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Practice Notes: A Sidney Jones Update

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Here are the news and notes from the final practice for rookies and selected vets, although players like Carson Wentz and Nick Foles were given the morning off.

Number Of The Day: 6,405

Donnel Pumphrey finished his career at San Diego State with the most rushing yards (6,405) in NCAA FBS history. As a senior in 2016, Pumphrey led the nation with a career-high 2,133 rushing yards en route to first-team All-America honors. - John Gonoude

Practice Observations

1. Sidney Jones has been out at practice every day this week on the field watching off to the side, soaking in as much of the coaching as he could without being on the field. I can't wait for the Eagles' second-round pick to (actually) take the field. - Fran Duffy

2. As the team moved to the 7-on-7 portion of practice, one early matchup that caught my eye was second-year receiver David Watford against rookie corner Rasul Douglas. Watford, a former quarterback, ran a great comeback route along the left sideline, selling a go route hard and getting Douglas to bite before breaking off his stem and coming back toward the quarterback for what would've been a first down. I talked with Eagles great Mike Quick after practice for this week's Eagle Eye in the Podcast, and Quick believes Watford will play receiver in this league when it's all said and done. - FD

3. A few plays later, cornerback Mitchell White made a great play downfield, breaking hard on a dig route on the right hash to break up a pass intended for wide receiver Marcus Johnson from veteran quarterback Matt McGloin. White has made the most of his opportunity during this portion of Training Camp, so we'll see if he's able to ride that momentum through the rest of the summer. - FD

4. Another young cornerback in undrafted rookie Jamal Wiltz made a great leaping grab for an interception down on the goal line, which was likely the most impressive defensive play from practice on Wednesday. The throw was intended for running back Corey Clement on a scramble drill. - FD

5. That pick to Wiltz was thrown by McGloin, who finished the day strong with two pinpoint touchdown throws. The first was to second-year receiver Marcus Johnson, who slid in the back of the end zone on a slant route to come away with a score. In fact, Undlin had to jump out of the way of Johnson's impressive slide. Later, rookie tight end Billy Brown secured a throw between two defenders along the end line as the session came to a close. - FD

6. Adding to the solid day by the young defensive backs, the Eagles ran a bunch formation deep in the red zone during the final 7-on-7 drill. The communication was sound as McGloin had nowhere to throw the ball to, so he chucked it out of the back of the end zone. - Chris McPherson

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Just one more day until the vets take the field... Check out these images from Eagles Camp.

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