It's a busy Monday at the NovaCare Complex as the team hosts another training session to prep for Thursday's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 11 AM, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and defensive coordinator Bill Davis meet the media. Following the training session at around 1:45, running back
1. Foles Isn't Concerned About Chemistry
The silver lining to the injuries that the Eagles have incurred at the wide receiver position is that quarterback
"It's one of those things where when I'm not in, I'm watching them. I'm watching their routes, I'm talking to them and I'm able to see film on them so I get a feel for them, and I know their personalities and where they like the ball so if they go out there and play together I'll feel comfortable. I trust each and every one of those guys," Foles said.
2. Ryans: Game Must Slow Down For
Head coach Chip Kelly assessed first-round pick Marcus Smith II's performance Friday night against New England and said that he wanted more production out of the rookie linebacker. Smith was on the field for 73 defensive snaps and another eight on special teams. Linebacker
"I think he has all the ability. He has all the size, ability and talent. The game has to slow down for him. There's a lot going on being it's his first year and we run a lot of different things on defense," Ryans said. "He has a lot on his plate right now and it's kind of tough for any rookie. He just has to take it one day at a time. I see Marcus becoming a really good player once the game slows down for him."
After missing the first two preseason games with a groin injury, cornerback Nolan Carroll II said that he practiced fully on Sunday and hopes to make his debut Thursday night against Pittsburgh. "That's what I'm shooting for," Carroll said.
Signed as a free agent this offseason, Carroll had an impressive Training Camp before suffering the injury. Carroll will be featured in the Eagles' dime package, but was also pushing for a starting spot as well. Even though he's a five-year veteran, Carroll would prefer to get some additional in-game work before the regular season kicks off.
"It's more of a communication thing for me and the safeties, me and the linebackers or me being in another position in the dime.
4. Ertz: I Want To Be One Of The Best
"I expect myself to get better each and every day. I want to be one of the best tight ends in the game. I want to develop my game at that standard. That's the goal I set for myself and I hopefully I just continue to go to that level," Ertz said. "This Training Camp's been another step in the right direction. I'm not settled with where I'm at now. I'm trying to improve each and every day and continue to get better."
5. Jenkins Encouraged By Turnovers
"I think the one encouraging thing is that we've had three interceptions in the two games. Getting around the ball has been a positive for us. We still have to keep the ball in front of us. We've had a few big plays kind of go over our heads, but it's encouraging to have those turnovers early," Jenkins said. "That's one thing we've done well in Training Camp that's transitioned to the game."