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Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes | August 10, 2023

Josh Jobe
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Pre-Practice Injury Report: Wide receiver Deon Cain (ankle) and linebacker Patrick Johnson (ankle) were sidelined on Thursday, but everyone else was a full participant including linebacker Nakobe Dean. Wide receiver DeVonta Smith returned to the field after being excused for personal reasons on Wednesday.

Thursday was a light, hour-long practice for the Eagles. The first-team units on both sides only participated in two of the four team periods, but there were some notable depth chart notes to take into account.

1. Fletcher Cox was given the day off, and Milton Williams worked with the first-team defensive line in his stead. Nakobe Dean (ankle) returned to team drills, lining up next to both Nicholas Morrow and Christian Elliss in different packages, sending newly-signed Myles Jack down to the second unit. – Fran Duffy

2. Dallas Goedert was active today, catching a pair of Hurts throws while matched up against Terrell Edmunds and Christian Elliss in coverage. Goedert has caught basically everything thrown his way this summer, with his skill as a route runner and natural hand-eye coordination at the catch point showing up every single day. In the next period, Hurts targeted Goedert again underneath and the veteran makes a catch with Elliss smothered all over him. He has to be frustrating to go up against as a defender. – Fran Duffy

3. Cox being out resulted in extra reps for rookie Jalen Carter with the first-team defense. Carter made his presence known early with a pass breakup at the line of scrimmage, knocking down a Jalen Hurts pass before it could leave the tackle box. There's a nice heads-up play from the rookie, who has flashed nearly every day here this camp. – Fran Duffy

4. D'Andre Swift probably has the biggest "wow" play on offense in the first period, catching a screen from Marcus Mariota and getting up to the second level. The defensive line was a touch late to feel this one coming, and Swift was able to get into space for what would have been an explosive pass play. – Fran Duffy

5. With James Bradberry back in team drills, Josh Jobe was the second-team right cornerback on Thursday and he came up with a nice pass breakup on a Marcus Mariota pass intended for wide receiver Joseph Ngata down the left sideline. Jobe went up at the catch point and knocked the ball to the ground before the 6-foot-3 Ngata could snare it in. – Chris McPherson

6. The best Jalen Hurts throw of the day came early on in the 7-on-7 period. Hurts dropped back and threw a pump fake in the direction of A.J. Brown, pulling Darius Slay underneath, before resetting and dropping a perfect toss to Olamide Zaccheaus on a corner route behind him. This was an opposite hash throw from Hurts along the far sideline, where only his receiver could get it. Outstanding accuracy from Hurts, a common theme for him throughout Training Camp. – Fran Duffy

7. From the 5-yard line, Jalen Hurts connected with A.J. Brown for a touchdown in the 7-on-7 period. The wide receiver ran a shallow cross and Kenneth Gainwell's route out of the backfield caused some interference between two defensive players, resulting in Brown being open for the score. Hurts tried to connect with Brown in the back of the end zone on the next play, but linebacker Nicholas Morrow got his hands on the ball and knocked it out of bounds. – Chris McPherson

8. Another Josh Jobe highlight? Sure, why not. In the 7-on-7 session, Jobe perfectly read the comeback route by wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland and broke on the ball, getting his hand on it for the pass breakup. – Chris McPherson

9. Tarron Jackson got home on a play-action pass to start the final period, "sacking" the quarterback and forcing an incompletion. Jackson, who had a really good camp last summer, is fighting for reps with all of the young talent in that room, but is still making his presence felt on a pretty regular basis. Give credit to safety K'Von Wallace as well on this play, as he locked up his man on an underneath route to force the quarterback to hold the football. – Fran Duffy

10. Kentavius Street got a finger tip on a throw late in the day to help force an incompletion. Street has (maybe not SO) quietly had a really solid camp, showing the ability to play inside and outside and be a disruptor against both the run and pass. I'm excited to see how he figures into the line rotation. – Fran Duffy

11. Ian Book flashed his arm strength on the final pass of the morning, threading the ball to wide receiver Johnny King between three defenders. King gained about 17 yards on the play, getting to the defense's 3-yard line. – Chris McPherson

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