Here's what we learned from today's Philadelphia Eagles practice.
Friday was the fifth day of 2016 Eagles Training Camp practice. Let's dive right in to my observations from today's session.
• Injury update: Brandon Brooks (hamstring) and Ryan Mathews (ankle) are still out on a day-to-day basis. Doug Pederson said he expects both of them to return next week.
• The Eagles practiced inside again today because it was raining.
• As always, we'll start with the quarterbacks.
Sam Bradford opened 7-on-7 with a bunch of short passes. Surprise. He was perfect on those throws except for one that was dropped by Kenjon Barner. (Side note: that's Barner's second drop over the past two days.) Bradford finally attempted a deep pass when 11-on-11 began. His first throw to Chris Givens deep along the left sideline was wobbly and underthrown, however. Easy interception for Eric Rowe. Bradford later tried hitting Givens deep along the right sideline but the ball was overthrown and sailed out of bounds. Bradford's struggles didn't stop there. He targeted Brent Celek on a seam pass but new safety Nick Perry knocked it down. He also threw behind Zach Ertz, who made a real nice effort to snag the ball anyway.
Chase Daniel also tried to get the ball to Givens deep along the sideline but it as overthrown. Daniel overthrew Brent Celek on a post route. Or at least that's what it looked like. I've always theorized Celek is just too slow to get to the spot he needs to be on those plays. Daniel had one his attempts tipped up into the air by a blitzing Najee Goode. He was lucky that Eagles rookie receiver Paul Turner, and not the defense, was able to catch it.
Carson Wentz didn't have the best day, either. One issue I've noticed is that Wentz isn't always on the same page with his UDFA receivers. Sometimes he'll throw to an empty spot in the field. It's clear that he's still learning the offense. Wentz threw behind Jordan Matthews on a crossing route. The receiver tried to save the play but trailing rookie safety Blake Countess knocked the ball down. Lastly, Wentz had a pass attempt to Marcus Johnson batted down by Aaron Grymes. The former CFL cornerback has had a good week.
One good thing I saw from Wentz: the rookie dropped back and didn't see anything he liked down the field, so he climbed the pocket and side armed a pass to his wide open tight end in the flat. Good job of not forcing anything and getting to the checkdown instead of taking a "sack."
• The Eagles are rotating their receivers a lot so it's hard to get a idea of the true first team guys there. I feel like Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, and Chris Givens have gotten the most time there. Josh Huff and Rueben Randle are obviously in the mix, too.
• Speaking of Randle, he had a really nice catch along the sideline while being covered by Jalen Mills. Not too many receivers have gotten the best of Mills this week.
• Ron Brooks is still lining up as the first team cornerback. The Eagles even showed a look where Malcolm Jenkins was the nickel corner and Brooks was on the outside. Most of the Eagles' nickel looks include Brooks on the inside, though, with Nolan Carroll at outside cornerback.
• Rowe and Mills lined up as the second team outside cornerbacks. Rowe also got a few first team looks. JaCorey Shepherd was the primary second team slot corner. He also took some third team reps on the outside.
• Nelson Agholor made a really nice diving catch while coming back to the ball. There wasn't any defense during the drill, but it was good to see for his sake since he dealt with drops in the spring.
• Caleb Sturgis outkicked Cody Parkey during a field goal drill. Sturgis was perfect while Parkey missed two attempts: one from 38 and 43. Sturgis kicked better than Parkey did during spring drills, so Power Sturge is maintaining his lead.
• Daily drop counter: Kenjon Barner 1, Wendell Smallwood 1, Trey Burton 1, Marcus Johnson 1, Cedric O'Neal 1.
• Bradford gave Darren Sproles, who was signed to a contract extension earlier today, a hug/high five before a team drill. Cute.
• Jaylen Watkins broke up a short pass intended for Celek.
• Trey Burton was working on long snapping with Jon Dorenbos early on in practice. Brent Celek has been the team's emergency long snapper in the past.
• Eagles practice seemed to run a little longer than usual today. Lots of special teams work.
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Up next: The Eagles practice again tomorrow morning starting at 8:15 AM ET. Practice should be fun because the pads are coming for the first time this summer. Stay tuned for more coverage until then.
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