- Make sure to join us at 9:15 to watch the start of practice and again at around 11:30 as defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz addresses the media. Now, here's the Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft with everything that happened at the first Training Camp practice on Thursday and more.
1. Carson Wentz Inches Closer To Full Return
Thursday marked 228 days since Carson Wentz injured his knee in the December 10 win over the Los Angeles Rams. He tore the ACL in his left knee on a dive into the end zone but stayed on the field to throw his franchise-record 33rd touchdown pass on a fourth-down play to Alshon Jeffery before leaving the game.
For the first time since the injury, Wentz participated in 11-on-11 drills with players around him. Graham Foley has more.
2. Wentz Not The Only Injured Player Making His Return
Monday Morning Quarterback did an outstanding piece on Club Rehab, how key members of the team - linebacker Jordan Hicks, safety Chris Maragos, tackle Jason Peters, running back Darren Sproles, and Wentz - pushed each other after season-ending injuries. Four of those players were on the field Thursday, while the Eagles placed Maragos (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Dave Spadaro caught up with the veterans who enjoyed the chance to be back in action.
The Eagles filled out a quick questionnaire so that everyone can look back and remember the first day of 2018 Eagles Training Camp.
3. Graham Opens Camp On PUP List, Eyes Week 1 Return
Defensive end Brandon Graham battled through a high ankle sprain but it didn't stop him from getting to Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Graham had offseason surgery and is on the PUP list along with Maragos and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (shoulder). Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (back) and wide receiver Bryce Treggs (lower body) are on the Non-Football Injury list.
Graham's focus is on being ready for the season opener against the Falcons.
"You just gotta be smart because I'm looking long term," Graham told reporters Thursday after the Eagles' first Training Camp practice. "Right now, I'm looking long term like I always do, but I feel real good where I am. I feel like everything's progressing and by game one, it's a game-time decision."
4. Sidney Jones Starts In The Slot
Cornerback Sidney Jones had most of his rookie season wiped out as he recovered from an Achilles injury. He made his debut in the regular-season finale against the Dallas.
On Thursday, Jones worked with the first-team defense in the slot as Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills were on the outside. The Eagles have to replace Patrick Robinson, last year's nickel corner, who signed with New Orleans in free agency.
"The biggest difference from last year, I really didn't get to practice with the ones (starters) and get to experience the defense," Jones said. "I was on scout team, mostly, and didn't get a feel for things. It's a big difference, getting to play with your teammates, in the defense, and learn the scheme. It's a totally different feeling.
"I'm just trying to help my team win. That's all it is."
5. Who Else Shined Thursday In Practice?
Fran Duffy and Ben Fennell did an outstanding job with their notes from practice. In honor of Corey Clement, who is mentioned in the piece, here are 30 observations of what took place on the field.