Quick Takes: Five notes from Day 10 of Eagles’ training camp
Today was the Eagles’ final practice before Friday’s preseason opener vs. the New York Jets.
DID NOT PRACTICE
- TE Grant Calcaterra – hamstring
- OT Le’Raven Clark – hamstring
- RB Kenneth Gainwell – hip
- S Anthony Harris – tooth
- WR John Hightower – groin
- C Jason Kelce – elbow
- 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
- WR Keric Wheatfall – hamstring
- OT Andre Dillard – concussion
- OT Jordan Mailata – concussion
The offense put together their best performance since the start of training camp; here are five notes from today’s 59-minute practice.
Hurts pushing the ball downfield
Jalen Hurts was accurate and decisive in his 10th practice, especially when looking downfield. He hit his favorite target, AJ Brown, on a back-shoulder pass for a TD down the right sideline in 7-on-7s. James Bradberry was close behind in tight coverage. On the very next play, Hurts found his other new WR Zach Pascal on another 30-yard TD.
There’s been a clear emphasis on the Hurts-Brown connection throughout camp, even moreso now with DeVonta Smith sidelined due to injury.
AJ Brown just made a great catch with Bradberry draped all over him. He talked yesterday about “late hands” and this was a perfect example. #Eagles— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) August 10, 2022
Jalen Reagor continues strong camp
Reagor is taking full advantage of the first-team reps he’s getting in Smith’s absence, hauling in an impressive sideline catch from Hurts today. The trade rumors surrounding Reagor are growing with every passing day, but all signs point to him being on the Eagles’ roster come Week 1.
#Eagles WR Jalen Reagor: “This is a humbling experience, you go from first-round pick to battling. We’ve got a hell of a room. Some people have a job, some people don’t.— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) August 10, 2022
“I want to be here for the rest of my career. But it’s a business. I’m going to handle my end” pic.twitter.com/vIKfRKFklY
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Reid Sinnett QB2?
As was the case at Sunday’s open practice, QB Reid Sinnett got some reps with the second-team today. Gardner Minshew has had a rough summer, throwing interceptions in nearly every practice thus far. He was picked off twice yesterday (both were deflections) and threw another INT today to LB Christian Ellis.
A quarterback who was once a threat to potentially unseat Hurts is now entrenched in a battle for QB2.
Reid Sinnett, not Gardner Minshew, out to take 11-on-11 reps with the second team offense. Minshew watching from the sideline. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 8, 2022
Britain Covey controls his own destiny
If Covey has a solid preseason, I don’t see how he doesn’t make the roster. He’s a quick decision maker and has been the most comfortable fielding punts. After getting rocked on a reception during today’s practice, the 170-pounder got right back up and made another catch on the next play.
Covey is an early candidate for the Paul Turner award.
Britain Covey is always very smooth in punt return drills. pic.twitter.com/ZwNprg7zor— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) August 9, 2022
Starters to get playing time in preseason opener
Prior to practice, Nick Sirianni revealed that the starters will play in the preseason opener vs. the Jets.
“Don’t have to make a final decision, obviously, until they go out there, but we’re thinking one or two series with the starters,” Sirianni said.
The Eagles have two joint practices on the calendar this summer, and Sirianni values those competitive environments over preseason reps.
“It’s important for everybody, you want to get everybody ready to go,” Sirianni said. “We have opportunities to get our starters ready in different ways in the joint practices and the different things we do there.”
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