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Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes | August 2, 2022

Tackle Jordan Mailata takes on defensive end Josh Sweat.
Tackle Jordan Mailata takes on defensive end Josh Sweat.

Who shined under the hot sun on Tuesday afternoon? Fran Duffy and Ben Fennell offer their takeaways:

1. The team was in full pads and Mother Nature knew it. It was hot, humid, and beautifully miserable outside for the first day of hitting at Training Camp. Players definitely felt it out at practice. As the team took the field for stretching, a few things caught my eye. Veteran linebacker T.J. Edwards and rookie Nakobe Dean are side-by-side as they warm up. These two play a similar style of game, and honestly, there couldn't be a better mentor for the rookie third-round pick than Edwards in that locker room. My eyes moved to the defensive line, and I can't help but be excited for this group of interior players up front. Javon Hargrave has a massive lower half, and we all know how big Jordan Davis is, but his flexibility at that size is impressive. – Ben Fennell

2. With the pads on for the first time, the coaches threw the players right into the fire with a high-intensity red zone period that did include some players going to the ground. Second-year defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu drew praise from coaches in this drill for his ability to hold up the run inside and stop a touchdown. Derek Barnett tackled a pass catcher short of the goal line for another stop. Jimmy Moreland forced the quarterback to hold onto the ball on the final play, drawing more praise from the coaching staff down on the goal line as he helped contribute to a "sack" to end the drill. This was a great way to start practice, as both sides brought the juice to start the day. – Fran Duffy

3. Receivers and defensive backs took the field for some one-on-one reps, and early on, the offense had the edge. DeVonta Smith caught a deep ball downfield, and shortly afterward, A.J. Brown caught a vertical throw on a perfectly placed ball from Jalen Hurts. The catch was bobbled slightly, but Brown kept both feet in while securing the throw. Hurts put it where only his man could get it. I've enjoyed watching Brown go against Slay in recent days. – Fran

4. 11-on-11 work happened next, and Hurts hooked up quickly with Brown on a quick slant route over the middle before finding Miles Sanders on a screen pass that went for a nice gain over the middle. This period featured a handful of plays with Hurts on the move outside the pocket, even keeping the ball as a runner on occasion. – Fran

5. The offensive and defensive lines joined up for some one-on-one pass rush work, and one matchup I'm excited to watch as the summer unfolds is veteran Jason Kelce against Jordan Davis. The rookie first-round pick is obviously so much bigger, and so you'd think that he has the physical advantage. Davis struggled to properly leverage Kelce, however, because of the huge difference in height. We all know the old adage "low man wins," and Kelce brought that saying to light on this rep, an impressive win against a Davis bull rush. Also, Hargrave is such a monster inside. He has an absolutely overwhelming first step for an interior defensive lineman. He racked up a couple of wins in this drill, rushing from both sides. – Ben

6. In one of the most explosive plays in camp, Jalen Hurts and Jalen Reagor hooked up on a deep ball to begin the next period. Reagor ran a double move, a corner-post route, pulling in the deep ball in the middle of the field for a big play that likely would have gone for six. Hurts would later hook up with both Smith and Brown in the period, which also featured a couple of nice runs from running back Boston Scott. – Fran

7. In that period, we saw a bunch of different fronts on defense with various personnel combinations and lots of mixing and matching. The versatility of players like Brandon Graham, Kyzir White, Jordan Davis, and many others really opens things up for this defensive coaching staff. I'm excited to see all of the possible combinations when games begin. – Ben

8. The offense and defense exchanged wins in the next period. The defense got a convincing run stuff on the very first rep (a seemingly consistent theme from Tuesday as that group was fired up to stop the run with the pads on). Soon after, the defense jumped offsides, and Hurts took advantage of the free play by stepping up and rifling a pass to Reagor towards the sideline. It was actually an amazing throw, threading the needle right past the earhole of the corner in coverage as Reagor plucked it from the air for a first down. Josh Sweat responded with a "sack" on a collapsed pocket on the next play. The defense looked to bring the heat again right afterward, sending two blitzers in the face of Hurts off his left side. Hurts was unflappable on the play, dishing the ball out to Brown in the space vacated by the blitzers. – Fran

9. The second-team unit took the field, and the defense closed that session out with a bang, ending the drill with consecutive interceptions. First, Zech McPhearson plucked the ball on a fade along the left sideline, taking the ball off the head of the receiver for a pick along the sideline. Fellow second-year corner Tay Gowan responded with his own interception on the opposite sideline on the very next play. The referee in the area threw a flag for what seemed like questionable contact, but Avonte Maddox argued his teammate's case for him and tried to kick the flag out of bounds to keep it hidden in a playful gesture with the ref. – Fran

Injury Report

Did Not Practice

TE Grant Calcaterra – Hamstring

CB Mac McCain – Knee

WR Zach Pascal – Illness

WR Greg Ward – Toe

WR Quez Watkins – Illness

Check out the best images from Tuesday's practice at the NovaCare Complex.

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