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August 02, 2022

Eagles 2022 training camp practice notes, Day 5: A.J. Brown is good

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A.J. Brown

Day 5 of Philadelphia Eagles 2022 training camp is in the books, and it was the first fully padded practice. We have a lot of notes, so let's just get right to them.

• I thought Day 5 was Jalen Hurts' best performance of training camp so far. His highlight of the day came on a deep ball to Jalen Reagor, who was running a post route. Reagor beat Zech McPhearson and Andre Chachere on the play, and the pass was on target. I didn't take note of where Reagor caught it, but I'd say it was roughly a 50-yarder. Hitting the quarterback is sacrilege in training camp, so Hurts didn't have to fear getting hit on the play, but it's worth noting that he had the mammoth Jordan Davis bearing down on him on the throw.

Hurts also made a nice window throw over the middle to A.J. Brown, who extended his arms in traffic and plucked the ball out of the air with a nice hands catch. The ball had nice zip on it, and good placement.

And then finally, I don't know if this play counted, but Hurts gathered a bad (low) snap that was on the ground, squeezed through a hole in the line and threw before crossing the line of scrimmage, completing a pass to Reagor (I think?) along the left sideline. Jason Kelce whooped in approval of the improv play.

Hurts verdict: Stock up. 📈

• Brown made the best catch of camp so far, in my opinion. My guess is that the Eagles' Twitter account will eventually post video of it, but I'll try to describe it from my vantage point. Brown ran a 9 route, down the right sideline, working against Darius Slay, who ran with Brown stride for stride. Brown waited until the last moment to show his hands to make the catch, thus not tipping off Slay that the ball was arriving. Slay still got a hand on it, jarring it free momentarily, but Brown was able to pin the ball with one hand against his helmet and hang on for the catch. Good throw, good coverage, outstanding catch.

He also juked Nakobe Dean in the left flat later in practice. Dean lunged for a hit, and Brown, who was heading toward the sideline, hit the brakes and bounced it back inside, making Dean whiff

• We haven't yet mentioned Reid Sinnett, but I've been impressed with him so far. He has decent arm strength, and has been pretty accurate. Sinnett is very clearly ahead of Carson Strong at this point, and I imagine Sinnett will get the most work of the four quarterbacks in the preseason games. 

Today Sinnett made a strong sideline throw to Devon Allen with good ball placement where the corner could not get a hand on it. However, Allen dropped the pass. This is probably where I should also note that while Allen is a fun training camp story given his status as a world class hurdler, he hasn't impressed through the first five practices as a football player.

• 1-on-1 OL/DL highlights

  1. Brandon Graham has been awesome through the first five practices. As we noted yesterday, he does not look like a man who tore an Achilles 11 months ago. Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker agreed that Graham does not appear to be hampered by his injury, for what that's worth. Graham blew up a reverse in 11-on-11s and he emphatically beat Jack Driscoll in 1-on-1's.
  2. We had a Jason Kelce vs. Jordan Davis rep, won by Kelce. Old dude still has it.
  3. For the second straight day, Cam Jurgens showed a nice anchor against bull rushes. He held his ground today against Marlon Tuipulotu. 
  4. Javon Hargrave won both of his reps, one of which was against Landon Dickerson.
  5. Andre Dillard is playing far better than he did this time a year ago. Last year in training camp, he was consistently getting run over in 1-on-1s, but he has been much more stout this camp. Good for him. Shane Steichen credited Dillard for living in the weight room all offseason, and I think that's showing on the field.

• Another lineman (defensive side of the ball this time) who had a shaky camp last year but has shown improvements in 2022 is DT Marlon Tuipulotu. He stuffed a run play at the goal line today.

• We noted above that Zech McPhearson gave up a deep ball to Reagor. That's been a common theme for McPhearson this camp. He did have a really nice INT down the left sideline today working against John Hightower, but I would say that he's had more negative plays than positive ones so far.

• Undrafted rookie safety Reed Blankenship had a nice pop on undrafted rookie running back Kennedy Brooks. Another undrafted rookie defensive back who has been physical so far and who has played with confidence is CB Mario Goodrich.

• Davion Taylor's last full game of the season last year was against the Broncos, when he had two forced fumbles. The next game, he got hurt against the Saints. Taylor revealed on Tuesday that it was an MCL tear, "off the bone."

• Quez Watkins left practice early (illness), and Isaac Seumalo was sidelined on a play in which it looked like he hurt his lower body (no update on that from the Eagles yet). Seumalo threw what looked like a knee pad after the play in anger, and then he slammed his helmet to the ground. The injury didn't look serious.

• Four players didn't practice:

  1. TE Grant Calcaterra (hamstring)
  2. CB Mac McCain (knee)
  3. WR Zach Pascal (illness)
  4. WR Greg Ward (toe)

• Throughout training camp, I'll have some occasional one-on-one interviews with other Eagles beat writers while the players are stretching and doing other boring stuff. Today I talked with Les Bowen. Oh, and here's the iTunes link. Review, subscribe, etc.

Within those beat writer interviews, I'm asking each writer four different questions:

  1. What will the Eagles' record be in 2022?
  2. Will they make the playoffs?
  3. Will they win any playoff games, if so?
  4. Will Jalen Hurts be the starting quarterback in 2023?

The predictions so far:

Writer Record Playoffs Playoff wins? Hurts in 2023? 
7/27: Eliot Shorr-Parks, WIP 10-7 Yes None Yes 
7/29: Jeff McLane, Inquirer 10-7 Yes None No 
7/30: Bo Wulf, The Athletic 11-6 Yes One win, over the Vikings Yes 
8/2: Les Bowen, 11-6 Yes One win, over the 49ers Undecided 

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