August 10, 2019
Coming off their devastating, franchise-crippling preseason loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Philadelphia Eagles were back out on the field today, in a padded practice. As always, we have notes.
• First the quarterbacks:
• Arcega-Whiteside has had a quiet camp after making a lot of catches in the spring. However, he was more active today, and I thought he looked good in the game on Thursday.
• Derek Barnett participated in 11-on-11's for the first time today. In case there was any worry that he wouldn't be ready for Week 1, you can now rest easy. We'll update the laundry list of Eagles injuries in a separate post tomorrow morning.
• The team did some goal line work today, with the offense mostly staying in 3-WR sets, and the defense in nickel (sometimes big nickel with three safeties). The highlights:
• The offense also ran some hurry-up spikes today. One advantage of the painful Chip Kelly era is how fast the offensive linemen get back to the line of scrimmage in hurry-up mode. Jason Kelce, of course, played in Chip's up-tempo offense for three years, and he does a good job getting his OL teammates up on the ball quickly, and snapping it as soon as they're set.
One other thing the Eagles worked on was hurrying up to the line, and instead of spiking it, allowing Wentz to try to hit a receiver on the outside and having him step out of bounds for a few extra cheap yards instead of completely conceding the down. And, of course, if nothing is there, Wentz can just quickly throw it away.
That strategy makes sense. Yes, you burn an extra few seconds, but in the event you got a first down on the previous play, a 2nd and, say, 6, is obviously better than 2nd and 10.
• There was some good action in OL-DL 1-on-1's. The highlights:
• Above we mentioned that Dillard went up against Graham. Normally, Graham rushes against the Eagles' right tackles. With Dillard exclusively playing left tackle, he typically wouldn't face off against Graham. However, Dillard specifically asked Graham if he would rush against him so that he could be tested against the team's best edge rusher.
"I asked him to line up on my side after practice one day," Dillard said. "I asked, 'How come you never line up on the left side and never gone against me.'"
Graham was happy to oblige.
"I wanted to test him out and see how he'd handle the bull rush, so I bull rushed him twice," Graham said. "The whole thing is to get him better. I respect that he came to me."
That reminds me a little of DeSean Jackson, when he was a young player. He used to purposely face off against Asante Samuel in WR-CB 1-on-1's.
• And finally, we had some kicking. Let's go ahead and update Jake Elliott's chart:
That's 19 of 24, for those of you scoring at home.
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