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Eagles minicamp observations, Day 2: A good sign from Alshon Jeffery

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Eagles minicamp observations, Day 2: A good sign from Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles were back at practice Wednesday afternoon, their second of three mandatory minicamp sessions. 

Tuesday's observations focused on Darren Sproles and Michael Bennett joining the team for the mandatory portion of camp (see story)

Today, we’ll focus on a guy who’s been around but isn’t healthy just yet. 

1. During the team portion of practice, which was happening on the far side of the field, Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery had a little catch. Nothing too taxing, but the sight of Wentz throwing to Jeffery was enough for everyone to take notice. 

It’s the first time we’ve seen Jeffery catch passes since he needed rotator cuff surgery after the season. And it’s the first time we’ve seen Wentz throw to Jeffery since early December. For the most part, Wentz was on the money with his throws, but a few times, they were just a tad higher than in the chest. Jeffery looked fine raising his arms to catch a ball, a good sign after shoulder surgery. 

“It’s good,” Wentz said. “Obviously, we’d love to be out there competing and all these things. I know it’s tough for him to watch from the sidelines too, just like it is for any competitor.”

2. Sidney Jones is still not practicing. Doug Pederson said the second-year corner is suffering from some lower-body soreness that’s not related to that Achilles injury from last year. The same guys who haven’t been practicing weren’t practicing again today. 

That includes big Haloti Ngata. 

3. At one point during individual drills, Wentz dropped back to pass and instead of a ball boy, his receiver was Nick Foles. The Super Bowl MVP is also possibly the most famous receiver in Eagles’ Super Bowl history. 

Maybe he’s gearing up for Philly Special 2.0. 

4. Darren Sproles got a few more reps coming out of the backfield against air and he still has it. So quick, so agile, so smooth coming out of the backfield. He doesn’t need the extra reps. Just bubble-wrap him until Week 1. 

5. The play of the day came during 7-on-7s, when Nate Sudfeld dropped in a beautiful deep ball to Bryce Treggs, who needed to stretch out to make the fingertips catch. It’s not hard to see why the Eagles are so high on Sudfeld. He can drop dimes. 

6. We saw some trickeration from the Eagles today. On the very first play of team, former quarterback Greg Ward took a pitch from his receiver position and tried to hit Mike Wallace deep down the field. The pass fell incomplete. It didn’t even come close to working, but the fact that the Eagles are working on that stuff — there were more gadgety plays too — means they feel pretty good about the basics. 

7. The nickel corner carousel continued to spin today. This time, first-year player D.J. Killings took his turn. So Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby were outside, with Killings in the slot. The only guy who still hasn’t gotten reps in the slot with the first team — and he won’t — is Rasul Douglas. 

8. Sudfeld found Dallas Goedert on a beautifully timed pass and route during 11-on-11s. Goedert has been really impressive this spring. It’s still early and we’ll have to see what he can do once the pads go on, but he’s looking like he can make an immediate impact this season. He and Sudfeld have really worked well together. 

9. Nate Gerry dropped back into coverage and picked off a pass from Foles during a team snap. Gerry is in the competition for the weakside linebacker spot once owned by Mychal Kendricks. He’s in that competition with Kamu Grugier-Hill and free agent pickup Corey Nelson. Gerry continues to push hard. 

10. During 11-on-11s, Donnel Pumphrey got a rare rep with the first team and he made the most of it. He caught a quick little swing pass and then showed off some athleticism and shiftiness. Like we’ve said before about Pumphrey … long way to go, but his NFL career isn’t dead yet. 

Stupid Observation of the Day: The Eagles switched up the practice playlist today. Plenty of classic rock in the beginning. The music highlight of the day is when “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” came on and Grugier-Hill did a little country dance during a special teams drill.

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Easiest and hardest parts of the Eagles' schedule

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Easiest and hardest parts of the Eagles' schedule

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at the Eagles' 2019 schedule. What are the easiest and most difficult parts?

The guys give their prediction for each game. Also, Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas spoke in their pre-draft chat with the media. How important is this draft for the organization?

1:00 - First impressions of the 2019 schedule.
7:30 - Roob's and Dave's perfect predictions for all 16 games.
30:30 - Importance of this upcoming draft.
34:00 - Eagles really like Nate Sudfeld.

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A traveler's guide for Eagles' 2019 road schedule

A traveler's guide for Eagles' 2019 road schedule

There’s no San Francisco on the schedule. No Seattle. No Denver, Phoenix or London.

From a traveler’s perspective, this is not a great schedule.

That doesn’t mean Philadelphians won’t pack airplanes and hotels once again to see their favorite team on the road.

So book those flights to Green Bay, Buffalo and Minneapolis and hope it doesn’t snow!

With the NFL schedule out Wednesday (see Eagles' full schedule), here’s a look what awaits you as you travel to one (or more) of the nine cities the Eagles travel to this coming season.

Week 2 — Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 15, 8:20 p.m.

Why you should go

Not only a modern cosmopolitan city but one that played a major role in the Civil War and also the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

3 places to visit

1. World of Coca-Cola, 2. Georgia Aquarium, 3. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site 

Travel tip

Atlanta’s MARTA rail system easily connects the airport with downtown and the touristy Buckhead area north of the city.

For more Information, click here.

Week 4 — Green Bay, Thursday, Sept. 26, 8:20 p.m.

Why you should go 

This small community of barely 100,000 is a unique and historic NFL destination.

3 places to visit

1. Lambeau Field, 2. The Outagamie County Historical Society in nearby Appleton, 3. National Railroad Museum in neighboring Ashwaubenon (Most of Lambeau’s parking lots are located in Ashwaubenon).

Travel tip 

Lambeau Stadium is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and the roads can get incredibly congested. If you’re going, leave earlier than you’ve ever left for a sports event.

For more information, click here.

Week 6 — Minnesota, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because who doesn’t want to visit the site of the greatest moment in recent Eagles history.

3 places to visit 

1. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2. Minnehaha Regional Park (if the waterfall isn’t frozen), 3. Mall of America

Travel tip

You will get lost in the Mall of America. I promise. The place is ridiculously huge. The mall, the world’s largest, has kiosks throughout all the concourses where you can actually print out step-by-step directions to whatever store, restaurant or parking lot you’re looking for. If you don’t use the kiosks, you won’t find your way out, and you’ll be stuck for the rest of your life in a giant mall.

For more information, click here.

Week 7 — Dallas, Sunday, Oct. 20, 8:20 p.m.

Why you should go

Because other than being the home of the Cowboys, Dallas is actually a pretty great city.

3 places to visit 

1. Dealey Plaza Museum, 2. Dallas Museum of Art, 3. Texas Discovery Gardens

Travel tip 

The Dallas Metro area is massive. From Mesquite on the east side to Fort Worth on the west side can easily take an hour and a half with no traffic. Always allow plenty of time to get where you’re going.

For more information, click here.

Week 8 — Buffalo, Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Honestly? You shouldn’t go. But if you really have your heart set on visiting Buffalo, more power to you!

3 places to visit 

1. Niagara Falls, 2. Waterfront/HarborCenter area, 3. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

Travel tip 

If you don’t want to fly, you can make the drive — weather permitting — from downtown Philly to Buffalo in about 6½ hours. 

For more information, click here.

Week 13 — Miami, Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because in a season in which the Eagles visit Buffalo, Green Bay and Minneapolis, Miami should be somewhat warm when the Eagles get there.

3 places to visit 

1. South Beach, 2. Miami Beach, 3. Everglades National Park.

Travel tip 

Before you book your flight, look into Fort Lauderdale Airport as well as Miami Airport. It’s smaller, nicer, easier to navigate and closer to Hard Rock Stadium and really not much farther to Miami’s beaches and attractions.

For more information, click here.

Week 15 — Washington, Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because it’s got more museums (most of them free) and historical sites than anywhere in the country.

3 places to visit 

1. The Lincoln Memorial, 2. The Washington Monument, 3. The Smithsonian museums.

Travel tip 

Don’t drive. Take the train and use Washington’s expansive Metro system to get around the city and neighboring towns.

For more information, click here.

Week 17 — East Rutherford, Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because the Eagles always win. The Eagles are 10-2 against the Giants at the Meadowlands since 2008

3 places to visit 

OK, this is a challenge, but here we go: 1. Outlet shopping across the N.J. Turnpike in Secaucus, 2. Nearby Jersey City is a growing, bustling city, and the large downtown plaza at the end of Christopher Columbus Boulevard — J. Owen Grundy Park — offers incredible views across the river of Manhattan, 3. The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum in nearby Teterboro.

Travel tip 

If you’re taking the N.J. Turnpike to MetLife Stadium, make sure you stay to the left just past Exit 14 and take the so-called Western Spur north to the stadium area instead of the Eastern Spur, which will take you into Hoboken and the Lincoln Tunnel.

For more information, click here.

Preseason, Game 2 — Jacksonville, Thursday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m.

Why you should go 

It’s Florida, so many of the attractions in Jacksonville are water-related. Beaches, water parks, fishing, cruises, etc. But Jacksonville is also a real hub for art galleries and museums. And it’s only a two-hour drive from Disney World.

3 places to visit 

1. Jacksonville Zoo, 2. Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, 3. Historic Amelia Island

Travel tip 

TIAA Bank Field, where the Eagles played in the 2004 Super Bowl, is in downtown Jacksonville, within easy walking distance of numerous hotels. If you’re only going in for the game, there’s no reason to rent a car.

For more information, click here.

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