Training camp, day one:
All eyes on Carson Wentz (no duh), who is NOT beginning the season on the PUP list despite reports to the contrary online.
“I have no idea where that came from,” said Doug Pederson after practice.
Wentz practiced and also did a number of 11v11 reps, which we did not see during the spring. Jason Peters and Darren Sproles and Jordan Hicks were also full participants, along with Haloti Ngata, who brought a biceps injury with him from Detroit.
The five players who did not practice were:
- Brandon Graham
- Alshon Jeffery
- Chris Maragos
- Tim Jernigan
- Bryce Treggs
It’s a “lower body” injury for Treggs. Jernigan, Graham, and Jeffery are coming back from offseason surgery and Maragos had the ACL and PCL tear last year.
I didn’t see a whole lot of meaningful snaps since I got there a bit late (and it’s a glorified walk through on day one anyway), but it looks like Malcolm Jenkins played a bit in the slot while Tre Sullivan and Rodney McLeod worked at safety. That makes sense. Jenkins is good in that role and the Eagles have a hole in that position with the departure of Patrick Robinson. Sidney Jones also took reps as the first team nickel.
I also saw Cameron Johnston shank a bunch of punts, at least three in a row at one point. He hit some boomers, too, but the slices and hooks were noticeable.
This was a “10-10-10” practice format, which basically means that the session cycles through 10 offensive plays, 10 defensive plays, and 10 minutes special teams work. When the first team offense is in, they match up with what is essentially a scout team defense, so those reps are geared towards making the offense successful. It’s the same when the defense is on the field, as they go up against a scout team offense for similar reasons.
Does that make sense? It’s basically tilted to let each respective team be successful and tweak and fine tune things during the early part of camp.
It’s explained here if you can squint and see all of the words:
The Eagles are starting off training camp with a 10-10-10 practice. Here’s a reminder of what that means. pic.twitter.com/34RK0X3mz7
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) July 26, 2018
Translation: it’s just day one, don’t freak out.
Hmm.. what else?
Well the first team offensive line is obviously the same as last year. Best unit in the NFC, I’d say.
The second team unit is this, LT to RT:
- Big V
- Chance Warmack
- Isaac Seumalo (couple of high snaps at center)
- Matt Pryor
- Taylor Hart
Defensively, Corey Nelson and Kamu Grugier-Hill split WILL reps alongside Hicks and Nigel Bradham in the base 4-3 defense.
That’s about it for the on-field stuff.
There’s also this:
Nigel Bradham said the NFL originally suspended him for SIX games. He appealed through the NFLPA and it was eventually reduced to one game.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) July 26, 2018
Afterward, Doug Pederson was basically asked a bunch of nonsense about Wentz’s timeline for recovery. Here’s Doug, Carson, and Nick Foles:
Tune in as Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz, and Nick Foles meet with the media. https://t.co/LP4tnLEm7r
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 26, 2018
Nothing groundbreaking, but some Doug notes:
- going to continue to monitor Carson Wentz and “sprinkle him in” from time to time
- on depth chart – “Right now I’m not concerned with the first, second, third team. It’s just how we rotate the offensive lines pretty much.”
- no changes foreseen when it comes to tackling/hitting/pads (probably the same timeline and structure as last year)
- does not think the shorter offseason due to the Super Bowl win has affected the team at all
- when asked “what’s next for him personally” after winning a Super Bowl, Pederson said this: “The goal is to obviously win another one and to win another one and to win another one. I mean, that’s why we get into this business. That’s the motivation. But listen, I’m not going to focus on the end result. I’m focusing on today. We’re going to get better today, and then we’ll worry about tomorrow. Obviously, the ultimate goal is to try to win again. We know how hard that is in this league. A lot of good football teams in this league. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
That’s it for day one.
I’ll leave you with some Wentz video courtesy of John Clark:
Good news Eagles fans
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) July 26, 2018