The second week of Training Camp is underway and here is everything you need to know in today's Kick Off Camp, presented by Quaker.
A look at an evolving offense
This Eagles offense, in Year 3 with Nick Sirianni as the head coach and Jalen Hurts as the quarterback, continues to evolve and the possibilities seem endless with a talent base that, as Sirianni says, controls the narrative. Said Sirianni: "Your offense is based off of your skill, first of all, and the players that you have, first of all. It's foolish for us to do something that our guys can't do."
What the Eagles have is an offense that returns all but two starters from a well-balanced, explosive, and efficient offense from 2022 and added some pieces that bring new skill sets to the equation: D'Andre Swift, a versatile running back who can move around the formation and create favorable matchups in the passing game; Rashaad Penny, a slasher of a running back who has been dynamic when healthy; wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, a weapon in the short-area passing game and a bulldog of a blocker in the running game; and a host of young offensive linemen looking to add depth and make their mark.
Of the returning players, running back Kenneth Gainwell has an opportunity to step into a more prominent role, Cam Jurgens is vying to earn a starting job at right guard, and Quez Watkins is serving notice, three on-field practices in, that he's hungry and ready when the opportunity presents itself in the passing game.
There is a lot to work with here, and that's an understatement. The basic tenets of the offense remain – quarterback Jalen Hurts is a handful for defenses in every way with his arm, legs, and brain, and the passing game goes through wide receivers A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith along with tight end Dallas Goedert, a point that Sirianni emphasized on Sunday – and having that baseline starting with a great offensive line means everything to the playbook install and the gameplanning process. - Written by Dave Spadaro
Cam Jurgens settles in at right guard
Dominating the trenches is an important part of the Eagles brand, especially having a strong offensive line. The Eagles entered Training Camp with a vacancy at the right guard position. After the departure of Isaac Seumalo, the door opened for Cam Jurgens.
The second-year offensive lineman was drafted as a center and spent last season learning behind Jason Kelce. Now that a spot is available at another position on the line, Jurgens is transitioning to right guard. Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni noted that Jurgens would receive the starting reps when he met with the media on the first day of practice.
"We are going to start with Cam," Sirianni said. "We will see how that plays out."
This is not the first time that Jurgens has made a position change. He was recruited to Nebraska as a tight end and played one game there before transitioning to center. Jurgens became the first Huskers freshman (true or redshirt) to start a game at center since 1972.
"I am learning every day," Jurgens said. "I feel like I have been getting better, it has been a good transition so far."
Jurgens had to put on weight when he transferred from tight end to center, and he is doing the same with this most recent position change. He is now over 300 pounds after spending college and his rookie season under that threshold. However, Jurgens does see an advantage to being a lighter guard. – Written by Owen Boyle
Several Eagles players participated in a photoshoot, posed in front of an LED wall with graffiti-style graphics in the background while sporting the newly released Kelly Green uniforms.
Quez Watkins is shining at Training Camp
Quez Watkins is all business and that approach is translating to big plays at wide receiver in the Eagles' offense at Training Camp. Healthy after battling a shoulder injury in 2022 – Watkins said on Tuesday that he just started doing pushups a few weeks ago – Watkins has been consistently outstanding working in the passing game with quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Marcus Mariota.
"It's about what you're doing now," Watkins said. "I feel very confident, I feel very mature. It's about playing ball. It's what we are here for. I'm competing, playing my brand of football, being me."
Watkins has enough confidence – necessary to play in the NFL, right? – to call himself an "elite receiver," and the Eagles are going to need him to provide depth and challenge defenses with his vertical explosiveness.
We know about the duo of A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, who teamed so perfectly together in 2022 and are picking up in Training Camp where they left off in the Super Bowl. Both play off of each other so well and present down-in, down-out fits for defenses.
Behind them, Watkins – now in his fourth season – and new Eagle Olamide Zaccheaus – are competing for playing time, challenging each other out of the slot, and bringing out the best in each other with the Eagles in their second week of Training Camp.
Check out the wide receivers on the Eagles' roster heading into Training Camp, presented by Independence Blue Cross. Players are listed in numerical order.
Practice Notes: Linebacker competition heats up
It was a milestone day at Training Camp as the pads went on for the first time as the players were on the field for 90 minutes. Here are the highlights from a gorgeous morning at the NovaCare Complex.
• The coaches mix and match the personnel groupings throughout Training Camp, but it should be noted that Christian Elliss and Nicholas Morrow continued to receive first-team snaps at the linebacker position opposite Nakobe Dean.
• On the first play of 11-on-11 action, Jalen Hurts rolled right and found DeVonta Smith in the back of the end zone for a touchdown down in the red zone. Hurts has often been on the move so far this summer, and moving the pocket will once again be a big part of the Eagles' pass game. It's a great way to utilize the dual-threat nature of Hurts' physical skill set, getting him on the edge to threaten defenses with both his arm and his legs. The defense finished this initial session strong as linebacker Nolan Smith stayed home as quarterback Ian Book rolled right and forced an incomplete pass.
• After the offense won the third-down jamboree on Sunday, the defense stormed back with a win on Tuesday forcing the offense to run sprints at the end of practice. Safety K'Von Wallace had the big play for the defense with an interception of a pass intended for tight end Dan Arnold. Nicholas Morrow hid his intentions and blitzed up the middle for a sack on the penultimate play before Greedy Williams locked down the win for the defense with a pass breakup of an attempt to wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland. – Written by Fran Duffy and Chris McPherson