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July 31, 2019

Eagles training camp practice notes, Day 6: Nate Sudfeld day

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Nate Sudfeld flashes a little Blue Steel action as he dumps one off to his running back.

On the sixth day of Philadelphia Eagles training camp, it was Nate Sudfeld day, as the Birds gave their No. 2 a lot of additional reps, both with the first- and third-team offenses, as well as with his regular work with the second-team guys. In my opinion, it was his best day of camp so far. 

It was a much shorter practice today. There were tougher practices on Monday and Tuesday, and the longest practice of camp will be on Thursday, so they had an easy one in between. As such, notes a not a-plenty today.

• To begin, it makes sense to give Sudfeld extra reps, particularly with the third-team offense, for two reasons:

  1. He could actually matter this year.
  2. The third-team wide receivers and tight ends can actually get a quarterback who can throw the ball in their general direction for a change.

• Sudfeld got plenty of work in the red zone today, where he made a lot of really nice throws:

  1. He hit Zach Ertz up high in the back of the end zone on a throw where only Ertz could get it. Perfect placement, nearly unstoppable.
  2. His best throw of the day was to Marken Michel in the back of the end zone. Michel was running along the back line, and the defensive back had good coverage running with him stride for stride, but with his back to the quarterback. Recognizing this, Sudfeld threw it to Michel's back shoulder, so that he could come back for it. Michel made the catch, but he sort of lost where he was on the field and did not have both feet in. But from the perspective of Sudfeld, it was a real pro throw. Very well done.
  3. He also hit Dallas Goedert for a TD on a busted coverage, and Richard Rodgers over the middle on a crisp throw from around the 15.

• In the non-red zone portion of practice, Sudfeld had two other plays of note:

  1. He stepped up in the pocket to avoid the rush, and threw on the run to Braxton Miller.
  2. He did force one down the seam into tight coverage to one of his tight ends (I didn't catch who), but the ball was tipped by Rasul Douglas (I think) and picked off by Tre Sullivan.

• Douglas has quietly had a good camp, by the way. No splash plays, but his coverage has been consistently good.

Carson Wentz got a light day of work in. He had a nice deep ball to Nelson Agholor, who was covered closely. Agholor dove for the ball, and could not bring it in, but again, the ball was only where Agholor could get it, and Wentz gave him a good enough shot at it. Wentz also connected with Alshon Jeffery in the end zone during red zone drills.

Jason Kelce got the day off. In his absence, Isaac Seumalo kicked inside to center, and Stefen Wisniewski stepped in at LG. After practice, Mike Groh noted that Wis has gotten plenty of reps at center, and they just wanted to get a few for Seumalo.

• We're now a week into training camp, and the next time Zach Brown stands out in a positive way will be the first. He has done nothing to earn a starting job so far.

• A week into camp, my top two candidates to be placed on IR with a hangnail are DE Shareef Miller and QB Clayton Thorson.

• There was kicking today. Here's Jake Elliott's updated training camp chart:

 33 (good)34 (good)    
 33 (good)37 (good)    
 38 (no good, wide right)40 (good)    
 43 (good)43 (good)    
 48 (no good, wide left, shankopotumous)46 (good)    
 48 (good)33 (good)    
  44 (no good, wide right)   
 44 (good)    
 52 (good)    

12 of 15, for those of you scoring at home. 

Thursday's practice notes should be much more fun.

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