Eagles Training Camp Exercise Notes | August 2, 2022 – PhiladelphiaEagles.com | Hot Mobile Press

Who was beaming under the hot sun on Tuesday afternoon? Fran Duffy and Ben Fennell offer their takeaways:

1. The team was in full pads and mother nature knew it. On the first day of batting at camp, it was hot, muggy and beautifully miserable outside. The players definitely felt it in training. As the team entered the field to stretch, I noticed a few things. Veteran linebacker TJ Edwards and rookie Nakobe Dean stand side by side as they warm up. These two play a similar style of play, and frankly, there couldn’t be a better mentor for the third-round freshman than Edwards in this dressing room. My eyes traveled to the defensive line and I can’t help but be happy for this group of inside players up front. Javon Hargrave has a massive lower half and we all know how tall Jordan Davis is, but his flexibility at that height is impressive. – Ben Fennell

2. When the pads were first applied, the coaches threw players straight into the fire with a high-intensity red zone phase that saw some players go down. Second-year defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu was commended by the coaches in this drill for his ability to keep the run going inside and stop a touchdown. Derek Barnett tackled a pass catcher just short of the goal line for another stop. Jimmy Moreland forced the quarterback to hold the ball in the final game, earning more praise from the coaching staff on the goal line as he contributed a “sack” to end the practice. This was a great way to start training as both sides got the juice to start the day. – Fran Duffy

3. Receivers and defenders took the field for some one-on-one replays, and early on the offense took the lead. DeVonta Smith caught a deep ball in downfield and moments later AJ Brown caught a vertical throw on a perfectly placed ball from Jalen Hurts. The catch rocked slightly, but Brown kept both feet in while he secured the throw. Hurts put it where only his man could get it. I’ve enjoyed watching Brown take on Slay over the past few days. – French

4. 11-on-11 work followed, and Hurts quickly linked up with Brown on a quick sloping route down the middle before finding Miles Sanders on a screen pass that landed a nice win down the middle. There have been a handful of plays during this period that featured hurts that traveled outside the pocket and even occasionally kept the ball as a runner. – French

5. The offensive and defensive lines have come together for one-on-one pass-rush work, and one duel I’m excited about over the summer is veteran Jason Kelce vs. Jordan Davis. The rookie first-round pick is obviously so much bigger and you’d think he has the physical advantage. However, due to the huge difference in elevation, Davis struggled to use Kelce properly. We all know the old adage “low man wins,” and Kelce brought that adage to light with this rep, an impressive win over a Davis Bull Rush. Besides, Hargrave is such a monster inside. He has an absolutely stunning first move for a centre-back. He took a couple of wins in that drill and stormed from both sides. – Ben

6. In one of the most explosive plays of camp, Jalen Hurts and Jalen Reagor hit a deep ball to start the next period. Reagor ran a double pull, a corner post route, pulled the deep ball midfield for a big play that probably would have gone for a six. Hurts later ran into both Smith and Brown during this period, which also included some nice runs from running back Boston Scott. – French

7. In that time we’ve seen a number of different defensive fronts, with different personnel combinations and lots of mixing and matching. The versatility of players like Brandon Graham, Kyzir White, Jordan Davis and many others really opens up new opportunities for this defensive coaching staff. I’m looking forward to seeing all the possible combinations when the games start. – Ben

8th. Offense and defense traded victories in the next period. The defense got some convincing running material on the very first replay (a seemingly consistent theme from Tuesday when this group was cheered on to stop the run with the pads). Shortly thereafter, the defense went offside and Hurts took advantage of the free play by advancing and firing a pass at Reagor towards the touchline. It was indeed an amazing throw, lining the pin up right by the corner’s ear hole as Reagor plucked it out of the air for a first down. Josh Sweat responded with a “sack” on a collapsed bag at the next game. The defense wanted to heat up again right after that and sent Hurts two blitzers in the face from his left side. Hurts was steadfast in the game, handing the ball to Brown in the space cleared by the blitzers. – French

9. The second-team unit took the field, and the defense ended that session with a bang, ending the drill with back-to-back interceptions. First, Zech McPhearson plucked the ball on a fade down the left touchline and took the ball off the receiver’s head for a pick down the touchline. Tay Gowan, his fellow sophomore, responded with his own interception on the opposite touchline in the next game. The referee in the area dropped a flag for what appeared to be questionable contact, but Avonte Maddox made his teammate’s arguments for him, attempting to kick the flag wide to conceal it in a playful gesture with the referee. – French

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WR Zach Pascal – Illness

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