We haven’t gotten very far into training camp yet, so there’s still plenty of time for things to change.
But since the Eagles are off on Sunday, we’re at a good spot to look back at the first three days and see who got off to a fast start at camp and who didn’t.
Here’s the first stock report of the summer:
The former second-round pick (and first-round talent) is healthy and looks like the extremely talented player the Eagles thought they were drafting back in 2017. Many fans were ready to write Jones off, but if he can stay healthy, he might have a bright future. He’s made plays all three days, but his juggling interception on a deep ball from Nate Sudfeld really stood out. He’s also had quite a few pass breakups already.
It seems like Grugier-Hill is well ahead of free agent pickup Zack Brown right now and I think KGH is going to be a real starter in his fourth NFL season. He had a nice interception on Saturday to step in front of a Carson Wentz throw and show off his hands.
After a promising spring, Goedert is at it again. Aside from just the plays he’s been making, it’s also the role we’re seeing develop for him. The Eagles are using a ton of 12 personnel early in camp and they seem to have put an emphasis on finding ways to get the ball to him near the line of scrimmage. Something to keep in mind for when the games begin.
Heck, Hollins could make this list just for being healthy, but he’s been making plays too. After 18 months away (Roob caught up with Hollins to talk about it, he's been making some nice catches already this summer. On Friday, he made a pretty impressive one-handed grab near the sideline. And he’s even been mixing in with the first-team offense. It seems like as long as he stays healthy, Hollins is going to be the team’s fifth receiver option this season and definitely make the squad.
The only player on the team to begin camp on the PUP list. This foot injury has been a lengthy one and based on the play of Jones, Rasul Douglas and Avonte Maddox, I think that with every day Mills misses, his chances of not having a job to return to increase. Maybe this was the plan all along for him, but it seems like he’s falling behind. We could also include Cre’Von LeBlanc and Blake Countess here too; both got hurt already.
With some really good play from the corners in front of him, Hawkins has struggled early in camp. Even aside from the first day, when DeSean Jackson had no trouble separating from him on three plays nearly all back-to-back, Hawkins has been beaten too much deep. Depending on what Orlando Scandrick has left, Cre'Von LeBlanc's injury might have opened up a roster spot for a corner. The good news for Hawkins is he has a lot of time to turn things around.
It seems like Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right guard is more than just cross training. At this point, it appears that if Brandon Brooks misses any time at the beginning of the season, it’ll be Big V filling in. That’s somewhat surprising, considering a guy who started at guard for the Eagles during their Super Bowl run is still on the roster. That’s one knock against Wiz and the other is that he’s had a few low snaps as the second-team center. With so many folks wanting to see Nate Sudfeld this summer, it’s been even more noticeable.
While the other receivers who are battling for the last roster spots — like Greg Ward and Marken Michel — have all made plays so far, I haven’t seen much from Miller. That doesn’t mean he’s been making mistakes, but this is when receivers need to make plays. I haven’t seen many balls even go his way. I hope some start to soon, because coming into the spring, he was getting talked up and I thought he was a dark horse candidate to make the team.
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