Eagles Training Camp 2022 Day 7: Finding Targets in the Middle of the Field – NBC Sports Philadelphia | Hot Mobile Press

The Eagles returned to practice Saturday morning after a day off Friday and were blessed by cooler temperatures.

This was a “yellow” practice session for the Eagles in full pads. It took 1 hour and 23 minutes with a 5 minute development time making it 1:28.

Training on Sunday takes place at 7 p.m. on the Linc. It’s the only public exercise of the spring.

Let’s get to today’s observations:

1. As always, a few household items:

• Running back Boston Scott was included on the injury report with a concussion. In training on Thursday, he shot close to Marcus Epps’ goal line. He eventually surfaced but stayed on the ground for a while.

• DeVonta Smith (groin), Grant Calcaterra (hamstring), Greg Ward (toe), Jordan Mailata (concussion) and Andre Dillard (concussion) all missed practice again. Mailata and Dillard are going through concussion protocol but were at least on the field as spectators on Saturday; that’s a good sign.

• Mac McCain III (knee) was restricted on Saturday.

• CB Kary Vincent Jr. and CB Jimmy Moreland left practice early with unspecified injuries.

• Brett Toth (knee) and Tyree Jackson (knee) remain on Active/PUP but have been training with trainers on secondary fields.

2. Sometimes when looking at Jalen Hurts spray charts from last season’s games, there was a notable hole in the middle of the field. There were times when Hurts just didn’t throw there very often. So two games on Saturday really stood out.

• On one of them, Hurts threw a perfect seam pass to a streaky Dallas Goedert. These two have been connecting quite a bit this summer.

• A few plays later, Hurts hit AJ Brown with a strike in midfield after Brown settled into an open space. Even before Smith’s injury, most of that summer’s passing went to Brown. He was attacked by the ton.

3. Overall, it wasn’t a great day for Hurts, but it wasn’t a bad one either. It was a decent performance with some really nice throws. Note: I didn’t watch 7v7 because I chose OL-DL 1v1. (More on that in a moment.)

Hurt’s best throw of the day came in 11-on-11 from a deep ball to Brown on the left touchline. Brown had a chance to catch the pass in the end zone but threw it away. Darius Slay had close coverage of the game, but the ball was thrown in beautifully by Hurts and Brown couldn’t save it. Brown dropped eight passes — 7.6% — with the Titans last year.

4. Kyzir White had his best day of training camp on Saturday. The Eagles mixed and matched several different linebacker combinations, but White stood out. He blasted a screen pass to Miles Sanders and also got his hand to break a pass to Dallas Goedert. The Eagles have linebackers; it’s so strange

5. Jalen Reagor might have made the training camp catch…but it didn’t count. Reagor rose into the air to puncture a ball and his helmet was removed in the process. It looked like Reagor had come down with the football, but the area referee decided it was incomplete. It was close.

A little later in training, receiver Deon Cain managed a really nice concentration catch as the second team worked against the first team’s defence. James Bradberry jumped over the pass and slammed it into the sky. But Cain could find it in the air, and even though he was lying on his back, he pulled it in. bad luck for Bradberry; good focus by Cain.

6. The funnest part of camp: Offensive Line vs. Defensive Line Drills:

• During these sessions, rookie Cam Jurgens has shown impeccable technique that even stopped great ol’ Jordan Davis a couple of times. Not Saturday. Despite Jurgens attempting to anchor (and seemingly doing everything right), Davis hit him with a bull rush that put Jurgens on the skates. It was impressive. When the whistle blew at the end of halftime, these two were back in line and the coaches didn’t allow it to be repeated. I’m a little bitter about this.

• Brandon Graham vs. Jack Driscoll has become a daily crime. I always think of what Lane Johnson said about Graham when he called him a “ball beeping”. That’s pretty accurate. Graham walks through Driscoll basically every day.

• Lane Johnson easily dealt with a bull rush from Haason Reddick.

• Sua Opeta had some really impressive replays against Javon Hargrave. Isaac Seumalo is the Eagles’ starting right guard, but I’m starting to think Opeta will be the best back-up guard on this team, maybe even above Driscoll.

• Driscoll had a solid reputation against Patrick Johnson, letting the young pass rusher use his momentum to go far.

• Good representative for rookie Kyron Johnson, who beat Josh Sills to QB. By the way, Sills was the second team whose turn it was today.

• Isaac Seumalo and Lane Johnson were in good standing against Fletcher Cox and Haason Reddick. Seumalo and Johnson have never really played alongside each other, but they look smooth.

• Despite not training, Mailata and Dillard tipped off their younger teammates between replays. Always good to see.

7. One of Hurts’ best throws on Saturday landed five feet out of bounds. On a move during team practice, Hurts rolled to the left, but there was nothing there, so he threw the ball deep out. This is a good play for Hurts because earlier in camp his worst play was an INT, which he fired into close cover and rolled over his body on the left. Nick Sirianni complained about interceptions earlier at camp. Hurts didn’t throw any in 11 on 11 today.

8th. The Eagles rotated at the second-team corner across from Zech McPhearson, and Alabama rookie Josh Jobe capitalized on his opportunity on Saturday. Jobe had a great dive pass break on a pass from Gardner Minshew to Cain in the back of the end zone. The next game, Jobe had a handy PBU on the left touchline. The offense wanted a penalty — AJ Brown even threw in his towel as a makeshift flag — but the referee closest to the game didn’t rule. It counts as a PBU.

9. Without Smith, the Eagles rotated their receivers on first-team offense. We saw several players take their turn including Jalen Reagor, John Hightower and Britain Covey. But Zach Pascal was the first guy out there with AJ Brown and Quez Watkins. In the first game of 11-on-11s, Brown and Watkins were wide and Pascal lined up in the slot.

The veteran Pascal returned to practice on Thursday as a limited participant but was in full action on Saturday. He missed the first five exercises of the summer with severe food poisoning, which hospitalized him for four days – he believes it was a quesadilla with a bad chicken. The good news is that Pascal said he’s slowly regaining strength after losing 16 pounds(!) during the ordeal.

10 Jason Huntley is known as a fast running back, but he ran with a mean streak today. On one play, he dropped his shoulder down to the safety of Andre Chachere. And later, after a nice run towards the left touchline, he delivered an impressive stiff arm. Without Scott, Huntley should get more chances.

Stupid observation of the day: The Eagles performed a fun punt return practice on Saturday. The returner had a football in hand and when the punt started falling they had to throw the ball up, catch the punt ball and then try to catch the ball, which they threw to themselves. It looked like the start of a juggling act. The only one to successfully complete the task: Britain Covey.

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