Eagles training camp observations, Day 2: Wentz with the 1s

Eagles training camp observations, Day 2: Wentz with the 1s

The Eagles were back at practice today after opening training camp with a lighter 10-10-10 practice Thursday. 

On Day 2, the Eagles were still not in pads (that’ll come Saturday), but they did have a more competitive practice as camp continues to ramp up. 

Where, oh where, should we start? How about with QB1? 

1. For the first time since he tore his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10, Carson Wentz was in charge of the first-team offense. While he didn’t participate in any 11-on-11 drills today, Wentz did take first-team reps in the 7-on-7 portion of practice and looked good. These are his first first-team reps of training camp. 

No, Wentz didn’t participate in 11-on-11s, but don’t read into that too much. It’s possible they just gave him a break on those or they allowed him to do it yesterday because they knew practice wouldn’t be as intense. Either way, he looked fine in 7-on-7s and the fact that he got first-team reps is big. 

2. Perhaps the best play of the day came in 7-on-7s, when Wentz fired in a ball to Zach Ertz, who made a tremendous diving catch. The throw was rifled and Ertz made a great, athletic play. Malcolm Jenkins, who was in coverage, wanted a flag. The referee closest disagreed. 

3. But Jenkins did make the best defensive play of the day. Nick Foles soared a ball down the right sideline and Jenkins was waiting to pick it off and take it to the house. 

4. The Eagles’ newest player, defensive lineman Adam Reth was out at practice on Friday (see story). Reth and the rest of the Eagles who aren’t on the PUP or NFI were out at practice, showing the Eagles got through Day 1 healthy. 

Even though they aren’t practicing, Brandon Graham, Alshon Jeffery, Chris Maragos and Bryce Treggs (all on PUP or NFI) were out at practice as spectators. So was Paul Worrilow, the veteran linebacker who tore his ACL in the spring. 

5. It’s crazy to think that a year ago, we still weren’t sure about Nelson Agholor. But after last year, it’s fair to think he’s the Eagles’ most explosive weapon. He did it again on Friday, when he took a short pass from Foles to the house during 11-on-11s. Ronald Darby slipped just a little bit and Agholor was gone!

6. As they did in the spring, the Eagles explored their options at nickel corner today, putting De’Vante Bausby out there with the starters. The Eagles weren’t in their base package at all, from what I saw, so there were a lot of reps. Bausby has looked good too. With Bausby up with the ones, Sidney Jones played outside corner with the twos and looked great, minus one DPI when he got a little too aggressive. It’s possible the Eagles just want Jones to get some reps outside. 

7. The hype is real, though. Jones can play. Can’t wait to see him in the preseason. 

8. While we’re talking about corners, I really think we don’t talk about Ronald Darby enough. He's finally healthy and understands the defense. He’s entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract and is clearly talented. I’m excited to see the kind of year he has. Just watching him in individual drills, it’s clear that he has some ball skills. Last year he had three interceptions, a career high, and he did it in eight games. 

9. OK, just one more on Wentz. He threw two beautiful passes during 7-on-7s aside from the one to Ertz. On one, he threw a deep ball to Greg Ward, who was able to keep just one foot inbounds, according to the official. But the pass was perfect. And the other went to veteran Markus Wheaton, who tapped both his toes in on the same left sideline. 

10. Jalen Mills made a nice play on a pass from Foles to Mack Hollins. Mills timed it perfectly, basically climbed over Hollins' back after the ball got there, and was able to knock it out. 

Stupid Observation of the Day: The weirdest song to play at Eagles practice is definitely “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” It played today after a heavy dose of rap and it was weird. 

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Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Updated: 4:27 p.m.

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three of their most important skill position players as they prepare to face the Lions on Sunday afternoon. 

Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert, who were all listed as “day to day” by Doug Pederson on Wednesday, did not practice Thursday. The Eagles actually held a real practice Thursday after a walkthrough the day before. 

It doesn’t seem likely that any of those three will play against the Lions. 

Because the Eagles had a walkthrough on Wednesday, yesterday’s injury report was an estimation. Here's today's: 

Did not practice: 

Alshon Jeffery (calf), DeSean Jackson (abdomen), Dallas Goedert (calf), Corey Clement (shoulder), Tim Jernigan (foot), Jordan Mailata (back), Johnathan Cyprien (knee) 


Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee), Rudy Ford (hamstring) 


Nate Sudfeld (wrist), Derek Barnett (shoulder), Fletcher Cox (toe), Nathan Gerry (knee, calf)

Good news for Grugier-Hill, who is taking part in his first real practice since spraining his MCL in August. It’s probably more realistic to expect him to return to action next Thursday night in Green Bay. 

More good news that Barnett, Cox and Gerry were full participants today after being limited to begin the week. 

Cyprien was the only player who was limited to begin the week and didn’t practice Thursday. 

Mailata worked out on a side field today, as did Jalen Mills (foot), who is still on the PUP. Mills won’t be eligible to return until Week 7. 

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NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

The Jalen Ramsey trade winds are blowing strong and the Philadelphia Eagles appear to be in the mix.

Our very own Dave Zangaro wrote about why the Eagles should absolutely kick the tires on Ramsey earlier in the week and not a lot has changed there.

A number of national NFL writers continue to toss the Eagles' name around as a team that could be a landing spot for Ramsey if Howie Roseman chooses to engage. Here's a quick roundup of the latest rumblings regarding the talented but often irksome corner.

Ramsey is expected to play this evening on Thursday Night Football for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said today that, "tomorrow is a more likely target date for a Jalen Ramsey trade."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said yesterday that the Friday report is "the most artificial deadline in the history of artificial deadlines. There's one deadline, it's Week 9, the trade deadline."

La Canfora points to three teams, "The sense that I'm getting from GMs and personal directors are the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia."

He goes on to say that Jacksonville wants two first-round picks but whether they get that sort of return remains to be seen given their cards are all already on the table and their hand is somewhat forced. Still, Ramsey is an incredible talent that will come at a very steep price.

NBC Sports' Peter King echoed some of those sentiments in a tweet today which again puts Philly right in the hunt for Ramsey. "Roseman unafraid, can offer 1+3+SJones," he wrote in a tweet.

I assume that's a first, a third, and Sidney Jones to get the deal done. Would the Philly fanbase be OK "giving up" on Jones so early in his career when he hasn't had a ton of time to show what he's capable of when healthy? If it lands Ramsey, I'd guess so.

Finally, King adds that inquiring teams would want to talk to Ramsey's agent about a new deal which makes total sense if landing him would come at such a big price.

Thursday Night Football should be interesting this evening when Ramsey's Jags take on the Tennessee Titans on national TV. You know Birds fans will be watching for any drama. 

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