The Eagles wrapped up Training Camp on Tuesday with their final joint practice with the Miami Dolphins. On the eve of the preseason game against the Dolphins, which will be broadcast live on NFL Network on Thursday at 7 p.m., here are the things you need to know for Wednesday, August 23.
1. Torrey Smith: "It's Been Nothing Like This"
On the third episode of Unscripted presented by AAA, wide receiver Torrey Smith and safety Rodney McLeod explain what it's like to become an Eagle. Smith signed with the Eagles this offseason after stints in Baltimore and San Francisco, while McLeod is in his second year with the team. In addition to exclusive interviews, the Eagles Digital crew goes behind the scenes of the win over Buffalo and has Smith's position coach, Mike Groh, mic'd up from Training Camp. One note of interest is when Smith is asked about Eagles fans.
"Living in this area has been special for me, this city, the whole vibe," Smith said. "I've played in Baltimore and San Francisco, two of the most well-respected fan bases in the league, but it's been nothing like this."
2. Key Injuries To Watch
Three of the players who were sidelined Tuesday included quarterback Nick Foles, quarterback Brandon Graham, and linebacker Jordan Hicks. Head coach Doug Pederson said that Foles was given a rest day for his elbow as a precautionary measure. Graham (elbow) and Hicks (quad) are "day to day," per Pederson, and will be ready for the start of the regular season.
3. An All-Pro Year For Fletcher Cox?
One NFL.com analyst certainly thinks so. In a photo essay projecting the 2017 All-Pro squad, Elliot Harrison predicts that Cox will finally get the respect that he deserves.
"Cox narrowly edges out Damon 'Snacks' Harrison for the spot next to Aaron Donald. Cox has been the best player on the entire Eagles team for three years running," Harrison wrote. "He might not be the dominant run stuffer Harrison is, but he has a much larger impact in the passing game. Cox certainly impacts what opponents try to accomplish on the ground, but his 16 sacks over the last two seasons are quite impressive for an interior defender."
4. The Cheerleaders Are Ready For Gameday!
5. Former NFL Head Coach Compares Carson Wentz To Peyton Manning
Mike Martz engineered the prolific "Greatest Show on Turf" offense in St. Louis that won the Rams a Super Bowl in 1999 before taking over as head coach the following season. Prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, Martz was asked to meet with Carson Wentz and watch him work out.
Well, let's just say that Martz had high praise for the now second-year quarterback.
"Wentz ran a pro-type offense at his school and was ahead of the curve in that respect. I've never seen any young quarterback work out like Wentz did in my time with him. I saw Peyton Manning work out coming out of college. Wentz was just ridiculous, the arm strength, the overall arm," Martz said in a new book, Blitzed: Why NFL Teams Gamble on Starting Rookie Quarterbacks, written by Thomas George.
Training Camp is officially complete for the Eagles! Check out these photos from today's joint practice with the Miami Dolphins...
6. Ndamukong Suh: Eagles Offensive Line Is "Elite"
A five-time Pro Bowl and three-time first-team All-Pro selection, Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been one of the best at his position since he was No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Suh battled guard Brandon Brooks and the Eagles' offensive line over the past two days and came away impressed with what he saw up close and personal.
"A lot of competition out there. Obviously being able to go against an elite offensive line is great for our defensive line, especially our young guys and myself," Suh said.
"These are obviously great offensive linemen and these young guys, as well as myself, can see we are going to play against similar guys. The way they like to set, the way they like to approach the offense, the way they game-schemed us and things of that nature. I think it's definitely a great thing for us."
7. The Eagles' Old-School Helmet Would Be Sweeter