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Best stories from the Philadelphia Eagles’ third practice of training camp

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Jul 30, 2022

Three training camp practices are scheduled for the Philadelphia Eagles. Seven remain. The Birds will take Sunday off before returning to work on Monday.

The last Saturday in July brought sunshine and members of our great country’s military as Philly honored the armed forces. As for what happened on the pitch, as always, we have a lot to say.

Here are the best stories from the Eagles’ third day of practice at training camp.

Expectations are high, even knowing that the offense has struggled for days in a row. Here are some of the storylines that stand out as Philadelphia wraps up another day of practice.

Practices are getting longer.

Those of you who were confused by the Eagles’ 58-minute session to start training camp practices will be pleased to hear that their third lasted an hour and a half. This follows a 1:15 session on Friday.

The pads are not mounted yet. It will happen next week. It’s a different NFL than some of us who are older remember it. Still, we expect this team to be ready when the lights come on.

The defense is ahead of the offense after three practices.

The offense has struggled in each of the last two practices. You can expect there to be a ton of talk about Jalen Hurts’ whereabouts over the weekend, but in all honesty, none of the Eagles quarterbacks look good.

Here are Hurts’ numbers from the first three workouts.

  • Day 1: 12/15, Four touchdowns, 1 interception
  • Day 2: 8/15, no touchdowns, 1 interception
  • Day 3: 16/21, no touchdowns, 1 interception

The defense is ahead of the attack right now, and that’s fine. The attack is a matter of precision. Defense is about reading and reacting.

Undrafted rookie Grant Calcaterra leaves the field with an injury.

After landing a reception from Gardner Minshew, Grant Calcaterra hobbled from the field to the medical tent and, ultimately, from the tent inside the NovaCare complex. Hope he is well. He could contribute strongly from the tight end position in Year One if he is healthy.

For now, Tyree Jackson and Richard Rodgers remain on the PUP list (physically unable to perform). Jackson worked sideways and wears a knee brace.

Milton Williams sat out Saturday’s practice due to an elbow injury.

There have been no updates on the severity of this one. Hopefully he will be back on the field soon. Wide receiver John Hightower took a beating in seven-on-seven practice. It took him a while to get up, but he got back into practice pretty quickly.

Zach Pascal has yet to practice after suffering from food poisoning.

Zach Pascal continues to recover from food poisoning and has missed another training session at training camp. Cross your fingers that he can enter the field as soon as possible.

It’s becoming more and more obvious why he’s here though. He provided the veteran leadership to the position we claim. More often than not during OTAs, he was on the front line executing every exercise.

André Chachère was impressive.

The Eagles have seven safeties at camp. While Andre Chachere is known to be an excellent special teams player/gunner, he made big plays on Friday and Saturday, knocking out both Gardner Minshew and Jalen Hurts.

Dennard Wilson is destined to be the Eagles’ next defensive coordinator.

It’s hard not to be impressed with Dennard Wilson. He is always in control when he speaks. His players love him, whether they are veterans or beginners.

Recently, the Eagles’ defensive backs coach had the title of defensive passing game coordinator added to his resume, and it stands to reason that if Jonathan Gannon tries to become head coach after this season, this will be Wilson who will move to the seat he is leaving.