Eagles Notes: Seven early standouts after two weeks of training camp
The Eagles are seven practices into their training camp and although it’s early, several names have turned some heads.
With meaningful football just over a month away, every rep matters as the Eagles prepare to meet (or surpass) their heightened expectations next season.
Here are seven players who have stood out during the first two weeks of training camp.
CB James Bradberry
The ex-Giants CB has by and large been the best player in the secondary so far in camp. His physical presence has matched up well with AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith, locking them up in individual work and team drills. Bradberry’s best play of camp came on Saturday when he broke up a downfield pass intended for Brown. He followed that up by punching another ball away from the imposing WR on Tuesday.
Bradberry is picking up the defense quickly while exhibiting the playmaking ability that has earned him 82 PBUs in his career.
“In this defense, he’s talking to our safeties like ‘I’ll be here’ or ‘If I’m here, I got you here,’” Eagles CB Avonte Maddox said. “I don’t really have to talk to him as much, because he already kind of understands it. That’s a good thing when you have people that understand the defense already. He brings a lot.”
RB Miles Sanders
With or without the snippy comments, Miles Sanders looks as explosive as he’s ever been. He’s ripped off multiple long runs, stiff-arming safeties along the way, and seems poised to earn the respect he so desperately wants. Talent has never been the question with Sanders; it’s his ability to stay on the field.
His health will undoubtedly play a factor as he looks to cash out next offseason.
“Miles is our guy,” Sirianni stated on Saturday. “There is no secret; we like to rotate our backs. But Miles is our guy. He is the guy.”
Yards per carry leaders last season:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) June 4, 2022
• Rashaad Penny: 6.3
• Jonathan Taylor: 5.5
• Nick Chubb: 5.5
• Miles Sanders: 5.5
• Tony Pollard: 5.5
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LB TJ Edwards
When camp first got underway, many assumed Edwards would resort to a rotational role with the new additions at linebacker. That’s been far from the case — Edwards has been the Eagles’ most productive linebacker this summer, especially in coverage. He’s routinely making plays on the ball and wreaking havoc over the middle.
Edwards is firmly atop the LB depth chart as of now.
WR Jalen Reagor
I know this is becoming as redundant as Ben Simmons’ summer workout videos, but Reagor is having another solid camp. Whether or not this performance will translate to regular season games remains to be seen. Reagor’s gotten most of his work with the second-team throughout camp but has made the most of his first-team reps, most notably hauling in a 70-yard TD pass from Hurts during Tuesday’s session.
If he can find consistency (and stay off of Twitter) — there’s a roster spot with Reagor’s name on it, especially since releasing him outright would cost the team nearly $8M in dead cap.
Jalen Reagor burned Zech McPhearson for a deep TD. Deep ball from Hurts on the money. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 2, 2022
WR Britain Covey
It took a few practices to get there, but Covey is starting to flash on offense. He had a strong day on Thursday and followed it up today with nice back-to-back catches from Gardner Minshew. Covey also got some reps with the first-team at slot receiver.
The Eagles need some magic in the return game; if Covey can also impress in that area come preseason, he may crack the final-53.
S Andre Chachere
Andre Chachere is giving K’Von Wallace a run for his money at that fourth safety spot. Hell, he may be over Jaquiski Tartt at this point. Chachere has had multiple interceptions throughout camp and broke up a deep pass today intended for Deon Cain in the endzone.
His versatility to play cornerback as well may be worth keeping around.
S Marcus Epps
Epps has been active in every practice that I’ve seen; he looks every bit like a player ready to embrace a full-time role. He’s constantly been around the ball, intercepting a tipped pass off Darius Slay on Tuesday while laying a few big hits as well (he unintentionally sent Boston Scott to the medical tent with a concussion during today’s session).
Epps is the best safety on the roster — and it isn’t remotely close.
“The first thing I look for in a safety is reliability,” defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said when discussing Epps. “He’s very reliable, smart, tough, and he has got a very unique skillset that you need, in my opinion, to play safety in the NFL today.”
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