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Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes | August 15 

Josh Jobe ends the drive with an interception.
Josh Jobe ends the drive with an interception.

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

4. In the first full team period pitting the Browns' offense against the Eagles' defense, we got some spirited action on both sides. While it bubbled up once or twice, I thought that both teams approached this period with good energy. After a completion from Deshaun Watson to David Njoku to start the drill, the Browns handed the ball off to Nick Chubb on an outside run to the right. Fletcher Cox got into the backfield and forced the action back inside where a wall of white Eagles jerseys met Chubb in the hole. A few plays later, in a déjà vu moment from Monday, Zach Cunningham tipped a pass up in the air for Reed Blankenship to pick off in the end zone. On the return, rookie Sydney Brown knocked off a Browns player and a short scuffle ensued. Zech McPhearson nearly picked off Watson in the back of the end zone on the ensuing play (he only got one foot in bounds, according to the official). Christian Elliss came flying into the backfield for a TFL that K'Von Wallace emphatically finished at the sideline. The heat ramped up on Tuesday, and the urgency followed suit. – Fran Duffy

5. The second team period honed in on low red zone plays. On the first snap, Jalen Hurts faked out Za'Darius Smith on the handoff to Kenneth Gainwell, who was able to scoot up the void left by the pass rusher. On the next snap, D'Andre Swift took a shovel pass from Hurts while in motion, rushing to the perimeter of the right side. On the third rep, Hurts took the ball from under center and handed it off to Boston Scott, who was quickly met by an old friend in safety Rodney McLeod for the stop. Two plays later, Hurts showcased his ball skills again, faking the handoff to Rashaad Penny and keeping it, fooling defensive end Sam Kamara in the process. On Hurts' final rep of the series, Hurts fooled Kamara again, keeping the ball and calmly delivering it to DeVonta Smith in the back left corner of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. Marcus Mariota came in and also tossed a score on his final rep, rolling right and pump-faking before finding a streaking Deon Cain along the sideline for the score. Positive sign for Cain, who was performing well in Training Camp before missing time with an ankle injury. – Chris McPherson

6. The defense continued to build momentum in its session of 11-on-11 action. On the first rep, after forcing a false start, the defensive line had a party at the quarterback with someone swatting the ball out of Deshaun Watson's hand. From my angle I couldn't quite tell if it was Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, or Fletcher Cox ... but one of those three guys got the ball out. On the next play, Cox wrapped up Nick Chubb at the line of scrimmage (give the assist to Jordan Davis inside as well on that one). Two snaps later, Jalen Carter bullrushed All-Pro guard Joel Bitonio to the ground on a Watson pass in the direction of Donovan Peoples-Jones. To be honest, I didn't even see if the pass was caught because of how violent the collision was with Carter at the line of scrimmage. On the next step, Christian Elliss had his own big play in the hole, crashing downhill against a pulling guard in the hole to help corral Nick Chubb in the hole as Brandon Graham came scraping over from the back side. After a coverage sack from the defense a couple of plays later, Derek Barnett started a dog pile on a run play that helped stop a run down near the goal line. – Fran Duffy

7. The end-of-game period was a decisive rout for the Eagles in all four sequences – first-team offense vs. first-team defense for each team followed by the same with the second-team units. The scenario was 45 seconds left, ball at the opponent's 25-yard line, offense is down by eight points.

Eagles first-team offense – Jalen Hurts went for the score on the first play, targeting A.J. Brown down the right sideline, but credit Browns cornerback Martin Emerson for being there to help knock the ball out of bounds. However, there was a flag on the Browns, so the ball was moved up 5 yards. Later in the series, facing a fourth-and-7 from the 17, Hurts looked at Brown on a sit route and motioned for the wide receiver to head toward the end zone. Hurts lofted the ball over the cornerback and into the arms of his wide receiver for the score. On the 2-point conversion, Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah guessed the wrong hole, and a pair of double-team blocks paved the way for Kenneth Gainwell to score. – Chris McPherson

Eagles first-team defense – The defense picked up right where they left off. Josh Sweat ran through left tackle Jedrick Wills and swatted the ball out of Deshaun Watson's hands for a would-be strip-sack. On the next play, the coverage proved to be too much for Watson this time, as he dropped back and took off. Jordan Davis got a paw on him as he tried to escape the pocket. A few plays later, Reed Blankenship made a great play in the back of the end zone, jumping in front of a seam ball intended for tight end Jordan Akins. The defense gets off the field to win the possession. – Fran Duffy

Eagles second-team offense – After two incompletions and a 5-yard pass to Grant Calcaterra, the Eagles faced fourth-and-5 from the 20-yard line. Marcus Mariota didn't hold back as he threw a perfect pass to Tyrie Cleveland on a fade route down the left sideline and the wide receiver hauled it in over cornerback Lorenzo Burns, causing the Eagles' sideline to erupt. On the 2-point conversion, Mariota rolled right and hit Cleveland again on a sprint out to get in the end zone. – Chris McPherson

Eagles second-team defense – The Browns don't want to mess with the pass rush here, as rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson gets the ball out fast on three straight completions. On the next throw, Thompson-Robinson goes deep to fellow rookie Cedric Tillman (who has made plays each of the two days of practice here), but second-year corner Josh Jobe eyes this throw the whole way, climbs the ladder, and makes the interception in the back of the end zone. The defense goes wild as the Eagles pitch a shutout in the final period, getting a pair of stops on defense with a pair of touchdowns on O. – Fran Duffy

Day 2 of joint practices with the Browns had some great moments! Check them out now.

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