With today’s practice in the books, the Eagles have just one more before they break for summer and won’t be back until training camp.
Today’s practice was a little more exciting than yesterday’s, so we had no trouble finding things to write about.
Here are 10 observations from today’s penultimate minicamp practice:
1. The play of the spring came during 11-on-11s today. Carson Wentz heaved up a ball to DeSean Jackson for what was about a 50-yard touchdown catch. Jackson ran a deep post and simply ran past Rasul Douglas in coverage; the Eagles’ defense was in dime. The ball was perfectly thrown from Wentz and he hit Jackson in stride for the touchdown.
2. Wentz had an up-and-down day. That pass to Jackson was spectacular.
So were two passes in the red zone on 7-on-7s. One of them was a perfect touch pass to Wendell Smallwood on a wheel route. Tre Sullivan had good coverage, but there was nothing he could do. On the very next play, Sullivan was covering Zach Ertz in the back of the end zone, but Wentz burned the ball in there for a touchdown. Sullivan had tight coverage on both plays but Wentz didn’t give him a chance.
3. As great as some of his throws were, Wentz also misfired plenty of times and threw two picks. One interception came on a ball intended for Marken Michel, when Avonte Maddox leaped back and picked it off. As Maddox ran back to the huddle, he made sure he rubbed it in to the franchise quarterback.
Hey, Carson! Thank you for the gift, bro!
The other interception came when Wentz tried to throw the ball across his body, but it was picked off by safety Andrew Sendejo, who jumped the route and was gone the other way for a pick-6.
Wentz made some tremendous plays but lacked consistency Tuesday. There was another cross-body throw that was dangerous too.
4. During 11-on-11s, Wentz threw the ball to Jackson in front of Sidney Jones and Jackson simply dropped it. And then Jackson dropped to the ground and did pushups as punishment.
Working on side fields: Fletcher Cox, Nigel Bradham, Brandon Brooks, Corey Clement
Limited practice participants: Ronald Darby, Rodney McLeod
Watching practice: Nelson Agholor, Shelton Gibson, Miles Sanders
Gibson is a new addition to the injured group. Agholor has a “lower-body” injury, according to Pederson. Agholor will be ready for training camp and Sanders is expected to be ready too.
For the second straight day, Mack Hollins practiced. Good sign.
“It’s exciting,” Pederson said about Hollins. “All along, he’s done a great job this offseason with the progress he’s made and it’s exciting to see him moving around and doing some good things. Again, optimistic about his future.”
6. Michel, who played the last few seasons in the CFL, caught a pass from Wentz and showed off his speed, breaking away from the pack as he hustled into the end zone for a long touchdown. Michel and Greg Ward are benefiting the most from Agholor’s absence.
7. Boston Scott made a nice cut in the backfield to avoid a tackler and it drew "oohs" and "ahhs" from his offensive teammates. With his ability to cut, catch out of the backfield and return punts, he has a real shot at making the roster.
8. During individual drills, we watched JJ Arcega-Whiteside make another tough leaping catch. “He might be good,” I said to a fellow reporter. Where else do you get analysis like that?
And Roob ended up catching the moment with his phone camera.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in action at practice today. pic.twitter.com/oKsZNtwJX2— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) June 12, 2019
9. For the second straight day, the Eagles have limited Jason Peters and Jason Kelce; they’re taking fewer reps with the first team. The Eagles have done that before and it’s just to keep their reps lower and preserve their bodies. That’s good news for guys who get reps in their place, namely Stefen Wisniewski and Andre Dillard. But Wiz is a vet, so this really helps Dillard. There’s a good chance he’ll need to play at some point this season, so the more reps with the first team, the better.
10. Alshon Jeffery is just a fun player to watch in practice. He had a sliding catch in the first 11-on-11 period today and yesterday threw Sidney Jones out of the way on a play that was called for OPI. I just like watching Jeffery catch balls during the individual portion of practice.
Stupid Observation of the Day: It was during 7-on-7s when I looked down and noticed about 20-30 black ants crawling on my legs and shoes. Apparently, I was standing on their nest. They began to bite and I spent the next few minutes flicking them off of me. (So, sorry, I missed a few plays.)
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