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Practice Notes: Fans Put Their Support Behind Nelson Agholor


Number Of The Day: 23,000

Over 23,000 fans attended Sunday's Open Practice at the Linc. It was an amazing display as the Eagles honored the men and women of our Armed Forces at Military Appreciation Day presented by Dietz and Watson.

Play Of The Day

Rookie free agent cornerback Jomal Wiltz perfectly timed the throw from quarterback Dane Evans and dove to pick off a quick hitch route during a 7-on-7 drill. He got up and returned the ball for what would have been a pick-six. - Chris McPherson

The first of two Eagles Camp Open Practices took place on Sunday. The practice recognized former and current military members for their service.

Practice Observations

1. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor appeared to draw the most praise on Sunday, and it started on the first play of full-team kickoff return drills. Agholor raced down the left sideline as the crowd's cheers grew to a roar. During one-on-one drills, Agholor ran an outstanding route against cornerback Patrick Robinson to break open on a catch-and-run. He beat Ron Brooks on an out-and-up route for what likely would've been a touchdown. - Fran Duffy

2. I agree with Fran and would name Agholor my practice player of the day. Even during group install, where the players practice the calls that will be used in team drills, Agholor caught a back shoulder fade down the right sideline against no defensive backs and it still received quite the applause. What's really stood out to me is how he's catching the ball away with his hands from his body. He's not body-catching the ball. Strong hands. He finished off his outing with a touchdown in 7-on-7 drills on a deep post route. - CM

3. Invincible cameo time. Vince Papale was one of the alumni at Sunday's practice. During the 7-on-7 drill, he made his way down the sideline and handed a copy of his movie to new wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. After practice, Jeffery said he's seen the movie plenty of times and respects Papale's road to making it in the NFL. - CM

4. In the 9-on-7, or Inside Run portion of practice, there were a few players who stood out. Vinny Curry started things off with a bang, meeting LeGarrette Blount at the line of scrimmage on the first play. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks shot a gap and ran into the backfield for what would have been a tackle for a loss in what may have been the most impressive play of the drill. Linebacker Joe Walker came downhill, bounced off a pulling guard, and made a play just north of the line of scrimmage late in the period. The biggest hit of the period may have come from second-year guard Darrell Greene, who clocked a linebacker on the final play of the period. - FD

5. While I watched the Inside Run period on one end of the field, I kept a watchful eye on the beautiful HD videoboards at Lincoln Financial Field, which were displaying the wide receivers and defensive backs going one-on-one. Jordan Matthews went up and over Malcolm Jenkins early on for a leaping one-handed grab. David Watford blew by Rasul Douglas on a deep post route. It is great to see how far along Watford has come in terms of his releases and route running, because he won that play right at the line of scrimmage. Later, Mack Hollins runs a picture perfect corner route, nodding at the top of his stem to throw off the corner and break open to the pylon for a touchdown. Marcus Johnson caught a deep pass over C.J. Smith on a double move. Torrey Smith scored on a vertical route as well, blowing by a cornerback down the left sideline. - FD

6. Quick aside on Hollins. It has been noted before that he doesn't wear gloves. He said during the spring he would wear them once the pads go on. He has the gloves with him, but he has yet to sport them. - CM

7. As C-Mac watched the 7-on-7 period, I stayed in the south end zone and watched the offensive and defensive linemen go one-on-one. I was in for a treat.

A. As the first-team group got started, Lane Johnson and Brandon Graham both battled hard on the first rep, as did Fletcher Cox and Brandon Brooks. Jason Kelce anchored down well against nose tackle Destiny Vaeao on a snap where you could really see Kelce's athleticism and ability to bend come into play. Tim Jernigan beat Isaac Seumalo on a "push-pull" move, shocking Seumalo with a strong punch, and then swimming past him on the way to the QB. Vinny Curry bull-rushed the left tackle, Dillon Gordon, and karate chopped the ball to the ground.

B. As we went back to the other side, second-year tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai had an outstanding rep against Graham, throwing the Pro Bowl pass rusher to the ground at the end of the play. Jernigan bull-rushed Chance Warmack back into the pocket and right into the lap of the proverbial quarterback. Derek Barnett beat Matt Tobin with a bull rush and then spun inside when he got as deep as the quarterback, which is exactly what you want to see on that play. It was a great rep for the rookie first-round pick. He won on his next rep with an inside spin move. As the backups rotated in, I noticed multiple strong reps from converted defender Taylor Hart, second-year guard Darrell Greene, and former third-round pick Dallas Thomas. - FD

8. During the 9-on-7 Inside Run drill, rookie Donnel Pumphrey has not shied away from contact. Despite his 5-9, 176-pound frame, Pumphrey ran in college as if he was a 220-pound back and that has not changed to this point.* - CM*

9. During a team drill, Graham flew off the edge against Vaitai, who was spelling Jason Peters at left tackle. Graham forced Carson Wentz to roll to his right and throw an incomplete pass to tight end Zach Ertz.* - CM*

10. In my opinion, Jalen Mills has been the best cornerback thus far in camp. Sure, he's allowed his fair share of completions, but even those have come against tight coverage. His ability to recognize routes and pass concepts has been very good. During the final team drill, he broke up a pass intended for Jeffery deep down the left sideline. - CM

11. Jeffery might owe defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz a new pair of shades. During a 7-on-7 drill, Wentz hit Jeffery on an in-breaking route. As he was getting ready for the next play, Jeffery tossed the ball back toward the line of scrimmage and accidentally hit Schwartz and knocked the sunglasses off of his face. The sunglasses were not harmed. - CM

12. In that same 7-on-7 session, Wentz connected over the middle with Ertz, who was greeted by a brick wall named safety Rodney McLeod. Again, live hitting will take place for the first of three practices on Tuesday. - CM

13. The battle for the third safety spot update: Terrence Brooks picked off McGloin in the 7-on-7 drill. - CM

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