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Eagles training camp observations, Day 13: Alshon Jeffery has his best day

Eagles training camp observations, Day 13: Alshon Jeffery has his best day

It was a good day on Sunday to watch the Eagles take the field for a two-hour practice. Even Julie Ertz was there to watch. 

Training camp officially ends with Tuesday’s practice and Monday is a light 10-10-10 day, so we’ve almost made it to the end here. 

Let’s get to today’s obs:

1. Alshon Jeffery made some big plays today. While Carson Wentz had one of his shakier performances of the summer, he really seemed to connect with No. 17, who was making those typical Alshon-body control catches. One came near the sideline, when he was able to keep his feet in bounds. One came diving across the middle of the field. 

His most entertaining play of the day came when he caught a ball with young corner Jeremiah McKinnon draped on him in 7-on-7s. After Jeffery caught the ball, he said something to McKinnon and spiked the ball at his feet. 

2. Like we said, Wentz didn’t have his best day. He threw two interceptions and both of them were noteworthy for different reasons: 

• The first was a great play by Malcolm Jenkins. The Pro Bowl safety jumped a route, picked off the ball and began running the other way. He wasn’t in a full sprint, but the ball was stripped by … Jason Kelce! That’s right, the athletic center came out of nowhere and knocked the ball free on a maneuver where he jumped in the air and kind of two-handed it out of Jenkins’ arms. After practice, Jenkins laughed and said he didn’t even know what happened, but credited Kelce’s insane athleticism. 

• The other pick came near the end of practice. Wentz threw a bad ball that nearly fell incomplete but popped up into the hands of Avonte Maddox. On that play, JJ Arcega-Whiteside sort of rolled into Rodney McLeod’s knee for a little scare. McLeod was slow to get up but insisted after practice that he was fine. 

3. That takes us to injuries. The only new absence today was Vinny Curry, who is sick. DeAndre Thompkins, Paul Worrilow and Boston Scott returned to practice. 

Still not practicing: Shelton Gibson, Jalen Mills (PUP), Blake Countess, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Lane Johnson, Hassan Ridgeway, Daeshon Hall, Richard Rodgers, Fletcher Cox, Nigel Bradham. 

4. A few depth chart notes: 

• Without Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata has been the starting right tackle. That means he’s getting good work against Brandon Graham. 

• The starting corners today were Rasul Douglas and Avonte Maddox in the base package. Sidney Jones came on as the nickel. 

• The starting linebackers without Bradham: Nate Gerry, Zach Brown and L.J. Fort, who came on in base. 

• Mack Hollins is back for 11-on-11s and even got some first-team reps today. Still seems like that fifth WR spot is his to lose. 

• Without Curry and with Derek Barnett getting eased back into action, Josh Sweat got some run at first-team defensive end. 

5. Let’s talk about Sweat. He made a really nice move inside on Jason Peters today and the two had a good battle after that. These reps against a guy like JP will only help the second-year DE. 

6. I’m amazed by Darren Sproles every day. He’s 36 and played like a 23-year-old trying to make the team. Today, he had a crazy shifty run between the tackles and — as he always does — finished the rep by running the length of the field across the goal line. 

7. Miles Sanders made a great over-the-shoulder catch during the offensive install portion of practice. He has a future as a true feature back. 

8. Cody Kessler looked OK again today. Not good, not bad. Just OK. He made one nice play where he found a throwing late to zip a ball to Donnel Pumphrey. At 6-1, he sometimes has to manufacture throwing lanes and he’s a vet at it.

There are times, though, where Kessler holds the ball forever. He doesn’t want to make mistakes, but sometimes in practice, you’ve just gotta let it fly. 

9. Clayton Thorson barely got to throw the ball in the last two practices. It looks like his reps are going to come in the preseason games. He did get a few passes out to Will Tye. Maybe a few rhythm throws to the tight end on Thursday could help avoid another disastrous performance. 

10. Zach Ertz made a play today where he caught a pass in the flat and immediately cut hard back inside to avoid a charging Andrew Sendejo. It was an impressive play that showed off Ertz’s awareness.  

Stupid Observation of the Day: The dragonflies at the NovaCare Complex look prehistoric. They’re basically pterodactyls. 



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Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

After DeSean Jackson made anti-Semitic Instagram posts quoting Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan, the Eagles released a statement calling the wide receiver's posts 'absolutely appalling' and promising 'approporiate action'.

Whether the posts will ultimately cost Jackson his job with the Eagles is unclear, but according to former NBA player Stephen Jackson, it may have been presented as a possibility.

In one of many statements Wednesday defending the 33-year-old wide receiver, Stephen Jackson claimed that DeSean Jackson called him and said the Eagles threatened to cut him:

I didn't support the post, as far as Hitler and him supporting Hitler. I don't know support Hitler, I don't know nothing about Hitler, and I could give a f**k about Hitler. All I know is he was a cruel guy. I don't stand for that, and I don't support it. My whole reason for supporting D-Jack was, before I got on Instagram, he called me on the phone and told me that they was threatening to fire him, but they didn't do that to [Riley] Cooper. And I was like, 'You're right, you shouldn't have to apologize if they didn't make him apologize.

The Eagles did in fact punish wide receiver Riley Cooper in 2013 after he was filmed shouting the n-word at a country music concert, fining him an undisclosed amount of money. The team also condemned Cooper's comments in a public statement, as they did with DeSean Jackson's comments.

Cooper was not released for his comments, however, and was signed to a five-year extension in 2014. Cooper was released in 2016.

You can watch the full Stephen Jackson video below:

Stephen Jackson also said in a different post, which has since been deleted, that DeSean Jackson was "speaking the truth" in the posts.

In one of the original Instagram posts, DeSean Jackson highlighted a quote, which was incorrectly attributed to Hitler:

The white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America. They will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were. The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.

DeSean Jackson also posted a clip from a speech Farrakhan made in Chicago on July 4 where he alleged that White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were plotting to use a virus vaccine to "depopulate the Earth." 

Farrakhan is a noted anti-Semite and homophobe who was among several prominent people whose posts were banned 

DeSean Jackson apologized publicly multiple times on Tuesday for his posts and comments, and also reportedly spoke with and apologized to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, both of whom are Jewish.

The Eagles signed DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $27 million deal in March 2019.

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The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

Over the next few weeks, we'll be unveiling our all-time Eagles team. 

We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern for voting. 

We asked each person to rank their top five players at 16 different positions. A 1st-place vote was worth five points, a 2nd-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up next: Wide Receiver

Complete voting

1. Harold Carmichael = 23
2. Mike Quick = 16
3. Tommy McDonald = 15
4. DeSean Jackson = 13
5. Terrell Owens = 8 

The breakdown
New Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael got three 1st-place votes and Mike Quick and Tommy McDonald each got one. Harold was 2nd on the two ballots where he wasn’t first, and Quick got a 2nd-place vote, a 3rd-place vote and two 4th-place votes in addition to the one 1st-place vote. McDonald got the other 1st-place vote along with two 3rd-place votes and two 4th-place. DeSean Jackson got a 2nd, two 3rds and two 4ths. T.O. was as high as 2nd on one ballot and 4th on all four others. Interesting that the same five WRs were listed on all five ballots.

Did we get it right?
It’s tough comparing eras, but McDonald was the best in the business in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Carmichael was the best in the league from the early 1970s through the early 1980s and Quick was as good as anybody in the NFL from 1983 through 1987. So it really comes down to who did it the longest and most consistently, and that's Carmichael. From 1973 through 1983 — a span of 11 years — nobody had as many receiving yards or touchdowns. There’s a good reason he’s going into the Hall of Fame next summer. On our team, we’re coming out in a three-receiver set, and Carmichael, Quick and McDonald are clearly the top three in franchise history.
 
Complete team so far:
QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy
WR: Harold Carmichael
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald

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