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Practice Notes: Josh McCown gets first taste of Eagles offense

Sunday marked the Eagles' first practice since Thursday night's preseason win over Jacksonville. It was a 10-10-10 workout, a lighter 90-minute session, with the Baltimore Ravens set to arrive in Philadelphia for a pair of joint practices beginning Monday. Here are 13 takeaways from Sunday's practice, courtesy of Fran Duffy, Ben Fennell, and Chris McPherson.

1. The first offensive team session begins, and we did see a couple of really nice runs from backup ballcarriers Josh Adams and Donnel Pumphrey, with both plays hitting between the tackles as they run untouched up the gut. – Fran Duffy

2. Cornerback Ronald Darby was the first-team right cornerback when the defensive portion of the 10-10-10 session started. Sidney Jones lined up on the left side and Avonte Maddox was in the slot. This was Darby's first action in 11-on-11, another positive step in his comeback. – Chris McPherson

3. Carson Wentz delivered a beautiful deep ball down the field right into the hands of Mack Hollins, but the ball fell incomplete. Cornerback Josh Hawkins was in coverage. – Fran

4. The defense shows the offense a lot of stand-up looks off the edge. The Eagles will see this over the next week from the Baltimore Ravens and, more importantly, looking ahead to Week 1 with Washington. – C-Mac

5. Linebacker Nigel Bradham took the next step in his recovery on Sunday, taking part in 7-on-7 action for the first time. Bradham appeared to get his hand on the football on the very first play, knocking a pass down intended for a receiver on a crossing route. Tight end Richard Rodgers was on the field as well on Sunday. – Ben Fennell

6. Josh McCown also got his first reps with the team in this drill, completing a couple of short passes and overall looking like a veteran quarterback working on the timing with new receivers. I'll be interested to see if he's able to get into the game on Thursday night. – Fran

7. McCown hit J.J. Arcega-Whiteside on a short crossing route in stride, allowing the rookie to get yards after the catch. McCown later tried to perfectly time a back-shoulder throw to Mack Hollins, but the throw was too early. This was an example of where the timing will come in the days ahead. I also found it fascinating that McCown seemingly wore his helmet the entire practice, even when he wasn't getting reps, as if he wanted to get readjusted to wearing one. – C-Mac

8. During a special teams drill, Wentz and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery worked on an adjacent field with offensive coordinator Mike Groh watching. Jeffery ran a series of routes as the two looked to improve their timing and chemistry. It should be noted that Groh's dad, Al, was in attendance Sunday. Al Groh was the former head coach of the New York Jets and also a longtime head coach in the collegiate ranks. – C-Mac

9. Carson Wentz had a couple of really impressive touch throws to start the next period. First, he hit Nelson Agholor in stride on a crossing route over a trailing defender towards the right side of the field. The accuracy on the pass allowed Agholor to gain yards after the catch. A few plays later, Wentz perfectly placed the ball for Adams on a wheel route down the right sideline for a big play. On the next snap, Wentz hit DeSean Jackson in stride on another wheel route on the opposite side of the field, but he bobbled it and it bounced into the hands of safety Deiondre' Hall for an interception. – Fran

10. When both Wentz and McCown were not in a drill, the two were often seen chatting behind the offense. Wentz will have a huge hand in making sure the veteran is fully incorporated into the scheme by the time the regular season hits. – Ben

11. During this team drill, I spent some time watching guard Brandon Brooks and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox work out on a side field with a trainer. Both players are inching closer to a full return which should have Eagles fans excited. – C-Mac

12. Speaking of quarterbacks, rookie Clayton Thorson had himself a day on Sunday. Whether he was dropping in touch throws or driving the football, he looked comfortable and confident as a passer and hit his receivers on the money on more than a couple of passes. Thorson hit, I believe, DeAndre Thompkins (we were a looooong ways away, but I believe it was No. 81) over the top for a deep ball on the right side. Thorson took a big step on Thursday night, so continuing to see him improve and get more comfortable was great to watch on Sunday. – Ben

13. Some linebacker play. Asantay Brown picked off a pass from Thorson when the quarterback was pressured to his left and aired a ball down the left side for tight end Alex Ellis, who bobbled the ball and Brown took advantage. L.J. Fort made a nice diving pass breakup of a Wentz pass intended for tight end Zach Ertz during a red zone drill. – C-Mac

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