Eagles Camp: First Day In The Pads

August 1, 2022
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The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off the week with their first day in shoulder pads for training camp. Many headlines were made this practice and plenty of improvement made from the last time the Eagles took the field. Let’s dive into Day Four of Eagles Camp.

Offense Improves

After Day One was successful and the next two were rough, Jalen Hurts and the offense stepped up. Hurts finished last week with some rough turnovers and couldn’t get a deep game going. As Eliot Shorr-Parks states, he didn’t get momentum downfield today but limiting the turnovers is great.

Miles Sanders broke off several deep runs. For those unaware, Miles Sanders was taking second team reps last practice and he is heading into a contract year. Running Backs rarely get the big bucks unless they are the elite of the group. Those who have closely watched Sanders know he has potential but staying healthy is his main weakness.

A.J. Brown has had a great camp and that speaks volumes. Brown gets most of his reps against Darius Slay or James Bradberry.

Jalen Reagor is having another bad training camp on the other side of the WR spectrum. The former first rounder dropped a pass today and has been battling in the rotation with the second-team offense. Devonta Smith, A.J. Brown, and Quez Watkins have been the clear top three and that is how it should be.

Defensive Headlines

The defense has been rocking ever since the offense got the better of them on Day one. Jordan Davis took first-team reps at nose tackle. Davis reportedly made some plays and applied pressure through a strong interior offensive line. This is a very good sign to see the praise of the big man out of Georgia.

In the linebacker territory, things have been ramping up. With Kyzir White, T.J. Edwards, Davion Taylor, and Nakobe Dean all looking for time, the competition is fierce. White and Edwards have been the top two so far with Taylor showing the flashes along with the raw physical abilities.

Nakobe Dean is just a step behind the others but welcomes the challenge. Philadelphia is reportedly happy with Dean’s health and considered him in the second round of this year’s draft. He ended up going in the third round.

The secondary has been special so far this camp. They have not alllwed Hurts to beat them deep and have been keeping the ball in front of them all camp. Marcus Epps has really stepped up and looking to improve an average-at-best safety room. Avonte Maddox has also thrived in his role and intercepted Hurts in a RedZone period which had the defense hyped up.

Final Thoughts on Day Four

Jalen Hurts has not had a spectacular camp, but expect that to change in the coming days. If anything, this shows the Eagles’ defense has been bringing it to this camp and can be very special. Tuesday, August 2nd, Eagles Camp will feature the lower pads but no fully live periods.

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