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Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes | August 7, 2022

Philadelphia Eagles
08 Aug 2022, 19:12 GMT+10

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What a night! Nearly 30,000 fans witnessed the Eagles' practice at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night. It was the first chance for the fans to see the team in action at the home stadium ahead of Friday's preseason opener against the New York Jets. The stadium went into a frenzy when wide receiver A.J. Brown was introduced to the crowd for the first time as a Philadelphia Eagle. Defensive end Brandon Graham received a huge ovation in his return to the field. This is how great Eagles fans are. Some of the biggest cheers go to the players who do the dirty work in the trenches - the likes of Fletcher Cox, Jason Kelce, and even first-round pick Jordan Davis.

As for the action on the field, here are 10 observations from the night session:

1. After some individual work and special teams drills, fans were treated to a Red Zone Jamboree period; a competitive situation where the offense works to move the ball on the defense and points can be won by both sides of the ball.

The drill opened with the starting units on both sides going head-to-head, with the defense holding strong and forcing a field goal, but not without a big play from the offensive side. On the very first rep, Jalen Hurts stepped up off play-action and hit Dallas Goedert on an over route to move the chains. The defense responded by forcing an incompletion, Brandon Graham sniffing out a screen at the line of scrimmage, and a would-be sack by Josh Sweat to get off the field. - Ben Fennell

2. The twos came out next, and once again the defense came out on top, thanks mostly to a pair of "sacks." Haason Reddick made his presence felt on the first play, getting into the backfield quickly for a big play. Then, after a false start, Reddick and rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis combined to help force the offense to the sideline. Davis had a couple of really impressive reps on the evening. The second-team bounced back well later in the session, with Jason Huntley and Kenneth Gainwell both broke off big gains before tight end Noah Togiai secured a touchdown from Gardner Minshew on a crossing route to eventually win the drill for the offense. - Fran Duffy

3. When the starting offense returned, it benefited from a strong start and a stronger finish from wide receiver A.J. Brown. On the very first play, Hurts hit Brown on a really creative screen that had No. 11 cutting through the heart of the defense for a big play. Two plays later, in what was arguably the highlight of the night, Brown caught a deep ball from Hurts down the right sideline for a touchdown. The veteran showed great strength at the catch point, securing the catch through contact with the ground for the score. The crowd was absolutely ROARING after the play. - Ben

4. The team split up into two groups for the next period, and I had my eye on the 7-on-7 drill in the middle of the field. After an A.J. Brown reception on the very first play, the defense largely stifled the offense with tight coverage. Dallas Goedert had a nice route down the seam on a double move. Receiver Deon Cain caught his first of what felt like seven or eight comeback routes along the sideline in this period. Huntley had another big chunk play in the flat, catching a pass and turning something out of almost nothing. But otherwise, the defensive coverage was very sound in this period. - Fran

5. While that was happening, I was watching the one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive lines. Isaac Seumalo had a great rep against the powerful Fletcher Cox, stifling a bull rush from the veteran tackle and holding his ground. Second-year defensive lineman Milton Williams also had a really impressive rep where he won with quickness off the ball. Also, the young Tarron Jackson continues to flash, not just in team drills but in these one-on-one sessions as well. One thing I really appreciate about Jackson's approach is that you can see that he's always working on different rush moves. He has a lot of tools in his toolbox, and he's constantly trying to find new ways to sequence his rushes and attack opposing linemen. He's had a sneaky good camp. - Ben

6. I'm loving how the coaches are structuring this practice because it feels like this is really catering to the fan experience. There were the competitive move-the-ball sessions earlier. Everyone always loves one-on-one periods, and now we get that here in a special teams format. These are punt cover drills, where we see players at different positions working in the middle of the field with all eyes on them. These are high-intensity reps with a lot of energy, and my favorite rep came from Deon Cain. The young veteran and former Colts draft pick has flashed as a receiver throughout camp, and the energy that he brings to this special teams drill is definitely admirable. - Ben

7. After the punt coverage drill, the team convened for some 11-on-11 action in the middle of the field. Zach Pascal made a catch in the flat. Linebacker T.J. Edwards had a nice stop in the run game close to the line of scrimmage. Derek Barnett helped string out a perimeter run by Miles Sanders, pushing him out toward the sideline for a big stop on defense. Quarterback Reid Sinnett worked with the second unit, completing passes to Deon Cain, Jalen Reagor, and Britain Covey before rookie Kennedy Brooks belted off a big gain to end the period. The offensive line got outstanding push up front on that rep. - Fran

8. Head Coach Nick Sirianni treated the fans in attendance to a competitive, live tackling to the ground session featuring the third-team units. Cornerback Tay Gowan showcased his length in getting a pass breakup to open the festivities. Wide receiver Devon Allen's track speed was apparent on a tunnel screen that went for a big gain. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, making the transition to tight end, caught a nicely placed ball from Reid Sinnett over the middle to get the Eagles into the red zone. The defensive backs did their part to keep the offense out as Gowan and cornerback Mario Goodrich came up with big plays. Defensive end Tarron Jackson had a strong day overall and he notched a sack during this period as well. Rookie running back Kennedy Brooks was able to punch the ball in with some tremendous push from the offensive line. - Chris McPherson

9. The starters are back on the field, and this first session is dominated by Jalen Hurts as a ballcarrier. The birthday boy took off on a scramble on the first play for a nice gain after the defense took away the pass options on the rep. Soon after, he kept a zone read and shook Brandon Graham in the hole, cutting back against the grain for a huge run. The play was VERY reminiscent of Hurts' huge run against the New Orleans Saints last fall that helped secure the win with the scamper into the end zone. Hurts kept the ball two other times as well in this period, getting up to the second level of the defense. - Fran

10. The night ended with some two-minute drills, and the starting unit on defense came up with the stop to start things off. A.J. Brown caught a nice comeback route along the sideline, but on the very next play T.J. Edwards made an impressive diving pass breakup between the hashes (stop me if you've heard that one before - I feel like this is a daily occurrence at this point). The second team came onto the field, and Gardner Minshew was able to move the ball a bit, getting the offense into the end zone with a pass to Jack Stoll underneath for six points. - Ben

Injury Report

Did Not Participate

TE Grant Calcaterra - Hamstring

T Le'Raven Clark - Hamstring

T Andre Dillard - Concussion

DT Javon Hargrave - Groin

T Jordan Mailata - Concussion

CB Jimmy Moreland - Ankle

RB Boston Scott - Concussion

WR DeVonta Smith - Groin

S Jaquiski Tartt - Personal Reasons

CB Kary Vincent - Groin

WR Greg Ward - Toe

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