August 11, 2019
We are now deep into the dog days of Philadelphia Eagles training camp, and as Doug Pederson mentioned on Saturday, the Birds are basically setting up a game-like atmosphere in their padded practices. As always, we have notes.
• This was arguably Carson Wentz's shakiest day of camp, as he was inaccurate on a number of his throws. He was picked off by Malcolm Jenkins and Avonte Maddox, and should have also been picked by Rasul Douglas. Part of the credit absolutely has to go to the Eagles' secondary, which has really played well throughout camp.
• On Jenkins' pick, Jenkins was hunted down by Jason Kelce, who stripped him on the return. Jenkins wasn't running full speed as he was looking to set up his return, but Kelce's athleticism was still on full display. Athletic beast.
• I watched a lot of Josh Sweat vs. Jason Peters today. Sweat beat Peters for a sack on an inside move early in practice, which seemed to wake Peters up. From there on out, Peters was motivated and he looked a lot like his old dominant self. The next eight reps between the two went as follows:
I'll also note that Peters looked agile pulling to the right on a run play. A season ago, Peters was still recovering from his ACL tear. The bet here is that he's (a) more durable this season, and (b) better than he was in 2018.
• Timmy Jernigan had several nice plays in the run game, and has had a good camp. On one running play, he stuffed Miles Sanders for a loss, and then spanked him twice.
If Jernigan can be anything close to what he was in the first half of the season in 2017, the Eagles are going to have one hell of DT rotation this season. Signing him back to the team on the morning of the draft is looking like a smart move.
• It's been under-discussed how good of camp Nelson Agholor has had. He's probably caught more passes than anyone on the team, and has had his share of flashy moments. Today he made a catch on a corner route, slammed on the breaks before going out of bounds, and then spun back to the inside to avoid Maddox before picking up some nice yards after the catch.
Oh by the way, the Eagles also ran that play to him that they ran in the playoffs against Atlanta.
Today that play went nowhere.
• A few running back notes:
• We had a return of Jim Schwartz's picket fence defense today! The offense ran a play similar to ones that opposing offenses ran against that defense a year ago, in which they'd get a few blockers out in front and dump it down to a RB or a WR with some YAC ability, to try to plow through the picket fence for a first down. Today the picket fence D won, with DeSean Jackson serving as the dump-down guy.
• Jordan Mailata had a pair of false starts while working with the first-team offense. That's still somewhat to be expected, but he'll have to clean that up.
• We had some more OL vs. DL 1-on-1's today, which are always fun. The highlights:
• Near the end of practice, there was a little bit of a scare. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside accidentally rolled into Rodney McLeod's knees at a high speed, which caused McLeod to stay down for a moment. McLeod was able to get up and limp off on his own. After practice, he said he's fine.
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