- Good morning, everyone. This morning the pads are back on, but no live-hitting sessions are scheduled during today's practice. Following the workout at 11:45 a.m., head coach Doug Pederson will address the media followed by quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles. Until then, there's plenty to get caught up on in our Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft.
1. Practice Notes: Tre Sullivan Pushing For Third Safety Spot
Tre Sullivan, a rookie free agent in 2017 who spent most of the season on the practice squad, has been the leader for the third safety spot behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod early in Training Camp. This is a crucial position, one that was manned by veteran Corey Graham in last year's Super Bowl run. Graham played 64 snaps in the championship game. Behind Jenkins and McLeod, there's no experience outside of Chris Maragos, who is working his way back from a knee injury. Ben Fennell offered this from Tuesday's Practice Notes:
The only interception from the period came from Tre Sullivan. The second-year safety played in the deep part of the field, expanding off the hash, getting great depth on a post route in his direction. But Sullivan read the eyes of the quarterback and saw the pass was being thrown in the direction of an out-and-up route along the sideline from Carson Wentz. Sullivan has been one of the bright spots in camp thus far, getting solid reps as the third safety in "big nickel" packages.
Fennell and Fran Duffy tag-teamed to provide 35 observations from the first practice to feature live hitting.
Get an up-close look at the ballcarriers in 2018 training camp.
2. It's 'Finally Football' For Jordan Hicks
The fourth-year middle linebacker has done everything thus far in Training Camp. Tuesday was a critical milestone as he took part in live hitting drills for the first time since he suffered an Achilles injury last October.
"It was great, it was great," Hicks said after Tuesday's practice. "It's football. It's finally football. It's been a while for me. It's crazy. I've come a long way and it feels good."
Dave Spadaro has more on Hicks' comeback and what it means for the defense.
3. The Many Sides Of Jordan Mailata
Jordan Mailata, the seventh-round pick who has never played a snap in an organized game, is making progress. The former Australian rugby player who is now learned how to play offensive tackle said in the spring that he knew "peanuts" about the game of football. Day by day, the youngest (21 years old) and biggest (6-8, 346 pounds) player on the roster is taking steps to develop into an NFL player.
"I'm making progress. I'm getting better," said Mailata. "There is still so much to take in. It's only been a week here after the spring practices. At some point I do think it will become second nature, but I know I'm a long ways away from that now."
Spuds has more on the rookie's maturation. Fennell offered this about Mailata from the Practice Notes:
One guy who stood out to me, however, was tackle Jordan Mailata. The rookie did a good job of keeping his eyes up and diagnosing pressures from the second level, something that showed up in a later period as well against a stunt.
Then, there's this below.
4. The Countdown To Canton Is On
We'll have live coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities this weekend as the legendary safety Brian Dawkins is enshrined. Fellow Eagles Hall of Fame cornerback Troy Vincent will present Dawkins on Saturday night.
5. A New Way To Experience The Philly Special
Just when you think you've seen it all when it comes to the Philly Special, a group of Eagles fans called the "Bird Gang" used the iconic play to reveal the gender of a new fan. You may have seen the video, but Graham Foley has the crazy story behind it including how the "personnel decisions" behind the play helped avoid a disaster.