PHILADELPHIA – Other than a minor skirmish that Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow helped break up, the first day of the Eagles-Ravens joint practices went smoothly. It was humid and over 90 degrees, but there were no fisticuffs, and there appeared to be no injuries of note.
Here are some takeaways:
- WR Nelson Agholor’s training camp is going far better than WR Breshad Perriman’s.
Agholor, the Eagles’ first-round pick (No. 20), was taken six spots ahead of Perriman (No. 26). While Agholor got open consistently during seven-on-seven drills, Perriman watched practice from the sideline again, due to the knee injury that has forced him to miss all but one training camp practice. Agholor looks like he will help his team starting Week 1. Perriman’s will have to catch up whenever he returns, which could lead to a slow start to his rookie season.
- Sam Bradford stands out at quarterback for the Eagles:
Not that Tebow or Matt Barkley threw the ball poorly today. But Bradford threw with far more velocity and accuracy. Bradford’s arm isn’t as strong as Joe Flacco’s, but it’s impressive. Makes you wonder what where Bradford would be in his career right now if he could have avoided serious injuries. The Eagles are hoping the best of Bradford is yet to come, because he is obviously a major key to their season.
- Ravens WR Michael Campanaro had a strong day, and may be a big part of the game plan for Week 1 in Denver.
Campanaro got open consistently during seven-on-seven drills, and was a favorite target for quarterback Joe Flacco.
“He plays outside, but he should be really good in the slot,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh of Flacco. “Guys that have played that position look like him a little bit. He runs away from coverage, he’s quick, he’s got good feel from where the coverage is coming from.”
We know Perriman is hurt. Marlon Brown has been slowed in camp by nagging injuries. At this point, Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken, and Campanaro are performing like the top three receivers on the roster.
- Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is back, with force.
Jernigan missed a few practices last week, but according to Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil, Jernigan has not missed a beat.
“Have you guys been watching the practice?,” said Dumervil when asked about Jernigan. “He’s in the backfield the whole time. He plays with a passion>
With ex-Ravens tackle Haloti Ngata now with the Lions, the Ravens are counting on Jernigan to pick up much of the void. If he stays healthy, Jernigan looks capable.