Quick Takes: Five notes from Day 5 of Eagles’ training camp
The Eagles returned to practice on Tuesday for Day 5 of training camp.
WILL NOT PRACTICE
- TE Grant Calcaterra – hamstring
- CB Mac McCain – knee
- WR Zach Pascal – illness
- WR Greg Ward – toe
The offense took a step forward in today’s practice; here are five notes from the first day in full pads.
The wide receivers put on a show
Practice got underway with WR/DB one-on-one drills and the receivers didn’t disappoint. DeVonta Smith beat James Bradberry on a go-route down the sideline and Hurts hit him right in the bread basket over tight coverage. Bradberry responded with a “Damn, Smitty!”
AJ Brown followed that up with a 9-route of his own, making a strong catch over Darius Slay, who got a hand on the ball. Brown was able to pin the ball against his helmet with one hand to maintain possession.
Jalen Reagor ran with the first-team in a session against the second-team defense, burning CB Zech McPhearson and hauling in a play-action pass for what would’ve been a 70-yard TD. He made another nice grab in one-on-one drills while using a stutter step to generate separation. Reagor is putting together a strong summer and will likely crack the final-53.
Biggest play of camp — Hurts goes deep to Reagor off play-action for 70+ yards.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) August 2, 2022
Eagles haven’t gone deep much this summer. Reagor got open for 2nd-team D, Hurts put air under it.
James Bradberry continues to impress
The ex-Giants cornerback had another productive day in practice, disrupting passes intended for AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith. On the throw to Brown, Bradberry punched the ball away from the receiver as it approached his hands. After getting beat on the play prior, Bradberry pressed DeVonta off the line of scrimmage causing an incompletion.
He also recorded a pass-breakup on TE Noah Togiai. Bradberry is showing early on why he’s been amongst the league leaders in PBUs since 2016.
Georgia boys getting first-team work
Jordan Davis started with the first-team today alongside Fletcher Cox. Rookie LB Nakobe Dean got his first reps with the first-team towards the end of practice. With TJ Edwards, Kyzir White and Davion Taylor all having solid camps, the Eagles don’t need to rush Dean along and can allow him to learn at his own pace.
For the first time in a long time, the team has depth at linebacker.
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Jalen Hurts with best passing day of the summer
Hurts had his first strong showing as a passer since camp started, hitting many of his starting receivers in stride. On the aforementioned 70-yarder to Jalen Reagor (with Jordan Davis in pursuit), the ball traveled about 35-40 yards in the air before finding its target. He got the ball out quick and on time, most notably to AJ Brown over the middle. Crossing routes have been incredibly effective in practice.
It’s been a rocky start to camp, but it is encouraging to see Hurts’ best performance coming on the first day of full pads. The narrative that he’s a “gamer” may hold some weight.
Nice timely throw from Hurts to A.J. Brown on the zip route. Hurts got the ball out in less than a couple of seconds. A lot of Hurts’ game is predicated around his ability to create, but he’s shown ability to make on-schedule plays and throws over the first week of #Eagles camp.— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) August 2, 2022
Injuries, special teams notes
OL Andre Dillard went inside with a trainer during today’s practice. Isaac Seumalo also went down, slamming his helmet in frustration. No update on their injuries as of yet. WR Quez Watkins left practice due to an illness but returned in street clothes.
DeVonta Smith was briefly looked at by trainers but appeared to be okay and finished practice.
Jake Elliott made all six of his FG attempts today, hitting from 28, 33, 37, 40, and twice from 42.
Isaac Seumalo Is hurt. Slammed his helmet on the ground. Doesn’t look serious.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 2, 2022
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