Week 2 of the preseason is here! Get ready for Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Browns with Kick Off Camp, presented by Quaker.
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Are you ready for Eagles football at Lincoln Financial Field? The Browns come to town for Week 2 of the preseason on August 17 at 7:30 PM.
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Scott Graham, Ross Tucker, and Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro have you covered in the booth with the call of Thursday's game against the Browns. If you live in the Philadelphia area, tune in to NBC10 to watch the broadcast. Those in the Cleveland market can catch the game on NEWS 5 Cleveland. Fans can also watch the game on NFL Network featuring the Eagles' feed.
If you are watching elsewhere, here is a list of stations showing the game:
WPMT, Fox43 (Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA)
WATM, ABC 23 (Johnstown-Altoona-State College-DuBois-Bedford, PA)
CW Delmarva – 47.2 also on cable and satellite (Salisbury, MD)
WOLF Fox56 (Wilkes-Barre-Scranton-Hazelton, PA)
KHII, MyNet (Hawaii)
ESPN in Australia and New Zealand
ESPN2 in Africa
After the final whistle, join Ashlyn Sullivan, Fran Duffy, and Eagles legend Ike Reese for The Postgame Show presented by Ricoh – they'll have highlights, press conferences, game analysis, and more. Tune in on Philadelphiaeagles.com, the Eagles app, and our social media channels to watch. – Written by Owen Boyle
News and notes from Day 2 of the joint practices
Pre-Practice Injury Report: Left guard Landon Dickerson (foot) and linebacker Haason Reddick (thumb) were added to the injury report on Tuesday. Neither participated in practice. Wide receivers Britain Covey (hamstring) and Quez Watkins (hamstring) were out again as was linebacker Patrick Johnson (ankle).
After noting how the offense was unable to get into a rhythm during Monday's joint practice with the Browns, how would Head Coach Nick Sirianni approach the start of Tuesday's practice? How else ... with unabated energy, enthusiasm, and contagious, position energy. Sirianni brought the juice during the warm-up periods of practice and that helped set the tone for the rest of a muggy, humid afternoon as the Eagles and the Browns moved up the start time of practice from 5 PM to 1:45 due to the weather forecast.
1. After Jalen Hurts was unable to connect in the end zone on back-to-back pass attempts to DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown, Hurts got on a roll starting with a short, underneath pass to Boston Scott, which was followed by back-to-back touchdown passes. First, Hurts did a nice job stepping to his right to give him space as he delivered the ball to Dallas Goedert, who was running across the back of the end zone. On Hurts' final snap of the period, he connected with A.J. Brown on a slant route for the touchdown as the wide receiver beat cornerback Lorenzo Burns. Marcus Mariota had two nice throws in this period. On the first snap, Mariota threw with confidence and conviction down the seam for Jack Stoll for the touchdown. On the final snap, Greg Ward broke on a quick slant from the 5-yard line and held onto the ball in traffic. Before the snap, Grant Calcaterra went in motion from left to right to help create the window for Ward. – Chris McPherson
2. The defense prepares to take on the Browns' offense in a 7-on-7 session, and Deshaun Watson starts off hot. The veteran striped a throw to tight end Jordan Akins on a double move to the back left corner of the end zone, and sandwiched a pair of other completions with a toss to Cedric Tillman on a slot fade in the same spot. On that one, the rookie took the ball away from slot corner Avonte Maddox ... but Maddox would bounce right back. Matched up with Amari Cooper on the next rep, Maddox helped force an incompletion in the back of the end zone on the ensuing play. Justin Evans responded in kind with a leaping PBU that got the secondary excited as the first-team units left the field. – Fran Duffy
3. The first team period for the offense focused on plays in the high red zone. It should be noted that the Browns were without All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett due to a foot injury. Center Jason Kelce was on a tear early as he pulled in front for a Jalen Hurts run on the opening snap before forming a double team to create a lane for Kenneth Gainwell. The Eagles used a counter run with Boston Scott on the third play and the only person who would have been able to stop the running back was Ogbo Okoronkwo in space. Hurts' first pass attempt of the period was on a quick out route to A.J. Brown as the Eagles sent D'Andre Swift in orbit motion to the other side to draw the defense. Rashaad Penny had an impressive run up the middle during the second-team unit's snaps keyed by a block by left guard Josh Sills. – Chris McPherson
Day 2 of joint practices with the Browns had some great moments! Check them out now.
Persistence has paid off for Greg Ward
It seems a lifetime ago, Greg Ward admits, when he was a college quarterback at the University of Houston who was as deadly as any in the land: In 2015-16, only Ward and Deshaun Watson produced 6,000-plus passing yards and 1,500-plus rushing yards.
The dreams of being an NFL quarterback ended for Ward when he signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie in 2017 and since then, he's been working on his craft as a wide receiver.
Ward's Eagles' career has been about persistence, resiliency, leadership. He has been on the active roster and has had moments of glory – how about that game-winning touchdown catch to beat Washington at FedEx Field in December 2019, beating star cornerback Josh Norman? – and he has had times when digging deep and ignoring the pain was the only thing that kept him going.
Ward has played in 40 NFL games with 13 starts since signing with the Eagles in '17, catching 88 passes for 768 yards and 10 touchdowns. Ward led the Eagles in 2020 with 53 receptions and 6 touchdown catches, but since then he's had just 7 receptions for 95 yards and 3 touchdowns, all in the 2021 campaign.
Still, Ward is still chasing his dream. Regarded as an important piece in the 2022 Super Bowl run as a member of the team's practice squad, Ward was elevated (but inactive on gameday) to the 53-man roster for the February 12 Super Bowl LVII loss to Kansas City and now he's on the practice field every day in Training Camp looking to make the 53-man roster. He has been consistent throughout camp and he shined in the team's 20-19 preseason-opening loss at Baltimore, producing 5 catches for 53 yards on five targets.
The grind continues.
The dream stays alive.
"That means everything," Ward said as the Eagles prepare for their second preseason game on Thursday against the Cleveland Browns (7:30 PM, NBC10 locally) at Lincoln Financial Field. "I haven't played in about a year and a half and, man, I'm just truly blessed to be out here and I'm thankful to the organization for allowing me to be here and to touch the field. I'm grateful for that." – Written by Dave Spadaro
Experience and competition have helped Tyrie Cleveland succeed in camp
If you watched Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens, the name Tyrie Cleveland will stand out. The fourth-year wide receiver has used his valuable experience and healthy competition with his teammates to elevate his play during Training Camp.
"All I can do is go out there and control what I can control," Cleveland said. "I give myself a chance by coming out here, playing hard, playing together, competing, and making plays for the team."
Cleveland signed with the team just four days before the 2022 NFC Divisional Playoff Game after spending his first three seasons with the Broncos. During the playoffs, he was on the practice squad with the hope of getting his opportunity this season.
Getting a backstage view of the team last season has helped Cleveland settle into a new environment.
"It let me sit back and absorb everything," Cleveland said. "When I came in, I saw a lot of competing and paying attention to detail. I came in and learned the offense, the system, and the coaches."
Absorbing information and paying attention to detail have helped Cleveland succeed in his brief time here.
On Tuesday, Cleveland dominated the final period of practice with a touchdown and a two-point conversion on back-to-back plays against the Browns defense.
Cleveland lined up on the far sideline on a fourth-and-five scenario. He made a move on the outside to beat Lorenzo Burns, catching a beautiful 20-yard touchdown from Marcus Mariota just inside the front left pylon.
On the ensuing play, Cleveland lined up on the far left side, just behind Greg Ward. Mariota put him in motion, and he sprinted to the right, behind the offensive line. Thanks to a block from Joseph Ngata, Cleveland found himself wide open to complete the two-point play.
This has not been the first time Cleveland has impressed this summer. His showing in Baltimore, especially his connection with quarterback Tanner McKee, had his teammates talking.
"He does a great job attacking the deep ball and reacting late," McKee said. "That is something that is underestimated in the eyes of some people that don't play football."
On 10 targets, Cleveland made five catches for 68 yards while playing 64 snaps.
His longest catch came on the Eagles first offensive drive of the second quarter. He connected with McKee on the left sideline for a 27-yard grab.
"Saturday gave me a lot of confidence," Cleveland said. "I have not had that many snaps since college, so that gave me the confidence to take it all in and make plays. That is what I do."
After his performances on Saturday and Tuesday, Cleveland settled into his role on the offense.
"I am relaxing more and letting it come to me," Cleveland said. "I am not trying to think as much, just trying to go out there and play my game."
Cleveland is playing his game in a crowded, yet competitive, wide receiver room.
His experience with a deep room in Denver (A first-round pick, a second-round pick, and a Pro Bowler) and learning from his teammates in Philadelphia have helped Cleveland know that this is a healthy competition.
"You need competition in the room," Cleveland said. "It brings the best out of you, so everyone is competing, but at the end of the day, everybody is helping each other."
Keep your eyes on Cleveland as he continues to make plays and push for a roster spot in preseason. – Written by Owen Boyle
What does the future hold for K'Von Wallace?
Sometimes, it just clicks and a player knows it and when it happens, well, it's an amazing feeling. In his fourth season with the Eagles, K'Von Wallace has had that "it" moment. He just knows it. As the Eagles get set for their second preseason game on Thursday against Cleveland (7:30 PM, NBC10), Wallace is a man on a mission and he has all the confidence in the world that he's playing the best football of his career.
"All the hard work pays off. All the grind, all the work you put in in the offseason pays off," said Wallace, who has taken a fair amount of first-team reps at safety in this 2023 Training Camp. "I'm excited for each and every preseason, each and every practice, each and every game, because I know I'm prepared for a long season. I'm ready."
Wallace says his summer has gone "better than expected" in the new defense installed by coordinator Sean Desai. Wallace has seen the game "a lot, lot easier" and has "slowed down tremendously" because, as the safety understands, he's become a better pro.
You hear coaches say it all the time when asked about a young player and how much progress he's making: "He's learning to be a pro." It's a common refrain. And what it means is exactly what you think it means: A young player needs to understand that to have success, real success, at this level, you have to go above and beyond with putting in the work, smoothing out the edges, digging into the finer details.
Wallace has had his moments in three Eagles seasons with seven starts in 45 games played. He had a big game in his most recent start last December in Chicago with eight total tackles in the Eagles' important road victory.
But what would the future hold with a new coordinator, Desai, overseeing the defense? Where did Wallace fit in?
"It's something that clicks, it's something that I've grown to have an understanding of and ultimately it goes to show the work that I put in," Wallace said. "I knew we had a DC coming in, I knew that we had a whole new defense that we would have to learn and I felt like those extra hours going up to the offices and whatever I needed to do to make sure my knowledge is there and getting wisdom from all the coaches who know more than me and applying it to my game and I feel that's what makes me go out there and play fast." – Written by Dave Spadaro
Madden 24 is here! Find out how the Eagles are rated
With football season on the horizon, the newest batch of Madden NFL launch ratings are here. The Eagles enter Madden NFL 24 as the second-highest-ranked team in the game, coming in at 91 overall. This is a significant jump for the Eagles, who were rated 86 overall at the time of the Madden NFL 23 launch last year. The Eagles are the only team in the NFC to have an overall rating of 90 or higher.
At 98 overall, Lane Johnson is the highest-rated Eagles player in this year's game. This rating puts him first among all tackles and makes him the only right tackle with an overall rating in the 90s. Johnson was also the highest-rated Eagle when Madden NFL 23 launched, joining Darius Slay with a 92 overall rating. There are four more Eagles with a 90-plus rating: Darius Slay (92 OVR), Jason Kelce (92 OVR), A.J. Brown (91 OVR), and Haason Reddick (90 OVR).
Darius Slay ranks as the highest-rated cornerback in the NFC East and the second-highest cornerback in the NFC. Slay has been a top-10 ranked cornerback for the last three versions of EA Sports Madden NFL. To no surprise in Philadelphia, Jason Kelce is touted as the best center in Madden NFL 24. Kelce joins Johnson as the two offensive linemen on the Eagles with an overall above 90. Thanks to a stellar 1,496 yards receiving season, A.J. Brown jumps into the 90s after starting last year's game with an 87 overall. Brown is in the top 10 of wide receivers in the game and is the second-highest-rated wideout in the division. After six strong seasons in the NFL, Haason Reddick has earned the highest Madden rating of his career. Reddick can put last year's rating of 82 overall in the rear-view mirror. – Written by Owen Boyle
– Kick Off Camp, presented by Quaker, has been compiled by Owen Boyle