU. And an understated one got here when he chased down Hurts on an ideal angle after the quarterback broke free from the pocket. Taylor has been a forgotten man on this protection, however he may earn a task and a few enjoying time.

9. Reid Sinnett and Carson Strong are splitting the third-team reps at QB, which has been irritating for me as a result of I wish to watch Strong. Finally acquired an opportunity to see him air out a cross through the developmental 7-on-7 interval after the principle follow was over. He did not hit Britain Covey down the left sideline but it surely was a bomb. No questioning his arm power.

10. A number of particular company had been on the training camp on Friday. Several coaches from the University of Maryland workers had been available. That included Gunter Brewer, who served because the Eagles’ receivers coach for the 2018 season. He was between Mike Groh and Carson Walch.

Another visitor available was longtime NFL defensive coach and former Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Fangio, 63, had been the Broncos head coach from 2019-21 and does not have a job proper now. The Dunmore, Pennsylvania, native has been a DC for the Panthers, Colts, Texans, 49ers and Bears.

Stupid Observation of the Day: If you’ve got seen these goofy wanting contraptions on helmets throughout training camp, they’re known as Guardian Caps. The NFL has made them necessary for all linemen, linebackers and tight ends throughout training camp.

Kelce had some enjoyable with it on Friday, sporting bubble wrap over his Guardian Cap for your complete 1:15 follow. He joked that perhaps it could give him one other 2 or 3% safety.

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