The Eagles returned to the NovaCare Complex on Monday after a fun and thrilling practice at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
In all, 10 Eagles did not take part in Monday's practice. We've got the full recap here.
Offensive Line Continues To Mix And Match
Tennant has had an impressive Training Camp thus far as he fights for a job as a backup interior offensive lineman. Monday’s trade of Nate Menkin only serves as confidence in the likes of Tennant,
Changes To The Defense
The first thing that stood out at Monday's practice was the personnel changes on the defensive side of the ball. Third-round draft pick
"Part of the reason you put them in at first team and move guys up is so they go against their best," Davis said. "You see if your young guy, OK, he's whipping up on maybe somebody's third or second, how can he do against a starter like he'll be asked to do for 16 weeks during the season? So as we go and we see guys earn that spot, they'll get opportunities to go against the other team's ones in game-type situations in the preseason so we can better evaluate them."
Another change was in the secondary, where fifth-round draft pick
"(On Monday) Earl was at the top of the rotation," Davis said. "Tomorrow he will not be, and it has nothing to do with somebody beating out somebody yet. ... There have been no changes made because of the game. The changes are a work of the practice schedule in the rotation. ... As we're getting closer to the season, I'm looking at different combinations of safeties and how they interact with each other. So that is not a demotion for Nate (Allen), it's just the way that the rotation is for now. As we continue to move forward, we'll continue to evaluate and the starters are not in place at all."
What You Missed On The Field
LeSean McCoy as a punt returner? Don't expect to see that any time soon. McCoy field three or four punts in practice, but from the looks of it, he was just doing it for fun. He could be seen laughing with Chip Kelly after his final rep.
For the second straight day,
The Eagles amped up the physicality of practice on Monday, as the team was back in full pads for the first time since the Patriots came into the NovaCare Complex last Tuesday. Although, they still did not tackle to the ground, the pads were popping as players collided. The defensive players focused on wrapping up the ball carrier. Davis said that the drills were not a result of Friday night's performance.
"We have been working on tackling since day one, and as the pads came on," Davis told the media. "Now the Patriots practices stopped those tackling drills from happening in those periods. But we have a pattern of those live tackle periods, and this one was going to happen no matter what happened in the game. If we made every tackle, we were still going to do these tackle drills."
-- Bo Wulf, Dan Klausner and Alex Smith contributed to this report.
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